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The 25 best gifts for stepmom that'll make her Mother's Day extra special

Celebrate your 'bonus mom' with these unique gift ideas, starting as low as $10.

striped tote, pack of 4 Bombas socks, floral tea kettle on blue background
She's bound to love and use these picks from Anthropologie, Target and more. (Target, Bombas and Walmart)

Your life changed the moment your stepmom came into your life. And while your relationship has likely taken many forms over the years, Mother’s Day is the perfect moment to recognize where you’re at right now — and what better way to do so than with one of these thoughtful Mother's Day gifts for stepmoms?

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From meaningful keepsakes to practical buys, this list of Mother's Day-worthy gift ideas covers all the bases. As you scroll through these picks for her, take a minute to think about everything you know about your “bonus mom.” Some thought-starters: Does she prefer sweet or savory? Staying snuggled up with her latest self-care obsession or going out in the sunshine? I'm sure you catch my drift.

Maybe now is the time to give her something sentimental to let your stepmom know just how much she means to you. What about, say, matching Kendra Scott bracelets to solidify your unbreakable bond? Or how about a gardenia plant that symbolizes harmony and love? If you’re not quite there yet, that’s OK. Instead, opt for a sweet, fail-safe option like a pretty tea kettle or an assortment of Harry & David’s cookies. She’ll appreciate the thought and time you put into her present, regardless.

So, right this way to a list of gifts for stepmoms with varying price points and sentiment levels. And if you're on a budget, then you're in luck because all of these gifts are under $100 (and most are less than $50).

Your stepmom had a full life before you entered the picture. With an annual Storyworth subscription, she’ll have a platform to share it with you (and anyone else who cares to listen). Each week she'll answer new questions about her past, present and future, and her answers will be printed in a hardcover book for all to read.

$89 at Storyworth

This tea kettle is practically begging for the spotlight, and her stovetop is the ultimate stage. It’ll really stand out, especially if her kitchen leans heavily on neutrals and muted tones. But don’t worry, hundreds of five-star reviewers attest that it’s just as practical as it is pretty.

$16 at Walmart

Here’s one way to prove how matcha your stepmom means to you. This kit comes with all the matcha-making essentials, including a bag of traditional matcha, a spoon to scoop it out and a whisk to make it frothy.

$49 at DavidsTea

Friendship bracelets have never gone out of style. The only difference is now they’re far more elevated than the multi-colored ones you made as a kid. A prime example: This gold or silver-plated stunner from Kendra Scott, which can be adjusted to fit her wrist.

$44 at Amazon
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$55 at Kendra Scott

There’s no question that your stepmom has helped you bloom. Get the names of all of her favorite flowers (I’m talking about her kids and stepkids) printed on this garden stone to symbolize her ever-growing garden of love.

$28 at Personalization Mall

She loves nothing more than spending a day — or let’s face it, a whole weekend — tending to her garden. Even so, she still needs to go easy on her back and knees while she’s at work. Enter this steel and nylon stool, which also doubles as a detachable toolbox so she can keep her trowel, hand rake and other gardening supplies within arm’s reach.

$48 at Uncommon Goods

If she prefers long, hot showers over bubble baths, then it’s high time to introduce her to the wonderful world of shower steamers (think: bath bombs for the shower). Pop them in the corner of the shower and they’ll slowly release soothing scents of lavender, mint and eucalyptus as they dissolve.

$10 at Amazon

Gardenias are said to represent harmony and love — both of which are present in your relationship with your stepmom. In time, this budding plant (available in small or medium sizes, starting at $45) will reveal fragrant white flowers. Think of it as a sign that the best is yet to come in your relationship.

$45 at 1-800-Flowers

In many ways, your stepmom is like a lotus flower. She rose from the hypothetical mud yet remains one of the brightest lights in your life. This white sapphire and gold vermeil necklace will symbolize that very sentiment.

$98 at Mejuri

Flower tea will turn teatime into an unforgettable (OK, Insta-worthy) experience. Just place a rose, chrysanthemum or blue lotus flower in a clear mug or teapot, then submerge it in boiling water and watch it bloom. Enjoy three cups of tea per flower — this gift set comes with 9 flowers, so that’s 27 cups of tea!

$36 at The Qi

You know the best kind of gift to give and receive? The one that doesn't have an end date. Set her up with a weekly, biweekly or monthly flower delivery. Prices vary, depending on the type of bouquet you choose. My suggestion: Choose the classic tier ($55 per delivery) and pay for the subscription upfront to save on every delivery.

$55 at UrbanStems

White sneakers are a classic, no matter the season. Amazon shoppers can’t get enough of these platform kicks, with many raving that they’re great for travel and all-day wear. “I wore them to our annual tradeshow, walking over 15k steps a day and standing for 10 hours. They're now my almost everyday shoe,” one five-star fan wrote, adding that they were “comfortable right out of the box.”

$70 at DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse
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$70 at Amazon$70 at Macy's

Picking out a perfume for someone else is a bold move. Instead of making the impossible choice, give her this sampler with seven popular scents from Burberry, Gucci and other bestselling brands. Once she tries them all, she can take the included gift certificate to a nearby Sephora store (or shop online) to redeem a full-size bottle.

$90 at Sephora

Fill this striped tote (available in blue, yellow, pink or green combos) with her favorite beauty products, go-to snacks and fresh flowers. Or leave it empty to let the bag do all the talking.

$25 at Target

The next time she pops over to the pool or runs out the door to go to yoga, she can quickly slip on these lightweight slides and go. They’ll mold to her feet just like the Birkenstocks she’s had for years, but they’re even more practical since they’re made with a washable, waterproof material.

$50 at Zappos

Because she’ll never pass up something sweet. Tucked inside this gift box, she’ll find an assortment of hand-decorated butter cookies with sweet Mother's Day designs.

$50 at Harry & David

There’s an art to no-makeup makeup, and your stepmom is still trying to perfect it. Introduce her to this multi-use balm — once she breaks the seal, she can use it to add a subtle wash of color to her lips, cheeks or anywhere else she wants to glow.

$38 at Jones Road

If wine is the way to her heart, then you know what to do: Snag a bottle of her favorite red or white, then pop it into this woven carrier. It’s better than bringing it as-is or sticking in a gift bag, especially since she’ll be able to use it at future picnics, parties and outdoor hangs.

$10 at Target

These salt and pepper shakers are more of a want than a need, which is exactly what makes them a welcome gift for your stepmom. Stick them on any table to instantly bring the outdoors in.

$24 at Anthropologie

Who wants to splurge on socks? Not your stepmom, that’s for sure. Treat her to a four-pack of everyday ankle socks from Bombas, which one superfan gushed are "the softest that I have ever worn.” Go with the pack that comes with springtime shades like mint green, lavender, sky blue and cream.

$49 at Bombas

High-quality olive oil is a luxury for any home chef. This duo will cover all the bases: She can use one for cooking and baking, and the other for drizzling and dipping. (Note that this may not arrive in time for Mother's Day.)

$55 at Kosterina

Now that she’s on the AirPods train, it’s your duty to make sure she never leaves (ahem, loses them). Get her initials stamped onto this pebbled leather case, so she has no excuses. Choose from 14 colors and four styles, depending on her AirPods model. (Note that this may not arrive in time for Mother's Day.)

$25 at Etsy

Does she have some travels on the horizon? Then this little box will make packing jewelry, watches and other small accessories a breeze. When she gets to her destination, she can open up the box and lay the sides flat to get easy access to the tiny treasures tucked inside. (Note that this may not arrive in time for Mother's Day.)

$25 at Nordstrom

Cards are great and all, but more often than not they just end up shoved in a drawer after the festivities end. Enter this pop-up peony wonder, which she’ll proudly put — and leave — on display long after she reads the accompanying message. (Note that this may not arrive in time for Mother's Day.)

$13 at Amazon

Bees and butterflies are crucial in making a garden grow. And while they may stop and smell the roses on their own, this set of five ceramic cups will attract thirsty pollinators to work their magic. The cups are made to look like flowers, but they also hold a teaspoon of water to encourage our flying friends to drink up before they pollinate the flowers nearby.

$32 at Uncommon Goods

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