Innovative Mother's Day gifts for $50 or less

Every year brings the same Mother's Day dilemma -- what to buy for the moms in our lives?

This year, instead of giving the same old flowers and scented soaps, why not consider some ideas for clever, outside-the-box items as alternatives to the usual?

On "the Early Show on Saturday Morning," Gilt Groupe Lifestyle Editor Chassie Post suggested several - all for $50 or less:

Instead of Breakfast in Bed -- take your Mom on a picnic!

There's no better way to spend time with a loved one than in the fresh spring air this Mother's Day. Give Mom this basket and then fill it up with her favorites and head out to a local park to enjoy the day!


Picnic Basket by Household Essentials, $49

Luxury Picnic Basket GILT.COM, $175

Instead of another store-bought card in the mail for Grandma, create a personalized card!

GIFT: Award-winning photo books, cards and stationary, prints, calendars, photo gifts and personal websites. Mothers day card $1.04, Photobooks: $12.99

Tinyprints - Non-profit organization, DIY cards $1.99-$3.99 per card Kelly Ripa, Pink, Jessica Capshaw, Vanessa Minnillo, Reese Witherspoon and Ali Larter are fans of this personalized stationery company. Bonus: A portion of proceeds from their Mother's Day cards will go to Baby Buggy, Jessica Seinfeld's non-profit organization.

Instead of your typical soaps and lotion, give Mom something that will really help her relax, such as an aromatherapy gift set!


Aromatherapy Basket: Eucalyptus Spearmint, $27.50 from

D L & Co. Diffuser Sets and Home Fragrance Candles, Starting at $20, GILT.COM

Instead of a gift certificate, give Mom fun Spring accessories that she can enjoy right away


Selection of Jewelry from GILT.COM, $50 & under

Hats by GILT.COM, $49

Scarf $3.95 from H&

Instead of another framed family photo...give Mom a work of art!

This year, give Mom a gorgeous custom piece of art with everyone's handprints! Create your own wall art with this set of four vibrant canvases and paint. Just add your child's handprints or make a family collage with everyone's prints to create this keepsake artwork. Set includes non-toxic white paint and paint tray. Canvases measures 10" L x 10" W x 3/4" D each.


Pearhead Handprint Wall Art Set, and, $18

Instead of a Coffee Pot give her a membership to a Coffee of the Month Club

Each month, they'll deliver a pound of one of their best-selling coffees. A wonderful way to sample coffees from the world's major growing regions.


Peet's Mother's Day Tasting Tour, $49 for 3 months

Instead of Flowers, give Mom a Gardening Tote Gardening Tote!

Great for the mom with the green thumb - help her to grow her own flowers

Casual Style defines this durable multi-pocket gardening tote.

Set includes three top quality, heavy gauge stainless tools with comfort grip handles.

Roomy interior is great for transporting supplies & side pockets have room for a beverage and snack

Perfect for the Mom who loves her garden!


Tote and Tools by Picnic at Ascot,, $29.00

Note: is a members-on site, but "Early Show on Saturday Morning" viewers can access it by clicking here.


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