20 amazing Mother’s Day gifts under $20 that won’t get thrown away
Even a little gift can say a lot!
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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and if you don’t have a lot to spend on a gift—or if your mom is insisting you shouldn’t buy her anything—there are plenty of ways you can show your appreciation without breaking the bank. After all, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to tell your mom you love her!
The following are a wide variety of Mother’s Day gifts that cost $20 or less. No matter what your mom enjoys, you’re sure to find a suitable present for her. Pair it with a handmade card, and your mom will be as happy as can be.
1. For the mom who does it all: Super Mom Keychain
Moms are real-life superheroes, balancing cooking, cleaning, working, and doling out plenty of love to their families. To show your mom that you recognize and appreciate everything she does for you, give her this enamel “Super Mom” keychain. It features a woman decked out with a superhero cape and crown, and she’s ready to spring into action to help her family—just like your own mom.
2. For the mom with a sweet tooth: Milk Bar Assorted Cookie Tin
If your mom is always munching on sweet treats, she’s sure to love this cute tin of cookies from Milk Bar. It comes with an assortment of six best-selling desserts from the Instagram-famous bakery, including a Compost Cookie, Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookie, Corn Cookie, Blueberry & Cream Cookie, Chocolate Confetti Cookie, and Confetti Cookie. You can even have it delivered right to her door, making it a great gift if you can’t be with her in-person on Mother’s Day.
3. For the mom who’s your best friend: Personalized picture frame
As I’ve gotten older, my mom has become one of my best friends, and if you feel the same way about your mother, this sweet picture frame would make the perfect gift for her! You can choose between two wood colors and several sizes (only the 4x6 is under $20, though), and the frame has a lovely inscription that reads, “Always my mother, forever my friend.” Just print out your favorite photo of you and your mom, and you’ll have a heart-warming gift for Mother’s Day.
4. For the mom who loves family photos: Artifact Uprising Softcover Book
Artifact Uprising is known for their stunning photo books and calendars, and some of their products are more affordable than you might think. For instance, you can make a 5.5-inch softcover photo book for just $15! It comes with 30 pages that are printed on 100% recycled paper, and you get to pick and choose your favorite family photos to put inside it. Plus, the book will be ready to ship in three business days, so you won’t have to wait months to receive it.
5. For the mom who gardens: Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden
If your mom loves tending to her plants during the spring and summer, she’s sure to love this cool indoor herb garden, which you grow right inside a mason jar. There are a variety of herbs to choose from, including basil, parsley, cilantro, and more, and the kit includes an attractive tinted mason jar that will look lovely on her kitchen counter. The hydroponic system is beginner-friendly, automatically providing the seeds with the right amount of moisture, so it’s even a good option for moms who have somewhat of a brown thumb.
6. For the mom who loves baths: Bath salts
Does your mom love relaxing at the end of a long day by soaking in her tub? If so, she’ll definitely appreciate these all-natural bath salts, which are as pretty as they are soothing. You can choose from jasmine, rose, eucalyptus and spearmint, or lavender scents, and they’re available in both 4- and 8-ounce jars, both of which cost less than $20. It’s the perfect gift for any mom who could use a little self-care!
7. For the mom who drinks wine: Mother’s Day wine label
Speaking of self-care, no bath is complete without a glass of wine, and these fun wine labels will help you jazz up a bottle of your mom’s favorite vino for Mother’s Day. The vinyl labels come in a set of four (please note, it’s just the labels; not the actual bottle!), and they have both sweet and silly phrases on them. For instance, one reads, “You’re more than just my mom, you’re my best friend. I love you,” while another one says, “I’m pretty sure I’m the reason you drink, so enjoy this bottle on me. Happy Mother’s Day.”
8. For the mom who loves the farmers market: Reusable shopping bag
If your mother’s weekend ritual involves a trip to the farmer's market, you can help her be a more eco-friendly shopper with this sweet reusable bag. The tote is made from jute with a water-resistant laminated lining, and on one side, it reads, “Love your mother,” with an image of the earth on the reverse. I personally own several of these reusable shopping bags, and they’re extremely heavy-duty and versatile—and, of course, pretty!
9. For the mom who lights up your life: Mother’s Day soy candle
This cute candle has a label that reads, “Mothers are like candles, they light the way,” and it would be a perfect gift for the mom who’s helped you navigate all sorts of obstacles in life. The standard 9-ounce size is the only option under $20, and you get to choose from a variety of the seller’s most popular scents, including blackberry vanilla, fresh linens, sage and lavender, and more. The candle is made from soy wax, and it even comes with a cute wooden lid.
10. For the mom who cooks with a lot of garlic: Chef’n GarlicZoom
Does your mom always add two (or three) times as much garlic as a recipe calls for? If so, the Chef’n GarlicZoom is a must-have kitchen gadget for her. This handy little device makes it quick and easy to chop garlic. All you have to do is drop a few cloves into the pod, then roll it back and forth a few times. The blades will spin, and just like that, your mom will have all the freshly minced garlic she could ever want or need.
11. For the mom who drinks coffee: Margot Monogram Mug
If your mom starts every day with a cup of coffee, she’ll think of you when she uses this pretty monogram mug. The design is inspired by French bistro tilework with an ornate geometric design, and you can choose a mug that features her initial on it. Each mug can hold 15 ounces of coffee—the perfect amount to jumpstart her day—but because of its gold details, it’s not safe to go in the microwave and should be hand washed.
12. For the eco-conscious mom: Bee’s Wrap
You can help your mom minimize her carbon footprint with a set of Bee’s Wrap—a cool alternative to plastic bags or wrap. These eco-friendly wraps are made from organic cotton that’s coated with beeswax and other natural ingredients, and they stick to themselves, allowing her to wrap up sandwiches or leftovers inside. Each piece can be washed and reused, and when cared for properly, they can last up to a year! Plus, Bee’s Wax is a woman-owned company that operates out of Vermont, so it’s a purchase you can feel good about.
13. For the mom with multiple kids: Custom name Mother’s Day decor
If you and your siblings are planning to go in on a gift together for Mother’s Day, this customized wall hanging is the way to go. The sign says “Mom” in big letters, and inside the font, you can put the names of all your siblings, which are printed in a pretty decorative font and connected with hearts. There are a wide range of sizes available, and you even get to select what color you want the frame to be. If you opt for a small size with rope, the custom piece costs just $16.80.
14. For the vegetarian mom: Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Cutter
Whether your mom is a vegan, vegetarian, or just a vegetable lover, she needs a veggetti in her kitchen. This affordable gadget is the best spiralizer we’ve ever tested, and it’s ideal for making zoodles (aka zucchini noodles) and other fun vegetable dishes. It’s super easy to use and cuts vegetables into two different sizes, and it comes with a brush for cleaning, too.
15. For the mom who deserves pampering: Bath bomb gift set
You can encourage your mom to set aside some time for herself with this bath bomb gift set. The affordable set includes five 2-ounce bath bombs, including lavender, lemongrass, eucalyptus, pink grapefruit, and rose scents. (The seller also lets you request a custom mix of scents, if desired.) The set comes packaged in a beautiful gift box, complete with a bow, as well, so you won’t even have to wrap it.
16. For the mom always running errands: New face masks
Even if your mom is already vaccinated, face masks are still both required and recommended in many places—and that likely won't change any time soon. That's why face masks would make a great gift under $20 this year. The best face masks we tested are currently under $20 at Athleta right now and come in a variety of colors and patterns. If she's been using the same face masks for a while or would love some new, fun patterns to sport, this five-pack is a solid choice.
17. For the mom who loves her pool: Monterey Hammock Inflatable Pool Float
Once Mother’s Day arrives, summer is right around the corner, and if your mom’s favorite pastime is floating around in her pool, she’ll absolutely adore this inflatable pool hammock. The cool design features two floating pillows connected by a “hammock” of mesh, and it can be used in a variety of ways, including as a chair, exercise saddle, and more. Plus, it’s significantly easier to get into and out of than many pool floats, making it ideal for older moms.
18. For the drink-mixing mom: A Woman’s Drink Recipe Book
Does your mom greet you at the door of her house, only to immediately ask if she can make you a drink? This unique book is a great gift for mixology-loving moms, as it’s filled with bold cocktail recipes for bold women! The book includes lots of helpful tips for at-home bartenders, as well as beautiful images, and it can be used as a coffee table book, as well as a guide behind the bar.
19. For the mom who misses her kids: Custom tea towel
Is your mom always saying how much she misses you and your siblings? It’s tough to have an empty nest, but you can remind your mom that you’re always thinking of her with these cute personalized tea towels. The design reads, “Mom you are so loved,” and you can have it customized with the names of your siblings along the bottom. Sweet, right?
20. For the mom who loves tea: Sweese Porcelain Tea Mug
Any tea-loving lady is sure to appreciate this handy tea mug, which comes with an infuser and lid. You can select from a rainbow of pretty colors, and the mug can hold up to 15 ounces. The lid will help to keep your mom’s drink warm, and it also doubles as a hold for the infuser after the tea has steeped. Plus, the whole thing is dishwasher safe, making it easy to clean after each use.
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