20 Gifts for Mom Under $20
For her birthday, Christmas or as a "thinking of you" gesture, it's not hard to find gifts for Mom under $20.
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Sur La Table Hand Soap
That 99-cent container of grocery-grade hand soap is fine. (Probably.) But the Lemon and Sea Salt Soap ($13) from Sur La Table makes the mundane task of hand-washing more pleasant.
Feeling crafty? Make a tasty food gift for Mom, too.
Kiehl’s Hand Cream
When cold outdoor temps bring dry hands, even the most regimented moisturizing routines can fall short. Keep Mom well equipped with an ultra-rich hand lotion, like this light to the touch Kiehl’s Hand Cream ($15) from Macy’s.
I never met a notepad I didn’t like and couldn’t put to good use. Like most people, I learned the art of list-making from my Mom, making this Anthropologie notepad ($16) from Nordstrom a practical and thoughtful gift. (See, I really was listening to her all this time!)
The Container Store
A well-made tray has near endless uses. It can be used year-round as home décor, hold a collection of catalogs and magazines or as a piece of serveware for appetizers. This handwoven serving tray ($19) is up to the task!
Moscow Mule Mug
Cable Knit Beanie
Is there a chance that temps in your area will dip into jacket weather? Surprise mom with a super chic hat. This speckled oatmeal beanie with pom ($15) from World Market goes with literally everything; it also looks cute with shorter hairstyles!
In cooler weather, I reach for my scarf more than any other accessories. Help your Mom layer in style with this blush and gray infinity scarf ($20) from World Market. It will be the unifying element that makes her outfit complete!
Pop Socket Stand
Give her a bit of bling for the accessory that’s always with her; Target carries a huge line of Pop Socket ($10) stands for Mom’s cell phone. It’s one of those items we never think to buy for ourselves, until someone does it for us and we wonder how we functioned without it.
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Pewter Letter Opener
Those cheap plastic letter openers are giveaway quality at best—and they’re boring. Surprise your Mom with a ladylike antique designed letter opener ($20). It’s comfortable to hold, long enough to open large envelopes with ease and you’ll be helping her say goodbye to paper cuts!
Thoughts & Such Journal
Having a notepad is great for grocery items and a short to-do list, but there’s no substitute for an all-purpose journal. This floral journal ($15) is designed to lay flat and includes 142 beautiful blank pages for Mom to jot down recipes, musings or thoughts.
It seems one’s kitchen always seems woefully short on servingware during a dinner party. This gorgeous cutting board with a copper handle ($20) is a beautiful option, perfectly sized for displaying all sorts of snacks and apps.
Serving utensils are some of the hardest-working gadgets in anyone’s kitchen. They endure serious wear and tear, making the idea of an extra set not only welcome, but necessary. Upgrade her stash with these Thirstystone wood and copper salad servers ($20).
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In so many settings, a large carry-all purse is completely impractical. Wristlets are a nice idea, but for maximum ergonomic comfort, it’s hard to beat a well-made cross-body bag. Even if she loads it up with a billfold-sized wallet, cell phone and keys, this cross-body purse ($17) is light enough to keep Mom on the move with her essentials for all day errands.
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Cast Iron Jewelry Holder
Raise your hand if you have ample storage for all the jewelry you’ve collected thus far. Yeah, neither do we, which is why this heart jewelry holder ($19) made the list. It’s small, making it ideal for the often-used pieces in her collection. She can pile it up with a favorite few pieces, giving them a spot within easy reach.
Tree of Life Charm
While you’re surprising her with a gift just for the fun of it, why not start a new tradition? Charm bracelets are one sweet and meaningful way to celebrate her. I’m starting mine with this tree of life charm ($16). There are many other options available, allowing you to customize her bracelet with symbols that speak to the heart of your family.
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Refreshing her kitchen hand towels is a thoughtful and practical gift. Fewer fabrics show their stained badges of honor more prominently, and who wants to use a clean kitchen towel that looks anything but? These striped hand towels ($15, set of two) come in several designs and colors, with that all-important hanging loop!
Calming Bath Salts
If it evokes a soothing scent and the word “calming” is involved, we’re all ears. These Herbivore Botanical Calm Bath Salts ($18) from Nordstrom caught our attention for these very reasons—plus the essential oils infused into these pink Himalayan sea salts.
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A particularly thoughtful option is to take the time and care to give her a custom-made gift. This personalized embosser ($19) from Amazon is exactly that, and useful for monogramming cards and envelopes.
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