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18 Gifts for Mom Under $20

For her birthday, Mother's Day or as a "thinking of you" gesture, it's not hard to find cheap—but beautiful—gifts for mom under $20.

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cheap gifts for mom Sur La Table Lemon Basil Hand Soapvia surlatable.com

Sur La Table Hand Soap

That 99-cent container of grocery-grade hand soap is fine. But the Lemon Basil hand soap from Sur La Table makes the mundane task of hand-washing more pleasant. Feeling crafty? Make a tasty food gift for Mom, too.

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cheap gifts for mom Kiehls Since 1851 Richly Hydrating Hand Cream Coriandervia macys.com

Kiehl’s Hand Cream

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 from Macy’s.

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cheap gifts for mom Paper Source Chunky List Notepadvia nordstrom.com

Pretty Notepad

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 Paper Source notepad from Nordstrom a practical and thoughtful gift. (See, I really was listening to her all this time!)

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10071274 Ashcraft Tray With Handlesvia containerstore.com

Serving Tray

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 is up to the task!

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Moscow Mule Mug cheap gifts for mom via worldmarket.com

Moscow Mule Mug

This generously proportioned Moscow mule mug from World Market made our list for its clever design and ability to keep the popular cocktail cool long after it’s poured.

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Soy Candle cheap gifts for mom via surlatable.com

Soy Candle

Mom needs a candle that’s better than basic. Find her one that smells better, burns longer and add a touch of elegance to the room. The Tea Rose candle from Sur La Table is subtly sweet and clean.

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Sun Hat cheap gifts for mom via worldmarket.com

Sun Hat

Surprise mom with a super chic hat. This straw hat from World Market goes with literally everything; it also looks cute with shorter hairstyles!

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cheap gifts for mom Ivory Dobby Pashmina Style Shawlvia worldmarket.com

Light Shawl

Help your Mom layer in style with this ivory shawl from World Market. It will be the unifying element that makes her outfit complete!

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Pinks Nail Polish cheap gifts for mom via ulta.com

Nail Polish

In a pinch, every gal needs her own go-to nail polish, because real life and chipped nails happen. Make sure Mom has a gorgeous shade of Essie’s nail polish from Ulta.

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cheap gifts for mom Popsockets Popgrip Swappable Phones Tabletsvia amazon.com

PopSocket Stand

Give her a bit of bling for the accessory that’s always with her; snag this floral PopSocket stand 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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cheap gifts for mom Heavy Solid Pineapple Letter Openervia amazon.com

Pineapple Letter Opener

Those cheap plastic letter openers are giveaway quality at best—and they’re boring. Surprise your Mom with a fun letter opener, like this pineapple version. It’s comfortable to hold, long enough to open large envelopes with ease and you’ll be helping her say goodbye to paper cuts!

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cheap gifts for mom Gold Foil String Bound Journalvia papersource.com

Beautiful 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 gold foil journal is designed to lay flat and includes 142 beautiful blank pages for Mom to jot down recipes, musings or thoughts.

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cheap gifts for mom American Atelier Geometric Charcuterie Decorativevia amazon.com

Cutting Board

Our kitchens always seems woefully short on servingware during a dinner party. This gorgeous cutting board is a beautiful option, perfectly sized for displaying all sorts of snacks and apps.

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cheap gifts for mom Salad Serversvia worldmarket.com

Salad Servers

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 wood salad servers.

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cheap gifts for mom Forestfish Pursevia amazon.com

Cross-Body Purse

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 is light enough to keep Mom on the move with her essentials for all-day errands.

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Jewelry Holder cheap gifts for mom via SageAndStain/etsy.com

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 jewelry holder made the list. It’s small, making it ideal for the often-used pieces in her collection.

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cheap gifts for mom All Clad Solid Kitchen Towelvia bedbathandbeyond.com

Hand Towels

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 hand towels come in several colors to choose from.

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cheap gifts for mom Soaking Saltvia Nordstrom.com

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 from Nordstrom caught our attention for these very reasons—plus the essential oils infused into these pink Himalayan sea salts.

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Up next—gifts for Dads who love to cook.

Rebecca Walden
Rebecca C. Walden is a freelance writer with Deep South roots - an Alabama native now living in north Texas. Her writing has appeared in Reader's Digest, the Huffington Post, Southern Living, and many other regional publications, focusing on everything from health and wellness to parenting, family, and women's interests. Walden also provides freelance writing to corporate clients in finance, government, healthcare, and higher education. Check out her latest work @rebeccacwalden.com.

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