28 Budget-Friendly Mother's Day Gifts Under $20

Show Mom how special she is, even if you're on a tight budget. From gifts for gardeners to bakers to pet lovers, check out our gift ideas for under $20.

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April 15, 2022

Our moms, aunts, grandmothers and other mother figures have given us so much throughout our lives, and Mother's Day, which is May 8 this year, is the perfect time to show them how much we care. Luckily, you don't have to break the bank to find a gift that will make them feel the love. After all, it's not how much you spend, but the thought that counts. Read on for our favorite Mother's Day gift ideas that cost $20 or less.

For the Candle Collector

If she loves candles, chances are you've probably gifted her quite a few over the years. Switch things up by gifting this beautiful blue-and-white floral wick trimmer instead (or alongside a candle — she can never have enough, after all). Elegant and practical, this wick trimmer helps extend a candle's burn time and helps keep wicks from getting smoky. If she has a more modern, minimal style, we love this matte black candle care set. A ceramic match holder and striker is another cute and easy gift to go with her candle collection. If tapered candles are more her thing, we love these neutral candle holders from Anthropologie.

For the Pet Mom

If she's obsessed with her pet, this custom pet ring, available in yellow gold, rose gold and sterling silver, would make the perfect addition to her jewelry collection and will maker her smile every time she looks down at her hand and is reminded of her furry best friend.


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For the Gardener

Whether Mom is a beginner or master gardener, encourage her growing season this year with an inspiring gardening book. We may be a bit biased, but we suggest this book by Kelly Smith Trimble, the editorial director here at HGTV.com, full of bite-sized advice and inspiration, organized by season. From growing tips to quotes from inspirational gardeners to recipes, the beautifully illustrated book is one Mom can reach for again and again whenever she needs a little gardening guidance. Gift it by itself or pair it with fun garden accessories like those pictured in this basket.

If she loves growing and cooking with herbs, this wooden herb stripper, available in three different wood tones, would make such a cute, useful gift. These porcelain blue-and-white garden markers are something she'd probably love to have but might not buy herself, which means it's the perfect kind of thing to gift. This stylish mosquito-repellent diffuser will make her time outdoors more enjoyable. When it's filled with DEET-free repellent made from lemongrass oil and geraniol, it will ward off mosquitoes and other bugs up to around 200 square feet — the perfect amount of protection for decks, patios and porches.


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For the Chocolate Lover

Chocolate is always a safe choice. Restock Mom's chocolate stash with this pack of four milk chocolate bars with caramel and sea salt from Tony's Chocolonely. If it's not already, this amazingly delicious chocolate will become her new favorite. Choose from several flavors of milk, dark or white chocolate bars, or opt for a chocolate bundle if caramel sea salt isn't her jam.

For the Self-Care Enthusiast

Upgrade her at-home self-care routine with these little luxuries. Bath salts and bath bombs will make her next bath that much more relaxing. A scalp massager like this silicone one from Ceremonia will make even a quick shower feel like a spa experience, and if she's into dry brushing, this one would make a great addition to her pre-shower routine.

For the Beauty and Skincare Lover

If you and your mom are always swapping favorite skin and beauty products, make sure she knows about this hydrating lotion. With more than 23,000 reviews on Amazon and a 4.6-star rating, customers — and HGTV editors — are obsessed with Weleda's Skin Food. You only need a small dollop to leave your skin feeling moisturized, and it's easy to rub in and won't leave a sticky residue. Upgrade her face skincare routine with a jade facial massage tool, which is so nice to use right before bed after you've applied your skincare. A silk sleeping mask will help her get her beauty sleep, and these reusable under-eye patches will help her look like she got her beauty sleep, even when she didn't.

For the Baker

Maybe her pans are old or she could simply use one for extra cookie space. Either way, any mom who loves to bake will appreciate a quality sheet pan. You can't go wrong with this best-selling pan on Amazon from Nordic Ware. Really, this is a gift that will benefit your mom and those around her. If she loves to make pies or cakes, these fun reusable stencils will help her decorate like a pro. You can never go wrong with potholders like this cute set that's available in several colors or a sleek apron.

For the Coffee (or Tea) Lover

Brighten up her morning with a fun ceramic mug for her favorite hot beverage. This minimalist modern design from Etsy shop Skandi Haus comes in several colors, and the oversized handle is fun and playful and would be so cute displayed on open shelving.


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For the Chef

Anyone who loves to cook, especially if they're cooking for a family, could always use more recipe ideas to try. Tieghan Gerard, the recipe developer and creator of the super-popular food blog and Instagram account Half-Baked Harvest, has a new cookbook out that Mom is sure to love. If she could use a new pan, you can't go wrong with a pre-seasoned cast iron pan from Lodge. For something smaller that you could pair with a salt cellar if it's in the budget or just a thoughtful card, stock her pantry with a nice box of Maldon salt. And if she doesn't already have one, a ceramic spoon rest would make another thoughtful and useful addition to her cooking station.


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For the Mom Who Truly Doesn't Want a Gift

If she insists on no gifts, you can at least splurge on a nice card because no mom will ever turn down a thoughtful note of appreciation and thanks. Lovepop makes beautiful, intricate pop-up cards like this hummingbird one with the message "Happy Mother's Day" on the front. The display-worthy cards feature removable paper inserts where you can write your message without detracting from the beautiful art that is the card. For some of Lovepop's cards, including this one, you can even personalize it for $5 by uploading your message and an optional photo, and Lovepop will print and ship the card directly to the recipient, which is perfect if you're short on time.

This colorful pop-up hummingbird card from Lovepop is a pretty way to show love and appreciation for any mom in your life, especially if they’re avid birders.
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