9 Perfect Mother’s Day Gifts Under $20

posted: 04/28/16
by: Blythe Copeland
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    Tired of giving mom the same flowers, photos, and jewelry for Mother's Day each year? This year, try classics with a twist: Instagram magnets instead of a framed photo, a rose petal-filled bath bomb instead of fresh blooms; a sleek, modern cuff bracelet with a sentimental engraving instead of a traditional necklace. See nine of our favorite gifts that all moms will love.

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    1. Social Print Studio Magnets

    Turn your Instagram habit into an easy gift with square magnets from Social Print Studio. Login to choose images from your Instagram account (or from your computer), and then select a 2-inch or 3-inch square size; the finished product is a set of six or 10 different magnets that will deserve their place of honor on mom's fridge, whether it's holding up a kid's drawing or your brand new business card. (Social Print Studio, $14 for 10 2-inch magnets, $15 for six 3-inch magnets)

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    2. Literary Candles

    For the mom who read to you every night at bedtime, helped proofread your high school essays on "Lord of the Flies" and "Romeo and Juliet," and texts you every time her book club reads something you'd like, literary candles from artist Callie Meaney are a novel gift. The candles come in four scents, each inspired by a classic book: A Mad Tea Party (Alice in Wonderland), 221B Baker Street (Sherlock Holmes), Thornfield Garden (Jane Eyre), and Pemberley (Pride & Predjudice). (Uncommon Goods, $16)

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    3. Swirled Symmetry Mug

    Buying for a mom who runs on coffee? (Hint: That's most moms.) Treat her to a pretty earthenware mug, like the Swirled Symmetry mug from Anthropologie, to make her morning -- or afternoon -- java even more of a treat. The 13.5 ounce mug holds plenty of caffeine to keep her going through endless hours of pretend play or long days at her desk, and the colorful blue and red design is an instant pick-me-up. (Anthropologie, $10)

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    4. Sequined Jute Cosmetic Bag

    Crisp white jute gets a sparkly upgrade on the sequined cosmetic bag from Ballard Designs. The casual feel of the summer-weight fabric is ideal for packing makeup, jewelry, and other must-haves for beach weekends and summer vacations, while the band of silver sequins along the bottom means mom could also use it as a clutch or organizer. (Ballard Designs, $12)

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    5. Roman Numeral Date Bracelet

    Birthstone jewelry and monogrammed necklaces are a classic Mother's Day gift, but if you're working with a budget or shopping for a mom who's a little less traditional, consider Roman numeral jewelry like this cuff from Etsy seller Madre de Olivia. Even better, order one for each child in complimentary metals -- silver, gold, rose gold -- for an armful of customized, sentimental bangles. (Madre de Olivia, $19)

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    6. Evelyn Vase

    Instead of sending flowers that will be wilted by Tuesday, give a gorgeous vase that mom can use year after year, like the Evelyn vase from Crate and Barrel. Each handcrafted vase made from blown glass is unique, with a delicately curved rim that makes arranging flowers easy -- whether you're showing off a few striking blooms or a colorful bouquet. (Crate and Barrel, $20)

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    7. Solid and Striped Infinity Scarf

    A lightweight scarf is the kind of spring and summer accessory mom can never have too many of: Pair it with a cardigan for cool May evenings, use it to dress up a basic t-shirt for summer nights dining al fresco, and keep it in the rotation for early fall sports practices as the weather cools. Choosing an infinity style makes this must-have even easier to throw on in a hurry, while a solid and striped print makes a graphic statement. (Target, $10)

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    8. Printable Artwork

    For a low-cost, last-minute gift, download a piece of printable artwork and pop it in an inexpensive frame. You have plenty of free options, like a floral wreath enclosing the phrase "Home is where Mom is" from The Kiwi in the Clouds; a bouquet of flowers around the words "First my mother, forever my friend" from Lolly Jane; and bright flowers on a black background reading, "If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart," from Eighteen 25. Etsy also offers under-$5 options, including "Mothers are like buttons; they hold everything together," from The Happy Cotswold Co; "What is a mom but the sunshine of our days and the North Star of our nights," from Polka Dots and Arrows; and the simple, sweet, "Best Mom Ever" from Tutto Print. For extra brownie points, write a sweet note on the back before framing. (Etsy, $1.50-$4.25)

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    9. Lush Rose Bombshell

    No time for a trip to the spa? Mom can make any bath a spa-like experience with the Rose Bombshell from Lush. As the outer shell dissolves in water, the bath bomb gives off the scents of rose and lemon oil and the water gets a boost from dried yellow rose petals and sea salt. Pair it with a good book (or a bottle of wine) and get the kids out of the house so she can relax in peace. (Lush, $7)