We have always been of the mindset that while we do love the splurges, that affordable Mother’s Day gifts can still be really special — and special Mother’s Day gifts can still be affordable. With that, I’ve tracked down more than 2 dozen wonderfully thoughtful, special, and creative gifts that don’t have to cost a fortune. (And of course there’s always tons of DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas, if you prefer that direction.)

Every one of these Mother’s Day gifts is $20 or less. All guaranteed to put a smile on her face — whether you’re shopping for your own mom, your child’s mom, your grandma, your godmother or your stepmother.

Just don’t forget a card. That’s mandatory!

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Related: 28 Special Mother’s Day Gifts All Under $25

Special Mother's Day gifts under $20: You Are Awesome floral gift box of gourmet caramels from Good Karmal

You Are Awesome Caramel Box ($13+, Good Karmal)
Worth every penny.

Special Mother's Day gifts under $20: Heathered throw now 50% off at Nordstrom

Soft Heathered Throw ($19.49 on sale at 50% off, limited time, Nordstrom)
In three cozy colors

Special Mother's Day gifts under $20: Custom mom or grandma photo book from Pinhole Press

All About My Mom Photo Book ($15.99 for a limited time, Pinhole Press)
Also find All About My Grandma.

Special Mother's Day gifts under $20: Custom initial locket necklace on Etsy

Tiny Initial Locket Necklace ($15 on sale, Bauble Bar)
Just add your own tiny photo!

Related: 8 of the sweetest mother-daughter necklace sets, from fancy to DIY

Special Mother's Day gifts under $20: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Action Figure

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Action Figure ($20, Urban Outfitters)
Honoring a real-life action hero.

 

Special Mother's Day gifts under $20: Just Between Us family cards in keepsake box

Just Between Us: Conversation Cards for the Whole Family ($9.20, Amazon)
Packaged in a pretty keepsake box, it’s a great way to bring everyone closer — or get to know Mom better.

Special Mother's Day gifts under $20: Tiny Pocket Spa

Tiny Pocket Spa $17, Sweetgum Botanicals
For instant ahhhhh whenever she needs it most.

DIY Mother's Day gifts that kids can make: Cookie Medal by Paging Supermom

DIY Mother’s Day Cookie Medal (tutorial, Paging Supermom)
Just need a few basic materials, and some homemade cookies, of course!

Related: Truly creative DIY Mother’s Day Gift ideas the kids can make 

Special Mother's Day gifts under $20: I Carry Your Heart With Me e.e. cummings Wall Print from Raincity Prints

I Carry Your Heart With Me e.e. cummings Wall Print ($16.86, RainCity Prints)
The perfect words for any mom

Mother's Day gifts under $20: Black Queen T-shirt

Black Queen T-Shirt ($17.99 on sale, Danane Store plus free shipping)
Comes in lots of colors, but black is pretty perfect.

Special Mother's Day gifts under $20: Pressed Flower Gel Masks at Anthropologie

Pressed Flower Gel Eye Mask ($10, Anthropologie)
And a little time to use it? Alone? With no kids around?

Related: 13 wonderful self-care gifts for moms. Because we need it. Oh…how we need it.

Mother's Day Gifts under $20: Social justice mom coffee mug | Mother's Day Gift Guide

“Social Justice Mom” Coffee Mug ($14.99-$17.99, Look Human)
Get a second one 50% off with code GOBOGO)
Aren’t we all, though?

 

Special Mother's Day gifts under $20: Personalized love stamp necklace from Cranberry St NY on Etys

Personalized Love Stamp Necklace ($16.99, Cranberry St NY)
She has so many wonderful designs but this is so cool.

Mother's Day Gifts under $20:You Deserve Happiness Queer Eye Fab Five illustrated print by Tyler Feder | Mother's Day Gift Guide

“You Deserve Happiness” Queer Eye Fab Five Illustrated Print ($15, Tyler Feder)
We’re all raising our hands here, as moms who would love one of these!

Special Mother's Day gifts under $20: CLEAN classic rollerball fragrance set at Sephora

CLEAN Classic Rollerball Fragrance Set ($20, Sephora)
Fortunately she doesn’t have to choose among them — they’re made for layering

Related: Tons of fantastic ideas for last-minute Mother’s Day gifts that don’t feel like it.

Special Mother's Day gifts under $20: Star Wars: Leia Organa - Rebel Leader box with book

Star Wars: Leia Organa – Rebel Leader Box ($15.17, Amazon)
A book and a mini figurine of our favorite bad-ass princess.

Special Mother's Day gifts under $20: My Mom is Magical board book

My Mom is Magical Board Book ($7.99, Amazon)
Now that’s one for the nightstand!

Special Mother's Day gifts under $20: Monogram bar soap from Anthropologie

Monogram Bar Soap ($9/ea, Anthropologie)
The kind of thing you never buy yourself — but you’re thrilled when someone else gets it for you

Mother's Day gifts under $20: Mom since... tote bag customized with the year | Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mom Since…Tote Bag ($19.80, Park Lane Press)
Perfect for new moms. Or hey, even not-so-new moms.

Special Mother's Day Gifts under $20: Follow your dreams beaded bracelet

Follow Your Dreams Beaded Bracelet ($19.99 on sale, JCPenney)
Try promo code FORYOU8 for additional discounts for a limited time
Love these words of encouragement for any mom, grandma, stepmother, or mother figure.

Special Mother's Day gifts under $20: Milk Bar Assorted Cookie Tin

Milk Bar Assorted Cookie Tin ($16.95, MilkBar Store)
Personally, I’d go for an entire tin of their famous Compost Cookies, but an assortment is cool too.

Related: 7 easy Mother’s Day cake recipes for a sweet DIY celebration

Special Mother's Day gifts under $20: Succulent of the month subscription

Monthly Succulents Subscription Box ($12.95/mo, Cratejoy)
Use code MOMSDAY for additional discount)
At this price, I’d get at least two!

Special Mother's Day gifts under $20: Multi-strand moonstone necklace on sale from Bauble Bar

Moonstone Layered Necklace ($15 on sale, Bauble Bar)
Wow, some deal!

Mother's Day gifts under $20: Mom tattoo enamel pin from Fishcake Design on Etsy | Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mom Tattoo Soft Enamel Pin ($9, Fishcake Design)
So she can wear it on her sleeve. Or lapel. Or handbag.

Special Mother's Day gifts under $20: Personalized monthly tea subscription

Free Your Tea Personalized Monthly Tea Subscription ($16-20/mo, Cratejoy)
Use code MOMSDAY for additional 20% discount)
We have it on good word that some moms actually prefer tea. Cool, cool.

 

Special Mother's Day gifts under $20: Saint Dolly Prayer Candle

Saint Dolly Prayer Candle $12.95, The Eternal Flame
Patron Saint of owning who you are, from head to toe.

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