Best Practical Gifts for Busy Working Moms
Are you looking for useful and unique gift ideas for a coworker, sibling, or working mom friend?
Or, maybe you’re not sure what to tell your spouse or parents/in-laws when they ask what you want for your birthday or Christmas this year.
Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what to buy as a gift for a mom, especially if they seem to already have everything they need (or want).
If you’re not sure what to get someone else for Christmas, their birthday, or Mother’s Day OR you’re not sure what to ask for yourself, consider a practical gift that can be used every day.
Busy working moms will appreciate useful gifts, especially if it fills a need they never knew they had!
From items to help make life easier for busy mamas, to ways you can pamper yourself, here are some of the best practical gift ideas for working moms.
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Gifts For Self-Care
Taking care of yourself is important (especially these past few crazy years). A little pampering goes a long way. Here are some gift ideas for busy working moms in need of a little rest and relaxation.
- Gift card for manicure/pedicure: Way back in 2019 (when large family gatherings were still a thing *cue my tears*), a gift card to a local nail salon was one of the most popular items at our family Yankee Swap. A gift card to a local nail salon is a great gift idea for moms who deserve to pamper themselves.
- Slippers: The first thing I do when I come home from work is kick off my shoes and grab my slippers. I love slipping my feet into warm, comfortable, cozy slippers at the end of the day.
- Heated blanket: This electric throw blanket looks so soft and cozy. Plus, it’s machine washable and dryer safe!
- Electric toothbrush: Good dental hygiene is a form of self-care, right??! I LOVE my electric toothbrush. If you don’t have one already, add this to your wish list – your teeth and gums (and dentist) will thank you!
- Bed Pillow: I’m determined to start having more energy this year, so getting a good night’s sleep is a must. This memory foam pillow has cooling gel for those of us who constantly flip our pillow to the cool side during the night. You can even add or remove the filling to get this pillow to be the perfect fit.
Time-Saving Gift Ideas for Working Moms
Most moms will tell you they would love the gift of time! Although that’s not actually possible, these gifts are great time-savers if you’re a busy working mom with too much on your plate.
- Meal Subscription Boxes: Having trouble figuring out WHAT to make for dinner? Having pre-planned meals delivered to your home is a great time-saver and stress-reducer. Most companies offer gift cards so you or the working mom in your life can try out their service. Here’s a list of some of the best meal subscription boxes.
I’ve been using Home Chef meal kits for several months and LOVE it. Sign up and get $35 off with this link.
- Meal plan service: Another option that saves time and energy is a meal plan service like CookSmarts. This service helps create meal plans and grocery lists that work for you and your family so you don’t have to worry about what you should make for dinner every day.
- Door Dash gift card: For nights when cooking just isn’t an option, a Door Dash gift card is a great idea for ordering take out or delivery.
- iRobot Roomba: Clean floors every day without having to be constantly sweeping and vacuuming? Yes, please.
- House cleaner: Even better than a robot vacuum? Someone cleaning your entire house FOR YOU! Giving a gift card to a local cleaning company is a such a fabulous practical gift idea for a busy working mom.
- Laundry service: Give the gift of time with a gift card for laundry service. Companies like Rinse will pick up your laundry, wash them, fold them, and deliver them to your door. Right now, this company offers servcies in in Boston, New York, Chicago, D.C, and several locations in CA.
- Hair Dryer Brush: I have heard great things about this hairdryer and hot air brush. Save time by drying and styling your hair in one step.
Gifts for Commuting Moms
A lot of jobs are now allowing or encouraging employees to work from home, but there are still many moms that head into the office every day. Here are some thoughtful and useful gifts for the working mom who is working outside the home.
- Travel mug: I never leave for work in the morning without my coffee. My commute is only 10 minutes but my travel mug keeps my coffee warm all morning if I get too busy at work to sip on it right away.
- Work bag: A great bag can make going to work feel more glamourous than it actually is! I’ve got my eye on this work tote which seems like it has room for everything and is still super stylish.
- Remote car starter: My husband got me a remote car starter for Christmas one year and it really is THE BEST. We live in New England so winters can get cold. It’s so nice to slide into a WARM car in the morning. This is so great when heading out with the kids too.
- Car detailing: If you commute to work, your car probably gets a lot of use. It would be great to have it cleaned and detailed like new!
- Lunch bag: I have a thing for bags – whether it’s a new diaper bag or a work tote or a lung bag. Thinking of making a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier? Start early with a new lunch tote like this one which has two compartments for cold and warm food.
- Space heater: Maybe it’s just me but my office is always SO COLD. This little space heater will keep you warm enough for maximum productivity throughout every season.
Gifts for Organized Moms (or moms who want to get organized!)
- Custom planner: I have searched through so many planners trying to find the perfect one. I love, love, love the customization options offered by Plum Paper. I cannot wait to get my 2022 planner and start getting organized for the new year.
- Bullet journal: Get and stay organized using a bullet journal, a great idea for making lists or doing brain dumps!
- Colored pens: As a kid, I loved shopping for back to school supplies. Give me all the new folders, binders and number two pencils! As an adult, I get my fix through office supplies. Colored pens are one of my favorite ways to stay organized – you can color code everything! This makes a great gift paired with a planner or notebook for the wanna-be-organized mom.
Gifts for the Home
Some moms might balk at the idea of getting houseware and kitchen supplies as gifts for the holidays while other moms love them. If you’re a lover of practical gifts for the home (like me!), here are some great ideas.
- Always Pan: While a bit pricey, this pan can be used as a frying pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, and saucepan so you can use it to cook basically EVERYTHING. It even has a built in spoon rest!
- Cast iron skillet: Okay, I never knew what a cast iron skillet was until my sister gifted this to me one Christmas (she’s always been the better cook)! I love it now. We’re big grill-ers in our house (seriously, my husband will stand outside in the snow to have some perfectly grilled chicken) but when we cook indoors, we love using the cast iron skillet.
- Air Fryer: First there was the Crockpot, then there was the Instant Pot, now – the Air Fryer. Just because it’s trendy doesn’t mean it’s not amazing. I orginally decided I wanted one of these so I could dehydrate fruit and make apple chips. But there are SO MANY other things you can do with an air fryer. Definitely an awesome and practical gift for busy working moms.
- Electric kettle: We use our electric kettle almost daily. It’s such a convenient way to boil or heat water whenever you need it.
- Mandolin slicer: Want to eat healthier but hate slicing vegetables? A mandolin can make that much easier! This one is designed to keep hands and fingers away from the blades for extra safe meal prep.
Unique Gift Ideas for Busy Working Moms
- Date night: Give the gift of a date night out with the husband with a restaurant gift card!
- Zen Garden: Feeling stressed? A zen garden for your desk or table can help you practice mindfulness and relaxation at work or in the home.
- A Gift from Thistle Farms: Thistle Farms in a company that makes soy candles, lotion, hand soap, and essential oils among many other items. I love getting things like these as gifts because I normally don’t splurge on them for myself. The best part is Thistle Farms employs women who have lived through trafficking, prostitution, and addiction so each purchase goes toward supporting women survivors. Learn more from visiting their website here.
- Coffee warmer: Are you a mom who has to heat her coffee up 7 times every morning and then ultimately forgets about it until you opens up the microwave the next day? This is for you!
- Tile: I’m not sure why I’m just now learning about this amazing invention. A tile is a great idea for anyone who is constantly misplacing things due to having so much on your mind all the time (like all us working moms).
- Family photo session: Besides my wedding pictures, I have never gotten professional family photos done. It’s just never fit into our budget. I would LOVE to be gifted a family photo session with a local photographer. This is such a thoughtful and unique gift idea for mamas.
- Canvas Prints: I love canvas prints – they are so much easier to hang on the wall as opposed to heavy framed pictures and look great! A canvas print of the family or the kids would be an awesome gift idea for any mom.
Final Thoughts on Gift Ideas for Busy Working Moms
If you’re looking for a present for a working mom that she’ll actually USE, try one of these practical holiday gift ideas.
Whether you are hoping to find a gift to encourage self-care, save time, increase organization, make things easier around the home, or create lasting family memories, the gifts featured here can help.
If you are a working mom or shopping for a working mom, I hope this list gave you some unique gift ideas for Christmas, Mother’s Day, birthdays, or just because.