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If you’re a working mom, you know a thing or two about multi-tasking, not to mention how desperately you need a vacation, stat! After all, the average working mom clocks close to 100 hours a week—more than double the amount of time required for a typical full-time job. What’s more: The U.S. Department of Labor notes that 70 percent of moms are working moms, meaning they hold a job outside of the one that involves caring for their children’s every waking needs. That’s a lot of mamas going above and beyond to bring home the bacon and ensure that their family, specifically their children, is well taken care of.
Moms deserve to be pampered every single day of the year. You don’t need to wait for a holiday to go all out to show the mom in your life just how valued and appreciated she really is. Before you spend unnecessary dough on a bouquet of flowers and some expensive chocolates, consider reading through our list of gift items that every mom could seriously use—like the stuff that will help make her day-to-day a bit easier and more enjoyable.
Here is our list of the best gifts for working moms.
Best Gifts for Working Moms
Best Pampering Gifts for Mom
Every mom needs good pajamas, although she rarely splurges to buy them for herself! Whether mom is pregnant or living the mom life, she’ll love the cozy night-shirt from Cozy Earth. It’s luxuriously soft, made with viscose from bamboo. The rib-knit is lightweight, but still gives coverage. Sizes range from XS-XXXL, and colors range from white to black with some new pastels for every mom’s taste.
For the mom who loves the latest in beauty products AND hates her extra-heavy blow dryer, this is THE gift. This ultra lightweight (only 12.5 oz) and quiet hair dryer uses infrared technology to dry hair faster at a lower temp while using ionic technology to minimize heat damage and eliminate static (thank god!). It also looks gorgeous, self-cleans, takes up minimal space and comes with 4 attachments for when she’s in the mood to try something new.
There’s nothing mom needs more than alone time (did you ever read the children’s book Five Minutes’ Peace?)!
We know squeezing in a shower is hard, and a bath even harder, but man is it worth it. When you know the kids are good, lock the door and take ten with these bath bombs from Old Whaling Co. They are handmade with natural ingredients (baking soda, Epsom salts, olive & soybean oil) and smell really, really good.
What’s the best gift for any new, pregnant or working mom? Food— that she doesn’t have to buy or cook. Thistle brings it all to your door, and is so damned delicious. These kits are customized to your liking, so go for lunch-time salads, vegan cheese & cracker snacks, or gift mom an entire week’s worth of meals. She’ll love it and love you for making life easier. The ultimate gift.
The word ‘set’ should be in every gift for any mom! Fresh put together a beautiful 4-piece skincare set that makes beauty feel uncomplicated. With ingredients like kombucha and black tea plus hydrators like hyaluronic acid and noni fruit juice, we’re not saying mom needs anti-aging products, but we know she won’t mind them either. She may not have time for the spa (although we’re hoping she will-see below), but a quick 5 minute essence, serum, moisturizer and eye cream routine can always fit in her schedule.
Mom’s hot, she’s cold, she’s sleeping alone, she’s got toddlers in the mix. She needs a blanket that does it all. Queue Muslin Comfort’s The 365 Blanket. This 100% pure muslin cotton comforter is light enough for warm months and layers great during cooler ones. It washes easily, never looks wrinkled (because it is naturally) and comes in every color under the sun (well, almost!). Add in coordinating muslin pillow shams and mom’s bed will feel like a spa, even if it doesn’t sound like one.
When we asked the moms on the Bobbie team what they most want for a holiday (or any day) the answer was “time away”. Whether mom works from home or not, she would love a few days with no cooking or cleaning or laundry or homework, where someone else looks after her wellness for a change. Finca Victoria could be the place for relaxation and clarity— located right off the coast of Puerto Rico, in Vieques.
If mom doesn’t have enough time for a wellness getaway, at least book her a night at your nearest spa hotel. One night of peace is truly the gift that a mom needs, but may never think to ask for.
Wherever you’re momming these days, the Becka Booty from Dansko is a win in comfort and cuteness. Perfect for all day comfort and style: from school drop off, to the office, to dinner with friends, they look great with your favorite denim or a long maxi skirt. Pull tabs and double gore provide easy entry— the little things that a heritage brand, like Dansko, never leaves off of our favorite products.
There is no mom who doesn’t need new pajamas (raises hand). Especially pajamas that are practical AND cute. These long sleeve linen pajamas from Quince sleep cozy and give you enough coverage to answer the door when needed. They come in three beautiful colors, all with piping for a classic “I’m dressed without being too dressed” look.
After a long, hard day, Mom deserves to sit back, relax on the couch and get a nice, relaxing foot massage in a hot-water bubble bath. This device brings the foot spa to her home, with speed heating, temperature control, vibration and even removable rollers that can help give her the foot massager she so desperately needs.
Best Gifts for Moms Who Work at Home
Whether mom is tuning in (to a meeting or a podcast) or tuning out (kids), she’ll love doing it with these gorgeous over the ear headphones from Apple. Yes, she’s got her AirPods stashed in her purse, but these are even more comfortable and provide a better listening experience. Features include a canopy headband, acoustically engineered memory foam ear cushions and the choice of transparency mode or active noise cancellation. Plus they come in cool colors like sky blue and silver, so nobody in the house can claim they’re theirs.
A really good toothbrush is a total win for every mom! We love this electric toothbrush from favorite dental brand, Curaprox. The Hydrosonic Easy Electric Toothbrush is equipped with a sensitive toothbrush head with ultra-fine, gentle Curen filaments for a particularly gentle, yet highly efficient cleaning. Safe enough to use daily, it even comes with a travel case for when you do get a chance to get away.
PS- For the rest of the family, we love colorful Ultra-Soft Curaprox Toothbrushes. Everyone picks a color and they can finally use their OWN brush without mix-up.
For the mom who appreciates a fresh-pressed juice in the morning, or really any time of day, but doesn’t want to carve out time to drive to a local juice bar, not to mention shell out money for one on the regular, splurge on this slow juicer that she can use at home. From one of the most popular juicer brands out there comes their largest self-feeding hopper yet, which churns out a higher yield of delicious, pulp-free juice that Mom can enjoy.
If mom is a SERIOUS coffee lover, a cup of coffee won’t do. This barista needs an espresso machine that does it all. This 15 piece set is the ultimate all in one home barista— it comes with an espresso machine, an electric coffee grinder, a high-quality portafilter, single and double shot baskets plus two espresso cups and a milk frothing pitcher. See, no joke. This will get her through early mom-mornings and the 3 o’clock afternoon energy crash.
You know what’s really a shame? When Mom opens a nice bottle of wine that goes bad before she has a chance to finish it. Coravin is a unique device that can help prevent that sad story from happening. It’s a wine preservation system that lets Mom enjoy wine on her terms without risking oxidation that ruins the taste. It can allow wine to last weeks and months without going bad.
When Mom finishes a long day of work and needs a spur-of-the-moment spa experience, this Serenity Spa Crate from Olive & Cocoa will do the trick to help her unwind and relax. It’s filled with pampering products including herbal lavender tub sachets, hand-crocheted washcloth, artisanal soap, lavender candle, and luxurious hand creams and comes in a gorgeous, hand-crafted wooden crate tied with a ribbon.
If the Mom on your gift list has long been asking for a Dyson Airwrap, this is the time to gift her one. Expensive? Yes, but it literally serves as five styling tools in one. It comes with various-sized barrels to curl or wave your hair in whatever style you’re looking to achieve. The blow-dry brushes also help dry your hair smooth—no flyaways. It’s literally the only heat-styling tool she’ll ever need.
Best Personal Helpers for Mom
Clean hands, that’s the #1 rule in every mom’s new life as a mom. Canary’s Concentrated Foaming Hand Soap Kit includes a refillable glass bottle equipped with a durable foaming pump, accompanied by two indulgently fragrant and deeply moisturizing concentrated hand soap slices. Just add water and experience the magic! Each soap slice is crafted to last approximately a month so this kit really gets you going. It’s easy to add future soaps to your cart as needed. Even toddlers/big kids will think this is fun enough to use, so it’s a gift for mom AND her fam.
UGH..coffee… and red wine….
Luckily Drs. Lisa and Vanessa Creaven— dentists, sisters and moms, have made oral care easy. This easy-to-use, soft brush on applicator targets stains and whitens teeth without harming tooth enamel. Using hydrogen peroxide, this brightener is vegan, PETA-certified and cruelty free. Now go and freshen up so your teeth look good, even if it’s for meetings over Zoom.
When you’ve got kids (not just a baby) having boxes of cute clothing show up at your door is a godsend. Kidpik’s boy or girl subscription boxes (available in sizes 2T-16) are perfect for holiday looks, school cool, chic casual style, and awesome athletic looks. Take a quick quiz and let the stylists do their thing. You can pick one off items or just let the assortment of 8-12 items get chosen for you. Need shoes? Add them in as well! This gift for kids is really a gift for mom— saving her time, effort and energy.
So think Google Nest Hub BUT with the portability of a tablet. YES. YES. YES. The Pixel Tablet rests on a charging speaker doc, so when it’s in hub mode you get the amazing Google assistant features (Hey Google: set a timer, play this show, music from Taylor, you get it), but then when you need to move over to the sofa to finish your favorite show (or have the kids finish theirs) just go off-base and roam. You can also set boundaries and parental controls (e.g., screen time limits) with the Family Link app and set up multiple profiles so each user on your tablet has a portal to their own apps and content, as well as an individual pin and fingerprint unlock.
An alarm clock might not be the sexiest gift out there, but just wait until you learn all that this baby can do. It’s essentially a personalized sleep-wake machine that helps you fall asleep faster and more soundly and helps you wake up refreshed and ready for the day. It utilizes a sunrise-style alarm clock so it slowly lights up when it’s time for you to wake—a far less disturbing way than the standard alarm clock. It also allows you to play meditations and sleep stories that you can choose from their app to play right on the device.
‘Hey Google’— is all you need to say for some personal assistance. That’s a lot more effective than your husband or kids, right? The new Pixel Watch 2 combines Google technology with FitBit tracking, so you can follow your runs, your sleep, your skin temp and even your stress— thanks to three all-new sensors. Not only does this watch tell you what to do when you’re showing signs of stress, but it even sends out emergency notifications to your fam if for some chance you aren’t back when planned. (Although if your evening ‘run’ is just a ploy to get out of the house, we won’t tell.)
Best Sentimental Gifts for Mom
Whether Mom works from home or heads to the office every day, there’s no denying that she’d appreciate a photo gift that showcases her sweet children. This photo art from Minted is unique in that you can use up to 30 photos to create a heart-shaped collage that comes framed with a 4-ply, museum-grade mat board. It comes in a wide range of sizes and can be shipped right to your door (or Mom’s workplace).
If one (or even 30) pictures is not enough, why not get Mom a digital picture frame that lets her view as many photos of her family as she wants. This Aura frame sets up within minutes and utilizes WiFi to add photos and videos from your phone to the frame itself. You can even invite other people to join and be able to add photos from their device right to the frame.
Choosing the Best Holiday Gift for Mom
Listen to mom, what would really make her day special? It’s not always the obvious gifts like flowers, but the more thoughtful ones that help make life easier. Helpful=special when it comes to mom.