The perfect gift for mom makes her life a bit easier, is something that's practical for every day life, or allows her to practice some form of self-care.
We spent hours researching products from well-respected brands that appeal to a range of needs. Our favorites include the Royal Craft Wood Bathtub Caddy for a little luxury at home and a cute Digital Planner to help mom stay organized.
Here are the best gifts for the busy mom.
Royal Craft Wood Luxury Bathtub Caddy Tray
There’s no better place for mom to relax and indulge in some "me time" than the bath, and the Royal Craft Wood Luxury Bath Caddy Tray keeps several must-haves dry and secure. There’s a spot for a book or tablet, smartphone, wine glass (or other drink), soap, and even a candle.
Made from water-resistant, anti-microbial bamboo, the caddy fits most bathtubs and extends to 43-inches across. It features two convenient detachable trays and the bottom has silicone grips to keep it firmly in place. The natural bamboo color fits with a range of decor, but the tray also comes in black, blue, white, and even hot pink.
Etsy HappyDownloads Mom Digital Planner
Digital planners are extremely popular and here's one from HappyDownloads that's specifically geared toward moms. She can choose from five daily layouts and seven weekly options, which all come in six colors. The templates include a homework tracker, cleaning schedule, meal plan, milestone markers, and even a birth plan page for expectant moms. Some of the pages are undated, so she can easily use the planner year after year.
Vitruvi Stone Diffuser
Vitruvi's essential oil diffuser is a piece of decor that doesn't just look stylish and sleek but also sets a zen vibe. The 7-inch high diffuser can be set to four hours or eight intermittent hours as the scent of her favorite essential oil fills the room. This doesn't just make a space smell great, but some oils can even ease headaches, sinus pressure, or allergies.
Ulta Gift Card
If mom is a beauty junkie who’s always up on the latest palettes being released, or she could use some pampering, you can’t go wrong with a gift card from Ulta. This bit of plastic or the e-card is the best way to give her a shopping spree on someone else’s dime. The store has every popular brand in hair, skincare, and makeup.
Lineage Shenandoah Tote
A busy mom needs a tote bag that's multifunctional and also quite durable, and Lineage's waxed canvas bag fits the bill. She can use this as a work tote, diaper bag, personal carry-on item, and so much more. There's no shortage of pockets (four exterior and two interior) to keep everything organized and the waxed canvas is easy to spot clean and the water repellant lining is perfect for any small spills. And not only do the leather straps look even better with wear, but the 10-inch drop is ideal for comfortably carrying on the shoulder.
Tile Mate Key and Phone Finder
Moms have to keep track of a lot from day to day, and there’s nothing more frustrating than frantic, last-minute searches for keys, wallets, or cell phone. The Tile Mate Bluetooth trackers are an easy way to eliminate this problem—attach them to important items, then launch the Tile app to ring your things. Can’t find the phone? No worries—the Tile Mate can ring it even when it’s set on silent mode. You can buy the one-pack, but there’s also a four-pack available that will truly serve mom well.
UGG Ansley Slippers
Slippers might seem like a basic gift, but don't underestimate how functional and practical they are. The Ansley slipper from UGG is like walking on a cloud. She'll love sliding her feet into these wool-lined slippers that keep feet warm yet cool. Also, the water-resistant exterior and durable soles make them perfect for a run to the mailbox or trip outside.
Ztujo Felt Bag Organizer
Mom’s purse is undoubtedly full of her essentials, plus those of the kids. Keeping tabs on all these items, especially when she switches purses, can be tricky. That’s why this Ztujo felt purse organizer will be a handy gift she’ll most likely use every day. With a total of 13 pockets, the organizer can hold pretty much anything, including keys, wallet, planner, toys, and so much more. She no longer has to worry about leaving something behind when she swaps handbags.
Uncommon Goods Outdoor Wine Table
This is one of those genius, downright useful products that you’ll be tempted to keep for yourself instead of actually giving it to the recipient. For moms who love a good wine and cheese, this table makes it easy for her to enjoy vino while taking in a view, as the spike effortlessly plants in grass or even sand. The foldable table holds a wine bottle and two glasses and has just enough space for a small plate of bites.
Traveller Collective Dainty Silver Necklace
With such a packed schedule, traveling may not currently be at the top of her list. However, you can help mom reminisce about her favorite journeys in life with this necklace. The silver chain is dainty and simple (so it goes with everything), but the discs are engraved with the names of cities and countries. This can be a great keepsake item. The discs are sold separately, so purchase a few to get her started and maybe buy her a new one each year.
reMarkable 2 Paper Tablet
The reMarkable 2 tablet is the perfect product for the person who still loves the feel of pen to paper but appreciates the convenience of technology. The tablet allows her to write down notes and save them to a cloud. Documents can also be read and signed via the tablet. The super-thin device is less than a pound and is a great way to reduce printouts and sticky notes. If getting organized is on her to-do list, then this is a great present.
Core Meditation Trainer
A weekly meditation or yoga session might not be feasible for the busy mom, but this Core Meditation Trainer brings the zen right to her. The device works through an app to provide guided meditation, breathing exercises, or relaxing nature sounds. It even allows mom to track her stress. She can use the device without a subscription or sign up for a monthly membership which provides additional access to specific classes, coaches, and new meditation sessions.
George & Willy Studio Roller
We live in a digital world, but nothing can truly replace the beauty of writing things down. If mom wants to map out business goals, finances, or even chores for the family, George & Willy's Studio Roller is the solution. The wall mounted roller is available in black or white and four different sizes. The kraft paper is easy to write on and compatible with chalk or ballpoint pens.
Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 Self Watering Indoor Garden
Mom doesn’t need a green thumb to grow herbs, fruit, and more with this indoor garden. Click and Grow's Smart Indoor Garden 3 comes with smart soil capsules, an easy-to-fill water tank, and an integrated LED grow light for added convenience. It also has a built-in reservoir to help ensure plants are getting exactly what they need—regardless of the weather outside—and the entire set-up is compact enough to fit on her kitchen counter or even desk. Plus, it's dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.
Ninja Foodi 7-in-1 Slow Cooker
When you visit your friend or family member’s home, do you notice a slow cooker or air fryer on her counter? If the answer is no, you need to bless her with this Ninja Foodi 7-in-1 that pretty much does it all. This fairly compact, dishwasher-safe appliance will surely help mom get meals on the table much faster. Available in 5 to 8 quarts, the appliance even features a TenderCrisp Technology that cooks meat or veggies and adds a nice, golden finish.
Yeti Rambler 20 oz Tumbler
Ideal for the mom who has to grab her coffee and go, Yeti’s rambler is a one-handed wonder that easily fits in the cupholder of most cars. This stainless steel 20-ounce mug is vacuum-insulated to keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold without any annoying condensation. Unlike other similar styles that can be hard to grip, this one features a handle that makes it easy to sip on the go.
Apple Watch Series 6
From a sleep monitor to a fitness tracker to replying to calls or texts, an Apple Watch does it all. This water-resistant device clocks daily sleep and workout activity (mom might be shocked how many steps she takes a day), and the thick band is comfortable and durable enough for everyday use. Choose a neutral band that mom can wear daily or go for a fun, colorful style that matches her personality.
What to Look for in a Gift for a Busy Mom
Let's face it: busy moms may not have time for a gift that's not practical. Show you appreciate all her time and effort by giving her a gift that makes her chaotic life feel simpler. Any mom with a packed schedule is sure to appreciate a meal delivery service, a gift card to her favorite restaurant, or some babysitting.
Self-care shouldn't be an indulgence, especially for busy moms taking care of family members. Look for a gift that encourages mom to carve out some much-needed "me time," whether a gift card to the hair salon or spa, a nice skincare product, or the latest book by her favorite author. Bonus points if you pair it with a cozy blanket to relax under.
Moms with romantic partners don't get tons of time to invest in their relationship, so consider a gift that encourages just that. For example, you could buy the busy couple tickets to a concert or a gift card to a nice restaurant. Just make sure you don't forget to line up a babysitter, too (or offer to watch the kids yourself).
How much should you spend on gifts for mom?
When it comes to a gift for a mom, it's the thought that counts. Busy parents don't often get a lot of recognition, so any expression of your appreciation is sure to be cherished. And any mom would understand if you can't break the bank for a gift.
What gift should you give the mom who doesn't want anything?
We all know someone who won't list any ideas when you mention giving them a gift. In this case, respect their wishes while finding a different way to show your love, such as something homemade or quality time spent together.
When is the best time to give a gift to a busy mom?
There’s really no wrong time to show mom appreciation. It can be a present for her birthday, a special occasion, or even a gift on her child’s birthday. No matter what or when, she’ll appreciate the thoughtfulness.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This round-up was written by Patrice J. Williams, who has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she also writes product reviews for other outlets, appearing on-air for "Today" and WE tv. She was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City and loves helping her friends and family find unique, thoughtful, and wallet-friendly presents. Additional reporting was done by Ashley Abramson, a writer who has worked as an editor for local print and online publications. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Allure, InStyle, MyDomaine, and more.