The 10 Best Gifts for a Busy Mom

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Our Top Picks

Best Jewelry: Simulated Diamond Birthstone Band at Nordstrom

"A personalized piece of jewelry that she is sure to cherish."

Best Beauty Product: InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum at Amazon

"Reveals a smoother and more radiant complexion the more you use it."

Best Relaxing: Royal Craft Wood Luxury Bathtub Caddy at Amazon

"Keeps several must-haves dry and secure while you’re in the bath."

Best Aromatherapy: URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser at Amazon

"Help her get restful sleep, boost her energy, and relieve stress."

Best Cozy: Sunbeam Reversible Heated Throw at Amazon

"A welcome companion on cool nights."

Best for the Fitness Lover: Fitbit Alta HR at Amazon

"Great for using while exercising or during the day to track your fitness."

Best for the Techie: Tile Mate Key and Phone Finder at Amazon

"Help her keep track of keys, wallets, phones, and more."

Best for the Cook: Instant Pot DUO60 at Amazon

"Replaces several common kitchen appliances to save counter space."

Best for the Commuter: Contigo Autoseal Travel Mug at Amazon

"True to its name, it automatically seals between sips to prevent spills."

Best for the Gardener: Smart Indoor Herb Garden at Amazon

"Built-in sensors that ensure plants are getting what they need."

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    Best Jewelry: Simulated Diamond Birthstone Band

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    Courtesy of Nordstrom

    Perfect for the mom that loves to accessorize, the Simulated Diamond Birthstone Band Ring from Lafonn is an elegant and personalized piece of jewelry that she is sure to cherish for years to come. Sleek and slender, the band is sterling silver with an 18k-gold plate and studded with simulated diamonds, plus whichever birthstone you select (made from lab-grown gemstones). There’s even a mystical element to this ring: wearing your birthstone is said to have soothing, healing influences on your life. Just be sure to keep this piece far away from harsh chemicals and water to prevent any damage.

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    Best Beauty Product: InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum

    Skincare junkies and beauty lovers take note: the InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum is a great find. This gentle yet effective serum works to fight wrinkles, dark spots, clogged pores, blemishes, sun spots, hyperpigmentation, and so much more. And thanks to the mega-dose of hyaluronic acid, it hydrates and plumps the skin, revealing a smoother and more radiant complexion the more you use it. The lightweight formula can be applied underneath your regular moisturizer and the botanical ingredients—like rosehip oil and Vitamin C—help to defend your skin against environmental stressors. In short, this InstaNaturals serum is a wonderful all-in-one beauty product for your mom (or anyone!).

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    Best Relaxing: Royal Craft Wood Luxury Bathtub Caddy

    ROYAL CRAFT WOOD Luxury Bathtub Caddy Tray, Bonus FREE Soap Holder (Natural BAMBOO Color)
    Courtesy of Amazon.com.

    There’s no better place for mom to relax and indulge in some "me time" than the bath, and the Royal Craft Wood Luxury Bathtub Caddy 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. There are silicone grips on the underside of this caddy so it doesn't slip around either. Customers say that this is the perfect gift for the bath lover, and it adds a nice touch to the tub even when not in use.

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    Best Aromatherapy: URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser

    For the mom who needs some help unwinding at the end of the day, the URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser is the perfect gift. Not only will this diffuser help her get restful sleep, boost her energy, and relieve stress, it’s also an elegant and decorative item for the home. Coated with attractive, dark wood grain and outfitted with seven color-changing LED mood lights (in pink, purple, red, yellow, orange, blue, and green) the URPOWER diffuser is recommended for rooms up to 215-square feet. It can run for three to four hours in continuous mist mode or over six hours in intermittent mode. It’s a humidifier, an aromatherapy diffuser, and a lovely-looking design element all wrapped up in one.

    If you're not sure that the style of this diffuser will appeal to her, there are plenty of other oil diffusers to choose from.

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    Best Cozy: Sunbeam Reversible Heated Throw

    When it’s finally time for mom to curl up and relax, the Sunbeam Reversible Heated Throw is a welcome companion on cool nights. This electric blanket has three warming settings and two extraordinarily soft sides: one sherpa and one royal mink. It’s also fine to throw in the washer and dryer. Don’t worry if she falls asleep with this throw plugged in—it automatically shuts off after three hours.

    Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best electric blankets

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    Best for the Fitness Lover: Fitbit Alta HR

    If your mom is a fitness lover, the Fitbit Alta HR is an awesome workout companion. This is Fitbit’s slimmest, sleekest design yet, and it’s great for using while exercising or even throughout the day to track how many calories you've burned and or how many steps you've taken. With the PurePulse heart rate feature, you can use one of three zones (Fat Burn, Cardio, and Peak) to figure out the right workout type for your needs, and you can compare your resting heart rate to the rest of your activity. The Fitbit Alta HR can also help you sleep better, as it tracks the time spent in light, deep, and REM sleep with the heart rate feature.

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    Best for the Techie: Tile Mate Key and Phone Finder

    Tile Mate Key Finder, Phone Finder, 4-pack
    Courtesy of Amazon.com.

    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 phones. 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.

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    Best for the Cook: Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker

    For the mom who’s a serious foodie, the Instant Pot Programmable Pressure Cooker is a fantastic kitchen tool because of how efficient it is. She’ll be able to make flavorful soups and stews and even make yogurt with the same gadget.

    The Instant Pot DUO60 has a sleek control panel with 14 built-in smart programs including rice, multigrain, pressure cook, and more. Built with the latest technology, it's able to monitor temperature and adjust the heat for perfect results every time. It even comes with a 3-ply bottom stainless steel cooking pot, a stainless steel steam rack with handle, rice paddle, measuring cup, and soup spoon. Essentially, the Instant Pot Programmable Pressure Cooker replaces several common kitchen appliances (your rice cooker, steamer, slow cooker, and more) to save valuable counter space. It's also compatible with Amazon Alexa.

    Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best instant pots.

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    Best for the Commuter: Contigo Autoseal West Loop Travel Mugs, Set of 2

    Ideal for the mom who has to grab her coffee and go, the Contigo Autoseal West Loop Travel Mug is a one-handed wonder that easily fits in the cup holder of most cars. This stainless steel 16-ounce mug is vacuum-insulated to keep drinks hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold without any annoying condensation. True to its name, it automatically seals between sips, which means no more embarrassing spills.

    Take a peek at some of the other best travel mugs you can buy.

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    Best for the Gardener: Click and Grow Smart Indoor Herb Garden

    Click & Grow Indoor Smart Fresh Herb Garden Kit With 3 Basil Cartridges & Orange Lid | Self Watering Planter & Patented Nano-Tech Medium For Plant Growth
    Courtesy of Amazon.com.

    Mom doesn’t need a green thumb to grow everything from basil to chives to wild strawberries with the Click and Grow Indoor Smart Herb Garden. It comes with smart soil capsules, a simple-to-fill water tank, an integrated LED grow light and built-in sensors that help ensure plants are getting exactly what they need, regardless of the weather outside. Plants sprout in less than two weeks and reach full size in one to two months.