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Mom probably has a laundry list of stuff she wants or even needs. So it can be hard to narrow the options down. Also, she's absolutely deserving of everything, so where do you start? That can be as simple as taking a busy mom's needs and personality into account.
Here are the best gifts for a busy mom.
Lounging in the house in the same ‘ol yoga pants and tattered t-shirt? Mom deserves better than that. While a flowy, feather, or lace trimmed robe might not be practical, this option from Williams Sonoma provides fashion and function. The super soft, belted cashmere robe is sure to not just feel great, but the blush tone looks amazing. You can purchase it as-is or for a few extra bucks, monogram the robe to make mom really feel special.
If mom is a beauty junkie who’s always up on the latest palettes being released or she’s simply an overworked mom who can 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 pretty much every popular brand in hair, beauty and makeup, that you can think of. Let mom shop the aisles or add items to her cart from the comfort of the couch.
This is another product that brings the feel of the spa directly to mom’s home. These slippers feature a plush exterior and insoles that truly pamper tired feet. The insoles can be warmed in the microwave or cooled down in the fridge and release the aroma of lavender. Even if mom is on her feet while cooking dinner or helping the kids with homework, she can slip into these cozy slippers and have a moment of self care.
Mom’s purse is no doubt full of her own essentials, plus those of the kids. Keeping tabs on all of these items, especially when she switches purses, can be tricky. That’s why this Ztujo 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, from keys, to a wallet, to a planner, toys, and so much more. She no longer has to worry about leaving something behind when she switches handbags. This organizer can easily go from one purse or tote bag to the next.
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.
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. It adds a nice touch to the tub even when not in use.
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 cup holder of most cars. This stainless steel 24-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 handy handle that makes it easy to sip on the go.
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. You can buy the one-pack, but there’s also a four-pack available that will truly serve mom well.
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. Mom probably needs a glass or two of wine and this table makes it easy for her to enjoy vino while in the comfort of her backyard. The foldable table holds a wine bottle, two glasses, and has just enough space for a small plate of bites.
Even in a world that’s dominated by technology, there’s nothing better than putting pen to actual paper. And for people who still appreciate that old school method, a planner is a great option. However, this isn’t just any planner. It’s the Mom Planner that maps tasks out by the day, and even the hour. You can customize this planner for the mom in your life by selecting the color, layout, and even adding her name to the cover. While some planners need to be purchased at the start of the year, you can buy this planner at any time and determine the start month.
There’s a chance mom already has a fitness tracker. Because come on, she’s gotta keep tabs on those steps. But she might not have a band for that expensive tracker. Compatible with the Apple Watch Series 1-5, this band protects the watch from scuffs and scratches and the magnetic clasp is adjustable. Buy the rose gold one for the mom who appreciates a bit of sparkle, or opt for the black or space grey for a neutral lover.
Sometimes soaking in a tub with a fragrant bath bomb just isn’t an option. However, that doesn’t mean a quick shower can’t be relaxing. That’s especially true with a shower fizzy from Lush. The brand is known for their vegan beauty products and this one features lavender and ylang ylang oils for a truly relaxing shower experience. Once the steam hits the bomb, it expands to create a nice, foamy product that can be rubbed into the skin.
Typical diffusers can take up a lot of counter space and have to be tended to by adding water and drops of oil. This GuruNanda diffuser nixes all of that. The diffuser plugs into the wall or a USB port and doesn’t require any water at all. This is perfect for a mom who’s on the go, but can benefit from the relaxing oils of lavender, lemongrass, or eucalyptus. Plug this in at home, the office, or even the car to create a zen-like moment. At such an affordable price, you might want to buy mom a few so she can keep one in each room of the house.
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 just 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.
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.
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, then 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 five to eight quarts, the appliance even features a tender crisp technology that cooks meat or veggies and then adds a nice golden finish.