The 15 Best Gifts for a Busy Mom

Shop for the best gifts for the busy mom on the go

Like most moms, she’s always on the go, and that makes pinning down good gift ideas tricky, too. If you’re tired of the usual suspects—candles, bath gels, flowers—here’s a roundup of 15 thoughtful presents that should fit right into her busy lifestyle. Most of these ideas range from $25 to $75, but we’ve thrown in a few splurges, too.

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    What to buy the mom who wants to be comfortable while still looking polished? BodiLove 2LUV Formal Yoga Uniform Dress Ankle Pants are just the answer. That’s right: They’re yoga pants that look like dress pants. Made of nylon, rayon, and spandex, they have all the stretch and comfort of yoga pants, but belt loops, pockets, and a faux fly make them a convincing, office-ready look.

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    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, 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.

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    The Bellabeat LEAF Health Tracker is an ideal splurge for a mom who stays active, but wants to look good doing it. This fitness tracker, made of wood and stainless steel, looks like a piece of jewelry and can be worn like a necklace or simply clipped to clothing. It tracks movement, calories, sleep, and even reproductive cycles. Bonus: It runs on an easy-to-replace watch battery and doesn’t need to be recharged.

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    Why force mom to dig around in her jewelry box every day? The Umbra Trigem Three Tier Extra Tall Jewelry Stand provides an easy-to-access storage solution for necklaces, bracelets, and rings. The graceful bars and high-gloss white base are elegant enough for dresser-top display, and the highest bar is tall enough to accommodate even the longest statement necklaces. The stand is available in brass and nickel.

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    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 most cars’ cup holders. 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.

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    Moms with small kids need to keep their hands free, and the KAVU Rope Backpack allows them to do that in style. Available in a huge array of patterns and colors, this 100 percent cotton bag is close-fitting and stable when it’s slung diagonally across the back. It features an adjustable strap, padded back, and two quick-access exterior pockets perfect for phones, keys, and other essentials. Plus, it comes in a range of colors and patterns so there's one to fit every mom's style.

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    Most smartphone cases that offer heavy-duty protection are bulky and ugly. Not so with the Speck CandyShell Inked Case, available for iPhone 6, 6S, and 7. It protects mom’s phone with a soft shock-absorbing interior layer and hard polycarbonate outer shell, but still maintains a slim silhouette and easy access to buttons and ports. And even though the CandyShell is certified to exceed military drop-test standards, it comes in at least 20 patterns that are downright stunning.

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    As the weather cools down, nearly any mom will appreciate a pair of soft, supple leather gloves. The Isotoner Women’s Stretch Leather smarTouch Gloves fit the bill. Made with added Spandex for a custom-feeling fit, these gloves also allow wearers to use smartphones, tablets and other touch screens without issue. They’re lined with fleece for warmth and come in black, brown, tan, and red. 

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    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. 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, too, even when it’s set on silent mode.

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    When it’s time to try a new recipe, the Prepara iPrep Foldable, Adjustable Stand provides a convenient resting place for mom’s smartphone or tablet in the kitchen. It has four adjustable angles for easy viewing, a grippy rubber base that keeps the stand firmly in place, and even a stylus that allows users to scroll and tap without dirtying their screens. The iPrep also folds for storage, making it easy to toss in a drawer after dinner is done.

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    A great splurge for the mom who’s just a little too polished for a hoodie, the Lucy Tranquility Slub Wrap is an easy but elegant outer layer to take the chill off in cooler weather. This open cardigan has a draped front for added interest and a dropped hem in the back for a little extra coverage – perfect for wearing over workout pants or leggings. It’s available in heathered gray and purple, and is made of a breathable cotton blend with a touch of nylon for stretch.  

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    There’s no better place for mom to relax 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, magazine or tablet; a smartphone; a wine glass or other drink; soap or small bath gels; and even a candle. Made from water-resistant, anti-microbial bamboo, the caddy fits most bathtubs by extending from 29½ inches to 43 inches across.

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    Go ahead and pull her heartstrings a little bit with the Dogeared Magnificent Mom Little Sparkle Karma Chain Necklace. Understated and delicate, this gold-dipped circular pendant is handmade in the U.S. and comes on an 18-inch chain. It’s also packaged with a special message that makes sure mom knows how special she is. 

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    Mom doesn’t need a green thumb to grow everything from basil to chives to wild strawberries in 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.

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    It’s that all-too-common moment when mom realizes she forgot to thaw the meat, upending dinner plans. With the Thaw That Frozen Food Thawing Plate, it’s no big deal—set your frozen food on this aluminum countertop mat, which uses built-in heat pipes and microfins, to thaw it in less than an hour. You don’t even need an external power source, keeping outlets free for other appliances.

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