Creative and Classic Gift Ideas for Moms with Young Children
Moms with little kids are often busy, busy, busy and tired, tired, tired, so this holiday season, give them a gift with a little pampering in mind. As a mom of a toddler, here are some of my favorite things and a few items I wouldn’t mind seeing in my own stocking. I put together some fun gift basket ideas, too. Happy shopping!
Gifts for the Little Luxuries in a Mom’s Life
This coffee machine has made my mornings so much more enjoyable because I don’t have to worry about setting up the coffee machine the night before and I still have coffee within a minute after I wake up. As for those who worry it’s bad for the earth, there are reusable filter cups, or this biodegradable one-time use cup option, which is what I use.
For lots of moms, a glass of wine is a little luxury to enjoy after the kids go to bed. Treat her to something above her typical $4 bottle of wine from Trader Joe’s.
- Under $20 wine option I enjoy.
- Get this cool wine opener to go along with the bottle of wine — I have it and it makes opening wine so easy!
Gourmet chocolate? Yes, please!
- My favorite chocolate bar. Simple with a twist.
- L.A. Burdick Drinking Chocolate — I had hot chocolate at this cute cafe in Cambridge, Massachusetts and it was SO GOOD, and they ship their chocolate products.
Gift Basket for All Three
Or, in keeping with the theme of the three items above, how about a wine, chocolate, and coffee gift basket for the mom in your life? Throw in some cozy slippers and some magazines for easy reading, too.
And here are some more creative gift basket ideas…
Frazzled Chef Gift Basket
For the mom who loves to cook, but feels stretched thin on time. Stick in:
- This recently launched cookbook by the creator of the Chic Site for the nights she’s feeling inspired to cook (but which has easy recipes, too).
- Gift cards to Panera and Taco Bell (or other fast food joints) for the nights when she’s over it.
Time to Relax Gift Basket
For the mom who needs a bit of pampering and relaxation after the kids go to bed (wait, isn’t that every mom?). Stick in:
- Calm (The name says it all in this tea) or any chamomile tea.
- Bath Salts or I also like the Bath Bombs from Lush.
- Face Mask
Date Night Gift Basket
For the mom who feels like she hasn’t properly talked to her husband in months. Stick in:
- Cash for the babysitter (Think cash is tacky? Think again when it’s for a babysitter. $12 an hour should cover it in most neighborhoods — give or take a few bucks.) Other options: Volunteer yourself as the babysitter. Or a gift certificate to a local drop-in childcare facility.
- Restaurant Gift Card
- Movie Tickets
Some “She Deserves It” Mom Gifts
Get her the innovative Amazon Echo so she can tell her new robot friend Alexa to play kid tunes on command (and potentially stave off a meltdown), find out the weather while making coffee, listen to a podcast while making dinner, get the news brief before a dinner party, and many other multi-tasking helpful things.
- Add a couple Echo Dots so she can have the allure of Alexa wherever she is in the house (Echo Dots need a bluetooth to play music).
Spa Gift Card
Time alone, massage, facial…need I say more? Get a gift certificate to a spa that has facilities (sauna, spa tub, pool, etc.) she can hang out and enjoy for a couple hours before or after her treatment.
Fancy Stud Earrings
She’s probably not wearing many dangly earring these days if she has little kids who like to tug on them, so get her some stylish stud earrings instead.
- The opposite of dangling — totally coveting these ear climbers and love the star design.
- Statement studs.
Other Gifts She’ll Love
Get her something entertaining and easy to read, but still good writing. A few favorites:
That beloved coffee needs something entertaining to go in. A couple fun options:
Get her some good quality, cozy pajamas that she’ll love putting on after the kids go to bed and wearing through her morning coffee.
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