The Best Gifts for a Busy Mom

November 18, 2013    |    By +
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Really, is there any other kind of mother out there?! All the moms we know are trying to meet deadlines, get kids to a ballet practice/soccer game/play rehearsal, tend to the empty pantry/almost-expired car registration/dustbunny convention/overflowing laundry hampers and slide in at the end of the day with maybe a tiny bit of good humor left to enjoy the precious gift that motherhood really is. (Or at least catch an episode of “Orange Is the New Black” and have a glass of wine.) If this sounds like a superwoman you know, read on: we’ve got a few gift ideas that will make her smile as she sprints through her day.

Some say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not start a busy mom’s day off right with a subscription to the Breakfast of the Month Club  (a three-month subscription is $71.85). Available in three-, six, and one-year options, this is a complete, gourmet breakfast in a box. And yep, coffee is included.


Speaking of caffeine, she’ll likely need to take a second (or third) cup on the road with her, so perhaps this Keurig Spill-and-Leak Proof Autoseal Travel Mug ($16.68) will come in handy. Who knows what will happen once she’s ON the road, so you could pair this gift with the Pinch Provisions Miniemergency Kit ($15), which contains little helpers for all of life’s challenging moments, like getting a run in your stocking or a stain on your shirt.











Moms experience a lot of temperatures, as they dash between a freezing conference room and a warm pediatrician’s office, to a chilly supermarket and onto a too-hot train, then out onto the freezing sidewalk.  She needs to be able to layer her clothing easily. A poncho, like this one by Senor Tyrone, is perfect for staying toasty and modifying her temperature. She can use it like a scarf, wrap it around her shoulders or throw it over her lap. ($125 with free shipping.)

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Help her keep life’s details all in one fashionable, organized place with’s momAgenda Binder ($139.99) This bonded leather binder features inside pockets, to-do lists, a calendar and a neat snap closure to make sure not a single to-do item falls by the wayside.


Some relaxing candles can help her destress at the end of a long day. These Pure Radiance Crackling LumiWick Candles ($27.99) by Yankee Candle are designed with a wood wick to create the soft light of a fireplace. If she doesn’t have time for a long, candlelit bath, at least she can throw a few of these on the table at dinnertime and feel civilized.


No matter what her kids ages are, every mom needs a bag—you know, a bottomless, Mary Poppins-style tote that can carry it all. This gorgeous Mark and Graham personalized leather tote ($199)  is both function and fun. It’s large enough to carry the day’s necessities and then some, but pretty enough to take to the office.


There’s no better pick-me-up than something soft and cozy. J. Crew comes through in a big way with their luxurious Italian cashmere wrap ($276). It’s the perfect size for mom to stash in her bag, amid everyone else’s stuff!


A foot soak may be the perfect end to an activity-filled day. Brookstone’s Aqua-Jet Foot Spa ($99.99) offers powerful jets to massage tired feet, minus the spa price tag! This should relax any busy mom enough so she can get up and do it all over again tomorrow.



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Jennifer Glatt is a content strategist, copy wrangler and travel writer based in Wilmington, North Carolina, but will happily travel anywhere her assignments take her. She’s also a wife and mom, book club aficionado (her club reads wine labels), serial cross-country mover and lover of good pens. She has never opted to open a gift “on time” if she could open it early without being fussed at. Brownies are her love language. 



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