15 Best Gifts for Busy Moms This Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is almost here, which means it’s time to celebrate the mamas in our lives. Because moms are the real MVPs, right?

I always try to do something nice for my mom because we only see her a few times a year. So I look for Mother’s Day gift ideas that she might need but not necessarily buy for herself.

You might be in the same boat if you’re looking for the best gifts for busy moms this year. As a busy mom myself, I know certain things can make life easier when you’re trying to do it all.

So I’ve got a helpful shopping guide for you just in time for Mother’s Day. Everything on this list is something I personally use, have bought for someone else or would love to receive as a gift.

If you need inspiration for Mother’s Day gifts for the busy mom in your life–whether it’s your mom, sister, best friend or even yourself–here are some options I think you’ll totally love!

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Best Gifts for Busy Moms This Mother’s Day (or Any Time)

1. Instant Pot

Every busy and organized mom knows no kitchen is complete without an Instant Pot. Whoever invented this thing is seriously a genius.

I was really skeptical about using one since I’ve always been a crockpot girl. But if you want to save time in the kitchen, you need an Instant Pot in your life.

You can whip up dinner (or breakfast if you’re making yogurt) in no time, making planning family meals a breeze. And there are so many amazing Instant Pot recipes out there to try!

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2. Just Breathe Planner

I’m a paper planner kind of mom–no digital calendars for me. My mom got me this “Just Breathe” planner from The Happy Planner last Christmas and I LOVE it.

I use it to keep track of all my freelance writing business stuff, blogging stuff and mom stuff in one place. Plus, it has a monthly self care tracker and lots of inspiring quotes sprinkled through its pages.

In my opinion, it’s one of the best gifts for busy moms who need a reminder to re-center every now and then.

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3. Good Days Start With Gratitude Journal

I recently read a post on cultivating an attitude of gratitude from Myrtle Marie at DIY With My Guy and it was a great reminder to get back in the journaling habit.

If you’re not exploring the benefits of journaling, now is a great time to start. The Good Days Start With Gratitude Journal is a 52-week self-exploration journal and it’s one of the best gifts for busy moms who want to celebrate what’s good in life every day.

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4. Michael Kors Tote

I don’t know about you but I love a big purse. My current bag is a bit catch-all for a little bit of everything.

If you need a bag with plenty of room to hold your planner, phone, wallet or anything else you carry in your personal toolkit, this one from Michael Kors is perfect. And it’s just plain pretty, too!

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5. Quility Weighted Blanket

The older I get, the worse my anxiety gets and being so busy all the time doesn’t help. And when the news is stressing you out, you might just want to hide under the covers and forget about the world.

A weighted blanket can help soothe frayed nerves. This one from Quility is at the top of my wish list for Mother’s Day this year (and if no one buys me one, I’m totally getting it for myself!)

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6. Pure Daily Care Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Diffuser Set

For the longest time, I was a total skeptic when it came to essentials oils. Then I tried them and I was hooked!

If you’re looking for the best gifts for busy moms who need help unwinding (or you are one), this aromatherapy and essential oil diffuser set can do the trick.

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7. Fitbit Inspire HR Heart Rate & Fitness Tracker

This Fitbit Inspire HR Heart Rate & Fitness tracker gets a mention as one of the best gifts for busy moms because my mom swears by hers. She works on her feet all day and loves being able to keep track of her steps and how many calories she burns.

If you’re looking to get into shape this Mother’s Day or you know a mom who is, this is the perfect gift!

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8. Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer

Us busy moms sometimes need to get out the door quickly but we still want to look good, right?

This one-step hair dryer and volumizer from Revlon is a must-have tool for any mom who needs to get ready in a flash and wants to avoid a case of the dreaded flat hair.

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9. Breathe, Mama, Breathe: 5-Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms

I can’t be the only mom who’s ever hidden in the bathroom just to get five minutes of peace, right? Being a busy mom is tough sometimes but this book can help with finding the quiet in the storm.

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10. Mama’s Turn to Wine Tumbler

Drinking a glass of wine can be a nice way to relax at the end of a hard week. If you look forward to wine o’clock every so often, you’ll appreciate this cute wine tumbler.

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11. Echo Dot

There’s not a whole lot that Echo Dot can’t do and it can be a time-saver for busy moms. You can use Echo Dot to play music, make calls, lock the doors–and it’s super affordable, too.

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12. Anker PowerCore 10000 portable charger

I bought one of these Anker portable chargers right before Hurricane Dorian came through because I wasn’t sure if we’d lose power.

It came in handy then but it’s also been a life-saver when we’ve been traveling or stuck in the car all day and need a quick way to charge phones and tablets. And if you normally spend a lot of time in the car as a busy mom running errands or shuttling kids to and fro, this belongs on your list of essentials.

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13. Origin Best BPA-Free Glass Water Bottle

Water is the drink of choice for many a mom on the go. This BPA-free glass water bottle from Origin is great for staying hydrated while being kind to the planet. (Plus, I just love the way it looks!)

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14. Drunk Elephant NightBright Duo

Taking care of your skin is important and this NightBright Duo skincare kit from Drunk Elephant is the perfect addition to a busy mom’s nighttime routine.

There’s also a morning routine skincare set for moms who need a little help getting their glow on at the crack of dawn.

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15. A helping hand

Last but not least on the list of best gifts for busy moms this Mother’s Day is the one that costs you nothing: a little of your time.

If you’re a mom, you know how valuable a gift this can be. Because we can’t do it all, no matter how hard we try.

So if you know a mom who could use a break, ask her how you can help.

Whip up a simple three-ingredient meal so she doesn’t have to cook dinner one night. Help out with running errands or chores. Ask her what she needs, even if it’s just someone to vent to for 5 minutes.

As moms, we may not always ask for help but we still need it. So if you have time to spare, then this could be the perfect thing to give.

(And remember, this is a gift that’s great for Mother’s Day and all year round!)

How to Save Money on Mother’s Day Gifts

If you’re shopping for Mother’s Day on a tight budget this year, use these tips to save money!

1. Sign up for Amazon Prime

I love Amazon Prime and use it for almost everything we buy online. If you’re not a Prime Member, sign up to get the best prices for online shopping, plus free two-day shipping when available!

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Rakuten (formerly Ebates) is an online shopping portal that lets you earn cash back on purchases. Plus, you can snag special discounts and deals when shopping online or in-store.

It’s free to sign up for Rakuten and earn cash back when you shop. Plus, if you sign up now and spend $25, you’ll get a $10 bonus!

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What Are Your Favorite Best Gifts for Busy Moms?

I hope these Mother’s Day gift ideas have given you some inspiration for what to get the busy mom in your life. (Or what to ask your spouse or kids for this year!)

Now, over to you–do you have a great Mother’s Day gift idea for moms? Head to the comments and tell me about it!

And of course, I’d love for you to pin and share this post!

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50 thoughts on “15 Best Gifts for Busy Moms This Mother’s Day”

  1. I recently received an Instant pot and to be honest, was in denial but omg wow game changer! I will have to check out this honey app and see if it is available in Canada. Thanks so much for this amazing list!

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    • I know, right? I was skeptical tool but Instant Pot is a life-saver! I don’t know if Honey is available in Canada but it’s worth checking out if you shop on Amazon.

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  2. Thanks, Myrtle! I want all these things too, or at least the ones I don’t already have. Definitely send the list to your husband–I remember getting cooking and cleaning supplies when I was married. Definitely not on my wish list!

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  3. I so agree that giving time is definitely one of the best things you can do – and it doesn’t cost you anything so it is good for the budget! For me, I love the leather tote, and the drunk elephant serum has me intrigued.

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  4. These are great ideas. I just got an instant pot and didn’t think I would really use it but I found myself using it more and more to help me get dinner on the table with my busy schedule. Most busy moms would love these great gift ideas!

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  5. I have had an instant pot on my list for so long! I got an air fryer last year and it was life changing. I can’t imagine what that pot would do for me. I may just forward this post to my kids! Lol. Happy Mother’s Day!

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  6. I love the gratitude journal idea! I just started one of my own, although it’s just in a notebook and not a guided journal. It helps me look on the bright side more often, and I’m sure any busy mama could use a little extra positivity in her life!

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  7. OMG thanks for reminding me I already got my mom her gift! I ordered her an Amazon Echo when it was on sale and had forgotten about it hahaha and awesome savings tips!

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  8. I love that the Instant Pot is number one. It really is a great tool for quick, healthy and easy meals! Love all the other items on your list. I’m a total journal person and am working on mindfulness especially right now! Thank you for sharing!

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  9. What a great list. I’d love an Instant Pot this year! My favourites are number 2 and 3, I write so many notes and to-do’s lists, that I treat myself to new ones often but I can never have too many!

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  10. Loved the post. Of course every little idea is best at it’s place but I’m impressed by the idea of gratitude journal. And I am planning for regular journals.
    Thanks for sharing those brilliant ideas

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  11. Hi Rebecca,
    These are some great ideas for Mother’s Day Gifts. Instant Pots are amazing! I love mine, I wouldn’t mind some of the accessories for mine as a gift..haha. I was able to do hard boiled eggs this year for Easter in 4 min! and they turned out amazing. I can’t say enough about how awesome they are. This past Christmas I got a Aromatherapy diffuser as a gift and I love it. I haven’t tried too many oils yet but so far I love lemongrass and tea tree. I love the planner too, I am always looking for a good planner, this one looks great! Thanks for sharing these ideas!
    Heather

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