Struggling to come up with ideas for the best gifts for busy moms?
Finding the best busy mom gifts–whether it’s for a birthday, Mother’s Day, Christmas or another special occasion–starts with knowing what busy moms want and need. The best gift ideas for busy moms are ones that make the gift recipient feel appreciated.
But what do you buy for a busy mom?
Not surprisingly, the number one gift busy moms want most is a good night’s sleep.
That’s not always an easy gift to give. But there are plenty of other practical and fun gift ideas for busy moms you can try.
If you need help putting together a busy mom gift wish list, here are some of the best gifts that moms really want!
Related post: 30 Brilliant Gifts for Stay at Home Moms
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Best Busy Mom Gifts (Unique Gifts Moms Want!)
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!
2. Happy Planner
I’m a paper planner kind of mom–no digital calendars for me. And my favorite brand of planners are the ones from Happy Planner.
I love Happy Planner’s products because they’re easy to use, give you plenty of space to jot down important dates and reminders and they’re just pretty to look at!
3. Cultivate a Healthy Gratitude Journal
Being a busy mom means you’ve got a lot going on. And maybe you don’t always have time to slow down and count your many blessings.
Keeping a gratitude journal each day can be a great way to practice self-care for your mental and emotional health. And it can be a great reminder of all that’s good in life.
This beautiful 52-week gratitude journal is perfect for starting a daily gratitude practice. You can jot down three things you’re grateful for every day and record your big wins for the week. There’s also a different gratitude challenge you can try each week.
It’s a perfect gift for any busy mom who wants to catch their breath while learning to love life.
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 know a busy mom who could use a bag with plenty of room to hold a planner, phone, wallet or anything else, this one from Michael Kors is perfect. And it’s just plain pretty, too!
5. Quility Weighted Blanket
Know a busy mom who could use a stress reliever?
A weighted blanket can help soothe frayed nerves. This one from Quility is a calming gift for busy moms who want to relax and unwind.
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 busy mom gifts for mamas who need help unwinding (or you are one), this aromatherapy and essential oil diffuser set can do the trick.
7. Fitbit Inspire HR Heart Rate & Fitness Tracker
This Fitbit Inspire HR Heart Rate & Fitness tracker gets a mention as one of the best busy mom gifts 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!
8. Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer
We 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.
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.
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 know a busy mom who looks forward to wine o’clock every so often, they’ll appreciate this cute wine tumbler.
11. Echo Dot
There’s not a whole lot that Echo Dot can’t do and it can be a time-saving gift for busy moms. You can use Echo Dot to play music, make calls, lock the doors–and it’s super affordable, too.
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 it’s easily one of the best busy mom gifts for moms who are always running errands and need to stay powered up.
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 is great for staying hydrated while being kind to the planet. (Plus, I just love the way it looks!)
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.
15. Amazon Gifts for Busy Moms
Amazon can be a great place to shop for busy mom gifts!
But what do you buy for a busy mom from Amazon? Here are some of the best Amazon gift ideas:
You can’t go wrong with an Amazon gift card. Busy moms can shop for things they want or need!
Amazon Prime is another gift busy moms are sure to love. Moms can stream movies, TV and enjoy free two-day shipping with Prime!
Books are a great busy mom gift. But if the busy mom on your gift list doesn’t have time to sit down with a book, you can gift them a subscription to Audible instead!
Bonus Busy Mom Gift Idea: 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.
How to Save Money on Busy Mom 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!
Become an Amazon Prime member!
2. Use Rakuten to earn cash back
Rakuten (formerly Ebates) is an online shopping portal that lets you earn cashback 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 cashback when you shop. Plus, if you sign up now and spend $25, you’ll get a $30 bonus!
3. Earn free gift cards to your favorite stores
If you have time to spare, you can earn free gift cards to Amazon and other retailers when you shop, take surveys or watch videos online.
Sign up with these sites for free to earn gift cards to your favorite stores!
Final thoughts on the best busy mom gifts
This wish list is packed with lots of great ideas for busy moms. Hopefully, I’ve given you some ideas on what to buy for the busy mom in your life!
If you need more options, here are some of the best self care gifts for moms! And you can also check out my favorite gardening gifts for moms.
Before you go, be sure to check out my favorite Busy Mom Tools for saving time, money and stress. And don’t forget to grab your free printables in the Busy Mom Vault!
Looking for a free letter to Santa template for your kids? Download these 6 cute + free Dear Santa letter printables next!
50 thoughts on “15 Best Busy Mom Gifts (That Moms Really Want!)”
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!
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.
Great ideas! I love that the Instant Pot is first in the list. I got one for Christmas last year and LOVE it! It is definitely a must-have in every kitchen in my opinion.
Thanks, Tamara! Definitely one of the best gifts for busy moms who doesn’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.
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!
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.
Time is the one thing I definitely wish I had more of! Or at least someone to help me do all the things. I love that tote as well!
These are all fabulous ideas! I’m saving the list for future reference.
Thanks, definitely bookmark the list if you have any busy moms to buy for over the holidays!
I literally love every single one of these gift ideas! I don’t know which one I want the most!
I feel the same!
The only thing I want this holiday season (aside from my whole family’s health and happiness) is a 3 week-long vacation hahahaha!
Oh, me too! I always tell my kids that the only thing I want for Christmas is for them to get along and be kind to one another, followed by an extended mom-cation.
These are such great ideas! Love the gratitude journal and the 5 minute mindfulness book!
I love all the things on this list and I definitely think they’re some of the best gift for busy moms who need a little motivation to slow down!
Great ideas! I love that the Instant Pot is first in the list. LOVE it! It is definitely a must-have in every kitchen in my opinion
I agree, Instant Pot is one of the best gifts for busy moms who don’t have a lot of time in the kitchen!
I love all of these! I’m gonna have to send this to my hubby. Thank you for this list.
I have most of these items on your list! I’ll have to look for that planner- love that idea!
These are great ideas! Great options for busy moms!
Great list! There are actually a few things on this list that I really want for myself, lol. Will have to show my husband. 😉
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!
Thanks, Kathy! Instant Pot can definitely be a time-saver.
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!
Instant Pot is great! I got an air fryer for Christmas and I absolutely love it
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!
Thanks, Samantha! That’s a great idea — any way you can keep track of things works!
Great suggestions! Mothers Day is always hard for me. I never know what to get my mother.
Thanks, Sandra! Mother’s Day is tough for me too when it comes to choosing gifts.
This was super helpful! I’ll be telling my love about that gratitude journal. My mom would really like the MK Bag screenshooting this thank u!!
The instant pot is definitely top on my list! Especially now that we are stuck at home, I’m cooking almost every meal! Thanks for this awesome list of gift ideas!
Great, diverse list! I want the gratitude journal and Breathe Mama book for myself!
Such a fun list! These are very helpful! Sometimes I have no clue what to get my mom. Thanks for this! 🙂
You totally nailed this post. I want every item you listed. Thanks for sharing!!
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!
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!
I love these ideas! I have a weighed blanket and omg, this is the BEST!
Moms are the hardest people to buy for…they have everything and I always felt like I wanted to do something extra special. Great roundup of gift ideas!!
I love my Instapot! And I’d love to have a weighted blanket. Great list!
Awesome list. I really would like a drink and the biggest wine tumbler out there. These are all great ideas.
Instant Pot. Hands down best gift for anyone! Great list!
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!
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
This is a great list, and I am noticing a theme :). This mother’s day will definitely require a little TLC for all the mamas out there. Great post!
I really love the gratitude journal and mindfulness book. Thank you so much for the wonderful gift ideas!
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!
Great list, thank you! My mom has a birthday soon and I will definitely consider your recommendations. Thank you!
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