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15 Best Gifts for Busy Moms This Holiday Season

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Need some recommendations for the best gifts for busy moms this holiday season?

I know, I know–it can’t be time to start thinking about the holidays yet, right?

When it comes to planning out the old Christmas budget, I like to be the early bird. And there just happen to be quite a few moms on my shopping list each year to buy gifts for.

Some of them are easier to buy gifts for than others. But trying to find that just-right thing is part of the fun of planning for the holidays!

As a busy mom myself, certain things can make life easier when you’re trying to do it all. So with the holiday shopping season inching ever closer, this holiday gift guide is right on time.

Everything on this list is something I personally use, have bought for someone else or would love to receive as a holiday gift. If you’re looking for some holiday gift ideas for the busy mom in your life–whether it’s your mom, sister, best friend or someone else–here are some options I think you’ll totally love!

Best Gifts for Busy Moms at the Holidays

1. Instant Pot

instant pot

Every busy and organized mom knows no kitchen is complete without an Instant Pot. Whoever invented this thing is seriously a genius. You can whip up dinner (or breakfast if you’re making yogurt) in no time, making planning family meals a breeze.

mom and daughter together

2. “Just Breathe” Planner

just breathe planner

So I am a paper planner kind of mom–no digital calendars for me. My mom got me this “Just Breathe” planner from The Happy Planner over the summer 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.

3. Good Days Start With Gratitude journal

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. The Good Days Start With Gratitude Journal is a 52-week self-exploration journal, so it’s a great gift idea for busy moms at the holidays who want to start the new year on the right foot.

4. Chaos Coordinator Pop Socket

chaos coordinator pop socket

So, I don’t know about you but I’m all thumbs when it comes to my phone. I’m lucky I keep it in a case, otherwise, I’d have shattered it long before now.

My daughter’s friend introduced me to Pop Sockets and I just love this Chaos Coordinator version–it perfectly describes what it’s like being a busy mom.

5. Quility weighted blanket

The older I get, the worse my anxiety gets and being so busy all the time doesn’t help. This weighted blanket from Quility is at the top of my wish list for Christmas this year (and if no one buys me one, I’m totally getting it for myself!)

6. Pure Daily Care Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Diffuser Set

aromatherapy 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 holiday gift ideas for busy moms who need help unwinding, this aromatherapy and essential oil diffuser set can do the trick.

best gifts for busy moms

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.

8. Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer

revlon hair dryer and volumizerUs 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

breathe mama breathe book cover

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. S-Zone Women’s Vintage Genuine Leather Tote Bag

s-zone vintage leather toteI admire those moms who can get away with carrying a tiny little purse. That’s not me.

I prefer something with lots of room, like this leather tote from S-Zone. It’s big enough to hold all the regulation mom stuff–hand wipes, a wallet, keys, a brush, makeup, kids toys, a planner, your phone and that all-important Advil or Tylenol for when a headache catches up to you.

11. Echo Dot

echo dotThere’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.

best gifts for busy moms

12. Anker PowerCore 10000 portable charger

ankor portable chargerI 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.

13. Origin Best BPA-Free Glass Water Bottle

origin 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!)

14. Drunk Elephant NightBright Duo

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. A helping hand

Last but not least on the list of best gifts for busy moms this holiday season 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 in the middle of the holiday hustle and bustle, ask her how you can help.

Whip up a freezer meal so she doesn’t have to cook dinner one night. Offer to baby-sit for an hour so she can get a moment alone. Help out with running errands or chores.

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 the holidays or all year round!)

holiday gift ideas busy moms

Bonus Tip: Use This Tool to Save Money on Amazon Purchases

Hopefully, I’ve given you use some holiday gift ideas you can use this year. And as a gift to you, I want to clue you into a money-saving tool you can use when you shop Amazon for the holidays.

It’s called Honey and it’s a browser extension you can download for free. When you shop online, Honey finds coupons and promo codes for your purchases and applies them for you automatically.

You can earn Honey Gold when you shop at partner merchants. These are rewards you get as a percentage back on what you spend. Once you rack up 1,000 Honey Gold, you can swap it out for a free $10 gift card to retailers like Target and Amazon.

When you shop online at Amazon, Honey also does something else. It scans the sellers on the site to find the absolute lowest price for you on the item you want to buy. Cha-ching–that’s more money saved for you!

If something on your holiday shopping list isn’t on sale yet, you can tell Honey to add the item to your droplist. Honey will watch the item for a price drop for the number of days you specify.

If the price goes down, you’ll get a notification. Then you can click and complete your purchase if the price is right for you.

Simple as that!

If you’re not already using Honey, head here to join now!

What Are Your Picks for the Best Gifts for Busy Moms?

I hope these holiday gift ideas have given you some inspiration for what to get the busy mom in your life. And if you’re a busy mom yourself, make sure to add a few of these items to your Christmas list this year!

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

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Hi there, I'm Rebecca, homeschooling single mom of two. I built a six-figure freelance writing business from home and now I teach busy moms how to save money, make money and master their time! Follow me on Pinterest and Twitter and don't forget to check out the Resource Library--it's packed with tons of free tools to help make the busy mom life easier!


  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!

    • 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.

  2. Great list, Rebecca! Seriously, I want everything on your list! We have very similar likes.
    I just forwarded this to my husband, so maybe this year I won’t get a cutting board and a vacuum 😉

    • 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!

  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.

    • 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.

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