I tend to lean toward a practical gift-giving approach, especially when I’m thinking of gift ideas for working moms. In reality, the life of a working mom is FULL! Family time, work, house work, errands, friendships and #allthethings.
When it comes to gifts for working moms, bonus points are awarded if the gift is something that will help make her life easier, help her embrace time with her family and/or inspire her to keep her spark shining bright from within (cue journals, coffee mugs, office and home decor and graphic tees with fun quotes).
These gift ideas for working moms cover all of those bases. If you’re a working mom, send this post to your family members as a “hint.” If you have working moms on your own holiday shopping list, this post will give you some meaningful gift ideas.
11 Gift Ideas for Working Moms
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I invested in a backpack a few months ago and let me tell you…major game changer. I’ve shared how much I love my backpack before. Instead of lugging around a bottomless purse that I could never find anything in, plus the kiddo’s bag, plus the kiddo, plus anything else that particular day may require, I’m able to carry one of those bags on my back, hands-free and everything in it has it’s place. I always know where to find my wallet, favorite pens, chap stick and keys and there’s even a built in charging port so I can charge my phone on the go. My backpack also has a laptop compartment which is where I store my journal and folders since I don’t often tote my laptop around.
#2 Cleaning Services
This is something I’ve always dreamed about outsourcing for our home. I love a clean home…it’s good for my sanity…but I can never bring myself to spend our own money on it. Instead, I’ve learned to embrace the cobwebs and unscrubbed floors.
Gift certificates for cleaning services would make any working mama over-the-moon happy.
Moms make a lot of lists. Grocery lists. To do lists. Party plans. Errands to run. The lists really do go on and on.
I prefer using a journal that allows freedom to fill the pages however I choose versus a planner that promises to organize your whole life because chances are, there will be sections in that $30+ planner that you don’t even want or need. A blank, ruled journal allows me to design my lists in a way that works best for me. I use a simple, one-page system to organize each and every week which helps me stay on track for a productive and fulfilling week.
#4 Fun Pens & Journal Accessories
This mama has a stash of pens that she keeps all to herself. The kiddo and The Farmer are NOT allowed to use them. I can never get enough of fun, colorful pens and other fun journal accessories like tabs, paper clips and washi tape.
Give the working mom in your life a stash of her own journal supplies that she can call her own.
#5 Lunch Bags & Containers
Being a full-time working mom who lives 15 minutes from work doesn’t offer the luxury of going home over my lunch hour so just about every single day I pack my lunch. Usually it’s leftovers. Sometimes it’s a Homemade Hot Pocket from the freezer. Sometimes it’s the makings for a salad or wrap.
If a working mom often takes her lunch to work, she recognizes the value in quality containers that are durable, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and leak-proof. Personally, I prefer glass containers and this set of glass meal prep containers with locking lids fits the bill.
She’ll also want a decent sized lunch bag like this one to fit multiple containers if needed. If the working mom in your life is anything like me, she has multiple containers to take to work with her each day for lunch and snacks.
#6 Girl, Wash Your Face and Girl, Stop Apologizing
If the working mom in your life hasn’t read “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis, do her a favor and gift her a copy. I’ve shared how much I love this book and I can’t wait to read her new book, “Girl, Stop Apologizing.”
Rachel offers a no-nonsense, stop-feeling-sorry-for-yourself, empowering style of motivation that will inspire any working mama to not only live her best life but to ambitiously pursue her dreams and unapologetically live a life she loves.
#7 The Magnolia Table Cookbook
I’ve shared how much I love this cookbook and I believe it needs to be in every mom’s kitchen. The Magnolia Table is filled with classic recipes that everyone in the family will enjoy as well as quick and easy lunch ideas – both of which are a working mom’s dream when it comes to cooking at home.
#8 Subscription Boxes
It seems like there is a subscription box for everything…books, dinners, date nights, fitness, clothing, coaching. Working moms like convenience and boxes filled with helpful products, ideas and inspiration that come right to your door step is sure convenient.
I’ve subscribed to the Graze box before because what’s not to love about the mystery of opening up a box to see what kind of snacks are inside. I’d have my Graze box delivered to my office so I’d have a fun stash of snacks there when my mid-morning hunger hit.
Currently, the subscription box that’s at the top of my wish list is Faith Box. The fun books, products and devotionals seem like things that any working mom would enjoy to help fuel her heart and soul. Plus, I LOVE the fact that the products they include are from companies that also do good in the world.
#9 Courses or Classes
If she’s a lifelong learner, do a little digging to see if there’s a topic she wants to learn more about. Has she wanted to learn a foreign language? Is she embarking on a new venture where some continuing education would be helpful? Does she want to go back to school? Does she want to take a cooking class?
Another thing to consider is also HOW she wants to learn. Does she want to get back in a classroom environment? Does she want a self-paced course? Does she simply want to have a resource to explore a variety of new topics? There are a ton of online courses on every imaginable topic on the planet thanks to the handy dandy internet but in-person or peer learning may be more of what she’s after.
Browse around online and check with local colleges or businesses to find a topic and an outlet that would fulfill her interests.
#10 Pop Socket
A great stocking stuffer idea! Let’s be real, her cell phone is like a working mom’s command center. Whenever she’s checking email, responding to messages, making a grocery list, searching Google for answers or pinning ideas for dinner, she probably has her phone in one hand and a cup of coffee or a clingy kiddo in the other. With those instances in mind, I’m not sure I could ever do without a pop socket again.
#11 An Experience with Family
Maybe it’s a annual pass to a local activity center, zoo, movie theater, or museum. Maybe it’s tickets for an upcoming event. Maybe it’s a vacation package for a family getaway.
You can’t go wrong with something that the working mom in your life can enjoy with her whole family.
There you have it. Several great gift ideas for working moms that are sure to make her life a little easier, make her feel a little extra special and encourage her to embrace time with her family.
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