By Kara Mason

10 Gifts for All Kinds of Busy Moms


Give the gift she needs (and also wants).

We all know that mom. She's busy, she's always on the go, and she’s got so much going on that she can be hard to shop for. 

Not all moms are the same kind of busy or have the same interests, but there are still a few factors that are important to keep in mind when you’re starting to shop for the perfect gift: 

  • Efficiency. How will this help her daily life?
  • Aesthetic. This is a gift, so it should be something she’ll be excited to receive.
  • Personality. Does this align with her lifestyle and add value?

Now onto the shopping! Here are our tried-and-true recommendations.

(See all of our gift guides here to find a gift for everyone on your list!)

For the organized mom — Ink+Volt Today Organizer Pad

There’s a sense of luxury to being organized. Moms who seem to have it all together know that it’s all in the details. So gifting the organized mom something she can use everyday and make life a little easier is the way to go.

The Ink+Volt Today Organizer Notepad is a great way to keep everything — we mean everything — sorted and stylish. She’ll find a schedule, task list, and even a spot to look ahead to tomorrow all in one place. The notepad feels elevated and will be a pleasure to write on, with bright white paper that’s super smooth and creamy.

For the foodie mom — Graze Subscription Box

Subscription boxes are great gifts for busy moms because they have a lot of options and different things to try. For the mom who is always trying (and sharing!) a new snack, hook her up with the Graze box. It has really pretty packaging, so it looks great coming in the mail, and it’s tailored to each recipient. 

These are all healthy snacks too, so grabbing for a hectic day is no problem here.

For the reading mom — One Story Subscription

How some moms make enough time for reading is beyond the rest of us, but they always seem to have a book recommendation to share and the latest and greatest read tucked in their work bag for the in-between moments. 

Instead of gifting a book, try a whole year of stories. A 12-month subscription to One Story is $21 and the recipient gets a new short story each month. Literary devotees have been raving about the service, which has published more than 200 authors since its founding in 2002. 

For the traveling mom — Byta mug 

She is going places, so she should have a sleek mug that travels well. The Byta mug comes in a ton of colors — 21 to be exact — and has all the must-have features, including double-insulated walls to keep beverages both hot and cold longer. The traveling mom doesn’t have time to stop and re-heat a cup of coffee. 

This tumbler fits everywhere and comes in a 16 oz or 20 oz option. The company also just introduced a 20 oz bottle option — and if you’re thinking that sounds perfect for traveling to the hot tub with a glass of wine, you wouldn’t be wrong!

Byta is a great option for busy moms because it fits almost any cup holder and it’s stylish and minimal. Checks all the boxes for the busiest of moms.

For the eco-friendly mom —  Reusable Mesh Grocery Bags

Not every thoughtful gift has to be a grand gesture. Eco-friendly moms will testify that some of the best gifts can be practical. And because a busy mom can never have enough reusable bags, gift her some trendy cotton mesh bags. These are perfect for hitting the farmers markets or the produce section at the local grocery store. Because they’re cotton, they can also be washed pretty easily, just throw them in the laundry — big points on this for busy moms. 

These bags are great to keep in the car or by the door. They’re also really affordable. You can buy three for about $11 on Amazon. 

For the mom who deserves some self care — Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

All busy moms know that sleep is precious, so when she finally crawls into bed, help make that slumber worthwhile with a really great pillow spray. 

The Dermstore Deep Sleep Pillow Spray is actually proven to help achieve a better night’s sleep — test subjects said they fell asleep faster, slept better and felt more relaxed when they woke up after using the spray. 

Lavender, vetivert and wild chamomile oils help this spray smell amazing. She’ll be off dreaming before she knows it. 

For the creative mom - Ink+Volt Inspirational Coloring Book

Everyone needs a break, and moms are no exception. Help the busy mom in your life relax and recharge on her own terms — *and* get inspired — with this coloring book. 

Studies show that creative activities like coloring improve productivity and reduce stress. It can even help the mom in your life organize her thinking and process big ideas, as a meditative practice that allows your mind to relax and recharge.

Each page in this book combines an inspiring phrase with an intricate, beautiful illustration to color — the combination of which will inspire her to live her best life and do her best work, all while helping her mind unwind. 

For the office mom — Vivora Luno Sitting Ball Chair

Sitting at the office may be the worst part of being at the office, and it can take a toll on your health and posture. Busy office moms know this. Some ergonomic options can be expensive, but chiropractors have long endorsed exercise balls. The only problem is that — okay, we’ll just say it — they’re kind of ugly. 

For a mom who likes to keep busy at an office and not a gym, consider this Vivora Luno Sitting Ball Chair. It’s chic and doesn’t look out of place at a desk. Most options are under $100.  

For the fit mom — A month of ClassPass

Chances are this mom already has a top-of-the-line fitness tracker, all of the must-have equipment and a pair of amazing runners. Gift her with a month of ClassPass, which allows subscribers to check out new fitness classes at different gyms and studios whether you are a member of them or not. 

A month runs about $40 for 21 credits (that translates to about 3-6 classes), that way she can try boxing, yoga, pilates, and way more all on her own busy, ever changing schedule. This gift leaves out all of the guesswork. 

Bonus: your pass can work across the country, so if this sporty mom is traveling, the gift keeps on giving. ClassPass is in most major cities in North America, with other participants in Europe, Asia and Australia. 

For the techie mom — Withings Smart Watch

A lot of tech accessories can lack stylish qualities, and finding pieces that live up to both standards can take research and time. For moms needing a tracking device that has elements of both, look to the Withings Smart Watch. It tracks everything from your heart rate to where your bus stop is with connectivity to your phone.

The best part: It doesn’t look like a clunky futuristic watch. It’s trendy and has the timeless look of a classic watch. Techie moms will appreciate all of the features, including a long battery life and recognition of up to 30 activities, so tracking exercise, or just running from meeting to meeting, is easy.