Need gift ideas for that special working mom in your life? Perhaps it’s a friend, or wife, your sister or fellow coworker. I guarantee, like most moms, she is probably handling the lion’s share of the holiday shopping. Online shopping saves lives! But what can you get for the busiest lady in your office or home life?
If you or your working mom friends are anything like me, you rarely have time to get a mani/pedi, let alone a massage, or spend hours shopping for clothes. Between office hours, running a household and laying your head down at night, the time-starved working mom deserves a little love. In an effort to help, here are a few suggestions:
1. Aromatherapy? Yes, please!
With a go-go lifestyle, working moms need a little help winding down in the evenings. Sure, you can go straight to the wine aisle, but consider buying a beautiful candle. I love lighting a candle before I go to bed. It feels slightly indulgent, and it immediately calms my senses. Lavender always does the trick, but there are so many great scents to choose from.
I also love shower bombs. I don’t have time for baths, but I can always squeeze in a quick shower and these little suckers deliver some great scents to ease stress and soak in some relaxation. My husband found a great shop in Laguna Beach, and they take orders online, but you can also find these at most spas, or on Etsy.
2. Don’t Underestimate the Gift Card.
Yes, they feel a little impersonal. But find the right one and your friend will love it. Stitch Fix, the new popular personal shopping site, just started offering gift cards for the season. I’ve received two “Fixes” and I loved the selections and ease of adding to my wardrobe.
And you can never go wrong with Amazon or Starbucks or iTunes, right? Maybe your working mom has a favorite store, or obsesses at the counters of Sephora. Pick the card that is right for your recipient and she’ll delight at the opportunity to do a little shopping guilt-free.
3. Great Stationary or a Luxe Journal.
True, we are obsessed with social media and the Web, but all the more reason to take it old school sometimes. Even for the non-writer, many people enjoy the benefits of journaling or using a great book to capture ideas or scribble your to-do list. High-end paper and pens make me giddy, and they can add a little pop to your office.
4. Scarves, Necklaces and Rings, Oh My!
Trying to make the same old, same old stand out? A great scarf or statement necklace can do wonders. While I work in the corporate world, I love adding some punch to my pieces with a fun ring or whimsical print. It just makes office life more fun.
5. An Evening Out.
Offer to watch the kids. Give the working mom and her man, or girlfriends, the gift of a babysitter expense-free evening out. And don’t just throw it out there casually. Work to give some dates and get it on the calendar.
6. A Clean Home.
If you have older kids, get them in on the cleaning act, or look at hiring a service for a deep clean. I think it’s safe to assume no working mom wants to spend her free moments scrubbing toilets, wiping baseboards or dusting hard-to-reach light fixtures.
7. Fun Prints.
We all need a little inspiration from time to time. Grab or create a print with a cool quote or image to keep mom inspired and remind her that the hard work is all worth it.
8. Cozy PJs.
She rarely has time to sleep, but when she does hit the sheets, make sure she has some comfy and cute styles to kick back in.
9. Long Live Magazines.
Sure, we do so much on our screens, but there is something soothing about flipping through a favorite magazine. And it’s even better when that publication is delivered to you every week or month. If you know her favorite mag, handle the subscription for her, or an Amazon card will do the trick and she can pick.
10. Wearable Tech.
I received a Jawbone for Mother’s Day last year, and while the stats sometimes depress me, the little device certainly gives me insights into my day and night behaviors. I notice trends and receive alerts when I sit too long at my desk, and I realize there are some evenings I need to turn off the DVR and turn in so I can meet my early wake time with some coherence. Plus, the goals you set just might give you the kick in the pants to get moving more often, and carve out some “me” time for exercise or a daily walk.
If you’re a busy working mom, what’s on your holiday wish list?