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19 Awesome Gifts for the Working Moms in your Life

November 15, 2018 2 Comments

Can you believe Christmas is next month?!?

It still feels like we just moved to Utah, but this will be our second Christmas here. My baby will be 18 months old, we’ll have a 3 ½ year old, they’re practically in college already and it’s all going by so fast.

That’s why I like the holiday season, it gives some time to slow down and focus on things that are meaningful to us. Jesus, hot chocolate by the tree, and paid time off family time.

I’ve never done a gift guide before, but I’ve had several friends tell me they want one for working moms. And I aim to please.

So, if you’re looking for a gift for the working moms in your life, or you’d like to give some hints to people shopping for you–this one’s for you.

2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Working Moms #workingmom #christmasThis post contains affiliate links. That means at no extra cost to you, I may make a small commission on products ordered.

For the home

when mom is working, simplicity is key. These make home life not-quite-a-breeze, but not a tornado either.

 

  1. Instant Pot: A busy parent’s knight in shining armor. The IP makes dinnertime so much easier. There’s limited time between when mom gets home and kids go to bed, so take out the need to stand over the stove and go play with the kids.


2. Immersion Blender: It’s soup weather now, and doing the whole “blend the soup in batches until it’s all pureed, but be careful not to burn yourself” thing is a time-wasting pain. Just use the immersion blender and your soup will be smooth in under a minute.

 

3. Ninja Express Chopper: This is a good little chopper, but we just discovered that you can make a chop salad in this bad boy SO FAST. True, if you have a Ninja Blender you can do more faster in their blend and prep bowl, but we already have a blender that we rarely use, so I’m not going to buy another one when I can use this. But it has been a salad game-changer.

 

4. Pay for house cleaning services. Yes, please! Even people who like cleaning don’t want to clean all the time.

 

5. Pay for home organizing services. Trying to find good toddler-proof systems is hard! If you’re shopping for me, this is what I want. #kthanks

Wardrobe

While every woman has different taste, there are a few things that make great gifts for a working mom

1. Blanket scarf: First, just look at them (here, here, here and here). She wants one. Second, and potentially more important, sometimes you walk out of your house and realize that your kid wiped something on your shirt and you don’t have time to go in and change. Hello, blanket scarf that will be worn all day.

 

2. Necklace with kid’s initials: A much better way to wear a reminder of your kids than the old airbrushed t-shirts from the mall kiosk we used to buy our parents.

 

3. Gift card to her favorite business attire store, like Banana Republic, New York & Co., Express, or J.Crew.

Work Life

Being a working mom means potentially being at the office more than at home. Here are some items to make it almost as enjoyable.

1. Pumping: If mama is pumping, she needs a bag. And my pumping-at-work experience says it needs to look nice–not dorky. If I ever do this again, I’ll get a professional-looking, affordable backpack style like this one. If she prefers to spend a little more, this is also a good option that can be worn as a tote or hand bag. If you want to get her totally stocked, these accessories are super helpful for pumping at work (and show why you need a pumping bag):

2. Stainless steel water bottle. Being an Arizona girl, I know how bad dehydration can be on a body and mind. Make sure she’s well taken care of with these pretty ones!

3. Help her become the office plant lady. It makes a difference to have some greenery in the work space, whether they’re real or fake.

 

4. Tabletop desk mirror: Make it easy on mom to look Cheerio-free-professional for her next meeting.


5. Pencil pouch: Don’t knock it ’til you try it, my friends. This set is sleek and classy enough that she won’t feel like a sixth grader and can always find a pen.

 

6. Personalized Stationary: A professional woman understands the importance of a hand-written note, and it’s even better when it’s as beautiful as this set!

7. Laptop Sleeve: Remind her every time she works how important her example of a strong woman is.

For self-care

Don’t let her burn the candle at both ends. Also, only get her a candle if you absolutely know she likes the scent.

 

  1. Gift card to somewhere she likes to eat or grab a smoothie/coffee/tea that is close to her work.

 


2. A book. If she’s into self-improvement, you could try Girl, Wash Your Face or Braving the Wilderness. If she loves an in-depth history of real-life amazing women, try Hidden Figures or I Am Malala. If an inspiring coffee-table book is up her alley, try That’s What She Said: Wise Words from Influential Women.

 

3. Because deep down, every woman is a classy lady, take her to a show. An actual live show she gets to dress up for. Whether it’s a musical, play, orchestra, ballet, opera, Shakespeare in the Park–shoot, even if it’s Harry Potter in Concert–getting to see a live performance like that is good for the soul in a way that a regular concert just can’t replicate.


4. The 6-Minute Diary. Journaling is a great way to help her carve out some mindfulness time, even if it’s just for 6 minutes. The questions will help her see the good in life, increase her happiness, be more productive, and show her future grandkids what a boss she was.

 

 

The holiday season is about much more than presents, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that it’s a pretty fun part of it. We have a lot of good people in our lives and it’s fun to pick out meaningful and functional gifts for them, especially ones that support them in their passions. Happy getting ready for the holidays!

 

2 Comments

  • Tread Lightly, Retire Early November 17, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    The Instapot is something I’ve been considering for a looooong time but with two crock pots already we haven’t pulled the trigger. We have a small kitchen and don’t want to spend the money, but I don’t think I’d be opposed to one as a gift 😉

    • Katie November 21, 2018 at 6:52 pm

      Haha I’d be happy for another one as a gift! They are definitely an expense and I considered whether or not I needed it since I don’t cook a ton of meat. The biggest pull for me was that I can sautee in the pot and then put it on whatever setting I’m doing, so there’s less dishes to clean and #imlazy. I also like that even if making something takes the same amount of time (coming to pressure takes 10-15 minutes), I don’t have to stand over it and actively cook for the same amount of time. No more cleaning up the sticky overflow from steel cut oats! Worth it for me, but I know lots who it wasn’t the best option for. I still love and use my crockpot all the time!

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