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.
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For the home
when mom is working, simplicity is key. These make home life not-quite-a-breeze, but not a tornado either.
- 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
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.
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):
- Pumping parts wipes
- Breast pads
- Pumping bra (If she doesn’t want to be ghetto like me and cut holes in a sports bra)
- Lanolin (Nipple cream)
- Steam sterilizer bags
- Milk storage bags
- Extra set of pump parts. Some moms pump twice a day and rather than clean them at work, just buy two sets and clean them both at night. Just make sure you know which pump she has!
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!
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.
Don’t let her burn the candle at both ends. Also, only get her a candle if you absolutely know she likes the scent.
- 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!