20 Mother's Day Gifts for Moms With Kids Under 5

Mandy Velez | Apr 17, 2019 Being a Mom
20 Mother's Day Gifts for Moms With Kids Under 5
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Moms with kids under 5 years old are the unsung heroes we don't deserve. Not only do they handle their own children and the wildness that comes from that (terrible twos, amirite?). These women also must deal with the divisiveness of the Internet "mom police" that tries to dictate what they should and shouldn't do. To give kids an iPad or not to give kids no iPad in a restaurant. That is the question. Basically, there's a lot going on in their worlds and Mother's Day is just a day to make sure their efforts do not go unappreciated. It's a day to celebrate what they do and for Lord's sake, give them a break. (Though, pst, here are some parenting hacks, if necessary.)

There's few things as important as self-care for these moms of kids 5 and under, but we tried to think of some. From funny books, to massage machines, to chocolate and coffee, these gifts will make this person's day. Maybe their year. And this is important because when mom is happy, kids are happy. So technically, these gifts are great for the kiddos, too. They'll see their mom kick back with chocolate or new slippers and try to go easy on 'em. OK so I totally made that up and that likely won't happen. But a person can dream! Without further ado, we present Mother's Day gifts for moms with young kids. Whether they're new moms or the leader of a squad of 3-year-old triplets, it'll hopefully make their lives a little easier, if only for a moment. 

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  • Leather Tote Bag


    Moms with little kids have a lot of stuff to carry around. But it doesn't mean they should have a mediocre bag to do it. This leather tote will fit all of the snacks and adult things, all while looking stylish in the process. No one will know how many Cheez-It's are actually smushed at the bottom. 

    Tote Bag ($98, PortlandLeather/Etsy) 

  • 'You've Got This' Calendar


    From playdates to doctor appointments, a "You've Got This" wall calendar is just what a busy mom needs to keep her schedule under control. She'll be able to see her weeks and month at a glance and get a message of motivation, too. Bonus: It's a whiteboard, so it's super easy to make changes. Stuff happens!

    "You've Got This" Calendar ($20, doodlelove/Etsy)

  • Neck Massager


    No time to get to a massage parlor? No problem. This neck massager gets the job done. It's small enough to carry in a bag to work or to keep nearby in the house. It also has a heat option to up the ante on super tense shoulders and necks. 

    Neck Massager ($50, Amazon)

  • Makeup Subscription Box


    Staying up to date on the latest beauty products is hard. A BoxyCharm subscription takes the guesswork out of the equation by sending subscribers the best and prettiest makeup and skin products every month. From mascara to eye shadow, almost every item needed is covered without having to leave the house.

    Beauty Box ($21/month, BoxyCharm)

  • Chocolate


    Mini coffee-flavored dark chocolate squares are heaven on Earth. Why not give it to a mom who could use the caffeine and a treat? Godiva has lots of other flavors to chose from, with each coming in a cute and easy-to-transport bag. 

    Chocolate Bars ($6, Godiva)

  • Slippers


    Chasing around little humans is a lot easier when one's feet are warm and padded with a slipper. Get a pair like these from ABEO in a range of colors. It's likely the closest thing to walking on a cloud. Things seems much more tolerable there. 

    ABEO Halifax Slippers ($110, The Walking Company)

  • Flower Subscription


    Why limit flowers to just Mother's Day? Bouqs flower subscription company sends a bouquet of flowers to the recipient for weeks or months at a time, depending on the plan chosen. It really is a gift that keeps on giving. 

    Flower Subscription ($36, Bouqs)

  • Noise-Cancelling Headphones


    During alone time, these headphones will shut the rest of the world out, giving the peace moms deserve. Or, it'll help them rock out while working out. Whichever works. But they deserve to have some background noise other than screaming, right?

    Sony Headphones ($50, Google)

  • Mom Coupon Book


    The best gift may be the gift of help. Or a dinner. Or a massage. Give any of those things with downloadable coupons especially made for moms that can be easily printed. Great for people who really just need a hand. And moms with lots of littles fit that bill.

    Coupon Book ($4, OpenMity/Etsy)

  • 'I Probably Need Coffee' T-Shirt


    Moms with younger children most likely need coffee, and a lot of it. Do them a favor and give them a T-shirt that expresses this need. Maybe someone will read it and help them out! At the least, it's a cute too that will speak to their caffeine-loving soul. 

    "I Probably Need Coffee" T-Shirt ($22, NinetoNone/Etsy)

  • Coffee Cup Holder


    Kids come with a lot of juggling of multiple things. A kid in one arm and a phone, bag and cup of coffee in the other. This coffee cup holder featuring a Shiba dog pattern will make that process all the easier. 

    Coffee Cup Holder ($9, MyLittleObsessionN/Etsy)

  • Druzy Earrings


    Sparkly earrings are never a bad idea. These come in different colors and feature a lead- and nickel-free backing. Bonus: Grabbing hands are less likely to get a grip on these studs. Yes, it is possible to look gorg while holding a curious baby. 

    Druzy Earrings ($5, BluegrassDesignsCo/Etsy)

  • 'Go the F*ck to Sleep' Book


    Nothing is as relatable to parents of little kids as this Go the F*ck to Sleep book. It's basically a modern parenting classic and needed if moms of littles need a reminder they're not alone during those long, long bedtime routines. Maybe just warn them not to read it to their kids, though. 

    Go the F*ck to Sleep ($13, Amazon)

  • 'Zen as F*ck' Journal


    Writing thoughts down is another form of meditation and taking time for oneself. Moms can do that easily with a journal that specializes in "the mindful art of not giving a sh*t." The mama can use it to get intentions on paper or simply to take three minutes to color a picture. 

    Zen as F*ck Journal ($9, Amazon)

  • Foot Bath


    Give mom the gift of foot bliss after a long day (or/and night) chasing the kids with this foot spa. It soaks feet while also massaging them. But wait, there's more! It also vibrates. Enjoy one or three functions happening all at once. 

    Foot Spa ($69, Amazon)

  • Essential Oils


    Magic isn't real (sorry Disney lovers!), but essential oils come pretty dang close. There's a type for different kinds of ailments, including stress. Open the bottle and let the scent filter out. Relaxation is on the way. 

    Chesapeake Bay Candle 100% Pure Essential Diffuser Oils Relaxation Set ($19, Amazon)

  • Chesapeake Bay Scented Candle


    Speaking of essential oils, if straight-up oils are too advanced, this essential-oil infused candle will get the job done. When lighted, it omits a fragrances meant to create "balance and harmony" (and smell good, too.) Get ready for the incredible smell of fruit and flowers to permeate the home.

    Chesapeake Bay Scented Candle ($10, Amazon)

  • Chunky Knit Blanket


    What's better than a knitted blanket? A super chunky knit blanket. This wool one is perfect for keeping warm and is able to fit tiny humans underneath as well. It's also hypoallergenic for sensitive skin. 

    Chunky Knit Blanket ($30, CheeryLittleSheep/Etsy)

  • French Press Coffee Maker


    Bring the cafe to the kitchen with this French press coffee maker. If Starbucks isn't easily accessible throughout the day, this sucker will do the trick. It comes with cleaning supplies as well, but can be put into a dishwater. Happy hydration. *Wink*

    French Press Coffee Maker ($22, Amazon)

  • Travel Tumbler


    To go with a new coffee maker, this adult sippy cup, er, tumbler does two jobs despite being just one cup. It can keep coffee warm, but it can also hold other liquids of choice, too, like wine. (We wont judge!) Just use the straw on the rim of the cup. 

    Atlin Tumbler ($13, Amazon)

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