20 Mother's Day Gifts To Make Working Moms' Lives Easier

Mandy Velez | Apr 17, 2019 Healthy Living
20 Mother's Day Gifts To Make Working Moms' Lives Easier
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Working moms and stay-at-home moms all work the hardest. They handle all of life's challenges and still make sure their kids are happy, healthy, and loved. And yes, both SAHM and working moms have guilt. I personally relate to working moms as my own mother worked throughout my childhood. I don't know how she did it, to be honest. She woke up every morning, got herself ready for work, then got my brother and I ready. She'd teach kids at the school she worked at and then came home to take care of us all evening. As working moms have to report to two types of bosses -- the adult type and the small human type, they deserve some special Mother's Day love, too. 

At the end of the day, or even at the beginning of their days, most working moms probably just want a little help. A little time to relax. Gifting them the ability to be in two places at once, or the innate ability to "lean in" isn't an option. But giving them a few items to make their lives a bit easier could definitely help. 

That's why for Mother's Day, we rounded up the best gifts to give a working mom. The hope is that it'll alleviate the stress in her life, even if it's in a small way. Like with a new bag to store her things or a towel to dry her hair faster in the morning. It won't solve everything, or stop the mom guilt, or Internet warriors who compare, but at minimum, it will make her day. 

Psst: If purchasing an item on this list, CafeMom may receive a small cut. Each item and price is up to date at the time of publication; however, an item may be sold out or the price may be different at a later date.

  • Diaper Bag Backpack


    Working moms may juggle laptops and diapers. And just because they may have a bag of Cheez-Its next to their files, doesn't mean they need to have a "mom bag." This BabbleRoo travel bag does it all and looks like every other chic work/play bag. 

    Diaper Bag Backpack ($36, Amazon)

  • HelloFresh Meal Subscription Service


    Making a full meal after a long day takes a lot of energy. Give the gift of extra family time with a meal subscription service. Choose the meal plan that works best for the recipient and choose how often they'll receive it. There are vegan and lunch options, too. 

    HelloFresh (from $69, HelloFresh)

  • Bowflex Adjustable Dumbbells 


    Between work and taking the kids to activities, it can be hard to find time to get to a gym. These adjustable weights bring the gym to wherever mom is. Weights range from 5 to 52 pounds and don't take up much floor space at all.

    Adjustable Weights ($299, Amazon)

  • USB Charger Bracelet Cord


    USB cords come in handy when a phone or iPad needs to be charged and a charger is nowhere in sight. This bracelet version makes it possible to always have one on hand (literally). And the best part is that no one will be able to tell it's a piece of tech equipment, ready to go at a moment's notice. 

    USB Bracelet ($14, Amazon)

  • Microfiber Hair Towel


    Drying hair sucks a lot of time from already busy mornings. Cut that time in half with a super absorbent towel and get ready faster than ever. Bonus: It doesn't pull at hair, which also makes the case for it being a solid beauty gift as well. 

    Microfiber Hair Towel ($10, Amazon)

  • Bedside Smartphone Vase


    Decorative and functional, this smartphone stand vase is a pretty spot to charge a mom's phone, while also making the bedside table look chic. The phone is visible and the vase doubles as decor to keep the bedroom as uncluttered as possible.

    Flower Vase Smartphone Stand ($32, Uncommon Goods)

  • Charging Wristlet


    Mom can charge her phone while running errands or watching that basketball game with this Adrienne Vittadini wristlet. It comes in six colors and looks like a regular clutch. It also frees up a hand to hold a phone in one and a toddler in the other.  

    Charging Wristlet ($16, Amazon)

  • 'The 52 Lists Project' Journal


    "The 52 Lists Project" journal is a project for list-loving moms that creates a space each week to feel in control of the chaos around her. Life gets busy, but knowing what to expect, and checking off things on the list will leave the mama feeling accomplished in both her personal and professional lives. 

    The 52 Lists Project Journal ($8, Amazon)

  • Working Mom Mug


    Every mom needs a reminder of how awesome she is. Accomplish that with a working mom mug that tells it like it is. And it holds coffee, which is really the best part. 

    Working Mom Mug ($15, UltimateGiftsShop/Etsy)

  • Bluetooth Headphones


    Juggling things is what moms do, but if she can listen to music on the go, or talk on the phone, without holding her phone, it'll make her life a whole lot easier. She can take that conference call, but still have two hands free to help pack lunch. 

    Bluetooth Headphones ($20, Amazon)

  • Mom Tote


    If a working mom has three kids, this is the bag for her. They not only have to carry things for their kids, but they need to carry things for their job as well. The Mom of Three bag can do all of that while proudly showing the world that she's a mom (times three.)

    Mom of Three Tote ($23, GreyPrint/Etsy) 

  • Dry-Erase Calendar


    Help her things things at the office and at home. This dry-erase calendar can go up on the wall so the family can see the plans, meals, or mom's notes for the week. A great find for the organization mavens out there. 

    Acrylic Calendar ($95, CalenLove/Etsy)

  • Automatic Pan Stirrer


    Talk about a time-saver! A stirrer device like this can whip up eggs (or other food items) without requiring anyone to physically be in the kitchen. Allows for time to get the kids ready for school, or to finish checking morning emails, instead. 

    Pan Stirrer ($25, Uncommon Goods)

  • Water Bottle With Phone Sleeve


    Work out. Answer emails. This water bottle allows its user to do both. A true time saver when every minute counts in a day, and the goal is to have self-care and time to spend time with loved ones. 

    Water Bottle ($13, Uncommon Goods)

  • Gold Hoop Earrings


    Moms who have nice earrings can rock it at work. OK, that's not a thing, but it can't hurt to try. These earrings feature a sculpted ball design, turning a classic piece of jewelry into a statement piece. 

    Hoop Earrings ($30, LOFT)

  • Microwavable Pasta Pot


    Making dinner after a long work day sounds not so great to lots of working moms. Eliminate that hassle for her with this super cool microwavable pasta pot. Instead of waiting for a pot of water to heat on the stove, just add water to this pot, then stick in the microwave. 

    Pasta Pot ($25, Uncommon Goods)

  • Handbag Light & Phone Charger


    Is there a better invention than a portable flashlight phone charger? We don't think so. The "handbag illuminator" with a charger is the best thing to have in a purse when a phone battery is running low and/or there's lip balm lost at the bottom.

    Handbag Charger ($36, Uncommon Goods)

  • Bobby Pin Necklace


    Bobby pins are magical hair tools. To have one at any point, is basically like being one's own godmother. To do so with a cute necklace? Even better. Bobby pins fit perfectly in this necklace that features a stainless steal pendant. 

    Bobby Pin Storage Necklace ($40, Uncommon Goods)

  • Washable Lunch Box


    Lunch bags make a huge difference in the life of a working mama. They encourage lunch-packing, which can save money. Plus, it's a cute way to express oneself at work. Bonus: It's washable!

    Washable Lunch Bag ($11-$39, Uncommon Goods)

  • Lavender Gift Set


    Help her unwind after a long day with this lavender gift set. It features a lavender grow kit with a self-watering pot, an aromatherapy candle, a nighttime eye mask, and a calming spray for pillows. 

    Calming Set ($50, Uncommon Goods)

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