Ahh, the toddler years. They are both a blessing and a struggle, and even moms at the top of their game can use a little encouragement as they guide their children through this stage of childhood. Toddlers can be clingy and demanding, and you may draw a blank when choosing holiday gifts for moms with toddlers.
Ask any mom with a toddler and their top request is likely to be alone time. Moms need time to decompress and recharge and as much as they love their children, time away is critical. While it may be hard to wrap up alone time, you can give moms with toddlers a great gift that will give them joy, help them find peace, and propel them through the toddler years.
The best gifts for busy moms will make their life easier and renew them as they push through one of the most difficult stages of raising children. (Let’s not clue them in on the teen years just yet!)
When mom opens one of these best gifts for moms with toddlers, you too will delight at the joy and relief in her eyes.
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Practical Gifts For Busy Toddler Moms
We all like to splurge a little when it comes to giving the perfect gift, but sometimes the most practical gifts are the ones that are the most useful in the long run.
And by the way – a gift card or gift certificate is always a great gift (especially if you need a gift at the last minute)!
1. Toddler Sized Baby Carrier
Babywearing doesn’t have to end as soon as you thought it did. Wearing your toddler in a toddler carrier is a great workout and keeps your little one in check so busy moms can get some things accomplished around the house.
This LÍLLÉbaby was one I loved with my young children, and can easily carry kids up to 60 pounds.
2. Daily Planner
Mom life can be crazy at times and keeping everything organized with a daily planner can help everything run more smoothly. The Happy Planner is a great tool with extras like seasonal stickers that will make planning fun.
3. Cordless Stick Vacuum
Kids and messes go hand in hand but it’s not always practical or convenient to drag out the vacuum cleaner. A cordless stick vacuum can easily be moved about the house and is the perfect choice for quick cleanup and messes of any size.
4. Comfortable Shoes
Busy moms are always on the go, and moms of toddlers never get to sit down. Tired feet don’t have to slow her down and a pair of comfortable shoes can be a complete lifesaver.
Slip-on shoes like these Skechers are perfect for chasing after rambunctious toddlers with little hands that get into everything.
5. Amazon Echo
There will be days when mom feels like the kids don’t listen to a word she says, but Alexa will. With just a simple commands, mom can control appliances, make a phone call and ask Alexa to play some music–all without taking her hands or eyes off her little ones.
Our Echo gets everyday use – mostly when I add things to my shopping lists – but honestly it has been a game changer for me. I could live without my Alexa, but I really don’t want to!
6. Pop Socket
When you spend hour after hour, your phone may be your connection to friends and loved ones. When mom’s hands are full and she’s trying to juggle children of all ages, pets, and more the last thing she wants to do is drop her phone and pop sockets provide a little extra grip.
I really love the different designs on these, and the tiny size makes pop sockets an ideal choice for a stocking stuffer.
7. Large Purse
Good moms know that you have to be prepared for anything when it comes to toddlers. A big purse can be used to store all of her essentials, random baby gear, and emergency items while allowing her to look cute at the same time. Diapers, snacks, toys, wipes, and whatever mom needs will easily fit in this bag.
8. Water Bottle
Being in full mom mode can really work up a thirst. A high quality water bottle is perfect for mom and this large size is great because she’ll likely be sharing a sip or two.
9. Cross Back Apron
Cross back aprons are cute and will keep mom’s clothes fresh and tidy. The cross back design makes it comfortable and reduces neck strain so mom can wear her apron as often as needed.
Unique Gifts to Revive Mom
Hugs and kisses from your toddler are the sweetest things but sticky fingers, runny noses and clingy kids can leave mom feeling drained and dirty. Gifts that help her look, feel and smell good as well as useful gifts that give her a few moments to recenter her mind can make her day.
Here are our top picks.
10. Essential Oil Diffuser
Essential oils can make the house smell great but they can also help to calm kids and mom for a more relaxed home. Oil diffusers can also look beautiful and help create a lovely atmosphere.
I actually gifted this to my oldest child who isn’t even a mom yet, just because it was a good gift idea (I already had one for myself). You can change the light to different colors to fit your mood, and there are a lot of different oil combinations that just smell really nice.
11. Foot Massager
Toddlers are demanding and mom probably spends a fair portion of the day on her feet and running around. Give her a foot massager so she can relax and unwind at the end of the day and feel great.
(FYI – this is a great idea for any new parents, a second time mom, a mom of older children, or pretty much anyone who could use a little TLC for their tired feet.)
12. Bubble Bath
Bubble baths aren’t just for little kids. Some quiet time in the tub surrounded by sweet-smelling bubbles may be just what mom needs to feel rested and rejuvenated.
We love Dr. Teal’s bath salts for sore muscles and back pain, but there’s just something about a bubble bath that relaxes you. It’s a great way to unwind before bed.
Set the mood to unwind after the kids have finally gone to bed with a few scented candles.
14. Adult Coloring Books
Coloring can help you relax and clear your mind. It can bring about a meditative state that can help you feel better all over. Adult coloring books with motivational sayings are the best gift for moms with toddlers.
15. Inspirational Book
Motherhood is extremely rewarding but there are days that are exhausting. We can all use a little reminder that we are not alone in the world and Hoda Kotb’s book I Really Needed This Today is the perfect way to find inspiration and motivation.
If you are looking for a new mom gift or know someone who is having a baby shower, this makes a special gift to give before the new baby arrives.
If you want some super simple ideas (many which are free), check out these self-care ideas for moms. You could even print out the list and hand it to a new mom if she can’t think of ways to treat herself!
DIY Gifts for Moms
DIY gifts are not only fun to make but they are incredibly thoughtful and DIY gifts can be customized to meet the needs of your favorite toddler mom. Don’t underestimate the best DIY gift of all–help! Offer to come by and clean, drop off a meal or take the kids for a while so mom can get some rest or time to herself.
Here are some great DIY options for Mother’s Day gifts or a unique Christmas gift idea that she will love.