Becoming a mom has been one of the best things I've ever done in my life. However, having four kids means that even though I'm living one of my dreams, I'm busy and exhausted pretty much every day. As much as I love my kids, I regularly dream of a magic fairy coming into my house and taking care of my daily chores while I take a nap. While I know that's only a fantasy, there are some things in my life that are real that make my life a little easier. These Mother's Day gifts for busy moms may not make the problems of daily life vanish completely, but they will make each day a little easier and more enjoyable. So if you want to show your love and appreciation for the busy mom in your life, try one of these Mother's Day gift ideas.
It's a fact—I need coffee to survive. Without it, I can't function, think rational thoughts or form cohesive sentences. And most busy moms I know feel the same way. Trying to make coffee in the morning, however, proves a bit of a challenge in my house. Between making breakfast, packing lunches, changing diapers and more, I can't always find the time to measure, pour and push the "on" button. Enter this amazing coffeemaker that does it all for you; it has literally changed my life.
I like freshly ground coffee, and this Cuisinart has a built-in grinder so I don't have to compromise on taste. Not only does it do the grinding for me, I can program it the night before and my coffee is waiting for me in the morning. It makes 12 cups, so my husband and I can both have a mug or two without running out, which is important since I'm constantly on the go. But perhaps the best feature of this machine is the thermal carafe. Instead of a hot plate staying on to keep the coffee warm (which eventually burns the leftover coffee), the machine shuts off and the carafe keeps your coffee warm all day. This means that you're saving electricity as well as not having an appliance on that could burn little hands. And no matter how many times you want to refresh your cup, the coffee will always be hot.
Busy moms are in and out of the house all day long, from getting the mail to school runs, errands, playdates and more. And when we're juggling the baby, diaper bag, purse and keys, it can be difficult to stop and tie a pair of shoes. Having a go-to pair of easy, stylish slip-ons is a must for any busy mom, and TOMS has the perfect pairs. Not only are these shoes classic and fashionable, they're comfortable too. If your mom is also environmentally-conscious, try the vegan TOMS, which are made from recycled, organic materials. An added bonus is that for each pair of TOMS shoes purchased, the company will donate a pair of shoes to a child in need, so your gift not only helps mom, but helps someone else too.
We need water to survive, live well and stay healthy, yet many of us don't drink enough. As a mom, it's hard for me to keep track of how much water I'm consuming. This Mother's Day gift idea for busy moms will help the mom in your life stay healthy by digitally monitoring her water consumption and needs. The HydraCoach Water Bottle calculates your personal hydration needs, tracks how much water you've consumed and paces your water consumption throughout the day. This a great way to help you stay motivated to drink your water and make sure you're getting enough when you're too busy to keep track yourself. Instead, this water bottle does all of the work for you.
Custom Photo Books from Shutterfly $12.99 and up
Whenever I hear moms talking about getting together to scrapbook, I instantly feel left out. I just don't have the time or the energy to sit down and cut and paste my memories into an album, even if I wanted to. But I've discovered an even better way to keep my memories out for me and my family to enjoy: custom photo books from Shutterfly. These books are easy to create and they're constructed well. Just download your pictures, organize them online and Shutterfly will print out a book for you to enjoy. We have several on our shelf, and my kids love reading them again and again. I've commemorated vacations, seasons, births and other special events in these professional books.
These books are also a great way to remember and archive your kids' artwork. My fridge fills up fast with daily pictures and school projects, and I get overwhelmed at the volume of papers. I want to display my children's creations, but I only have so much space. Instead of uploading photos to these books, you can scan your kids' artwork and make books. This way, you can recycle the bulk of the pictures while preserving the memory and getting rid of excess clutter in your home. And each child will have a portfolio of sorts to enjoy.
Mom Time (Completely Free!)
While getting presents is special, what busy moms really want for Mother's Day and all year long is more time. I regularly catch myself saying "If I only had a few more hours in the day . . ." because I never seem to have quite enough time to do what I want to do. Most moms are inherently giving, putting the needs of their families first, which results in very little downtime. This Mother's Day gift idea for a busy mom doesn't cost anything, but she'll love and appreciate it so much. Whether you give her an hour a week or an afternoon a month, let her know that she can schedule this time to do whatever she wants without the kids. Just make sure she uses it for herself and no one else. And to make this gift extra special, you may want to include a gift certificate to her favorite spa, coffee house, bookstore or any place she likes to unwind to give her extra motivation to pamper herself.
No matter what present you choose to give your busy mom for Mother's Day, if it comes from the heart, she'll love it , because that's what moms do.