19 Beyond Useful Gifts For Busy Parents
There's one thing most busy parents really want: a break. But since you can't wrap up relaxing, kid-free time, there are other helpful gifts you can give them that will make their chaotic lives a little bit easier.
Check out these 19 helpful gift ideas that cater to the hectic world of parenthood.
While many have a chance to snap adorable Instagram pictures throughout the year, few have a chance to make any tangible albums with those memories. Chatbooks (from $18) lets busy parents print their Instagram, Facebook, mobile, and desktop photos in as little as 30 seconds – really! Chatbooks has just partnered with Rifle Paper Co. on some gorgeous seasonal cover designs, so there's never been a better time to preserve your photographic highlights from the past year.
Krups Savoy Turbo 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker
Every second counts during a weekday morning, especially if it could make the difference between vital caffeine and getting the kids to the bus on time. Krups Savoy Turbo 12-cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker ($80) has a turbo button that speeds up the brew process by 35 percent.
Alit Champagne Holiday Pack
Whether you opt to send the Pinot Noir trio or the holiday Champagne pack ($102), these thoughtful bundles bring some much-needed time to unwind with a few glasses of delicious and natural wine.
Knock Knock Letters to My Mom
In the stress and chaos of daily life, some parents might not get the appreciation that they deserve. Knock Knock Letters to My Mom ($16) not only prompts kiddos to show their gratitude, but also turns into priceless keepsakes they will both cherish.
Not only will this genius creation clean floors, but it will also tire out kids from chasing it around the house! With the iRobot Home App, the Roomba 980's new cleaning capabilities can tackle floors throughout the entire home with just a touch of a phone without anyone having to actually be home (plus little ones can track its location!). Shop the iRobot Roomba ($900).
Kate Spade Glitter Slim Portable Charger
A charged phone is pretty vital for any busy parent, but having the opportunity to plug it in isn't always guaranteed. Help Mom keep her phone charged in style with this Kate Spade Glitter Slim Portable Charger ($60) that doesn't take up too much space.
Help tireless parents ease their muscle aches and pains on the go with Mynt's Cordless Shiatsu Back Neck & Shoulder Massager ($60). It provides a completely wireless, deep kneading massage - with tension melting heat! – for up to an hour and a half off of a single charge.
Selfie Button and Key Finder
After Mom or Dad attaches an Orbit ($15, originally $30) to their keychain, they can use the free app to track down those missing keys whenever they get lost. The best part: it works both ways! Your missing keys will chime with the press of a button on your phone, but when it's your phone that's out of sight, press the Orbit to make it ring (even when it's on silent mode!).
Some parents would love nothing more than a quiet moment to read, but considering how unpredictable that is, it's pretty impossible to pack books at all times to be prepared in case the moment strikes — unless they have the new Kindle ($290) that's smaller and lighter than ever.
For the parent who is always on the go, being able to track the steps they're taking chasing toddlers or running between work and carpool with a Fitbit ($130) can bring some major satisfaction.
Verloop Touchscreen Gloves Trio
For the mom who is constantly on the run, it can feel pretty impossible not to lose her glove at any given moment. This touchscreen-friendly interchangeable trio set ($25) set will put an end to her searches for a lost glove since it comes with a backup option.