The 18 Best Gifts For Working Moms
Working moms might just be the most difficult people to shop for on any holiday list: they're the types who, the minute they decide they want something, they just add it to their to-do list, reprioritize a few less-urgent tasks, and go out and get it for themselves. Still, they are perhaps the most deserving of recipients; burning the figurative candle (scented, of course!) at both ends, they give their all to both their jobs and their families. Sure, she may never have true work-life balance, but you can certainly help her try with one of these gifts perfect for any career-minded mama.
MoMA 4-in-1 Travel Adaptor
Compact, colorful, and brilliantly functional, this sleek MoMA 4-in-1 Travel Adaptor ($25) ensures the frequent-flying mom in your life can plug in her electronics in more than 150 countries. Plus, unlike boring white ones, there's no chance of accidentally leaving this one behind.
Shark Robotic Vacuum
Giving someone a vacuum for Christmas has long been a massive, horribly insulting faux pas . . . until the invention of the robot vacuum. Now, it's the ultimate gift for those who want a clean home but don't have time to do it themselves. The Shark Ion connected robotic vacuum ($330, originally $350) features WiFi connectivity and an optional easy-to-use mobile app with Amazon Alexa voice control. You can program and monitor the robot from anywhere as it cleans, docks, and recharges automatically.
Ju-Ju-Be Be Supplied Pump Tote Bag
For the nursing mom just back to work after a too-short maternity leave, this is no ordinary tote bag. The Ju-Ju-Be Be Supplied Pumping Bag ($125) is a lightweight carryall with a front panel that easily opens to reveal a spacious slot specifically designed to comfortably fit a breast pump and parts.
UncommonGoods Travel Cord Roll
If the bottom of her bag is always a tangled mess of cords — phone chargers, earbuds, laptop cables — then she'll appreciate the sense of order provided by this sleek teal UncommonGoods Travel Cord Roll ($20), which neatly tucks up to eight cords and two plugs. It's also great for stowing small knickknacks like watches, hair clips, or other on-the-go necessities.
Felix Gray Blue-Light Filtering Screen Glasses
For the mom who spends most of her day in front of a computer screen, give her some much-needed eye relief (and, likely, fewer headaches) with a pair of chic Felix Gray (starting at $95) glasses. Available in prescription or nonprescription packages and a variety of shapes and styles, they filter the high-energy blue light emitted from all screens, reduce glare, and offer optional magnification — perfect for when you are glued to your screen for hours a day — to reduce stress on your eye muscles.
Ninja Coffee Bar
For the mom who's desperate to save money but still can't get through the day without a specialty latte or frozen-blended cappuccino, bring the coffeehouse to her kitchen — without the $5-per-cup price tag — with the Ninja Coffee Bar ($160, originally $200). It's also got a built-in frother, and depending on the day ahead, you can get your caffeine fix in a pod-free single-serving up to a full carafe.
Pottery Barn Emily & Meritt Love Pencil Holder
Sure, the Pottery Barn collaboration with design duo Emily Current and Meritt Elliott is for teens, but this Pottery Barn Emily & Meritt Love pencil holder ($49) is the ultimate workspace topper.
Smythson Panama Make It Happen Notebook
Not every moment of inspiration can be documented on an iPhone Notes app. For those moments, give your favorite working mama a Smythson Panama textured-leather notebook ($75). It's a classic style in a poppy blue color that will make her big ideas stand out.
World Market iPhone Charger Tassel Keychain
For the ultimate multitasker, give her a gift that does multiple things at once, like this gold World Market tassel keychain ($15) that can also charge her phone.
Taylor May Kwok Headphones
Working in a big, open office space has its benefits, but all that surrounding coworker chatter can be distracting. Enter: Taylor May Kwok Headphones ($314). The leather-covered memory-foam ear cushions are comfortable enough to wear all workday and stylish enough for your commute.
Yeti Rambler Tumbler
Keep this mama from having to nuke her coffee in the microwave every 30 minutes with this Yeti Rambler 30-oz Tumbler ($35), which uses double-wall vacuum insulation to keep your morning brew hot and cold drinks ice-cold all day. Plus, it's oversize to hold a lot while still shaped to fit in your car's cup holder.
MoMA Mini Timebox Clock Speaker
Plenty of moms have toddlers stepping in for their alarm clocks, but for those who start their day on the extra-early side, there's the MoMA Mini Timebox Clock Speaker ($50), which has a vibrant LED display packed with features. It's got a notification system that alerts you to incoming calls, texts, and social media updates, and with an app, you can make your own wake-up music.
Dogeared Let's Makeup Travel Bag
No office desk drawer is complete without a makeup bag. This Dogeared Let's Makeup travel cosmetics case ($24) can do the daily commute with you or stay put at work.
Sophie Hulme Keychain Poof
Want to spice up someone's boring briefcase? This Sophie Hulme SSENSE exclusive multicolor keychain poof ($88, originally $170) is the perfect googly-eyed add-on.
Michael Kors Smart Watch
If you think traditional watches are over, you haven't seen this timeless take on the digital timekeeper. The busiest, but chicest, lifestyles call for the Michael by Michael Kors Bradshaw Access Bracelet Smart Watch ($229, originally $395), which subtly displays all sorts of practical intel, from incoming call notifications to daily activity trackers, with its sunray dial.
Kate Spade Starbright Owl Business Card Holder
For the hand-shaking, baby-kissing (OK, what mom isn't a baby-kisser?), business-card-wielding worker, having a place to keep extra cards — or store ones from prospective clients — is key. This Kate Spade Starbright Owl Leather Card Holder ($68) does the job. Who who!