Stay-at-home moms do so much for their families. When it’s their turn to receive a gift, what do you give someone who gives so much to others? Finding the right gift for a stay-at-home mom can be difficult. Do they need something for themselves, the children, or the house? From books and household gadgets to beauty products, here’s a list of some great ideas that will make a stay-at-home mom feel loved and appreciated. Read on to find the perfect gift for your favorite stay-at-home mom!
Relaxation & Self-care
After busy days tending to others, moms need to take time to care for themselves. After all, it’s not just the children who should be happy and healthy. Moms should be healthy and happy too! Each mom will have a different way of relaxing, so here’s a wide range of gifts that moms can use for themselves at any time of the year.
Meditation app subscription
Meditation apps will help a stressed mom relax on her own time by learning skills such as deep breathing and mindfulness. Plus she’ll know you really care about her wellbeing.
These apps offer a trial period of usually 1-2 weeks before you have to sign up, so you can try them out yourself.
Popular meditation apps
- Calm – You can give this gift annually or pay upfront for lifetime access.
- Insight Timer – Insight Timer has thousands of meditations for free and even more with a subscription.
- Headspace – Headspace is user-friendly and great for beginners but requires a subscription.
- Ten Percent Happier – Ten Percent Happier is also great for beginners.
You can read more about these and other meditation apps in this post.
Essential oils diffuser
Essential oils are said to help relaxation, boost your mood, improve digestion, and more. Even if she doesn’t need the health benefits, she’ll love the oils for their heavenly scents.
The wrong pillow can cause neck, head, and shoulder pain. Give mom the perfect pillow that will help her get a good night’s sleep. Memory foam pillows like this one are meant to provide pressure relief and comfort for back, side, and stomach sleepers. Another option is down or down alternative pillows that support the sleeper in any position.
We can’t get enough of these blankets at my house. Everyone loves them for staying warm on cold days and adding some color to the house. These Eddie Bauer blankets are reversible and come in a variety of cute designs so you can pick the best one for mom.
Mom’s want to look their best but don’t always have the time or money to do it when they’re raising the kids. Treat mom to a skincare set like this one made of natural materials.
Mom probably doesn’t get as much sleep as she wants. When she does close her eyes, why not help her relax with an eye pillow or eye mask. This eye pillow is weighted with flax and smells of lavender. Or you can opt for this multi-purpose cooling eye mask.
Bath salts are heavenly to relax the mind and soothe aching muscles. I can’t get enough of them for myself. These all-natural bath salts come in a variety of scents.
These shower steamers release scents like lavender and vanilla so mom can enjoy her time in the shower. They’re perfect for the mom who loves scents but doesn’t have a bathtub or has skin too sensitive for bath bombs.
A soft and luxurious robe is perfect for lounging, bathing, swimming, spa time, or daily wear around the house. A bonus is that a tie-front robe will fit mom when pregnant or between sizes.
It’s not just moms who work on the computer all day who experience body pains. Moms who spend lots of time carrying the kids or sitting in the car driving everyone around can get stiff or painful body parts.
This shiatsu neck and back massager is the best! I use mine on multiple body parts with and without the heat feature. It’s helped me get rid of back and neck muscle discomfort. Mom is going to feel good after using it too.
Have you ever had your scalp massaged before? It’s so relaxing that you might fall asleep. This scalp massager will do that for mom. It doesn’t tangle long hair and can be used on other muscles such as the back and legs too.
Foot spa bath
Mom is on her feet a lot chasing after the kids and doesn’t have time to go to the spa. Why not bring the spa pedicure to her? This foot spa bath with heat, massage, and jets makes for a blissful spa experience at home.
Spa gift set
Mom might need more than just her feet treated. Give her a whole spa experience with a spa gift set.
One of the best gifts you can give a stay-at-home mom is a spa gift set. This will allow her to relax and rejuvenate after long days of taking care of the kids. Some of the best spa gift sets come with bath bombs, bars of soap, a loofah, bath salt, body cream, and more.
Favorite spa gift certificate
If you want to go all out for mom, give her a gift to her favorite spa or salon so she can relax and rejuvenate. If mom lives close by, you could even go with her for the day.
My mom loves when I give her gift certificates to her favorite place. She’s used them for hair cuts and coloring, manicures and pedicures, and facials leaving her feeling fantastic afterward.
Therabox is a subscription box service that provides monthly boxes of curated products for self-care. Each box comes with 1 happiness activity and 6 – 8 self-care items such as skincare and aromatherapy products.
Boxes start at a little over $30 for a 12-month subscription, but you can buy shorter subscriptions or even just one box. This is a great way to remind mom how much you appreciate her every month. When she receives the box in the mail each month, she’ll think of you.
Everyone in my family loves Blue Bottle coffee, so I couldn’t resist giving this gift set of Blue Bottle coffee blends. The mom who drinks coffee will savor each of these as she gets started on her day.
Maybe mom doesn’t drink coffee but loves teas. Then she’ll be delighted to receive the gift of a high-quality tea set. This highly-rated gourmet tea gift box is packed beautifully with six tasty teas.
Dyson Air Wrap
This is probably the most expensive gift on the list, but it’s worth every penny for the mom who wants great-looking hair. The Dyson Air Wrap dries and styles hair simultaneously and eliminates the need for multiple hair devices – perfect for moms who are short on time and space.
Mom will feel like she went to the salon and got a professional blowout every time she uses it. That’s why this product is always sold out even though it’s been available since 2018.
Makeup & beauty set
Pamper mom with a makeup or beauty set that can be used for everyday wear like this set of best-selling beauty must-haves.
Does mom complain about puffy skin or redness on her face? Skin rollers are the newest product to help with that.
They come in different forms. One is stainless steel for an ice-cold effect.
Another is crystals such as rose quartz, which isn’t as cold but still feels good on the skin. Note though that the results are temporary similar to an ice pack or facial massage.
Does mom like to relax by watching TV after the children go to bed? Give her a subscription to Netflix so she can be entertained with great shows and movies.
I discovered my mother started watching K-dramas online, so I gave her a gift card for a three-month subscription so she can watch all the best K-dramas on Netflix.
If you want to make mom’s life a little more comfortable and help her sleep better at night, buy her a set of cozy pajamas. These Athleta pajamas are soft and luxurious.
Spark Balance matchstick set
This box is filled with 50 faux matchsticks, each with a saying to help the reader find ways to focus and be present. They can be used anytime and reused so mom can follow the advice on them again for daily self-care.
If the mom you know is feeling down about herself and needs a reminder of how wonderful she is, this workbook is for her. It’s filled with journaling, doodling, and other exercises to help her love herself more.
Homemade gift coupons
Gifts don’t have to be expensive to be meaningful. Any stay-at-home mom would love a personalized booklet, gift certificates, or coupons that they can redeem for some relaxation time. You’d have to provide the help, but she’ll appreciate you so much for it.
Some ideas for the coupons:
- a night off from cooking dinner
- a date night with her partner
- babysitting for an afternoon
- an uninterrupted nap
- mom’s choice for movie night
- day off from house chores
- laundry day covered
Many moms want to get in shape or stay in shape for a number of reasons. Maybe they want to be able to keep up with their kids, or maybe they just want to feel better in their own skin. Whatever the reason, they have a hard time finding the time to do it because they’re taking care of their families. These are gifts that a mom can use in her free time at home.
The Peloton app is perfect for moms because there’s a wide variety of classes such as yoga, strength, cardio, meditation, walking, and running. Classes can be anywhere from 5 minutes to 75 minutes, meaning mom can choose the class that fits her busy schedule.
The Peloton bike or treadmill is not required to make use of the app. In fact, the classes require minimal to no equipment so they can be taken anywhere and require minimal space. The subscription starts with a 30-day free trial and runs about $13 a month.
I’ve been using the Peloton app for several months and can say that it’s amazing! I’ve been able to exercise every day for months, even on days when I can only squeeze out 10 minutes before bed. The instructors are supportive and the classes are top quality. You can’t go wrong gifting the Peloton app to a mom who wants to stay in shape.
Yoga mats have so many benefits besides being used for yoga. They keep the floor free of sweat and protect the body during high-impact exercises. A yoga mat would be a great gift paired with the Peloton app to support mom’s fitness goals.
Yoga starter set
If mom is a beginner to this sort of workout, try gifting a yoga starter set that comes with yoga blocks and a stretching strap. This set also includes a yoga wheel, resistance bands, and non-slip socks.
If mom is going to the gym or a studio, she’ll need a bag to carry all her necessary items like clothes, shoes, and a water bottle. Find a multipurpose gym bag like the Lululemon Go Getter Bag 2.0 that can double as a tote bag or a weekender so she can use it all the time.
Gift certificate to a gym or studio
If mom is looking for a more structured fitness program, she may like a gift certificate for membership to a gym or studio. Many yoga, Pilates, barre, and dance studios offer classes that can be attended in person or streamed online.
Some have monthly memberships that are cheaper than traditional gyms. Plus, some studios offer class packages for new moms, allowing them to feel comfortable and supported when they’re trying to get back into shape.
A good pair of socks is an underrated gift. They’re the perfect gift for the active mom because she’s on her feet a lot. Bombas socks are all the rage right now. Their all-purpose socks are made for running, hiking, golfing, and more.
A fitness smartwatch
Fitness smartwatches are popular for tracking information such as heart rate, steps taken, calories burned, sleep, and workouts. If mom is an Apple fan, she’ll probably like an Apple watch.
A Fitbit is a great alternative. Each smartwatch comes in multiple versions with different features so do some research on which would be best for mom before purchasing.
It’s easy for moms to dehydrate when they’re taking care of the family. Help mom remember to stay hydrated with a colorful water bottle with motivational time markers.
Barbella subscription box
Barbella is a monthly subscription box with fitness apparel, gear, accessories, snacks, etc. especially made for women. This is a fun way for mom to try out new clothes and other fitness items. Subscriptions start at $45 per month with an annual subscription.
Apple AirPods Pro
Apple AirPods Pro are water- and sweat-resistant so they can be worn while working out. Now mom can work out or listen to music whenever she wants without worrying about waking the baby. Just note that the AirPods Pro are not waterproof or sweatproof.
Personalized cutting board
A personalized cutting board is the perfect gift for moms who love to work in the kitchen. It can be engraved with short family quotes, a name, or any special message.
If mom already has nice cutting boards, try giving her dishtowels. A dishtowel with her name or a special message will remind her every time she uses it how much you love her.
Personalized wooden spoons
Unique and sentimental items like personalized wooden spoons are perfect for the mom who likes to cook. Mom will cherish them every time she uses them. Many Etsy shops offer personalized spoons including this adorable one that can be engraved with a name or a short message.
I think most moms already have an Instant Pot, but if not, she will love this gift. It’s so easy to prepare dinner with an Instant Pot. You just put in all the ingredients and set it to cook with the touch of a button. Check the different models of Instant Pot to see which one is best for mom.
Ninja Foodi indoor grill
You already knew that mom is a great cook, but the Ninja Foodi will help her make food even better and easier. The XL 6-in-1 version grills, air fries, roasts, bakes, broils, and dehydrates. Clean up is easy by putting removable items in the dishwasher, so she won’t have to deal with grease splatter. It’s no wonder moms love it!
Robot vacuum cleaner
A robot vacuum cleaner is a godsend. Mom might be someone who thinks they’re not worth it because of the cost and effectiveness, but just wait until she tries it. It will leave the floors clean and save her hours of cleaning!
The Roborock E4 is a great value for a vacuum only.
The latest and most high-end model is the Roborock S7+ with vacuuming, sonic mopping, and an automatic emptying dock.
Professional house cleaning
Most moms would rather spend their time playing with their children than scrubbing floors and dusting shelves. That’s why one of the best gifts for stay-at-home moms is a gift certificate to a professional cleaning service. This way, she can enjoy her time with her kids without having to worry about the mess.
Goldbelly food gifts
If mom’s a foodie and you want to give her a unique and delicious gift, look no further than Goldbelly. This company offers food from all over the United States, so you can find the perfect dessert from mom’s favorite city or recreate a meal from a past vacation. She’ll love getting a taste of her favorite place delivered right to her door. Some of their offerings:
- Joe’s KC Ribs, Brisket & Burnt Ends from Kansas City, KS
- Fireman Derek’s World Famous Key Lime Pie from Miami, FL
- Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Pizzas from Chicago, IL
- Double Chocolate Babka from Brooklyn, NY
All I can say is “YUM!”
Additional Thoughtful Gifts
A subscription service
Give gifts on repeat with a subscription service. If it’s for something mom loves, she’ll be thrilled to receive gifts from you month after month. I’ve gifted subscription services in the past, and my recipients have raved about them!
- Wine subscription
- Organic food box subscription
- Tea or coffee subscription
- Oh Baby Box – pregnancy & postpartum lifestyle box of healthy & fun products tailored to her due date
- FabFitFun box – a mix of beauty, wellness, fashion, fitness, home, or tech items
- Birchbox – beauty products. This company has an easy gift subscription.
- Paletteful Packs – receive art supplies to create a work of art each month
Meal delivery service
Meal delivery services are becoming more and more popular and for good reason! They’re a great way to get healthy and delicious meals on the table quickly, which is perfect for a mom who struggles with meal planning.
Note that some companies provide already prepared meals and some provide the ingredients that need to be cooked. They all seem to provide discounts to new subscribers.
- Fresh N’Lean
- Hello Fresh
- Blue Apron
- Home Chef
Light & Airy video and picture presets
Light & Airy presets are a perfect gift for the mom who loves taking videos and pictures of her family. Presets are custom filters that you use on videos and pictures to achieve a certain look or style.
Light & Airy offers several preset packs that make videos and pictures look beautiful! For example, the Lifestyle video collection makes videos dreamy and bright with consistent soft colors all with one swipe.
I don’t know much about taking great pictures and videos, but Light & Airy products make mine look phenomenal. They’re easy to install and use. The company also has occasional sales where you can the presets at a discount. Check ahead of time what phone mom has because some are available for iPhone only and some are available for Android as well.
Gifting mom crystals is a beautiful way to show her your love. Not only are they pretty to look at, but they reportedly have many healing properties. Some of the benefits include reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, improving sleep and energy levels, and fighting off negative emotions.
Some of the most popular crystals are rose quartz, clear quartz, amethyst, and citrine. When you gift mom a crystal, be sure to explain the meaning and properties of the crystal so she can appreciate it even more.
Mom and children art print
Make custom art prints showing mom with all her children. She’ll love looking at it every day and knowing it’s from you.
Jewelry with children’s birthstones
Family tree sign
Mom is sure to love this family tree frame sign that is customizable to include her children and even grandchildren.
Digital photo album
Digital photo albums are the perfect gift to share pictures instantly with mom no matter where you and your loved ones are in the world. My friend and I love ours. This digital photo album is higher-end but is easier to set up and has better functionality than other models I’ve seen.
If mom isn’t interested in a digital photo album, a photo book is another option to share pictures. Companies like Shutterfly make it easy with simple design options or the choice to have design pros create a book for you. All you have to do is upload the pictures!
A photo calendar is another easy but lovely gift for mom so she will have reminders of loved ones all year long. All you have to do is upload pictures of her children and spouse on their birthdays or significant holidays and order your customized photo calendar. Shutterfly and Snapfish are two companies that make the process easy.
Family history book
Preserving family history and memories might be important to mom. This leather-bound hardcover book provides a place to record her family’s history to pass on to her children and future generations.
Customized mom t-shirt
T-shirts are a popular gift, and customizing them is a great way to make them even more special. She’ll love wearing them around the house and showing them off to her friends. If it’s too cold for this t-shirt, how about a matching mama and mini sweatshirts?
A bouquet of flowers is a great and thoughtful gift for mother’s day or any holiday. and it’s something that she’ll appreciate and enjoy every day. Buy her a bouquet from local florists in her area or order them online for delivery.
An indoor herb garden
Herbs are a great way to add flavor to meals, and an indoor herb garden is the perfect way to give her easy access to them! This is a great gift for the mom who loves to cook.
A comfortable pair of shoes for mom will be the cherry on top of her holiday gift basket. Allbirds and Tieks are two of the most comfortable yet stylish shoes for women right now.
Allbirds are the perfect option if she’s seeking stylish and comfortable shoes to live in. They come in a variety of styles and colors, so you can find an option that suits her.
Tieks are another option if mom is looking for something more traditional and less stylized. These Italian-made leather ballet flats are sophisticated and comfortable, with plenty of support to keep moms on their feet without blisters or soreness.
Mom is probably always looking for ways to keep her kids entertained. That’s why activities like memberships to museums, zoos, art studios, and activity centers can be such great gifts. They keep the kids busy while providing tons of fun.
Amazon Prime subscription
Amazon Prime helps stay-at-home moms save time on shopping. The free 2-day shipping allows mom to buy items that are needed when she needs them and have them delivered to her door.
Prime members also have access to many benefits like streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, music with Prime Music, Kindle books in the Kindle library, and more. You can gift a membership of 3 months or 12 months.
Amazon Audible subscription
An Audible subscription is the perfect gift for any mother who loves listening to audiobooks. With an Audible subscription, she’ll have access to a library of audiobooks that she can listen to at any time. She can even download audiobooks to listen to offline. You can gift a subscription for 3, 6, or 12 months.
Some moms LOVE Disney! If your mom is a Disney fanatic, she’ll love a mug with her favorite character on it, a shirt with a catchy slogan, or even an ornament for her Christmas tree.
A gift card
Gifting mom a gift card provides her flexibility to get what she wants, as long as it’s to a store or activity she likes.
Some stay-at-home moms don’t only take care of their children. They’re also building businesses from home. If mom is entrepreneurial, there are a number of gifts you can give her depending on the business she wants to start.
- Blogging course – Suzi Whitford of Start a Mom Blog is the best at helping moms start their business with her course Blog by Number.
- Printables course – Printables by Number and Gold City Ventures E-Printables Course are the top courses today.
- Desk organizer items
- A good camera – if she needs to take photos and video of her work
- Sparkle Hustle Grow box – a subscription box with tools, training, and community to help mom grown her business.
Questions and tips for choosing a gift
How do I choose a gift for a stay-at-home mom?
Think about the gift recipient. Thinking about the gift recipient is important for selecting a gift that she will love. Think about her personality, the things she likes, her interests and hobbies, and her reaction to past gifts she’s been given.
If she’s interested in organizing, she might like a jewelry organizer or pretty storage containers. If she likes to bake, she might like a Kitchen Aid mixer or enrollment in an online baking class. Some women would be upset to receive a household gift though instead of something personal and sentimental.
Do I need to purchase an expensive gift for a stay-at-home mom?
The best thing to do is to stay within your budget. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could buy the moms in our lives the grandest gifts? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Many moms appreciate whatever gifts you give as long as they’re thoughtful and come from you.
So if you’re on a tight budget, look for something small that still shows how much you value mom. There are many great gifts that don’t cost a lot like a cute spatula set featuring her kitchen theme or her favorite color or a set of socks with her favorite animal on them.
For children, there’s always the option of a homemade card that includes their artwork. Include handwritten words or even a quote or poem inside if you want to give it an extra special touch.
What should I buy my mom for her birthday?
Take time to think about your mom and what she would like.
- Recent conversations you had with her
- What she likes to do in her free time
- What she likes to talk about
- What she wears
- How she decorates the home
Those should give you clues to what to purchase. You can opt to give an experience rather than a physical item. She might like a day of events like a boat ride around the bay and lunch at a nice restaurant. You could also give a gift card to a favorite store or something with a gift receipt that can be returned so she’s almost guaranteed to end up with something she really likes.
What should I buy my mom for Mother’s Day?
Mother’s Day gifts are usually heartfelt to show appreciation for all that your mom has done for you. It’s common to give a sentimental gift that relates to being a mom:
- fresh flowers
- a framed picture of the family
- jewelry or decorative pieces that represent the children
- a personalized gift
- something fun that she loves likes puzzles or a tea set
What should I buy my mom for Christmas?
Mom has loved and taken care of you all year, so Christmas is a great time to get her something meaningful to show you appreciate all that she’s done for you.
If you’re eyeing to give her something big like a new TV and it’s out of your price range, consider giving a group gift. Team up with siblings, your dad, or other relatives for a big holiday surprise.
But most moms would love smaller things too as long as they reflect your appreciation for her. You know your mom best, so choose something you think she would enjoy.
- Reading – a Kindle or e-book reader or a magazine subscription
- Dogs – a dog print blanket, artwork of her dog, or a subscription to Barkbox
- Gardening – a new tool set, a plant, or a starter fruit tree
- Watching TV – a Netflix subscription
If gift giving isn’t your love language and doesn’t come naturally to you, gift giving can be stressful. But with some thought and preparation, you can find a gift that will make mom’s life a little easier and let her know you love her.
You’ve got it! Now go celebrate mom!