If you’re looking for gifts for the toddler moms in your life, you’ve come to the right place.
As a seasoned mom to two tiny terrorists myself, I can attest that these are the best gifts for any toddler mom this holiday season. It’s been a few years since my last post on gift ideas for moms, and a lot has changed!
What do toddler moms want for Christmas?
Well, that’s a tough question, largely because you probably can’t give us what we really want.
Toddler moms want to be left alone. We want to be well-rested. We want to eat a complete meal, while it’s still hot. We want our houses to be clean (and STAY clean).
We want to feel like ourselves again!
But since that’s just not reality for a few more years, there are a few real things you can give toddler moms that will still bring them joy.
Types of Toddler Mom Gifts
Most of the gifts on this list basically fall into three categories: gifts to make her life easier, gifts to make her feel human, and gifts to help her survive her toddlers.
Gifts to Make Mom’s Life Easier
The struggle is real for toddler moms. Between juggling all the things for all the people, answering all the questions, and cleaning all the butts… life is HARD.
A gift that can make it a little bit easier is worth its weight in gold.
Gifts to Make Mom Feel Human Again
We tend to lose ourselves somehow when we become moms. Suddenly it’s all about the kids, and our own wants and needs and hobbies and interests just kind of fall to the wayside.
But after a few years, when the kids are starting to get ever-so-slightly (like, so slightly) more independent, we start to feel like we can maybe, almost see ourselves again.
So, gifts for moms of toddlers that can help us feel like our old self again – a real, life human, sans-kids – are sure to be a hit.
Gifts to Help Mom Survive Her Toddlers
Toddlers are crazy, y’all. They can break even the strongest among us. If you can give a toddler mom a gift that helps her survive the chaos, she’ll be forever indebted to you.
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Dyson Cord-Free Stick Vacuum
You guys, I would marry this vacuum if I could.
I never knew I could love a vacuum, and then I met this vacuum.
This isn't just a great gift for toddler moms... it's an essential gift for toddler moms. When you're sweeping up crumbs, cat/dog hair, dirt, and miscellaneous FILTH all day, every day, you want – nay, NEED – a vacuum that pops on and off the wall like a magic wand.
If you have a big enough budget... this is THE best gift you can give a toddler mom, I promise.
A Fashionable Tote Bag
Depending on the age of her kid(s), a toddler mom is probably just broaching the phase where she doesn't need a 50-lb diaper bag anymore.
She still needs a big purse, so she can stuff it full of snacks for her hangry toddler, but it can actually be something she enjoys carrying around now. A nice purse might just be the first step towards feeling like a real-life human outside of her kids again.
Basically, this is your opportunity to gift a toddler mom a sense of self. How could you NOT want to do that?!
(You're welcome, toddler moms, for all the new Kate Spade bags under your tree this year...)
Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager
My husband got me this massager as a Christmas gift two years ago, and we still fight over it almost every night. It is AMAZING.
This toddler mom gift will knead away all her post-tantrum stress with the perfect combination of pressure and heat.
(Just make sure to get yourself one too, because mama ain't gonna share.)
Dior Lip Glow Lip Balm
After days upon days of cleaning up smooshed peas, crushed up crackers, poopy butts, pee-stained floors, and lord knows what else... we toddler moms have a hard time feeling "pretty."
Sometimes, a little pop of color on our lips is all it takes! This one is super soft and nourishing for your lips, and it's pretty much universally flattering, so no matter her skin tone or preferences, it's bound to make her feel fabulous.
An eMeals Subscription
This gift could SERIOUSLY make you a hero to your toddler mom. eMeals is a meal planning app that coordinates with your grocery delivery or pick-up service. It is a GAME CHANGER.
It has a whole host of categories to choose from, and each week it sends a list of new recipes to peruse. Select the ones you like, and it compiles a grocery list for you. When you're done, tell it which grocery service you use, and it sends the list right over.
Get her a six-month or annual subscription for Christmas, and seriously change her life.
A Stitch Fix Gift Card
More likely than not, mama has not had the time, energy, or desire to shop for herself in the past few years. Maybe her old clothes still fit, maybe she's still in maternity clothes, maybe she's just living in PJs and yoga pants... (a-hem, like yours truly).
A Stitch Fix gift card is honestly one of the BEST gifts you can give a mom. It's a gift she'll have to use on herself, but it will require minimal to no effort. She'll fill out an online style profile, and a box of clothes will show up on her doorstep.
I signed up a few months ago and have gotten three boxes – I've loved nearly every. single. thing. they've sent me!
Keurig K-Cafe Coffee, Latte and Cappuccino Maker
Does this one even need explanation? Coffee is life. Give your toddler mom the gift of coffee.
While my daily latte doesn't make up for being awake at 3 am because my toddler's blanket came untucked, it does make the morning a little bit more bearable.
An Inspirational, Soul-Filling Book
Toddler moms are tired. We're beat down. Sometimes we lose ourselves a bit.
Maybe a thoughtful gift from a close friend or family member is all the spiritual pick-me-up she needs!
Everyday Holy, by Melanie Shankle came highly recommended by one of my best friends, and I can't wait to read it myself.
When in doubt, gift her jewelry, right? Toddler moms are no exception.
I'm loving the band ring trend right now, like these BaubleBar rings at Nordstrom. They come in several different colors, but the blue ombrè is my personal favorite (let's see how closely my husband reads my blog, shall we?).
Large Water Bottle
Okay, maybe it seems lame to gift a water bottle for a Christmas present, but hear me out.
I think I've established in this list that we're not great at taking care of ourselves, right? I'll force feed my 4-year-old cups upon cups of water during an afternoon at the park, only to lay down in bed that night and realize I haven't had more than three sips all day.
This water bottle will help her drink more – it's designed to flow more quickly (so she can CHUG with every free second she's got), and it's got a nice long strap that she can attach to whatever bag she's lugging around for the day.
It comes in four colors, so pick her favorite one!
A Soft, Cozy Robe
If there's anything toddler moms universally love, it's comfort. So a warm, luxurious robe like this one by Barefoot Dreams is the perfect gift for a toddler mom.
If I'm going to be house-bound every afternoon, juggling two kids' nap schedules with snack time and dinner time... I should at least be cozied up, right?
Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Brush
After fighting with tiny toddler dictators over which color socks to wear and whether or not they can wear shorts in 40 degree weather, we barely have time to get ourselves looking presentable in the mornings.
But THIS magical tool will help her get ready in – seriously – half the time. It's like a round brush mixed with a hairdryer. It'll be like a DIY in-home blowout (minus all the relaxation, of course).
I have thick, wavy hair, and have been using a hair straightener daily since I was about 13 years old. But this thing gets my hair about 90% straight, just after blow drying! I still touch up the hair around my face, and sometimes run the straightener over it to seal it, but it's nothing in comparison to the time I used to spend on my hair.
A Nice Candle
Maybe candles are bit of a clichè gift to give, but let's be real – her house probably smells like trash.
She could use a nice candle, so she can close her eyes and pretend she's in a high-rise hotel, far, far away, for just a second... before the screams and clatters bring her crashing back to reality.
NEST candles are some of my absolute favorites – they all smell wonderful, and last a really long time.
An Apple Watch
An Apple Watch would make an awesome gift for any toddler mom (or a Google smartwatch, if she's an Android user).
I would bet every single one of us strives to be more present with our kids, and less attached to our phones. But it's hard to do!
The Apple Watch has really helped me resist the urge to pick up my phone at every buzz or ding. I can just leave my phone up on the counter, and glance down at my watch when a notification buzzes through. If it's something important, I can respond right from the watch and move on. If it's not, I can just ignore it altogether, without getting sucked into the trance of my phone.
A Smart Speaker (Amazon Echo or Google Home)
Smart speakers make a great gift for moms. Do you know how many questions a toddler asks per day? Approximately 47,000. It's exhausting trying to come up with answers to them all.
Enter: Alexa and/or Google – the literal answer to all their questions.
We use ours to play music, get the weather forecast, control lights, adjust the temperature, listen to podcasts or stories, find out what sounds funny animals make... the list goes on and on.
A Good Set of Headphones
Every toddler mom needs a good set of headphones.
Whether she's trying to binge watch the Real Housewives during nap time, jam to a little Taylor Swift at a playplace, or listen to a podcast while her toddler watches the same episode of Paw Patrol for the 67th time, these are a great gift she'll get LOTS of use out of.
Loopy Phone Case
I've recommended Loopy Cases in previous mom-survival posts, and I still maintain that it's one of the best gifts for any mom.
I've had a Loopy Case for my past three phones, and genuinely don't think I'll ever not use one. I don't think I've dropped my phone a single time since I started using these!
The Gift of HELP!
When in doubt... the best gift you can give a toddler mom is HELP. Whether that means hiring her a nanny or housekeeper, offering to babysit, bringing her dinner, or getting the kids out of her hair for a day, help is the only gift we really need.
Toddler moms, what am I missing? Share your ideas in the comments for extra inspiration!