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Gifts Perfect For The Incredibly Busy Women In Your Life

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Gifts Perfect For The Incredibly Busy Women In Your Life

Words: Satya Nelms

Give the busiest person on your list the best present of all—a little more time—with these thoughtful gifts.

Moms—or really any woman with a packed schedule—are always looking for ways to make life a little easier. These gifts can help her multi-task in style and encourage her to take a little time to herself.

Passion Planner

Soccer practices and ballet rehearsals and business meetings, oh my! Organization is key when balancing multiple schedules. Mochi Things’ Passion Planner will help her keep track of everything. $28

Tote Bags

Most women could rule the world with the contents of their shoulder bags, so get your favorite lady something from Jamila Okubo Bags that is memorable, fashionable, and functional to carry around every day. $22

Meal Subscription

Half the battle of making dinner each night is deciding what to cook. Simplify the busy mom’s evenings with a subscription to Plated. Plated “delivers premium, ready-to-cook meals to your door each week so that you can relax and enjoy the cooking experience.” $12/plate

Flickr user Yutaka Tsutano

Flickr user Yutaka Tsutano

Audiobooks

While busy moms may not always have time to sit down and read a book, listening to a book is a lot more manageable. She is sure to enjoy Citizen’s Creek by Lalita Tademy, Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie, NW by Zadie Smith, or Home by Toni Morrison. From $21

Flickr user akash.mehra

Flickr user akash.mehra

Bottle of Wine

Olivia Pope isn’t the only one who can appreciate a glass of wine at the end of a long day. Gift your busy mom with a bottle of wine (or two, or three) from Heritage Link Brands to help her unwind. From $13

Babysitting Coupon Book

Some of the best gifts aren’t store bought. Volunteering babysitting hours to a mom who hardly ever gets time away from her kid(s) can be priceless. Put together a book of American Greetings coupons, each good for a 2-3 hour babysitting session, or if you’re really brave, a whole weekend.

Little Black Dress

When a busy mom gets an opportunity to go out on the town, the prospect of finding something to wear can make her want to rethink the whole venture. Give her one less thing to think about by gifting her with this long-sleeved fishtail dress from the Onion Collection by Whitney Mero. $135

Jawbone UP Band

It can be difficult for moms to work in time for their own wellness amidst their busy schedules. With the UP Band, all she has to do is wear a bracelet and download an app to get daily insights into her activity level, sleep patterns, and diet. $80

Flickr user Dennis Wong

Flickr user Dennis Wong

Spa Gift Certificate

Busy moms can’t do all that they do without taking time to recharge once in a while. Get her a gift certificate to the spa to encourage a little self-care this holiday season.

Satya Nelms is a writer, author, and mother of three living with her family outside of Philadelphia. Follow her on Twitter.