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December 10, 2016

10 Gifts for the Busy Mom

by Anne Paddock

I hear you. Raising kids and running a house keep me busy, too.  I also have this little gig on the side called a full time job.

Finding just the right gift for the busy mom can be a challenge. Most moms usually have three things on their minds –  family, work, and dinner – so the idea is how to make these three super important parts of her life easier and a bit more relaxing.  With that in mind, here are ten gift ideas for the busy mom who doesn’t have enough hours in the day to get everything done:

Frontier Soups – Baker’s Dozen (13 soup mixes) for $75, shipping included

Frontier_Soups_Bakers_DozenEveryone loves soup but no one wants to spend hours slaving over the stove. Most moms would gladly make soup if the prep was easy, the time commitment minimal, and the end product a crowd pleaser. Frontier Soups offers a bakers dozen of soup mixes (13) for $75 (shipping included) that contain all natural and wholesome ingredients with no added salt. The soups are dried with all the spices included so the only ingredients that need to be added are water, broth, and whatever additions the cook is inclined to include.

The Ultimate Blender:  Vitamix

VitamixThe Vitamix is one of those kitchen appliances that most people don’t realize they need until they have it. After a week or so, this super machine becomes one of the most important appliances in the kitchen. Powerful, quick, and a workhorse, the Vitamix makes smoothies in seconds, will purée soup in a blink, and makes sauces smooth and velvety. Available nationwide at retail stores or buy directly from Vitamix where prices start at $249 (including refurbished models with a 5 year guaranty). Holiday offers include $90-$120 off select models. www.vitamix.com.

The Chocolate Fix:  Dark Chocolate

Antidote_ChocolateDark chocolate is sinfully delicious and who doesn’t need to taste something incredible every single day? Antidote Chocolate makes a variety of dark chocolate bars in both single serving packets and regular sized bars.  Bars are $7.50-$8.50 each with the a box of 36 single serving packets $58.  www.antidotechoco.com.

The Dinner Solution:  Meal Delivery Service

purple-carrot-boxMeal delivery services are growing in popularity for a reason:  all the ingredients (except oil, salt, and pepper) are pre-measured and sent to the recipient with short succinct instructions to make a healthy meal for 2-4 people. Whether you’re a carnivore (The Blue Apron), vegetarian (The Blue Apron, The Purple Carrot), or vegan (The Purple Carrot), there’s a meal delivery service that will guide the cook to making a wholesome delicious dinner.  The cost is about $60-$68 per week for 6 meals or $70-$74 for 8 meals, which is about $9-$10 per meal, shipping included.

Luxurious Soap

Claus_Porto_SoapWe’re not talking “soap on a rope here” or soap molded into strange shapes. We’re talking about smooth, creamy, and  beautifully fragrant soap that makes for a relaxing bath. So, choose among a selection of soaps by Claus Porto at The Company Store. $25 for a beautifully packaged set of 5 soaps with free standard shipping.  www.companystore.com

Mani/Pedi Gift Certificate

canstockphoto40936772Everyone loves a manicure or pedicure and not just because fingers and toes look pretty as a picture when done but because the whole process is just so relaxing. Buy a gift certificate from a favorite salon and make mom’s day. Prices vary greatly but generally a manicure is $25 and a pedicure is about $35-$40.

Subscription to local CSA

canstockphoto15733148Of all the gifts to give mom, this one is really special. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and a subscription to a CSA is a fantastic way to get local, seasonal food from local farmers.  Typically, a farmer offers “shares” to the public which usually consists of a box of fruits and vegetables, depending on the season. Boxes are offered weekly and are usually delivered to a common site in town where they can be picked up although some provide home delivery. Prices vary but generally the cost is about $25/week. Go to www.localharvest.org to find a local CSA.

Gift Certificate to the local dog groomer

canstockphoto13544923Dogs are very important members of the family but the most dreaded chore in most homes is bathing the dog..and, not just because of the dirty dog. Giving a dog a bath means everything within a 10-foot radius gets soaked or splattered so bypass the mess and give mom a break by buying a gift certificate to the local groomer for a Fido’s bath. Costs vary widely but generally are between $25-$50.

Book

canstockphoto202336Books are tricky because everyone has their own preference and more often than not, moms find it difficult to sit down and read a book when so many things need to be done. But, books are magical so give her a chance to enjoy her favorite genre and buy a classic or recently published book. Wrap it up with a favorite chocolate bar for an extra special treat.

Gift Certificate to Mom’s Favorite Restaurant

canstockphoto32533577A night out to a favorite restaurant is both a relaxing change of pace (“yea, I don’t have to cook”) and a tasty, enjoyable experience that can be filled with great conversation. No one has to worry about setting the table, cooking, and cleaning up which leaves time to focus on family. What could be better? especially if i-phones are left in the car!

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