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‘Thank you’ Basket Ideas For Working Moms

With Mother’s Day on the horizon, it’s time to thank the women in our lives that do so much for everyone else. Both working moms and stay-at-home moms have tough jobs, with challenges unique to their position. However, for working moms, time management can be a struggle.

Whether it’s your mom, your wife, or a friend who deserves recognition, surprise her with one of these great “Thank You” gift basket ideas.

A Modern Fruit Basket

Fruit baskets have evolved over the decades, shifting from something dull to something delightful. This is the perfect gift for a working mom who loves grabbing healthy snacks on the go. Keep it simple with a basket of whole fruit and nuts, or look for an elaborate bouquet style design with cut fruit to save even more time.

Deliver your fruit basket with a stunning ‘Thank you’ flower bouquet to show the mom in your life just how much she means to you. This combination of gifts is fun, fancy, and functional.

A Smoothie Lover’s Basket

If you have a smoothie lover in your life, you’ll know it— they’ll tell you about it all the time. Smoothies are a fantastic way to ingest the entire day’s worth of fruit and vegetables while adding in a dose of protein for good measure. For working moms, smoothies are a full, fiber-rich, antioxidant-rich meal on the go.

Put together a smoothie lover’s gift basket as a thank you to the working moms in your life. This gift set could include a number of ingredients, including frozen fruit and vegetable blends, flax seeds, greek yogurt, honey, their preferred protein powder, a sizable reusable straw, and a travel cup.

Try to do some digging before putting this gift together to see what ingredients the recipient likes to add to their smoothie— just prepare to listen to a long, detailed story about it first.

A Stress Management Basket

Many working moms are familiar friends with stress. It’s no secret that stress is bad for the body and mind, but many women push through, unaware of the severity of these lasting effects. Stress can impact everything from cognition, resulting in short-term memory loss [https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0306453000000081], and the development of heart disease [https://academic.oup.com/eurheartj/article/29/5/640/438125]. 

While no gift basket can change someone’s stress-inducing habits, it’s a nice reminder to slow down and take a minute to breathe. Add some beginner meditation items, a Spotify gift card, aromatherapy, and a journal. Include a book about stress management and coupons for a break from reality (i.e. a coffee date, a night away from the kids, etc.).

A Work From Home Gift Basket

Many working moms are experiencing the added challenges of balancing work responsibilities with home learning due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This shift has been incredibly stressful for those who worked in an office setting with other adults all day. Not only do these women have to adapt to their new workspace and sense of isolation, but they also have to help their kids through school. 

Put together a work from home gift basket for the remote worker mom in your life. Include functional gifts, like pens and notepads, as well as fun gifts, like a USB diffuser, coffee warmer, and ring light. Consider some of the challenges they might be facing at home and seek to solve them. Add things like a WiFi signal booster and noise-canceling headphones to make their experience better.

A Spa Day Gift Basket

One of the most amazing gifts for women is a day to relax and unwind while giving one’s body some TLC. You can help fulfill this desire with a spa day gift basket, giving her everything she needs to pamper herself.

Fill the basket with:

  • Lotions
  • Slippers
  • Bath bombs
  • Candles
  • Nail tools
  • Face masks
  • Body scrub
  • A natural sponge
  • Handmade soap
  • A sweet treat
  • An infuser water bottle

Of course, like most moms, the recipient probably won’t make time to use this gift for herself. Include a coupon for free babysitting on the condition she takes the time to take care of herself.

A Fitness Lover’s Basket

Making time to move is a must for busy working moms. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to work fitness into the schedule. Celebrate those moms who find a way to prioritize fitness with a fitness lover’s gift basket.

Include things that will make their gym-going experience better, such as a new shaker bottle, a mat, a tracking journal, fun gym tanks, deodorant, dry shampoo, and body wipes. Depending on how familiar you are with this mom’s gym routine, you can also include their favorite protein powder or supplements.

A Book Lover’s Basket

Reading is a form of self-care. For many moms, it’s a way to disconnect from the world, keep the mind sharp, and fall asleep at the end of a long day. If the mom on your list is a bonafide bookworm, put together a book lover’s basket as an amazing thank you gift.

Add a gift card to her favorite bookstore (let’s face it, if she wants a book, she’ll have it before you can get it for her). Include a warm blanket or pair of “reading socks” to create a comfortable environment. Add a custom bookmark featuring a quote from her favorite character or novel so that she’ll stop dog-earring the pages and a wooden page holder so that she can keep a hand free to sip her drink.

Top it off with a book tracking journal or scratch-off poster and a personal library set to track all those books handed out to friends.

A Freezer Meal Gift Basket

While unconventional, the mom in your life will much appreciate the gift of a freezer meal gift basket. You’ll need to coordinate the delivery of this one, as the contents will need to be transferred to a freezer right away. 

Freezer meals are batch-prepped healthy meals stored and frozen for those busy days. Working moms can pop these in a crockpot, air fryer, or pressure cooker to save time while still enjoying a healthy meal.

With these amazing gift basket ideas, you can celebrate the busy working moms in your life.

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