13 Helpful Gifts for Single Moms

Single Mom Gift Guide for 2020

Here are 13 different ideas for what to give a single mom for her birthday, Christmas, Mother’s day, or just because. These gift ideas are perfect for a struggling mom.

This post is all about practical gifts for single moms.

Gifts to Get Single Moms

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Why is it so Difficult to Shop for Moms?

Have you ever asked a mom what she needs and she immediately responded with, “Nothing. We’re all good.”

Well most likely, she actually does need or want something. But her subconscious quickly responded with an impulsive lie because of the shame we feel for needing help.

Most moms feel it. Single or not. Because we’re supposed to be able to do it all on our own.

So if you’re looking for a way to help out a single mother, but you don’t know how or what to get her, here’s a list of gifts you can buy that she’ll actually use.

The Best Gifts for Single Mothers (that she’ll actually use!)

1. Grocery Delivery Subscription to Shipt or Instacart

Going to the grocery store can be a stressful and challenging task as a single mom. Depending upon the ages and amount of kids, it can be enough to cause a mental breakdown. Between the embarrassment of having a screaming child in your cart or

Not to mention, one thing a lot of us are low on is time. When you sign up with Shipt or Instacart, you can order groceries directly from your computer or phone and have them delivered whenever is convenient. This saves you an exasperating trip to the grocery store after a long day of work when all you want to do is go to bed.

Here’s where you can gift a Shipt subscription or an Instacart subscription. I like both, but they cater to different stores. I will mention that Instacart tends to have faster delivery times from my experience.

2. Daily Planning Notepad

This planner notepad will help a mom stay on top of her daily tasks and manage her priorities. Since we have limited time, it’s important to focus only on what’s truly important. I talk a lot more about priorities in this post, but essentially it’s a vital part of being a happy single mother.

I really love this one (and use it myself!) because it has sections for your daily top 3 priorities, a task checklist, notes, water intake, an hourly schedule, and a place to assess your day. Plus it’s a super-portable 6×9 size!

3. Diapers & Wipes

Obviously only relevant to the moms who still have kids in diapers, but I personally loved when people randomly bought diapers for my son. It was a relief to know that I could go a little bit longer before having to pay for this annoyingly expensive trash.

Make sure you know the size & brand they prefer. Some mamas like to use nontoxic diapers for their babies.

4. Offer to Babysit

I want to make a huge disclaimer before you do this and say:

Make sure already know that the mom is comfortable with you watching her kids.

Most of us are very strict about who we let watch our children because you never know these days. If you’re an immediate family member or best friend, it’s probably okay to offer.

But if you’re the new boyfriend or a fourth cousin*, you can go ahead and skip this one.

*Nothing against fourth cousins, I would just assume you’re not super close with your fourth cousin.

5. Suddenly Single Mom Book

We all need some encouragement & support from time to time. We may have no one in our life who can understand what we’re going through, so it can be uplifting to read stories from other single mamas.

I recommend considering this book by Jeanette Hanscome. It has all five star ratings by other moms and is currently sitting in my cart as I write this.

6. Gift Basket Filled with Necessities

Sometimes it’s the little things that may not seem like normal “gifts” that we actually really need.

Here are some things you could include in the essentials gift basket:

*allergies are super common these days and fragrances in many cleaning products can be irritating, so make sure you’re buying something that they can actually use. The best bet is to go with a nontoxic or plant-based brand just in case. They’re usually much safer for little ones anyways!

7. Meal Planning Fridge Magnet

I know from experience that a lot of moms stress about figuring out what they’re going to make for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And on top of that, it needs to be quick & easy. This weekly menu fridge magnet makes it simple to plan out your meals for the week and keeps the schedule in a central location for everyone to see. This way it’s easy for kids to help out with writing and abiding by the menu and no more, “Mom, what’s for dinner?”

And if any changes need to be made last minute due to being too tired to cook (we’ve all been there), it’s dry erase and you can move the meal to another day.

If filling up the menu is a struggle, I’ve created a single mama monthly meal plan with cheap, easy recipes that you can download for free. (coming soon!)

8. Security System with Doorbell Camera

Safety is a concern for every mom and especially for those that live alone. One of the first things I did when I moved into my own apartment with my son, was invest in a security system. I believe that this is one of the best deals on security systems out there. Usually, a doorbell camera alone costs more than the price of this entire kit.

If you’re a close friend or family member, you can even add your phone number to be notified if the alarm goes off. This way you’re automatically notified in the case of an emergency.

9. Cleaning Services Gift Card

You may be full of good intentions when you offer to help clean up or when you just starting picking things up, but this can easily make a mama feel embarrassed or guilty about the way they’re managing their home.

The better idea is to give them a gift certificate to a cleaning service and say, “Hey, I know you have your hands full. I hope this helps take something off of your plate.” Without mentioning how dirty things are.

10. Alexa Echo Show

Despite how creepy it is that this thing is always listening (and probably watching too!), it’s actually super useful. You can keep in touch with family through by dropping in, which is similar to Facetime, or play music & have family dance parties.

And they’re a lot cheaper than you might think! Check the price here.

One of my favorite features is the ability to find recipes easily. I keep mine in the kitchen and if I have an ingredient that’s going bad soon, let’s just say an avocado. I can say,

“Alexa, show me recipes with avocados.”

And ta-da! A long list of recipes of that include avocados.

Oh and if you have the security system I talked about above, you can even connect the doorbell camera to your Alexa.

11. HelloFresh Meal Kits

Making dinner is typically a stressful event for any single mom. From trying to find the time to cook and being surrounded by chaos while you do it, a meal kit that’s easy to make & delivered to your doorstep is a dream come true.

Ordering a mama a week’s worth of these meals would lift a huge burden off of her shoulders. There are tons of different meal delivery services out there, but HelloFresh has some of the best recipes.

12. Sleep CBD

CBD designed for going to sleep quickly and staying asleep has been a lifesaver as a mom with anxiety. Instead of laying in bed, getting more frustrated by the minute because I know that the longer I’m awake the worse tomorrow will be due to the lack of sleep, this puts me right to sleep.

I’ve tried many different CBD brands and this one is the best one I’ve found. I can’t speak on their other products, but their CBD is incredible quality.

13. Amazon Gift Card

You can’t go wrong with an Amazon gift card. This way, the mom can pick out whatever she needs from the millions of options without having to ask for it directly. If you’re really struggling to decide on a gift, just go with this.

Common Questions/FAQ About Buying Gifts for Single Moms

  • What should I get my single mom for her birthday?
    • Go for something practical with a sentimental touch. Write a touching card filled with your sincere feelings about how much you love her and appreciate all that she has done for you. Then perhaps you could get her a gift card for something special like a massage, manicure, or pedicure. If you don’t have a lot of money, maybe cook her favorite meal and clean the entire house.
  • How can I impress a single mom?
    • If you’re speaking in the romantic sense, which I assume you are if you’re asking this question, it’s going to take a lot more than anything material to impress a single mom. Most of us have been through a lot in our past relationship, which is why we are in the position that we are, and we just want to know that you genuinely care about us and care for our children. A good place to start may be helping her out with whatever she’s overwhelmed with. For example, offer to grocery shop for her or make dinner. Maybe she needs the lawn mowed or a few things fixed around the house. Take something off of her plate without her having to ask and that will surely impress her.
  • What do single moms need help with?
    • Generally, we need help eliminating things off of our endless to-do list. This could mean picking up or dropping off our kids, going grocery shopping, or filling up the gas tank. We may also need help affording those extras for that are just outside of our budget, like new school clothes or an oil change.

The Last Thing You Need to Know about Gifts for Single Moms

When giving a gift to a struggling single mom, or anyone struggling for that matter, remember that there’s a fine line between helpful and insulting. We all want to feel like we can manage on our own, so be sure to give without criticism or creating embarrassment.

And know that we will forever remember every single person who has helped and contributed to our success along the way.

If you’re a single mom, let me know in the comments what practical gift you would love to receive. I’ll be sure to come back and keep updating this list with your suggestions!

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