As the holiday season starts to roll in, I feel like I always have mixed feelings. I’m always trying to be mindful of how much stuff I bring into my house because clutter is STRESSFUL. For that reason, I’m not big on holiday shopping or Black Friday deals. Lots of new stuff is not always a good thing and I know a lot of y’all agree, because minimalism (or just being intentional living) is popular with millennials and Gen-Z.
I recently moved to a smaller house (we bought our first home, woohoo!) so “more is less” is definitely relevant to me. So, when I’m looking for stuff to get during the holidays, it has to be something that really serves a purpose in my life or business. Bonus points for anything that serves multiple purposes!
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the female entrepreneur in your life or you’re just wanting some ideas for yourself, this list is for you for sure.
Here are some of the best gift ideas for mom business owners who need to be super intentional about what they add to their homes. I want to list some gift ideas that will help her grow her business and some others that will help her manage her home life so that she can be more efficient at home so she can get more work done.
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Business-related gifts and Black Friday deals for mom business owners
Social media template packs
Almost every business is on social media but it can feel like you’re on a hamster wheel when you’re trying to make content for your business and stay consistant.
If you or someone you know struggles with creating graphics for social media, you can save a ton of effort and time by purchasing a pack of social media templates. Grab them once and reuse them for years to come. And if your branding changes, just switch up the colors and fonts and keep going!
I think that social media templates are one of the best gifts to get for a solopreneur or mom business owner because they take such a hugely time-consuming task off of the plate of an already busy person.
Here’s one of my favorite social media template packs for Canva over at Creative Market:
They also have a lot of Black Friday deals on Creative Market, which is one of the best places for digital goods like social media templates, illustrations, website templates, and more.
If your girl is a blogger or social media influencer, chances are that she creates gift guide posts or collages of products for her audience. If you’re not sure, check out her blog or social profiles! If she does, she’d probably like this set of gift guide templates I created that are perfect for holiday gift guides and more. They’re sized for Pinterest and Instagram stories and you can find them in my shop over on Etsy.
An online course or two
If she’s a solopreneur, she probably does a lot on her own. That means she wears a lot of hats in her business. (If this is also you, you know the struggle.) That means that she needs to learn about anything and everything about running and marketing her business. So, courses are a great way to get ahead of the curve, but they can be expensive.
Udemy has a Black Friday sale where a lot of courses in Business & Entrepreneurship are $9.99 each, which is awesome. You can easily gift courses on Udemy, too, so that makes gift-giving super simple.
Here’s a couple of courses that might help out your fav female entrepreneur:
- The Freelance Masterclass: For Creatives
- 2020 Blogging Bootcamp: Build a Successful & Profitable Blog
- SEO 2020: Complete SEO Training + SEO for WordPress Websites
- Social Media Marketing Agency: Digital Marketing + Business
- The Podcast Masterclass: The Complete Guide to Podcasting
- Email Marketing – Copywriting and Growing Your E-mail Lists
Check out Udemy and see if there’s anything on sale that you or a friend could benefit from and get your gifting on without spending tons of money.
Mini course on how to build proposals that profit
The launch guild has an affordable and
Home and Cooking Black Friday deals for mom business owners
Unless you outsource your cooking and cleaning, I’m going to guess that you’re always looking for ways to be more efficient at this stuff so that you can spend less time doing it. But at the same time, you still want to have high-quality food for your family and keep your home relatively clean and comfortable.
It’s a new OG for a reason. I was pretty anti-Instant Pot until I found one on sale and grabbed it. I still use my crockpot a lot, but this is soooo great for the days where I’m in a rush and forget to put something in the crockpot in the morning.
Inexpensive air fryer
An air fryer is amazing if you’re not already on this boat. I mean, frying things with air. Come on. And you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get one. I’d say this would make a great gift if your gift-ee has ample cabinet space in their kitchen for extra small appliances like this, otherwise it gets hard to find space for this kinda stuff.
Here’s a great deal on a nice air fryer from Walmart.
Roomba robot vacuum
The antidote to vacuuming 2-3 times per day when you have small children or pets is a robo vacuum. I have this problem where I need to have reasonably clean surroundings to get much done. Otherwise, I’m stressing out about how messy things are.
Some things bother me less than others (I can leave the dishes until the end of the day or pile up the laundry for a while, but I can’t deal with stepping on messy floors. So this little guy is a lifesaver and he’s 30% off on Amazon for Black Friday.
A lot of us work from home moms are spending even more time indoors than usual, and that’s saying something. Especially for people with multiple family members (including pets) inside more than usual, the air quality can start to diminish.
Did you know that indoor air quality can be up to 5 times worse than outdoors? Obviously, this depends on where you live, but something to think about! An air purifier will be a much-appreciated gift and sometimes it’s something that moms don’t think of to buy for themselves.
This is my favorite air purifier – you can buy it in a few different sizes and it’s so sleek.
Lifestyle + fashion Black Friday deals perfect for moms who work from home
Cozy cardigan that looks good on video calls
Working from home sometimes means that you have to hop on calls on the daily depending on your work setup. For me, as a freelance web designer, I mostly have these calls scheduled in advance, but sometimes I don’t have as much time to get ready as I’d like to.
One way I kinda hack this is by having a cover up of some sort by my desk in case I don’t have any time to get ready for a call. This cardigan thing feels like a robe, but it looks more polished and it’s good looking enough for calls with new potential clients, where I try to look put together. It literally doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a tank top under it because this covers up almost everything and looks like you came prepared. Just maybe don’t show up with just a bra under it like the photo, because that might be stretching it unless the call is with people you go way back with. ?
Trendy animal print fleece pullover
These are comfy as heck and I feel like they’ve been a “thing” for a few years now but I don’t see them going away anytime soon. Perfect for working from home in and for running errands whenever you get to escape the house. ?
This one from Abercrombie + Fitch is adorable and very, very comfy. It comes in solid colors, too, if animal print isn’t your thing. And it’s on sale for Black Friday!
Super soft blanket
Everyone loves a cozy blanket. It’s such a fail-proof gift idea, honestly – especially for someone who spends a lot of time at home. These re two of my favorite options – one is a little more bougie and the other one is budget-friendly. I’m obsessed with both!
A cute mug
Everyone can use another cute mug, just make sure that they’re microwavable because moms tend to have to re-microwave their coffee 2-4 times before they’re able to finish it. Here’s some cute ones!
A minimalistic planner for 2021 (or an all-out amazing one, if she’s into planners!)
I know I need to dial it way back for next year and just focus on what’s really important with my family and moving the needle in my business. This Wit and Delight planner is the one I grabbed.
For planner people who want more out of theirs, I hiiiiiighly recommend MakseLife (not sponsored!), an amazing business owned by a life coach named Sierra who decided to create a planner system of her own. It’s so organized and feels more approachable than most planning systems, in my opinion – and the options you can pick from for the cover are always gorgeous. Most functional planner I’ve had hands down, I’m just toning it down this year because I’m not big into planners in the first place. I will be back, though! Probs in 2022.
Deep sleep pillow spray
Sleep is so important for anyone and everyone. Moms tend to get less, on average, according to this study. And I would guess that moms with businesses probably get even less sleep! If you’re thinking of someone whole reading this, try out this pillow spray I have as a gift – I’d get the smaller size just in case it’s not her thing, but it works well for me and I do tend to struggle with sleep. It’s $29 for the smaller size or $52 for the big one.
Black Friday deals to help keep kids busy while you work
Working with home with kids all day is… extra special. Haha. Some days I can put off my work until after the kids are in bed (check out my post on how to work from home with toddlers here) but sometimes that can’t happen because of meetings or the amount of work on my plate at the time.
For those times, having a few things that the kids are enthusiastic about to keep them busy for pockets of time while you work is so valuable. Here’s some of my go-tos.
Indoor Bounce House
If there’s space to put this thing and it seems age-appropriate, a bounce house can work for multiple hours of entertainment especially if there are multiple kids around. Add some stuffed animals or ball pit balls and you’re golden. This is small enough to work for tiny-sized bedrooms or living rooms that are on the smaller side. Highly recommended to add to the toy rotation!
Small outdoor swingset
If you’ve got a porch to work on and it’s not too cold outside, getting something in your backyard as a main attraction of sorts will help you get a lot more mileage out of your work sessions and keep your kids happy while you get stuff done.
This swingset at Walmart is under $200 for Black Friday
Kindle Fire Tablet
I’m not anti-screens for kids because at the end of the day, I have to do what I hve to do to get work done and help provide for my family.
It’s easy enough to say that kids shouldn’t have screen time if you are able to watch your kids all day or have someone help you out with that, but if you’re alone with the kids and working from home, sometimes saying no to screen time means saying no to getting anything done at all.
Some days, the tablet doesn’t even come out of the drawer and some days I let my 3-year-old use it for a couple of hours while I go all-in on a client project. Either way, I’m glad I have this on hand as kind of a last-resort thing! Very helpful.
For older toddlers and younger kids, a play kitchen is a perfect way to play and learn. Pretend play is super beneficial for kids – check out this article from Psychology Today that mentions that it’s great for emotional competence, cognitive development, and social skills. Good stuff!
I got this one for my 3-year-old and she’s had so much fun playing with it. She brings me food that she “made” me all the time and I can interact with her while I’m working and she’s playing with this.
My twins are 1.5 and are starting to show a lot of interest in the play kitchen, too, so I’m definitely getting my money’s worth out of this!
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Hey, what’s up? I’m Ciara, a work from home mom of three + web designer + blogger and I’m here to spill the tea and tips on starting and growing an online business as a mom. It’s not the easiest thing in the world, but it’s completely doable and I’m rooting for ya!