Being a single mom can be really tough! If you are looking for helpful, practical (or just fun) gifts for single moms, then check out this list!
When I first became a single mom, I felt such a wide range of emotions, but overall of those I mostly just felt overwhelmed.
I had to make so many changes (and manage my 2 little kids under the age of 5). Thankfully, I have a very wonderful network of helpful friends and a very supportive family that helped me transition to single mom life.
If you are wondering what to get a single mom, check out these awesome gifts for single moms! Surprise her with one and make her day!
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32 practical (and fun) gifts for single moms
For me personally, cash gifts were such a help during my divorce. I appreciated them so much.
It seems that many single moms are sticking to tight budgets, at least at first, so having some extra money on hand is always helpful.
Food gifts are the BEST!
Besides chocolate, other indulgences like wine, are great gifts! Think of fun, special foods that might be outside of her budget at this time.
Since I can’t eat gluten, I love it when people give me free food – particularly my favorite snacks or drinks!
Lily’s Chocolate Bars are my favorite gluten-free, no sugar added chocolates!
3. Inspirational books
I love reading! Book gifts are another great idea.
Pick a new book by her favorite author or a practical book.
Some lovely book suggestions:
- Anything by Brene Brown, but particularly these two: The Gifts of Imperfection and I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t)
- 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do by Amy Morin (This one is GREAT!)
- The Co-Parenting Handbook by Karen Bonnell
- Cooperative Parenting and Divorce by Susan Blyth Boyan and Ann Marie Termini
- The Power of Resilience by Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein
- Beyond Boundaries: Learning to Trust Again in Relationships by Dr. John Townsend
Some helpful parenting books:
- Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Dr. Laura Markham
- How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen by Joanna Faber and Julie King
- No-Drama Discipline by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
Gentle books for kids about divorce:
- Two Homes by Claire Masurel
- Dinosaurs Divorce by Marc Brown
4. Audible Subscription
If you know a single mom and want to give her a gift, consider a subscription to Audible!
I hardly ever have time to read, but I LOVE listening to audiobooks in the car or while I’m doing boring chores.
5. Journal or Planner
A notebook or journal can be a great gift. She can use it to process emotions, write down goals or inspirational quotes, or start a simple budget to get her finances in order.
Like the Good Days Start with Gratitude journal, which encourages writing down 3 things you are thankful for each day.
Or this Present not Perfect journal which has prompts and questions to encourage slowing down and letting go.
or just a simple, plain lined notebook.
Planners are always helpful. The Erin Condron weekly planner is cute and practical.
I have this weekly planner on my fridge and it is great for keeping track of my schedule each week.
On the first Mother’s Day after my separation, 2 friends sent me flowers with a note that said “Happy Mother’s Day – you’re doing a great job!” I was so touched it made me cry.
7. Free Child Care
As a single mom who works from home, I rarely get time to myself away from my kids (unless I hire a babysitter).
Right after my separation, friends offered to watch my girls while I went to appointments or even headed out to a monthly book club. What a lovely gift!
8. Alone time
If you are giving the gift of free child care, then encourage her to get some much needed alone time!
9. Day at the spa
If you’ve arranged for a babysitter, then consider the gift of a “spa day”. You can include any or all of these:
10. A girls night out
Arrange for a babysitter and plan a girls night out. Trust me, single moms don’t often get time to hang out with their friends.
You can take a trip to the salon, get something to eat, or see a movie. It doesn’t have to be special or super fancy!
11. Housekeeping, yard or car maintenance, etc.
The costs of home (or yard or car…) maintenance adds up!
Hire a housekeeper or someone to take care of yard work!
Offer to give the gift of a meal:
- meal delivery – like Door Dash
- meal train – get friends together to set up a meal train
- a bag of groceries
When I first became a single mom, I had several people (through the course of my first year being single) bring me bags of groceries. It was such a touching (and helpful!) gift!
(Shopping with my little kids is not my idea of fun!)
13. Amazon Prime
Amazon prime is a great gift: Free 2-day shipping and access to movies, TV streaming, books, and music, and more!
14. Gift cards
I know some people think gift cards are not a personal or thoughtful gift, but I honestly love gift cards to my favorite stores (and who can go wrong with an Amazon gift card!)
If you know her favorite shops, get a gift card to one of those places (even grocery store gift cards were helpful for me!)
Some other fun gift card ideas:
15. Gift basket with unique items
Get a large basket and fill it with fun items she would like (plus, the basket is a great gift too!):
- hobby-related items
- favorite snacks
- bottle of wine
- new movie to watch
16. Care package
This is similar to a gift basket, but would have more practical, useful items in it.
Fill the basket with necessities, like:
- laundry detergent
- toilet paper
In the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, right before my divorce was finalized, my little girls and I moved to a new apartment.
A friend dropped off a package at my new place with gifts for my kids, some snacks, and a package of toilet paper. It was such a thoughtful gift!
17. Items to make meals easier
Besides snacks and meals, kitchen items that help make meals easier are always helpful.
Instant pots are all the rage. They cut cooking time drastically and you can use them to make quick and easy meals!
I have this food processor and it’s great and easy to clean!
I don’t have Alexa, but I’ve heard that this device can help organize your life! This could be very helpful for a single mom.
19. Professional photos with their kids
This is my personal favorite! I love having photo shoots with my girls, but they can be pricey!
A gift certificate for a photo shoot with some prints included would be an awesome gift. This is one gift I would personally appreciate very much!
20. Family Photo Collage/Frame
Give her a lovely frame/photo collage to hang up family pictures and make picture hanging easy with this Collage Picture Frame Wall Hanging.
21. Fitness Equipment
It can be hard to find time to exercise, so why not get her a simple exercise machine? I have something similar to this under-desk pedal exerciser. I like it because it takes up little space and I can use it while working on the computer or even watching TV.
22. Comfy Clothes
Some comfy workout/lounging around pants.
or a plush, cozy bathrobe would be a real treat.
23. Quote/Memory Book
This My Kid’s Quotes book is a great way for a single mom to keep track of all the cute things her kids say without having to keep up a fancy scrapbook or slips of paper everywhere! Simple, easy, and great for keeping memories alive!
Or get her a journal that she can keep for her kids, like this Stories for My Child journal.
24. Video Doorbell
Give her peace of mind with this Ring Video Doorbell so she can see who is at the door, with notifications sent directly to her phone.
25. To-Do List notepad
Single moms always have something to do! Why not help her keep track with this handy To-Do List notepad!
26. Bath Bombs
You can’t go wrong with bath bombs! What mom doesn’t enjoy a nice, luxurious bath?
Plants are a great way to spruce up a home. Try getting her some succulents, which are generally easy to keep alive!
28. Budget/Financial Planner
Help her get a handle on her finances with a budget planner.
You might not think about getting diapers as a gift, but if she has little kids who need them, this is one gift she will certainly appreciate! This is one expense that adds up and is a necessity!
A Roomba is a great gift idea, especially if the single mom you know has little (i.e. messy) kids or hairy pets. She’s busy enough, why does she need to spend extra time cleaning?
31. Positive Affirmation Cards for Moms
When I first became a single mom, I struggled with lots of negative feelings and worries. To combat them, I put up little written mantras all around my home and repeated them to myself several times a day. Give a single mom these positive affirmations cards to help encourage and build her up!
32. A Friend
Sometimes all we need is a listening ear and a caring friend. As a single mom, I definitely appreciate when someone takes the time to show that they truly care and just listen to me vent a bit (and maybe take me out for coffee while doing so!). Show her you care by simply being a sincere friend and taking time to listen.
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Being a single mom is tough, but these gifts for single moms can really make her day! What other single mom gift ideas do you have?