Useful Stocking Stuffers for Mamas

According to my kids, Christmas shopping for me is really hard. They believe the only gifts I want for Christmas are unattainable for them… a bigger kitchen, a day at the spa, a house cleaned by someone else, children who listen… okay, maybe they’re right. I’m not a fan of jewelry gifts, I don’t wear perfume, and I’m admittedly picky when it comes to bath or makeup products. I’m also a BIG fan of giving and receiving gifts that are useful and won’t get tossed into a drawer.

To help solve their gift giving woes, I have compiled a list of somewhat thoughtful and useful stocking stuffers that could be fantastic for many mamas out there. Prices range vastly and I’ve tried to include links. Many are affiliate links, we get a tiny percentage of purchases made through those links and it’s greatly appreciated.

· Hooded Scarf- If your mama lives where it gets chilly in the winter, consider a hooded scarf. It’s versatile and pretty, and it can be worn just as a scarf if needed. The ones I have from AlaskiWear and they’re made from a super soft, acrylic fabric that isn’t scratchy and can be machine washed on a very gentle cycle. The hood keeps my head warm without giving me hat hair like a beanie can. I’ve given these to my kids’ teachers every year at Christmas and they’ve been a hit!

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· Custom Address Rubber Stamp- I have had a custom address stamp for years and every fall I consider getting a new one simply because I love all of the fun designs out there. I’m just artsy enough to love using it when sending letters and holiday cards. As a graphic designer, I’ve had more than a few stamps custom made by The Homebody Society (formerly Hello World Paper Co) and they’ve all been beautiful and really well-made. I create the design and have them make the stamp, but they also have loads of wonderful, customizable designs on their website. Definitely check them out!

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· 10 True Things About the First Year of Parenthood by Karyn Thurston - This is an absolutely beautiful book and a fantastic gift for any new parent or parent-to-be. It’s a nice, compact size and brings tears to my eyes every time I read it, and my kids are FAR from their first year! Karyn’s words are heartwarming and bring so much truth to how hard the first year of parenting can be for anyone. It easily reminds us that we’re not alone.

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· Babywearing Mirror – For any babywearing mamas out there, once your kids are old enough to ride on your back (which is a game-changer when it comes to multi-tasking, hiking, and generally getting anything done), consider this handy, retractable mirror that clips to your baby carrier and lets you keep an eye on your little one. It can give you confirmation when they fall asleep too.

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· Kindle Paperwhite – I love my Kindle Paperwhite. As much as I resisted switching over to e-books, preferring and feel of an actual book in my hands, I was hooked immediately. It’s comfortable, lightweight, and the magical way Kindle does their backlighting doesn’t fatigue my eyes like reading on my computer or iPhone can do. There’s also no glare when you’re reading outside. To be honest, my absolute favorite part of my Kindle is that it is ONLY for reading. It doesn’t have YouTube, or any games, it doesn’t even have much in the way of pictures. The newest model is even waterproof, I could read in my fictional, giant bathtub and not have to worry about dropping it in the water!

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· Apple Watch – I never had an Apple Watch on my radar. I have an older Garmin watch that I used for walks and hikes and it let me track steps and distances and that was enough for me. My husband got me an Apple Watch last Christmas and after I glared at him (we don’t exchange gifts at Christmas), I was in LOVE! I love how I can just glance at it when I get notifications and decide if they’re worth looking at my phone for. I love being able to track workouts; swimming, hiking, jogging, and even indoor cycling. I love being able to use it as a remote for the camera on my iPhone so I can actually be IN the photos for a change. I bought a Pocket Tripod to keep in my purse for just those occasions too. It has a lot more features, but those are the ones I use most. If the mama on your shopping list doesn’t have an iPhone, loads of other companies are making smart watches too; including FitBit, Garmin, and Samsung.

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·Pocket Tripod- I bought one of these a few months ago and it’s been so fun to use! It can fit in my wallet in a credit card slot and folds beautifully to hold my iPhone for photos. It goes hand in hand with my Apple Watch to take photos for me. It can fit almost any smart phone (you use their website to guide you on a size) and it comes in a bunch of colors. I keep mine in my purse at all times.

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·Kula Cloth – For any outdoor-loving mama, consider getting her a Kula Cloth. These are waterproof, washable, reusable, antimicrobial pee cloths for when nature calls while on the trail or while camping. It clips to her backpack and comes in a variety of gorgeous prints, most designed by female artists. No need to bring toilet paper and worry about having to dispose of it or pack it out while on trail. It’s good for Mama Earth too!

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· Portable Phone Charger – These are handy AF and maybe you can find one in her favorite color. There are lots of brands and sizes to choose from. Mine is small, it fits in my purse easily. It’s been fantastic for keeping my phone charged at day-long events like festivals, martial arts tournaments, travel, hiking, and days where my kids get a hold of my phone and kill the battery talking to Grandma and Grandpa via FaceTime.

· Popsocket – Consider a Popsocket for your mom’s mobile phone in her favorite color or print. There are countless prints textures. Heck, you can even have a custom one printed with photos of her kids or if she has a small business, maybe her logo. They’re handy for holding on to mobile phones as newer and newer models get larger and harder to hold and type with one hand (I could never do that even with a smaller phone).

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· Knitted Fingerless Gloves – These are wonderful for anyone who lives where it gets chilly. They’re comfortable and ideal for when you still need to get shit done with your hands. I wear mine on cold hikes when I’m the one taking pictures. I also wear mine when I’m working on my computer and my hands get cold (which happens a lot in the winter!). Added bonus if your mama is an Outlander fan; get her a replica pair that Claire may have worn on the show! The ones in the photo were handmade by my aunt, but lots of Etsy shops sell different gloves: Blue Ridge Purl and Knit Play Love.

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· Water Bottle Stickers – Most of us have steel, reusable water bottles these days, some of us have more than a few (raises hand). Why not dress up your mama’s water bottle with some beautiful stickers? I love the artwork from Block21Prints. Sarah carves one-of-a-kind designs into linoleum blocks and prints her artwork onto apparel. She also turns her artwork into beautiful, high-quality, weatherproof stickers. I have a couple adorning my water bottles and I’m always itching for more!

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· Matador Droplet Dry Bag - Us moms are known for our resourcefulness and always being prepared. This dry bag totally helps perpetuate that! It fits in a little keychain and barely takes up any space in a purse or diaper bag. Inside the little silicone droplet is a 9×10.5 inch dry bag that can hold some wet clothes or wet cloth diapers. It’s machine washable and fits right back into the little droplet for future use. Sometimes it’s on Amazon, sometimes not, so here’s the link to their website too.

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· Pocket Blanket – I have a few different pocket blankets and they are so handy to have for parks, festivals, hiking, camping, beaches, and they’re great to keep in a diaper bag for those times you need to change a diaper and there’s no clean-ish surface in sight. The Wenzel Mini Blanket is is 60×48 inches and waterproof. When folded it’s about the size of a wallet and often drops in price on Amazon to under $10. The Matador Pocket Blanket is water and puncture resistant and has little stakes attached at the corners. It’s 63×44 inches and is also about the size of a small wallet when folded. Lastly, the Matador Mini Pocket Blanket is also water and puncture resistant. The blanket is smaller at 44×28 inches, but it folds down into a pouch that can truly fit in my pocket. I keep one of these in my hiking backpack, in my glove box in my car, and my backpack whenever we travel. One was perfect the time we had to spend the night on an airport floor… and that other time I was hiking in the snow and really needed a place to sit, but didn’t have waterproof pants on. They’re really useful to have, I’ve used them much more often than I expected.

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What are some useful and thoughtful items you’d add to this list??

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