Stephanie Hallett
November 28, 2016 2:28 pm
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Shopping for your parent-friends around the holidays can be brutal — gifts for parents, especially those who never have time to relax, can end up seeming useless when measured against their busy schedules (because hello, that pretty coffee table book is just going to gather dust if its receiver is caring for a newborn).

But treating parents to gifts that are actually useful and relaxing can make the season that much brighter, which is why we’re excited to share this list. We’ve thought carefully about how to make parents’ lives easier, more restful, and all-around better, so you can just hit “purchase” on one of the options below and carry on with your holiday shopping. Don’t worry about thanking us later.

1. Amazon Prime Membership


Believe us when we say that free two-day shipping and 20% off diaper subscriptions will make any new parent smile. Get it here for $99.

2. Sharper Image Warming Foot Massager

Sharper Image

Getting your friend to the spa is tough when kids’ schedules are involved, but every parent will be able to find a few minutes of quiet time (even just sitting at the dinner table) to slip their feet into this warming foot massager. Get it here for $49.99.

3. Gold Medal Wine Club Membership

Gold Medal Wine Club

Send your friend two bottles of California’s best wines every month with a Gold Medal Wine Club membership (Forbes calls it one of the best wine clubs in the nation). Subscribe here starting at $37/month.

4. In-Home Spa Service

Can’t get your friend to the nail salon? Send the nail salon (or the massage parlor!) to them with mobile spa services. Options will vary depending on your location, so Google “mobile spa services” or “in-home mani pedi” to find a service provider near you.

5. Sense by Hello


This peculiar little device is designed to revolutionize sleep — something  every parent desperately needs. It provides ambient sounds to help users drift off, monitors sleep quality and makes suggestions for how to sleep better, and provides an alarm at the ideal time every morning. Get it here for $149.

6. Beauty Essentials Bundle

Treat your friend to a little bit of luxury with this beauty kit from It includes a face mist, gorgeous red nail polish, and a lip tint — which can all be slipped into a purse and enjoyed at any free moment. Get it here for $50.

7. Murray’s Cheese-of-the-Month Club Membership


Like the wine club membership we mentioned before, this little ship-straight-to-home luxury will make your friend feel special every month without requiring much effort — or a call to the babysitter. Subscribe here for $275/four months; three cheeses per month.

8. Kreafunk aHead Wireless Headphones


Give your parent-friend an easy way to zone out with these chic wireless headphones. Get them here for $145.

9. Crock-Pot 4-Quart Slow Cooker


Real Simple says this slow cooker is the best on the market for small families — plus it makes dinner a cinch, leaving more time for rest and relaxation. Get it here for $19.99.

10. “Back Me Up!” Mobile Charger

We’ve already established that your parent-friend is crazy busy and has no time to relax, so help alleviate her stress with this mobile charger — she’ll never again have to worry about running out of battery on the go. Get it here for $35.

Now that we’ve helped you help someone else relax, maybe you can take a moment for yourself?