Honestly, we have never done a dedicated guide to home office gifts for moms, even if we have incorporated home office gifts for her throughout our other Mother’s Day gift guides, and especially on Cool Mom Tech. But this year, more moms than ever are working from home, if their jobs allow. In fact, so many of my friends are just now realizing they won’t be back in the office anytime soon at all!
With so many women setting up home offices for themselves that may be to be a little more permanent than a corner of the dining room table, we wanted to find some lovely home office gifts for moms (and grandmas!) that not only celebrate her hard work, but help her know just how much it’s valued by the rest of the family.
Even if you don’t have an extra room you can convert into a home office (my dreams!), we’ve found some wonderfully practical, but still thoughtful, home office gifts for her on Mother’s Day that she can use to make her space special.
Possibly even a calm away from the storm of parenting in quarantine.
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Our favorite home office gifts for mom right now
A beautiful photo of the kids for her desk
$55, Artifact Uprising
Even though the kids may be right on the other side of her office door, a lovely photo of her favorite family members in a gorgeous new frame to spruce up her desk is a really sweet home office gift for mom. And maybe some day, she’ll be able to take it back to an actual office again.
A do not disturb sign
$11, Amanda Irwin Art
If she has tweens or teens at home, this “mom is working” doorknob hanger is a great way to remind them that she’s off-limits for the moment. If she has little ones, consider pairing it with a gift card for childcare, too. She’ll be grateful. Especially when school’s out.
“Open to new ideas” letter opener
$14, See Jane Work
If this meant I could quit walking to the kitchen for a butter knife every time I had to go through our bills, then I would be definitely “open to new ideas” — as in, actually using this cool letter opener.
Selfie light for all those Zoom meetings
I can’t be the only one who’s sick of looking, ahem, sick on my Zoom calls. A light that makes me look like I actually got a full night of sleep when I’m zooming with coworkers, teachers, or clients will suffice until I can get an actual spa day (and full night of sleep).
While you’re add it, throw in a Zoom subscription if she doesn’t have one, so her video conferences don’t shut off mid-sentence.
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Waterproof faux leather desk mat
$14.99 on sale, Amazon
Even if a brand new desk isn’t in the budget as a home office gift for mom this year, this affordable (and so pretty!) desk mat will give any old table a glow up. Also, waterproof! And as those of us coffee drinkers know, that’s essential. Comes in lots of colors besides pink, too.
Yeah, it’s pricey. But it may be our most coveted item on this list of office gifts for mom on Mother’s Day!. Because the gift of always-hot coffee at the perfect temperature that we can set on our smartphones… priceless.
An inspirational print for her home office area
$8 printable, Seaside Shed Studio
Working from home can be exhausting and challenging, but an inspirational print for her desk or office wall might give her a little extra boost of motivation. Frame it small for her desk, or let her hang it on a wall; this one from a UK designer happens to be a lovely reminder that what she does has impact.
A tiny houseplant in a fun desk planter
I’m all about the houseplant trend that’s blown up during the year of being at home all the time. I would love a fun new planter (like this one from Ceramic Sense) as a special home office Mother’s Day gift. In fact, our readers have been loving it since we shared it — so glad it will give so many of you a little joy at home!
A useful laptop stand
$60, Twelve South
It’s amazing how much better your neck feels when you’re not looking down at your desk all day long. This stand from one of our favorite indie tech companies does the job, and does it with style. (But hey, feel free to throw in a coupon for a free neck massage, too. No mom would ever say no to that!)
Shiatsu foot massager
Speaking of massages, I love the idea of hiding one of these shiatsu foot massagers with air compression (ahhhhh) under my desk. In fact you can hide it under her desk with a bow on it for Mother’s Day for a sweet surprise.
Theragun Elite Therapy Massager
If you love the massager idea, and you really want to splurge on something extra special to help her get out those neck kinks, this high-tech , Bluetooth, app-connected therapy massager kit gets super high marks from athletes and desk jockeys alike.
Custom photo calendar
$39, Minted, plus discount, below
By now she probably has a decent planner (or see this list if she doesn’t). So I love this calendar, which helps us working moms stay organized and gaze nostalgically at our (absolutely quiet) kids. Add some color-coded metallic pens for marking projects or big days, and it’s the perfect home office gift for an organized mom.
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It’s not weird to swoon over pencils, is it? I hope not because I’d totally love this for Mother’s Day for my own home office. They’re so pretty!
Catch 3 wireless charging station
$122, on sale at Courant
You can either give her a retina-scanning padlock so the kids won’t steal her favorite phone charger — or check out the gorgeous charging trays for her desk from Courant, in several fantastic colors. (Hint: go with the charging tray.)
Mother’s Day candle
$35, Here for the Burn
Maybe she needs a note of encouragement…
…maybe she needs a laugh. Either way, this fun company has some great labels and lots of nice scents to choose from. They even have custom candle labels if you order soon.