20 Little Luxuries to Help Make Parents’ Lives Easier

updated Nov 22, 2022
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There’s a universal truth about raising kids that nearly 10 out of 10 parents would say is 100% accurate: Small victories and little luxuries are the secret sauce for getting through the day. Be it a quickly resolved quarrel between siblings or an open parking spot right in front of the supermarket, the small wins mean the most when taking care to keep a brood healthy, happy, and safe every single day.

As friends, colleagues, family members, etc. to moms and dads, it’s not always easy to jump in on the everyday parenting marathon — for the most part, they’ve got it covered anyway! But you can help out with the “little luxuries” part of the equation. Gifts that give the powerhouse parents some time back in their day, help relieve some of the stress and worry that’s perpetually part of their world, or simply just put a smile on their faces are exactly what you’ll want to be on the lookout for. And we’ve rounded up some of our favorite finds guaranteed to earn all the 🙌🙌🙌 emojis.

20 Little Luxuries to Help Make Parents’ Lives Easier

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was $138.00

This oh-so-soft throw blanket might look simple, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Featuring luxurious faux fur and availability in five fun colors (including a statement-making purple and rose), it's a gem that will sparkle in any room. Be it for a cat nap on the couch or a soft sleeping spot on their littles' bedroom floor, when they're having a particularly-tiring nightmare flair-up, this blanket comes to play.

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was $99.99

An extra set of eyes is a huge help around the house, and the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery helps make that possible for everyone. Parents can place it outdoors to get instant delivery notifications or make sure the dog isn't digging up the yard. And indoors, it serves as a top-notch security camera for when no one's at home. This is the kind of “how did I live without this?” gift that’s so handy, you’ll want to get one for yourself, too.

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Atlas Coffee Club

Between the frenetic family schedule (who has soccer practice, who has to go on a field trip, who has pre-dance recital rehearsals four weekends in a row, who needs to study for the PSATs, etc.) and the continuing-to-churn COVID concerns, trips and travels may still be on hiatus. That's why a monthly coffee subscription, highlighting roasts from around the world, is just the thing to keep your favorite grownups grounded. Each month features 12 ounces of freshly-roasted coffee, flavor notes, a postcard, and brewing tips — all delivered fresh to their door. Let the caffeine be the wings to take them on a global journey!

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My Sheets Rock
was $199.00

Sleep is a luxury in and of itself when you're a parent, so any way you can help make their slumber experience better would be seriously appreciated. These My Sheets Rock sheets quite literally live up to their name — they even topped our Best List for the best cooling sheets! Made from high-grade, sustainably sourced OEKO-TEX Standard 100-certified bamboo rayon, these sheets boast eight heat-fighting benefits, including breathable construction, moisture-wicking technology, and a lightweight feel that won’t weigh you down. Yep. It's official. Saturday morning snuggle fests with the fam just got a whole lot cozier.

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was $29.99

Parents who have worked all day, whether out of the house or from-home, or spent the day running around with the kids deserve a serious foot massage at night, but stepping into a pair of memory foam slippers is a great second option. These ones come highly rated for how soft and comfy they are. With a breathable knit upper and fluffy plush lining, they're a perfect fit for the colder months coming up. Plus, they come in a variety of colors — from black and navy to purple and red — making them great for parenting pairs.

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Uncommon Goods

Five or ten minutes in the shower might be the only time a parent gets to themselves, so make a good shower GREAT for them with these essential oil-infused tablets. All they'll need to do is place one on the floor of their shower and then turn the water on. The tablet will gently fizz, releasing spa-inspired scents that mingle with the steam for a beyond-magical and euphoric effect. Stress melts away, their mood is lifted, they're left feeling energized and refreshed. As a parent, I'd gladly take this pop pop, fizz fizz over the other one (Alka Seltzer for the mid-week bouts of indigestion, anyone?!!).

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Milk Bar

You know the story that every parent has probably read 150 times, at least, "When You Give a Mouse a Cookie?" It starts with the famous words "When you give a mouse a cookie, he'll probably ask for a glass of milk to go with it ..." Well, in the case of this delicious windowed tin of desserts, we're modifying the words a bit to say "When you give a mom a B'Day Cake Truffle, she'll probably want to eat the remainder of the pack and save the rest for a rainy day ..." It's the OG "treat yourself" gift of gluttony and it's oh-so well-deserved.

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If showers are short for parents, then baths are a once-in-a-blue-moon at-best situation. That being said, if one parent is out with the kiddos and their partner has an hour or two of bliss to work with, this luxury bamboo bathtub caddy tray will be their best friend. The adjustable all-natural bamboo wood bath tub organizer comes equipped with a wine holder, soap dish, book space, and phone slot for the spa, bathroom, and shower. We're big fans of its sleek and minimalistic construction and non-slip silicone styling, which makes it easy to adjust to any standard-sized tub. And once mom and dad take a turn, it can be used to hold bath supplies for baby's bathtime!

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Speaking of stealing some time away .... The Kindle Paperwhite is easily one of the best pieces of tech to escape with. This upgraded version is waterproof, so parents can take it to the pool or read while they're relaxing in the tub (in the off-chance it happens!). An added bonus: they won't need to spend a fortune on books, since most public libraries loan out ebooks and audiobooks. If they'll be heading there for storytime or dropping their teens off for school projects, they can load up while they're at it!

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From one parent to another, having perfectly blown-out or coiffed hair after a new baby comes home is a little fantastical. While you can certainly go the cute baseball cap route for a gift, getting to the root of the problem (the greasy, less-frequently-washed hair) is even better. This dry shampoo has fast-absorbing powders that soak up oil and sweat, plus odor neutralizers and a time-released fragrance that keeps hair smelling freshly washed. It's a cult classic, not just for the spray, but for the can it comes out of, too. This one looks great in any bathroom or on top of any vanity.

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was $12.00

The parent-shaming struggle is palpable and social media has blown it up all the more. There are just some days when a mama or daddy feels all the feels, and this book of erasure poetry is here for them. By cleverly building on the harsh negativity and hate women often receive — and combining it with heartwarming messages of support, gratitude, and connection, Kate Baer offers readers a lesson in empowerment, showing how we are all capable of turning bitterness into beauty. It's like Chicken Soup for the Soul, but made for 2021: The age of online trolls and other struggle.

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Hear us out on this one, because we're talking about small victories and little luxuries—and we couldn't think of a better small victory than a diaper change out in the wild that didn't end in tears (from both baby and mama). This isn't a diaper bag, either, rather it's a portable changing kit designed to be thrown into the bag of the mama's choosing. It includes a padded mat, a wipes pouch, and a high-contrast print to mesmerize and calm their baby into cooperating. And that is absolutely NO easy feat, we'll tell you that! Diaper changes anywhere are never fun, but with their Kit Bag at least they can be quick and easy. Check and check!

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was $149.00

Let's be honest, toddler parents have a natural alarm clock — their sunrise-waking, bed-stealing, "are you up yet?!?!"-yelling squad. But for those one-off occasions when the kids aren't storming into the bedroom at the crack of dawn, this revolutionary take on the morning alarm clock is right on time — complete with a dimmable display, nightlight, two-phase alarm, and custom content playable right on the device, including guided meditations, sound baths, breathwork exercises, sleep playlists, plus a variety of relaxing sounds. What it doesn't do? Connect to your email, apps, and social media, with all the anxiety they bring along. So, parents can wind down and wake up with something that helps them keep tech and life in balance.

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Freshly painted nails epitomize what we're talking about when we say little luxury. To get them requires finding time to book an appointment at the salon, going to said mani or pedi appointment, and then having the patience and composure to sit and relax while your hands are quite literally in someone else's hands. If you know it's been a while since your friend has gotten a manicure, then get them a Glamsquad gift card. They can choose the date of their service (after cross-referencing with the family calendar) and have a nail artist come directly to their home.

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Keeping track of little ones is the first priority for parents, so when it comes to keeping their own things in check and accounted for, it's not always possible. But with a serious catch-all platform and charging device like this, that combines Courant's multi-coil, single-device wireless charging technology with a familiar valet silhouette wrapped in designer-quality Belgian Linen, mom and/or dad can get into a routine of putting all their VIP things in one place — all the time. I've already bookmarked this one for my own husband, who's notorious for not knowing where his keys or watches are or having his phone charged. Ever.

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The Little Market

Parenthood is chockful of a lot of sweet and sour moments, all of which can be balanced out by a little bit of spice. This handsome flight of yellow, brown, orange, and clay-colored hot sauces is perfect for spice enthusiasts and for adding flavor to any pizza, eggs, stir-frys, and cheeses that get served up in their household. We love the black-and-white labeling almost as much as we love the fact that every purchase empowers small-scale sustainable farmers and producers in rural communities of Eswatini. It's truly a 🔥 gift.

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Will you and your siblings be going in on a gift together this year (we're thinking of you, teens!)? Here's an idea to show your appreciation and love in a BIG way. A Tinggly experience gift box gives them the choice of hundreds of amazing experiences — in over 100 countries around the world — so, your parents can choose one activity or adventure that suits their travel plans, or even allows them to create an itinerary based around the experience they decide to choose. Whatever your parents might like, from gourmet cookery classes in Asia, romantic gondola rides in Venice, sunrise balloon flights over some iconic locations, or simply relaxing in a blissful Balinese spa, every Tinggly gift box comes packed with experiences for everyone. It's something to say "love you guys, thanks for everything — now go have your own adventure!"

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Rockets of Awesome

Shopping for kids' clothes should be fun, but a lot of the time, it's more stress than success. Want to help a fashionable set of parents find equally awesome clothing for their kiddos? Rockets of Awesome is the way to go. The site aims to make parents' lives easier, so that they can get back to being the best snack-schleppers and soccer-practice-chauffeurs (and they mean that in the most endearing way possible). Just point them towards the style quiz to get their creative clothes curation in the works and offer to pick up their first season's box!

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Molly J.

Perfect for when Mom and Dad want a treat to help unwind at the end of a long day, or to help them restfully sleep through the night, Molly J.’s CBD gumdrops offer a dose of relaxation in one luxurious gumdrop. Available in Berry, Lemon Lavender, Plum Cardamom, Sparkling Pomegranate, and Elderflower Grapefruit, each gumdrop can be packed with either 25mg or 50mg of CBD. The box is beautiful, the drops are delightful, and the promised level of "chill" post-chew is off the charts.

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Boll & Branch

Sleep is a luxury in and of itself when you're a parent, so any way you can help make their slumber experience better would be seriously appreciated. On top of their best-selling cloud-weight and super-soft signature sheets, the unique watercolor effect of the Painted Tile design is dimensional, beautiful, and ethically crafted. Plus, the layering options are endless — a total blessing when mixing and matching sheets becomes the norm. Yep. It's official. Saturday morning snuggle fests with the fam just got a whole lot cozier.