Parenthood is exhausting 365 days of the year, but the fatigue can really ramp up around the holidays. Offering to babysit (while handing the parents a spa gift certificate) is almost always a welcomed gift, but if you’re looking for other ideas for the tired mom or dad in your life, with something at every price point, we’ve got you covered.
22 welcome gifts for the exhausted parent in your life
NEST LEARNING THERMOSTATThanks to Nest, forgetting to change the thermostat after leaving the house is no longer an issue. Nest allows users to change the temperature of their house with a simple tap on its App. It's also energy efficient and will 'teach' users when to adjust the temperature in the house in order to save money.
$329 from AmazonAmazon
IROBOT ROOMBAVacuuming is a necessary evil of life and in addition to sucking up dirt, it also sucks up your time. The self-rolling Roomba adjusts to your house's dimensions and works on carpet, wood, tile, hardwood and laminate. Plus, little kids find them entertaining.
$419.99 from AmazonAmazon
S'WELL WATER BOTTLEWhether the exhausted parent in your life runs on water or coffee, the S'well bottle will keep their colds cold and their hots hot. Did we mention the 25 oz size fits an entire bottle of wine?
$58 from IndigoIndigo
RECORDABLE STORYBOOKSSometimes laying in bed with a child for storytime ends up with mom asleep and the child posting incoherent Facebook updates on mom's phone. Thankfully, there are recordable storybooks, with audio that allows the child to listen along while mom catches some Zzzs.
$40 at HallmarkHallmark
CROCK-POTWhether you call them slow cookers or Crock-Pots, there's a reason this small kitchen appliance has been a staple in many homes for over 60 years. Throw in some veggies and meat and any exhausted parent will be ecstatic to get home from work and find dinner warm and ready.
$64.99 at Canadian TireCanadian Tire
REASONS MOMMY DRINKSIf your exhausted mom friend gets a night off, this book will not only give them delicious cocktail recipes, but also a ton of laughs, asking questions like 'Why are all these tiny clothes so expensive? Who wrote these mind-numbing board books? Will Mommy ever carry a purse again that's not a diaper bag?'
$13.89 at IndigoIndigo
DRY SHAMPOOOn days when showering becomes a luxury, using dry shampoo can be the difference between feeling like a zombie and looking like one as well.
$34 at SephoraSephora
SOPHIE CONRAN DISHESYou can call them kid proof, husband proof, wife proof, or in-law proof, but we call Sophie Conran dishes 'perfect.' Microwave safe, dishwasher safe, these chip-resistant porcelain dishes can go from the freezer to a hot oven and then directly to the table. No more trying to remember which dish can do what since these dishes do it all.
$239.99 at The BayThe Bay
KIDS COOKBOOKWhen a tired parent needs a night off from the kitchen, this cookbook from PBS has tons of recipes that little chefs can make for the whole family without using anything 'hot' that requires adult supervision. Turkey, cheese, and roasted red pepper rolls up? Sounds delicious!
$27.53 at IndigoIndigo
LABEL MAKERSome days it can even be difficult remembering where you left your kids. Get extra help remembering where you left their belongings by labeling everything…and we mean everything. How do kids lose shoes while they're wearing them? It happens.
$49 at StaplesStaples
READING SOCKSThey're socks. They're slippers. They're the only thing that feels good after spending all day running after kids.
$34.50 at IndigoIndigo
OTTOMAN WITH STORAGENot only is an ottoman a great foot rest and a decorative piece of furniture, its storage component is a great place to stash toys when carrying them back to a child's room feels equal to scaling Mount Everest with a 60 pound backpack.
$199.99 at Canadian TireCanadian Tire
GO THE F**K TO SLEEPIs this a book that parents can read to their kids? Probably not. But sometimes what an exhausted parent needs is a good laugh and to be reminded that they're not the only ones sleepwalking through their kids' terrible twos.
$12.51 at IndigoIndigo
FACE MASKSpa days are a luxury few can afford time or money-wise, so help exhausted parents bring a little R&R to their lives with face masks. It's like going to the spa, without trying to find a babysitter, a free afternoon, the extra money, the courage to let a stranger see you naked…
$8 at SephoraSephora
SHEETS AND TOWELSAn extra set of sheets and towels means one less load of laundry when accidents happen, company arrives unexpectedly, or sleep sounds like a much better way to spend an afternoon than standing next to a washing machine.
$40 at The BayThe Bay
FAMILY CALENDARMany of us rely on our smartphones to remind us of important dates and appointments, but having a large calendar with room for stickers and notes is a great way for kids (and exhausted parents) to get an overview of the day's events. Just make sure you schedule time for a nap.
$18.99 at IndigoIndigo
CLOTHES STEAMERIroning is time consuming and dry cleaning can be expensive and time consuming. Help your parent friends look a little less exhausted with wrinkle-free clothes thanks to this handheld steamer.
$149.99 at Canadian TireCanadian Tire
BACKPACK PURSEA high end backpack that looks as good as a purse means busy parents can go from looking like grown ups at work to having extra snacks and wipes on hand when it's time for after school pick-ups.
$150 at IndigoMatt and Nat
VINYASA SCARFThe Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf is comfortable and warm, but it's also so much more. With buttons along the side, transform your scarf into a vest, sweater, shawl, wrap, skirt, top, or use as a blanket when you need to pass out immediately.
$48 from LululemonLululemon
CRAVETV MEMBERSHIPIf your friends manage to get the kids to bed at a decent time, having HBO and Showtime series, movies, hilarious sitcoms and more at the touch of a button is the best reward after a hard day's work.
$7.99/month at Crave TVCraveTV
MEAL DELIVERYGrocery shopping with kids can be a level of hell many didn't believe existed pre-parenthood. Gift your favourite parent with a meal delivery subscription that will take the shopping and guesswork out of dinner.
$175 at Jolly TableJolly Table
CLEANING SERVICEWhether it's a one-time gift or monthly service for the year, any parent would love to take 'house cleaning' off their already long list of chores.
Prices vary, Premiere Canada MaidPremiere Canada Maid