There’s no easy button for parenting. It’s a lot of work, a lot of self-sacrifice and a lot of sleepless nights. There’s a lot of joy too, don’t get us wrong! We all love our littles and we wouldn’t trade them for all the money in the world. But it ain’t easy, and no one can convince us otherwise.
Why not make things easier for the parents in your life this holiday season with gifts that’ll really make a difference in their day to day? A good sleep, a good cup of coffee and a robot mopping your floor — what more can anyone ask for?
If it takes a load off parents, in any capacity, it’s the best. gift. ever. Prepare to outshine Santa with these practical luxuries.
The best-ever gifts you can give to parents
An Instant PotSlow cookers are great and all, but the Instant Pot is a slow-cooker/pressure-cooker combo that makes pulling together quick and effortless dinners that much easier for already harried parents. The best part is that these gadgets have become so popular these days that there are loads of recipes out there to try, too.
$119.99 - $199.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond InstantPot
A mopping robotKids make messes. All kinds of messes. All the time. That’s why gifting parents a robot that not only mops but also dry sweeps is like the greatest gift ever. Enter the iRobot Braava Jet. It’s basically going to be their new best friend.
$280 at iRobotiRobot
A fancy coffee makerParents often live or die by their cups of coffee. But even though they’re apt to put a full pot on in the morning, chances are they won’t have time to actually drink it. Enter this fancy Cuisinart: it grinds, it brews, it’s programmable and it comes with a double-wall insulated thermal carafe, so your coffee is always ready when you are.
$230 at Amazon Cuisinart
A home photo printerParents taking copious pictures of their kids aren’t out of the ordinary, but parents having time to print out said pictures are certainly rare. Help make photo printing that much easier for them with the HP Sprocket Photo Printer, which prints photos directly from your smartphone or tablet in just 40 seconds.
$150 at Staples hp
An auto pot-stirrerCooking with kids can be fun, but it can also be disastrous in terms of trying to multitask. Take one more thing off your favourite parent’s plate by gifting them this cool automatic pot-stirrer. The three-prongs circulate all the way to the bottom of the pot, allowing for perfectly prepared gravies, soups and coveted sauces with minimal effort.
$30 at Lee Valley
A smart toothbrushYou know when you get so tired you almost wish someone could brush your teeth for you? The Oral-B Genius Pro 9600 doesn’t go that far, but it comes pretty close. With a pressure sensor, timer and position detector, this toothbrush takes all the exhausting thought out of brushing properly.
$223 at Amazon Oral-B
A really comfortable pillowA lot of parents probably don’t remember what a good sleep feels like, and that’s not going to change any time soon. But a comfy sleeping environment can go a long way to recapturing the golden slumbers of the before times. This adjustable charcoal memory foam pillow from from Canadian brand Endy is like a gift from the sleep gods.
$80-$95 at Endy Endy
A magic tumblerKeeping a drink hot or cold for an extended period of time is always on a busy parent’s list of needs. Whether mom needs her coffee extra hot for that long hockey practice, or dad is hoping to keep his bevvy cool on the playground, these Yeti tumblers promise to keep drinks at optimal temperature for hours and hours.
$40-45 at Lee Valley Yeti
A cool digital thermometerKids and their fevers; holding a stick thermometer under your struggling kid’s underarm is a nuisance at best. Enter the magical Braun Thermoscan, which not only reads your child’s temperature from the ear in a matter of seconds, but it allows you to plug in the kid’s age for a more customized, colour-coded report.
$75 at Amazon Braun
A Vicks humidifierThere’s nothing worse than dealing with sick, stuffed-up babes—no matter how old they are. If you think there’s not much more you can do for them than gives snuggles, set up the cool-mist humidifier and maybe rub some Vicks VapoRub on their feet. That classic Vicks scent with a cool-mist humidifier will help make the kiddies feel better again, which means you’ll feel better again. Win.
$58 at Walmart Vicks
An aroma diffuserWhether you believe in the power of essential oils or not, you have to agree that there’s a relaxing quality about a soothing, nice-smelling diffuser. We love the Ellia Enliven Dual Chamber diffuser because you can load it up with two scents at once and set it to play some relaxing music. Perfect for when the kids finally go to bed.
$150 at Canadian Tire Ellia
A smart door lockNobody likes to fumble with keys when they’ve got an armful of groceries, but when you’ve got an armful of groceries and a bunch of kids running around, the stress levels tend to ramp up. Enter this genius Nest x Yale Lock. It’s a tamper-proof and keyless deadbolt that connects to your phone’s Nest app, meaning you can lock and unlock your door from anywhere.
$360 at Nest Nest