8 Mother's Day Gift Ideas For The Badass (Yet Sometimes Bored) Stay-At-Home Mom

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We all love our kids, and we love watching them grow up. But as they grow and learn, they tend to repeat the same games, watch the same movies, read the same books, and so on — routines that can get a little bit boring for their parents after some time.

That sort of boredom can become a primary source of stress for moms and dads, especially stay-at-home moms. Anything they can do to sneak a little entertainment into their everyday lives, then, is not just good for them, but by extension, great for their kids as well.

Every spare moment in a mom's life shouldn't have to be dedicated to cleaning or other "productive" activities. They're on for 16 hours a day, and sometimes at night, too — they deserve to treat themselves every once in a while! Take a look at these 8 Mother's Day gift ideas that can help stay-at-home moms have a little more fun while they do the most important job in the world.

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Streaming Service Gift Card

I know a lot of moms don't want to have the TV on all the time while they're with their kid, and that's great. But sometimes, you gotta get a little "House Hunters" for yourself. Streaming services are great for stay-at-home moms because they can watch exactly what they want to watch, instantly, without the expense of fancy cable TV. They can also turn it on real quick, including on the computer and tablet, while the kids are napping.

Find Netflix gift cards here.

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Pocket Puzzle

These little guys can sometimes fit right into your pocket, or definitely into your purse. You can also just leave them around the house. So, while a mom's kid is eating or sleeping or playing without them for a second, she can sharpen her mind by working on a brain teaser!

That is, if she's not too completely sleep deprived.

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Adult Coloring Book

Kids like to color. A lot. And they like for adults do it with them. We're certain the stay-at-home mom in your life is tired of scribbling on those irritatingly happy cartoon characters. Get her her own coloring book, and perhaps something she'll enjoy coloring with, too, like fancy colored pencils.

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Aromatherapy Necklace

These necklaces can be fitted with sustained release balls to gradually release pleasant scents that waft up to your nose all day long. They can be calming, and sometimes it's just nice to close your eyes and smell something good.

And sometimes that's all the enjoyment a new mom has energy for.

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Handheld Gaming Device

Being on your phone as your only entertainment can get old. There's only so much Facebook moms can handle; it can get a little depressing after a while. Give the stay-at-home mom in your life a dose of daily entertainment with the gift of video games.

I recommend a Nintendo 3DS with Animal Crossing, personally. It's weirdly fun, it's nice and relaxing, and you can pick it up any time and do little things in the short periods you have for yourself. It's also kid friendly!

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Audiobooks

I understand that it's difficult to find time to read as a mom. And that your eyes get a little strained after no sleep. So, if you're going to buy a mom a book, make it an audiobook she can listen to while doing mom stuff. It can even be a better option than having the TV on while parenting, as long as it's not a steamy romance novel.

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Spinner Ring

Sometimes it's great just to be able to sit, space out, and get out some of that nervous energy from drinking all that coffee by fidgeting with something. Spinner rings make it so fidgeting is never out of reach. This one has cat faces on it because aww kitties.

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App Store Gift Cards

Apps can be a godsend for mothers, including for entertainment. For example, there are a number of apps that gamify your steps, and as we all know, moms are on their feet all day running after kids. Fun little distracting games can also be great for breaks, and these gift cards are typically less expensive than an entire handheld gaming system.

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LINDSEY WEEDSTON

Lindsey Weedston is NOT a social justice warrior. Clearly, her class is bard, with extra points in stealth and a little taken out of charisma. She's also a HUGE nerd, and can often be found gushing about video games. She even participated in a LARPing exercise once. Not nerdy enough to know what that is? Google it. You'll see.

Lindsey is a life-long feminist and writer and likes to color in adult coloring books with gel pens. She writes on LGBT+ and mental health issues, and will ruin your favorite childhood TV show with her feminism. Nothing you love is safe. Have a nice day!

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