Holiday gift guide – The best gifts for busy parents

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Parents are usually pushed for time and behind on sleep. They need help, not more ways to waste the day. Instead of buying them a box set, have a browse through these gift ideas for busy parents.

  • How does technology help parents? Tech can help parents to check on their kids, keep them healthy, educate them in new ways, and more.
  • What gift should you get for first-time parents? Sensors and video monitors can help new parents to understand what their child needs.
  • What are the best gifts for busy parents? Take a look through this roundup for top picks!

Parenthood changes everything. Instead of thinking about yourself, the only thing on your mind is the welfare of your child. If you know some busy parents, consider helping them out with these awesome gifts.

Newton Breathable Crib Mattress

Newton Breathable Crib Mattress - Holiday gift guide - The best gifts for busy parents

Newton is the perfect crib mattress

The Newton mattress maintains the perfect temperature for sleeping babies. The breathable surface also reduces the risk of suffocation, while still being easy to clean.

Price: $299.99 USD

Cocoon Cam Baby Breathing Monitor

Cocoon Cam Baby Breathing Monitor - Holiday gift guide - The best gifts for busy parents

Monitor your baby with Cocoon Cam

Cocoon Cam really is the ultimate baby monitor. As a parent, you can watch live HD video of your sleeping child via your smartphone. In addition, this device keeps an eye on your baby’s breathing patterns.

Price: $129.99 USD

Littleone Smart Baby Bottle and Diaper Sensor

Littleone Smart Baby Bottle and Diaper Sensor - Holiday gift guide - The best gifts for busy parents

Littleone provides useful reminders

This 2-in-1 kit is a great gift for first-time parents. The Baby Bottle tracks the feeding patterns of your baby, while the diaper sensor tells you when a change is needed.

Price: $21 USD, pre-order

Blooming Bath Lotus Baby Bath Cushion

Blooming Bath Lotus Baby Bath Cushion - Holiday gift guide - The best gifts for busy parents

The Lotus cushion makes bathtime easier

Bath time isn’t always easy when you need to hold a wriggly little sprog. The Blooming Bath Lotus cushion offers much-needed support, with soft “leaves” that keep your baby upright.

Price: $39.99 USD

Thule Chariot Cross Multisport Stroller

Thule Chariot Cross Multisport Stroller - Holiday gift guide - The best gifts for busy parents

Parents can go cycling with the Thule Chariot

Parents who enjoy the outdoors will love the Thule Chariot. This stroller allows you to transport one or two kids while you’re walking, running, cycling, and even skiing.

Price: $575.97 USD

KidRunner High-Performance Jogging Stroller

KidRunner High-Performance Jogging Stroller - Holiday gift guide - The best gifts for busy parents

KidRunner is perfect for active parents

Sticking to your fitness regimen can be tricky when you have a young child around. But with KidRunner, your little one can come along for the ride. You simply strap the cart to your waist and start running.

Price: $795 USD

Lalabu Babywearing Dad Shirt

Lalabu Babywearing Dad Shirt - Holiday gift guide - The best gifts for busy parents

Dad’s will love Lalabu shirts

New Dads will love these special shirts from Lalabu. Inspired by kangaroos, they have a snuggly front pocket for the little one. As a result, Dad can easily carry around his baby while doing other things.

Price: $75 USD

Willow Baby Changing Bag

Willow Baby Changing Bag - Holiday gift guide - The best gifts for busy parents

Willow is a stylish portable changing station

No-one would ever think this stylish bag was made for changing diapers. But when the time comes, Willow rolls out flat to provide an anti-microbial and liquid-repellent mat wherever you need it.

Price: $199 USD

Saddlebaby Baby Shoulder Carrier

Saddlebaby Baby Shoulder Carrier - Holiday gift guide - The best gifts for busy parents

Saddlebaby makes it easier to carry kids

Small legs get tired quickly, but carrying a child isn’t always easy. Saddlebaby provides a secure seat on your shoulders, with an ergonomic chest strap to prevent aches and pains.

Price: $95 USD

Willa Walker Toddlers Learning Tool

Willa Walker Toddlers Learning Tool - Holiday gift guide - The best gifts for busy parents

Willa Walker is the ultimate toddler trainer

For kids who are still learning how to walk, the Willa Walker provides a little helping hand. While a parent holds the main crossbar, the little one can keep their balance by holding on to the two rings.

Price: $35 USD

Kick Mats by Brica

Kick Mats by Brica - Holiday gift guide - The best gifts for busy parents

Save your upholstry with these kick mats

Thanks to the raised nature of car seats, kids often put their feet on the back of the front seats. These kick mats will protect the upholstery of your car from dirty feet and even sticky hands.

Price: $15.70 USD

MFP 5.0 Multipurpose Family Backpack

MFP 5.0 Multipurpose Family Backpack - Holiday gift guide - The best gifts for busy parents

MFP 5.0 is a backpack for the whole family

When your family is enjoying a day out, the MFP 5.0 will ensure everyone has what they need. This expandable backpack transforms into three separate bags — one for each parent, and a dinosaur-themed backpack for your child.

Price: $99 USD

D-Link Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera 2-Pack

D-Link Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera 2-Pack - Holiday gift guide - The best gifts for busy parents

Keep an eye on your kids with the D-Link Mini cameras

If your kids are on their feet and wandering about, it might be worth investing in these cameras from D-Link. You can watch the HD livestreams on your phone, and this two-pack gives you total coverage around your home.

Price: $88.99 USD

Lay-n-Go Activity Mat Organizer

Lay-n-Go Activity Mat Organizer - Holiday gift guide - The best gifts for busy parents

Tidy up in seconds with Lay-n-Go

Putting away a thousand building blocks is no-one’s idea of fun. But with the Lay-n-Go mat, parents can easily pick up all the abandoned toys in one scoop.

Price: $59.10 USD

Jiobit Kids GPS Tracker

Jiobit Kids GPS Tracker - Holiday gift guide - The best gifts for busy parents

Jiobit helps parents track their kids

This tiny tracker offers a little peace of mind for busy parents. Through the Jiobit app, you can see the live location of your kids on a map. The app can also send an alert if your child goes wandering.

Price: $99.99 USD

Thermo One Touch Wi-Fi Thermometer

Thermo One Touch Wi-Fi Thermometer - Holiday gift guide - The best gifts for busy parents

Thermo One takes temperatures with one touch

When kids get sick, it’s important to keep an eye on their temperature. Thermo One is a smart thermometer that provides an accurate reading with one touch.

Price: $99.99 USD

Nectar Gel Memory Foam Mattress

Nectar Gel Memory Foam Mattress - Holiday gift guide - The best gifts for busy parents

Busy parents get a better sleep with Nectar

Most new parents are pretty sleep deprived. But at least with a Nectar mattress, every hour in bed will be pure relaxation. Made from memory foam, this mattress offers the perfect combination of support and softness.

Price: $399 USD

ryfi Wi-Fi Pause Button

ryfi Wi-Fi Pause Button - Holiday gift guide - The best gifts for busy parents

ryfi lets you shut down Wi-Fi

Once kids reach a certain age, busy parents often struggle to control screen time. The ryfi pause button offers a simple solution — this device lets you shut down Wi-Fi with a tap.

Price: $99 USD

TechDen Screen Time Managing Device

TechDen Screen Time Managing Device - Holiday gift guide - The best gifts for busy parents

Keep your kids offline with TechDen

Sometimes, even switching Wi-Fi off isn’t enough. With TechDen, you can train your kids to put their devices away at mealtimes. Once inside the box, the devices can’t connect.

Price: $199 USD

Vimana Smart Parenting Device

Vimana Smart Parenting Device - Holiday gift guide - The best gifts for busy parents

Vimana offers great parental controls

When the kids are online, Vimana can help parents to manage screen time. This smart device blocks the unpleasant side of the web, and allows parents to monitor online behavior.

Price: $59 USD

Micro Lazy Luggage Smart Travel Companion

Micro Lazy Luggage Smart Travel Companion - Holiday gift guide - The best gifts for busy parents

Micro Lazy is perfect for tired little travelers

This fun suitcase makes it easy for parents to travel with their kids. When the little one gets tired, they simply hop on board for a free ride. With an 18-liter capacity, it also provides plenty of room for clothes.

Price: $179.99 USD

Facebook Portal Video Calling Device

Facebook Portal Video Calling Device - Holiday gift guide - The best gifts for busy parents

Stay connected with Facebook Portal

Parents of grown-up kids are still parents. Facebook Portal allows them to keep in touch, no matter how far their kids have flown from the nest. Being easy to use, Portal also makes a great gift for grandparents.

Price: $149 USD

The best gifts for busy parents

Whether you’re looking after a needy newborn or a moody teenager, parenting is hard. The least we can do as friends and family is to deliver some thoughtful gifts.

Are you a parent? What would make life easier for you? Share your gift ideas in the comments!

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Meet Mark Myerson

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.

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