busy parent gifts
There are parent-friendly gifts for every budget!

Kids are a lot of work. Especially around the holiday season— there are presents to buy, visits with Santa, trips to see relatives— it’s no wonder most parents are exhausted by the time Christmas Day finally comes around. So, this holiday season, give that friend or family member with children a useful (and stylish!) gift they’ll love.

From retro coffee pots to Mid Mod picture books, here are 7 of our favorite gifts for busy parents. Check them out below!

Atomic Ranch curates the best of Mid Century Modern Design to share with our readers. Some of the products you’ll see featured in this story are affiliate links, which means that if you click through and make a purchase, AR will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Gifts Under $50

swedish dischcloths busy parent gifts
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Fact: kids are messy. But cleaning up their messes doesn’t need to be a chore. In fact, these retro-inpsired Swedish dishcloths *might* even make an overwhelmed parent look forward to getting them out!

Trendy Tripper Swedish Dishcloths, $17.77

kids book busy parent gifts guide
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This Mid Mod alphabet book is sure to be a hit for the for the parent who is tired of reading the same picture book over and over and over again. We love the beautiful illustrations!

Alphabetics – An Aesthetically Awesome Alliterated Alphabet Anthology, $20 

 

busy parent gifts retro plastic plates
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These fun plates are made of melamine, so they won’t break when they come into contact with clumsy, sticky hands. They’re not just for kids either—the colors are subtle enough that they still feel grown-up. Perfect for birthday parties of all ages.

One Hundred 80 Degrees Atomic Diner Boomerang Melamine Plates, $22

retro calendar busy parent gifts
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This beautiful desk calendar is perfect for the parent who wants to keep track of everything, but doesn’t want to give up aesthetics to do so. Featuring famous Mid Mod builds by Frank Lloyd Wright and Neutra, grab one of these before they’re gone.

2020 Midcentury Modern Architecture Desk Calendar, $23 

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A googie diaper bag that’s not even $50? Sign us up! This practical but stylish bag is the gift you’ve been looking for for the friend or family member who just had a baby, Also, it has eleven pockets. Get this.

Mid Century Modern Diaper Bag Backpack, $33.99

Gifts Over $50

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Most parents need coffee like fish need water. But it might be time to give their coffee an upgrade— and this retro coffee maker is the perfect thing. It brews up to 12 cups at a time and can be set on a timer, so you can wake up to fresh coffee no matter the hour.

Nostalgia Retro 12-Cup Coffee Maker, $50.99

durham hotel busy parent gifts
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If you feel like going the extra mile for your busy parent, buy them a night at your local Mid Mod hotel. The Durham Hotel in Durham, NC (pictured here) is a wonderful spot to getaway from it all (kids included) in style! We also love the hotel 11 Howard in NYC.

Check out some of the best Mid Mod hotels here.

Have a very merry Mod-Mas! If you’re looking for other gift guides, check out these Mid Mod plant lover giftsAnd of course, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest for more Mid Century Modern inspiration!