Time Saving Gifts For Busy People

gifts for busy people
If only Santa could bring more time


What I would really like for Christmas this year is more time. I thought working part time would cure me of feeling rushed. I do get to do more of what I want, but I still feel like I can never get everything done. Since we all only have a finite amount of time, the best thing to do is make the most of what you have. While I’m not a fan of gifts for the most part, anything that saves time without costing an arm and leg is welcome in my house. Here are some time saving gifts for busy people.

Slow Cookers

I think we got a crock pot as a wedding gift years ago and it made me feel really old. Aren’t those supposed to be for Grannies? What I’ve learned over the years is that slow cookers are like the working Mom’s Cliff’s Notes.

You can throw almost any vegetable, meat, bean, or noodle in the crock pot and come home hours later to the smell of a nutritious home cooked meal without really having to cook. It’s hard to go wrong, but for reference just do a search for easy slow cooker recipes with(insert ingredient of choice.) An even more lazy time saving step is to use slow cooker liners. That way clean up takes about 30 seconds.

If you’ve never tried crock pot meals, do it and come back and thank me later. Don’t forget to freeze the leftovers for a second delicious meal on another night.

Electric Toothbrush

I know. You’re thinking that no one is too busy to brush their teeth, and I hope that’s true, but I’ve found that since using a Sonicare, my dental visits take much less time. There just isn’t as much tartar that builds up and I haven’t had a cavity in years.

I also like that the brushing mechanism goes for two minutes. I can multitask quite a bit in that amount of time. I’ve been known to empty trash cans, put away folded clothes, and even feed the dog while brushing my teeth. Yes, you could do all this with a manual toothbrush, but I bet your teeth are not as clean when two minutes are up!


I’ve never had a Roomba, but now that our neurotic Jack Russell terrier is barking at St. Peter’s heels, one of these would work nicely at our house. I love the idea of turning on a vacuum and coming home to nice clean floors,e specially since the technology for removing pet hair has gotten better over the years.

Our current vacuum is probably on it’s last legs, and I am seriously considering a Roomba when it dies. Of course if someone gave me one as a gift right now, I would have no problem testing it out.

Remote Car Starter

Remote car starters are not just for mafia dons anymore. Don’t you hate having to go out in the cold 10 minutes before leaving in the morning to start the car? Woe is the day you forget and have to put put down the driveway while listening to your kid’s teeth chatter from the back seat.

If you live in Phoenix this might not be a time saver, but for cold climates, a remote starter saves a step in the morning routine.

A Weekend Getaway

Everyone needs downtime, especially busy people. A weekend getaway can be just the ticket to keeping recharged and motivated. It doesn’t even have to be expensive. Sometimes a cabin in the woods is as nice as a five star hotel.

Practical Gifts

Usually busy people like practical gifts to make their life easier.  As Seen on TV gifts are a perfect, yet fun solution for this.  You can find everything from making cooking easier to easy solutions for your pets.  These kinds of time saving gifts are definitely things that should be considered.

The Real Best Gifts

Of course, the best gift you can give a busy person is putting forth effort to make their life easier. That might be in the form of an actual gift or it could be as simple as taking over house cleaning or child care duties for the week. In my opinion, showing that person you are really thinking about their needs is much better than any sweater or handbag.

What gift would save time in your life? Do Roombas really work?


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Written By
Sydney White is a Texas-born stay at home mom who enjoys spending time with her family, bargain hunting and, of course, writing. She is currently the editor-in-chief of Snipon.com.


  1. Hi there all!

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  2. I’d love a Roomba! That would totally save me some time! I don’t make any big messes on my carpets, but I think it would be great for my busy schedule!

    However, I think a gift card for laundry services or overall home cleaning services would be the best gift! When I get swamped with work, chores are the first thing to go out the window!

  3. I agree that crock pot liners are wonderful! I never use the crock pot without one. One of my best friends just got a Roomba. It’s great, but not too good with pet hair, from what I’ve seen.

  4. So many great gifts on this list!

    I have an electric toothbrush on my wish list this year. I use our slow cooker at least once per week and it seriously revolutionized how I cook (very time-saving).

    One year, I got my mom a Roomba for Christmas. She was insulted and said “Am I just a housekeeper to you?” She couldn’t see it as a device to enable her to spend less time on cleaning and more time on whatever else (which I firmly believe it does).

  5. I had forgotten about Roombas! I used to think they were silly. Now I think it would be wonderful! Maybe once our current vacuum finally bites the dust (I really didn’t mean to do that). Until then I’ll let my money keep working hard for me in the investments!

  6. I’m with you on these! I’ve always been curious about the Roomba too… though I think poor Frugal Hound would be absolutely terrified. She skitters around when she thinks something is “chasing” her, like the vacuum cleaner, so I can’t imagine how she’d do with a self-directed Roomba :). I love my Sonicare toothbrush too!

  7. Yay for helpful gadgets! We have three of the above tools (slow cooker, toothbrush, and auto start). The auto start is extremely helpful (we live where -30 degrees is not uncommon in the winter), and the slow cooker produces great food from even cheap cuts of meat, but I’d have to give my personal blue ribbon to the electric toothbrush. I really think they ought to be covered by insurance, they do an amazing job at keeping away plaque and tartar. I kind of feel like every time I brush I’m getting a wee little massage for my teeth.

  8. I love slow cookers but like you, I thought they were pretty old-fashioned too. Boy was I wrong. They are a Mom’s best friend when it comes to making dinner. I never had a roomba. I think it would terrify our cat, Prince. I’d definitely take a weekend getaway. Sometimes it can be heard to unwind at home but something about going someplace else makes it easier to go offline.

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