Buying presents for people can be so stressful, especially if you don’t know what to get someone and the don’t give you any hints! I thought I’d put together a list of 10 things that I’ve found either really useful, or that have been lovely to have during my pregnancy, so that if you’re looking for the perfect gift for a mama to be this Christmas – you have some ideas!
With a lot of businesses taking a huge hit this year due to the pandemic, it’s more important than ever for us to support small and local businesses where possible this Christmas, so most of the below are small businesses I’ve ordered from in the past. I love the meme that says ‘when you buy from a small business, someone does a happy dance.’ How lovely is that, and so true. So let’s all get small business owners happy dancing!
- Body bottle – ok this one isn’t a small business as it’s available from Argos or Amazon, BUT it’s been the thing I’ve probably used the most during my pregnancy. this is basically just a long hot water bottle, but what is so great about it is that you can tie it around your middle and walk around with it on! I’ve used mine sat on my birthing ball and laid out next to me in bed to help with lower back pain and it gives instant relief. These are available in a few different designs as well, so you can choose the one you think the person you’re buying for will love.
- Hot tea mama tea bags and mug – this brand offers a great concept of different tea bags to suit each stage of pregnancy, from helping to combat sickness in the first trimester to boosting milk supply after baby is here. You could get a selection of teas for your mama to be, or choose the tea that will be most suited to them for Christmas time. Hot Tea Mama also do a super cute mug that says ‘Mothers are magic’. You could add these teas and mug into a hamper with some chocolate and other bits.
- Hey mama gift box – I absolutely love this idea. Hey Mama Gifts put together gift boxes with some luxury items in so pregnant mamas can spend some much deserved time on self care. The boxes include pregnancy safe bath salts, a beautiful candle and some other treats. These launch on December 1st so be quick!
- Jean Alice pyjamas – I ordered some of these beautiful silky pjs as soon as I found out I was pregnant, and I chose for them to say ‘Mama’ on the front pocket and across the back. A friend of mine also got me a white pair that say ‘Baby Mama’ which are gorgeous. This is such a thoughtful present as there are so many colours of material and personalisation to choose from, you can really make them personal. Your mama to be can also wear these even after baby is here. Tip: size up depending on how far along your giftee is, I got the biggest size!
- A nice hospital bag – this is a good gift idea if you’re looking for something a little bit more special, and want to spend a bit more on someone. A hospital bag is a really special gift that will not only be used on the big day, but can also be used after baby is here. I got this stunning hold-all from Mummy and Little Me by a brand called Katie Loxton, but there are so many other brands out there that do beautiful bags that are perfect for taking to hospital. Mummy & Little Me currently have 15% off, which adds up on a big purchase.
- Aska maternity movement bracelet – I am obsessed with my Aska maternity bracelet. I wear it all day every day and use it constantly to monitor baby’s movements. Not only does it look beautiful but it also is extremely important and useful for mamas from their second trimester. This comes beautifully packaged and therefore makes a stunning Christmas gift, it’s also available in a few different colours, so you can pick a colour based on the baby’s gender if it’s known, or choose the white one like I’ve got. These bracelets can be worn after pregnancy to keep track of how many times the baby has fed, or can just be worn as a decorative piece of jewellery as they’re so pretty!
- Candles and essential oils/diffuser – I don’t care what anyone says, you can never have too many candles or essential oils, especially when pregnant! Plug in diffusers and scented candles are ideal for practising hypnobirthing at home, and to help relieve pregnancy symptoms at any stage depending on what oils you buy. There’s so many stylish candles and diffusers out there, you’ll be spoilt for choice (just check the oils you buy are pregnancy safe). They make a stylish addition to any home so is a great gift that can be used even after pregnancy. Tip: I’d recommend lavender, rose, peppermint or camomile essential oils if you don’t have any in mind, as these are all safe for use in pregnancy and help with relaxation.
- The Positive Birth Book and The Positive Breastfeeding Book. I cannot recommend these enough for any mama to be, and the Positive Birth Book really changed my outlook on labour. They’re easy to read and inexpensive, but so valuable and can be passed on to other mums-to-be once finished.
- Chocolates, sweets, anything edible. Pregnant women love food, after the first trimester is over usually anyway! So you can’t go wrong here. It’s the only time in our lives when we don’t have to worry about calorie counting and gaining weight, so it’s the perfect opportunity to eat all the things we love! You could put a hamper together of all your mama-to-be’s favourite snacks (unfortunately the gin and prosecco will have to wait – but see below!).
- Non alcoholic drinks. Alcohol is a popular gift for Christmas time, but even when you’re pregnant you can feel like you’re having a Christmas tipple with the huge range of non alcoholic beverages out there. There’s non alcoholic wines that taste great, even mulled wine, ‘no-secco’, non alcoholic beers and ciders, plus non alcoholic gin. You could even make a little non-alcoholic hamper and add in some prosecco shimmer, pop-a-balls, boujee plastic ice cubes and some fruit puree for making bellini’s – or… MUM-osa’s!
Hopefully that’s been a help to you if you’re looking for some Christmas gift inspo for a special mum to be. I’d love to hear your other ideas, please comment below…
Love Mrs E