Less than a month til Christmas day… Not sure about you but our list of to-buy Christmas gifts seems to grow every year. It’s always difficult to come up with something fun and original for everyone on the list, and if your friend / partner / family member is pregnant it could be even harder to buy for them. It might be that you usually buy booze, or treat them to an activity which all now seem a bit adventurous, or could just be that you’re not really sure what they’d like at this stage (the episode of Friends with Phoebe’s babyshower springs to mind).
There’s a few simple things to consider when buying for a mum-to-be this Christmas:
- Buy something that’s for her!!! Sure it can be pregnancy related, but should definitely not be for the baby. It can be a time when a woman is struggling with her identity having given over so much of her body / life to growing a human, so having something which is really personal / just for her is so lovely.
- Think of something which she can use imminently – no point getting those leather trousers she’s always wanted and won’t be able to fit in to for months (again borrowing from Friends just a little there).
- If she’s at the very end of pregnancy then try not to get something which will involve a lot of time / effort. If you’re struggling to tie up work loose ends/ nest / spend time with partner or other kids etc etc it can add pressure if you also need to take a whole day out for a spa day (that’s not to say she won’t appreciate it in the long run though).
- Be thoughtful – remember just because she’s a mum-to-be, doesn’t mean she’s a completely different person. Sure her wardrobe may have adapted a bit, and her focus too, but she’ll still love the things she did before, it’s just a shame if one of those things is gin ;0) . If it comes from the heart it’ll go a long way.
Here’s some great ideas for mum to be gifts:
An eye mask – Chances are during pregnancy women will experience at least some insomnia. Whether it’s raging hormones, a squashed bladder or just your mind going a million miles a minute thinking about all the changes a new baby will bring, it’s more than likely that they’ll be a fair few hours spent awake in the middle of the night. Anything which can help you get more sleep, or catch up with day time naps is well worth the investment!
This is my absolute favourite eye mask, I’ve been using them for years. They’re on the expensive side, but the quality is amazing, and they last and last so price per wear goes right down!
Self-heating cotton eyemasks getting rave reviews from all over the media, they’re a great cheap stocking filler idea!!
Spa Treatments – ok this might sound contradictory to what I’ve already said, but a spa treatment is a great Christmas gift for mum-to-be. A full on spa day which requires quite a lot of time can be a bit much, but doing a little pamper session in the midst of all the craziness of waiting for baby to arrive could be just what a pregnant lady needs! If you can’t get to any of these recommended ones, a gift voucher for her go-to nail salon or local beauty spa would also be perfect.
Udderly Gorgeous Maternity Treatments – Cowshed – from £40.00
Cowshed offer a number of body or grooming treatments for mum-to-be which range in price and timing. If you’re in London they’re definitely worth a look.
Baby on Board Treatments – Champneys – from £27.00
Champneys have a range of treatments at their day spas (of which there are 6 across the country) which are tailor made for mum-to-be.
Mani Pedi – Nails Inc – from £25.00
Nails Inc have nail bars all over the country in various stores, offering a range of manicure and pedicure options. There’s few things better than having fabulous nails to make you feel amazing!
Clothes might be a tricky purchase for a mum-to-be, as maternity wear can be a little frumpy, and getting non-maternity right for a bump can also be tricky. Accessories however are still the perfect gift. No woman would be unhappy with some great statement jewellery or a fabulous bag (try and tailor this to how she’s feeling as if she’s not going out much she might not appreciate the clutch bag she would have dreamed of in her clubbing days), and it’s these sorts of add ons which can really make a difference to a maternity wardrobe, so are a great gift.
Make up is another great option for a mum-to-be gift because it again gives women a chance to focus on themselves. She’s probably not been thinking about herself a great deal, so something to make her feel a bit special/ a bit more glamorous might be just what she’s looking for. Plus a bright lip disguises a tired eye so pregnancy is a great time to experiment a bit more with make up.
Finally a gift box is a great present at any time, but one tailor made for pregnancy / mum-to-be is even better. It’s a fantastic thoughtful gift, but at the end of the day someone else has done a lot of the thinking for you in terms of how to put it together. There are lots of options out there, but here are my personal favourites.