With the holidays just around the corner, I know there must be some of you (myself included) who haven’t completed your gift shopping (that’s why they invented Amazon 2-day delivery!) Being a new (first time) mom, I thought I would round up a gift giving guide of things for a new mom, first time mom, or soon to be mom that are fun but still functional and things that I’ve found myself either loving, or putting on my own Christmas list.
Prior to having a baby I really wasn’t much into baths. I pretty much would get too stir crazy thinking about all the other things I could be doing. Now, baths are glorious and a great way to have alone ‘mom’ time (and in our case, evenings for giving Vera & Matt alone DAD time). I admit I need one of these, I may or may not be using Vera’s BloomingBath as my pillow 🙂
Bath Pillow – $19.95
Coffee Shop Gift Card
For the coffee-loving mama (me me me!), coffee shop gift cards are truly the gift that keeps on giving. Nothing energizes me more than my favorite delicious crafted coffee house beverage. I could say my coffee orders in my sleep (“Venti white mocha”…”Large Mint Condition with white chocolate, skim milk and nonfat whip”) Getting a coffee shop drink is totally a TREAT for me, and gift cards make that treat 100% guilt free. (Tip: Find out what the closest drive through coffee shop is for the mom and buy a gift card from there! Drive throughs are a god-send to new moms who don’t want to get baby out of the car!)
$25 Starbucks Gift Card
Clothes are hard. The new mom just went through the dreaded maternity clothes feeling super whale-like, and now sort-of has her body back (SORT OF). If she’s nursing, however, her boobs are still probably huge and finding cute tops that are conducive to nursing is an uphill battle (because the last thing you want to do after having a baby is CONTINUE to shop maternity clothes. Blah!) I like this Old Navy top because it looks like something I’d wear even if I weren’t breastfeeding a baby, but also offers a great option for nursing in public. Win!
Old Navy Nursing Shirt – $26.94
Maybe this one is more of a ‘stay at home mom’ gift, but Vera and I often hang out (and I work) in bed all day. Somedays I have my coffee and lunch in bed, and I’m always on my computer, this handy little tray would make for less spills and more ample room! I also admit that often on weekends, Matt brings me breakfast in bed since I’m usually either feeding Vera or working, so this would be great for that too!
Bed Tray – $24.99
As a new mom, I’m still working on the mastering the process of meal planning, grocery shopping, and successfully cooking dinner on a consistent basis (oh, and having food in the house for me during the day, although I hold true that wheat thins and a cheese stick IS considered lunch). My sister is a great cook and I asked her for a recommendation for a cookbook for a new mom for quick and easy dinner recipes.
Everyday Food: Great Food Fast – $14.63
New moms can vouch that often, showering doesn’t happen (heck, even when I take a bath sometimes there really isn’t hair or face washing going on, it’s literally just soaking and relaxing). As a new mom, I’ve found that something as simple as a really clean feeling face can feel super rejuvenating. I’ve had my Clarisonic Mia for a few years now and love it. It just provides a really deep clean feeling and you feel like you really do get all the makeup, dirt, and oil off your face. (Tip: Don’t worry about buying their face wash, you can really use any face wash with it! My current favorite is the Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Ageless Resurfacing Scrub).
Clarisonic Mia – $150
Sexy Hair Dry Shampoo
Having previously worked in the beauty industry, I can say that this product comes highly recommended (especially for people who have fine hair like me!) Back to the theme of not always showering (so glamorous I know), I love this dry shampoo for pulling together quick hairstyles and taking that greasy look out of your hair.
Sexy Hair Dry Shampoo – $11.08
While strollers can seem like more work and a pain to haul/push around, lets look at the positive of them, they hold all our crap! They have a pouch for our phones and even cupholders for our (much needed) coffee. When you are out and about, this Mommy Hook is essentially a huge carabiner that can clip things like shopping bags or purses so you can stroll hands free and sip that delicious coffee.
Mommy Hook Stroller Accessory – $6.99
Magazine subscriptions are seriously so underrated and so often overlooked as a possible gift. Some may say that they are even outdated (which truth-be-told has made magazine subscriptions CRAZY affordable). Well, I say “pshhhhh” to that nonsense. New moms are often confined/stuck in one place for 30(ish) minute increments nursing or pumping, and while Pinterest and Netflix can provide some entertainment, magazines are a great piece to add into the rotation. PLUS, who doesn’t like getting fun mail amongst a bunch of bills and spam?! (For the last few years I have been gifted the HGTV magazine and I totally love it!)
Enjoy & Happy Gift Giving!