I love giving gifts and although the holidays are the most common time to do so, I kinda dread this season! It can be so stressful coming up with the PERFECT presents for your loved ones, and if you’re anything like me, you probably put a lot of pressure on yourself to get it right. This year I’d love to help make your gift giving a little easier.
As you may have gathered, I’m a relatively new mama, and I love to work with women through the motherhood transition. Since this is my area of interest I wanted to share some of the products that I’ve come to love, and often recommend to other moms. I’ve even compiled a list of some easy gift ideas for the mom-to-be or new mom in your life. These are things she might not necessarily receive at a baby shower (since those gifts tend to be focused on baby), but that are both practical and a little indulgent. And if you yourself are a new mama (or mama-to-be), hopefully this will provide you with a little inspiration for your wish list.
- Dwell & Slumber gown. I’d been stalking their Instagram account for months before I actually purchased a gown of my own, and I must say, I wish I’d discovered them sooner! Not only are these gowns incredibly comfortable, they are super practical particularly if you’re nursing. They have either a zipper or button closure at the top, which make it easy to nurse, and they have side pockets that are roomy enough to fit my iPhone 7+. The materials are gorgeous and they do limited runs of certain prints and fabrics, so when you see one you like, you have to nab it. I honestly wear one of my gowns several times per week and they are comfy enough to lounge around the house in, while being stylish enough to wear out and about! The gowns are priced at $62 plus shipping and are worth every penny!
- Teamotions Tea gift box: There’s just nothing more soothing than a cup of tea, especially as the weather turns cold, and these award-winning teas are perfect for warming both body and soul. Crafted with herbal adaptogens they support physical and emotional well-being, making them ideal for new moms. Gift boxes include a tin loose leaf tea, ceramic mug with lid and stainless steel infuser, and a Perfect Tea Scoop for $49.99 plus shipping.
- Meal Delivery: The first two weeks after having a baby are an absolute whirlwind, whether it’s your first or your third, and sometimes simply feeding yourself (and your family) can pose a real challenge. Giving the gift of a good meal is such a blessing for families, and there are some great ways to do it. I always love supporting local business, so here in Nashville we have a company called Paleo Works that prepares delicious food. Paleo meals are ideal for breastfeeding mamas who may be avoiding foods containing wheat, soy, and dairy, and each Paleo Works meal is under $10. If you aren’t in Nashville, try finding a comparable offering in your area. Another great option is to send mama a snack box filled with nutritious goodies from Thrive Market. Any order of $50 or more gets free shipping! Here are some of my favorite items:
- Kettle Fire Bone broth
- Thrive Market Almond Butter
- Thrive Market Raw Cashes
- Epic Salmon Smoked Maple Jerky
- Purely Elizabeth granola
- Vigilant Eats Superfood Cereal
- Hu chocolate bars
- Mavuno Organic dried mango
- Made in Nature Organic Figgy Pops
- Mission Meats Snack Sticks
- doTERRA Touch Kit: Some of the most helpful tools in my wellness arsenal are my essential oils and I so appreciate this kit because it’s perfect for those with sensitive skin, pregnant women, and even kiddos. The Touch Kit includes 9 of doTERRA’s most popular oils in pre-diluted roller bottles, so they are easy to use and transport. I keep several rollers in my diaper bag and purse to use with my boys. Would you like help customizing an essential oil kit? Click here.
- Clean beauty: One of things I really love to do when working with women is help them eliminate toxins from their personal care routine. Research tells us that on average women are exposed to more than 100 different chemicals from their personal care products each day, many of which are known endocrine disruptors and carcinogens. This is why cleaning up our routine is an important step not only for our health, but for that of our babies. Women can become really attached to their favorite brands and there is a misconception that “green beauty” products don’t perform as well as their conventional counterparts. I have to say that I’ve been thoroughly impressed with 100% Pure and their entire line of makeup and skincare. My absolute favorite product is their fruit pigmented lipstick because it comes in gorgeous colors and really lasts! The company always has great holiday specials too, so it’s the perfect opportunity to purchase these wonderful products.
- Services: One of the BEST gifts I ever received was house cleaning services. We have a girl who cleans our home every other week, and we were gifted an additional service after my second son was born. Talk about a blessing! I believe many of us don’t even think of this as an option, but it’s such an amazing gift for a mama. Another fantastic service to consider gifting (or asking for) is that of a postpartum doula. These are professionals who are trained in newborn care and usually breastfeeding, and they help families adjust to life with a new baby. Whether it’s caring for baby so mama can sleep, or running errands, postpartum doulas can be a Godsend in those early days and weeks. Costs vary depending on the doula and her level of experience.
- The Dairy Fairy Nursing/Pumping Bra: With all the expenses of having a baby this is definitely one product I was reluctant to spend money on, which is why I think it makes a perfect gift! These highly functional, yet beautiful bras are both nursing and pumping friendly, which means moms can pump hands free! Additionally while many similar bras are fairly unattractive, these are lovely, and really help mamas to feel pretty. Let me tell you, that is a huge deal when you’re newly postpartum! They run anywhere from $54-$68 (plus shipping) depending on the style you select.
- DIY spa kit: I really enjoy putting together gift baskets that are customized to the recipient, and I think spa baskets might be my favorite to give. New mamas usually need to stick around the house to stay close to baby, so why not bring the spa-like environment to her? In my baskets I love to include: epsom salt, essentials oils (I especially love doTERRA’s Balance and Serenity Blends), a mud mask, sugar scrub, body lotion, and either a comfy robe or slippers. This is an incredibly thoughtful gift that is totally easy to customize. Plus, it can fit a wide range of budgets depending on the items you include. A 6 pound bag of epsom salt with generally run you about $5, and a bottle of high quality essential oil around $25.
- Mindful mama gift bundle: Cultivating a mindfulness practice is so important for us all, but can be especially challenging for new mamas (who probably need a practice more than anyone). A mindfulness practice can help facilitate a more positive pregnancy and birth experience, and certainly comes in handy while navigating early parenthood. Here are a few tools that I recommend to help women create a practice for themselves that would be easy to gift:
- The Five Minute Journal– a journal with easy prompts to help cultivate awareness and gratitude
- A subscription to expectful-An app specifically designed for women to use during the motherhood transition
- Mala beads– these strands of beads are often used for prayer or meditation, and are often crafted with a specific intention.
- Aromatherapy-Essential oils have been used for centuries to support emotional well-being and they are a beautiful addition to a mindfulness practice. I particularly love to use Frankincense and Rose for this purpose. I generally apply to the oils over my heart or diffuse them.
- The BIRTHFIT Postpartum Series: In this 4 week, 8 class series mamas are encouraged to reconnect with their breath, build connection and community, and create a solid foundation for postpartum fitness. As the regional director for BIRTHFIT here in Nashville, I’ve had the honor of leading mamas through our postpartum series and have loved supporting their healing. I just completed the series myself and can attest to it’s efficacy. Rates differ from location to location, but generally range from $139-$169. To find a Regional Director in your area click here. If there isn’t a regional director near by, we have a fantastic online program as well.
I hope this list has been helpful and I wish you a wonderful holiday season. Happy gifting!
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