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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we wanted to take the sweat out of finding gift ideas for first time mums. You see, babies don’t give gifts! That’s your job. But it can be daunting. This first-time mother may be your wife, partner, sister, daughter, friend or colleague. You want to get it exactly right!
Mother’s Day may not be new for you. What is new is this particular mother. She has never done this before. And the flustered new mother is too busy putting together lists of her baby’s most immediate needs and desires, to think about what she wants.
But this is a day to celebrate the mothers in our lives and all that they do for their children, their families and their communities.
We’ve taken the guesswork out of your gift research by asking five new mums, with babies ranging in age from 3 weeks to 1 year, what would make them happy this Mother’s Day.
The beautiful thing about this list is that while all of the Mums did tell us about at least one tangible gift they thought was great, many of the gifts they suggested involved gifts of time. Time, to Mums, is the most precious gift of all (next to babies of course!).
So here it is: 25 of the best Mother’s Day gift ideas for new mothers, according to new mothers.
Give the gift of time. Simply write one offer of time or even five as a list in a card. Alternatively, craft together some gift coupons using cardboard, paper and a pen. Place them all in an envelope and declare that you’ll honour them whenever the new Mum would like to claim them. Ideas include a massage, a house clean, a home-cooked meal … you get the drift.
Give Mum a voucher for a session with a portrait photographer. It could be at a specialist mother/baby photography studio or a session with a visiting photographer. If you’re handy with a camera, it could even be something you offer to do yourself. Either way, it’s about putting aside some time or money for Mum to capture some professional quality images she can cherish forever.
Once mum has done her shoot, why not turn those beautiful photos into works of art? Create a single canvas print, or a series of prints by creating a wall display using our handy template to create your wall art. These will be delivered ready to hang in the nursery or bedroom.
3. A heartwarming meal
Friends love to give this gift in the first month or so of Mum having a baby. The thing is, the baby’s not going anywhere and, after 6 months, Mum is as sleepless as ever. If she’s expressing to you her constant desire for sleep, help her out by cooking up some of her favourite foods (healthy and comforting) that she can freeze and enjoy when things get a little hectic (which is pretty much always!). Alternatively, a gift voucher to a local restaurant that does home delivery is a winner.
4. Photo Collage On Canvas
Gather together your digital photos of Mum with baby or raid Mum’s photo gallery on Facebook or Instagram to create a beautiful canvas collage print. She will simply adore the gift and treasure the thought that went into creating it. It will hang pride of place, no doubt about it.
5. Short Film
Spend the next few weeks following around the special Mum in your life as she goes about her everyday activities. Include the laughter, challenges and joys of her life as a mother – incorporating both staged and candid moments. Edit it all together to create a mini-documentary. Present it to her on Mother’s Day and conduct a special screening after lunch with all the extended family. This is one gift idea for first-time mums that will really shine a spotlight on the value of her role and make her feel special.
6. Affirmation Cards
The act of citing affirmations are often espoused as ideal for women when they are pregnant and expecting – to maintain their resilience. There is a huge benefit to mothers continuing this self-care. With phrases like ‘I trust my instincts’ and ‘I prioritise my health’, affirmation cards are a useful tool to enhance emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
If you’re looking for an affordable yet unique gift idea, this one hits the nail on the head! Simply write a large number of affirmations on different coloured notes and pop them into a large jar. It may take some time to fill up, but your first-time mum will appreciate it!
As a gift from Dad, this can be tricky during the first few months while you’re settling into a new routine. However, once the baby has become a new part of the household, it’s time to be pro-active and arrange some ‘me time’ for Mum.
It’s important to note that this is different from ‘date night’. This is about giving Mum time out to get some pampering or visit the girls. As a gift from a friend, this could involve a whole night of babysitting or could even just mean coming over to hold the baby while Mum has a shower. This is one of the best gift ideas for first-time mums you could give!
There are a lot of cool free apps out there to keep Mum occupied at some ungodly hour while she’s nursing. An iTunes or Google Play Gift Card is the key to making sure Mum’s getting the apps she really wants rather than just the freebies!
She can use it to purchase apps for home workout session, games or to buy all the movies she’s missed out on in those frantic first few months as a new mother.
9. Pamper Voucher
For more luxurious gifts idea for first-time mums, consider pampering her! Treat Mum to a hair cut and colour, a massage or a pedicure! Be sure to arrange a babysitter or, if baby needs to be breastfed, come along and mind the baby while Mum is enjoying some well-deserved pampering.
A new hairdo will work wonders in helping make her feel herself again, something every Mum needs after placing herself fairly low down on the priority list!
Arranging a cleaner for a week or five is, hands down, one of the best gift ideas for a first time Mum. Regardless of whether she does or doesn’t love to do the cleaning herself, giving a mother a break from the chores is a wonderful gesture of love.
Treat the new Mum to four bottles of Moet! That’s right, four! Not the big bottles, of course – she is probably breastfeeding, after all! The mini or piccolo size will keep her content for a while. Don’t be all judgy. Our research has shown this is what Mum wants! Of course, if she’s not into that kind of thing, see #18.
Surprise Mum with a pendant that has her child’s name and initials engraved into it. If you’re planning to expand your family, perhaps consider leaving space for additional names. Another version of this idea is to gift Mum a charm or bead for each new child. A further twist, for the rock or rockabilly Mum, is a tattoo voucher. Each to her own! You know her best.
13. Online Clothes Shop Voucher
Mum has baby clothes and baby gift vouchers coming out of her ears. But if she has expressed that her own post-maternity wardrobe is looking a bit sad, a gift voucher for an online women’s clothing store is a wonderful solution. Don’t resort to a generic store voucher – she’ll be tempted to be all selfless and buy something for her new bub. An online store voucher for the likes of ModCloth or Dear Gladys will give her a bit of online shopping fun from the comfort of home.
14. Treasure Chest
There are businesses who can do this for you, but it’s really quite easy to do yourself. All you have to do is buy a gift box and fill it with little treasures, like chocolates, aromatherapy oil, an inspirational quote on a 25x25cm canvas print or jewellery.
Another version of this idea is to fill a gift box with treats that Mum may have given up when she was pregnant – e.g. alcohol, raw egg products, deli meats, soft cheese, liver pate. Complete this gift with a thank you note commending her on her fine effort.
15. Robotic Vacuum & Flowers
When it comes to buying appliances for Mother’s Day, tread carefully. You don’t want the new mum to feel incompetent in her own home! However, robot vacuums take the responsibility away from everyone in the home, so this may be a gift that is met with glee. But be sure to accompany a gift such as this with a big bunch of flowers (just in case).
16. Canvas Wall Art Print
Mum spends a lot of time in the nursery room, staring at the baby, staring at her phone. Give her something beautiful to stare at – a bright, colourful or calming wall art print. Can’t choose? Buy her a gift voucher instead.
Prepare a tea hamper for Mum, giving her time to relax when the rollercoaster becomes too much. Herbal teas are purported to have a number of health benefits and calmative qualities. For the busy Mum, include tea bags for convenience. Tea is the new black at the moment, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding some well-presented tea to gift.
18. Yoga mat
It’s not about getting back pre-baby tummy as fast as possible. That’s exclusively the domain of movie stars and pop singers who are paid to do their utmost to get back on track fast. For most mere mortal Mums, it’s simply about giving them the tools, the time and the space to stretch out their sore muscles and work on building their core strength and flexibility. A yoga mat lets them do this in their own time, at their own pace in their own space.
19. Something Delicious
Lavish Mum with a box of chocolates. No-one seems to give good chocolate anymore! Visit your local handcrafted chocolate shop and gift Mum the highest-quality and most indulgent box of chocolates you can find on the shelf. The best thing about this gift is, she’ll share it with you. Mums are giving like that, trust us!
20. Teething Jewellery
Some fashion jewellery can be bad for bubs and Mums. Not only can some jewellery be bad for babies to suck on, but they also don’t know their own strength and love to give it a good tug. Mum will get cranky when a) something breaks and b) she can’t accessories!
Teething jewellery, found in abundance online, is the best solution and one of our top gift ideas for first time mums. There are some really stylish options available that she will simply love. Lavish her with jewels! She’ll love you for it.
21. Digital SLR camera
While smartphone cameras are producing increasingly high-quality photos, nothing beats the excellence, elegance and clarity that comes with using a DSLR camera. Mum will love the professional quality of the photos she’ll be able to take of the family for years to come. Canon and Nikon both offer great options for the hobby photographer.
22. Native tree
Give Mum a gift of a seedling that she (or you) can plant in the year of her baby’s birth. This is one of the most thoughtful gifts for first-time mums but also for the baby, as it’s something they’ll both remember for years to come.
23. Movie Tickets
Mums and bubs movie screenings are becoming increasingly popular at local cinemas, so don’t be afraid to buy Mum a gift card to the movies. Check with your local cinema first before purchasing a ticket as the screenings are not held everywhere. No, it’s not going to sit on a shelf somewhere collecting dust. These movie screenings are held to encourage Mums to enjoy the cinema without the stresses that come with keeping the baby quiet.
24. Baby Hand Print
While I did start this piece stating that babies don’t give gifts, I thought I’d list the final idea as one that does, in fact, involve baby.
Sneak baby away from Mum for long enough to paint his or her hand and create a colourful handprint on paper.
Scan the handprint to create a digital image then create a canvas print featuring baby’s handprint.
Voila! Art done by baby just for Mum!
25. Nursery Art
Once your new mum has had time to settle into her new family life, she might want to think about re-decorating. We have a huge range of wall art designs to choose from. Check out our range of nursery art here. From sweet, pastel prints to magical scenes to imaginative drawings, we have a huge range to choose from that will bring the new baby’s room to life.
If only it was Mother’s Day every day! Are you a new Mum? Now that you have a little one, do you struggle to go about expressing your needs and desires? Here’s your chance.
What would you like this Mother’s Day?