Gift Ideas for the Amazing Mom in your life!
Finding just the right gift for Mom can be tricky. They do so much, deserve so much, and often ask for so little! So here’s Mama Shark’s list of gift ideas for the amazing mom in your life- I’ve got a bit of everything for you- ideas for pregnant moms, new moms, moms with more than one kid, non-tangible gift ideas, and gifts that are DIY!
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Gift Ideas for Amazing Pregnant Moms
- A Pregnancy Massage. Those things are AWESOME. Pregnancy causes all sorts of aches and pains, and relief is a great gift.
- Stuff from her Registry that’s for HER. Sometimes everyone buys all the kid stuff but the stuff that’s actually for mom gets ignored. Need ideas? See my list of Must Haves for Postpartum and for Breastfeeding Moms!
- A Pregnancy Pillow. These things are MAGIC. Check with her to see if/what kind she wants first, though. I liked this one, but there’s lots of options out there!
- Contribute to a fund for a doula/go in with others to help her get a doula (if she wants one). I’m a huge fan of doulas– they are worth every penny- but are expensive.
- Contribute to a fund for maternity, birth, or first days photo shoot, if that’s something she wants. We got maternity and first days pictures this time around, and I love them!
- A gift card for prenatal yoga classes. It’s hard to exercise while pregnant, but it feels so good when it can happen!
- A gift pack (or anything) from Earth Mama– I LOVE their products for pregnant and new mommies!!!
- Birth Affirmations. These are cards with sayings or Scriptures (could also be pictures she loves to look at!) for her to look at during labor. You can also buy a set of Scripture cards or encouragement cards from Mama Shark!
Gift Ideas for Amazing New Moms
- A gift basket with one-handed snacks just for mom. Lara bars, energy bites, lactation cookies, chocolate, and her favorite tea or coffee are always good ideas. You could also add a one-handed water bottle or tervis. BONUS: try putting it in a reuseable diaper caddy!
- Come to her house and do whatever she asks, even if it’s just for an hour. Do her dishes, change the diaper, give her food, help her get the diaper bag packed– new moms deserve so much support!
If you’re not local, you could also give her money toward hiring a mother’s helper who could do basic tasks for her. The idea is to take some weight off of her and help her rest. Or, even better, contribute to getting her a post-partum doula (especially if she doesn’t have family nearby)!
- Gift card for Audible/Kindle/Other forms of entertainment for the marathon nursing sessions that come with those first few months if she chooses to breastfeed!
- A robe (because getting dressed is optional with babies around), slippers, and a headband/hair wrap.
- Pack an “Oh Crap” bag for her- fill a diaper bag with the basics (as well as extra clothes a couple sizes up) for her to keep in her car “just in case”! You can sign up below to get a diaper bag must-have list for suggestions!
- I’ve written two whole posts on more ideas- one for postpartum and one for breastfeeding moms!
Gift Ideas for Amazing Moms with Young Kids
- Pre-made craft/activity kits (or a subscription box to a service that offer this works too). Basically, set her up so all she has to do is pull this out and the kids are set for a bit. It helps long days go so much faster!
There are some great ones from Green Kid Crafts (STEM), Superpower Academy (Emotional Intelligence), For Purpose Kids (Social Good/Kindness), Think Outside (Outdoor Activities), Orange Art Box (Art), and the Preschool Subscription Box!
- Speaking of subscription boxes…Amazon has coffee subscription boxes! Or tea, if that’s more her thing.
- “Fun Money” to spend on the kids or herself (or on the kids but it’s really for herself…like going to a museum for the day so the kids take a great nap!). This is one of my favorite gifts my family has given us. Basically, it’s just money designated to use however I want that is live-giving to me!
Usually that means some sort of Mommy date or going to a play place or museum or even just stopping for ice cream- but all without having to worry about if that’s in the budget. As a mom, it gives me something to look forward to and a way to bond with my kid/s, and it’s fun for me, too!
- Freezer meals. There’s just days that are….long. And stuff doesn’t go right and everyone is melting (even the kids, ha) and it’s just a relief to be able to pull something out of the freezer and be done. Just make sure they have freezer space first!
- Fun stud earrings. As Moms we have to give up wearing most “fun” jewelry for a while because of babies. So some earrings that she would really like are a great way to make her feel beautiful! For more ideas in this genre, check out this post on Practical Mom Style!
- An insulated travel mug + some of her favorite tea/coffee. Knowing your coffee will still be hot in 3 hours at the play date is great! Make sure it’s one that won’t spill in her bag.
- Similarly, an insulated cooler bag is awesome for being able to bring stuff to play dates, etc. and helps her to be able to get out of the house more! Bonus if you include plastic utensils and napkins (wipes and hand sanitizer are always good too) so she knows those are already packed for wherever she’s going! You could even throw in some water bottles- anything that means one less step for her to think about!
- A Gift Card to Origami Styling– a fashion pro who does wardrobe updates for moms to bring mom’s style up to date with her current body (because we know they change so much during the years of little ones!).
Gift Ideas all Amazing Moms
I hope these Gift Ideas for the Amazing Mom in your life are inspiring you! The gifts below are ideas for all Moms- feel free to add comments at the end of this post to tell me what you would add as well!
- Gift cards. Moms are notorious for not spending money or time on themselves (and/or not having the resources to do so). So get her a gift card to her favorite coffee shop, clothing store, or spa. BONUS if you arrange childcare so she can go enjoy it on her own.
- Instacart or similar grocery pick up/delivery services. I actually enjoy grocery shopping in general, but I enjoy not having to take two kids grocery shopping even more. BONUS if you add a little cash to it so she can pay tips for the deliveries, since that’s a “hidden” cost of this service.
- Amazon Prime. The ability to have most things at your door in a couple of days is priceless for Moms. Plus, it opens up things like Subscribe & Save, Audible, Prime Vidoes, Prime Music, etc. Click here to get a FREE trial!
- Pictures. Help arrange for a photographer to take pictures or just offer to get some printed for her. Most of us want more pictures of our families but the time to do it always slips away.
Mixbook has a Family Photo Album option that’s adorable, and Minted has a bunch of super cute options including a heart collage that I just love!
- Inspirational Temporary Tattoos from Armed with Truth. You can even use the code MAMASHARK20 for a 20% discount! I love wearing these on my arms to remind me of truths throughout the day- it gives me that extra bit of strength on the hard days!
- Date night. Arrange for childcare and let them spend time with their spouse! BONUS if it includes a gift card. :).
Non-Tangible Gift Ideas
Moms often don’t need more “stuff”- they’re already spending most of their days continuously cleaning up “stuff”. So if she’s not a “stuff” person- try these ideas instead!
- Clean her house! Or, if she prefers, offer to watch her kids while she cleans the house. Raising kids is a constant battle against chaos, and most of us would love to feel a little more tidy, even if it’s just temporary.
- Babysitting. Maybe you can babysit yourself, or just give her designated money to hire a babysitter or mother’s helper for a few hours. Maybe her baby is too little for her to leave the house, but she could go get a shower alone or just take a nap if someone else’s arms were available for a bit.
- Time. Whatever her thing is that she does to recharge- try and arrange for a time for her to do that. Whether that’s a night out with friends, some time alone at the coffee shop, or being able to get a pedicure.
For me it’s a nice long bath with my bamboo bath tray loaded up with some nice treats and a show on my iPad. 🙂 New moms and moms who have any sort of postpartum anxiety or depression may need to be involved in the planning to feel totally comfortable with this.
- Gym membership or personal training/classes. Be careful with this one, because no mom wants to feel pressured to “bounce back” etc. But if she enjoys working out, consider helping her with that- bonus if the gym has high-quality childcare so she can go with the kids!
- Offer to come with her on the inevitable “nothing fits me postpartum” shopping trip. Be the baby holder and moral support! Bonus if it’s paired with a gift card for the trip!
- For more ideas similar to these, check out my post on Frugal Ways to say “I Love You”!
DIY Gift Ideas (that kids can participate in making)
- Footprints/handprints of the kids (or other keepsakes). Moms love this stuff and often regret not having more of them (or maybe that’s just me?), but dealing with paint and mess and kids all mixed together…few Moms are motivated enough to do that very often.
- Frame the kids’ artwork! Minted will take your kid’s drawings and make it into framed art!
- Bath Bombs (and then the time to take a bath!)
- Donate to her favorite charity and make a card telling her what you did. Moms love homemade cards, love not having more “stuff” around the house, love having their kids participate in giving, and giving to others in general. It’s a win for everyone.
- A set of affirmations/Scriptures that she can hang around the house. You can create your own, get these from Etsy, or download mine and help her hang them up!
A few final notes on these gift ideas…
-Include Gift Receipts. It’s always awkward to ask! Or better, give her something like a gift card that she won’t have to risk exchanging…returns and exchanges take on a whole new level of complication with kids in tow!
-Just throwing this out there about gift cards…Gift Cards tend to get a bad rap as being “not personal enough”, etc…but for a Mom, gift cards are awesome. Moms spend a lot of time doing things we don’t have much choice in, so giving us the gift of choosing something for ourselves is actually a big deal. It’s not just cash in another form; it’s permission to do something fun.
-Being a Mom takes a lot- we give up/change a lot of who we are in order to be Mom. So if these gifts don’t seem quite “right” for the Mom in your life, I recommend thinking about who she likes to be and what she likes to do outside of kids- then just make that happen!
What Gift Ideas do you have for the Amazing Mom in your life? Comment below and let me know!
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