Sunday, 4 December 2016

Christmas Gift Ideas: Mum to Be

With Christmas fast approaching, I’m also creeping closer and closer to my 20 week point of my pregnancy! We’re so excited to find out what we’re having this time round and even though I really have no preference, Millie would love a baby sister so I’m secretly hoping that Baby is a ‘she’! But alongside this, Christmas shopping is in full swing (I’m actually now completely finished!) but I’m still getting asked what it is I want for Christmas and I’m finding it difficult to narrow down things that aren’t Makeup or Food related! It’s tough when I know that I’m not going to have time (or energy) to sit and do things creatively, or to even pamper myself with long baths etc when Baby arrives, and obviously clothes are out of the question which includes pjs and even some shoes as my feet swelled up so much with Millie! 

So, here is a guide to what to buy a Mum to Be without worrying you’re going to offend her or get her something she can only stare at for the next 5 months... 


Soap and Glory have an amazing range of gifts at Christmas time, they come in all shapes and sizes and suit all budgets too! With smaller sets starting out from £5.00 going right up to £50.00 for the ultimate Soap and Glory bundles. I find that they’re used by most people and are suitable to use during pregnancy too so whether you go for a pre-packed kit that has everything a Mum to Be would need or you choose to go DIY in the 3 for 2 section in Boots, then chances are, whatever you get will be loved and used! 

My picks: I suggest going for a Body scrub to ease the itchy skin that comes alongside pregnancy (hands up if you’ve been there...) and some lovely, sweet smelling body lotions or Body soufflĂ©'s that can be applied to bump and any growing stretch marks. 


Something that would go nicely with the above are some Candles, below are a few Home Bargain Yankee Candle dupes that I got myself ready for Christmas and the littlest ones are just 79p!! The Gingerbread scent smells incredible and I’d actually buy that one over a Yankee Candle too (it’s also like 10% of the price of a Yankee Candle!!). But if you’re looking for more of a gift set then I managed to get my hands on this gorgeous Rose Gold Home fragrance set. It includes a Reed Diffuser in a lovely glass bottle with Rose Gold patterns and 2 Rose Gold coloured candles. Whether it’s going to be used for relaxing in the bath or to disguise the smell of baby poo, either way, the Rose Gold aesthetics will be appreciated by any Mum to Be. 


I see an on-going theme appearing here as here’s something else that doesn’t take very much effort to do... Magazine subscriptions are an odd gift but a very much appreciated one. You do the maths - paying £3.50 every month for a magazine that you read once or twice then chuck away, or, get gifted a subscription and have the magazine popped through your door monthly and you neither have to pay a penny or leave the house! Mother & Baby is a magazine targeted at Mums and Mums to Be and have all kinds of stories and articles that can help answer any burning questions or scary thoughts. ALSO if you purchase a subscription before the end of December, you also receive a FREE Dr Browns Gift set worth over £50 which includes: 
• Microwave steriliser with tongs
• 3 x 240ml bottles
• 2 x 120ml bottles
• 2 x level 2 teats
• 2 x level 3 teats
• Bottle brush
• 2 x travel caps
• Level 1 teats already supplied on each bottle
Head over to Great Magazines to buy your subscription now! 


If you’re looking for more of a unique touch then Etsy have some wonderful handmade gifts that are sentimental and perfect for any Mum or Mum to Be. This cute little bracelet is from WishWearBelieve* and the bracelets come in all different colours and charms with lots of other ones for other people too including Unicorn styled ones and Charms from Santa for being Nice!  


What Mum to Be doesn’t want to make herself look good for the big day?! We’re talking manicures, pedicures, waxing (everywhere!), hair done and tan. So what better way than to tick one of those things off their list with some instant tan from Bondi Sands. You can read a more in depth post here about the tan as I love the stuff and using a Gradual tanning lotion(save £1.99 at Boots at the moment) also helps with their ever growing belly and body and will help their skin to feel smooth and hydrated too. Or, if you have a dedicated tanner, go for a Self Tanning Mist* (save £4.99 at Boots at the moment!) which means that theres no awkward bending to rub it in and she should be able to reach all those ‘hard to get’ areas with ease! 


Last but definitely not least, this is definitely a gift just for Mum’s to Be... It’s a way to let Mum and Baby connect through something mutual and help them to develop their bond. BellyBuds* are a specialised speaker/headphone system that gently sticks to bumps and allows Mum to play music straight into the womb. Whether it’s hardcore Drum and Bass or soothing melodies, you can also play voice recordings back too and it’s a safe way to connect with baby. Mum can plug in her headphones too and listen along with baby or siblings can listen along too! BellyBuds are available on Amazon at the moment for £49.99 so it’s something that can be a main present or a treat if you know someone who has just announced their pregnancy! I love plugging in my headphones and popping on some classic RnB which gives a bit of both bass and songs as I sing along too! I’ve only recently started to feel baby move so it’s really nice to sit and relax and take in the movements when the music is on! The little green patches simply apply with a removable adhesive (like the sticky things in hospitals) and you can buy replacement ones too! 


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