I'm often asked what gifts to get for a baby shower.
I believe birth isn’t just about making babies, it’s about making mums too. When a baby is born so is a mother.
Most pregnant women don't realise it, but the birth of a mother can be even more intense than childbirth.
A gift for a mother (rather than her baby) acknowledges and supports the enormous life transition she is going through.
Here are my top ideas arranged by budget, not a onesie or wipe warmer in sight!
$10 - 20 Food
If you are on a budget food is absolutely the best gift for a new mum! If you've left it until the last minute, fresh fruit is usually well received. If you have a little more time, throw together a quick soup. My favourite suggestions can be found here.
Of course, you can spend a lot more on food, for example, a hamper or meal box, and food will always be well appreciated.
Just make sure you check in with dietary needs first.
$30 Recipe Book
This is more than a recipe book! I have to be honest with you, the delicious meals, snacks, drinks and treats are a ruse. What you'll really get is access to:
- Nourishing postpartum traditions that bring peace and joy
- Insight into crazy love hormones and why baby brain is wonderful thing
- Useful tips to boost your milk supply and calm the crying
The book is a week-by-week self care plan for the first 40 days after the baby is born.
For bonus points give the book, bring a meal, set up a meal registry and invite others to bring food too.
$50 - 60 Cleaning
Not the most glamorous gift but seriously well appreciated!! Jump on Gumtree or Airtasker if you don't already know a good cleaner and just book a two hour clean for your friend. She will appreciate this SO MUCH!!! And it's often something mums have trouble buying for themselves.
$80 - 100 Pyjamas
Have you noticed a theme? I love gifts that encourage new mums to rest in bed!
Answering the door in your PJs is a sure-fire way to set the tone with visitors. And beautiful pyjamas make it feel much luxurious lounging around all day, and less slobby!
I adore the Goodnight Society, they are a small Australian business who make quirky, colourful sleep and loungewear. The Goodnight Society believe that everyone deserves a good nights sleep, including the people working in their sewing factories and the organic cotton farmers.
The Unsinkable Mum range is particularly relevant!
$100 - $120 Aromatherapy
A little more expensive but a beautiful gift for creating a peaceful atmosphere is an essential oil diffuser. Lovely oils for new mums and babies include mandarin, lavender and clary sage.