Christmas Gifts for Mamas

Second in my series of Christmas Gift guides is my list of gifts for mamas.  Read my first, a gift guide for an 18 month old, here.

I’m utterly hopeless at coming up with ideas of things I would like when people ask me for a wish list.  I’m far too practical, and can only ever think of things that will be useful.  In fact, I’m not really one for frivolous gifts at all.  I want something I’m going to use.  So most of my wish lists end up being really boring and rather short.

I don’t actually need many things. And that really makes me sound like my Dad.  Every year, since I can remember, his Christmas wish list has consisted of; a book, a pair of socks, port and shaving foam.  And every year my family scramble over who can buy him these things first.

So this year, I have tried really hard to make a list of mama gifts that are practical, but hopefully not too boring…

Mama Jumper by Selfish Mother/FMLY Store

Mama Jumper Gifts for mamas

I have lusted after these since Baby Bee was born.  I’ve always restrained myself though.  As an IVF mama , I know all to well the pain of seeing pregnant women everywhere you look. I’ve struggled with the in your face statement of this jumper because I don’t want to upset anyone struggling to conceive a child and longing to be a mama.

But I’ve come to the conclusion, after a lot of reflection, that the jumper is not a boast or a members-only club uniform.  It’s recognition of how proud, lucky and honoured I feel, everyday, to be a mama to my beautiful Bee.

Selfish Mother also donate £10 of each sale to help women and children around the world.

 

Mama Bead

mama bead gifts

I treated myself to a breastmilk mama bead when Bee and I reached our 1 year breastfeeding milestone.  The little resin bead contains some of my breastmilk and a lock of Bees hair.

Whilst I plan to breastfeed until Bee weans naturally, I know that we will not have this special relationship forever.  And not only did I want to mark our achievement,  I also wanted something to always remember it by.  Breastmilk is so amazing and breastfeeding can be challenging.  So if you know a breastfeeding mama, go on and treat her.

Slow Cooker Recipe Book

Recipe Book gifts for mamas

Since having a baby, I’ve found cooking an evening meal a real challenge.  Babies and children seem to enter a witching hour (or five) at 4pm.  They simply need to be in your arms and around your feet.  When Bee was small I managed this by carrying her in the sling, dancing her to sleep while I cooked.  But now Bee is bigger, I’d rather not she had a nap at teatime.

So my lifesaver is the slow cooker.  I can prepare the ingredients in the morning, when Bee is happier playing independently, switch the cooker on and forget all about it.  Then come teatime, its just a case of throwing it onto a plate and dinner is on the table.  Leaving me to spend more time with Bee when she needs me most.

Up until now, I’ve pretty much made up the things I cook, but I think it’s time to step it up a gear and get a proper recipe book.

Rainbow Soul Surprise Box

surprise box gifts for mamas

We mamas all need reminding to take care of ourselves a little better, and these beautifully created boxes of boho goodies do just that.  Available as a monthly subscription or as one-off gifts, they come packed with little treats to nourish our souls and awaken our senses.  Each box is a reminder amongst the chaos of parenting, to make space for our own wellbeing.

Insulated Muginsulated mug gifts for mamas

The singularly most useful gift for a mama.  The sheer number of brews I have to reheat in the microwave each day is ridiculous.  My record is one cup of tea that got reheated five times.  It also means I could take a hot drink to the park with us.  What’s not to love?

Nobody Told Me by Hollie McNish

nobody told me gifts for mamas

Hollie McNish went viral earlier this year with her poem Embarrassed.  Ever since, I have had her book on my wish list.  Her poetry and prose lay bare the realities of life as a mama, and captures the shared experiences of many mothers.

Thermal Socks

socks gifts for mamas

I swear by these socks for keeping my feet warm.  My best friend thinks I’m a right Grandma buying thermals from M&S, but laugh as she might, these socks do the job.  Whether you’re taispsing through the slush trying to get the baby to sleep, or chasing your toddler through piles of soggy leaves, thermal socks are guaranteed to keep your toes toasty. 

The charity shop/second hand gift

My Mum pretty much buys all the presents from her and Dad.  Dad has no idea what she has bought on his behalf, so he’s genuinely surprised on Christmas Day at the gifts he’s giving as well as receiving.

However, my Dad started another tradition in our house (aside from his rather utilitarian wish lists). He does buy a couple of gifts himself, and as an avid charity shop hunter, ephemera collector and first edition book aficionado, they’re usually second hand.

Inevitably it has a lovely vintage, collectible or made-like-they-used-to-be quality.  And, it’s a really lovely thing to receive a gift that already carries so much love.

Why don’t you try it this year?

 

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16 Comments

  1. November 21, 2016 / 5:19 pm

    I’ve wanted one of the Mama sweatshirts for as long as I can remember. If I don’t get one for Christmas then I am so treating myself!! And I’m all for woolly socks – it’s not Christmas without getting socks. Some lovely ideas here! #marvmondays

    • catherine
      November 23, 2016 / 9:36 am

      They are pretty special jumpers. I might be doing the same.

  2. November 21, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    Lovely gift guide. I’m terrible at choosing gifts when asked too! Love that Selfish Mother sweater… think I’ll go browse their store some more. #MarvMondays

    • catherine
      November 23, 2016 / 9:35 am

      Be careful, they sell kids clothes too. You won’t be able to resist.

  3. November 21, 2016 / 5:41 pm

    Oh thermal socks are a fab idea and I absolutely love the rainbow soul box that’s gorgeous! #MarvMondays

    • catherine
      November 23, 2016 / 9:34 am

      The rainbow soul surprise boxes are particularly special. Perfect for a monthly treat.

  4. November 22, 2016 / 10:58 pm

    Love your guide – especially the slow cooker book. Just getting back into using mine now the weathers turned cooler! #marvmondays

    • catherine
      November 23, 2016 / 9:34 am

      My slow cookers on right now. Total lifesaver for a busy mum.

  5. November 24, 2016 / 10:11 am

    I want everything on this list! A breastmilk jewellary item is right at the top, currently attempting to squeeze enough milk out to have one made after Christmas…am undecided whether to include a lock of hair though (or maybe have that done separately?!) Lovely list! #MarvMondays

    • catherine
      November 25, 2016 / 4:30 pm

      I love my breastmilk bead, it contains such a special memory. I decided to include Bee’s hair because i wanted it to celebrate our relationship – a part of me and a part of her.

  6. November 24, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    Oh my gosh I love you for including a slow cooker, because I felt like a Stepford Wife for really really wanting one! That bead is precious, I wish I had known about it a couple of months ago. Such a lovely gift guide. Yvadney x #MarvMondays

    • catherine
      November 25, 2016 / 4:32 pm

      No one would eat if we didn’t have a slow cooker, I want a bigger one now so I can cook larger amounts.

  7. November 25, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    A great gift guide! I personally love getting socks for Christmas – or any time of the year actually! #MarvMondays

    • catherine
      November 25, 2016 / 9:24 pm

      Me too.

  8. Amanda
    November 26, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    Love these too, I need more rainbow soul surprise in my life, and I really want a breast milk bead. I almost got one when we hit 12 months and I was so proud then all my family thought it was weird so I didn’t. But I love them! So I’m sneaking a beautiful precious bead on my list, thanks for the reminder xxx

    • catherine
      November 29, 2016 / 1:32 pm

      I’m so glad I treated myself to a mama bead. No one else has to know what it is and you can always enjoy weirding them out if they ask 😆

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