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Gift ideas for new Mums

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As one of the most exciting times in their life, a new mum is often showered in gifts for her new baby, but before you go buying another 0000 singlet or a jumpsuit, take a minute to think about ways you can really spoil the new mum… after all she has spent the last 9 months as a walking, talking incubator.

 

Here are a couple of out-of-the-box ideas that may bring a smile to a new mum’s tired looking face:

 

Voucher for a cleaner, ironing or cleaning service

Give mum a voucher for a useful service that will help her cope with the first few weeks of getting into a routine.

 

Food, or dinner related gifts – frozen meals or vouchers for home delivery at local restaurants

Chances are cooking won’t be a priority in the first few weeks at home. So give the gift of cooking, with some home made frozen meals to stock the freezer or some vouchers for local home delivery. 

 

Clothing gift voucher

After 9 months of maternity clothes, help the new mum spoil herself with an outfit that doesn’t have an elastic waistband or look like a large tent.

 

Pampering voucher for a massage, facial, pedicure or manicure.

The aches and pains that accompany pregnancy mean mum could be in dire need of a pamper session. Just make sure this gift is given with the promise of baby-sitting, to free mum up as she indulges in her treatment.

 

Tasty missed treats

In today’s minefield of pregnancy information there’s a long list of what mum can and can’t consume during her pregnancy. So why not spoil mum with a hamper of once forbidden foods like wine, sushi, soft cheese or chocolates. Just make sure if she’s breastfeeding that these foods are no longer forbidden.

 

Photography session or photo-related gifts

Baby photos will be treasured for years, so why not help kick off the collection with photo-related pressies like a voucher for a portrait session for a family photo, a voucher to put towards the purchase of a new digital or video camera, or beautiful frames to house all her new family photos.

 

Entertainment – DVD delivery service or magazine subscription

The new mum will be spending a lot of time at home getting into a routine, so help keep her entertained. Sign her up for a 3 month DVD service, but make it as simple and as easy as possible, as the last thing mum will want to be doing is picking up and dropping off DVDs! Alternatively, pick up a 12-month subscription for her favourite magazine; this might be a saviour during some of the night feeds or as a way for her to unwind when she gets a minute to herself.

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What is your recommendation for a perfect gift for a new mum?

Member Comments (28)

Posted by: Animal Lover (Australia)

A night out just for mum and her hubby, especially day in day out in nappies and breast feeding. A dinner and movie, some time to tune out and unwind and for that two or three hours become husband and wife again instead of just mum. A total body relaxing massage for mum will make a great gift also as well as a beauty hamper, full of delicious make up and skin care. I made one of these up for my sister, i knew what colours she loves, so i choose the make up that complimented her as well as some body shop body cremes and fragrances, she loved it.

Posted on: December 19, 2011 (Dec 19, 2011 6:39am)

Posted by: ModernSnowWhite (Australia)

Those are excellent suggestions. I also think things like body care are great, like bath pampering packs and moisturisers for relaxing time. Or maybe even a coles myer voucher so she can get new makeup or clothing.

Posted on: December 19, 2011 (Dec 19, 2011 8:14am)

Posted by: Princess Fiona1 (Member since 2007, Australia)

Great suggestions. I also think a night out at the movies, dinner etc - and to include baby sitting, would be a nice thought.

Posted on: December 19, 2011 (Dec 19, 2011 8:38am)

Posted by: Sumaya (Australia)

I love these suggestions! When your a new mum it's nice to get a bit of help to get you started and nicely fitted into a routine :)

Posted on: December 19, 2011 (Dec 19, 2011 8:38am)

Posted by: Morrigan (Australia)

Some good suggestions there :) I especially love the photo session, as a mum of 1 and twins of the way there's nothing I'd like better than a massive portrait of all the kids together :) Lucky for me I have an amazing husband who's going to take lots of time off when the babies are born so I don't have to worry too much about cooking and cleaning!

Posted on: December 19, 2011 (Dec 19, 2011 9:01am)

Posted by: Jenniqua (Australia)

I am so glad you did this article as I have a friend who is just about to pop and I had no idea what to get her. These are really useful suggestions and I think I might go with the once forbidden gift basket. Thanks BH.

Posted on: December 19, 2011 (Dec 19, 2011 10:23am)

Posted by: Platinum Ms (Australia)

Everyone buys for the baby and the mum is always forgotton especially after an ordeal of giving birth, her poor body needs TLC.

Posted on: December 19, 2011 (Dec 19, 2011 11:15am)

Posted by: Shull87 (Australia)

Mummy starter kit.... all the creams, washes, natural drops, nipple creams, breast pads, muslin wraps etc..... that is a very helpful gift.... I got that from my SIL in a awesome/cute soaking bucket MOST USEFUL present I ever got otherwise my DD was soooo fussy with colic that the fisher price baby swing was also a life saver ..... much better than the bouncer I found as it has lights and everything .....was mummies life saver from going insane from every night at 5pm for 1-2hrs she would be upset and all the help in the world didnt help was kinda stressful as anything didnt help but the swing was a help! .....got the advice off a mum with twins!

Posted on: December 19, 2011 (Dec 19, 2011 11:55am)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

Some great ideas here - I'm sure most mums would love any of these!

Posted on: December 19, 2011 (Dec 19, 2011 12:25pm)

Posted by: Evanescencessy (Australia)

Some really great gift ideas here. I also think some scented candles or bath oils will be good too for a relaxing bath

Posted on: December 19, 2011 (Dec 19, 2011 1:17pm)

Posted by: Smmmm (Australia)

I love the idea of the cleaning and cooking vouchers, so handy and something to keep a new mum sane!

Posted on: December 19, 2011 (Dec 19, 2011 1:27pm)

Posted by: Britty1 (Australia)

a babysitter and a night out for dinner with good food and wine...

Posted on: December 19, 2011 (Dec 19, 2011 2:50pm)

Posted by: Yummii (Australia)

Great ideas! As the above poster says - a baby sitter would probably be the best present ever.

Posted on: December 19, 2011 (Dec 19, 2011 3:01pm)

Posted by: A Lil Kuki (Australia)

I love the dinner or food gift idea ... I'm personally not a fan of frozen foods from the supermarket ... BUT ... I've just found 'THE YUMMIEST' wonton noodles soup that is frozen, you just add water microwave for 4mins ... SERIOUSLY ... it's better than ANY restaurant wonton soup I've EVER had ... which is saying alot, as I LOVE my asian cuisine! There's also a huge range of asian dumplings, pork buns and yum cha choices to choose from, ALL authentic! YUMMY!

Posted on: December 19, 2011 (Dec 19, 2011 4:16pm)

Posted by: Li (Australia)

My mum is so difficult to buy for, she never wants anything!

Posted on: December 19, 2011 (Dec 19, 2011 5:58pm)

Posted by: Zenna.X (Australia)

great gift ideas :) looks like mums will enjoy any of these

Posted on: December 19, 2011 (Dec 19, 2011 6:38pm)

Posted by: Elunia (Australia)

Not sure, never been a mum :)

Posted on: December 19, 2011 (Dec 19, 2011 7:41pm)

Posted by: jacqueline901 (Australia)

great list! yes definitely things I'd love on there :)

Posted on: December 20, 2011 (Dec 20, 2011 7:21am)

Posted by: Rk2002 (Australia)

great ideas- everyone always buys clothes n toys for the baby-its about time mum got some gifts too!

Posted on: December 20, 2011 (Dec 20, 2011 2:46pm)

Posted by: naomi921 (Australia)

aww these are great ideas!!

Posted on: December 20, 2011 (Dec 20, 2011 8:20pm)

Posted by: Tinaaa (Australia)

i got my mum a pampering voucher :) hope she loves it :)

Posted on: December 20, 2011 (Dec 20, 2011 8:35pm)

Posted by: Tashii (Australia)

What great ideas! i love this article i think i have had about 20 friends have babies this year (not including family)
Maybe a night out or just for you to babysit maybe once in a while? its nice to be able to relax even if mum is in the bath and your changing the nappies, atleast its a little break :)

Posted on: December 20, 2011 (Dec 20, 2011 11:19pm)

Posted by: emzaau (Australia)

A basket of goodies for mum only but the magazine subscription idea is great too.

Posted on: December 21, 2011 (Dec 21, 2011 8:01pm)

Posted by: Love bug (Australia)

whenever theres a new mum; mum is always good at picking out presents. she collects baby things and waits until theres a new mum to give to.

Posted on: December 21, 2011 (Dec 21, 2011 8:53pm)

Posted by: Rei_ (Australia)

ooh nice ideas.
the best thing i can think of is just being there incase she needs help!

Posted on: December 22, 2011 (Dec 22, 2011 2:53pm)

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