Becoming a parent means that as soon as a baby arrives, the new arrival will immediately become the centre of attention. As it should be. But we reckon the super humans who’ve actually grown and birthed that new person deserve a hell of a lot of spoiling too.
You’ve sent the Babygro and the play mat, but if you’re looking for a novel way to treat the new mums in your life, these are some of our favourite gifting ideas – the type that they’ll really make use of.
Setting a new standard in vegan skincare for mums and babies, SoKind’s formulas are grounded within the principles of purity and sustainability. Presented in beautiful, eco-friendly packaging and recyclable glass, mum will be thrilled before she even tries the products. Each gift box packs in all the essentials for mum-to-be; take the Pregnancy Skin Kit for example. The kit features: Blissful Moments (pack of four); the Belly Sheet Mask (calming and hydrating); Pure Kindness Nipple Balm – a self-care essential, with acid-rich oils and natural antioxidants; Love Lines Stretch Mark Balm – easily absorbed pre-and post-pregnancy; and a Silky Essential Reviving Body Lotion, delivering lasting hydration that’s absolutely baby and mum friendly.
And because you can’t resist treating baby, go ahead and add to basket the Dear Baby Kit – an essential bundle of head-to-toe products formulated for delicate, baby skin with hydrating body lotion, soothing nappy balm, baby bath oil, as well as baby shampoo and body wash, neatly packed in baby’s own mini suitcase. Irresistible.
SNOO Smart Sleeper Baby Cot
A gift for mum (and her sleepless nights) and for baby. Give mum peace of mind when she needs to put baby down – not just for sleep, but to fix a meal or go to the bathroom; she knows that outside of her arms, her baby is in the safest place possible.
This magical cot by SNOO mimics the sounds and motions of the womb by using soft white noise and gentle motions to soothe babies. Reduced crying? Yes please. Boosted sleep? Yes please. Naturally sleep-trained babies? Yes please. And with the clever SNOO app, you can customise the SNOO’s settings (including special settings for preemies, newborns, weaning to the crib, etc), picking the one baby likes most.
With over 25 awards for its excellence and innovation in design, concept, and functionality since launching in 2016, it’s totally worth the price tag.
For a less pricey option but equally gift worthy, try the new SNOObear. The super-huggable teddy has a white noise sound machine in its tummy which plays the same magical sounds babies love in SNOO – plus a few special new sounds. Shushing rhythms give children better sleep, sweeter dreams, and help settle fears. And it’s travel friendly!
La Charrue 16
With the most beautiful babe in arms, this heart-melting arm candy is the perfect accompaniment. La Charrue 16 was started by the mother of two jewellery obsessed girls. Creating bespoke, handmade-to-order bracelets, using crystals including citrine, rose quartz, and blue lace agate, wearers can choose from metals spanning 14kt gold and rose gold beads, as well as sterling silver. Personalise with ‘Mummy’ or your newborn’s name – or sweet reminders of how special mum really is (up to eight letters).
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La Charrue 16 has now launched hand-knitted baby booties in a gift set, paired up with their rose quartz crystal (unconditional love) ‘Mummy’ ( or ‘Mama’) bracelet. Warm heart, warm feet.
Owlet Baby Monitor Duo + Smart Sock 3
The exhaustion and responsibility of a newborn can be utterly overwhelming. Enter the Owlet Monitor Duo; the most intelligent gift you can find. It’s the first smart baby monitor to combine the ability to track your baby’s heart rate, oxygen level, and sleep trends with HD video, offering the most complete picture of your baby. You can also use the sleep history feature to see how long and how well your baby slept and use the insights to create new routines as your baby grows.
The Owlet Smart Sock is a smart device that wraps comfortably around your baby’s foot and connects to the camera/the parents’ smartphone, streaming real-time data as well as sending notifications. The base station glows green to let you know everything is okay, but notifies you with lights and sounds if heart rate or oxygen levels leave pre-set zones. Perhaps offering some time for a glass of wine and Netflix?
The White Company New Mum Gift Set
Comfort is key in the last few weeks leading up to motherhood, and in that essential fourth trimester. (Mums-to-be need to put their feet up while they can!) The perfect present to boost comfort comes from The White Company and includes cashmere bed socks, a fluffy robe, and pampering pieces from the Calm Collection for her – plus, a Kimbo comforter and cloud sleepsuit for the new arrival. Pack the robe and socks for the hospital bag – both are certain to become your live-in wardrobe for the first couple of weeks. It’s the comfortable gift that mums really want.
Build A Box, Oh Mumma
Goodbye excuses, hello ‘me-time’ moments every mum deserves. Oh Mumma beauty boxes are full of the best mum-approved products out there. Hand-picked by beauty experts who happen to be mums, it’s as though this brand was born for the sleep deprived – because it was!
Try the New Mumma Survival Box, which includes: Living Proof dry shampoo; a chance to escape, relax, and chill with a 20 minute self-heating, calm eye mask; the perfect pick-me-up for tired skin – the Skin Sapiens face cream; five brilliant Popnand kink-free hair ties (*a new mum buns essential!); Let’s Sanitise hand sanitiser; NUXE Night Care Nuxellence; five beautiful notecards; and mum bag must-have Wonder Works from Bloom & Blossom – it’s a natural multitasker for lips, dry skin, baby’s bum, and any other little skin emergency.
Flowers may be a great present in the short term, but we’re thinking of something longer lasting. Introducing Flowerbx’s subscription service. Whether you choose weekly, fortnightly, or monthly (for either three or six months), this delivery will brighten up her home for more than just that one week. The gift that keeps on giving, all year round.
Cartier LOVE Bracelet
The Cartier LOVE Bracelet has been a symbol of inseparable love for many jewellery loving romantics ever since it was designed in 1969. This romantic concept is embodied in the bracelet held together by two screws and ‘locked’ onto the wearer’s wrist. Each bracelet comes with a special screwdriver used to fasten the bangle.
Stack it with La Charrue 16’s arm candy, and she’ll never be underdressed.
Give mum her wings back with Elvie Pump, the first silent wearable breast pump. No noise, no tubes, no wires. Mum’s everyday routine suddenly revolves around naps, nappy changes, and feeding. When it comes to the latter (if you’re planning to breastfeed) an electric breast pump can help mum to express milk and take a well-earned rest when required. While it can’t hold as much milk as some of the more traditional pumps, it can be a real godsend if you need to go back to work or get out and about quite quickly after having a baby. Pop it under a top or dress, and no-one would ever know that you’re secretly pumping. While it’s one of the most expensive models available, for ease and convenience, you can’t get much better.
The Positive Planner
Self-care and wellness were two key components of the past year and are certain to be something we all take with us beyond lockdowns. To help mum stay organised while also making time for herself and her wellness, this planner is the perfect gift. Packed with useful designs and illustrations, as well as meaningful quotes, activities, and a 12-week organiser, this is a planner that lets mum get the care and attention she needs.
‘Coupe’-d Up (With Champagne) Set
Cooped up at home and no alcohol for over nine months? What could be more refreshing, and celebratory, than some chilled champagne?
The Soho House champagne, Collet, can now be enjoyed at home. Serve it just as they do at the Houses – ice cold and in Barwell crystal coupes. The gift set includes six 75cl bottles of Collet Brut Champagne and six Barwell Champagne Coupes. Cheers to mama.
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We’re bringing back the loftier ideals of hygge – we’re talking 100% super-soft cashmere yarn from Mongolia. With relaxed style at its core, a Lucy Nagle sweater moves with your body as you move through your busy, daily life – how much busier can being a mum get? Understated luxury at its best.
Rachel Jackson London
Add this to the mix, jewellery loving mamas. London-based designer Rachel Jackson, whose fans include Katy Perry, Rita Ora, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, brings us this easy to wear, Art-Deco detailed, 22 carat gold-plated ‘Mama’ necklace. For the more spiritual mamas out there, choose from her range of zodiac coins (available on earrings, necklaces, and bracelets) both talismanic and stylish, or lockets – available in either sterling silver or 22ct gold vermeil – which can be filled with a scoop of tiny birthstones.