An Honest Gift Guide for Moms

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In case you didn’t know…Santa is coming, eggnog is flowing freely, peppermint everything is is everywhere. I CAN’T STAND THE EXCITEMENT!

If you’re reading this, there is a good chance you aren’t sure what to get the lovely Mom in your life.

Here’s the thing, being a mom is a lot of work. It’s fulfilling and amazing and probably one of the best things ever, but it’s also really freaking hard.

Sidebar – being a Dad is also just as important and stressful and we are SO grateful for all that you do…but for this post, I’m focusing on Mom. I guess though a lot of the below COULD be applied to Dads…so you can just replace “Mom” with “Dad” if that’s what you’re looking for.

ANYWAY…This also means, sometimes it doesn’t take a lot to make us happy. Below is a round-up of gifts I believe moms REALLY want. Of course we love handmade cards and macaroni necklaces, but we also want to be shown that we’re appreciated and want to be taken care of. Here are a few things that will really take your gift-giving game to the next level.

Massage/Mani-Pedi/Fancy Hair Cut/Spa Day – I mean…who doesn’t LOVE a massage? Plus, speaking from experience, when you’re a NEW mom who is spending most of their day breastfeeding/pumping/bottle feeding a newborn, your back gets SORE. Not to mention your boobs are about double their size.

If she’s NOT a new Momma, she still deserves some lovin’ and pampering. Getting nails did, hair did, massage and a facial? YASSSSSSSSSS.

NOTE – a gift card to “Great Clips” doesn’t count. I’m talking a fancy spa where she can wear a robe all day, drink tea/coffee/wine and read. Or check her social media. Or sleep. Whatever.

An afternoon/day away from the kids – Listen, we love our babies. We love them so much it hurts. But we also love some time to be on our own and reconnect with who we are BESIDES just “MOM” When your whole world revolves around your tiny humans, it’s SO easy to forget who you are and that you need just as much care and attention as your kids do.

Your Time – Something I’ve learned since becoming a parent is the importance of “couple time” I don’t mean zoning out on the couch watching Netflix, either. I mean, having a shower, putting on some clean, nice clothes and going out to dinner at a decent restaurant just the two of you WITHOUT KIDS. Maybe go see a movie or a play. You’ll probably spend a lot of time talking about the kids, but the point is, you’re out just the two of you.

The thing is, at the end of the day, your bond as a couple is JUST as important as your bond with the kids. It may feel (strangely) uncomfortable to say but there are times your relationship with your partner needs to come before the kids. If parents aren’t happy, that energy ripples down to the kids.

Photo shoot of some kind with her in the photos – Recently, a friend of mine (Photography by Kat) started a new portion of her photography business completely dedicated to taking “real life” photos of families during their day to day life. These photos ALL included Mom. Often, Mom’s are often the ones taking the photos and are rarely in them (and blurry selfies with the kids don’t count). Here are a couple we did with her (also my blog images). They are some of my favourite pictures, not only because I’m in them, but because it captures that particular time in our lives with O.

Pass for an activity she likes (Yoga, Zumba, Cooking Class etc): I think you might be sensing a theme here…self care is SO IMPORTANT for Mommas (and everyone, but we’re focused on Mom here). If mom is taking care of herself and feels good, that will project into everything around her. If she’s been talking about trying a particular class or says she wants to do more Pilates, this is a great gift.

Wine/Coffee/Beer/Tea/Chocolate – Everyone has their “thing” that helps them unwind after a long day. For me, I like to start the day with coffee. It just puts me in a good mood and just warms my soul. Depending on the day, I like to end it with a glass of wine (when not pregnant) or a herbal tea or some really good chocolate. Whatever her vice, get some for her, the best quality you can find/afford. If she has a favourite, get that.

Something unique to her – This one might be specific to me. However, since becoming a mom and subsequently becoming pregnant again shortly after, I lost my sense of uniqueness. Once upon a time, I had a very unique style that I loved. I had my Spongebob lunch box, my “funkin gonuts” t-shirt, paperclips in my ears and bracelets up to my elbow. Now, do I want to dress like that now? No. However, I do miss having that feeling of “this is just me”

CaptureSo, I was perusing the Penny Paper Co website a couple months back and saw she had a Llama Enamel Pin. I have forever been obsessed with Llamas…why? Who knows. I just think they are hilarious. So I ordered the pin because it made me smile. I wear it every damn day because every time I see it, it makes me happy. It reminds me that underneath the maternity clothing and the stains, I’m still ME.

Anyway, that’s my long winded way of saying – if you know of something silly that she doesn’t necessarily need but is just for her, get it. For me it was a llama pin. For others, it might be a sexy piece of lingerie or a favourite record from her childhood.

What do you think? Am I spot on or totally off? Is there something you would add?

Disclaimer – this is not a sponsored post. All of these items I genuinely love and think would make an amazing gift.

Published by Lisa

I’m a Momma to two boys under 3. I’ve recently started a journey of becoming a mentor for other moms who want to talk about the stuff they are worried about saying outloud, setting goals for themselves and reconnecting with their awesome selves.

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