Best And Most Practical Gifts For New Mums
Mums & Bubs
Becoming a mother is a selfless, exhausting and extremely rewarding moment in a woman’s life so we’re of the belief that new mums deserve something super special to help them start their journey. Whether it's something practical to make her life as a new mum simpler, extravagant and pretty because she has earned a treat, or something to help her navigate this new chapter in life, we’ve rounded up our favourite gift ideas for new mums.
And if you turn up to deliver it with an offer to hold the baby while she eats or showers, we guarantee your efforts will be remembered for years to come!
The new mama will be on “baby call” for the next 6-12 months with an endless cycle of eat, feed, change a million nappies, repeat! There will be mess and toys everywhere with limited time to deal with it. A lovely and helpful idea for new mum is a cleaning voucher. You can even do the groundwork for her and research some good cleaners in the area via Google or Air Tasker.
You could also purchase a voucher from companies like UrbanYou which can be used to book any cleaning, gardening, or handyman service from a network of trusted, pre-screened service professionals.
Food, Food and more Food
One of the best gifts I ever received was from my mother in law in the form of home baked treats hand-delivered to the hospital, because who can really fathom hospital food for 4 nights straight?
They were these delectable mini croissants (called kifli in Macedonian) oozing with cheese and they were “mini” for a reason- the type you can pick up with one hand whilst attending to baby 24-7 with the other hand. If you’re good at baking, any savoury or sweet treats and snacks that are easy to store and eat (with one hand of course) will be greatly appreciated.
Most new mums are lucky to get out of their PJ's most days, so the thought of getting dressed, packing baby essentials, working what to feed the fam, and tackling a grocery list with a screaming baby is overwhelming for new mums so a fresh food or meal subscription service will be her saviour for the next 6 or 12 months.
For a fresh and affordable food box packed with delicious local produce and delivered right to their door, Ooooby Sydney is a fabulous gift idea and game changer when it comes to grocery shopping. What’s more you will be supporting local growers with this fresh box of goodness. They offer boxes of organic fruit, vegetables and meat as well as other grocery items such as milk, eggs, dairy products, flours, beans, muesli, kombucha and so much more.
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You could also provide a voucher to a meal delivery service like Thrive which allows you to tailor each nourishing meal depending on what you feel like and is very popular amongst busy Sydneysiders. Soulara is another good choice and is Australia’s first plant powered food subscription service offering a range of nutritious meals and snacks packed with health-boosting qualities to increase focus and energy throughout the day and boost immunity- a necessity for new mums.
And if your friend has just survived 9 months without Japanese food (and they are a fan), delivering some high quality sashimi and sushi will go down a treat (I was besotted when my husband came with a tray from Azuma after my second born). Same goes for soft cheese, cold meats - anything that the new mum was deprived of for that long. Deliver it...STAT!
So whether you want to bake some goodies, deliver some seriously good takeaway or provide an awesome meal subscription, food will provide much needed energy and feel-good feasting for the new mumma!
Well Thought-out Hamper
Any new mum loves receiving new flesh florals to help her room smell lovely and show her there is something fresh outside of those 4 hospital room walls. But whilst spending a small fortune on florals is tempting, that excitement will likely last a day and then she has to worry about transporting the flowers back home, feeding them, trimming them, washing vases etc etc (not ideal for a new and busy mumma).
You can still make her room look uber pretty with a carefully selected hamper.
Start with a decent box/crate/basket that she will definitely re-use when the new Bub is a toddler (and has a thousand toys to organise). Try Ikea, Howard’s Storage or even The Reject Shop has some goodies. You can then add anything in it from soft toys, clothes, cute shoes, socks, hair bows, nappy wipes, baby lotions, books, and don’t forget nappies (the new baby will go through on average 1,800 nappies in its first year of life). Throw in a soft bear, some cellophane and ribbon and you have just provided a pretty package for the new mum and bub.
You could put together a “not so fancy” gift box of super boring but essential “‘medical” supplies that every mum needs at some point. Think baby Panadol, Fess spray, a baby thermometer, Gastrolite, nail scissors etc. It will save the new mum late night/stupidly early chemist runs when baby inevitably goes through various colds in the first year.
A Gift For The New Mum
Not all postpartum gifts have to be for the new bub, a wonderful way to celebrate the new mum is treating her to a gift that will make her feel a little pampered (she will need it in the coming weeks and months).
You could gift her bubble bath and bath salts, her favourite chocolate or doughnuts, indulgent candle, a facial or massage voucher at her favourite spa or some super pretty PJ's or loungewear which she will basically live in for the next 6 months (and won’t be so mortified when visitors come calling).
She will need to be awake A LOT so her favourite coffee pods or a voucher for a local cafe would provide a lovely gift. Plus, there are going to be long stretches when she’s at home on her own, so a TV subscription will give her plenty to watch while feeding through the day and night.
We just love the idea of pampering the new mama a little!
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