2016 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Expecting Mom

It’s that time of year again to start brainstorming – and shopping – for those special people in our lives! Today’s holiday gift guide is for the expecting mom. Perhaps your sister, friend, relative, coworker, spouse, or hello, yourself is expecting. Pamper them a bit and embrace that bump!

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Expecting Mom

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New, luxe slippers are a great option for an expecting mom. Swollen feet are so uncomfortable – so it’s a treat to slip into something soft and cushioning. There are no shortage of slippers out there, but I recommend the L.L. Bean Wicked Good Slippers ($69).

Belly Butter

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A growing belly is a beautiful thing. But that doesn’t mean it’s all rainbows and unicorns! That growth means stretching skin, and that skin can itch and feel very uncomfortable. I loved to rub belly butter (or belly balm) on my stomach. Three great options: Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter ($13), Honest Co. Organic Belly Balm ($16), and Sheamoisture Mommy Stretch Mark Belly Butter ($13).

Prenatal Massage

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Almost 5 years ago now, my mom got me a gift certificate for a prenatal massage. It was, hands down, the best experience of my entire pregnancy! I urge you to do a little research to find a reputable massage parlor/spa in the expecting mom’s area. A massage not their thing? Gifting a pedicure is always a good idea 🙂

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Planner

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I asked my husband what he would add to this list and with no hesitation he insisted on a planner. This Volt planner, specifically ($40). It’s important to stay organized, and especially important once you are responsible for another human or two! While you can obviously use your phone’s calendar to organize your schedule, I wholeheartedly believe that a paper planner is still the most effective method to organize and plan.

Maternity  Photo Shoot

The one regret I have with both of my pregnancies is that I did not properly document them through photographs. Don’t let that happen to the special woman in your life! Book a session with a local photographer for them.

Full Body Pillow

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A pregnancy body pillow is a must have for any expecting mom. It is big and comfortable and supportive and… big 🙂 There are a few options out there – the Snoogle ($50), the Remedy ($36), or Boppy ($45).

Yoga Classes

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Yoga is *so good* to practice, especially while pregnant! See if you can track down a studio that specializes in prenatal yoga, but if there’s nothing local a good studio should be able to accommodate an expecting woman. A set of classes or membership would make a great gift.

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Food Delivery Boxes

Being pregnant can be super draining, especially if the mom-to-be is working and / or has other kids to care for. If eliminating meal planning / food shopping is something that would make their life easier, this can be a great gift option. There are so many food delivery box options out on the market right now that you can definitely find something that appeals to their diet and preferences. Popular ones include Blue Apron ($10 per serving), Plated ($12 per serving), and Hello Fresh ($11.50 per serving).

House Cleaner

It can get really difficult to scrub a bathroom down with a big old belly! Gifting a house cleaner, especially right before the baby is born, would be a much appreciated gift!

Bump Box

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Bump Box is a pregnancy specific subscription box that would make an excellent gift! It includes 5-8 full size, natural products that are tailored to your due date. You can gift one month, or subscriptions ranging from 3, 6, or 9 month durations (starting at $39).

Beauty Subscription Box

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If you like the idea of a subscription box but don’t want to necessarily tailor it to pregnancy, consider a beauty box! The element of surprise each month never gets old. Birchbox is my top choice ($10 a month).

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Tom and Lauren Tate met each other in college and fell in love (there may or may not have been alcohol involved). Years later, they got married, had a baby and now live happily in Southeastern PA with their little boy. Lauren manages the home, while Tom manages projects at a software company. While their interests range from cooking and working out (her) and playing guitar and video games (him), together they manage to maintain a blog, Little Old Home (www.littleoldhome.com).

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