When the holidays roll around new moms are often overlooked, because everyone is focused on the baby. As a matter of fact, most of a new mom’s gifts are generally geared towards her new role as a mother. While it is great to receive “mom” gifts, it is also nice to let the lady in your life know that she is still just as much of a woman as she is the baby’s mother. Here are some inexpensive stocking stuffers that will make new moms feel loved.
- Homemade Coupons – This is the ultimate inexpensive gift. All you need is a pen and paper and maybe a little creativity. Come up with ways you can help mom. Offer to babysit for a few hours on a day when she really needs a nap or promise to do her grocery shopping on a day when she does not feel like getting out of the house. Simply come up with a way you can help (babysitting, running errands, cleaning and cooking are all good ones) and write it down on a “coupon” for mom to cash in when she is ready.
- Specialty Shop Gift Cards – Gift cards make great gifts for everyone, but when you’re shopping for a new mom, try to pick one out that will force her to spend the money on herself and not her family. Gift cards to shops that sell lotions, make-up and women’s clothing are always great ideas. Restaurant and movie gift cards are good, too. If your new mom has a hobby, such as crafting or working out, you can always go with a store that suits those needs. Best of all, you can usually determine how much or how little you want to spend.
- Personalized Jewelry – It’s an old standby, but a new necklace or that pair of diamond earrings she’s been eying is the perfect treat to let her know she is special. If the new mom in your life does not want a particular piece, you could always get her something baby-related. In this instance, it is okay. A necklace with the new baby’s name engraved or a charm bracelet with a symbol that represents her little bundle of joy is always a great idea.
- Magazine Subscriptions – While a busy new mom may not have time to read an entire novel, she will probably appreciate having something interesting to look through while she’s feeding the baby or enjoying a rare, quiet moment to herself. Try to avoid parenting magazines, though. Those are more appropriate for baby showers instead of Christmas.
- Lotion and Moisturizers – Pregnancy can be harsh on your body and one annoying side effect is dry skin. Throw in the fact that winter can also make your skin dry, and you may have one dry, itchy mama on your hands. Find out her favorite scents or opt for a relaxing scent like lavender or eucalyptus. The great thing about lotion is that it can be as cheap or expensive as you wish, depending on where you purchase it.