With the holidays upon us, do you find yourself scouring the web for a special gift for a new mother? An expectant mother? Or a more seasoned mother? If so, I write this post to help you identify some unique and useful Christmas gift ideas for her, although they pretty much work any time of year and for any gift-giving occasion.
Admittedly, I have never felt like I am very good at choosing Christmas gifts for the moms on my list. Mothers have a demanding set of priorities that are constantly shifting as their children age. Mothers must inevitably acquire new interests and eliminate others that no longer suit their lifestyles. As such, I never wanted to give something that would unnecessarily clutter, interrupt, complicate, or otherwise inconvenience her life. Read on for Christmas gift ideas for her.
As a mother of twins, I can better appreciate the small conveniences, thoughtful gestures, and useful tools that can make a mother smile. While browsing for inspiration this year, a time when my close circle includes more moms than ever before, I collected the following fun and thoughtful gift ideas for her.
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Grow and Make
If you know a crafty mom who loves a fun, do-it-yourself (DIY) project, Grow and Make offers a large number of DIY kits for making candles, chocolate, bath salts, soap, wine, body lotion, lip balm, and chai, to name a few.
What I like most about this gift is that mothers who have little helpers and curious kids at home can use these kits as a source for family entertainment, providing a chance to bond over a joint project. In this way, it’s a win-win for mom and kids!
You can check out more of their unique kits here.
Stitch Fix is great for stylish moms who do not have a lot of time to shop for themselves or simply want some assistance in identifying new, on-trend pieces to incorporate into their wardrobe or wear to a special event. It works for expectant mothers too!
For just $20, the stylists at Stitch Fix will put together a personalized box containing five items for the recipient to try on in the comfort of her own home. Stitch Fix allows three days for clients to decide what items will be purchased and which items will be returned.
The return envelope is pre-paid and included in the box, along with some cards that highlight the pieces in the box and show ways to wear them with other items in most women’s closets. The $20 styling fee is applied towards any items purchased, and if the recipient keeps all five items, she gets a 20% discount on the order. In the event the recipient does not like any of the items, she loses the $20 styling fee.
My mom friends turned me onto this service, and I have to say it is exciting to receive a personalized box full of mystery clothing. I also like that you can schedule a “fix” when you want one, so there is no pressure to sign up for a recurring, monthly service. With my first box, I kept two items; I have a friend who has purchased all five items on more than one occasion because she loved her customized pieces so much.
The key to receiving items you like is to provide the stylists with as much information and specific guidance as you can about your style (and budget) preferences. When you set up your free account, you must complete a thorough questionnaire that is aimed at giving the stylists a stronger sense of your fashion likes and dislikes. You can also link your free Stitch Fix account to your Facebook or Pinterest pages to give the stylists a better visual of your personal style.
Ready to give the gift of Stitch Fix? Click here to find out more about their gift card options.
If you know a mom who is trying to better her health and/or lose weight, you may consider buying her a 3, 6, or 12-month subscription to Bulu Box. Bulu Box is a discovery service focused on health, nutrition and weight loss products. Their product inventory includes healthy snacks, sleep aids, fat-burners, energy aids, kitchen tools, even workout DVDs and fitness gear.
Instead of spending money on health, nutrition and weight loss products she may not like, for just $10 (or less if you go with a 12-month subscription), Bulu Box creates a custom box for the month that are filled with 4 to 5 samples from top brands. The samples are large enough to allow her to decide if the product is right for her before purchasing the full-size product. Shipping is always free, and the service can be canceled at any time.
Bulu Box also encourages clients to review each product through sample surveys, offering rewards points for feedback. These rewards points work like currency and can be applied towards a purchase at BuluBox.com. A customer can also earn rewards points each time she makes a purchase, so she could potentially receive a new sample box for free every month.
You can purchase a Bulu Box gift card here.
Bluum is another neat product discovery service; this one was created with new moms in mind. They deliver a personalized box to her door every month that contains relevant products for her child’s age, gender, and developmental stage. Bluum uses customer reviews to maintain an inventory of products that moms welcome.
Bluum boxes cover moms starting from pregnancy and children from birth to age five, but I wish I had known about Bluum when my twins were younger. It is a great way to check out the newest, safest products for moms and babies without having to leave the house! When moms set up a Bluum account, they can check off the milestones that their children have reached to make sure they receive the products they need at the right time.
Surprises for mom are included in Bluum boxes, so this is another win-win gift idea for mom and kids.
Ready to give the gift of Bluum? Check out Bluum’s gift card options here.
A gift card or workout program from Beachbody is another great gift idea for a mom who wants to get fit and healthy, has little extra time, and is open to exercising inside the comfort of her own home. Beachbody is the company responsible for best-selling programs like P90X, Insanity Max, Focus T25, and 21 Day Fix.
Personally, I have the 21 Day Fix Extreme program at home, one I first started this summer in preparation for a vacation to the Florida Keys. I loved it because it was challenging despite my regular visits to the gym, the exercises vary each day of the week, the workouts only last 30 minutes, and, best of all, the accompanying nutritional education I gained from it is hands-down the most usable (and affordable) lesson in nutrition I have ever received.
I could share a lot more about my experience with the program, but that is another post for another day. Based on my experience, the Beachbody programs work, and they are a convenient option when you cannot leave your house often enough to get a workout in.
For a busy mom who wants to get fit and stay that way, a Beachbody program or gift card is a practical gift that she is likely to enjoy. Check out Team Beachbody here.
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Because it is not the most original idea, I do not count Amazon in my list of five thoughtful and fun gift ideas for her; however, the gift of an Amazon membership or an Amazon gift card is a very practical gift option when you don’t know the mother well. If you would rather go for something more thoughtful than a gift card, you could consider giving the gift of Amazon Prime, which provides members with free two-day shipping on millions of items for 12 months. With an Amazon Prime membership, you also get instant streaming of movies and TV shows, and unlimited ad-free access to over a million songs and hundreds of playlists. Not a bad way to help out a mom on Christmas, if I do say so myself.
Hopefully, you have found my list of suggestions helpful in your efforts to find the perfect gift for the moms in your life. If you have any additional ideas that would be great for this list, please leave them in a comment below.
Happy, healthy gift-giving!