Need help with a baby shower gift for MOM, not baby.

Crystal - posted on 01/06/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )




My friend is having her first child. She's having a book party/baby shower so I already have the baby's gift but I have no idea what to get HER, the mom. I've been told to get her what I wanted when I first got home but I can't afford a nanny. lol Anyone have any suggestions? I really don't want to go with a gift certificates. Help!


Meadow - posted on 01/06/2011




Get a basket and collect a small amount of things. I called it the breast feeding basket. There was a bottle for water, snacks, washable breast pads, burps clothes, breast ointments, pen and a note pads, a good funny book about moms and their kids. (Chicken soup for the soul worked for me) Warm socks, stuff like that.

Claire - posted on 06/01/2011




Coffee. Lots of coffee! LOL and maybe stock her fridge with Schwanns or something pre-made so she can toss it in the oven and not have to think about it. I really wish someone had done that for us with either kid.
How about a pedicure (since she'll be able to see her feet again) and a massage?

Theresa - posted on 01/06/2011




Tell her you'll make a meal or two that can be heated up/ baked when they're ready to eat them. It's nice to have home cooked meals after the hospital, but you don't always have the time/energy to make them.

JuLeah - posted on 01/06/2011




I buy first time moms' a baby bag and fill it with all the little things they would never think about before hand, but find they need one night at 3am.
Stuff the deal with baby's frist temp and illness, to baby nail clippers - a pad to change the baby on the first time they find themselves with no clean place to lay baby down for the changing ... I can't remember now, usually I just go down the baby path at the store and toss stuff in the bag. New mothers' don't know what all the stuff is, but always call within a few months thanking me for it.


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I just gave my best friend her shower gift...she's 26 weeks right now. I have her what I see myself using all the time.
She got a great new hot glue gun, with an extra bag of glue sticks. A big bottle of Gorilla glue...a package of clamps...a blister pack of super glue...and some two part epoxy. A flat and phillips screwdriver and a pair of needlenose pliars. A huge economy pack of size AA and AAA batteries...a roll of duct tape, a roll of electrical tape and a roll of clear tape.

I didn't get her the crib, stroller, carseat like everyone else planned...I got her things I see myself reaching for every day. I packed them all in a big pretty basket with a blue bow.
Kids go through a LOT of toys...some are broken and can be repaired. Some of the cheap toys you pick up will NEVER stay in one piece unless you glue them the first time you put them together. Some will surprise you and require a screwdriver to get to the batteries.
Kids go through an anti-diaper stage...duct tape can be used to hold the diapers on.
Basically, I got her a jury-rig basket.

Christy - posted on 06/01/2011




I try to give the mom either something relaxing or something pretty. Gifts I have given are candles, which may be too impersonal for your needs, or a piece of jewelry. Costume jewelry works great. You probably know her well enough to match an outfit or get a color she wears all the time! Another thought is a good book to read while feeding the baby. Good luck! If all else fails, get her a gift certificate and volunteer to keep the baby for an hour so she can get out of the house!

Blackwood - posted on 06/01/2011




What if you and a friend or two go on a gift together, maybe a cleaning lady or as silly as this sounds but would make a great gift, you make coupons for frozen food that when the baby comes, she can just pop the food in the mic and eat. That's hard becuz even gifts for mani or hairdressers is hard unless you do up a coupon for "free babysitting" while she goes.

Janelle - posted on 06/01/2011




A friend gave me a bottle of pain killers, tucks pads, lotions, a lather fluff and some body wash. I go with books, socks, the pain killers, or even a baby book to record babies firsts.

Firebird - posted on 01/06/2011




I was given scented candles and bubble bath. I like the gift card for a hair cut idea. Ooh or maybe a pedicure, most salons have a variety of different pedicures so you wouldn't have to spend $50 on it. I know you said you didn't want to go with a gift certificate, but one like that shows you put a fair bit of thought into it. It's not like a gift certificate to the grocery store or anything.

Danielle - posted on 01/06/2011




I would get her a gift card for a haircut, or a basket of bath salts, lotions, wash, ect. Or maybe a gift card to get some clothes after giving birth and resuming a pre-pregnancy state.
They are things I know I wish I had the resources to utilize after having my son, but was on a tight budget (especially having to buy formula).
Of course, if she can afford those luxuries then I would steer to the more useful baby/mommy products.

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