Gift for a new mom?

@thyst07 (2091)
United States
December 23, 2010 4:35pm CST
My cousin is having a baby soon, and I need help choosing a gift for her. She already has more baby stuff than she can handle, so instead of getting something for the baby I'd like to get something just for her. I've had a few ideas, like a comfy pair of slippers, some nice bath stuff to help her relax, a care package of snacks, or a few good books to keep her company when she has to be up with the baby at night. But I've never had a baby before, so I don't really know what would be most appreciated. Does anyone else have any other ideas that I'm missing? Moms, what sorts of gifts did you really appreciate when you had your baby, or what do you wish someone had thought to get you?
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
23 Dec 10
I think when a mom first comes home from the hospital she needs to be able to sleep and relax with her newborn. So I think homecooked meals is a great thing so she doesn't have to do it. Another would be maybe someone coming to her to give her a massage to help her recover from having a baby. Or just giving her some time to sleep and you take care of the baby while she sleep.
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• Singapore
23 Dec 10
Yes luckily I read this before posting the same thing. If you want a invaluable gift, this is it.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
24 Dec 10
I would so love to do home-cooked meals for her, since I love to cook, but she lives several states away. I doubt there are any meals that would make it through the mail, haha.
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
24 Dec 10
Sorry didn't realize that you didn't live near each other.
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@djbtol (5501)
• United States
23 Dec 10
I am not a mom, but a father. The suggestions you made are excellent and many of them will be very appreciated by your cousin. Motherhood is a demanding job and some things to encourage or even pamper her are wonderful. If you dare look toward the technical side, there might be some things there. First of all, know that parents love to take pictures and video of their babies. So anything to support that effort will be great. If you know a good place for getting their pictures printed, you might get a gift card for there. Another baby thing, something she may already have, is a baby monitor, so they can listen in while baby is sleeping. I'm sure you will pick just the right thing.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
24 Dec 10
I know she already has a decent camera, but getting some digital prints for her might not be a bad idea. I'll add it to my list.
• United States
24 Dec 10
What about getting her a digital photo frame? Many of them take camera memory cards, and they allow the user to set up a slideshow of their favorite pics. The only real limit to how many images it can rotate through is the size of the memory card. You can buy those very cheap on Amazon.com.
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• Canada
24 Dec 10
Oooh, good idea frugalmommy. I wish I had thought to ask my mom (new grandma!) for that for Christmas!
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@FrugalMommy (1450)
• United States
23 Dec 10
When I had my daughter, everybody gave me things for her. I was practically up to my ears in diapers, wipes, diaper bags, baby clothes, and receiving blankets. The two gifts that stood out the most for me were a bath set that my best friend's mom got for me and a handmade coupon book that included coupons for babysitting nights that my best friend made. The bath salts and scrubs were great, but that coupon book was a lifesaver when my husband and I needed some time to get out by ourselves!
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
24 Dec 10
I've read about the coupon book thing and I think it's a great idea! If we lived near each other, I'd definitely do that. Think I could convince other family members who do live nearby to accept my coupons? (just kidding)
• United States
24 Dec 10
That does pose a problem! If you think she would like something entertaining, you could give her a gift subscription to Netflix. I think I saw some prepaid cards in Best Buy the other day, which would be very easy to mail with a card. I signed up for a month trial, and a third of the way into it I'm loving the service. We started out with a trial of the instant service as an alternative to renting a movie that night, and upgraded it to the 1 DVD at-a-time plan a few days in. I really need to take stock of what we've watched so far and compare the prices at the local rental store, but I think it's already saved us around $40-$50 in rental fees.
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@carolscash (9503)
• United States
24 Dec 10
I think that you have some great ideas. I would recommmend that you get her a warm robe and a pair of slippers and possibly a book. The bath stuff would be a great idea too, but I like the robe and slippers idea better as it would be nice to have that when she is up with the baby all night or throughout the night.
@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
24 Dec 10
She's probably going to be on her feet a lot with a new baby, so I like the idea of slippers too. I also thought of maybe some foot cream or pedicure stuff to go with slippers. I'm not entirely sure what size she wears, so I don't know if I should try to get her a robe.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
24 Dec 10
A new mother needs everything. Anything that could be given to make life a bit easier for new mom and baby is something to strive for. Any comfort will surely be appreciated while waiting for the new arrival.
@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
24 Dec 10
You're completely right. That's why a box of healthy snacks is one of my ideas, so that she'd have something to munch on if she's too busy or too tired to cook a meal at the moment. I think that would make life a little easier.
• India
24 Dec 10
Well it's very nice of you to give her something as a Gift. I think you could give her a Gift which had a pair like one for the mom and one for the baby. It would make her very happy. I think you should make something for her which describes her upcomin g baby. It would be clearly your Efforts. I just feel that give her what she likes and I am sure you will make her very Happy.
@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
24 Dec 10
I thought of maybe making matching hats and mittens for her and the baby, since the baby will be born mid-January, but apparently she's already received a few sets of hats and mittens for the baby from other people. If I go with bath stuff, I probably will be making it myself.
@jinjer168 (1599)
• Philippines
24 Dec 10
What you wanted to give to your preggy cousin was all okay and great for a new mom-to-be. Several maternity dresses will be greatly appreciated for sure, a bunch of fresh flowers and a basket of fresh fruits would be a great present as well. You could also buy her reading materials so she will have something to do in her vacant time. The best thing that you could do for her I guess, is to be with her every now and then so she could have a great company while she's having her pregnancy. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
24 Dec 10
I hadn't thought of fruit, but maybe I could look into one of those services that will deliver a fruit basket in the mail. I wonder if there are any companies like that for organic fruit?
@Celanith (2334)
• United States
24 Dec 10
Oh yes a new mom to be would love to have some pamper type things. Bubble Bath or bath beds, Cocoa Butter for rubbing her enlarged tummy to help reduce stretch marks. A couple of books by her favorite author or a couple good movies to watch. Lotion that smells good she can use on hands and feet. Coffee flavors or herbal teas red raspberry tea is one good one. A small box of chocolates if she likes that or other snacks she might enjoy. What are things she likes to do, even tickets to a concert or movie out or dinner out would be nice. Where she does not have to cook. Also flowers and plants are always nice.
@buggles64 (2715)
• United States
23 Dec 10
The grand daughter! - Olivia Grace, born October 7th, 2010 at 3:50pm. Our band new baby!!
That's a really great idea...a care package for Mom. Those are the kinds of things I would appreciate too. Maybe a coupon or gift certificate for a haircut, pedicure, or even a manicure. A book is a wonderful idea as well or a subscription to a favorite magazine. Slippers and a nice comfortable bathrobe would probably be welcomed as well. I bet the new mommy will love whatever you get her, especially since she has a new baby to keep her busy.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
24 Dec 10
I think she cuts her own hair, but a mani-pedi would probably be in my price range. One more thing to add to the list of possibilities!
• United States
23 Dec 10
I don't have children either, but a lot of people that I know have kids, especially my sisters. I like to talk to them to see what they need. But, since she hasn't had her baby yet (your cousin), she might not even know yet exactly what she needs, except for the "big things" like, the car seat, the stroller, and all the baby gear. She probably got all of that anyways, since you said that she has a lot of baby stuff. Getting a personalized baby item is always cute, like from Build A Bear, or Things Remembered. But, if you want to get the mom and not the baby a gift, you can do a nice Things Remembered gift for her, or even a spa gift set from Bath and Body Works, is always nice. They have the nicest fragrances with their lotions and candles, and so forth. The most recent items I gave were gift cards, a baby bouncer, a couple build a bears, and some baby clothes. There are some great sales going on now, though, so you'll really find a good price, I believe.
@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
24 Dec 10
I hadn't even thought of candles to go with a bath set, but now that you mention it I know that she does really enjoy candles. Thanks!
@momof3kids (1903)
• Singapore
23 Dec 10
Over here in the east, there is a massage that slims down a new mom. Maybe if thats not available in your area, get her a spa treatment. A new mom sometimes feels overwhelmed and needs to be pampered. When the baby is a few weeks old, he/she will be mostly sleeping and this will be a perfect time to get the mom pampered. Do consider what her doctor will say though, if the delivery is a ceasar then she should have to wait till the doctor says its okay.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
23 Dec 10
I think a spa treatment would be a really great gift, but I really can't afford to spend that much- guess I should have mentioned in my original post that I'm working with a pretty small budget. That's why I was thinking more of bath stuff so she could do a spa day at home.
• United States
23 Dec 10
The best gift my husbands aunt gave me was a brest pump. I had all sorts of gifts from all sorts of people. But,that was what I needed the most. I pumped my milk while she slept and had bottles for days.
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@missybear (11396)
• United States
24 Dec 10
That's very sweet of you to get mom something since she did all the hard work. I think your Ideas are very nice and I'm sure whatever you get her she will Love
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@joodzki6 (596)
• Philippines
29 Dec 10
I suggest books on How to take care of her babies and stuff about motherhood. Books will work for her definitely because it will take away her boredom specially when she is just at home. She can read it while her baby is sleeping. Another option is Cook Book, i'm sure she will love it so much. I hope my suggestions helps. Thank you.