After 8 years of infertility, I’d all but given up on ever experiencing Mother’s Day from the other side, so I’d never really thought about Mother’s Day Gifts as a first time mum. Each year as we ate out in restaurants and I researched gift guides and ways to treat your mum, it was tinged with a little bit of sadness that it didn’t look like anyone would ever be doing that for me. Finally, in 2017 I was 8.5 months pregnant for Mother’s Day yet it still seemed so unrealistic and crazy that in 2018 I’d have a baby! As I waddled my exceedingly pregnant butt to the restaurant table and proceeded to consume half the menu (I may have embraced the whole “eating for two” thing a little too literally..) I was still a little bit in denial that in a few weeks I’d be giving birth. My induction started 10 days later!
So here we are in 2018 and I’ve got a happy, healthy 11 month old baby boy and it’s fast approaching both my first Mother’s Day and his first birthday!
I’ve collated some gift ideas for that extra special first Mother’s Day. For me, it really is something to remember.
Fantastic Mother’s Day Gifts
Personalised Keepsake Baby Clothes
I think personalised items make the best Mother’s Day gifts as they’re so memorable. A personalised baby grow is something that’s fun for the day, makes a great family photo and is a lovely keepsake as well. If you’re not into keeping entire outfits, you can cut out the print to save – or even make old baby clothes into a patchwork quilt! Teether offer some lovely personalised baby grows with a wide range of designs for lots of different occasions. They sent me this lovely Personalised Mothers Day Baby Romper and it’s so cute!
I also bought this personalised short vest from Nanny Olive on Etsy because you definitely can’t have too many baby clothes and it’s good to have a long romper to sleep and play in and then a short vest to go under the outfit he wears for that day!
Booze (and some awesome labels to match)
I think these labels are really beautiful and really good value at just £2.50! You buy the labels and can then stick them on mum’s favourite wine or drink. This is an inexpensive way to personalise a thoughtful Mother’s Day Gift. Its Your Bottle on Etsy offer a wide range of labels and have quite a few special ones for Mother’s Day Gifts but these are also great for birthdays, Christmas, Father’s Day or just about any celebration you can think of.
A Sweet Treat for Mother’s Day
Of course you could pick up a box of chocolates from the supermarket but there are also some unique options online that are a little bit different and memorable.
This original gift box from Love Fudge is just £10, comes with a personal message and includes 300g of unique hand-made fudge flavours (including my favourite, Turkish delight) but you’ll find lots of other selections should your mum be a love of nuts, or even need a gluten free selection. I really hope my husband is reading this!
A personalised cake from Bakerdays is also a really good option for Mother’s Day gifts – or any occasion! – as they come delivered in letterbox size straight to your door. Check out my full review of the one I was sent this year, and a competition to win your own! They even do gluten free and dairy free cakes for those with allergies.
Relaxation for Mother’s Day
One of the biggest things for me as a new mum is relaxing. Now the first choice of gift here would be a time machine, as a few hours extra in the day would be really handy. Failing that, I think that beauty and aromatherapy products make a fantastic gift for any mum – whether she’s new to it or not! Perhaps, send over some awesome natural bubble bath recipes for her special day!
Aromatherapy diffusers like this one are not only a beautiful piece of decor, but I firmly believe that aromatherapy is something that every house should take advantage of. The amount of essential oils available to mix are astounding and there are benefits from relaxation to physical health. I have a plain white one but I would love an upgrade to this Anyoyo diffuser with a beautiful floral pattern.
Those look good enough to eat! Except they’re bath bombs, so please don’t eat them! I think the designs are really cool and these bath bombs – filled with essential oils – don’t do a massive fizz but a slow melt, resulting in a gentle and luxurious experience as a Mother’s Day gift. Perfect for the evening bath… whilst someone watches the baby!
Practical Gifts for Mother’s Day
It’s not all about the money. I took a quick poll of my Facebook friends and other mummy bloggers and almost every mum out there said what they really appreciated was just a bit of time to themselves and extra attention. We want to feel thanked, appreciated and loved and although I’m sure we all are, it’s really nice to actually hear it!
Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed
Who doesn’t love breakfast in bed? You know your mum best but I’d recommend a hearty fry up for those who like a big tasty breakfast or something simple yet tasty like avocado and baby plum tomatoes on toast (my favourite). An omelette goes down well, but you can also do something simple like a bowl of fresh fruit with some cereal or toast. Give mum a lie in and bring her a big cup of tea or coffee!
A Lovely Meal
I’m a big fan of eating out and I love taking my mum to dinner. We always go out on Mother’s Day and I’m looking forward to taking her to a restaurant that’s a favourite of mine but she’s never been to this year. Just remember to book it in advance to avoid disappointment as Mothering Sunday can be quite busy in restaurants and remind her that it’s a treat so dessert is guilt-free! A restaurant meal out also allows for you to celebrate with all the generations and all the mums can be treated no matter how long they’ve been doing it.
That being said, I appreciate home-cooked food and if my husband offered to cook me dinner for Mother’s Day I’d be over the moon. Especially if it was fillet steak, with a big chunk of carrot cake for dessert. My mouth is watering already. I wouldn’t even care if it was a little bit burned and the vegetables were from frozen and the sides microwaved. It’s really the thought and effort that would make me smile. Although knowing my husband we’d also have the fire department out so maybe eating out is just a better idea in my case!
A babysitting voucher
I love my son, but I’d really love a bit of time away from him too. Sometimes I feel quite guilty asking for me time, so if someone is offering me an opportunity to take time for myself without feeling like I’m being a burden, I will take it! Offering to babysit can really help a new mum. Obviously if you’re dad, it’s not babysitting, just parenting – but I think she’d still appreciate a voucher being made and printed out in her card so she feels like she’s enjoying a gift!
A voucher for a spa visit, a hair salon or to get some nail treatments will go a long way. But do you know what? So will a back or foot massage, or maybe the kids want to have fun bonding with her and do her nails. A few beauty products in a nicely wrapped package can be an inexpensive but lovely gift – and make sure you promise to give her a few hours time alone in the evening to have a long soak in the bath and a good pamper!
A hand-made card
Mother’s Day is a big money maker for the card companies, but rather than buying a generic card off the shelf, why not make one? It doesn’t matter how crafty you are, at the end of the day you put your time, your effort and your love into that card and that’s what will shine through. Dad can also have fun bonding with the kids as he helps them with this one! If you’re a bit old for all of that but still want to add the personal touch, you can get lovely handmade cards on Etsy and that supports small businesses too!
Here’s my guide to my favourite Etsy Mother’s Day Cards! There’s tons to choose from from kitsch to comedy!
I hope that this guide helped you in some way. If you’re a first time mum I strongly suggest leaving this open where your partner can see it, or perhaps just conveniently sharing it on Facebook or if your husband is as dense as mine, perhaps just directly messaging him with a LOOK AT THIS. But if you want to treat yourself to something as a keep-sake for Mother’s Day, buy yourself something! A little bit of self-love goes a long way too. If you’re a dad, son, or daughter looking for ideas, this round-up should help you.