Happy Day 4 everyone! This is my last Christmas Gift Guide for you all. It’s one that rests near and dear to my heart as these are all things that have kept us functioning the last several months.
There are loads of things you can pick up for upcoming arrival of baby, but don’t forget about Mom and Dad! Right now, they’re going through major life changes and might need a little extra love this holiday season.
Let’s start with the momma-to-be
As time goes on, it gets harder to get out of the house for lots of activities. The gift of a pedicure would mean the world to an exhausted momma! A little bit of time pampering and relaxation might be just what she’s been needing.
Pregnancy brings a lot of changes to the skin and hair. It’s a rollercoaster of being too dry and too oily. Cocovit is my favorite go-to all purpose product to remedy all those situations! They use a unique extraction process that doesn’t use heat so you experience the full benefit of the oil. This stuff is perfect as a hair conditioner, shaving balm, moisturizer and can even be added to toothpaste for teeth whitening. I use it for EVERYTHING and have found that it’s already been a champ at keeping stretch marks at bay.
If your momma-to-be is anything like me, insomnia has reared its ugly head and is keeping her up at night leaving her looking a little worse for wear in the morning. Since my skin has been such a challenge, I haven’t been inclined to wear a lot of makeup so heavy concealer to cover those big, blue circles under my eyes was out of the questions. I am, however using this little miracle! It’s a tinted eye treatment that not only depuffs and and brightens, it also covers any darkness that may be looming from the night before. It’s lightweight and settles into the skin with ease.
For any lady experiencing morning sickness, they need to have these ginger Tummy Drops! I tried everything for my nausea and nothing helped like these magical drops. I kept a bag at home, in the car and in my purse for any emergency bouts of nausea. They would also pair perfectly with a box of peppermint tea for when momma is at home and needs some extended relief. I checked in with my doctor before drinking the tea and I would recommend you do the same if the box calls for it!
As the months get colder and clothes get tighter, having a robe for lounging around the house has been a God send! It adds an extra layer of warmth and gives me the chance to bop around in leggings and tank tops that stretch along with my belly. I’m also looking forward to bringing it along with me to have at the hospital for after delivery!
One of the best things a momma can do for her and baby is drink plenty of water. It can help with her skin, keep her system flushed and keep any headaches and muscle cramps at bay. The Starbucks Cold Cups are my favorite for toting water around. They are double walled which ensure nice, cold sips each and every time.
This may look like a little stuffed lovey, but it’s actually a hot/cold wrap. It can be placed in the freezer or warmed up in the microwave and molds to whatever shape you need. I use this guy on my neck during migraines and across my belly and legs when I’m experiencing ligament pain. It’s nothing but pure gold!
Leggings are a gift from above while experiencing lots of shifts and changes to your body in the winter months. My favorite are these from Matilda Jane. They’re soft and comfy but have a touch of style with the hems up the front and button details. They’re also thick enough that I don’t have to wear a long shirt to cover all the lower regions.
Photoshoots are a perfect gift for both expectant parents! Those first few weeks so by so quickly and Mom and Dad will want to document them. I just so happened to take this photo for some friends of mine as a welcome to the world gift for their little and I know the photos are already a small treasure in their house.
Another great gift for Mom and Dad is a gift card to Warby Parker. If they aren’t tired yet, the sleepless nights are coming and having a nice pair of glasses to wear when contacts just won’t cut it will be a welcome treat! They can order an at-home try on kit so all they have to do is give them a test, pick what they want and upload their prescription. They never have to leave the house and in just a few days, they will have some new, pretty specs to strut around in after a long night of feedings.
I mentioned this in my Secret Santa gift guide, but this refillable tumbler from Starbucks would be perfect for new dads in January. They give access to free coffee and tea the whole month and would likely be a welcome member of the family after sleepless nights!
Giving the gift of a meal (or two!) would make any new mom and dad skip for joy! David’s been picking up the slack on the cooking front these days and I know he would appreciate being able to order a meal from home. The Blue Apron boxes come packed with healthy ingredients and start to finish instructions making it easy for the caregiver to make it through a meal.
For those expecting dads, nothing eases anxieties like practice! So picking up a swaddle and plush animal for them to practice burrito wrapping- oh sorry, swaddling doubles as a gift for Dad and a gift for the baby when they arrive!
David has lots of questions about being a new dad and sometimes I have answers and sometimes I don’t. Someone in his office gave him this book on what to expect and I have to say, it’s actually one of the best I’ve seen! It’s written as a survival guide and has loads of information and helpful illustrations. It’s a light, easy read that has been useful to both of us so far.
While he can see my belly growing and experience my mood swings, David can’t really experience a whole lot right now when it comes to the baby. Something that always sets my mind at ease is when my midwife pulls up the baby’s heartbeat on her fancy Doppler monitor. Since David doesn’t go to all the appointments, he doesn’t get to experience that. A friend of ours is loaning us their at home fetal heartbeat monitor and we’ve loved listening to Baby J’s heartbeat from the comfort of our living room!
Dad has a lot to do while getting ready for baby and a lot of it is going to require tools! He’s going to need some extra support while hanging shelves and putting together the crib. This basic set has everything he’ll need to get things together.
That’s it for our Christmas gift guides this year! Tomorrow we’ll be back with a little snippet of our holiday decor. I can’t wait for you guys to see what we have going on this year.
Until next time!
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