Being an expectant mum over Christmas is a unique experience. And buying a gift for the mum-to-be can be challenging. To lighten your load, we’ve done the searching for you and found 10 of the best Christmas gifts to make her feel extra special.
A thoughtful, considerate present means a lot at this time. If they’re feeling the strain, we’ve got gift ideas to help them feel pampered, relaxed and refreshed. If they might like a lasting keepsake, we’ve got some great cost-effective and innovative suggestions. And sometimes a little humour can be fun on Christmas Day, so look out for our prank gift!
Check out our 10 best Christmas gifts for mums-to-be…
1. BABYink® Colour Ink-less Print Kit, £11.21 – best lasting keepsake
As a three-times MadeForMums Gold award-winner, most recently at the 2019 awards, this gift tops our list for innovation and for being a lasting keepsake parents will treasure – all at a very affordable price. This clever kit from BABYink allows you to take a print of your baby’s gorgeous little foot without the use of any messy ink. Genius, right?! Kits are available in black, pink, grey, blue and bronze.
Feedback from our judges was very positive. MFM judge Christy, mum of 2 and MFM Consumer & Reviews Editor, says “This would make a lovely gift and the print came out beautifully in our test. It’s really easy to use, and you can get more than one set of prints out of each kit to share with family.”
Available from: BabyINK.com
2. Little Butterfly London Petals and Blooms Brightening Anti-Oxidant Serum, 30ml, £56 – best for giving skin a luxurious boost
A MadeForMums Gold winner for Pregnancy Skincare in our 2019 awards, this product is infused with vitamins and antioxidants that will restore and clarify pregnancy skin. Formulated specifically for mothers, it is packed full of nourishing ingredients that will counteract the challenges that come with pregnancy skin.
One of our testers, Joanna, a mum of 2, said “Left my skin feeling smooth and radiant and very pleased with the results. My pregnancy skin has certainly improved in appearance and has not been left dry or greasy. Have been using it morning and night and currently 8 months pregnant and would certainly recommend.”
3. Colour Chronicles The Book of You: A Record of Childhood, from £20 – best for bonding with your child
A Bronze award winner in the babygift/keepsake category of the 2019 MadeForMums awards, this gem of a book will encourage new mums to keep records with their child right up to their 16h birthday.
Although 16 years can seem far away, it goes extremely quickly, and so many wonderful things happen in those early years. Compared to the ink-less print gift on our list, there’s more interaction and the gift evolves with your child.
MFM Consumer & Reviews Editor and mum of 2, Christy, said “I would be very pleased to have received this as a gift at my baby shower. I love that it goes up until the age of 16 and there is a lot for the child to contribute to as they get older. A great bonding activity and a special keepsake.”
4. Prank-O Birthie Stick – Prank Gift Box, $7 + international shipping – best for a mum-to-be with a sense of humour
This is actually a gift box that you can put your “proper” Christmas gift in – but with a hilarious twist… The box is for a fake birthing stick that’s supposed to capture all the details of the delivery.
The trick is to keep a straight face while you go along with the prank and enjoy that final look of relief when the recipient realises it isn’t really a between-the-legs “action-catcher”. How about getting the family in on the joke, too? But you all need to keep a straight face!
Available from: Prank-o
5. bbhugme Pregnancy Pillow, £125 – best for easing night-time aches
This MadeForMums Awards 2019 Support/Nursing Pillow Silver award winner is an adaptable pillow that can be moulded into just the right position. Its squashy texture makes it the perfect bed companion – ideal if they are struggling to get a good night’s sleep.
bbhugme is designed by 3 female chiropractors using the softest eco-friendly cotton imaginable. Plus it comes with 2 silicone-free pebbles which, once baby arrives, make great teethers. Oh, and it’s washable, too! Find out more in our review.
Liz, mum of 1, says “Honestly, this has been a lifesaver. I hadn’t had a full night’s sleep in pregnancy till this product changed everything. It’s even stopped backache in the mornings. It’s easy to use, the case is easy to clean and it is amazingly comfortable. A clear winner.”
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6. Glad Gifts Mum To Mum Pass It On book, £10 – best for calming an anxious mum-to-be
If the mum-to-be in your life is anxious about the impending arrival and all the responsibility that comes with being a mother, this could be the perfect gift. Unlike the Colour Chronicles: The Book of You also on our list, no input is needed from the reader.
Each page of this book contains a heart-warming parenting tip from someone who’s been there and done that. There’s over 160 pages of wisdom in total, with plenty of food for thought. The words of inspiration – especially for first-time mums – are invaluable, and all for a very affordable price.
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7. CraftedforLoveUK Handmade Personalised Baby Countdown Plaque, £6.49 – best for an excited expectant mum
This lovely handmade plaque is ideal for helping excited expectant mums countdown to the arrival of their bundle of joy. The personalisation is a lovely touch – you don’t need to know the baby’s name or gender – just the family name. You can also change the wording to read “arrives” or “is due”, depending on how much information you have.
We love how these are made completely by hand from start to finish and they are also available in 20 colours. The maker on Etsy is open to word changes and even special instructions for the ribbons, making it much easier to create the perfect gift that is personal in every way.
Available from: Etsy
8. Mama Mio Sleep Easy Kit, £45 – best for pampering
Mama Mio are well known for making some of the best and most effective stretchmark protection creams out there. This kit includes their tummy rub butter, a sleep spray and bath/shower oil. All have been specially scented with lavender and mint to promote restorative sleep while strengthening the skin. The products come in a tasteful toiletry bag – perfect for popping in the overnight bag if planning a hospital delivery.
Taking time to unwind, relax and get quality rest is essential during pregnancy. Depending on your budget, this gift would be perfect paired with the bbhugme Pregnancy Pillow on our list.
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9. JoJo Maman Bébé Grey Drape Maternity & Nursing Cardigan, £39 – best for loungewear
Looking for a gift that’ll make the mum-to-be in your life very happy? This is it! During the cold winter months, it’ll keep her and the baby bump warm, comfortable and cosy. Once baby arrives, it doubles up as a nursing cardigan.
There’re several different ways to fasten the cardigan, including with a belt. Clear instructions are provided for bump and nursing usage. The design will work well with jeans or at home over some comfy joggers. And to be honest, even after they stop nursing baby, this is the capsule wardrobe piece they’ll wear again and again.
Available from: JoJo Maman Bebe
10. FittaMamma Ultimate Maternity Activewear, from £54.99 – best for active mums-to-be
A maternity fashion range Gold award-winner at the 2019 MadeForMums awards, this workout gear is designed to make mum-to-be as comfortable as possible. During the 9 months of pregnancy, there are incredible changes to the body, which mean that regular exercise gear just doesn’t fit or give the support a pregnant body – and bump! – needs when working out. The Ultimate range from FittaMamma will help keep everything in place.
Exercise has numerous proven physical and mental benefits during pregnancy and expectant mums are encouraged to keep up their exercise routine (after discussing with their GP).
MFM judge Claire, mum of 2, says “I was sceptical about maternity sports clothing, but I was pleasantly surprised. The leggings were supportive and the top kept my boobs in place, which helped improve my confidence and also helped me feel more comfortable. I would definitely recommend!”
Available from: Fitta Mamma