Virtually everyone who has a parenting blog does a Mothers Day gift guide. So I will apologies for lumping myself in with the herd by giving you yet another one. I am going to make this slightly more relevant to myself, and do one based on a mother’s first Mother’s Day, not that that’s anything new, but welcome to the world of blogging! So here’s what I think would make half decent ideas of what to get a new mother.
A First Mother’s Day Art Scrap Book
Sounds sexy, right? But hear me out. I got my wife this last year, roughly one month before she even became a mother. The idea of it is quite simple and it’s great if you’re after a DIY gift. Every year you get the book out and let the baby draw, paint, write or just do something on a few of the pages. This is something that can be done every year as a tradition of some sort, and it’s something that I personally think would be awesome to see as the years progress. Here’s what ours looks like:
To start with, you’ll likely have hand prints, foot prints and photos, then, as the years progress, the drawings and ideas will get more sophisticated, likely until the child becomes a teenager and goes through that stage where they think everything is stupid. But either way, it’s a cost effective, thoughtful way to reminisce over past mothers days whilst adding to future ones. And if this is a mothers first one, then you’re doing it right at the beginning, which makes it even more memorable.
You can always get a custom made one via somewhere like Etsy, or simply buy a blank one on Amazon, or even pop in Hobbycraft. That’s probably the better option if you’re leaving it late. I had ours personalised before Isabelle was born, and it looks like this:
Photo For Every Day She’s Been a Mother
This is one I really wanted to do for Rachel, but seeing as we had Isabelle in April, there would be around 322 days in which Rachel has been a mother. So unfortunately her first Mother’s Day won’t contain this as doing a canvas with that many photos on might be a little bit over the top. I could of course break it down to weeks, which would be 45, and that would be much more manageable.
But let’s face it. We all take a boat load of photos of babies, probably even more so in the early years. So you’ll probably find it quite easy gathering enough photos to make this work. You can do it a little more creatively and order the photos via something like Freeprints and cut them all out onto a giant piece of paper to get framed, or maybe a scrapbook like the idea above, or even make them online somewhere like Photobox.
Ok, I’ll admit, that this suggestion is a little bit of a cop out in the sense that it’s a pretty obvious suggestion and one that applies to mothers in general. But let’s be honest, what a mother does all day is bloody hard work, and if they’re new to it then it’s likely even more daunting. Unless she’s back in work and it’s the father that’s doing the caregiving, we do have shared parental leave these days after all. But, for the sake of this gift guide, I’m going to assume she’s the one on maternity leave and hence doing the majority of the parenting.
Rachel has recently gone back to work, so I’ve got to experience what it’s like being a stay-at-home dad, and yes, it’s hard work. It’s also something that I think all dads should really experience. Putting yourself in each others shoes is a very important thing to do if you want to better understand what you both go through, that includes the mother seeing what it’s like being in work all day and then coming home to having the baby. So why not send this new mother off for a day at a local spa. It doesn’t have to be a full day, maybe you just want to book a massage, or another treatment. I know they’re expensive, but you don’t have to go all out.
This is lovely idea but one that I’m leaving a little bit too late. But getting a hand or foot print on a piece of jewellery is a nice keepsake item that they could potentially add to should you want to have more children in the future. Here’s an example:
I know Rachel wants this one quite a lot, but it’s something we’ll probably get done together as I’ve left it a little bit too late and I think we’d both rather be involved in the process. It’s also a little more expensive and does start at £60. If you’re after somewhere that does it, then here’s Lollipops and Ladybirds.
Well, I think that’s about it. Hopefully you can find something here that might work for a first Mother’s Day, but we’re all different. I dare say you know the mother in question you’re looking to buy for better than I do, so do what you think is best. The only real reason I did this post was because I really liked my scrapbook idea. When I really put my mind to it I like to think I get pretty cute gifts, it’s just very rare that I think about them.
If you have any other suggestions then feel free to comment them below. I will then steal your idea and pass it off as my own, so thank you in advance.