Christmas has become more and more commercial, expensive and frankly exhausting for parents, when it should be a time for relaxing and spending time with the people you love. This year, we are stripping back on the gifts that we are buying, rather than spending money we are spending time together and creating memories not mountains of toys.
That said, when there is a new baby in the family people just can’t resist buying for them so we have put together a list of great gift ideas that are useful, affordable and that both mum and baby will love.
PRE OR POST NATAL MASSAGE
This is something that I personally was a BIG fan of. Friends bought me vouchers for Christmas and as a new baby gift as just for a single hour, a massage allows a new mum to switch off and just relax. Which is usually quite rare when you have a new baby.
Our personal top picks for the most relaxing venues are:
The Hart Spa – based in Middleton in the Heart of England, they offer a range of treatments including pre and post natal massage. The Hart Spa instils a sense of calm, well- being and serenity, it’s a perfect retreat. Their signature candles are lit throughout the spa, hair studio and treatment rooms providing a delicate and beautiful aroma which is designed to bring comfort to a stressed nervous system to deliver peace, calm, and encourage relaxation.
Clarins – This is a nationwide brand and accessible in most large towns and cities. Their therapists are trained in helping you to choose the best treatment and adapt it to each stage of your pregnancy,
NADUR PULSE POINT – £19.50
The NADUR pregnancy anti-nausea pulse point contains Red Mandarin essential oil which is one of the safest essential oils to use during pregnancy. Mandarin oil helps to calm the nervous system and its relaxing properties make it effective for alleviating nausea and ideal for a mum to be. We all know that during pregnancy, certain smells can make you feel nauseous but a quick roll of this on your pulse point and inhaling its relaxing scent can make all the difference.
It isn’t just suitable for pregnant ladies as it is 100% Natural, NON-TOXIC, vegan & gluten free, it appeals to a wider audience too. At 10ml it might be a little gift that can make a big difference.
JOHNSONS TOP TO TOE BABY RANGE – New Born Starter Kit RRP £11.99
JOHNSON’S® Baby Products really need no introduction as for over 100 years, JOHNSON’S® Baby has been the trusted expert in baby skincare. All JOHNSON’S® products are free from parabens and phthalates and are also dermatologically tested and formulated to minimise the risk of allergies. The JOHNSON’S® range simply contains mild but effective ingredients which are specially formulated to care for babies’ delicate skin.
JOHNSON’S® Baby Products are synonymous with quality and they are the perfect practical gift to give to a new mum at Christmas time. Whilst a cute baby grow might be adorable for 5 minutes, baby wipes and baby bath will usually be much more welcomed by a mum who doesn’t need the hassle of running out of the essentials on Boxing Day!
We have been big fans of Nattou since our own girls were little so we were delighted to meet Piu Piu the octopus, the latest cuddly character from Nattou that comes in 6 soft and calming colours. Little ones will love to stroke, pull and twirl the tentacles.
There has been a lot of talk in the news about knitting octopuses for premature babies and this is supported by the Bliss charity but if like me you can’t knit or haven’t got the time, then Piu Piu the octopus is perfect. The plaiting of the tentacles remind them of the umbilical cord, which helps them feel safe and secure. Research has found that the babies snuggle up to the octopus as if they are still in the womb and surrounded by water. In the incubator, this sensory mantel is lost. This idea originates from Denmark – as well as calming babies, their tentacles make them less likely to pull on their monitors or tubes.
This is not just a gift for a premature baby, it is a beautiful baby shower present or new baby gift. From experience we know that Nattou products are not only adorable but long lasting too and at £14.99 it is really well priced too.
We don’t mean the kind of vouchers that you can buy in a department store, we mean vouchers for baby sitting or sleep tokens. There is nothing more valuable to a new mum than someone they can trust staying with their little one for a few hours just so they can grab a few hours sleep!
Once you have decided on those few Christmas Gifts this year, the next decision is wrapping paper and making sure that it is the ethical and environmental choice as not all wrapping paper is paper. Some is plastic-based. Then there’s the issue of gift wrap that’s covered in “metres of Sellotape”, not to mention gift tags or paper that contains foil or glitter, none of which can be recycled. So how do you check? Try to scrunch up the paper into a ball. If it scrunches, and stays scrunched, it can probably be recycled.
The best option, choose brown paper and decorate it. It is much more personal and better for the environment. If you want something a little more festive, try and find a recycled paper instead.
We started this post about making sure that there is no over indulgence at Christmas time. The Rose Diaries is all about natural choices, empowering and supporting each other and while a few select gifts like those we have chosen above can be given from the heart, spending time together rather than money is always the very best gift of all.