Friday 9 December 2022

Christmas Gift Guide | Expectant Mamas

Whether it's pampering products to use postpartum or adorable baby-related bits, there are a number of amazing presents on offer for soon-to-be-mamas this year. Here is an edit of my personal favourites...

Comfort Zone | Tranquillity Kit

Selfcare is hugely important postpartum, so I recommend gifting mums-to-be an indulgent bodycare set this festive season. The Comfort Zone Tranquillity Kit (£45 is a perfect choice. Worth £62, the set includes a Shower Cream (200ml) and Body Cream (180ml) that both feature an exquisite aromatic scent for immediate relaxation of the mind and body. Both product works together to leave skin freshly scented, velvety-smooth, and protected with natural nourishment.

Björk and Berries | Fäviken Bath Salt

Another great selfcare gift for mums-to-be is the Björk and Berries Fäviken Bath Salt (£42 Liberty). This calming bath soak features flowers and herbs that have been hand-picked from the Björk and Berries garden in Fäviken, Northern Sweden. It is a relaxing and calming bath soak enriched with detoxifying birch, relaxing lavender, and soothing chamomile flowers. The herbs used are carefully harvested and blended with unbleached natural sea salt. Rich in minerals, this 100% natural bath salt cleanses, stimulates, and softens the skin. It also soothes muscles and relieves stress – perfect for a busy new mum!

The Organic Pharmacy | Intense Moisture Boost Christmas Set

If there is one thing a mum-to-be will want this Christmas, it’s a skin pick-me-up. I recommend The Organic Pharmacy’s Intense Moisture Boost Christmas Set (£59, which features the brand’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum (30ml) and Hyaluronic Acid Corrective Mask (60ml). Designed to drench thirsty dry skin with hydration, this powerful serum and mask duo is formulated with ground-breaking triple-molecular weight hyaluronic acid. Additional moisture-boosting active ingredients are included to plump fine lines and wrinkles, delivering skin that feels as youthful and smooth as it looks.

M&S | Silk Eyelash Embroidered Eye Mask

One of the best things you can gift an expectant mama this Christmas is a good night sleep, however we know that’s pretty impossible. What you can gift, however, is a gorgeous sleep mask to ensure she gets a quality power nap whenever baby is snoozing. I love the M&S Silk Eyelash Embroidered Eye Mask (£15 M&S). Made from soft silk, this luxe eye mask allows the skin to retain moisture, ensuring mum looks and feels well rested whenever she wakes!

This Works | Space to Dream Gift Set

Another great gift for aiding a good night’s sleep (or valuable power nap) is the This Works Space to Dream Gift Set (£40 Designed to provide the ultimate pre-sleep ritual and harmonise the body and mind, this set features four bestsellers from This Works, including the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (75ml), Deep Sleep Bath Soak (200g), Sleep Balm (8.6g), and Stress Check Roll-On (5ml). Each product boasts the brand’s award-winning Deep Sleep Superblend, which is an 100% natural blend of lavender, camomile, and vetivert - three ingredients proven to help you fall asleep faster.

BabyBjörn | Baby Carrier One in Leopard

For chic mums-to-be, I recommend gifting a stylish baby carrier. After all, it’s an accessory she’ll be wearing regulary, right?! Cue the BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One in Leopard (£175 John Lewis), a covetable baby carrier that any mama is guaranteed to appreciate. Crafted in a soft cotton blend, this gorgeous carrier features a sturdy waist belt and padded shoulder straps to relieve pressure on the back and shoulders. With four different carrying positions and adjustable head support, the BabyBjörn makes baby-wearing possible from newborn and up to the age of three. It is ergonomic, soft, and comfortable, with a fully adjustable size and seat width.

Tommee Tippee | Made for Me In-Bra Wearable Breast Pump

How about gifting mamas-to-be easy and discreet expressing with the Tommee Tippee Made for Me In-Bra Wearable Breast Pump (£199.99 Available in both a Single and Double Pump option, Tommee Tippee’s new Wearable Breast Pump provides everything you’d expect from a regular electric breast pump but it fits comfortably in a bra, and quietly pumps, enabling mums to go about their day discreetly with total freedom. With no wires, power units, or plugs, this Wearable Breast Pump make for a hassle-free experience whilst pumping. It may not be the most indulgent gift to give, however it is guaranteed to be greatly appreciated, trust me.

Iris Costello | The Secrets of Rochester Place

Books make great gifts for expectant mums as they provide much-needed entertainment during night feeds. So I recommend giving the gift of angepic, spellbinding novel focused around family drama, love, and betrayal. Cue The Secrets of Rochester Place (£8.99 Amazon), the new novel from bestselling author Nuala Ellwood, writing under the pseudonym of Iris Costello. It is an emotive, intricately layered historical mystery that follows the interweaving stories of a young Basque girl as she flees civil war to 1930s London, and a present-day emergency dispatch worker who unravels a long-held family secret.

IMARAÏS Beauty | Glow

To help aid a mum-to-be's future postpartum beauty routine, I recommend gifting Glow by IMARAÏS Beauty (£40 Selfridges). These beauty supplement gummies utilise plant-based micronutrients with an advanced delivery system to brighten, firm, and restore skin’s radiance at the cellular level; all while tasting delicious. Simple and sustainable, IMARAÏS believes in only using powerhouse ingredients that are known to deliver fast-acting results, so key ingredients include marine algae, olive leaf extract, and vitamin C. One tube of Glow contains a one-month supply of 60 lemon flavoured gummies (recommended dose: two gummies per day). Within 30 days, skin will appear hydrated, glowing, plump, and youthful.

Estée Lauder | Limited-Edition Advanced Night Repair Serum

Another great skincare gift available this year is the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum (£86 John Lewis). This festive season, the much-loved beauty brand is launching a gorgeous limited-edition version of its hero night serum to deliver that Christmassy feeling. Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Serum boasts an impressive formula, which combines hyaluronic acid, Tripeptide-32, caffeine, and vitamin E to deliver smoother, younger, more radiant, and even-toned skin! It is the perfect skin saviour for a soon to be mums!

Chococo | Festive Collection Box

If there is one gift guaranteed to be loved by mums-to-be this Christmas, it's chocolate and chocolate gifts don't get much better than the Chococo Festive Collection Box (£25 This charming chocolate box, which features a beautifully illustrated menu, is available in two sizes, large and medium. Packed with some of the UK’s tastiest chocolates, the Chococo Festive Collection Box includes new flavours alongside Chococo classics and award-winners. Chocolate creations include Port Barrel & Juniper, Hazelnut Latte Cluster, Cherry Bakewell, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Gingerbread Caramel, Tangerine Dream, Molasses & Brown Butter, Chilli Tickle Caramel, and Fizzy Pudding.

Lancôme | La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum Set

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum Set (£61 is a perfect present for expectant mothers in need of a self-indulgent treat. The collection features the iconic La Vie Est Belle fragrance (50ml), a La Vie Est Belle body lotion (50ml), and a travel size La Vie Est Belle (10ml). A fragrance hero for Lancôme, La Vie Est Belle is a Floral Fruity Gourmand scent that features top notes of pear and blackberry, heart notes of pallida iris concrete, orange blossom, and jasmine sambac absolutes, and base notes of patchouli essence.

Little Aurelia | Woodland Friends Gift Set

My final gift recommendation is one that benefits both mother and baby. It is the Little Aurelia Woodland Friends Gift Set (£150, an enchanting suitcase that contains a selection of essential baby skincare. It includes the brand's Sleep Time Top to Toe Wash, Sleep Time Top to Toe Cream, Sleep Time Bath & Massage Oil, Sleep Time Pillow Mist, and Comfort & Calm Rescue Cream. Also included is the brand's Top to Toe Konjac Sponge and a limited-edition Sleep Time Tales book. Not only is the set full of skin saviours to nourish baby’s skin and wellbeing, the beautiful suitcase can be reused to store a little one’s keepsakes and treasures when they get a little older.

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