Need some gift inspiration for a mum-to-be? Or a treat to cheer up a fellow shattered new mama? We've rounded up the best presents for the festive season, hand-picked by our favourite in-the-know mums and small business owners. Choose a present from this list and you're sure to brighten up her Christmas...
Alienor Falconer, founder of The Bright Company says: "Our Mama Jyms are perfect for new mums, as they have a long top to cover any post baby wobbly bits (we've all been there!) and are good looking enough to answer the door to the postman when you don’t make it out of the house..."
Kelly Seymour, founder of Cult of Youth says: "I think it's perfect because all new Mamas deserve a badge of honour and this is as close as you'll get! It's a great gift - and comes in gold, silver or rose gold to suit their style."
Steph Douglas, founder of Don't Buy Her Flowers says: "This says to someone 'This is all about you. Shut the bathroom door, light the candles, and take some time to scrub, soothe and recover'. Most women (and especially new mums) are terrible at taking time for themselves. A gift that basically says 'stop' is pretty powerful. The gorgeous beauty products are all from businesses started by women and if you want to spend a bit more you can add luxury chunky wool or cashmere socks, which are perfect for curling up on the sofa after the recovery session."
Anna Tizard, co-founder of Tiba + Marl says: "Our beautiful RAF holdall hits the spot in so many ways! Not only does it have a 'bag within a bag’ (official use: for wet and soiled clothes, or nappies and wipes - non-official use: for Mum’s lipstick, phone and keys!) it also doubles up brilliantly as a hospital bag, and later as an overnight bag, gym bag or carry-on bag! It’s many features include an insulated bottle holder, a luxury padded changing mat, multiple pockets/ zips/compartments for phones/ laptops/ nappies/ wipes/ clothes/ extra bottles, a cross body strap for attaching to your buggy, a dust bag - and it’s best attribute - it looks so good, no one would guess it was a changing bag!"
Polly Hayward, founder of Just Polly says: "The Betty Lace dress is the perfect Xmas gift! Mums to be and new mums can wear it on Xmas Day or New Years Eve, and still feel and look good. It features a disguised breast feeding panel - perfect for breastfeeding or expressing while you're out at a parties - and it still looks glam for an event. It's also lined in soft jersey so it's perfectly comfortable for mums to be."
Madeleine Famuwera, founder of Little Prints Clothing says: "Our best-seller for newborns - probably because it's a great unisex item (good when you don't know if it's a boy or a girl yet!). The print is bright and colourful which makes it really stand out from the small baby clothes on offer. They're washable and durable for every day, OR, with the matching Bandana Bib, they'll make the perfect outfit for special occasions".
Jessica King, founder of The Mini Edit says: "We're huge fans of Ama London's luxe cashmere baby blankets and the birthdate blanket is our absolute favourite – personalise it with a memorable date to create a super chic keepsake!"
Gemma Whates, founder of All By Mama says: "Silicone teething necklaces mean you can carry on wearing jewellery every day and feel like you’ve made a bit of an effort! Great for baby to chew and grab - and this one still looks like a genuinely stylish piece !"
Hollie de Cruz, creator of YesMum affirmation cards says: "Being a mum isn’t easy, yet you rarely get told what a great job you’re doing. Drawing on techniques from mindfulness and hypnobirthing, yesmum affirmation cards are your daily pat on the back. A quick, straightforward way to access the power of positive programming and start each day with strength and self-assurance."
Rebecca Evans, founder of SoLo Baby Massage and co-founder of MaternityLeaveLife says: "Baby massage is one of the few classes you can do with a new baby, before they're old enough to appreciate active sensory or music groups. It's a great way to get out the house, meet other new mums and spend some quality time with your new baby - gift vouchers are a great gift idea for local mums!"