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Hot Gifts For Hot (New) Mamas (and Papas): Hot Gifts For The Expecting Couple

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

Know someone who is having or just had a baby? Then you know that you “simply MUST” commemorate this special and unforgettable event with a special and unforgettable gift. Surely you want to get a little something for the new little one. But what about mom? After all she did carry little junior/juniorette for 9 months and now will probably inherit the full time position of caring for him/her. Celebrating with a token gift for mom (and dad) is not only a much-appreciated gesture, but also an expression of class, tact, and social etiquette.

Mother’s Helpers:

Frugal But Fantastic: Gifts for under $25

· Give mom some tranquil peace of mind with sleep and relaxation CDs. From soothing sounds of nature to classical cantatas, it’s the perfect present to let mom know her needs are met and her wishes heard.

· Make your congratulations more than just a figure of speech by addressing mom’s physical needs. Back-in-shape tapes and DVDs are an excellent idea for new moms who want to get back in shape and stay physically (as well as mentally) fit

· If mom can’t get to the spa….why not bring the spa to mom. Consider giving mom some in-home spa treatments. Facemasks, body oils, soothing fragrances lotions and bath soaps, as well as whole body relaxation kits are ideal for pampering her body, mind and soul.

Convenient and Cost-Effective: Gifts for under $50

· A real gem of an idea. Why not give mom some commemorative baubles and trinket. Consider picking out some special and significant gemstones and either stringing them yourself or having one “custom-designed”. Maybe even get a matching set for mother and child.

· Give mom the perfect cover up. How about some appealing apparel for nursing moms. Nursing tops are a great gift for new moms and practical too.

· Give mom a taste of the good life. Show her the literally sweet side of motherhood with a basket full of cookies and other sweet sensations.

A Little Something Extra: Great gift ideas for under $75

· How about a special delivery to celebrate mom’s new special delivery. Think about making mom’s life a little easier (and tastier) by having meals (for two) delivered directly to her door.

· Give her a night to remember. New mom pajamas and sleepwear and maybe a few good books or movies (especially some new “sexy” stuff) may just help her feel better about relaxing and about herself too.

Moving On Up: Gifts for under $100

· Give a picture perfect gift by presenting mom with a gift certificate for photos of her new baby or for a family portrait. If it’s not too expensive you may want to throw in an appointment for hair and makeup.

· Feed her needs. Go food shopping for mom and help her stock up on some nutritious essentials for herself, her family and her baby.

The Royal Treatment: Ideas over $100

· Give mom the ultimate in postpartum pampering. Hire a doula. Doulas are professionals who help new moms with their new role and responsibilities. From baby care to breastfeeding support and some light housekeeping, these certified mother’s helpers (Doulas of North America or DONA) are a great support system for new moms. Rates are daily or weekly, and DONA retains a listing of doulas throughout North American that can be obtained by contacting them.

Some Popular Ideas For Pop:

Prudent Presents: Gifts for less than $25

· Since dad probably won’t be getting as much sleep as he’s use to or would like to…why not give him the perfect wakeup call, with all the perks. How about a plug and heat thermal mug perfect for keeping coffee piping hot even on the road?

· Help dad tune out and tune into his new role of fatherhood. Some portable musical or story CDs are ideal for dads and babies on the go…and for junior/juniorette’s road ahead.

· Put it in print. A great gift for home or office. Frame a sentimental poem or fatherhood print for dad.

Sublime Suggestions: Gifts for less than $50

· Cheer dad up with a basket of cheer. Spice things up with some salsas, bbq and hot sauce.

· Encourage dad to “carry-on” his old routine. Give active dads a baby sling and let him “go with the flow”.

Above and Beyond: Gifts for less than $100

· It’s probably no secret that what may come “naturally” to mom may not be so “second-nature” for dad. Consider giving dad a subscription to a family or fathering magazine and literally turn a new page in his life.

· Between office and offspring…dad’s bound to have his hands and mind full. Be mindful of his “fragile” state of mind and offer him the gift of tranquility, with a portable tranquility fountain.

Extreme Parenthood: Gifts for more than $100

· Score big by giving dad some time away at a golf and spa resort.

· Consider giving TV addicted dad a new version of their “former” favorite pastime. Invest in a baby monitor and TV so dad can keep track of junior/juniorette while he putters around the house.

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