Here’s a list of unique gift ideas your expecting bestie will love! You can be sure she’ll feel incredibly grateful for these extra-thoughtful gifts. This list contains great gift ideas ranging from functional to fun, and maybe even a few things you’d like to add to your own checklist!
Gift Ideas for the Mom-To-Be
1. Basket of Food
Make a list of your pregnant friend’s favorite food items and cravings. Then, gather them all in one basket and include a few gift cards with pregnancy quotes or your personal message for your bestie for some inspiration. Remember, her cravings don’t have to make sense. Pickles in ice cream? Cheetos in soup? Whatever she wants, she’ll get in this perfect gift basket!
2. Pregnancy Journal
Encourage your friend to track her pregnancy notes in a journal. Tell her not to hold back as she writes all her feelings and thoughts. A personal journal will allow her to express all of her pregnancy ups and downs in one safe place. This will also be a sweet memento after her baby is born. This gift will be special to her for the rest of her life.
3. Nursing Bra
Your pregnant friend will be happy to receive a nursing bra. It’ll be her ally once she starts her breastfeeding journey. Don’t forget to ask around before choosing one to purchase. It’s probably a good idea to get recommendations from other moms as well. They’ll know which brands and products work best.
4. Stretch Mark Cream
It’s no secret that a woman’s belly expands during pregnancy. However, the reality is, stretch marks are bound to appear as the baby grows inside the womb.
Help a pregnant woman reduce her stretch marks with a good and trusted belly butter. The stretch marks may disappear quickly as long as there is proper care.
5. Pregnancy Pillow
A good pregnancy pillow will help your pregnant friend get a good night’s rest. It’ll also aid in reducing neck and back pains caused by pregnancy.
6. Compression Socks
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Leg swelling is common in pregnant women due to heightened blood pressure and additional fluids in the body. But, you can help ease the discomfort with these compression socks. It’ll make long car rides, flights, and moving around more comfortable.
7. Fluffy Slippers
Fluffy slippers are another useful gift and can be one of the cutest pregnancy accessories. Pregnancy causes swelling all over the body which can make finding comfortable shoes difficult. Cute fluffy slippers add a nice touch of comfort despite all the swelling. Often, pregnancy can make a woman’s feet increase one full shoe size. Get your gal some slippers and avoid the battle against the brogue.
8. Hospital Bag
Prep a hospital bag. It’ll be one less thing your pregnant friend has to think about. A good hospital bag has all the essentials: hospital documents, socks, sweaters, loose clothing, toiletries, lip balm, and maternity bras.
Tip: A pack of lozenges will greatly help during labor too!
9. Maternity Photo Shoot
Give the gift that will last a lifetime. Plan a maternity photo shoot for your pregnant friend. That way, she’ll always be reminded of how beautiful and strong a woman’s body can be. Personalized photographs will draw your friend back to one of the most incredible experiences of her life. You can save some photos and give a framed set as a gift on a special occasion, like Mother’s Day.
10. Prenatal Yoga Classes
Prenatal yoga improves sleep and works wonders for a pregnant woman’s body. It increases muscle strength, endurance, and flexibility. It also reduces lower back pains, nausea, and headaches. Give your friend a month’s worth of classes and watch her get even more glowing!
11. Relaxing Getaway
Sometimes, all you need is a quick getaway. Plan a relaxing spa trip and book pampering treatments that will remind her to take care of herself. Going to the beach is not a bad idea, either. Make it extra-cute with themed one-piece swimsuits and make it a girls’ day! That way, you get in on the fun too!
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Remember, the main purpose of your gift guide is to make your friend’s pregnancy easier and more comfortable. Pregnancy can be a whole rollercoaster on its own. These gift ideas are here to help her enjoy the ride as much as possible!
Have more gift ideas to add to the list? Leave your suggestions in the comments section below!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.