Mother's Day: 5 Gift Ideas Guaranteed To Make Any New Mom Happy
Sure, you can call it a Hallmark holiday. But don?t
be fooled: Mother?s Day is serious business. A big
deal. Especially for new moms.
How do I know? Because I make my living surveying
moms for my books. I ask them everything from which
diaper bag they like best to how they handle
meddling in-laws. And let me tell you, every new
mom lives for Mother?s Day.
Why? Because it?s her one chance to feel cherished
and appreciated for all she?s done for her family.
Now, I?m about to reveal a secret so simple and so
basic, you may not recognize how powerful it is.
Don?t be fooled. If you follow this advice, you are
guaranteed to make any new mom happy on Mother?s
Day. All you have to do is give her something that
makes her life easier or makes her feel cherished.
Here are my top five picks:
1. A good night?s sleep.
To a new mom, eight uninterrupted hours of sleep are
worth more than anything that could come in a box
from Tiffany. Give her coupons for ten good nights
of sleep (they don?t have to be used consecutively),
and she?ll be forever grateful.
If she?s nursing, make sure she pumps breast milk in
advance, so you can handle the nighttime feedings.
And do whatever you can to ensure she has quiet
surroundings. You may even suggest she move to
another room if she finds it hard to sleep through
2. New mom jewelry.
New moms love jewelry that features baby charms,
baby shoes, moms holding babies, etc. I recommend
Lucy Ann products (http://www.lucyann.com) because
they?re adorable, they can be personalized, and
they?re reasonably priced.
3. Maid service for a month.
For the neat freak who is just too exhausted to do
it all herself, this is the perfect gift. It may
not seem romantic, but she?ll love the fact that
you?re thinking of her needs.
4. A personal chef or a post-baby casserole shower.
The last thing a new mom has time for is cooking,
but you still have to eat something for dinner every
night. If you can afford it, hire a personal chef
to cook and store two weeks? worth of meals in your
freezer. Go to (http://www.personalchef.com) for
If finances won?t permit that luxury, ask friends or
relatives to throw her a post-baby casserole shower.
Each friend or relatives makes a casserole that can
be frozen and re-heat as needed.
5. A memory.
Memory-savers like scrapbooks, baby pictures and
photo gifts are always a hit with new moms. If she
likes scrapbooking, get her a gift certificate to
her favorite craft or scrapbooking store.
If she?s a digital photography fan, Shutterfly
(http://www.shutterfly.com) offers prepaid print
plans and portrait packages from $24. Or have a
photo quilt made at Personal Creations
(http://www.personalcreations.com) or a hand-drawn
pencil sketch or watercolor done from one of your
baby photos at My DaVinci (http://www.mydavinci.com).
About the Author: Stephanie Gallagher is the author of "The Gallagher Guide to the Baby Years" and Editor of "The Shopping Mom's Weekly Tip," an ezine that's jam-packed with insider shopping secrets and money-saving tips. Subscribe by sending a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org