After having a baby, there are a lot of firsts: first stinky diaper, first gummy smile, first try at a word. And while there’s no question that these events are important, there are significant firsts for the new mothers too – like their first Mother’s Day. Finding a gift for such an occasion can certainly be a challenge, which is where this blog post comes in. Below is a helpful list of great gifts that will easily make her day memorable, even though it’s the first of many to come.
If you think insomniacs have it bad, imagine someone who is mentally able to sleep but keeps getting woken up throughout the night. Moms with a newborn baby generally have to get up hundreds of times during the course of a (much needed) 8 hour snooze. This makes her very, very tired. And in a state of crazy, unimaginable exhaustion, finding something to wear at 3AM is just too much to ask. What would make her life easier? A robe. It’s easy to put on, super warm, and – most importantly – comfortable. This one receives top marks because it’s cute, comfy, and reversible – so no matter how it goes on, it’s going to look just fine.
Babies don’t really hang on to the edge of their booster seats during the latest episode of Mad Men, nor do they drool (purposely) over the clothes on Project Runway. This often means that Mom’s favorite shows take a back seat – there is just no way she can stay awake up until 11 to find out what’s going on at Downton. But she doesn’t have to. She could spend precious nap times curled up on the couch with seasons of hit shows at her disposable compliments of Netflix subscriptions and the world’s greatest invention: a DVR.
Things to Do on Mother’s Day
Once a year, there’s this special day that’s dedicated to moms. It’s called Mother’s Day. D-A-Y. Not a few hours in the morning or meeting for lunch or a measly phone call. No. It’s an entire day that’s she gets to be honored as your mother.
That said, it’s important that you spend some quality time with Mom on the second Sunday in May. I’m not suggesting that you forgo giving her a gift – she definitely deserves one – but I am saying that you should take some time to actually do something with her too.
So, for Mother’s Day this year, check out this list of things you and your mom can do together to make her feel special (because she really is).
Moms love handmade things, especially when the things are made by the hands of her children. Pipe cleaners become sacred installations and Popsicle sticks are transformed into masterpieces. That’s why doing something kind of artsy on Mother’s Day is right up Mom’s alley. She’ll get a memory of doing something fun with you, along with souvenirs she’ll cherish. Plenty of local potteries and art galleries host special events for moms and kids on Mother’s day. Paint your own pottery studios have become increasingly popular over the years, and they’re all over the place, so you’re sure to find something in your area.
Toys are cool. Really, really, really cool. And it doesn’t matter if your 4 or 40 – playing around never loses appeal. But, as you know probably all too well, not all toys are created equal. Those that are trendy aren’t always the items you want to be buying for your tykes. This year however, we’ve been really fortunate. Designers’ collaborations resulted in some of the greatest toys to date. So, here’s a list of favorite toys that came out in 2012. Each one offers learning opportunities creatively disguised by being immensely fun. (If I’ve neglected your favorite 2012 toy, let me know!)
1. Classic Derby Car
Vroom, vroom! Rev those engines, little racers, here’s derby car that really couldn’t be any cooler. An FAO Schwarz original, this sweet hot rod is crafted of solid steel with a working steering column and allows any kid from 3-7 an opportunity to ride retro style.
2. Gourmet Kitchen Set
Step aside, Ina Garten! With this realistic wooden kitchen set, any young chef can whip up greatness. With slots to hang pots and pans, working knobs, and an oven window to check dinner’s progress, this gourmet kitchen is the perfect place for little chefs to create culinary art! (And it’s also created 100% from sustainable materials.)
During times of loss, it’s often really hard to figure out what’s appropriate as a gift – especially when someone’s just lost a spouse. You don’t want to evoke painful memories with something overly sentimental, but at the same time, you do want to gift something meaningful. While it is tricky to decide what’s right, there certainly are gifts that are perfect for the occasion. Here are some tasteful ideas to get you started:
People often send flowers to express their sympathies. But while flowers are indeed beautiful, they also die. The whole point of a sympathy gift is to make them feel better – not to remind them of death. This is why an actual plant is a better option than flowers. The most popular plant for such occasions is the Peace Lily, but others like yellow rose plants, gardenias, and Calla Lilies are also great choices too.
This isn’t just us being biased. You know how when you’re sick you really don’t want to exert the effort to cook anything more complicated than canned soup? Multiply that by a million and you’ll be close to understanding what the widow or widower is dealing with. This is why gift baskets are great. They offer good food without the hassle of going to the grocery store. The best baskets are those that include quick meals, snacks they can eat right away, or items that last a fair amount of time – like muffins or nuts.