Becoming a new Mum is exciting for a whole host of reasons; from choosing your pram, to decorating the nursery, to framing those weird scan pictures where your baby looks like an alien. And then of course, there's the gifts! Whether they're rained down upon you at your baby shower, gifted later by the traditionalists who prefer to wait for the safe arrival, or sent via the post from long distance friends, every single one is exciting to open and explore.
But let's face it. You do start to wonder just how many baby grows or bottles of bubble bath you will actually need for your new arrival (just how many outfits DO they go through a day?!) and so we've put together a list of the best, slightly alternative gifts which will leave the new Mum thanking you for your outside the square thinking. And the best part? Almost all the gifts in this guide come from small businesses, so you'll be helping to support the Shop Small campaign by buying from a hand maker!
Before The Birth
Mamas-to-be need to take moments to relax, have a long, hot, peaceful bath and enjoy some me time - goodness knows they won't get it when baby arrives! This beautiful candle by The Crafty Cow will give them the best excuse and contains ginger which is said to help relieve mild morning sickness. £19.99, available on Etsy.
Pregnancy is just the best excuse EVER to eat cake and not feel guilty. Sugar craving? It's not me, it's the baby! The Mixed Box by Ridiculously Rich by Alana contains a selection of 6 yummy different flavours and can be posted directly to the Mum-to-Be, meaning you can surprise her without even leaving your couch! £12.99 from www.ridiculouslyrichbyalana.co.uk
If you're looking for a slightly quirky card for a Mum with a sense of humour, check out the range by the talented XOandQuin. All her cards are printed on recycled paper and come in eco friendly packaging, so you know you're doing the environment a favour too. Stand out from a sea of cards for only £3.00, available on Etsy.
For something a little more traditional, we love this personalised card by Ellen Decor, where you can add baby's name and birthday alongside the pretty floral print. Something as beautiful as this will be stored safely forever in the baby box and is only £3 including the personalisation, available from Etsy.
For The Nursery
Wall prints are an easy and effective way to add something special to the nursery. Find out which theme the parents are going for with the decor and then choose a print to match from the endless options available! Inspirational prints are sure to be favorites and we think this "Dream Big Little One" by Little Print Paper Co is just too cute to pass up! Prices from £4.25 for a 5x7 print, available on Etsy.
I always dreamed of having little girls (and ended up with two boys!) but in hindsight it's probably lucky as I think I would have bankrupted myself with all the gorgeous unicorn stuff there is out there. Sparkle is a hand crocheted unicorn from Handmade By Leanne Jade and I can attest to this little lovelies being stunning in real life as I have previously bought one for a friend. She's all ready to head off to her forever home and become a new best friend for £22.50, available from Etsy.
Baby's Got Style
For stylish Mums who are looking to make sure their kid is the coolest in the class, Baby Dee And Me do a fun and quirky range of kids clothing which is unique and sure to turn heads. Their "Monday's Child" Range is a great take on the classic poem and they have one t-shirt design for every day of the week. £13, available on Etsy
Cute accessories are one of the best things you can receive as a new Mum - items that perhaps you wouldn't buy yourself because you're saving your money for the essentials. The lovely team over at Little Pickles hand paint all their own gorgeous fabric designs and turn them into beautiful blankets, muslins, snood scarves and clothing. Their ranges are always highly seasonal and totally irresistible! We are in love with the quirky Avocuddle print on a large muslin blanket, £18.50 from www.littlepicklesdesign.com
Social Media Mum
Milestone cards are a must for any Insta or Facebook mad Mum. They make for gorgeous, fun photographs and help to capture special dates and memories in a way that can be treasured forever. We love the slightly off the wall range by Hot MaMa Breastfeeding, including the vital "I pooed in the bath" card, which, trust us, is one milestone you'll wish you had never reached. £10, available on Etsy.
Personalisation is a great way to give a unique gift, and when we received our Lost Name book it almost moved us to tears! The little hero in the book goes in search of his lost name, collecting letters from the animals he meets along the way until eventually he has all of them to spell out your childs own name. It's sure to become a bedtime favourite and is available for both boys and girls. £16.99 from www.wonderbly.com
I absolutely LOVE the idea of a letters book - a beautiful keepsake that Mum and Dad can keep adding to all through the years, and which will then one day make a unique and extra special gift for an 18th or 21st birthday. Recording all those little things which would otherwise simply be forgotten in time, and saving all those precious moments and feelings. This personalised book by A Magpies Dream is available on Etsy for only £7.
We honestly could have gone on forever with this blog feature...in fact there may well be a part two published at some point as there are so many wonderful gifts out there to choose from! But for now we hope this has given you just a few options to think about for a new Mum gift, and if you can't choose one, why not put together your own little hamper of gifts (including a handy HexNex Teething Necklace too, of course!) We always love to hear from you guys so if you purchase any of the items from this post make sure you get in touch to let us know what you thought!