Here are my best under $100 finds that I have loved during my motherhood journey. We received so many amazing baby shower gifts with our first baby that I can’t even begin to quantify how much love went into buying, making, and assembling gifts for us and our baby. It blew me away! And made me cry… I packed up boxes and boxes of our baby gifts as we moved to Texas at 7 months pregnant. It made me ecstatic too, to get to set up a fresh bedroom nursery for our baby, a bedroom we would not have had living in our tiny 1-bedroom apartment in Colorado!
Now while I could recommend you the direct contact list of amazing family members and friends who hand-made items for our little bug, I think they would end up being buried in orders for how special their gifts were. Instead, I’ll spare them, and list below a couple of brainstorming ideas for those looking to shop for some quality gifts that I would recommend gifting.
All of these recommendations are items that we have used in our home for many years, that were gifted to us with the arrival of our new baby (and we will love til the seams fall apart), or ones that I think I would gift to someone else. In any case, all opinions are my own, and none of these links are sponsored or affiliated! I’m sharing from personal use and hope that this list helps get the juices flowing for those struggling with the question, “What would she (or the family) LOVE?”. Read on!
HELLO. This is the softest robe on the market I swear. I can’t recommend this one enough.
I have nursed and slept in this robe many a time now and basically haven’t stopped wearing it since I got it two and a half years ago with my first pregnancy. It is still in perfect condition, and I am so ready to wear it throughout my postpartum days and beyond with my second baby!
The modal and spandex blend fabric is an actual dream. It has two different places to loop the waist belt – over the bump if you’re pregnant for an empire waist or at your natural waist post-baby. I have honestly thought about gifting this robe to non-pregnant friends but decided that would be strange since it is a maternity and nursing robe primarily. It’s just SO soft! It’s a luxury-feeling gift at just $40.
Dream another dream as beautiful as this blanket, I dare you. This is a good one for anyone having a fall or winter baby! It kept us cozy and warm throughout the cold months in Texas, which surprisingly got very very cold in our old house we were renting (dang single-pane windows!). Price: $99.00
Mama Self-Care Box
These are so popular to gift and I will go out on a limb and say that one woman cannot receive too many gift boxes or self-care items…it’s the #1 thing that I know I struggled to keep up with while I was wearing my baby 24/7 earth-side. I always felt like a new woman if I could just jump in the shower for 5 minutes or massage my feet with a good foot cream (or get someone else to) and put on cozy socks.
Here are some good boxes I’ve seen at a decent price:
- Calm & Cozy Gift Basket from Giften Market, $68. Includes socks, body scrub, face mask, candle, and shower steamers!
- Hygge Spa Gift Box for any Woman on Etsy, $52. I’m all about supporting those small-time makers like myself on Etsy! This one looks year-round and cozy. It includes a Turkish bath towel, ceramic mug, herbal tea, a box of cookies, shea butter hand cream, and a pedicure kit (for postpartum when you can finally reach your toes!). Cookies or a pastry and tea are my daily afternoon indulgence, pregnant or not, and has been for at least the past ten years, ever since I lived in London for a few months.
- A “Mama” sweatshirt! LoveSuna‘s shop sales are through the roof for their Personalized Mama Sweatshirt ($40)
Unique Ideas for Creating Your Own Box
I’d say grab a box and pick 2-3 things that you would love to receive as a gift. It doesn’t have to be expensive or wrapped incredulously, but a little thought goes a long way and adds such a special touch. I know, as a receiver, I will never forget the way someone made me feel. Here are a couple of postpartum-specific gifts that I feel would be universally well-received.
- Anything from Tubby Todd – Belly Oil, Mama Book, Bubble Bath, All Over Ointment, Nipple Balm
- These Cozy Chic Heathered Women’s socks from Barefoot Dreams
- Costco’s 68-piece Dorm Room Snack Box ($40) or 66-piece Office Favorites Snack Box ($40) for those middle-of-the-night feedings!
- Your favorite coffee ($10) and a package of scones ($10)
- A little gift bag of 3-5 sample cosmetics or products from Sephora ($50)
- Anything from my shop on Etsy, Paris Gray Creative! I sell a myriad of work that makes me not only happy to create, but that radiates light, happy energy and celebrates the art of small gifts. I have everything from candles, watercolors, bracelets, watercolor postcards, potholders, and recipe cards. More to come next year when I start working again after maternity leave.
- My Graphic Sunshine postcard box set is a wonderful idea for gifting! Pre-stamp the whole set and you’ll save the mama who needs to write thank yous to a million wonderful loving people in a sleep-deprived state. All she’ll need to do is walk them to the mailbox!
- Here is a link to the last few sets of my 25-pack Floral Recipe Cards! These can be a great gift idea if you pool together a few friends to recipe-share your favorite quick meals that will help a mama out when her brain is filled with baby-everything and not meal planning. Grab them at the deal they are ($14!) since they still have my former Etsy shop name, Gray Sky Shoppe, on them.
I hope this helps solve some gifting idea brain fog. Shopping for others and gifting for moms can be some of the toughest gifting out there (Mother’s Day, am I right??)
Let me know what you think!