Wednesday 29 November 2017

Gift Guide: Mum and Mum to Be Under $50

The ultimate gift guide for a mum or mum to be, under $50! I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of budget-friendly gift ideas for your pregnant friend or new mum, with things I recieved or wished I received when pregnant and some mum-approved picks.

I know not everyone loves gift guides so I'm only going to do a couple this year just like last year, and you can always check out my previous post if you prefer just seeing outfits.

Pregnancy Gift Guide Under $50

Pampering is key here. Pregnancy is an incredible miracle, but you don't always feel like you're glowing and floating gracefully through your pregnancy!

Pictured in the guide:

Pregnancy Style on a Budget eBook

The ultimate guide to having a stylish pregnancy on a budget, gift this to your pregnant friend to help her continue to stay true to her personal style through pregnancy, and start each day looking and feeling great! Plus it's under $5! (I think it's the best value ebook ever but I may be biased, being the author!)

Pregnancy Body Pillow

$50 at Overstock
I got through a pregnancy without this and thought it was maybe a little gimmicky, but when I was given one for my last pregnancy that all changed - they are SUCH a good way to have a comfortable sleep! Highly recommend these!

Body Moisturiser Gift Pack

The Body Shop Shea Butter Set or Body Butter Gift Set both under $35
Whether you believe it helps stretch marks or not, a daily ritual of moisturising the growing bump becomes an essential part of pregnancy. It's a good way to sooth stretched skin, so a little pamper pack like this will gt a lot of use. Just be sure to double-check before you buy - pregnancy aversions may mean previously loved scents aren't tolerated any more. Bio-oil and shea butter are pretty popular but any lovely moisturiser can be used.

Confetti Water Bottle

Under $30 at Shopbop
Pregnancy is thirsty work, and it's easy to get your increased daily intake of water when your water bottle is as cute as this! I have the confetti tumbler version at home and love it, so sparkly.


Kate Spade Under $40 at Nordstrom
Essential to record all of those appointments, track pregnancy milestones and keep a daily-to-do list. Baby brain is real, having things written down helps.

Happy Wishes Jar

Gift Boutique Happy Wishes Jar at Shopbop
A cute jar to start recording happy wishes for baby - this makes a nice idea for a baby shower too.

Cute Sleepwear

'Mama Bird' maternity sleepwear set from BooHoo
Not for in labour, because that gets messy, but something nice she can wear now and pack in her hospital bag for later. There are a lot of cute bump-specific slogan sets, but 'mama bird' works for pregnancy and afterwards! More cute sleepwear at The Iconic.

Cosy Cardigan and Blanket Scarf

Open knit purple cardigan under $50 and tartan blanket scarf under $50
Because cardigans you don't have to button don't have to be maternity ones, she can wear them open over the growing bump. Add in a cute scarf to keep her warm while the cardigan is open and she'll be able to see through a cold weather pregnancy in style. As a bonus, the scarf can double up as a breastfeeding cover-up post baby!

A Roomy Handbag

Monogram stripe tote under $50
A big tote is a nice idea - to hold the snacks, bottles of water and to-do lists that you cart everywhere with you in pregnancy. Something monogrammed is a nice personal touch. You could even consider buying a baby bag too if you know what one she's picked out already.

Mum Gift Guide Under $50:

When you're a mum it can be hard to find time to yourself or to justify splurging on yourself instead of your kids, so little things to make her feel special are a good idea. And with any time-consuming activity, an offer of free babysitting to accompany it is so incredibly thoughtful! It's much easier to use movie tickets or spa vouchers if you know your kids are in good hands.

Pictured in the guide:

Coffee Mug

But First Coffee Thermal Mug under $25
A mug is nice, but an insulated tumbler that will keep coffee warm for longer is a mum essential, especially in those sleep deprived early days. Coffee vouchers are a good idea too for caffeine on the go.

Line a day journal

Sentence a Day from Kikki.K under $30 or Sentence a Day for mothers under $20
It's hard to find time for anything when you're a mum, but recording a sentence a day is definitely doable, and a sweet memento to look back on when the kids are bigger. A good way to keep track of things even in the early days of motherhood!

Treat Yourself Voucher

Little book of love vouchers under $10
Movies, spa treatments, mani/pedis, personal style sessions, there are so many options. A personal stylist session is a great gift for a mum who is feeling a little lost in her wardrobe post-baby! As mentioned above, make sure to include an offer of babysitting with your voucher, or find a local child-friendly beauty salon.

Beauty Advent Calendars

Under $20 at Target
There are so many nice ones around - The Body Shop do a lovely all-rounder that contains a few different beauty products, and I won a very luxe Charlotte Tilbury advent calendar last year. Something with lots of little beauty things to try in sample sizes lets mum work a new product into her routine whenever she has a moment, and the advent calendar idea is a good way to encourage her to take an extra few minutes to herself each day. If mum's not a fan of beauty products, what about a tea advent calendar? A nice spin on the traditional chocolate calendar.

Silicone Teething Necklaces

Under $30 at Nibbly Bits
I love gifting these to my mum friends! Find ones made with food grade silicone that meet Australian safety standards like Nibbly Bits, and they are the perfect accessory to wear safely around kids. Both my babies loved gnawing on these, and as you wear them you always have quick access to them when they get grizzly. Perfect for teething too. You can find some nice handmade ones on Etsy.

Scented Candles

Wish upon a star candle under $40 or patterned jar candle under $35
These might not be the best idea for mum friends with inquisitive toddlers, but for those with older or younger kids a great scented candle (I love Glasshouse vanilla caramel) is a sweet gift idea. It's a nice way to make a house feel more relaxing, no matter how many toy trains are scattered around.

Sentimental Jewelry

Initial disc necklace on Etsy, Mother Alex and Ani bracelet
There are so many options here from initial necklaces to personalised bangles. Anything that has charms to represent her family is a nice idea, especially if it can be added to later if her family expands.


Lindt 100 Chocolate Balls Gift Pack or Chocolate Coated Oreos
Covering off all the mum essentials, with coffee before and now chocolate - a little stash of chocolate she can enjoy once the kids are in bed for the night is a lovely idea! Lindt is my go-to for luxe chocolate treats.

A Cute Scarf

Kate Spade Scarf Under $50 or a cute neck scarf if it's summer
A big blanket scarf doubles as a breastfeeding cover for a breastfeeding mum, or can simply be added to an outfit to hide spit-up and other baby related marks you don't always notice until after you've left the house! Really handy to keep in the nappy bag.

Cross Body Bag

Leather Cross Body Bags Under $50 at Asos
A small cross body bag is perfect for any mum - it can hold all her essentials nice and close while keeping her hands free for kid-wrangling, and can also be slipped easily inside a nappy bag when her kids are babies. Rebecca Minkoff is a good luxe choice here.

Hope you got some good Christmas present ideas from my post. Everything selected still has plenty of time to be purchased and shipped to you or your recipient before Christmas, especially if you buy it this week!

Is there anything you would add to either gift list?

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  1. These are great ideas, Mica! My pregnancy body pillow was so comfy for during pregnancy and after too! I've been using it again since my surgery: such a great buy! The sentence a day journal is such a wonderful idea! Now that my "baby" is 7 years old he loves looking at his baby photos and reading about his milestones and first times! I wish I'd have written more during pregnancy and the really early days though, as I can't really remember it! Hope you're having a great week, Mica. XXX

    1. Yes, I'm so glad I had the body pillow - such a comfortable option, even post-pregnancy as you've found! :)

  2. That "first, coffee" bottle is such a great idea. I was thinking of getting my friend a yoga mat that say "after this we're getting pizza" hahahaha! I'm such a bad influence. I think I'll balance it up with a water bottle that doesn't promote more overeating!


  3. These are the cutest ideas! Thanks for the holiday gift inspiration! I seriously needed it, haha

    Enclothed Cognition

  4. These are great gift ideas for moms and moms-to-be. I liked the candles.

    Nina's Style Blog

  5. These are all such great ideas! I definitely recommend new sleepwear for the hospital. The set you picked is so cute! I love your collection of teething necklaces and will definitely be buying a few when my youngest is at that teething stage! Hope you are having a great week!

    1. They are such perfect accessories to get through teething! :)

  6. These are good gift ideas for pregnant woman. The yoga mat is too funny!

    1. Thanks, but I didn't include a yoga mat?

  7. The confetti water bottle is so cute, I need one!!! I love mugs and I started collecting them a few years ago and I can't say no to another one, especially if it has a unique design or bright colours!! xx


    1. I love my confetti tumbler, it's so fun! :)

  8. These are all such good ideas! I have a family member who is pregnant and I drew her name, so this is giving me some good ideas. I did buy her a cozy cardigan already, but I'm thinking sleepwear or an agenda would be a great idea!

    1. Oh I'm so glad you could get some ideas! Hope you have fun shopping for her :)

  9. Might be you are a little biased but I believe the ebook is an amazing gift for a mum to be.

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

    1. hehe, thank you! I'm very proud of it! :)

  10. These are some excellent options Mica! I love gift guide posts because they give me not only great ideas for gift giving but also things I want myself (that I didn't even know were out there). Glad you did this.

    1. Thanks Kim, I'm glad this was helpful for you! :)

  11. I'll never say no to assorted chocolates! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

  12. Oh, I really love all of your ideas here for a mum. I have a dear friend and she is expecting very soon so thanks for the inspiration. The book and scarf or happiness project are all lovely.
    Enjoy the rest of your week, Mica. We are finally having my annual charity wrapping party, although I started a bit early. Yes, I cannot wait for Christmas and will likely start the baking process on the weekend! <3 /Madison xo

  13. Love the scarves! It's such an easy way to change up a look, and it makes a great gift :)

  14. I want that confetti water bottle! I do so much better with my water intake if I have a cute water bottle, so silly I know!

    pumps and push-ups

    1. haha, it's certainly helping me drink more water! :)

  15. Love this fun compilation of gift ideas! The confetti water bottle is too cute, a perfect gift for a mom or mom to be!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  16. Great ideas! Even those who aren't mums yet would appreciate these. Quite useful items, really.

  17. These are great ideas, I want some of them for myself! Hahaha

  18. I love this, one of the best gifts I received when I was pregnant was a moisturizer and it was so nice to use after giving birth.

    xoxo Falasha
    Bite My Fashion

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  19. These are great ideas, Mica:) I really wish I had that teething necklace when the kiddos were still young. And love the ASOS bag and that blanket scarf!

  20. What a great list you've put together Mica!!
    Of course chocolate is my fave for anytime...haha!!!

  21. I have that travel mug on my wishlist, and it's just too cute!
    Green Fashionista

  22. Great ideas! I love those line a day journals, and the Happy Wishes jar would make a great baby shower gift! I have a couple friends currently pregnant and another that just had a baby!


  23. Oh, dear Mica, you know so well how to be pregnat and to be a mum and therefore your gift suggestions are perfect! Especially the necklace made me smile - I have to admit I don't know if they are usual in Germany :)
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    1. I see them often here, but only because I keep telling my mum friends about them, haha!

  24. These are all wonderful picks! I love that pink cardigan especially!

  25. I am loving this gift guide, hun! Very thorough and full of versatile ideas. To be honest, looking at these suggestions, I wouldn't mind getting a few of those for myself! How cute is that Kate Spade notebook? The patterns is so feminine and lovely! And I really like the idea of a glitter water bottle. I struggle with my water intake, so having a cute bottle like this would definitely help. I can see quite a few things on here that my Mum would enjoy a lot, also. :) Thanks for sharing these lovely ideas! <3 xoxo I hope you're well, and thank you for the lovely comment on my blog - you must show us your Christmas tree when you put it up this weekend! :D

    Shoes and glitter

    1. Thanks Kay! I shared it on insta stories, I'll need to include it in my Christmas day post! :)

  26. Great ideas! I've been after something for my mum, so this is really helpful!xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  27. These picks are adorable!!! I am not a mom and not a mom to be but I could still pick out SEVERAL items I'd love to receive :)

    Enjoy putting up your tree this weekend!
    xo, Allie

  28. Oh this is a great gift guide! All these ideas would make a perfect present, dear, well thought. I eben wanted to that confetti water bottle for myself and I'm not pregnant! Haha. A treat yourself voucher would alwys be my go-to option for everyone because who doesn't love some pampering? ;9

  29. This is such a lovely gift guide idea! I've no doubt mums to be would be thrilled with your gift suggestions! The Upon a Star candle is so lovely, and the same goes for the pretty pink A Sentence A Day notebook :)

  30. This is a great thing for mum to be. I always love scarf and your listed it and i think it's pretty convenient for moms.

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

  31. Love that sweater, the color is so pretty and it looks so comfy too. Have a great time getting your tree this weekend too!


  32. What a well thought out gift guide for moms to be! Love the confetti water bottle, that would be fantastic for anyone!


  33. Such cute gift guides! I really like that insulated mug! I definitely need all the coffee!
    Jeans and a Teacup

  34. I am not a mum to be yet but I love the gift ideas from both sections. I feel like all gifts are ideal for anyone. I will be gifting myself some of these just because you said they are perfect for this season

  35. I love your gift guides! So many amazing selections and I LOVE that they're reasonably priced!!!


  36. Great ideas Mica! I've always been quite partial to those mama bird, baby bird matching shirts - super adorable! My mum can be tricky to buy for as she doesn't have too many hobbies outside of work so I think I'll be able to get some inspiration from your ideas here!

    1. Glad I could give you some inspiration! :)

  37. These are all nice ideas, any mum would be happy to have one of these.

  38. Love these ideas! I admit, I'd be so happy to get a scarf and a cardigan for Christmas! Staples in my wardrobe!

  39. Cute selection of gifts Mica.
    I hope you get spoiled for Christmas!

    Kez |

    1. Thanks Kez, I'm sure I will! You too! :)

  40. I loved your list. I liked you way you broke it up in increments. I might just use this to pick out a few gifts this season.

  41. These are some amazing gift ideas, I love these kind of posts where I can find recommendations as otherwise it is so difficult to choose from hundreds of options. The candle and the scarf sounds perfect to add to my list.

  42. Thanks all for your lovely comments - glad I could give you some gift ideas and shopping inspiration!


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