A gift guide?! This late? But everyone’s been publishing them since November! Heck, some people have their shopping totally done by this point!
Yeah, well. Here is a gift guide, barely 2.5 weeks from Christmas. I planned on doing this earlier but life has gotten in the way and then I said, ehh, maybe next year and then I realized that most people who are looking for a gift guide for moms or women are probably men. And let’s be honest – most men do not shop ahead of time, in my experience, so to the men of the world: it’s cool, I’ve got your back.
So here is my gift guide for the mommas in your life. I tried to make it as generic as possible because we all know that no two mommas are the same. Plus, it’s a gift guide not a gift only this one specific product will work. This gift guide is laid out to tell you they secrets of what the mommas in your life want, and a few examples of where to find them.
Shopping without Shopping. I can’t tell you the last time I went into a dressing room. I have 2 children under 3. I do not have the luxury of using a dressing room. So what do I do instead? I just buy things and return them and buy things and return them until hopefully something sticks. <– this is why 3/4 of my wardrobe is from Target. If you know a momma who hates shopping and/or doesn’t have the time for shopping, consider a styling service like Stitch Fix. A gift card (or even scheduling her first box!) would be a fun way to get her clothes she’ll love without the daunting task of guessing styles and sizes. I hate shopping, but I love StitchFix – I’ve gotten a few pieces that are so perfect.
Something to keep her head on straight. AKA a pretty planner. We all know I love me a good planner – you can check out my post on how I organize my life using a planner here – but planners are pretty hot right now. Grab one of these fun planner starter sets from my favorite planner, the Happy Planner, which includes the planner and a bunch of fun planning accessories like stickers.
Something she’ll use every day. Because you want her to think of you daily, right? Something simple, like a funky water bottle is great, or maybe a new pair of sunglasses would fit the bill.
A new pair of boots. Because, boots, amirite ladies? No, really, boots are the kind of thing moms love – comfy, you can chase a toddler in them, and they can be worn year after year. Check her search history or Pinterest account (yeah, be creepy like that, it’s cool.) – chances are there is a pair of boots she’s been eyeing. I’m obsessed with these but refuse to bite the bullet since I’ve never tried them on personally, but aren’t they beautiful?
A phone case. I don’t know about you, but my kids love throwing – yes, throwing – my phone. At least once a week in the grocery store Ryan drops or throws my phone and a stranger makes the you are so screwed gasp because it sounds like I’m totally going to be in the market for a new phone. Thankfully, when I bought my phone I invested in a good, toddler proof phone case that is amazing. I’ve used OtterBox on 2 phones now and the first is still in totally perfect condition.
Something sentimental. Show me a mom not at least secretly into sentimental things and I’ll show you a liar. Handprints are always a win, but if you’re looking for something a little more timeless, jewelry is always great. I love the Coordinates Collection stuff, where you can put the longitude and latitude that something special happened (read: a hospital, a wedding) on to jewelry. Or how about a cute birthstone ring with her littles’ birthstones.
Coffee. Because we’re moms. And we barely sleep. And our blood might be 2/3 coffee. A gift card to her favorite coffee shop, a fun coffee mug, or even a coffee machine will be a sure win with almost any momma. Because, coffee. I am dying for a Verissimo or a Nespresso, but we don’t have the counter space.
Something tasty. Let’s be honest – most moms have a stash of delicious things that they hide from the kiddos. Help her fill her stash with something you know she’ll dig- fancy pants chocolate is always a win.
Something to remember. I can’t think of anything a momma would love more than a certificate for professional photos of her kids and/or family. That is that gift that will keep giving forever – photos she’ll moon over until she’s old and grey and her babies have babies of their own.
Or maybe do it herself. How about a fancy camera? Yes, we all use our phones for just about everything and although the quality is surprising to me, it’s still hard to beat a ‘real’ camera. I’m dying for a smaller camera like this Olympus PEN that looks a bit more durable/less bulky and that I could take with me everywhere. Another great idea is an online photography course if she’s looking to up her game.
Something to relax her. A massage is usually the win here, to be honest. But anything from a simple mani/pedi to a full on spa day would do. Offer to watch the kiddos and send her on her way. If you want to get away from ‘typical’ or generic gifts, think outside the box – a gift card to a coffee shop or bookstore + a ‘coupon’ for X amount of hours by herself. A gift card for lunch or drinks with her friends. A planned out date night. Think of what she might like and go for it.
To not have to worry about dinner. I recently was given the chance to try out HelloFresh and omg I’m in love. I’m going to talk about it more soon, but this would seriously be a great gift for a momma. I loved not having to worry about grocery shopping or meal planning or measuring and that I was able to get out of my cooking comfort zone a bit. PS I was not paid to include this, just thought it was a good option.
Okay, so tell me- what are you getting your momma for Christmas? What are you asking for for Christmas? Let me know in the comments!