Shopping for your pregnant wife, friend, or daughter? Check out my list of the best Christmas gift ideas for pregnant women, including tips, tricks and minefields to avoid!
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What do you buy a pregnant woman for Christmas?
I'm told by a few reliable sources that it's incredibly difficult to buy gifts for pregnant women, and I can see why! From taking most of the gifts I'd have usually received for Christmas (alcohol and alcohol-related items, clothes, travel gear) off the table, to add an overwhelming list of things I "need" to the ether, it's difficult to know where to start when buying a gift for an expecting mom!
So, as a person who was newly pregnant at Christmas, I've rounded up a few thoughts on the best gift ideas for pregnant women, including tips, tricks, and pressure points to avoid.
Tips for shopping for a pregnant woman
Let's walk through a few tips before you begin shopping for your pregnant wife, friend, daughter, or daughter-in-law! Want to cut to the chase? Here's my round-up of gift ideas for expectant moms:
Remember the trimester
No matter how excited everyone is about baby, please remember to always be mindful of where a woman is in her pregnancy. If it's very, very early, it might be safest to stick with a non-pregnancy specific gift, such as perfume or a nice candle, to avoid putting the cart before the horse. Similarly, if she's nearly done, it might be wasteful to buy her a bunch of maternity clothes.
It's not the time to send a message, intentional or not
A Christmas gift for a pregnant woman is not the avenue to give items that come with baggage. Don't buy her clothes "for after the baby," which she likely won't fit into or items for breastfeeding or any other "political" topic unless you know her opinion on it. When in doubt, keep it light.
A note on baby clothes
Everybody loves clothes for the new baby, and, of course first-time moms welcome them! Just a couple things to keep in mind. First, don't forget to get mom a gift as well. A gift for baby technically isn't a gift for mom. Second, keep in mind when the baby will actually be born and how quickly they grow! Don't buy a 3-6 month snow suit for a baby who will be born in April!
Careful with hand me downs
As we've learned more about keeping infants safe, pediatricians' guidance for parents has changed as well. For example, "safe sleep" requirements likely mean that we now understand that an antique crib could pose a risk to baby's safety. Older toys may have been determined to contain dangerous chemicals. It's not a commentary on how things were done in the past. It's doing better now that we know better.
Always include a receipt
Pregnant women and new moms are fortunate to receive a lot of gifts! Don't forget to include a receipt - just in case we have duplicates!
Gift Ideas for Pregnant Women:
Seriously, I am obsessed with these slip-on sneakers from Kizik and will continue to wear my 3 pairs long after I've escaped pregnancy!
Luxury Baby Gear
Pregnancy-appropriate, but not pregnancy-specific gifts
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