Lockdown gift ideas for new mums and expecting parents
- Becki Crossley
- 4 May 2020
Send some long distance love to the new parents and newborns in your life with meal deliveries, flowers, hampers and more
Lockdown reigns on and as time passes, new mums are reaching the end of their final trimester or cuddling their newborn at home with dad. The COVID-19 lockdown restrictions may mean you're unable to visit a new little friend or family member, but patience and strength in these times are essential, and you'll come face to face with the beautiful bundle of joy soon enough. In the interim, you can offer love and support from a distance with one of many unique gifts perfect for new mums or pregnant parents, and which are available for delivery during lockdown. From healthy frozen meals to soon-to-be mum hampers, here are some of the best lockdown gifts for new mums and those expecting.
The buzz of a newborn leaves little time for cooking, so why not gift a series of meals? Cook make 'remarkable food for the freezer', making it easy to give delicious and nutritious meals that are convenient for mum and dad. Cook have crafted a tasty selection of New Parent bundles and also offer gift cards that can be sent via email or post. Mindful Chef also offer a selection of frozen meals made from mindfully-sourced produce, and fresh food Care Boxes are also available.
Whether the soon-to-be mum in your life is awaiting her new baby or the little one has just arrived, flowers are a fantastic way to send love and light during lockdown. Many online florists post flowers in handy letterbox size parcels with ultra-fast delivery to ensure freshness. Beautifully wrapped buds arrive with a flower-arranging guide, giving an extra dimension to this gift. We've compiled a list of the best online flower delivery services, with a variety of discount codes for Bloom & Wild, Serenata Flowers, Vela Flowers and Arena Flowers.
When a new baby is on the way, it's never too early to start with the keepsakes! Personalise a mother-to-be book or gift a personalised keepsake box to keep everything in. When the time is right, mum and dad can make a print of their new baby's hand or footprint and perhaps even frame it. Etsy is a fantastic resource for handmade keepsake items, as is Not on the High Street, both of which support local indie businesses.
Self-care packages make a great gift for new mums to enjoy some quality downtime whenever they get a moment. The off-duty treats box with a mood-boosting candle, chocolate and face mask is a good place to start, or perhaps a personalised new mum pamper box will make for the perfect gift. The Little Book of Self-Care for New Mums complements the luxury me-time kit which contains nine items to help mum unwind.
Hampers & gift sets
New mums need new supplies and thankfully hampers are full of them! There are plenty of newborn baby hampers like the Mr Giraffe luxury baby hamper, full of newborn essentials, or the adorable cloud print gift box with a muslin, bib and more. Not on the High Street has a fantastic selection of gift sets and hampers including a 'create your own' set, an organic selection and those that can be personalised. Gift wrapping is also available on a number of sets.
Subscriptions are the gift that keeps on giving, and ecocobox is the perfect all-natural, cruelty-free beauty and lifestyle subscription box for any new mum. A surprise parcel of eco-concious products (worth £55+) will arrive every two months, giving mum time to kick back and hopefully squeeze in a little 'me-time'. For a limited time, you can save 10% on an ecocobox gift subscription with discount code LOVE10.
Sassy Bloom subscriptions contain everything from new toys to baby essentials, with plenty of practical products like buggy clips, weaning products and even baby food. Experts have crafted a variety of boxes suitable from bump to three years old, and one-off boxes are also available.
If mum loves her beauty products, then Lookfantastic run a beauty box subscription service, as do Glossybox (take 15% off with code GLOSSYGIFT) and Beauty Pie. TheVeganKind is the best option for vegan mums, delivering a number of cruelty-free vegan beauty products in every box. Get £5 off for a limited time with the code VEGAN.
Magazines are a gift that literally keeps on giving month after month. Gift a best-selling title such as Radio Times, In the Moment or BBC Good Food with 50% off on Buy Subscriptions. Just use the code HP20AWIN to take advantage of this excellent deal.
There are also plenty of independent magazines out there to be discovered, and who says you should stick to one? Not Stack, who provide a unique subscription service that delivers a different indie magazine to subscribers every month, perfect for mums and dads during downtime.
Take inspiration from this year's major book awards – like the Booker Prize, Women's Prize for Fiction and plenty more – and give the gift of reading. Diving into the longlists and shortlists of this year's major book awards, you're sure to find the perfect book to gift. For new mums, there is also a fantastic selection of book subscription boxes, such as the Beautiful Book Company's Just for Mum book box, or get the little one reading early with their baby book subscription box.
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