We almost all have a busy Mum we know that we need to buy a gift for (or we are one). So here’s my selection of festive faves. Some of them I’m been buying for the busy Mums in my life, my best girls, some are hints to my dear husband (the bobble hat Barnsey, I love the bobble hat!) and some are bits and bobs I’ve been sent to test out.
Don’t Buy Her Flowers
This. Is. It. If you are in any doubt about what to buy for a woman in your life. This really is it. My dear pal Steph had a dream of sending moments of bliss out into the world, to help tired and frazzled women recover. This is her business and honestly? (Not just because she’s funny and brilliant and has the best fringe ever) these boxes are utterly wonderful.
Every item is chosen with care and love to be the absolute best, most special, of it’s kind, whether it’s hot chocolate or lip balm. Beautifully wrapped, opening one of these boxes makes you feel like Charlie opening a golden ticket. Do something wonderful for a lady in your life and buy her one of these… The boxes start from £17.50 plus postage and the one I have tried (above) was The Recovery package, priced at £41.00.
‘One Hot Momma’ Compact Mirror
This is a handbag essential made funny by The Bright Side. Really well made to withstand the traumas of the messiest of handbags, this is the best of all present combos: useful AND flattering! £7.50.
Cafedirect Handpicked Coffee Subscription
Tired Mums need two things (when sleep isn’t an option): caffeine and a little TLC. I love the idea of giving a coffee loving Mum a subscription. The joy of receiving a surprise parcel through the letter box and then the moment of peace to enjoy an excellent cup of coffee is a real gift. Plus, caffeine – hurrah! Subscriptions start at £24 for 3 months and go up to £85 for 12 months.
Sweet Talk Pen Set
Having a bad day? Don’t worry, ‘you’re better than unicorns’… Sometimes we all need a pep talk and these little pens would brighten up the most grey day when pulled from a handbag. Cute and quirky, but sturdy and they write beautifully. £14.99 for a set of three.
Magnetic Peg Memo Kit
These nifty little magnetic clips are perfect for organising all of the front of the fridge chaos of family life. Their retro, quirky design would fit with almost any kitchen and they are up to the job of holding plenty of letters and to do papers. £4.00.
Hunter Gatherer Tote Bag by Angie B
I, like most Mums, are addicted to shopping bags. A quirky slogan and a smart design and I’m all over that. I love this bag from AngieB, perfect for hunter gathering in Sainsbury’s or Majestic Wine… A great stocking filler for busy Mums. £14.50.
Time For Warpaint Make Up Bag
As I get older, I love make up more and more, each morning it makes me feel that little bit brighter and hides the late nights and early mornings. All make up loving Mummas need somewhere to keep their stash and this good sized bag is perfect. £7.00.
Mini Portable Pampering Kit
A lovely little package of goodies from The Bright Side to encourage Mumma to have a spot of pampering for a moment or 5.. Including “I scrub up nicely” body scrub, “Ready for my foot rub” foot lotion, “You may now stroke me” body moisturiser and “Hand modelling here I come” hand cream, supplied in it’s own zipped bag ensuring it’s perfectly portable. £12.00.
Grace Cole Gift Sets
This little set would make a super gift as it includes delicious smelling goodies to leave you feeling pampered, and also a sequinned little clutch bag to go out and make the most of how bloomin’ gorgeous you’re looking! Perfect for the festive party season. £18.00.
Louche Shevonne Metallic Hat
This chunky knit hat is perfect for keeping you warm and cosy on rainy school run walks. It’s metallic thread adds a touch of glamour to the dreariest of mornings. £16.00.
Personalised Notebook from GettingPersonal
I am a constant list maker and what better place to keep your million lists safe than in a personalised notebook?! I absolutely adore these little books and I’m sure most Mums I know would too. There’s over 300 designs, something for absolutely everyone who keeps their life in check with paper and pen. They start at £6.99 and are super easy to personalise with photos and wording online.
Yumboxes are mainly sold as a kids lunchbox, but I think they are the perfect solution for lunches for grown ups too. You’re short on time, but you want to pack up something healthy without too much thought. With a Yumbox the thinking is done for you, just pop some leftovers from the fridge in and taa-daa grown up lunch is go! £24.95.
Mummy’s Wine Shopping Bag
Another shopping bag, this time for us Mum’s who MAY enjoy the odd tipple or two. This will raise a laugh even when heavily weighed down with carrots. Or gin. Lightweight, waterproof and with strong woven handles. £7.00.
Lumie Iris Bodyclock
This nifty gadget is the ultimate in improving any morning routine for busy Mums. It wakes you slowly each morning, avoiding that sudden, grim shock of the alarm. I’ve been testing it out this week and already I can confirm that I feel so much brighter and more alert in the morning.
The light is specifically designed to promote those hormones in our body that tell it to get up and go and suppress the “I need to sleep some more” hormones. Amazing isn’t it? The Lumie Bodyclock includes an essential oil function, to combine the positive effects of the gradual sunrise and sunset with aromatherapy. A fantastic gift for any Mums who need a brighter start to the morning. The Lumie Bodyclocks start at £59.95 and the Lumie is £160.00.
Anatomicals Under Eye Patches, Puffy Eye Bag Slayer
It’s party season and late nights involving and early children morning wake ups do not go well. A pack of these in a Christmas stocking would be gratefully received by me and any other tired Mummas wishing for bright eyes.. £6.99.
Glass Hanging Frame
A really easy way to display those little mementos of life in an elegant way. Perfect for filling a little corner with memories, right on trend. £10.00.
Hotel Chocolat Christmas Desserts Sleekster
We all need some chocolate in our stocking, and what could be better than your standard Christmas chocolate? A blissful dessert chocolate hybrid combo, that’s what! Featuring Apple Strudel, Mince Pie Brownie, Gingerbread, and Christmas Mess. £22.00.
Mason Jar Candle
What’s better than a delicious smelling candle? One in a hipster handled mason jar of course! This gorgeous smelling candle that I spotted in the new Joy store in Birmingham Grand Central costs £12.00 and is a fab stocking filler. (Perfect for my candle obsessed pal BrummyMummy’s December birthday! Need some more candle inspiration? Watch her video here: Autumn Candle Haul.)
Rescue Remedy Chewing Gum
For those moments when it all gets a bit much (which it inevitably does sometime during the festive season). This thoughtful little stocking filler may be enough to give Mum a boost and a moment of calm. £4.25
How to Have a Baby and Not Lose Your Shit
A totally different type of parenting book, it takes a hilarious look at all of those moments where we think “say WHAT?!” and reminds us that actually, we’re all in the same boat. We’re not doing to badly at that parenting malarkey and most importantly? You’re not the only one.. A great gift for Mummas. £9.99.
Arnicare Arnica Bath and Massage Balm
Perfect for a totally relaxing bath or for rubbing Mum’s aching shoulders, this natural balm really is incredibly relaxing. A perfect gift for the festive season when we all need a little extra TLC. £8.15
Tigi BedHead Duo Shampoo and Conditioner
Mum shampoo choices are often based on what’s closest at hand in the supermarket (just me?) so finding a giant set of some amazing hair products to keep her looks looking lush in the coming year would be a real treat. Tigi are always a winner and these huge bottles are great value. £16.99.
50 Shades of Grey OPI Nail Polishes
Because alas, Christian Grey is probably not going to appear on our doorstep over the festive period, indulge her with a slightly sparkly and festive, 50 Shades moment for her nails. (These little bottles of polish are great value for trying new colours without being left with huge bottles too.) £13.99.
OPI RapidDry Top Coat
My (deep and meaningful) resolution for 2016 is to look after my nails more. I am always, like most Mums, in a rush when I’m painting my nails, so HURRAH for OPI and this top coat to speed things along. A great stocking filler. £9.95.
Disclosure: I was kindly sent some of the products in this guide, free of charge, to test out and some are what I’ve been buying myself. Products provided free of charge have in no way influenced their inclusion. This post also contains affiliate links.