Gifting occasions can be quite stressful for the minimalist mommy, especially one with a newborn (as she has just received an influx of generous gifts from baby showers).
Coming up with gift ideas that don’t include a tangible ‘thing’ can be tricky…but it doesn’t have to be.
Now is the perfect time to embrace the procrastinator in yourself and peruse our last minute gift ideas that new minimalist mommies (and even seasoned ones!) will appreciate for a lifetime.
Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom for the VERY BEST gift you could possibly give. Cheers!
Minimalist Mommy Gift Idea #1:
Memberships & Experiences
Experience gifts are PURE GOLD. Think zoos, parks, museums, mommy & me yoga classes, tumbling classes, YMCA groups, special show tickets, etc.
As you’re looking at membership or experience ideas in your area, be mindful of the details…do they allow outside food and drink? Do they allow strollers? Are there accessible locations for nursing? Changing tables?
If not, set that idea to the side for when baby gets a bit older!
In St. Louis with us? Here are some direct links to memberships we have that we love and use ALLLL THE TIME:
- Saint Louis Zoo: Yes, *entering* the STL Zoo is free…but a membership provides parking, unlimited train rides, children’s petting zoo, and food/drink discounts…pays for itself in 3 visits.
- Urban Fort Play Cafe: Fancy lattes and paninis for mommy, and an inside play area for littles that includes a slide, rock climbing wall, dress up area, train track table, huge legos, and more.
- The Magic House: An *extremely* hands-on children’s museum with hundreds of interactive exhibits.
- Botanical Gardens: Includes membership to Missouri Botanical Garden, the Butterfly House, and Shaw Nature Reserve.
Minimalist Mommy Gift Idea #2:
Rocky Mountain Oils E-Gift Card
Mommies can’t take (most) medications while nursing…if she’s not already on the natural train, now is the perfect time to try natural remedies, diffusing essential oils, aromatherapy, and other chemical-free wellness products.
Rocky Mountain Oils is a non-MLM company (wahoo!) that provides pure essential oils, EO blends, accessories, nontoxic cleaning supplies, and other natural health products.
RMO gets even more bonus points because they have a fabulous educational section of their website specifically for individuals new to essential oils and for using EOs on children.
E-Gift Cards can be emailed directly to the recipient without having to wait for an actual gift card in snail mail. Give the gift of wellness!
Minimalist Mommy Gift Idea #3:
Amazon Prime Membership
In case you’ve been out of the loop, Prime gives you FREE 2 day shipping on most items, no minimum order size, automatic repeated shipment of daily use items if desired, as well as sweet perks like complimentary streamed music and tv programs.
While this new momma is not going to be leaving the house with her newborn for a huge shopping trip anytime soon, toothpaste and detergent still need to be bought.
The gift of Prime will help this minimalist mommy to only order what she needs when she needs it instead of buying in bulk and storing ‘extra’ items throughout the house.
Gift memberships can be purchased in 3 or 12 month increments …the 3-month will get her past the ‘house arrest’ stage of motherhood, and the 12-month will obviously earn you Gifter of the Year award.
Not sure if she has a membership or not? Either way you win… anyone that is gifted a membership that already has one gets to exchange it for an Amazon gift card.
Minimalist Mommy Gift Idea #4:
Positive Parenting E-Course
She’ll learn to:
- Discipline without yelling, shame, blame or pain.
- Gain a deeper understanding of herself, her personal “triggers” and how to manage them.
- Connect with her children in simple, playful ways.
- Redirect challenging behavior.
- Set and maintain firm, respectful, and consistent boundaries.
- End power struggling and sibling rivalry before it begins.
- Parent as a team, in harmony with her spouse/partner.
This course has lifetime access, which is a goldmine. It will help the new mommy begin her parenting journey with intention, and then be able to go back through the course at different stages in her child’s life when they both need a refresher.
This is truly a gift that will last a lifetime and create more peace, understanding, and mindfulness for the entire family.
Minimalist Mommy Gift Idea #5:
Blog by Number EBook
Even if you know nothing about blogging (or have never even heard that word before), STOP what you’re doing and read this bit!
For starters, if you’re reading this sentence, you are reading a blog post. Blogs are basically anyone’s little home on the internet that they can make their own.
Other moms want to build a community with others to share knowledge they have about any topic under the sun.
Blogs can either be for hobby or to generate income; either way, Suzi Whitford from startamomblog.com has completely broken down ALL the complexities of getting a blog up and running. It literally is as easy as paint-by-number (hence the name of this eBook, as well as her other educational products available). And it all starts by reading this crazy-informative and easy-to-read ebook .
Suzi is a mother of three and relates to every new momma’s growing pains when starting a blog. She’s a new-mommy-blog-making-genius. And this SUPER affordable eBook will get the new momma on your list SO excited to learn more!
Again, this is a digital (downloadable) item, so you will not be receiving an actual book in snail mail. Last minute gifting paradise for the new minimalist mommy!
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Minimalist Mommy Gift Idea #6:
Book a Mini Photo Session
Giving the gift of a photo session once they’re home and settled is WHERE. ITS. AT.
They may have already gotten newborn photos taken immediately at the hospital or elsewhere…but I’m willing to bet momma didn’t feel her best after going through a physically intense experience.
Want bonus points?
Schedule this at the 6 week mark or after (in my personal experience) so that the new minimalist mommy has time to master the clockwork scheduling of her baby’s world with feedings and naptimes. It will make her time and the photographer’s time go much more smoothly.
Extra bonus points if the photographer can come to her! The baby will be super comfy in a familiar area, and pictures will capture their ‘real’ surroundings instead of unfamiliar props that you see in #allthebabypictures.
Minimalist Mommy Gift Idea #7:
Herbs & Essential Oils Bundle
I will confess that I add this Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle into every gift guide I create.
Because it’s important.
As a whole, we need to stop reaching for over the counter medicines if ‘something hurts’ and stop purchasing chemical-laden personal care items (cosmetics, soaps, fragrance) from the store without reading the labels first.
Purchasing this bundle is your step to creating a world that is more mindful of what we put on and in our bodies for better health and wellness all around.
The bundle includes 22 eBooks, 4 eCourses, 6 printable packs, 2 membership sites, 444 recipes, and 184 printables. It’s A LOT.
So much, in fact, that I haven’t actually used all of the information in it (yes, I do have my own copy of everything!).
But the resources I HAVE used are worth WAY more than I paid for the whole bundle, so I don’t consider it a loss if I can’t ever get through all of it.
Minimalist Mommy Gift Idea #8:
Treesnail Natural Essentials Gift Card
This poor mommy doesn’t know that her skin is about to try to fall off of her face.
Between hormones and sleep deprivation and dehydration and survival mode diet…it’s just a shocker to your skin. Really.
Even the minimalist mommy will be overjoyed to have a gift card so she can get #alltheskincare sent her way as soon as she feels some discomfort.
The natural skin care products from Treesnail Natural Essentials (on Etsy) are handmade in small batches with no preservatives or chemicals…this is GREAT for your skin, but also means a gift card is your best bet for the new mommy.
Some skin issues don’t show up right away, and it’s best if she orders when SHE needs it so that it’s made fresh when her skin starts to change.
Minimalist Mommy Gift Idea #9:
Unlimited eBooks and Audiobooks
If you know the new mommy already has Amazon Prime and want to surprise her with a thoughtful WIN, check out the Kindle Unlimited Membership Plans by Amazon!
Giftable memberships are available as 6-month, 12-month, or 24-month plans and allow UNLIMITED READING of over 1 MILLION eBooks and UNLIMITED LISTENING to THOUSANDS of audiobooks!
Let the new momma make the most of her feeding times by learning something new or indulging in a novel…whatever makes her sleepless nights a bit more manageable…thanks to YOU!
Minimalist Mommy Gift Idea #10:
You (Wine in Hand)
You think you’re busy?
Try having a baby on your boob while you pee or try to feed another child. With postpartum hormones. On top of daily chores and other necessities.
The new mommy wins the busy card. No contest.
BE HER SAVING GRACE!!! Show up. With a coffee, wine, or dinner (you know what she’d like best!). Do the dishes in the sink. Or fold the laundry in the hamper. Or offer to take over the house while she does…whatever…for a breather.
My family and my husband’s family were (and still are) the BEST at this. It makes me tear up remembering that really difficult juggling period at the beginning of motherhood, let alone during the busy holidays.
She’ll remember your helping hands for the rest of her life…much more than any gift* she opens this year.