As with any present, naturally you want to find the right one. In this case, it should be a gift that is both sentimental and meaningful, something that honors her role as mom, and above all, something that makes her smile. Lots.
Ready for some good ideas?
Pretty, shiny, sleek or bold, jewelry can glam up an outfit with minimal effort. Aim for fine jewelry that is well crafted and classic enough to be beautiful through decades of fashion changes to come.
One sentimental option is a charm bracelet. Slide charm bracelets, such as those by Pandora or Troll Beads, offer many choices for bead add-ons. Better yet, this is a gift that you can keep adding to for years to come.
Another great idea is to buy jewelry with a meaningful gem, such as the baby's birthstone. Other gemstones with meaning include garnets, which signify love, passion and fertility; moonstones, which are thought to boost female energy; and coral, reputed to ease pregnancy and childbirth.
A mom-to-be is growing a precious new life. Honor that by giving her something that can grow for years to come, such as a plant or tree for her garden. Ask her about the trees and plants she really likes, and aim for something that is low maintenance. Some good options are dogwoods, magnolias and lilacs.
For the mom-to-be without much yard space, pick a pretty potted plant that will blossom all season in colors she loves.
It's a universal truth: Pregnancy is often uncomfortable. With heartburn, gas, bloating, weight gain, swollen ankles ("cankles"!) and uncomfortable jabs in the ribs, moms-to-be need serious pampering.
Head over to a reputable spa in your area and set up a spa day for the mom-to-be in your life. Chances are that it's too late for this Sunday (spas get booked early), so instead, choose a convenient day in the next few weeks for a few spa services, such as a pregnancy message, facial, manicure and pedicure. Be sure to consult with the spa and/or an obstetrician to be sure the procedures you choose are safe for an expectant mom.
A gift certificate for prenatal yoga classes is yet another way to pamper the expectant mother. The classes are tailored to her changing physical abilities and balance, and can be a great source of relaxation.
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