Christmas has taken on a whole new life for me since becoming a mother, both in good and bad ways. First there’s the stress. As a kid I never really understood why our mother would get stressed out around the holidays. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But now I know that it was the most wonderful time of the year largely because our mother put in a lot of work to make it so. Baking cookies, taking us to all the special Christmas activities at church, and shopping for just the right gifts that would make us happy and excited on Christmas morning. It’s a lot of pressure. But at the same time I feel like having a child of my own has made me so much more aware of the true meaning of Christmas and my desire to make sure my son grows up to know that Christmas happened all because God loves him.
Needless to say, there’s a lot going on for a young mother at Christmastime. So it stands to reason that she may not have a lot of time to put together her own Christmas wish list. So I’ve put together a few ideas that are sure to make her smile.
Moms don’t have a lot of time to spend on themselves, and many times concerns about beauty and fashion can go by the wayside. So you can treat the young mother in your life by giving her something to make her feel pretty. Maybe it’s as simple as some nice lotion or bubble bath. Or maybe you could go more extravagant and get her some jewelry that she can easily throw on to feel a little more dressed up. A gift card for a facial or massage at a spa would probably be much appreciated as well. Or if she really doesn’t have time to get out of the house, you could give her a Stitch Fix gift card so she can shop for new clothes at home!
Pretty and Practical
This is a category that can be dangerous. Many the unfortunate husband have given their wives such useful tools as vacuum cleaners and slow cookers. And it didn’t go over well. But I think it is possible to give a very useful gift that can also be enjoyed by a mom. I think the key is to pay attention to the design and material. A set of plastic cutting boards from Walmart are useful, but not something a mom is going to get excited to open on Christmas morning. But a handmade olive wood cutting board like this one on Etsy would make a very nice gift. Every time she gets out the cutting board to chop veggies for dinner she’ll get to enjoy the beautiful wood grain and feel like she’s decorating her kitchen at the same time. Measuring cups are mostly ignored, but these sweet hedgehog measuring cups from Anthropologie are too cute to not put a smile on her face. So think about the things she uses all the time and see if you can find a replacement to make a mundane task a little more enjoyable.
Give her a break
One gift that would be universally appreciated by moms is a break. This is also a great option to give if you’re on a tight budget or are doing your gift giving last minute. Offer to watch her kids sometime so she and her husband can go out on a date. Take her kids to the park one afternoon so she can enjoy some down time in a quiet house. Maybe even offer to do some housecleaning for her so she can spend her time pursing other passions. Even some meals for the freezer can be a godsend on crazy days. It may not seem like much, but to a young mom it can make all the difference.
Most of all, a young mom just wants the holidays to be a special time for family. By remembering her at Christmas time, even with a small and simple gift, you are reminding her that she is special too!