The holidays are so exciting with a baby - a chance to share old traditions, make new ones, and dress up someone small and cute in festive fancy dress before they're old enough to object...
Chances are the tiny one has a lot of gifts under the tree - and there are such lovely ethical choices too, like these knitted finger puppets or this recycled plastic tractor - but don't forget mum! Here are a few ideas of what to wrap up for someone in that hectic but indescribably special season of life.
- There's a solid chance she doesn't often stop moving: gift the luxury of a new pair of super comfy shoes like these Santos-Dumont sneakers by Veja, which are 100% vegan and include a mesh panel made from recycled plastic bottles.
- A photo frame like the chic Azizi Standing Brass Frame will remind her to actually print out photographs and not just let them linger inside her phone or camera.
- Chocolate - for sharing or for secret emergency pick-me-ups! Montezuma's chocolates are made in the UK from fairly traded ingredients and free from palm oil and anything artificial. This beautifully packaged Christmas Chocolate Library includes quirky flavours like Dark Chocolate with Spiced Lime & Ginger... yum!
- Sometimes you just need somewhere to put stuff. Laundry? Toys? A secret stash of chocolate (see above)? This Gold Sequin Basket is hand woven in Vietnam from natural seagrass with added sequin sparkle, and has a whole host of different uses.
- I don't think you have to buy into the hype of baby changing bags - they're insanely expensive and frankly often quite ugly. But no doubt about it you do find yourself carrying a lot of things - the Gold is a Neutral Dhaniben Clutch can be used as an organiser inside any kind of bigger bag: it's the perfect size to keep her own essentials safe amidst the jumble of baby clothes, bibs, bottles, wipes, nappies, toys, books, snacks...
- If she is breastfeeding, Bshirts are ethically made from organic cotton and available in both sleeveless and new long-sleeved designs, both in multiple colours. (And if she's only just started feeding? There's organic nipple balm for that too.)
- A subscription to Green Parent Magazine delivers an envelope full of positive, inspiring articles, yummy recipes and helpful product reviews through the door every two months. There's currently a free mum & baby skincare gift for new subscribers!
- A new lipstick like these 100% natural Mineral Lipsticks from Odylique, certified to both Soil Association and Fairtrade standards. Moisturising and animal friendly, and available in a range of colours to suit every skin tone. Odylique have won stacks of green beauty awards and have a top rating from Ethical Consumer.
- I remember exchanging messages at 4am with a fellow mother of a newborn wondering (amongst many other things) how we had ever had the time to do such a luxurious thing as moisturise our legs. It seemed like the heights of self-care during the craziest of whirlwinds, and even when I do it now, many months on, I feel grateful for those few minutes of indulgence. This Fair Squared Shea Body Butter looks lovely. If you can hold a baby while a mama takes care of herself, even better.