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Stephanie Grassullo
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12 Alcohol-Inspired Gifts for Moms-to-Be Who Are Craving a Cocktail

Cheers to fun treats that taste and smell like cocktails, but are totally pregnancy-safe.

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and no one can relate more to that than moms-to-be who haven’t had a drink in months. We all know the deal when it comes to drinking during pregnancy, but that doesn’t make those nine months without it any easier. The next best thing to a cocktail? Something that tastes—and even smells—like one, minus the alcohol. And we’re not just talking about mocktails. From cocktail-tasting candies to wine-scented candles and more, we’ve put together the ultimate list of alcohol-inspired treats you can safely indulge in all pregnancy long.

Photo: Courtesy Jelly Belly

Cocktail-Flavored Jelly Beans

These are far from your father’s jelly beans. Whether you like your drink shaken, stirred or poured, delight your tastebuds with cocktail-inspired jelly beans that taste like the real deal. With just one bite, flavors like Strawberry Daiquiri and Piña Colada will send you on a tropical getaway. You’ll get all of the flavor without the alcohol (and hangover!).

Buy it: Jelly Belly Cocktail Classics, $12 (two-pack) or $40 (six-pack), Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Rewined

Sangria-Scented Candle

Get this: These candles are made with the scent of favorite wines, and then poured into empty bottles so wine connoisseurs can get their fill at all hours of the day! Made right in Charleston, South Carolina, the sangria candle is created with hints of pomegranate, citrus and berry fruit, making it a seasonal favorite that smells like your go-to summer cocktail. They’re also available in a medley of wine scents, including cabernet, champagne, chardonnay, merlot, pinot grigio, pinot noir, riesling, sauvignon blanc, as well as favorite cocktails.

Buy it: Rewined 11 oz Sangria Soy Wax Candle, $28, Amazon.com

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Preggatinis Mixology Book

Just because you have a baby on the way doesn’t mean you can’t have your cocktail and drink it too—as long as it’s a mocktail. Whip up one of these bad boys for you and your friends and they won’t believe the alcohol is missing. There are 75 recipes to choose from, made from pregnancy-friendly ingredients. And with corresponding “de-virginize” steps for each drink, you can enjoy the libations during and after pregnancy.

Buy it: Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-To-Be, $12, Amazon.com

Quippy Maternity Tank

It’s the perfect top for your next girls night out. Instead of constantly telling bartenders to skip the booze, let this tank do all the talking.

Buy it: I’ll be a lot More Fun When I Can Drink Again Shirt, $20, Etsy.com

Photo: Courtesy Sugarfina

Rosé Gummy Bears

There’s nothing that can take the place of a deliciously chilled glass of rosé, but these gummies are a close second. How do they taste so good? These grown-up gummies are infused with real rosé wine from Provence, but are booze-free because the alcohol is burned off in the cooking process. The set comes with a large candy cube of Mama Rosé Bears and a small candy cube of Baby Rosé Bears—you’re eating for two, after all.

Buy it: Mama and Baby Rosé All Day Bears, $29, Sugarfina.com

Photo: Courtesy Heineken

Booze-Free Brews

What would you say if someone told you it was perfectly safe to drink beer while pregnant? No, this isn’t at trick question! Heineken has made the impossible possible with its new line of Heineken 0.0 drinks. The refreshing beverages offer great taste minus the alcohol. Brewed and fermented with Heineken’s unique A-yeast from natural ingredients, the gentle alcohol removal and blending helps achieve its fruity flavor with a slightly malty twist. Let’s drink to that!

Buy it: Heineken 0.0, $28 (six-pack), Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Stewart & Claire

Cocktail-Inspired Lip Balm

This lip balm is just the thing for when that post-pregnant celebratory drink is so close you can taste it. The trio is inspired by three fan-favorite drinks: An Old Fashioned, Negroni and Tiki. Once it hits your lips, it’s so good!

Buy it: Stewart & Claire Cocktail-Inspired Lip Balm Trio, $24, Amazon.com

Wishful Drinking Mug

There’s no shame in sharing your alcohol withdrawal. While you sip on your morning cup of tea, make it known how badly you wish it were a mimosa instead.

*Buy it: * I Wish This Was a Cocktail Mug, $5, Etsy.com

Photo: Courtesy Denman

Cocktail-Scented Hairbrush

Remember when a cocktail was the perfect way to pregame a night out? Instead of pouring a glass of vino as you get ready, let the aroma of a tropical drink set the mood. The scented pads on the hairbrushes don’t transfer the fragrance to your hair, but will be a delectable way to get dolled up. Choose from Strawberry Daiquiri, Berry Martini or Piña Colada.

Buy it: Denman D14 Hair Brush, $19, Amazon.com

Photo: Cpourtesy Soap Distillery

G&T Soap Sets

Turn the act of washing your hands into a celebratory sensation worthy of a cocktail. The ultimate drinking duo, Gin and Tonic, comes alive in these bars of soap. The slightly minty and clean herbal notes of the tonic go well with the woody and citrusy herbal notes of the gin.

Buy it: Gin + Tonic Soap Set, $15, SoapDistillery.com

Photo: Courtesy Napa Hills

Wine-Flavored Water

A glass of red that goes down just like water—because it is water. The deliciously flavored H2O is enhanced with antioxidants found in red wine. Packed with good-for-you goodness and free from sugar, caffeine or calories, it’s available in three thirst-quenching flavors: Cherry Rosé, Peach Grigio and Lemon Chardonnay

Buy it: Napa Hills Flavored Water Beverage, $26 Amazon.com

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Sake Perfume

Delight your senses with this sensual, velvety fragrance. Give yourself a spritz and breathe in the grapefruit and ginger aroma, and enjoy the underlying smells of white peach absolute and vanilla all day long. The artisanal glass bottle adds an extra-special touch.

Buy it: Sake Eau de Parfum, $90 Nordstrom.com

Published June 2019

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