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Holiday Gifts for Moms

Give the perfect present or make your own wish list of these hot items.

Sure, everyone loves getting lots of goodies for baby (who can resist those tiny smiles?), but don’t forget about the mama! Revamp your list with these mom-focused gift ideas.

The gift of style
Many pregnant women feel guilty about splurging on fancy clothes they’ll only be able to wear for a few months, but that doesn’t mean a girl should spend her pregnancy in unbuttoned jeans and frumpy sweatshirts! Give her a chic maternity dress that she’d lust after (but wouldn’t buy herself), like the three-quarter-sleeve maternity dress from Mimi Maternity ($70, MimiMaternity.com). Or go for a super-trendy maternity top, like the Yoko Kimono top by Lauren Kiyomi ($68, EuphoriaMaternity.com). The side ruching is great for framing her ever-expanding bump, and she can wear it with pretty much anything.

Another idea: Give her a break from frumpy mom gear by wrapping up a stylish diaper-bag-in-disguise, like the Skip Hop Studio diaper tote ($89, Giggle.com). A fun, patterned sling can make a real fashion statement too—check out the NYC Stretch Sateen version from Hotslings ($48, Hotslings.com). Or, for a sleek look that will last through pregnancy and new-mommyhood, Japanese Weekend makes a really cool nursing mock turtleneck with a slit that shifts for easy breastfeeding access ($76, JapaneseWeekend.com).

The gift of luxury
At a time when everything is about baby, consider giving a new mom permission to take a few moments for herself. The Bounce Back Aromacology spa kit from basqNYC makes a pretty gift, and it’s packed with oil, lotion, body polish and eye gel—all formulated with antioxidants, fresh scents and ingredients like cucumber tea to leave a new mom feeling refreshed ($58, DueMaternity.com). If baby hasn’t arrived, go for the new Pregnancy Pampering Collection from Belli ($39, BelliSkinCare.com). It has great-smelling body wash and lotion along with a bit of belly oil and an exfoliator. Best of all, the ingredients are super-safe for pregnancy. And if you really want to make her smile, offer a few hours of babysitting to give her time to indulge.

The mom gifts
Don’t be afraid to get sentimental. The Mom Heart Locket Pendant from Tiffany&Co. is a surefire way to win some brownie points, and it gives her a great place to keep baby’s photo nearby ($275, Tiffany.com). To get a comparable effect with a smaller price tag, Blue Nile has a similar version for much less ($55, BlueNile.com).

The gift of memories
Give her a place to keep track of all the firsts—from new teeth to first steps—like Cradle the Thought: A Journal for the New Mother’s First Year by Tracy D. Nelson ($28, BeHereSoon.com) or a pregnancy journal like Butterflies & Hiccups: A Guided Pregnancy Journal by Laurie J. Wing ($10, Amazon.com). A baby keepsake book makes a great gift too—we love Baby Baby Memory Book by Celine Countryman ($75, JenniBick.com). For a unique way to freeze a moment of pregnancy, give her a Bellycast Kit from Eternal Maternal ($45, EternalMaternal.com). It comes with hardware so she can even paint it and mount it in the nursery! (If nothing else, this gift will surely get a ton of attention.) 

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