What do you give someone who has just received the most precious bundle ever?!
If you have a friend or a loved one who is expecting, it can be difficult to know what to give the new mama and baby, especially if they already have a lot of what they need. The key to gift-giving is to find something that they haven’t already thought of, whether that’s something unique, personalised, or just downright useful. It’s also a good idea to spoil the mum with a gift that’s just for her during this time of celebration. Sassy Mama has rounded up some of the best gifts to give new mothers and babies that you can find or order right here in Hong Kong.
Best Gifts For A New Mama
Unique – Cosmetics and Pampering Sets
Dealing with a newborn is hard and mums rarely get time to look after themselves. As their bodies adjust to not being pregnant anymore, there are periods of hair loss, chapped lips, hands (and nipples!) and dark circles that come with the lack of sleep. After enjoying nine glorious months of lush thick wondrous hair, it’s always a bit sad to sometimes see it literally fall out in clumps. Thankfully Korean brand, Yeanimm Cosmetics, can help to at least the keep up the appearance of luxurious pre-baby hair with its shading cushion. The cushion covers greys and gives the appearance of fuller, thicker hair thanks to soybean and soybean milk protein fibres. You can also put together a Mummy Bee set from Not Another Bunch Of Flowers that includes lip balm, soap, hand cream and scented candles, all free from any nasties, with a personalised message.
Yeanimm Shading Cushion, available online from BaoBae for $165
Mummy Bee Gift Set, available online from Not Another Bunch Of Flowers for $407
Personalised – Mum and Baby Jewellery
Give a luxurious gift that a mum can wear close to her heart all the times – personalised jewellery. From necklaces and bracelets with custom engravings that can be anything from the new baby’s name, to birthdays, family names, and more. With different prices points and quality, it’s easy to find something within your price range.
Useful – Eco-Conscious Grocery Subscription Plan or Recipe Box
Give the new mum one less thing to worry about by getting her a grocery subscription plan or recipe box. There are some great organic, locally-grown, online subscription plans that focus on seasonal and organic produce to reduce our carbon footprint. You can also get other fresh items like meat, seafood, dairy, eggs, snacks and more, meaning that the new mum never has to worry about having an empty fridge or pantry. To save on prep time, recipe box items can also be ordered that come with everything needed to make a fresh, healthy, and seasonal meal in no time.
Best Gifts For A New Baby
Unique – Hong Kong-Themed Baby Clothes
Show off your Hong Kong pride with cute onesies and baby apparel! These adorable outfits sport familiar Hong Kong images and company logos with cute phrases in Cantonese or Asian-inspired animals with proceeds going to a good cause (read more here). You can also find 100-day celebration wear, qipao-styled sets, HK cityscape-inspired clothes and more. All of these make fantastic gifts to give to new babes and mums living in this bustling city, or even to share its unique vibe with those abroad.
Personalised – Bespoke Blankets
Keep the new baby cosy during those late-night feeds with blankets customised just for them. These could be family blankets with everyone’s names on them, milestone blankets for the Instagram baby, announcement blankets, and even special local Hong Kong-themed blankets. This functional gift is also a great keepsake that will be appreciated as the baby grows.
Useful – Loveys and Plush Toys
The baby in question is going to spend years with this one – hugging, holding and sucking on it. Make sure it’s made with the best and most natural material available. The Wubbanub Baby Pacifier is a soft and cuddly toy that the baby will love and the mum will love you for gifting it! Our favourite is the giraffe, but the tiger and hippo ones are equally cute. Not only is the giraffe adorable but it’s also attached to a pacifier that is at just the right angle for baby to hold and suckle on. Another great option is the Kaloo Les Amis Doudou Pacifier Holder. It’s perfect for bedtimes, stroller time, or for quiet snuggle time.
Best Gifts For Both
Unique – Souvenir Boxes
When you give birth at any of the hospitals in Hong Kong, they always give lovely keepsakes – from the baby’s first footprint to a framed photograph. Gift mum and baby something more special than a normal baby book to store all these wonderful memories. We like the beautifully designed Les Moustaches and Les Pachats souvenir boxes from Moulin Roty as well as the BabyPrints MemoryBox. The new family can store the birth announcements, birth certificates and cards, and there are small drawers and compartments to keep things like first slippers, soothers, bracelets, teeth etc. It’s a wonderful way to keep all of those memories so that they can be shared as the baby grows.
Personalised – Bespoke Night Lights
With options ranging from the baby’s initials and name, to family photos and hometown landscapes, this personalised night light also makes for a unique and functional gift. It will get plenty of use as the baby grows and will help to keep the monsters under the bed at bay. A good night’s sleep guaranteed for mama and baby.
Useful – Cloth Diapers
The average baby will go through about 6,000 diapers during the first two years of its life. That’s a lot of diapers! Cloth diapers are not only more eco-friendly but they’re also more cost-effective and gentler on a baby’s delicate skin. For the eco-conscious or even economically-conscious mama, cloth diapers are an essential and useful gift to give and receive. Cloth diapers and liners can be purchased individually or in starter sets and thankfully there are plenty of brands available for purchase like Bambino, Green Beginnings, Charlie Banana, Thirsties, GroVia, and Apple Cheeks here in Hong Kong.