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We are smack-dab in the middle of December now…have you started your holiday shopping yet? Maybe you are scratching your head on what to gift your BFF, girlfriend, or wife that is struggling with postpartum anxiety. Don’t worry, I have you covered. I reached out to a fellow mama friend that is going through her very own PPA struggle; I wanted to get her input on what she would enjoy getting as a gift this year.
The result? She gave me some kick-ass ideas and I just have to share them with you.
Read about managing your postpartum anxiety this holiday season.
The holidays are already stressful. Add in having PPA, and it can be kicked up a few notches. Before I give my gift ideas, personally, I’d suggest skipping any gifts centered around birth and/or motherhood. That person is already living the life of motherhood and you never know what someone’s birth experience was like. So gifts that you may think are funny or well meaning that have those subjects can sometimes be more anxiety provoking, which leads me to saying, keep it fun and relaxing.
1. Light-hearted or funny movies/tv shows
Humor is such a powerful stress reliever…laughing is so good for you! Buy your pal a funny movie or tv series off Amazon or be super-awesome and get her a Netflix subscription.
If neither of those options sound like your cup of tea, how about a gift card to the movies? You can purchase movie theater gift cards right through Amazon— Regal, AMC, and Fandango are the most popular. (see your area of residence for where you can use certain gift cards)
Massages are another tremendous stress reliever and are a great way to help your sore muscles.
Check out Groupon for deals on massage certificates in your area.
3. Makeup, perfume, hair products
It’s about being able to pamper yourself at home not just once, but whenever you need to recharge.
Some specific ideas include: dry shampoo, amazing smelling perfume, and a nude lipstick.
4. Audio books
Since time is such a restraint when we are mothers, audio books are an excellent way to give someone a book– turn it on in the car, toss on your headphones and listen at the gym or in bed, and so forth.
There are several ways to purchase audio books, some of these include:
iTunes, Audiobooks, Google play books, and Amazon audibles.
Jazz it up with some pens and cards, toss in an adult coloring book, and you’ve got yourself a nice gift basket of items!
6. Beverage gift basket of coffee, tea, water, or soda
There are many ways you can do this– create your own care basket with purchased beverages or have one personally delivered to that special mama in your life.
Check out these awesome, already made gift baskets for that special mama in your life:
Skip the alcohol, although a favorite to give, unless you know the person extremely well, it’s best to skip it for many reasons.
Read more about how to eat & drink for a healthy mind and body this holiday season.
7. Weighted blanket
Weighted blankets are becoming the hot new trend for reducing anxiety and improving sleep (among many more benefits).
What exactly is a weighted blanket?
A weighted blanket is a very heavy blanket (around 15 pounds or so) that has a calming effect when used. The theory is that a weighted blanket helps to stimulate deep pressure touch that uses firm, hands-on pressure to reduce anxiety.
A weighted blanket can be excellent for a mom with serious PPA that desperately needs to relax.
8. Oil diffuser/essential oils
I am now an essential oily mama. It’s true. I totally believe in the magic of oils. And I think that you should, too.
Perhaps my favorite way to use my oils is to diffuse them in my home. Not only is using my diffuser a much safer (and less toxic) way to leave my home smelling nice, but my family and I can benefit from the oils.
There are sooo many oils out there that are excellent for anxiety; a few of those oils are:
lavender, orange, bergamot, chamomile, vetiver, and ylang-ylang.
9. Subscription for meditation
Meditation is great for relaxing the mind and managing stress and anxiety and can help a mama who suffers with PPA. There is an app for meditation called Headspace…and it’s amazing. Headspace is a guided program that fits into a busy mama’s lifestyle, with daily reminders to practice and also mindful moments of positive messages throughout the day.
Headspace does offer a free program, however, a subscription is also available for more features.
Headspace is offering a 40% discount for the year 2019. Great deal!!
Those were 9 gift ideas to buy for a mama with postpartum anxiety ~ what did you enjoy most about the list? Would you like to add something? Reply back with a comment. <3
This post was co-written by my dear friend, Laura P.