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Help me with my Secret Santa present!

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BertieBotts Wed 09-Dec-15 13:34:05

I live in Germany and am in the Secret Santa group for the English Speaking group locally.

My Secret Santa:
Is American (from New Jersey)
Teaches English with me at a local school
Is about to have her first baby, and leans towards breastfeeding, co-sleeping, slings, etc. Is worried about the cold weather as she's losing her work car.
I know she likes coffee, travelling, running, baking, some British TV (Coupling, Doctor Who, unsure what else)
Uses iPhone

I don't really want to get something FOR the baby, I'd rather get something for her.

Ideas I had so far:

Those gloves which stay on the pram to keep you warm while you push it - Too expensive sad

Book - What Mothers Do/Why Love Matters/The Food of Love - all over budget from Amazon DE. (Have found What Mothers Do for only slightly over budget on book depository.)

DVD of some kind of UK comedy - I thought Black Books because it's great, but I can only find sets of all three series which is too high, or imports of one at a time which take too long.

Two doable possibilities so far:

Coffee cup holder to fit to pram - found and IN budget, but is it a good idea or a bit gimmicky?

Starbucks gift card - still a possibility, but seems a bit boring/small.

Other ideas

We have a Primark, Lush, TK Maxx and some knick nack stores I can look around for something gifty. I definitely saw some English sweets at TK Maxx which she might like.

Is some kind of body butter thing a good idea, for avoiding stretch marks or is that not a good thing to gift? I'm not really into all the pampering stuff but I guess other people are.

Bear in mind if you're going to suggest anything online, I need German links, not UK links! Thanks smile

Madbengalmum Wed 09-Dec-15 13:40:17

Starbucks card for a decent amount, cant go wrong

Madbengalmum Wed 09-Dec-15 13:40:31

Amazon voucher?

DancingDuck Wed 09-Dec-15 13:41:35

I'd have loved a coffee holder for the pram (though does it definitely fit the pram model she's buying?)

Proper running socks are always welcome by runners.

carbcraver Wed 09-Dec-15 13:45:20

Nice travel mug. You can get some really nice ones these days! With some fancy coffee beans/syrup? And chocolate. Every secret Santa gift should have chocolate

MelanieCheeks Wed 09-Dec-15 13:48:00

Gloves that you can use a smart phone with.

glentherednosedbattleostrich Wed 09-Dec-15 13:54:19

Second travel mug. Meant I got to drink warm tea when dd was little!

BertieBotts Wed 09-Dec-15 14:33:47

I'm 100% sure she already has a couple of travel mugs, because work gave them to us last year as a Christmas gift, and because she commented that Starbucks here was funny about her bringing her own mug whereas it's a normal thing in the States.

I think the coffee holder is universal, but I'll check!

hampsterdam Wed 09-Dec-15 14:48:42

I don't think you are meant to attach hot drinks to prams. If it spills out it might scald the baby? Some posh coffee and a nice mug? Flavour syrups? Nice mug with Christmas chocolates?

BertieBotts Wed 09-Dec-15 15:28:51

I suppose, but most hot drink travel mugs have a non spill lid. And the holder would be far away from the actual pram part, but I see what you mean, and we do have a lot of cobbles here.

Maybe chocolate is the safest bet!

G1veMeStrength Wed 09-Dec-15 15:30:54

Nice coffee, it's definitely not for the baby but very helpful when sleep deprived!!!

carbcraver Wed 09-Dec-15 16:30:06

Maybe a small hamper/nice box with minis in.

BertieBotts Wed 09-Dec-15 18:15:43


Problem with buying coffee is I don't know if she has a coffee machine or one of those pod things.

carbcraver Wed 09-Dec-15 20:02:39

Small things! Small jams/preserves, mini chocs, you can probably get small coffee jars? Mini alcohol for after baby arrives!

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