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MsMommy Wed 24-Jun-15 10:21:35

Just looking for inspiration and didn't know where else to post. Sorry!
So my colleague / job share partner is off on maternity leave soon and I'm stepping into her role almost full time while she's away and I'm having a whip round for a present for her.
We're a small team so it won't be loads of money. She already has a toddler under 3 so won't need much baby stuff. She doesn't wear a lot of jewellery. She's about to move house from an apartment to a semi-detached in suburbia. I'd rather get her something for her than for the baby.
Any cool ideas? Go! (Thank you.)

hibbledibble Wed 24-Jun-15 10:23:16

How much do you anticipate having to spend?

A massage for her while she is pregnant would be great if the budget will stretch.

MsMommy Wed 24-Jun-15 10:28:10

There is nine of us in the team but not everyone will be there to contribute and I wouldn't expect most people to give as much as a fiver so quick tally maybe only between £25 - £30? (Could end up being more, I'm erring on the low side.) I did wonder about spa things. Could be nice with the stress of the house move...

Flisspaps Wed 24-Jun-15 10:31:37

I got gift vouchers for Debenhams. Much appreciated grin I used it for fancy makeup which I never had time to wear once DD was born

If I'd been given a spa/massage voucher it would have gone unused.

hibbledibble Wed 24-Jun-15 10:33:44

Maybe a voucher towards a massagemassage then? Of course only if she likes that kind of thing.

I would have loved a massage in the final weeks.

addictedtosugar Wed 24-Jun-15 10:37:22

Flowers and/or a gift card for her to spend on her when she e.g. needs new clothes.

MsMommy Wed 24-Jun-15 10:42:45

I also wondered about Debs type vouchers. Might be handy to buy clothes post preg, stuff for the new home, or a treat like Flisspaps (great handle!). Not sure if she might be a bit too posh for Debs tho. Ooh, maybe John Lewis!

PurpleCrazyHorse Wed 24-Jun-15 11:14:04

Manicure/pedicure voucher for a local salon?

JL vouchers are always nice, they sell baby stuff but also home stuff too, so ideal as she's also moving house.

Uhplistrailer Wed 24-Jun-15 11:15:07

Cook vouchers so they can stick up their freezer? Best maternity present I ever got!

CantBrainToday Wed 24-Jun-15 11:35:49

Either vouchers for somewhere like John Lewis that stocks a range of stuff or a little hamper. Make it yourself using a nice box or bag and think nappies, wipes, bibs, muslins (all the non reusable baby kit) then chocs for mum.

Cadenza1818 Wed 24-Jun-15 11:39:45

Food related . Personally best presents I had as you can't be bothered to cook after giving birth !

MsMommy Wed 24-Jun-15 14:54:55

Thanks for your ace suggestions. A hamper of non baby bits might be a nice idea. Little bottle of bubbly, nice chocs, poncey biscuits, some nice coffee...

redexpat Wed 24-Jun-15 15:52:24

Nice handsoap, nice handcream. You wash your hands a lot during the early days.

Scholes34 Wed 24-Jun-15 15:59:42

DECENT HANDCREAM!! I love Clarins, and that would be a great treat. I had a voucher for a massage and hated the massage. I thought they had a problem with their drains, then realised the noise was some soothing whale music.

When I had DC3, a few ladies from the toddler group I went to cooked for the family - arriving at a pre-arranged time with a two course meal - for four nights over a week. That was fab!

contractor6 Wed 24-Jun-15 16:04:15

Lots of nice toiletries, can get lots of cheap ones in travel sections of boots, small means of she doesn't like one wont be a big waste. You could even pop in any free samples of creams etc. Put all in a box together with some food treats maybe? That's me I love hamper style gifts.

DorotheaHomeAlone Wed 24-Jun-15 16:08:28

Seconding cool vouchers. They do a discount for new mums so she can stick up a bit for when they're suck of toast.

missymayhemsmum Wed 24-Jun-15 23:02:16

Hamper is a nice idea, if she's moving, a nice plant for her new garden? Or a bf-friendly deckchair if funds will stretch?

BlueBlueSea Wed 24-Jun-15 23:05:47

Cowshed do some lovely mums to be products as well as baby stuff too. I have given both and they have been very welcome.

Cowshed

theblairbitchproject Wed 24-Jun-15 23:08:51

grin Scholes. Thank you- that just cracked me up.

I'd go the vouchers route. That way she can choose to spend it how she likes- if she is strapped for cash she can use it for baby things or if she has plenty of babygrows/vests/nappy cakes or whatever that everyone seems to buy she can spend it on herself/house

corgiology Wed 24-Jun-15 23:20:13

Why not just buy a present from you?

I really dislike whip arounds especially when I have no intention of giving a gift myself. It makes you look like a cheapskate if you don't contribute even if you can't really afford to chip in.

MsMommy Thu 25-Jun-15 21:47:59

Fab ideas. Thanks again ladies. smile

Archer26 Thu 25-Jun-15 22:01:34

I was given a lovely Liz Earle gift box when I left. Was lovely to be able to pamper myself once ds was settled.

HerdofAntilop Thu 25-Jun-15 22:04:03

Just eat voucher for a post baby take away. Nom nom nom.

jeanmiguelfangio Thu 25-Jun-15 23:07:37

I got a boots voucher when i was pregnant! Bloody loved it, i used it for makeup for me, i remember running out of wipes once so used it then, just such a handy voucher to have. May have got some posh hand soap too I would have never bought if I didnt have the voucher. I used that soap every day and it just made me smile.
ok so i sound really sad, but it did!!

BikeRunSki Thu 25-Jun-15 23:36:39

Clothes vouchers were my favourite thing! I looked forward to spending them as I was slogging through those early weeks still in maternity clothes. I was so fed up of maternity clothes !!!

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