No, I’m NOT pregnant. But a friend is and I wanted to give her something special.
Gifts for expectant mums tend to revolve around baby-related stuff. Mittens, booties, onesies, diaper cake and toys – they are all meant for baby! Mums do all the hard work of growing baby for 40 weeks, so Mums deserve some good pampering too.
I like giving out special kits as presents as they are more personalised and recipient-oriented. Though they require slightly more effort and time to assemble, these kits are not only budget-friendly but also more thoughtful and impactful for the recipient. That’s what a present should represent! In short, when making a gift kit, embrace the person in your heart and mind, and you’ll churn out a gift that will be cherished and remembered.
I have so far made Energy Jars for E’s teacher’s assistants, a Girl’s Survival Kit for a friend’s sister, a Cuddle Kit for 2, and a Pamper Kit for another friend.
So I decided to make my first Pregnancy Survival Kit for this special friend. It’s actually an a pregnancy enhancement kit but that makes it sound a little too commercialised, like some products of herbs and whatnots from a maternity centre. So “Survival” it is!
These are the things I have included in the kit:
- Berry & Nut Mix – Being a busy working mum of one, this is for her to snack on whenever the hunger pangs strike while she’s out and about.
- Chocolate – Who doesn’t love chocolates? It’s for her to indulge in after a hectic day. I particularly like this brand as it’s really tasty! One bite and you’ll be smitten. The Dark Chocolate with Seasalt flavour is equally good too.
- Cocoa Butter – Let’s admit it; who actually finishes the entire bottle of stretchmark cream or oil during their pregnancy? This comes in a compact, handbag-friendly size for tackling dry skin on the go. Besides stretchmark, it can also be used to moisturise other parts of the body too.
- Coconut Water – Sipping it during the last trimester is known to help with an easy labour. Since I can’t be there to buy her some fresh coconut juice, this is another good alternative I have found. It’s 100% pure natural coconut water. Yum, refreshing!
- Energy Bar – Tried and tested, it’s my quick go-to breakfast, especially when I’m heading out for a workout or school drop-off early in the morning. This is for her to munch when she can’t sit down for a wholesome breakfast.
- Pregnancy Tea – This is for her to sip on while she sits back with a book and enjoy some quiet me-time.
- Peaceful Sleep Oil Blend – As it does get harder to sleep towards the end of pregnancy, this is to help her decompress and sleep better every night, in preparation for the busy months ahead!
- Chips – Mmmmm…cheese nachos! This is for her to indulge in while she snuggles up with her other half and watch a movie. Baby will be super duper wriggly with this yummy treat!
- Photo Frame – This is for her to display one of her ultrasound pictures or a photo of her baby bump. SMILE!
- Gentle Birth Method Book – This is for her to browse through and ponder on the tips on having a pleasant pregnancy and a shorter, easier labour.
I purchased #1 to #7 from iHerb.com. Just click, pay and wait for your stuff to arrive at your doorstep. Very easy! If you’d like to order from iHerb, do remember to use my discount code IQO564 (O in alphabet, not numeric) to receive US$5 off for your first purchase below US$40 and US$10 for purchase above that.
Pack & Wrap
Once you have gathered your items of choice, just find a nice, sturdy box. Daiso, IKEA and Tchibo offer good range of boxes in varying sizes. Or use the pretty boxes that you got from buying fragrances, toiletries and mooncakes. Alternatively, you may also make do with mason jars if your items are smaller. The one I used here was an office box from IKEA. She can use it to store other things after this.
Remember to enlist the items for you friend to further understand what they are for. For a touch of personalisation, you may also hand-write them in post-it notes and just stick them to each item. I don’t have nice handwriting, hence I typed it out and stuck it onto the box lid.
Then, wrap up the box or tie a ribbon bow around it and voila, the kit is ready! It’s great as a gift for baby shower too.
I hope my friend will like this. Would you be happy if you were to receive a gift like this too?