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Gift Ideas for Pregnant Friends

One of the many things that I have learned on my journey to becoming a first-time mom is…boy do today’s babies need a whole lot of stuff! As my husband and I prepare for the arrival of our little kiddo, our previously minimal home style has been taken over by large boxes of everything imaginable to keep a small human happy.

While I have fully engaged in the organization and planning of all things needed for our little kiddo, I have been blessed to have several family members and friends who have gone out of their way during my pregnancy to remember to ‘treat’ me as well.

Finding things for pregnant ladies is not the easiest thing. You’re going through so many different changes and transitions and I have been so touched at what these amazing people have thought to gift me.

Jewelry and Accessories

No matter what stage of pregnancy, it’s highly likely you’re not really comfortable in your clothes and not really feeling exactly like yourself. Accessories and jewelry are a great gift for pregnant women because it’s something they can add to their new wardrobe and can utilize during and after their kiddo arrives.

Snacks and Edibles

Anything edible is a good choice. Whether you’re in the “I’m starving every minute of the day” period of your pregnancy or you’re suffering through morning sickness and trying to experiment with different foods that might help, getting a gift bag with a variety of treats is always a welcome gift. Bonus Tips: Whole Foods and other stores have fabulous healthy and clean options for those moms that are particular about ingredients.

Relaxation Elements

Finding your zen time during the midst of this crazy life transition is always a challenge. A scented candle or a delicate lotion is a nice way to pamper your pregnant friend with a few relaxing elements that can put her into a state of relaxation.

Cooling Items

No matter what season it is, your friend is likely feeling warm! If you’re like me, I didn’t time things well and now I’m in my final stretch in the heart of summer. My mom and my good friend were so thoughtful to think of how overheated you can get and gifted me personal fans to help stay cool in these final weeks.

Beautification

Nothing is better than a few beauty products to make you feel just a smidge better. Whether it’s an exciting and bold lipstick color or simply a few fix-its (like my Glossier items shown below) – gifting a few makeup treats to your pregnant friend will always be a welcome treat.

The arrival of a new baby is an incredibly special tim, and it’s also a wonderful time to shower baby’s new mama with a few things to keep her feeling supported.

My Favorite 3…Homemade Hostess Gifts

Summer is here and for me that means lots of opportunities to catch up with friends and family! Whether it’s gathering together for one summer birthday or holiday weekend, or simply a weekend BBQ, I find myself constantly thinking about good hostess gifts to bring.

The older I get, the more I appreciate homemade and edible gifts. While my friends and family have plenty of space for an extra item or two in their homes, I’ve come to appreciate not having ‘another thing’ to add to a shelf or cupboard (even if it’s too cute for words!). Homemade (and preferably edible) gifts are a great way to pass along a small token of appreciate to your host, but minimize the ‘stuff’ that gets added to their homes.

Not to mention, summer is a great time to get into your kitchen and enjoy some of the best flavors of the season. Below I’m sharing three simple ideas for homemade hostess gifts.

Seasonal Homemade Jam

I was fortunate to grow up with a mom who loved to make her own jam, so for my first 18 years of life I really didn’t have much awareness of Smuckers. Enter college…when I forced to fend for myself on the food front…and well, my standards dropped a bit. No really, for my entire 20s, I’d say. Now that I’m in my 30s, I’ve been reintroduced to the joy that is homemade jam and preserves. It truly is just a notch better than anything you can buy in the store, and it’s a great way to take advantage of seasonal fruit.

Fresh-Baked Homemade Bread

I know the first thing that everything thinks about when it comes to homemade bread is….yikes! yeast is scary and unchartered territory! I had the exact same thoughts, but then was introduced to No Knead Bread from Brown Eyed Baker and boy did that help breakdown my fear of how to make bread. This is an incredibly simple recipe that only takes a round or two to get the hang of it. It turns out delicious and can be wrapped up in parchment paper and seasonal ribbon for a festive touch.

Crunchy Homemade Peanut Butter

My dear friend Sarah and her husband came over to our home for dinner and in her bag of treats she gifted me an adorable jar of homemade peanut butter (I know, she has the best handwriting and presentation skills). I’ve always enjoyed natural peanut butters, and was super excited to try this one out. It was amazing, and since it went right into the refrigerator it did not separate, so no mixing was needed.

Even though the summer season can be incredibly busy, it’s a great time to pull out your pots and pans and experiment a bit in the kitchen. Plus, it’s a great way to put together a cost-effective and personalized gift for friends and family.

Happy cooking and baking!

Organizing Your Wine Collection

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Whether you are a wine connoisseur or not, it seems that when you hit your 30s, you begin acquiring a wine collection. A bottle of wine has become a standard option for housewarming presents, hostess gifts, and holiday presents. Wine tasting is a popular choice for summertime activities, including birthday celebrations and wedding weekend events—and it’s nearly impossible to come away from a tasting without a bottle or three.

Before you know it, you are acquiring more bottles than you can keep up with, and if you are like my husband and me (a couple without a dedicated storage piece for wine), your collection starts looking like this…

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For us, finding the right furnishing for our homes has taken quite a bit of time. We have not yet found the right piece to house our growing wine collection, but we have decided we want to take our time instead of making a major impulse purchase.

For us our wine bottles typically remind of us a special occasion, a certain friend, or a milestone in our life, and whenever we open a bottle (especially the good stuff), we like to take a quick moment to reminisce back on the origin of our bottle.

Typically a quick scan of the label will job our memories on the history of our bottle, but as our collection has morphed into a few zones of our house, I decided I wanted to find a way to organize the bottles and also ensure I was remembering why they were so special.

Today, we are sharing a few simple DIY options that will allow you tag your bottles.

Gift Tagging

Gift tags can be a great option for tagging your wine. My lovely fellow Triple Knot-ers gifted me these adorable gift tags, and they are the perfect option to slip over the neck of your wine bottle with a little note inside on where and from whom you received the bottle from.

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Gift tags come in all shapes and sizes, and can be incredibly cost-effective (Paper Source vs. dollar bins at Target). Feeling extra crafty? Consider using a paper punch and some jute or ribbon to make your own gift tag.

Computer Gift Log

Maybe you are less of a visual person, or you really don’t have a wine storage system that allows you to display cute gift tags. Consider purchasing simple circle stickers, which you can number and add to the bottom of your bottle. You can create a corresponding Wine Gift Log on your computer that links the bottle’s number to a brief overview of where the bottle came from.

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Wine Connoisseurs? This is a great solution for those of you who have expensive and rare bottles of wine, where you may want to track more information (i.e. the purchase price, the variety, winery and bottle year).

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Wine Label-Making

A handy label maker is another nice option when it comes to organizing your wine bottles. It’s a quick option, that you can stick right on to your bottle, and is great for those that don’t have the best handwriting.

You can be a bit more limited in what you can write (and may have to reduce the font size of your label), in order to get the label to fit on the bottom of the bottle. Another alternative is to add your label to the backside of the bottle.

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Whether your wine is going into that spare closet in the guest room, or a fancy built-in wine fridge, it’s always nice to take a moment and remember how a particular bottle joined your collection (not to mention, send a quick Thank You email or Text to the gift giver). Finding a convenient way to tag your wine bottles is a great, way to stay organized as your collection increases.

Do you have a way that you keep your wine collection organized? If so, we would love to hear your ideas.

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