It's happening! One of your besties has just announced she's expecting, and you're over the moon. Before you rush out and buy her a dozen newborn onesies – which, I know, is an adorable temptation that's hard to resist – consider some other creative and thoughtful gifts that she'll find useful over the next nine months. There will be plenty of time to spoil the baby later, but now is the perfect time to spoil mom with these 15 gifts for pregnant women under $50. Despite how exciting this new chapter is, her impending nausea, discomfort, and general aches and pains mean any spoiling will be greatly appreciated.
When it comes to gifting expectant mamas, I'm all about giving them a nice mix of fun and practical. The sentimental and cutesy stuff is necessary because hey, we're celebrating something exciting over here! On the other hand, pregnancy brings with it so many unique needs, and your beloved preggo will be internally thanking you as she reaches for her gifted compression socks or moisturizing belly butter. While you should obviously consider what she wants, it's also wise to consider what she'll also truly, inevitably need.
While you might not be able to help your pregnant pal with her morning sickness or back pain, you can at least bring a smile to her face with one of these thoughtful gifts.
1. The Belly Book: A Nine-Month Journal for You and Your Growing Belly
Help your pregnant pal document every step of their pregnancy (and your growing bump) with this pregnancy journal. With places for belly pics and ultrasound photos, plus writing prompts about food cravings, symptoms, and other milestones, this will ensure they don't forget a thing.
2. Belly Band
3. Pregnancy Care Package
4. Eating Christmas Cookies For Two Maternity Tee
5. Letters to My Baby
6. Compression Socks
7. Baby Countdown Sign
8. Maternity Panty
9. Bumpin' Ain't Easy Mug
10. Pregnancy Chalkboard
11. Maternity Robe
12. Mommy's First Milestones Wine Labels
13. Bellybuds Deluxe Baby-Bump Sound System
14. Bun In The Oven Skincare Kit
There is so much to fret over when you're pregnant: what to eat (or not eat), what kind of medicine you can take, and what products are safe to use. Simplify her life a bit by gifting her with this skincare kit, complete with a pregnancy-approved belly butter, face serum, body toning oil, body wash, and chapstick.
15. The Whole 9 Months Pregnancy Nutrition Guide
This week-by-week nutrition guide will be any nutritionally-conscious pregnant woman's bible throughout her pregnancy. This covers all the pregnancy guidelines and recommendations for this stage of life, and offers easy recipes to satisfy them.
16. Prenatal Vitamins
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