8 Awesome Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Postpartum Mom

Valentine’s Day is not just for new couples and first loves, it’s a great day to show the woman you love how beautiful and special you still find her, now that she’s a mother.

It’s easy for postpartum moms to feel unattractive and vulnerable since the focus has shifted to the baby and she has little time for self care.  She likely doesn’t feel “in the mood” for anything, and if she’s experiencing the baby blues, postpartum depression or anxiety, her mental state may also be suffering.

Valentine’s Day can be a great excuse to go all out and remind her of how much you love her.  Boost her self-confidence and mood with one of these awesome valentine’s day gift ideas.

8 Awesome Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for the Postpartum Mom
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Jewelry

Roman Numeral Necklace by Sincerely Silver

Jewelry is perhaps the most popular Valentine’s Day gift.  For a postpartum mom, you can put a twist on it by getting her a piece engraved with her child’s birth date, like this roman numeral bar necklace from Sincerely Silver.

Not only is it a classic and unique way to display the date that her life changed forever, but also, a piece that can be handed down to that child when they grow up.   Available in rose gold or sterling silver, this personalized gift could easily become a family heirloom and would be cherished for years to come.  Check out the entire line of personalized jewelry from Sincerely Silver.

Aromatherapy

Rocky Mountain Oils Sweetheart Collection
Rocky Mountain Oils

Aromatherapy is a great gift for any postpartum mom, as it encourages healing, mental well being and self-care.  For a Valentine’s Day gift, consider some massage oils or a his and hers roll on set that you can use together.  You can check out the Rocky Mountain Oils Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for more great aromatherapy gift ideas.

The Gift of Sleep

Photo by Liana Mikah on Unsplash

Nothing says “I love you” to a mom better than the gift of sleep.  Sleep deprivation can have dreadful effects on her mental health, so make sure that she gets as much sleep as possible (which is possible with a newborn).

Turning the bedroom into a sleep sanctuary is a grand Valentine’s Day gift idea.  If you’ve been considering a new mattress, there’s no better time to splurge on one than now.  Try the Nectar mattress, which guarantees it’s comfort so strongly, that they give you a free trial for an entire year.

The nights of cuddling each other to sleep might be long gone, but you can still get all the benefits with a weighted blanket.  You can Buy One, Get One 15% off from Weighting Comforts with code VDAY14 so that you can both get a good night’s sleep.

A Spa Day

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash
Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

For a postpartum mom, a spa day is exactly what she needs.  After the trauma on her body from pregnancy, labor and delivery, it needs some pampering.

Many spas offer deals and discounts on couple massages around Valentine’s Day.  Or make it simple and get her a Spafinder gift card so that she can book the spa day of her dreams.

Click here for more spa day gift ideas, including local promotions and travel deals from SpaFinder Wellness 365Plus get 20% Valentine’s Day Gift Card purchases with code 20BEMINE.

Framed Family Photos

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The addition of a new baby means your family dynamic has changed forever.  It’s time to get a family photo done, or even just a candid shot of mom and baby.  It’s one thing to have a million and one photos on your phone or computer, but printing them out, framing them and hanging them up on the walls is a great way to make those memories last.

A meaningful Valentine’s Day gift idea would be to get a favorite photo printed on canvas or framed.  Babies grow so quickly, so being able to look back at this time is a great way to remember the love and joy from these early days.

Beauty Products

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Makeup and beauty products will slowly fall to the bottom of the shopping list, following diapers and baby food.  It’s a natural progression and many mothers are happy to do it without complaint.  So what better time than Valentine’s Day to restock her makeup bag and let her pamper herself for once?

Lotions, lipsticks, nail polish and perfume are all simple gifts that are easy to buy for anyone.  Even this microblading eyebrow pen is a quick and easy gift that will help her get perfect eyebrows will little effort.

Gift cards are always a welcome option, so pick one up for Sephora, Nars, her favorite nail salon or even the local drugstore.  Whatever option you choose, top it off with an extra $10 by using a cashback program like Ebates  or earn points with Swagbucks.

A Romantic Getaway

Paolo Rosa on Unsplash
Photo by Paolo Rosa on Unsplash

A trip to Mexico might not be practical for a newly postpartum mom, but a romantic getaway can come in many forms.  The postpartum period is tough on relationships, so spending some time together can help you connect.

Whether it’s a night at a hotel, a weekend at a resort or a drive out to the country – take the time to be with each other and concentrate on something other than feedings and diapers.  Check out all kinds of different getaway ideas for great deals on Tripnado.

A Subscription Box

A Treat For Mom
The Mommy Mailbox

The Mommy Mailbox – a box full of things designed specifically to brighten up a mom’s day!  You can choose a subscription up to 6 months to help get her through the difficult postpartum period.

Blume –  This is the ultimate self-care subscription box! Postpartum moms can dread the return of “that time of the month” because they haven’t had to deal with it during their pregnancy (and possibly longer if they were breastfeeding) so it becomes just one more thing they need to worry about.  Take the stress out of it with this monthly subscription box that includes organic pads and tampons, specially formulated cramp oil, acne and face washes and more!

InstaCandy – Take the box of Valentine’s Day chocolate up a notch with a regular monthly delivery of candy.

Like the idea of a delivered box full of goodies but not ready to commit to a monthly subscription?  Check out the Pampered Mommy Box! Their “Best of” Box is full of surprise goodies valued over $100! 


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8 Awesome Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for the Postpartum Mom

16 Gifts That Will Boost Anyone’s Mood

The holidays can be exciting.  But what about when they’re not?

For many people, the holidays can be stressful and offer more to dread than look forward to.  Mothers suffering from a mood disorder can feel an added amount of pressure to make things special when they really don’t feel up to it and anxiety can worsen with all of the extra socializing.  And anyone who has lost a loved one may miss them more than usual around the holidays.

Between the cold weather, long stretches of darkness and the financial strain of the holidays, it’s no wonder that up to 20% of people report suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder.

If someone you love is feeling down around the holidays, then consider one of these gifts from Etsy that are sure to boost anyone’s mood.

16 Gifts that will Boost Anyone's Mood

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Light Therapy

Warm, soft lighting is a great mood booster.  One thing that often makes us feel down during the winter is the lack of sunshine.  Anything that simulates natural light will help to boost our mood naturally.

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NewMoonBeginnings on Etsy

This lamp from NewMoonBeginnings is made from raw, natural Selenite, which is a crystal used for cleansing negative energy.

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SaltBay on Etsy

A lamp made from Himalayan Rock Salt is another great option.  It diffuses the light and also has cleansing abilities.  This one from SaltBay is a beautiful pyramid shape, however you can also get them in more natural designs.

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mixcrafts on Etsy

A lettered light box is a fun gift that’s right on trend.  Not only does it provide an additional light source for those dark winter days, but it comes with the ability to customize a message each day.  This one from mixcrafts comes with 85 characters and can be plugged in or battery operated.


Inspirational Messages

Quotes and sayings that inspire us have a way of boosting our mood, both directly and subconsciously.  Being surrounded by inspirational messages, whether it’s a framed print in our designated self care sanctuary, or worn on clothing and accessories, is a great way to remind someone of how strong they really are.

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RaincityPrints on Etsy

RaincityPrints does some beautiful work on famous inspirational quotes including everything from Buddha to the Gilmore Girls.  You can have it professionally printed in different sizes, or get it in a digital file and print it yourself (a great last-minute gift idea)!

JessieGirlJewelry on Etsy

These gorgeous minimal cuff bracelets from JessieGirlJewelry have a secret hidden message engraved on the inside of them.  Not only will you look stylish, but you’ll have a little mood boost with you wherever you go.

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TattooMoments on Etsy

Believe it or not, these are temporary tattoos!  This collection from TattooMoments includes 14 tattoos that can last up to 7 days.  This is a great way to show off a motivational message without the commitment of a permanent tattoo.  


Download these 4 FREE 8 x 10 Inspirational Prints in the Running in Triangles Free Resource Library, available exclusively to subscribers of the Postpartum Depression Survival Guide. Click here to subscribe.


The Gift of Comfort

Perhaps it’s our natural instinct to want to hibernate come cold weather, but nothing makes us feel happier than being warm and cozy.  Comfort gifts are a great mood booster, not only because they make us feel good, but also because receiving one is like getting permission to be lazy all day.

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LittleMimis on Etsy

If you’re gonna give a blanket as a gift this year, then you have to go with a weighted blanket.  There are so many benefits of a weighted blanket for someone suffering from depression, anxiety or insomnia.  Even those without a mental health condition will still benefit from the comfort of a weighted blanket.  It’s like being wrapped in a giant hug.  This one from LittleMimis comes in different weights, colors and patterns and can even be custom embroidered.  

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WineALittleGifts on Etsy

These socks are a great way of telling your loved one to put their feet up and relax.  Don’t worry if they’re not a wine drinker because WineALittleGifts sells over 100 different designs, so you’re sure to find the right pair!

LaAquarelle on Etsy

Sleep deprivation can have a negative effect on a person’s mood.  Help your loved one get better night’s sleep with this sleep mask set from LaAquarelle.  It comes in a choice of organic fabrics and includes a lavender satchet you can put under your pillow to help you sleep.


Meditation Tools

Meditation and mindfulness are great ways to improve your mood.  Even for a beginner, the practice of meditation can be easily incorporated into anyone’s self-care routine.  While actual “tools” aren’t a necessity for meditation, there are several gift ideas that can help to enhance the experience.

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SenseSationCanada on Etsy

Aromatherapy is an excellent mood booster and supplement to meditation.  There are so many options available but this necklace diffuser set from SenseSationCanada makes a perfect gift.  The necklace features the popular “Tree of Life” design and comes with interchangeable colored pads, as well as six different essential oil blends.

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mixcrafts on Etsy

Tibetan singing bowls have been used in meditation for thousands of years.  The tone they produce is designed to help relax the mind and body and drown out background noise to aid in focus and concentration.  This copper bowl from mixcrafts is not only a stunning art piece, but useful for meditation and relaxation as well.

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GlimpseGlass on Etsy

Indoor plants have so many incredible mood boosting benefits.  Being surrounded by lush greenery indoors while everything lays dead and dormant outdoors is one way to keep spirits up during the winter.  Choose a low maintenance option, such as this set of 12 air plants from AURAMORE.   Air plants are a great way to incorporate greenery without needing to worry about pots and soil.  Instead, you can put them inside one of these glass terrariums from GlimpseGlass for a beautiful combination.


Encourage Creativity

Being bored and cooped up inside the house during winter will put anyone in a bad mood.  For the holidays this year, consider giving the gift of creativity.  If your loved one already has a hobby, then you’re off to a good start.  But here are a few suggestions if they’re looking for something new to keep their mind distracted and to help lift their mood.

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KirstenBurkeDesign on Etsy

The art of calligraphy is so modern and popular right now.  It’s also an art form that isn’t time-consuming, tedious or strenuous and offers a lot of different applications.  With this beginner’s set from KirstenBurkeDesign, anyone can learn this fantastic skill, all while keeping busy to beat the winter blues.

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Legacy4LifePlanners on Etsy

Coloring offers a simple way to turn off the brain and soothe the mind.  The array of colors can also work as a mood booster on the dark, grey days of December.  This coloring planner from Legacy4LifePlanners not only offers the benefits of coloring, but also provides a place to jot down notes, goals, passwords and make resolutions for the new year.

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HawthornHandmade on Etsy

There are so many different ways to encourage creativity.  Crafting of any kind can make a person feel proud and accomplished, but it’s also a way to ban boredom during the winter months.  On Etsy, you’ll be able to find so many different DIY crafting kits, such as this weaving wall hanging kit from HawthornHandmade.  Some other popular favorites include a macrame kit, a beaded embroidery kit and paint by number sets.  


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Give the Gift of Etsy

If you didn’t see something specific on this list that appealed to you, or if you just couldn’t decide, then consider giving an Etsy gift card instead.  It can be printed or emailed to the recipient so it makes a great last-minute gift.  And with thousands upon thousands of different things to choose from, it’s a gift that will definitely put a smile on someone’s face.


I know, firsthand, how difficult winter can be – no matter how much you love the holidays.  The extreme high of celebrating with family and friends ends so abruptly, that it’s common for people to feel depressed shortly after the holidays are over.  By giving a gift specifically to help boost their mood, you’re encouraging long-term happiness.

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Gifts for Mothers with Postpartum Depression

Holidays can be difficult to celebrate for a woman suffering from postpartum depression.  What should be happy days spent making memories, instead reminds her of the pain and shortcomings she’s felt since becoming a mother.

When shopping for a gift for a mother with postpartum depression, look for something that is considerate of her condition.  Not all gifts are appropriate for a woman who feels guilty or unworthy of being a mother.

Here are some ideas for gifts for mothers with postpartum depression.

Gift Guide for the mother with Postpartum Depression

Gifts for Mothers with Postpartum Depression
Gifts for Mothers with Postpartum Depression Gifts for Mothers with Postpartum Depression

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A Personalized Necklace

GracePersonalized on Etsy

A necklace with her children’s names engraved on it will remind her of who she’s doing all of this for in the first place.

A beautiful option is this fingerprint necklace from GracePersonalized on Etsy.  Having a necklace that contains her child’s fingerprint, hand or footprints will remind her that she created an entire unique person.

But the kids aren’t the only things keeping her going.  I like this lovebirds necklace from MenuetDesigns on Etsy because it speaks volumes of how important a strong support system is.

[For more ways to offer support, read: 14 Ways to Help a Mother with Postpartum Depression]


Something That Won’t Die

DIY Succulent Terrarium Kit from NimusSucculentShop on Etsy

Cut flowers wilt and die and there’s nothing she can do about it.  Get her something that she can watch grow and blossom.  Growing something will bring her a sense of pride.  So instead of flowers, get her a potted plant or a terrarium.  Gardening or growing indoor plants is an excellent form of self-care as well and can become something that not only keeps her mind distracted, but brightens up her living area as well.

If she doesn’t have a green-thumb, get her a book about gardening instead.  There are also foolproof ready-made herb gardens available.


Matching Mommy & Me Outfits

ByMissSally on Etsy

Bonding with baby can be tough for a mother with postpartum depression.  Matching t-shirts, outfits or hats might seem cheesy, but it can make her feel more connected to baby and remind her of the special connection they share.


Monthly Subscription Box


In the category of gifts for a mother with postpartum depression, monthly subscription boxes should be at the top the list!  Chances are, she doesn’t want to go out and shop for herself.  Even some of the basic necessities she needs become less of a priority for her.  Having something delivered to her door is a wonderful surprise that she can look forward to each month.

Here are a few that I would recommend for a mother with postpartum depression:

The Mommy Mailbox – a box full of things designed specifically to brighten up a mom’s day!

Blume Formerly known as Ellebox. This is the ultimate self-care subscription box!  Mothers with postpartum depression can dread “that time of the month” especially because they haven’t had to deal with it during their pregnancy (and possibly longer if they were breastfeeding) so it becomes just one more thing they need to handle.  The addition of the mood swings and cramping can become overbearing for someone who’s already suffering so much.  Take the stress out of it with this monthly subscription box that includes organic pads and tampons, specially formulated cramp oil, acne and face washes and more!

InstaCandy – who doesn’t love candy?  Getting a box of candy delivered to your door every month is sure to brighten up the darkest of days.

Like the idea of a delivered box full of goodies but not ready to commit to a monthly subscription?  Check out the Pampered Mommy Box! Their “Best of” Box is full of surprise goodies valued over $100! 


A Customized Photo Book

Mixbook.com

Photos can have a lot of meaning for a woman with postpartum depression.  Looking back at pictures of happier times can be an excellent way to relieve stress and help keep her connected to those memories.  Creating a photo book filled with pictures of baby can also help to connect her to her child and reduce some of the guilt that often comes along with missing out on those first few months.

A photo book is sure to be something she will cherish long after she has recovered from the darkness of postpartum depression.

You can create fully customized photo books and/or prints at Mixbook.com


Self-Care Products

Kathy Ireland Pink Sherpa Robe – Zulily

It goes without saying that self-care is SO important for moms to keep up good mental health.  This category of gifts offers such a wide variety of choices, depending on what’s most important to the mother in your life.

A robe, bath bombs, spa sets, or a massage system are all great gifts for her to use on a daily basis to make sure that she’s getting in regular self-care.

The best self-care gifts for a mother with postpartum depression are things that she can use regularly, don’t consume too much of her precious time, and can help her relax and take care of herself.

If you want to really want to give her the gift of self-care, then splurge on a spa day!  Click here to purchase a Spa Finder Gift Card  that she can use at thousands of different locations.  It’s available to print or e-mail so it makes a great last-minute gift too!

[Related Reading: Self Care Tips for Battling Postpartum Depression]


Aromatherapy

Mom’s Essential Kit from Rocky Mountain Oils

Essential oils and aromatherapy can have a big impact on a mother with postpartum depression.  This kit from Rocky Mountain Oils has everything a mother needs to incorporate essential oils into her life.  You can also purchase a beautiful diffuser so that she can turn her space into a haven of aromatherapy.


A Personal Assistant

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You know what mothers with postpartum depression REALLY want?  A personal assistant…

The Amazon Echo smart speaker connects to “Alexa” a voice-based personal assistant.

The best part is that Alexa will respond to anyone’s voice, as long as they call her by name.  So older kids who ask a million questions a day or want to hear their favorite song over and over again – can now ask Alexa instead of Mom.

Alexa can also look things up online, tell jokes, keep notes, make lists and reminders, play music and make phone calls – all completely hands free!  It’s one of the best gifts for a mother with postpartum depression who is suffering from a severe case of foggy brain!


Journaling Equipment

Indigo.ca

Writing about postpartum depression is one of the best therapies available.  It’s a great way to get all those dark feelings out of the brain and onto paper.  A journal is a great gift option for a mother who needs to express her feelings.

Bullet journals are the latest trend right now.  You can eve find printable bullet journal kits on Etsy to create a one of a kind personalized gift.

[Related Reading: The Postpartum Depression Guest Post Series]


Adult Coloring Books

Indigo.ca

There’s a huge difference between coloring with the kids, and coloring by yourself.  I, myself, have recently jumped on the adult coloring book train, and it’s an incredible way to release stress and shut off the brain for a few moments.

There are adult coloring books everywhere these days so you’re sure to find one that suits the mom you’re shopping for.  My favorite ones are the patterns or the inspirational quotes, but there are also ones with swears for the moms who really need to let it all out.


The Gift of Music

Image of The Gramophone - Tee (Black)
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Music is an excellent form of therapy for mothers with postpartum depression.  It’s a way to keep the mind distracted from intrusive thoughts and can stimulate all kinds of emotions.  Soothing music can help a mother to relax or calm down when she’s feeling angry or anxious.  Uplifting music is a great way to make her feel happier when she’s feeling down.

There are so many different ways that you can give a mother the gift of music.  You can make her a playlist, get her a subscription to Spotify or buy her concert tickets to her favorite artist, just to name a few.  And if you truly want to support the benefits of music for mental health, then consider purchasing some products that support a good cause, like those from In Music We Trust.


16 Gifts that will Boost Anyone's Mood
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Remember: One of the best gifts for mothers with postpartum depression is your love, support and understanding…
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Gift Guide for Mothers with Postpartum Depression