Having kids at Christmas allows parents to re-live their youth and experience the magic all over again. The Christmas parties and family gatherings and food all bring happy memories and warm hearts.
But for mothers who are battling postpartum depression it can be a very different experience…
Here are 9 gifts that you can give to a mother with postpartum depression, in the hopes of making her holiday season extra special despite the darkness happening inside of her.
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There are so many different options for personalized jewelry 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.
But the kids aren’t the only things keeping her going. I especially like this lovebirds necklace from MenuetDesigns on Etsy because it speaks volumes of how important a strong support system is.
Remind her that she’s not raising those kids alone.
[For more ways to offer support, read: 14 Ways to Help a Mother with Postpartum Depression]
2. Cozy Blanket
When you have postpartum depression, all you want to do is curl up in a warm blanket and nothing else.
Burning these sage-filled smudge sticks can help cleanse the air of negative energy and help to promote healing.
You don’t have to be a vegan to love Angela Liddon’s plant based recipes. Many women suffering from postpartum depression will often experiment with their diet and nutrition habits in order to find a balance that works best for them. Some cut out gluten or sugar, others switch to organic or vegetarian based diets.
No matter what you add or subtract from your diet, vegetables will always be front and center and SO important for maintaining the health a mother needs to battle postpartum depression.
Check out Angela’s blog – www.ohsheglows.com for more inspiration!
5. Subscription Box
For a mother with postpartum depression, monthly subscription boxes can be a godsend. 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!
Ellebox – a.k.a. the period box. (This one might be a little personal, depending on your relationship.) 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. [Get Your First Ellebox for 50% off! Code: HALFOFF]
Stitch Fix – There are a lot of fashion subscription boxes available for women but what I love about Stitch Fix is that you’re not charged for anything unless you actually want it. You’re sent a box of items each month to try, you buy what you like and then send the rest back. It is the perfect solution for a mother with postpartum depression who would rather sample clothes in the comfort of her own home than head to the crowded mall.
Hello Fresh – My favorite subscription box for a mother with postpartum depression. A FOOD box! Fresh, healthy, ready to make meals that take all the work out of preparing a family meal. [Get three free plates just to give it a try, I promise you’ll be hooked!]
Here’s another gift idea that comes in so many different options of scents, and combinations. For a mother with postpartum depression, self care is so important for her recovery and soaking in a hot bath can be a great way to relieve some of the tension.
This set from ALifeofOil on Etsy comes in a variety of different scents – so you can choose her favorite. I would recommend this peppermint and eucalyptus one if she’s prone to head or body aches, the lavender scented one to help her relax or the lemon scented gift set to help boost her energy levels.
No matter which one you choose, look for something that contains Epsom salts, whether in a bath bomb or salt scrub. The magnesium can greatly help reduce the symptoms of postpartum depression.
[For more information, read: Self Care Tips for Battling Postpartum Depression]
Essential oils and aromatherapy can have a big impact on a mother with postpartum depression. One of the best ways to purify her entire environment is buy using oils in a diffuser like this one from Viva Naturals. It also offers mood lighting to turn an ordinary room into a tranquil space.
Another option would be some diffuser jewelry – check out this line from GaiaGypsyStrands.com
You know what mothers with postpartum depression REALLY want for Christmas? A personal assistant…
The Amazon Echo 2nd Generation is about to be released and with it you can connect to “Alexa” a voice-based, in-home personal assistant.
Alexa can look things up online, keep notes and reminders, play music and make phone calls or send texts – all completely hands free. It’s the perfect gift for that mother who’s suffering from a severe case of foggy brain.
To read more about all the features the Echo has to offer and take advantage of a special introductory price – click here!
Bullet journaling is the latest trend in keeping organized and putting thoughts on paper, and this bundle from Blitsy.com has everything a person needs to start their own epic bullet journal.
Writing things down can help mothers with postpartum depression get their thoughts out in the open so they can deal with them. Whether they just need a place to jot down important things they don’t want to forget, or they want to document their journey with this debilitating condition – a bullet journal is the perfect outlet.