Let’s face it. A lot of us—guys and girls—are hopeless when it comes to finding gifts for special occasions. Birthdays are a little bit less intimidating because if you’re going to shop for someone, you probably know the person well enough to know what they actually want or need right then and there. Or you can just dial it in (because it’s the thought that counts, right?) Also, for birthdays you don’t have as much of a constraint to come up with something not occasion-related.
I have also noticed that husbands have this difficulty. Men aren’t as sentimental, but they really do care about getting good gifts. So a lot of times around holidays, you’ll find them seeking very specific advice on this subject.
There are those times when Mother’s Day comes around and I feel inclined to show some ladies (including my mom) some love in the form of a really pure and touching memento. For this particular holiday, I often find myself inclined to approach my gift selection as more than just a birthday present, but a mission to find something completely apropos. For instance, you could just fulfill a need and get your mom friend (or wife if you’re a new daddy) that laptop bag she’s been pining for—or you can really kill it (in a good way) by finding a token that perfectly encapsulates the treasure of the mother-child bond. No pressure or anything.
In a way, it’s easier to find something for a new mother, because there is so much excitement and meaning attached to the first years of a child. You have so much to choose from, but again, the day-to-day stuff you might get for a baby shower, like diapers and baby powder, might be a little boring to mommy at this point. And I’m sure she is drowning in that stuff by now, having already embarked on her journey of motherhood with a little one already in arms.
So if you’re looking for a gift for a breastfeeding mom, especially if you’re that mom’s husband, and you want to really nail it this year, look no further than the advice I’m about to give you. You’re welcome!
It’s time to get some extra credit, bonus points, and kudos for finding something that your target mom will never forget! A perfect gift for a mom that considers all factors, such as the occasion and the relationship, has the following requirements.
MOTHER’S DAY GIFT CRITERIA
- Something with staying power, that won’t be just set aside and forgotten after it’s received. This means it needs to be memorable and practical of course, but also durable—built to last a lifetime or longer.
- Something personalized, attached to the loved one receiving it.
- Something symbolizing both the occasion and the relationship. In my case, her breastfeeding relationship with our child.
- Preferably something handmade or locally made with care, and not mass produced.
Using these criteria, I’m going to explain exactly why I think I’ve found something that exceeds every expectation of a perfect gift for Mother’s Day.
HOW MY GIFT FITS EVERY CRITERIA
What I found is unforgettable. Every mom I’ve talked to finds it to be incredibly elegant, and always wants to wear it. So much so that it has to be durable, which is a good thing, because it’s made from quality materials. Sorry I haven’t said what it is, yet. I’m talking about the breast milk jewelry from Precious Mammaries, which is designed to be passed down from generation to generation.
This breast milk jewelry is about as personalized as possible, as it encapsulates DNA through mother’s breast milk, a lock of hair from the mother/baby, or placenta. Ashes are also available if a loss was involved. What makes this company different from its competitors is that you can clearly see the milk’s texture in the stone! This texture is unique to each mother’s milk’s imprint, so every piece will be completely different. No other comany I know does anything like this.
Depending on what aspect of motherhood you want to preserve forever, you can assign a material to be made into a keepsake. Was it the breastfeeding relationship that was particularly meaningful? Choose breast milk. Is it her or her baby’s entire being you want to focus on? Choose a lock of hair (mom or baby) or ashes (when appropriate). You could also do a combination of everything if you have access to them.
This jewelry is definitely handmade with love, by a designer who is also a mother herself. She is friendly, easily accessible, very reasonable, and responds immediately! The service is as personalized as it gets. Engraving is a new option as well! You basically get to team up and design this memento together from scratch.
Now that you have your perfect gift, all you have to worry about is the gift-wrapping… But Precious Mammaries even provides that for a very reasonable cost ($4.99)!
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YOUR TURN! (and a coupon)
So your last challenge is finding the perfect moment to give your favorite nursing mommy this excellent gift you’ve designed!
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Wow! What a unique idea! I am speaking for myself, but I love jewelry with sentimental value. I think back when I was nursing my baby boy many years ago, what a special time it was. I love this idea, and the jewelry is very pretty! Thank you for such a interesting article.
Take Care, Heather
Hi Heather, hear hear. Thanks for your enthusiastic response. 🙂
This is a very touching, priceless gift and breastmilk is worth more than any gold or silver in the world. This is definitely something I am glad to have learned about, thanks to this thorough and informative post.
Gift ideas for mothers can definitely be challenging buy this is the perfect solution, it’s genius! Thank you for sharing!
Hi RiRi, thanks so much for stopping by to leave such a lovely comment. 🙂
Wow my wife would have loved this jewelry when she was still breast feeding. I know it really took a toll on her, like it does all mothers and she would have appreciated the personal touch.
I’m going to forward this article to my friend who has a 7 week old as I’m sure his wife would love this for Mother’s Day coming up.
Aah, finally…. we reached a Dad, well two! Our articles are not often aimed at Dad’s but this one definitely is. 🙂 Thanks for your awesome comment, Jeremy. So kind of you to forward on to a friend.
Thank you for such a great article. I breast fed myself, although I don’t plan on having any kids I find this gift very meaningful and unique. I haven’t heard or come across anything like this. I think any breast feeding mum who gets this a gift would be very happy to receive it.
Hi Melanie, aah, wonderful that you were breast fed. You could send in a lock of your hair to be made up into a special memento for your Mom. 🙂 I agree with you 100% – such a beautiful, meaningful and unique gift.
Wow that is so beautiful and timeless piece of jewelry! As a new breastfeeding mom this seems like a wonderful gift that I know my husband and I will cherish forever. I checked out their website and they even do earrings and necklaces too! Thank you for sharing this as I will definitely consider purchasing this in the near future (Or I’ll tell my husband to get it =D)
Awesome Liz! Divine idea hey? I’ve been nursing my son for over 3 and a half years and he’s starting to wean so I don’t know if I’ll manage to express enough milk these days. (Especially because I’ve never pumped and don’t own a pump). You’re at the perfect stage to make this happen.
Thank you for publishing this article on your blog! You’re actually a great candidate for breast milk jewelry! Weaning is such an emotional time for all of us. Frozen milk also only lasts so long until it spoils. Milk preserved is not only cool, but it’s memory kept. I only need about a teaspoon if you can express that much 🙂
Absolute pleasure. You are so right, weaning is not easy and I really want to preserve the memory of this very special time we’ve shared.
So it’s just a teaspoon you need… what container should it be in, how do I package and send? Can you take us through the process? Or provide a link where you describe how to send the milk or lock of hair? Perhaps a follow-up article is in order. 🙂
Thanks for your comment on the jewelry! You can even pass down the jewelry to your little one as an heirloom—just a thought! 😉