By Peter Minkoff: Every year, around 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged making this day of romance the second most popular holiday after Christmas. We can trace the origins of Valentine greetings as far back as the 15th century, when Charles, Duke of Orleans, while being imprisoned in the Tower of London, wrote a poem to his wife.
After six centuries, Valentine’s Day has never been more popular. The day is a perfect opportunity to show our loved ones how much they mean to us. And new mums should be especially pampered too. Adjusting to the challenges of parenthood is a process new mums are familiar with more than anyone else.
Make a statement with jewellery
Jewellery is the girl’s best friend; there is no doubt about it. It is a classic example that will never go out of fashion. However, what you should pay attention to is personalization. Make your gift unique by having it engraved, or order a custom-made piece of jewellery. If you are purchasing diamonds, research about the four criteria diamonds are graded by: colour, cut, clarity and carat. Understand the difference between 24K and 18K gold. A mark for sterling silver is 925. If your favourite lady is allergic to gold or silver, choose hypoallergenic platinum.
Get glamorous with cosmetic gift sets
Unlike buying jewellery (when your goal is to find something unique to last), cosmetic gift sets are a completely different type of present. They may not last forever, but they are practical presents every woman will be thankful for. On the other hand, this gift is similar to a piece of jewellery as you want to buy high-quality cosmetics. Alive Skin + Hair is an online store where you can find a wide variety of skincare and haircare products. In addition, mums have gone crazy for this online store because it offers discounts and coupons for beautifying on everyone’s budget. You can find pre-made gift sets or make your own sets. As always with Valentine’s Day, personalization is the key.
Make her perky with a coffee maker
Another functional gift new mums will definitely love is a coffee maker. Caffeine is the only thing she needs right now and by choosing this gift, you will definitely make her day on February, the 14th. Look for a brewing system which not only makes fantastic coffees but tea and iced drinks as well. You can even choose a compact size model in your wife’s favourite colour.
Perfect pampering with a spa package
Instead of taking her out, look for customized spa treatments. You can arrange an exclusive spa package for couples or use a gift voucher to send her for a day of pampering while you watch the baby at home. Make sure a package includes a full body relaxation massage, a spa pedicure and a skin treatment and don’t forget about a glass of wine. In addition, look for spas offering Shiatsu massage, or Thai massage as they reduce anxiety, relieve stress and boost energy levels. Finally, buy a bouquet of red roses to surprise her when she comes home.
Give her a retail therapy gift card
Now it’s official. Shopping does make you happy. The 2011 study published in the Journal of Psychology and Marketing examined the effect of shopping on shopper’s mood. The researchers concluded that shopping has “lasting positive impact on mood”. Now that you know this, it makes perfect sense to arrange for her a stress-free day of shopping while you take care of the little one. The only thing you should do is find out what her favourite store is.
Whether you are considering some of the suggestions above, or will choose something else, like a yummy Cath Kidston bag, don’t forget that your gift should be personalized, unique and practical. Take into consideration challenges she is facing as a new mum and find something which can truly make her happy and relaxed.
And if you are looking to get a present in return, send her to look at our great Valentines ideas for dads.
About the Author
Peter is a lifestyle a writer for HighStyleLife magazine located in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a freelance writer for many local newspapers. Besides fashion, he loves reading, cooking exotic meals and traveling around tropical destinations. His future plan is to create a personal blog about life-saving tips.