Let’s just get one thing straight: 13 May is Mother’s Day, a day we celebrate mothers (that would be me) and all the shit we put up with on a daily basis. BUT, dear friends, this year’s Mother’s Day is extra special for me – it’s my BIRTHDAY as well. Double whammy for the Beard!

Now I’m actually not a big fan of gifts really. When it comes to me, I enjoy shopping for myself (who doesn’t) so I prefer to be given vouchers, which is actually pretty boring when I think about it. At the same time I don’t agree with buying presents for the sake of buying something. I’d rather be given something I really want.

Ok, so I realise I might not be the easiest person to buy gifts for, especially in my current hormonal state, so I thought I’d put this gift guide together for the Beard to give him a little help this year. These are all relatively easy gifts that I would be thrilled to get. Who knows, maybe you can also use it to give your other half some ideas.





Stereotypical, yes, but you can’t go wrong with a beautiful bunch of flowers. Flowers are my favourite thing to have around the house so whenever the Beard needs to score brownie points he knows he can get me a bunch of flowers and all will be good with the world again.


Saltare MCC



Another favourite of mine. Even though I’m pregnant I’ll be a very unhappy bunny if my Mother’s Day/birthday celebrations didn’t include a glass of bubbly. Saltare is my new favourite but Le Lude comes a close second (and of course I won’t say no to French bubbles).

A massage




This is not just because I have all the aches and pains of being 6 months pregnant. I have always believed in looking after yourself and a good massage will do just that. If the Beard doesn’t want to spend on a spa voucher he can get some massage cream and do it himself, or he can get a voucher for a mani/pedi – because that always makes me feel less lumpy/frumpy/grumpy.

A family day out…

family portrait


…with a difference! I love going out with my little family and I love spending time with the Beard and Baby J. What I’m not really enjoying at the moment is all the thinking that goes with something like that. It’s called the mental load of motherhood and it can really stress me out. So give me a day out somewhere nice, where I can just turn up and enjoy the day. No packing the nappy bag or organising food for Baby J – and no changing nappies!

A morning lie-in…

Mother's Day gift magazine


…with a hot (!!) cup of tea and a magazine. I miss lots of things about my life BC but with the weather getting a bit colder, this is something I’m missing a lot at the moment. Waking up at 5.30 when it’s still pitch black outside when I’ve been up half the night peeing is not my idea of a good morning, so a morning I can chill out in bed for a couple of hours before I need to tackle the momlife would be amazing.

A bath


baby in the bath with babydam


This is for all the Cape Townian moms. The last time I had a bath in my own house was my birthday last year. That was also the last time I flushed a toilet just for the hell of it, but I don’t mind that so much. A bath, on the other hand, would do wonders for my mental health and my restless legs. And if the Beard can’t organise a bath for me in my own house then maybe he needs to think about buying me a ticket somewhere that has water – I’m thinking Mauritius.






So that’s the Beard sorted. If you think your SO would prefer to give you something a bit more gift-like, send him this link to the gift guide from Mommalikeme – it’s awesome.

Images: featured photo  by Connor Wells on Unsplash , flowers by Alexandra Gorn on Unsplash , bath by Jared Rice on Unsplash

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