Traditional gifts for mums who just gave birth

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Traditional gifts for mums who just gave birth
It is customary to bring a gift to hospital when a woman gives birth. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Giving birth to a child can be exhausting. It is also a moment of great happiness. Presenting a gift to a new mother is a way to celebrate the occasion and congratulate her on bringing a new life into the world. There are a variety of suitable presents that any new mum would be pleased to receive.

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Flowers

A traditional gift for women on many different occasions, flowers are equally apposite to celebrate the birth of a baby. There are flowers that are traditionally associated with certain months of the year, so giving blooms that represent the month of the birth adds a special touch. For example, Irises are February's flowers, while chrysanthemums are linked to November. If the new mother you're planning a gift for is still in hospital, find out if the maternity ward she's on allows visitors to bring flowers in before buying any blooms.

Jewellery

It is quite traditional for a man to give his partner a piece of jewellery when she gives birth. It serves as recognition of her special place in his life, as well as something just for her, as a woman, rather than a gift devoted to the baby. Consider having a piece of jewellery inscribed with the date the new mum gave birth.

Photo album

New parents like to document the changes their child goes through. Compile a photo book in decorative leather to give as a memento of the pregnancy and provide potential to build a collection as the child grows. Include a personal message and images of the mum during pregnancy.

Keepsake

Another way to document the journey into motherhood is to give her a keepsake chest or box. You can put mementoes and baby items in it -- such as the identifying wristband the hospital attaches to the baby’s wrist -- as well as photographs of key moments in mother and child's life.

Spa voucher

A spa voucher will give the new mum a day of pampering to look forward to in the future. Having a baby is a life-changing event and involves a lot of work. The prospect of being able to take a day for her and indulging in some relaxation can provide a good balance to the demands of new motherhood.

Food basket

A basket of healthy foods -- and champagne for a later date -- is a traditional gift for a new mum. Fresh fruit, chocolate and nuts are common inclusions, as the new mum can snack on them while in her hospital bed.

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