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Gifts for new parents 2021: Best ideas they’ll actually use

When you’re new to the parenting game it can all be a bit overwhelming, and while it may look like they’ve got every piece of baby paraphernalia going, chances are a thoughtful gift will not only put a smile on their tired faces but could actually become a bit of a game changer (here’s looking at you Ewan).

But, how do you choose the perfect present for new parents?

While every parent is different, we believe the best gifts are practical yet beautifully presented. Sets offer a real gift experience, discovering plenty of trinkets which are handily in one place.

Gifting products that will help them along their parenting journey are also hugely valuable, as it’ll show you’ve considered their needs, or you may want to make mum the centre of attention and treat her to a little indulgence.

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But what we favour the most, is a gift that’ll stay with them for years to come and surpass the baby days.

Whether it’s for a family member, friend or neighbour we’ve found a mix of baby gifts that’ll delight any new family.

You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing and expert advice. This revenue helps to fund journalism across The Independent.

The Birth Poster

Gifts are a celebrant and we think Swedish brand The Birth Poster has created something oh-so-special. Creating unique artwork in 1:1 scale, The Birth Poster has been sold to parents in over 120 countries since its launch in 2013 and we think it’s a gift new parents will cherish. The idea behind it is to remind you of how wonderfully small your baby was at birth, and the artwork is scaled to the exact length on a 50x70cm poster.

You’ll need to input some stats so it’s important you have all the correct data (name, length, weight and birthday). Choose from three different sketch styles – we opted for “continuous line” – you can also select how many babies, and there’s a selection of background colours (we highly recommend terracotta). You’ll also have the option to have this framed, and while it will cost extra (prices start at £22) this does complete it beautifully. The end product is simply stunning,from the high quality 200gsm acid-free matte paper to the Swedish-made oak wooden frame and acrylic glass. This is a gift that’ll stand the test of time and become a wonderful keepsake.

Buy now £55, Thebirthposter.com
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Ewan deluxe

Ewan has been on the scene for more than 10 years, and with over a million sold it’s safe to say he’s a bit of a hero when it comes to baby’s sleep. Ewan’s magical powers means he mimics the comfort of the womb with soft pink glow and selection of five soothing sounds, one of which is a real life recording of a heartbeat and womb, all designed to lull babies into a peaceful slumber.

This deluxe version has some pretty impressive technology too, there’s an intelligent sensor, which automatically activates when baby stirs in the night, helping to resettle them. The sensor listens for four hours, so if your baby is sleeping soundly, it will automatically switch off, to conserve battery. It’s also a doddle to keep him clean and tidy as there’s a removable control pod so he can be popped in the washing machine.

Buy now £39.99, Sweetdreamers.co.uk
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Mama chain bracelet

Sorry dads, we’re showing the mums the love with this gift from chic jewellery brand Lola Rose London. This slender link chain bracelet with carved letters is something a new mum will wear with pride. Measuring 16.5cm in length and complete with lobster clasp, choose from silver or gold. The presentation of this gift is beautiful too, in a delightful gift box it comes with its own fabric bag to keep it safe, but we’re fairly confident she’ll never want to take it off.

Buy now £65, Lolarose.co.uk
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Sophie La Giraffe teether in gift box

One of the true nursery icons, Sophie la Giraffe is parents’ passport into some peace and quiet, and this year is special for the teething toy hero as she celebrates her 60th birthday in May. True to her heritage, Sophie la Giraffe is made in exactly the same way she was at the very beginning; from 100 per cent natural rubber derived from the sap of the Hevea tree. Using flexible, renewable, natural materials and food grade non-toxic paint means this adorable giraffe is the safest and most natural teething toy. Packaged in a beautifully presented gift box, she’s sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.

Buy now £11.69, Johnlewis.com
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Mama Hug the arrival essentials new mum gift box

This new mum gift box feels like the gift that keeps on giving, with plenty of treats hiding inside (we counted eight). Curating a blend of TLC style products with baby gifts – it’s a lovely mix of gifts for baby and mum. A highlight for us has to be the “mum bub hub soaking salts”, formulated with a base of mineral-rich detoxifying Himalayan pink salts and soothing Epsom salt to help relax and soothe postnatal discomfort, while acting as a mild antiseptic to gently remove bacteria.

JoJo’s extra large muslin is sure to get plenty of use when there’s a new arrival in town, there’s even some delicious pregnancy-friendly teabags from Hottea Mama to enjoy. If possible we’d recommend ordering a few weeks before baby is due, so that this thoughtful gift is ready to help new parents from day one. Don’t know the sex? No problem, opt for the unisex option.

Buy now £45, Jojomamanbebe.co.uk
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Izmi essential wrap

New parents want to be as close to their precious newborn as possible, but they’ll soon want their hands back too. The new Izmi essential wrap, makes a practical gift for new parents trying babywearing for the first time. At less than £30 we were surprised by the attention to detail and quality of this wrap. The cotton fabric is soft, super stretchy and offers natural support, and the wrap is something that mum or dad will feel comfortable wearing alleviating pressure on backs and shoulders. Safe to use from day one until your baby weighs 9kg.

Buy now £26.99, Cheekyrascals.co.uk
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Abel Odor grey label nurture 30ml

Perfume brand Abel Odor has launched a lovely collaboration with organic children’s clothing brand, Gray Label. This scent has been created by mothers, for mothers and we think it’s just the right indulgence for a new parent. During pregnancy many women are sensitive to smell, so now is the perfect moment for a new fragrance. The soft and calming scent, with base notes of east Indian sandalwood alongside delicate heart notes of jasmin sambac, ginger has been naturally blended to remind a mother to take care of herself while also taking care of her new bundle of joy. Using only the best non-allergenic ingredients, all are derived from natural sources, from sustainable fairtrade farms.

Buy now £85, E-scents. co.uk
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BabyBjorn bouncer bliss

We’re a little bit in love with BabyBjorn’s new leopard print range. And while we can’t deny this isn’t your run of the mill gift, this beautiful bouncer will give baby the perfect place to relax, giving parents their hands back – something they’ll be entirely grateful for. The natural rocking of the bouncer soothes small babies, and as your baby grows and learns how to control this, the bouncer becomes a fun place while stimulating balance and motor skills.

The ergonomic design provides optimal support to a baby’s back, neck and head, so it’s a safe cosy space. A product that can be used from newborn up to the age of two, once your baby weighs over 9kg and can sit up unaided, you can convert the baby bouncer into a comfy children’s chair by turning the fabric seat around – genius! Plus, it’s so stylish we’re confident it’ll take pride of place in any room.

Buy now £210, BabyBjorn.co.uk
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Newborn organic muslin gift set

Gift sets are one of life’s luxuries, and when they consist of teeny tiny baby things we’re instantly smitten. Cheeky Chompers created the world’s first chewy dribble bib, the neckerchew, back in 2013 and has since become an award-winning trusted global brand. Recently launching a range of gift sets which bring together a selection of clever parenting essentials, in this one there’s plenty to coo over, and we love the classic unisex silver star print. All made from 100 per cent organic cotton muslin all pieces are wonderfully tactile, the set includes, the innovative six-in-one breastfeeding cover, a twin pack muslin neckerbib  for dribble-catching, a super soft muslin baby comforter, and the star or the show has to be the award-winning  chewy dribble bib, neckerchew, which is a godsend once baby hits teething. Presented in a lovely keepsake box, this gift set is sure to lend a helping hand during baby’s first year.

Buy now £55, Cheekychompers.com
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UFO 2

After carrying a baby for nine months and giving birth to a new life, it’s safe to say mum’s been through it. And while spa days might be off the cards for a while, let the treatments come to you with the UFO 2 from Swedish beauty brand Foreo. It may be small, but this is the mightiest product we’ve seen from the much-loved brand; with 10,000 sonic pulsations per minute, LED light therapy with eight colours to choose from, thermo and cryo-functions alongside plush microfibre masks bursting with plant extracts, this really is the ultimate facial treatment… and the best bit? It takes less than two minutes. While we can’t deny the price tag, the results speak for themselves, giving tired skin the ultimate boost, what new parent doesn’t deserve that?

Buy now £249, Foreo. com
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Nimble new parents gift set

Finding products that are safe for your new baby is a trivial but constant task, particularly when you’re new to this parenting lark. While in years gone by a cleaning bundle may have been at the bottom of a wishlist, this is incredibly useful. Loaded with safe cleaning essentials which are made using plant-based ingredients, help create a baby-ready home. From the first wash of those tiny babygrows, to wiping cots and changing tables, through to keeping all those baby bottles in tip top shape, you’ll be covered with this starter pack. So what’s inside? There are five different sized bottles from non-bio liquid laundry detergent to bleach-free antibacterial surface cleaner, plus a magic cleaning wand for bottles.

Buy now £30, Nimblebabies.com
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The verdict: Gifts for new parents

We couldn’t find a more thoughtful gift than The Birth Poster – it’s as unique as an arrival of a new baby and is something to cherish for years to come.  

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New Parent Gifts | Gifts to Treasure

Personalised New Parent Gifts

Create a keepsake New Parent gift that can be cherished forever with one of our lovingly crafted personalised New Parent Gifts.

Our Personalised Baby Girl and Baby Boy Photo Mugs make fantastic presents for new parents (and new grandparents!). Beautifully designed to feature a picture of your little one displayed on a childlike pink or blue background, the mugs can also be uniquely customised with the baby’s name.

Our ‘It’s A Boy!’ personalised mug is sure to make a wonderful present for new parents. Featuring an adorable balloon design that reads ‘It’s A Boy’, this gift is personalised with the new parents’ names and the date of baby’s birth.

For a personalised take on a classic tradition, our Personalised New Baby Champagne is a full-sized bottle of an outstanding champagne that’s brimming with Pinot Noir and Meunier grapes and discerning tones and accents. The bottle’s label can be personalised with either the new-born’s name, or mum and dads name, making it a beautiful keepsake. Whether mum and dad drink the wine or stick with tradition and savour it for their baby’s 18th birthday is your decision, but whether drunk now or stored, this champagne promises to be a wonderful New Parent Gift.

Novelty New Parent Gifts 

Our novelty range features are quirkiest New Parent Gifts. Our Haynes Explains Babies Book is a humorous guide to handling children. Titled the ‘Owners’ Workshop Manual’, this supportive book is full of useful information regarding baby’s production and delivery, oil change requirements, and emissions, and will give new parents everything they need to know to keep their baby in full working order.

Disney New Parent Gifts

Our adorable baby range features a collection of charming Disney-inspired designs, featuring some of Disney’s most loved juvenile characters such as Dumbo, Bambi and Winnie The Pooh. Our Disney Baby Mine Dumbo Photo Album is the perfect place to keep treasured photographs safe and is beautifully illustrated to fit perfectly in with all nursery decors. Featuring an adorable illustrations of baby Dumbo snuggled tight and sleeping soundly, the album also features Bambi and Thumper on the back and boasts enough space to hold 50 cherished photos.

Our Disney Classic Pooh Heritage Keepsake Box is a beautifully designed memory box that is perfectly suited to storing precious mementos of a little one’s babyhood. Decorated with a classic illustration of the 100 Acre Wood, Winnie, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger, the bod features cute cubby holes that have been designed to store shoes, cards and other precious things.

10 Best Gifts For New Parents – It’s Not For Baby, It’s For You!

Babies are so spoilt, aren’t they? They’re not even hours old and they get balloons, clothes, even cookies – and they’re too little to eat solids anyway. What about the people who have arguably done most (if not all) of the hard work: the parents?

They’re the ones who will exist in a haze of sleep-deprivation for the next few weeks, months (or possibly, years). They don’t even have names anymore – it’s just Mummy or Daddy, now.

Here are ten of the best gifts for new parents. Who knows, they might even make up for all the baby sick.

Neal’s Yard

Mother’s Bath Oil, Neal’s Yard, £15.50

For the love of all that is holy, run a new mother a bath. Add candles and some of this lovely bath oil, containing organic bergamot and ylang ylang essential oils, and DO NOT DISTURB HER. I repeat, not for anything. Not until her skin is wrinkled, she looks like a prune and the water is absolutely freezing.

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Personalised Family Portrait Print, Etsy, Fifi Designs UK, £15

This is cute. And a lot easier than getting the whole family to smile nicely for the camera. The artist uses photographs to capture the essence of each family member. They’ll love it.

Buy it now.

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Personalised Ring Name Necklace, YvonneAJewellery via Etsy, From £27.50

Something with baby’s name on it is bound to make a new mother go starry-eyed, and if it’s pretty jewellery for her too, that’s a double-win. If she’s got more than one child, you can add rings to this cute personalised name necklace, so she can wear them close to her heart at all times. Awww.

Birchbox

Beauty subscription, Birchbox, £31.08 For Three Months

New mums deserve a treat. And what better treat than a box filled with luxury make-up and beauty products, every single month? Trust me, she’ll love it. She might not have much time to use it, but she’ll love looking at the pretty packaging, at least.

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Three Months Gift Subscription, Coffee Club, £29

There’s no tiredness quite like the tiredness of being a new parent. It feels like your eyes are burning, all the time. You can’t focus, you feel dizzy, you struggle to maintain conversation.

If you have these Walking Dead zombies in your life, give them caffeine. And if you can’t give it to them intravenously, try intoxicating scent of fresh coffee, delivered to their door each month. It’ll help them stagger less.

Marks & Spencer

Congratulations New Baby Hamper

Congratulations New Baby Hamper, Marks & Spencer, £30

This is a bit of a cheat, this one – because baby gets a present, too. But it’s so cute, we can see new parents everywhere clutching the adorable soft toy to them while stuffing the entire box of truffles into their mouths and burying their noses in these beautiful flowers.

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Charming Escape Gift Experience, Buy A Gift via John Lewis, £69.

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At some point in the first year of becoming a parent, every mother (or father) dreams of running away. And if you can make that dream come true – on a temporary basis – you’ll be their best friend. Forever. They need a break and you can make it happen. Just don’t forget to arrange a babysitter.

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Knackered Cow Relaxing Body Lotion 500ml

Cowshed Knackered Cow Relaxing Body Lotion 500ml, BrandAlley, £18

Knackered sounds about right. But feeling clean and smooth makes it all okay again. Everyone likes posh smellies – and with this indulgent body lotion, new parents will be able to pretend they’re away at a posh spa hotel, even if they’re just hiding in the bathroom at home to get out of the next nappy change.

COOK

New Parents Meal Boxes, COOK, from £41

If there’s one thing that suddenly becomes impossible when you have a new baby, it’s cooking – and there’s only so long you can survive on takeaways before your insides begin to hurt.

With that in mind, ‘COOK’ vouchers are a truly brilliant idea. The home-style frozen food company offers ‘New Parents Meal Boxes’ for £61 (seven nights of meals for two people), £119 (14 nights of meals for two), a ‘New Mums Survival Box’ for £41 (10 nights of meals for one) or ‘New Dads Survival Box’ for the same price. New parents can even get 10% off the entire ‘COOK’ range for six whole months.

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Gift Card, Netflix, from £15

For the first two weeks after bringing home a newborn, there’s not much to do except collapse on the sofa with them sleeping softly on your chest. In that time, you can watch entire box sets – such as seven series of Gilmore Girls (so I’ve heard), and all of House of Cards. You can help your new parent friends binge until they’re satisfied with the help of a Netflix Gift Card. You can even choose the amount you ‘gift’ them – from a minimum of £15, to a maximum of £100.

Gift Ideas For New Parents

When your little one is born, all the gifts can be overwhelming. And while all new parents are grateful for the gestures, they’re probably thinking what on earth are they going to do with the mountain of 0-3-months clothing filling their home.  

If you’re not a parent and are buying a present for a new mum or dad, baby clothing always seems like a safe option. But if you have a little browse you can find a gift that will last a lot longer than a sleepsuit a newborn might never even wear since mum and dad probably have 100 others to get through.  

It’s always a struggle buying new parents gifts for themselves and their little one, so take a look at the perfect gift guide that any new parent will really be grateful for. 

You can never have too many baby products and this Childs Farm kit is a must for new parents. The products are all travel sized which is perfect for throwing into a changing bag when the family is on the go and they’re gentle to use on baby’s skin.   

This little owl will become a newborn’s best friend. You can even take this little guy on the go as it can be attached to cots, prams and even car seats. It plays four soothing sounds, such as a heartbeat, white noise and rainfall with adjustable volume settings. 

A baby bouncer can be a real life-saver – suddenly you can put your baby down for a few minutes and do the washing up, or maybe even treat yourself to a shower. New parents will LOVE you if you buy them this as a gift. 

New parents will feel a lot more at ease when taking their newborns temperature. This clever device is the perfect gift as it can easily track their baby’s temperature and there’s even a fever alarm that alerts parents to temperature readings above 38 degrees.  

This soft cube can provide endless amounts of fun for any baby. It can be attached to just about anywhere and it’s easy to attach with the plastic ring. The different textures can provide different sensory experiences as well which will help the little one’s development. 

Trying to juggle housework with a crying baby can be difficult. This baby carrier is the perfect solution, helping baby feel close to his parents and comforted while freeing up mum’s and dad’s hands. A carrier is great on walks when you don’t want to take the pram, and sometimes all baby needs to feel comforted is to be close to you.  

There’s nothing worse than being unprepared for a teething little one, and you just never know when they will start. It’s really useful to have teething products on hand, so this mitt that attaches comfortably to baby’s hand is perfect for when those little toothies become irritable.  

Rear-facing car seats make it hard to know how your baby is doing while you’re driving. This baby car mirror attaches to the backseat headrest, meaning you can keep your eye on your newborn on even the shortest of car journeys. 

Sensory development is important to baby’s development, so rather that overloading mum and dad with cuddly toys, why not get some musical toys that can help stimulate the little one’s senses. Each toy emits different sounds that help develop early music and sensory skills. 

This teething banana toothbrush is perfect to have around the house for when a baby starts teething. It’s also great for introducing the idea of brushing teeth. It’s made from silicon, and the peel handles make it easier for those little hands to hold.  

While this might be a group investment, new parents will cherish this camera just as much as those precious family moments. When parents take photos, they tend to end up with thousands on their phone but nothing physical to show, so they’ll really appreciate this gift. It’s pocket sized, so it doesn’t take up much room in a changing bag either.  

Jewellery that parents can treasure is always a great gift, but this bracelet has a lot of benefits too. Amber can help ease teething pain and even soothes, encouraging sleep. This bracelet is perfect for little ones to wear on their wrists or ankles and help to comfort them naturally.  

Yes, really. It sounds disgusting – and, well, really is. But this is a game-changer when your newborn has a snotty cold and there’s no way you can teach a one-month-old baby to blow their nose. Trust us on this one. 

What gift were you over-the-moon to receive when you had your baby? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

 

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Best gifts for newborns and babies 2021 | London Evening Standard

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t’s officially baby season is here and there’s no better way to celebrate a new arrival than with our edit of newborn-worthy presents. When it comes to gift giving, this is the cutest it’s going to get.

If your family, friend or loved one has just had a baby, you have come to the right place.

Giving the perfect gift for a little one can be a daunting process – adorable, yet daunting.

Finding that special something to take the new arrival from birth to beyond is no easy task but we’ve got you covered with a varied selection of presents, from practical staples, to items that they will treasure.

These special gifts combine fun and function to commemorate the new bundle of joy and ease the new parents into life with a newborn, while also being sure-fire crowd pleasers and ticking something off the ever-growing parental ‘to-buy’ list – but this does not mean having to spending a fortune.

See our favourite gifts that mums and dads will be sure to thank you for.

Hello Baby Gift Set

Housed in an adorable embroidered cotton bag, your giftee will receive an entire outfit with all the newborn essentials. With a stunning star print motif throughout, the ‘Hello’ drawstring contains scratch-proof mitts, an envelope-neck bodysuit, sumptuous soft leggings, a knotted hat and a jacket with popper fastenings that has been adorned with a little elephant.

Personalised New Baby Essentials Gift Set

Noone can resist the charm of a personalised present and with My 1st Years, you can get just about any gift embroidered with the name of the newborn. We like this hamper as it contains three adorable but functional items – a fluffy bunny to become their night time companion, a cosy blanket and a hooded towel. You can choose the text colour, the font and the name. It is available in white, blue and pink.

Rockit Baby Rocker

Ideal for on the go, this handy little device attaches onto any pram and does as it suggests by the name – keeps it rocking. It encourages the baby to be lulled and sleep for longer as it gently rocks and soothes so parents don’t have to, treating them to the extended nap time that they deserve. It can be used for babies of all ages, even from birth and is rainproof.

Kit & Kin Gifts

This adorable baby brand specialises in natural products, whether that’s for newborns, growing tots or mothers. It extends to skincare as well as a whole host of sumptuously soft clothing, hats and blankets. You really can’t go wrong with any of the bundle gifts that have gender neutral designs and universal appeal.

SnüzPouch Sleeping Bag

Talking of things they won’t be able to sleep without…sleeping bags are essential to keep the baby warm throughout the night where even as they toss and turn, it will stay firmly in place without interfering with their peaceful slumber. It has a soft skin-touch, a cotton construction and a padded design where you can choose between 0. 5 to 2.5 tog.

aden + anais musy squares 100% cotton muslin jungle jam 3-pack

Any new parent will tell you, you can never have enough muslins. The multifunctional items come in handy all the time and aden + anais have some of the most adorable designs on the market. They are also super absorbent and dry quickly thanks to the open weave construction.

Personalised Bertie Bear

Adorn the newborn’s nursery with this personalised bear for a super cute finishing touch that will then become an extra special furry friend when they get older. The traditional style bear is complete with a knitted jumper that can be embroidered with the name and colour of your choosing.

Peter Rabbit soft plush comfort blanket 12cm

This comforter blanket puts a cuddly twist on the iconic Beatrix Potter character Peter Rabbit. Not only is it sumptuously soft and cosy but it will become their go-to toy – they won’t be able to sleep without it.

Little Aurelia Top To Toe Wash & Cream

When it comes to bathing the little one, you need something super soft and gentle on their skin. Baby’s skin is very delicate and Little Aurelia offers the perfect products to match – crafted entirely from BioOrganic ingredients that won’t irritate it. This duo is designed to soothe the little one’s during bathtime with a lathering gel wash and nourishing cream. It contains lavender and chamomile to help them drift off.

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VTech Swing & Sing Monkey

As the new parents start to head out and about with their little one, this monkey will be a godsend to keep them occupied and calm. It can be attached to their pram, travel cot or high chair and will promote sensory awareness with the bright colours and patterns. The soft toy lights up and even plays music. There is also a mirror to help with teething and self-discovery.

Baby Print Short Sleeve Bodysuit (3-Pack)

As with muslins, you really can’t have too many bodysuits. With a new baby, no one has time for laundry so keeping a steady supply of these will come in handy. They have a cotton construction, sleeveless design and are adorned with assorted, stylish patterns with stripes, clouds and more.

Satin Edged Cellular Baby Blanket

There’s a reason why this blanket from The White Company is a best-seller. It is made from pure cotton with a cellular construction for breathability in summer but keeps the warm air in during winter. The fabrication is super soft and there’s even a satin trim that the baby will love. There are a range of colours and sizes on offer.

Personalised Wooden Train

This wooden name train is a traditional and enduring present that the baby will treasure throughout their life. As they grow up, this will remain a fixture in their bedroom and will stand the test of time. It comes with an engine and rear carriage and can be personalised with the letters of your choice to spell either the baby’s name or initials.

My First Playmat

With a stylish and neutral colour palette, this will make an adorable addition to any bedroom, nursery or playroom to transform the floor into a cosy play area. There are animals complete with engaging details like crinkle ears, different textures and even mirrors to keep them entertained and stimulated for full sensory play.

MORI Starter Set

This comprehensive gift set offers 12 essential clothing pieces crafted in super soft organic fabrics. The set includes the Swaddle Bag (or Sleeping Bag), bodysuits, sleepsuits, hats, towels, muslins, blankets and more. The brand also offer the Welcome to the World set (£67.20) and the Essentials Set (£82) at lesser price points.

Cam Cam Copenhagen​ Muslin Cloth Mix 3 Pack​

On the practical end of the gifting spectrum, this pack of 100 per cent organic and GOTS-certified cotton muslins will be sure to go down a treat. You can also shop the unisex and Scandi-chic muslins at The Modern Nursery and Scandiborn.

BabyBlooms Bertie Bear’s Welcome Baby Hamper

Not only is this a very attractive gift hamper (available in shades of blue and pink) but on closer inspection you may notice that the blooms are actually comprised of the practical addition of socks and bibs. The bouquet is housed alongside the plush Bertie Bear as well as moisturising baby lotion and baby care cream.

Oh Mumma Subscription Service

The gift that keeps on giving, this subscription service will give the new family something to look forward to each month with a combination of goodies for both parent and baby. The boxes are made up of beauty and lifestyle items worth double the cost.

Skip Hop Silver Lining Activity Cloud Gym

The perfect present for newborns, this activity gym will serve the little one for the early years of their life. With soft plush additions such as the clouds shaped pillow and hanging toys, the gym also includes a light up star and a musical sheep singing ‘You Are My Sunshine’.

Baby Moccs

We love these podiatrist endorsed little luxuries, the super soft soles provide excellent traction without restricting the feet and the overall quality is obvious to the touch and sincerely well made.

They even come sweetly wrapped in biodegradable packaging. Bravo.

Baby Hand And Foot Inkless Print Kit

The perfect gift for a new arrival. This set will allow the parents to record the tiny footprint of their newborn to treasure in a stylish silver frame and with no ink necessary.

Hydrocotton Baby Robe

This adorable towelling robe with teddy bear ear detail on the hood will make the perfect gift. 100% hydro cotton and great quality, the little one will look as cute as a button.

Man in the Moon Feeding Spoon

Tiffany & Co. offer an adorable range of sterling silver items for newborns. Our favourite? This moon and star detailed feeding spoon that will be sent out in the jewellery store’s signature blue box with a white satin ribbon tie.

Happy Hugs Teddy

This classic teddy bear is no ordinary bear. While its light brown fur is soft and cuddly, it can be personalised with clothes and accessories and you can record your very own voice message.

Elephant Comforter

The elephant comforter makes the ideal companion for a newborn. It is super soft, cuddly and is machine washable.

Personalised Peter Rabbit’s Little Guide To Life

You can give the gift of a Beatrix Potter book to the newborn in your life. But this isn’t any ordinary book, you can personalise it to include the little one’s name on the front cover and the header of each page. The book contains stories and advice from one of the best British children’s writers. The satin-finish paper and silk-finish hard cover are housed in a cream box with silver embossing.

Chad Valley Baby 10 Piece Gift Set

This set features four brightly coloured rattles with animal-inspired designs and all different textures. Designed to relieve sore gums, they will also strengthen hand-to-eye coordination.

Sophie la Girafe Sophisticated Teether Set

Pre-empt the baby’s inevitable teething with the Sophie the Giraffe rings. The set is composed of the original Sophie and a teething ring. The Sophie the Giraffe has multiple textures to soothe painful gums as well as colourful details to keep the baby entertained. The ring is 100% rubber and is coloured with food-grade paint to ensure it is safe.

Cotton Wrap

With a range of designs available, from stripe and badgers, to meadow prints and more, this super stretchy muslin is ideal for swaddling. It is composed of 100% pure certified organic cotton and is also available in merino wool and muslin.

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Invited to a baby shower? This USA phenomenon, where a party is thrown for Mums-To-Be to celebrate the forthcoming arrival of their baby is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, and part of the tradition is the act of gift giving. Alternatively, gifts are frequently given in the UK following the arrival of the new baby.

You might already be a parent simply looking for inspiration, or a childless friend / family member in need of guidance about what makes a suitable gift to buy. Either way, this list of 20 gift suggestions will hopefully give you lots of ideas, whether you are looking for something that is practical, or simply cute.

In this guide, we include:

Gifts That Are Useful

If the baby’s parents tend to prefer substance over style, then these practical gifts are bound to please:

Shoes / Boots

Converse Baby Bootie Socks

Babies generally don’t need shoes or boots in the first few months, but they are a great way of keeping their feet warm when out and about, especially if the baby is born in the winter. We think these Converse Baby Bootie Socks from Mothercare are adorable, as are John Lewis’s Bear Booties.

Once the baby starts crawling, he or she might want something to protect their feet, especially on hard surfaces or outdoors. Leather crawler shoes are increasingly popular with parents; they come in lots of bright and colourful designs and are really soft. Check out the Bobux range at John Lewis.

Sleeping Bags

Teddy Bear Design Bag

A must have for many parents these days is the baby sleeping bag. They are popular because babies can’t kick them off during the night as they can with blankets. Grobag is probably the best known manufacturer with a range of colours and patterns available. If you live in the UK, choose one that has a tog rating of 2 or 2.5, as these are best suited for our climate. John Lewis has a great range of Grobag sleeping bags here.

If your budget is tight, Kiddicare also have a lovely range of sleeping bags for low prices, like this teddy bear design bag and is snuggly soft.

Nursing Cushion

Chico Bobby Nursing Pillow

Nursing cushions are brilliant because they provide support to both Mum and Baby during nursing / feeding sessions, which is especially useful during what is known as “cluster feedings” where the baby wants to nurse constantly due to a growth spurt.

Parents-To-Be might not have considered buying one as they don’t automatically spring to mind when it comes to items you need for a baby, which is why they make a great gift. You can choose something plain, like this Fogarty White pillow from Kiddicare or something more colourful, like the Chico Bobby Nursing Pillow, also available at Kiddicare.

Clothing

Little Joule Baby’s Reversible Farm Fleece

Every baby needs clothing, and lots of it thanks to frequent spit ups and accidents involving nappies. Clothing is a popular choice for gifts for babies up and down the country, and many parents often find themselves overwhelmed with onesies and sleepsuits. So, why not choose something for when the baby is a little bit older, for example, six months plus.

If you are not sure about the gender, then Mothercare has some lovely unisex sleepsuits such as this set of 3 Giraffe Sleepsuits. Alternatively, we love this Little Joule Baby’s Reversible Farm Fleece in John Lewis and this stylish Frugi Baby Snuggle Reversible Fleece, also in John Lewis, both of which are very practical and cute.

Feeding Sets

Little Rhymes Noah’s Ark Melamine Set

It might not seem like it now, but it won’t be long before that newborn baby is munching down on a bowl of rice pudding or a roast chicken dinner. There are lots of lovely feeding sets that make cute gifts for the new arrival, and they are sure to get a great deal of use. This set from Mothercare might not be decorated with lots of cute pictures, but it is very practical, especially for taking out on day trips, and it’s relatively low cost.

Alternatively, this 3 piece Little Rhymes Noah’s Ark Melamine Set at John Lewis is adorable and useful for older babies and toddlers. Of course, you could always go for the traditional Peter Rabbit china set from Wedgewood, available at John Lewis though it might be a while before a clumsy toddler is allowed to use it!

Grooming Sets

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Healthcare and Grooming Kit

Very practical, these little sets help parents to care for their baby’s hair and nails. This set from Mothercare is ideal if you need to stick to a low budget, whilst the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Healthcare and Grooming Kit comes with added extras such as a thermometer and a nasal aspirator, which whilst sounds awful, is actually very very useful when the baby has a cold!

Muslin Squares

Faye and Lou rainbow coloured Muslins

Muslin Squares are a Mum’s best friend. They are used to mop up spit ups, as a clothing protector during feeds, as a comforter, blanket, and they even can be used as an emergency sun shade!

They come in lots of colours so make a great practical gift. Kiddicare have a great budget pack of six or you could go all out with these Faye and Lou rainbow coloured Muslins from John Lewis.

Room Thermometers

Gro Egg Room Thermometer

Many new parents find themselves worrying over whether their baby’s bedroom is too hot or too cold. A room thermometer can bring peace of mind. This Philips Avent thermometer has the added ability to be used in the bath as well as the bedroom, which makes it a great buy. The Gro Egg Room Thermometer changes colour with the temperature, allowing you to easily see if the room is too hot or too cold.

Gifts That Are Fun For Baby

If you want to spoil the new arrival, then we’ve got some lovely ideas for you here.

Baby Gyms

Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym

Baby Gyms are bright colourful mats with arches over them on which there are attached a number of toys. They provide the baby with stimulation and help encourage their sensory development. Some play music or have light machines as well which helps to keep the baby entertained. We love this one from Fisher-Price available at Kiddicare because it even includes a piano for the baby to kick!

Rattle

John Lewis Cable Knit Bear Rattle

Rattles are normally the first toy that a baby will play with, and they make great gifts, particularly if you need to stick to a budget. Some are soft like this knitted bear rattle from John Lewis, others are made from a hard plastic ideal for the baby to gnaw on during teething troubles, like this Sophie The Giraffe Twin Fraisy Rattle available at Kiddicare.

Books

The Gruffalo Book with CD

Though the baby might not be able to communicate just yet, reading to them from an early age is important as it has been shown to help with cognitive development. Babies will love looking at the bright pictures, whilst toddlers will be fascinated with the stories, and Mum and Dad will be grateful to have a variety of books to read as it can get tedious reading the same two or three over and over again.

John Lewis has a fabulous collection of children’s books, including some great gift sets such as this Rolling Library Bus Box Set, books that can be attached to prams, such as this Peter Rabbit story, as well as modern classics, such as The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Soft Toys

Slumber Bear

Soft toys are a staple of a baby’s nursery. If you want to choose something that is a little bit different, then the Slumber Bear available at John Lewis is a cute teddy with a sound box hidden inside. The soundbox has a selection of recordings that can be played to the baby to help him or her sleep, including a recording taken from inside a womb, said to be the ultimate soothing noise for newborns. Parents can even record their own message to be played, and it’s safe to use from birth.

Gifts For Mum

Don’t forget about the new Mum. Whilst the baby is being showered with gifts it can be easy to forget about the woman who has gone through the painful experience of labour. New mums are flooded with hormones that can leave them feeling tired and emotional so something that spoils them as well would be very welcome.

Pampering Products

Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Gift Collection

New Mums will love the opportunity for a little bit of pampering and there’s nothing better than a warm bath when you’re feeling tired or achy. Check out the Sanctuary Mum To Be Ultimate Retreat Hat Box from Boots or splash out on a Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Gift Collection from John Lewis.

Changing Bags

Yummy Mummy Clover Garden changing bag

A woman can never have too many handbags, and just because a bag is going to be filled with wipes, nappies, and baby clothes doesn’t mean that it can’t be stylish.

Our favourite has to be the Pink Lining Yummy Mummy Clover Garden changing bag available at John Lewis, which, whilst certainly pricey, is definitely a must have for any Yummy Mummy. It comes complete with a padded changing mat and a waterproof zip bag for those soiled clothes. If that is out of your budget then this Summer Infant Izabel Tote Baby Changing Bag in Brown and Cream from Boots is a cute alternative.

Jewellery

Handprint Charm Necklace

Looking for something a little bit special for a new mother? Fingerprint Jewellery create custom made silver jewellery using imprints of a little ones finger, hand, or foot. After you place an order you will be sent an impression kit. Take an impression from the baby and send it off, and they use that to create a personal and very special piece of jewellery. We particularly like the Handprint Charm Necklace, available at John Lewis.

Gifts To Treasure

The arrival of a new baby is a momentous occasion, one to be cherished. Celebrate with one of these extra special keepsake gifts.

Keepsake Boxes

Mothercare Tooth & Curl Set

Baby’s first curls, the hospital wristband, and later the first tooth taken by the tooth fairy, these are all items that some parents like to keep hold of as a special memento. A keepsake box gives them a special place in which to do so. This Mothercare Tooth and Curl Set is a cute way of preserving those special curls and teeth, and we love this John Lewis Silver Plated Photo Frame Keepsake Box.

Personalised Gifts

Personalised Animal Name Frame

Make your gift unique by having it personalised. Mothercare do a great range of gifts that can be personalised with the new family’s details. The full list is available here and includes baby-grows, photo albums, teddies and money boxes, though we particularly like this Personalised Blue Animal Name Frame.

Picture Frames

Personalised Daddy and Me Wooden Photo Frame

Personalised Daddy and Me Wooden Photo Frame

Parents love taking pictures of their newborns, and a picture frame makes a great gift. Celebrate the new Dad with this Personalised Daddy and Me Wooden Photo Frame from Mothercare, which makes a great low-cost gift. Baby’s first year can be recorded in the John Lewis Baby’s First Frame with a picture slot for every month.

Hand and Footprint Set

Mothercare Blue Canvas Impression Print Kit

Capture an image or imprint of a newborn’s hands and feet with these great gift sets. Parents can use them to look back and be amazed at how small their strapping toddler once was. Boots sell this Juliana Home Living Baby Photo Frame with Hand Print, which is 4×6, that includes a space for a photo, whilst Mothercare have a set that uses paint on canvas.

Gifts That Have It All

Hampers

John Lewis Large Teddy Bear Baby Hamper

Still not sure what to buy but have some money to spare? Check out the baby hampers available at John Lewis. This large hamper in cream (also available in blue and pink) has a teddy, a picture frame, boots, hat and mittens, a feeding set and a money box. It’s a lovely gift that will certainly be well-received.

Best Gifts for New Mums 2020 | The Strategist

Whether your friend has just announced she is pregnant, or your sibling has adopted, it can be tricky to find the perfect gift for a new mum. So who better to offer insight into which presents will be most appreciated, than those who have recently welcomed a child of their own? We asked 23 mothers to tell us about the best gifts they’ve received and the items they would recommend buying for other new parents. From the best gift hampers and most comfortable maternity lingerie, to the cosiest baby blankets and effective sleep aids, read on to discover their suggestions.

Tamara Bugembe’s son was born in September 2019. “By the time Christmas came round all I wanted was a big dish of lasagne,” says the paediatrician from St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Of all the gifts mentioned by the mums we spoke to, readymade meals were the thing that came up most often. “Food is a fab gift,” says Vicki Fletcher, owner of Little City UK and mum-of-two, from North Essex. “My friend sent me a hamper of frozen ready meals for two, which were so handy.”

Sam Brown was also given a week’s worth of dinners when her daughter was born just before Christmas and she says the package from Cook was “amazing.” “We definitely wouldn’t have eaten proper food without them,” adds the copywriter and mum-of-one from Tottenham, London. “They do a new parents discount for the first six months too.”

Sindy Bevan found her extra long phone charger was indispensable in the early days with her baby. “When you’re breastfeeding or feeding, you’re pretty much stuck. I was constantly on my phone just scrolling, reading up on baby things, buying baby things — so it was super handy to always be charged,” explains the PPC manager and mum-of-one, from Manchester. This charger is ten-feet long and comes highly recommended by Strategist contributor Alison Freer.

Hot drinks also featured prominently on many of the mums’ dream gift lists. “As a massive coffee drinker I really missed it during pregnancy and when I was breastfeeding, I’d still have one a day but I substituted with Hottea Mama, a range of pregnancy teas that will see you through morning sickness, birth and beyond,” says Gina Knight, mum-of-two and founder of Gina Knight Wig Design, from London. “The Morning Rescue tea was great for me when I had horrible morning sickness with my second pregnancy.”

Amy-Naomi Donaldson, founder of Buggy Bootcamp UK and mum-of-one, from Hackney, east London, recommends buying a huge mug that can be kept topped up. Even better, buy a mug that keeps drinks warm, as not being able to finish a drink while it’s hot is a daily annoyance for new mums. Emma Newall, founder of Olivia James accessories and mum-of-two, from Sheffield, recommends this coffee mug that is spill proof and keeps your drink warm for four hours. “This was a must-have for me,” she says.

Tinuke Bernard, blogger and mum-of-two, from Hertfordshire, has found another solution for keeping drinks hot in the winter and cool in the summer, one which she says is ideal for using while holding a newborn. “On the off chance you get an opportunity to sit down, the baby is probably lying across you too, in which case you don’t want to risk drinking a hot drink over their heads, ” she explains. “Having a flask with a push top means you can drink without removing the lid.” Meanwhile, Katie Beardsley, mum-of-two and owner of personalised photo album company And Other Memories, from Emsworth, Hampshire says, “I was given a thermos flask by someone who said it was so lovely to have tea by the bed ready for those long night feeds. I didn’t use it for that, but did find it invaluable for keeping water warm for middle of the night nappy changes. It saved me from finding water or wipes when half asleep, and it’s much nicer to have warm cotton wool than cold for bub, so there’s less screaming!”

“The thing that saved me was a kneeling mat for the bathroom floor. Your knees take some hammering bathing a baby,” says Laura Simpson, a social ad strategist at Chameleon Social and mum-of-two, from Nottingham. Simpson said she bought it for some friends with young kids one Christmas and at first they were confused, but “then in the new year they were gushing about how it was the best gift they received.”

“I found that with night-time feeds and long newborn naps (make the most of those!) I was reading a lot,” says Liz Bleakley, mum to a 14-month-old and a PR and communications director, from Manchester. “My husband noticed that I was racing through books and started to quiz me on my favourite reading materials. Little did I know it was for my Christmas present. The Beautiful Book Company do amazing gift hampers and it is honestly one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever received. You can personalise your book selection to suit the recipient, or if you’re not sure, they do lovely baby book hampers instead. They come beautifully packaged with bookmarks and stickers, too — it’s an avid reader’s dream.”

“I find many parents stop putting themselves first once their babies are born, but self care is important, as you can’t pour from an empty cup,” says Bernard. “Idan Oil works great as a pre-shampoo treatment and for spending a few minutes on yourself, moisturising after a shower.”

The owner of shopping site NotAFictionalMum, who is the mother of one son who “just happens to be adopted” (who prefers to go by NFM to protect her adoptive child’s identity) says she really likes this easy-to-use concealer. She pared back on makeup when she became a mum, but still liked to keep this in her bag ready to “whack” under her eyes when she wanted a refresh. “It really is amazing,” she adds.

“A voucher to get my nails done meant the world to me,” says Clare Tyler, community and support manager at Adoption UK and mum-of-one, from Northamptonshire. “It was only glitter polish but helped me feel like me again. Each time I looked at my nails, I smiled.”

Tyler would also recommend buying a diary as she found that her “brain turned to total mush in those early days, weeks and months” with “so much to try to remember from social worker visits, meetings at school and therapy”. “I used my diary to help plan my whole life but also to write little positives that had happened each day,” she adds.

Mums-to-be may appreciate this giant pillow as it is “ideal for easing backache” and can help them “find a comfortable way to sleep as their bump grows”, according to Shahlaa Tahira, from London. “My sister-in-law bought it for me and it was a game changer in comfort,” adds the founder of the Badass Mums podcast, who is five-months pregnant with her second child. “Also once baby is born it makes it easier to breastfeed and lie down if you’re tired because it supports your arm and stops the ache.”

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“I was given this bra when I was pregnant and I’m still using it almost a year on,” says Donaldson. “It is so comfortable.” Available in sizes small to large, and made from soft fabric with four-way stretch, this bra is designed to adapt as a mum’s body changes during pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

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“Hot Milk bras cheered me up a treat when I had my first baby,” says Helen English, a psychotherapist and mum-of-two from South London. “The bras are lovely — non-frumpy and comfy. They washed and lasted well too.” Available in sizes 30-38 band and C-G cups, English adds that they are also “good for both maternity and when nursing.”

Another present that really stood out for English was a pair of “beautiful comfy PJ bottoms that a friend sent”. “I felt cared for every time I wore them round the house,” she explains. English particularly rates Fat Face pyjamas as they are “very cosy and hard-wearing for playing on your knees with a baby.”

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Pyjamas were also recommended by Emma Whiley, a mum from London who will soon be welcoming her second child. She has a much-loved set made by an old colleague who set up their own pyjama brand. “They are button-through, which is super helpful for nightime (or anytime) feeds,” Whiley says. Plus they are made from bamboo, which makes them soft, moisture wicking and temperature regulating, which Whiley says is useful for those suffering from postpartum night sweats.

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Juliet Mayne, a voiceover artist and mum to an 18-month-old, from Southampton, says this poetry book is “absolutely brilliant.” “It’s about all the stuff nobody tells you about being a mum,” she explains.

Treating a new mum to something she missed out on during pregnancy will go down a treat, according to Nana-Adwoa Mbeutcha, mum-of-four and head of production at Dope Black Mums. “My brother bought me a wine tasting session,” she explains. “The wine man came to my home with all the bits and I could invite six friends.” Most in-person wine-tasting experiences have been paused due to coronavirus restrictions, but Club Vino will deliver six or 12 bottles, tasting notes, food pairing suggestions, glass markers, and a video to guide you through the evening.

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“As much as I loved all the fresh flowers I was given, good quality fake ones would have been better, as they last much longer and it saves me from having to remember to bin and clean them all out,” says Bevan. “I always like to support your local florists — ask if they have an artificial or dried range. Otherwise, John Lewis and Homesense have nice ones.”

Gift boxes filled with bathing treats, chocolate, and teas for new mums have really taken off in recent years. Nina Malone, mum-of-two and founder of Dope Black Mums, from London, especially likes this one, which has been designed to fit through the letterbox, so there’s no risk of the delivery waking a sleeping baby.

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“Nappies are often overlooked as a gift, but they’re brilliant,” says Taz Johnston, director of eco-friendly lifestyle brand XOandQuin and mum-of-three. Johnston always buys new parents a pack of size 2 nappies, “because you can always put a baby in a nappy that’s too big and who knows when you’ll run out.” “I spent ages researching environmentally conscious brands and I particularly like Kit & Kin (which is UK-based) and Naty. Both are biodegradable and as eco-friendly as disposable nappies can be,” she adds.

“I put this cute little play gym on my Amazon wish list and one of my friends bought it for my daughter who has got so much use out of it,” says Tinuke Awe mum-of-two, blogger and co-founder of the #fivexmore campaign, from South East London. “She loves reaching for the animals and it’s been really lovely seeing her trying to bat the toys.”

“I wish I had these when my daughter was born as we did not have any representative milestone cards,” says Alexa Virdi, a Ph.D. student, co-founder of family-friendly card game Super Sapiens and mum-of-one, from Oxford. These cards can be placed next to your baby when photographing them to mark every milestone during their first year, from their first tooth to their first holiday.

This cosy blanket with a hood and legs is great for keeping babies warm in their buggy. Newell’s mother bought her one with the elephant design as a gift and Newell liked it so much that when her baby outgrew it she bought a larger one in the star print. “I’d like an adult size one”, she adds. A baby blanket was also one of the best gifts, mum-of-three Aliy Brown has received. “Our youngest (who was 11-months at placement) was given a pushchair blanket, which was used daily and has become a favourite object that is still carried around now and has become a security item,” explains the FASD project manager at FASD Hub, Scotland.

Awe got this set for her daughter who was born during the first coronavirus lockdown. This collection of toys includes maracas, scarves, bubble liquid, feathers, a foil blanket, light wand and a wooden rainbow ribbon ring, which can be used to recreate a baby sensory class at home.

“We got given an ‘Ollie Owl’ before our baby arrived. It allows you to choose between a heartbeat sound and white noise and helps baby get back to sleep by recreating noises heard in the womb,” says Bleakley. “It must be a primal thing because it helped me get my head down, too. We travelled a fair bit whilst the baby was small — my husband is from Ireland so Christmas involved ferry crossings — and trust me, ‘Ollie’ came with us everywhere.”

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“It’s never too early to build baby’s library, I started reading to both of my children in the womb, so baby can hear my voice and to aid in bonding,” says Knight. “These books are a great way to introduce routine for baby, I’d read about one little leader each evening and now my eldest, who is 8, reads them to my 2-year-old.”

“This lasted my daughter from newborn until one, as she would grab her toys and bring them to the mat to play,” says Tahira. “It’s a safe place to leave your newborn on the floor as they’re entertained by the colours, textures and 3-D bits.” She adds that parents will appreciate the fact the mat is portable and can be folded away.

“When you adopt there’s a transition period from when they leave their foster home to come to their forever home,” explains NFM. During that time you’re advised to do things to help your child settle in, like put their old bedding on to their new bed. “I found this lady’s Instagram page and I thought these bears would be perfect for that period,” she says. “My son has a beautiful bear made from clothes that he was wearing in the first ever video I saw of him and the sleepsuit that he wore on his first Christmas day with us. It’s literally the best thing I’ve ever had.” NFM was gifted her original bear by the brand, but liked it so much she has ordered another one for a friend.

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90,000 When is it celebrated and what is given for the New Year in England?

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New Year is a bright enchanting holiday that, in a good sense of the word, “shudders” conservative Englishmen every winter. The New Year continues with noisy Christmas festivities held in the main squares and central streets of cities.

When is New Year’s Day in the UK?

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It is customary to celebrate the New Year in Great Britain on the night of December 31 to January 1.The British count down the days before the holiday according to the Gregorian calendar, they celebrate the new year exactly 6 days after Christmas – December 25.

How is New Years celebrated in England?

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The British spend the festive night with friends and relatives. Gathering in large noisy companies, they take to the streets and head to the city squares. Residents of the capital arrange processions to Trafalgard and Piccadilly squares.

Many Englishmen prefer to celebrate the holiday in pubs, ordering aromatic beer, ale, punch or mulled wine.

In places of a large concentration of people, barrels of tar are burned, which signifies getting rid of everything old and unnecessary. Under the chimes, the townspeople congratulate each other, expressing symbolic wishes.

It is not customary to arrange large festive feasts, but you can have a light snack, enjoy sweets, mulled wine and tea right on the street. During the winter holidays, merchants with carts loaded with sweets, drinks and holiday souvenirs roam the city streets and large squares.

English New Year: customs and traditions

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The main English New Year tradition – the exchange of greeting cards – originated in the century before last. Even now, the British prefer to send each other paper New Year cards instead of greetings on social media.

Another good tradition in keeping with the British mentality is to plan for the next 12 months in the first days of the new year. A person takes into account his desires and capabilities, looks for a way to achieve goals and is charged with the magical energy of the Christmas holidays.

An interesting custom of meeting guests. It is believed that the first guest on New Year’s Eve should be a young man. And if he brings with him a coal, bread and a handful of salt, then in the coming year you can count on luck and profit.

English families attach great importance to the joint preparation of a gala dinner. Before the new year, housewives bake fragrant cinnamon rolls, cabbage and fruit pies, ginger and oatmeal cookies, charlotte.

What is customary to give on New Years in the UK?

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The exchange of New Year’s gifts is one of the most enjoyable and interesting holiday rituals not only in the UK, but around the world.Since in this country Christmas is still considered the main winter holiday, it is not customary to give large expensive gifts for the New Year.

A pair of woolen socks with a New Year’s ornament, a pocket flashlight, a postcard, a whistle, a box with fragrant chocolates can be a present.

Often the British give each other Christmas decorations – handmade Christmas balls, garlands and colored streamers. The essence of the gift exchange tradition is to please loved ones with care and demonstrate a warm attitude.Therefore, an ink pen, a set of scented candles or a hand-made postcard will delight the recipient no less than an expensive and large present.


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Christmas is one of the UK’s favorite holidays. It is celebrated on a grand scale: they decorate houses, gather for a festive dinner and give each other gifts.

In this article, we will analyze the favorite Christmas traditions of the British, which help to recharge with a festive mood.

Advent calendar

In Great Britain, preparations for the holiday begin in advance, almost from December 1. To cheer up, the British use advent calendars. From them they mark how many days are left before Christmas.

It used to be a small wooden box with numbered doors or windows – there are 24 in total.Children opened one door every day and found sweetness behind it. The joy of the gifts helped to feel the approach of Christmas.

Modern advent calendars can cost anywhere from £ 1 to several hundred pounds. And then there are different options for calendars for adults. In them you can find cosmetics, alcohol, various snacks, candles and everything that the imagination of brands is enough for.

Enterprising brands have taken advantage of the popularity of Advent calendars and are offering their own versions. These are hanging calendars and simple gift wrappers with numbers, stars, chocolate figures – millions of options.They can be found in any store from the beginning of November. And for the most interesting and unusual calendars, people can queue for hours!

The British honor tradition and send postcards to friends, family and colleagues by mail before Christmas. Charitable organizations began to offer their own Christmas cards so that people associate a pleasant tradition with supporting good deeds.

If you are in the UK during Christmas, grab a set of cards to surprise your friends and family with warm Christmas wishes.Or send it straight from there – with a local postage stamp.

Christmas markets open in mid-November across the country. This is a great place to look for Christmas gift ideas. Market stalls sell sweet churros with Nutella, and you can also go to the bar for hot chocolate or mulled wine. And then you can go to the ice rink or to the grotto of Santa Claus to tell him personally what gifts you want to receive.

Christmas markets try to attract as many young people as possible, so they organize festive photo zones, bar zones, open-air cinemas (pop-up cinemas) and other fair activities (funfair activities).

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is the largest Christmas market in Europe. Here you can see London from a bird’s eye view on the Ferris wheel and watch the ice show. Go ice skating at the largest outdoor ice rink in the UK and choose from craft gifts for all tastes.

The fair opens six weeks before Christmas

Entrance to the fair is free, so the park is visited by millions of people. You need to pay only for the entrance to attractions, shows or skating rink.

Any Christmas party in the UK is bound to have Christmas crackers.

They are made of colored paper, with confetti or a small gift inside. Two people take the cracker from different ends and pull it towards them. The gift goes to the one who has left most of the crackers in his hands.

Usually simple and inexpensive gifts are put in them. These can be small figures, mini-games, household items, or sweets.

There are also luxurious firecrackers sold in large stores like Harrods or Selfridges. There are more valuable items inside them.

But the main task of such a souvenir is to bring joy and fun with cotton and snow-like confetti.

Every country has its own favorite Christmas movies. For the British, this is the romantic comedy Love Actually (2003). Immediately after its release, the film received many awards and recognition from the audience.

Before Christmas, this rom-com is often watched on the big screen in cinemas or on TV at home.

Festive mood guaranteed!

The British love children’s pantomimes. Usually these are funny and funny performances with a well-known fairy tale plot, which children and their parents love.

In 2019, the Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty shows are taking place across the country. And, of course, the traditional show “The Snowman”, which has been held every year for decades – loved by many generations of British children.

The main event of Christmas is a big family dinner (Christmas Dinner). Traditionally, the British serve turkey with cranberry sauce. For starters – small sausages wrapped in bacon (pigs in blankets), as well as pies filled with berries and spices (mince pies).

Dessert is a separate topic, it cannot be missed. The table is served with puddings (puddings) of different flavors, classic Scottish shortbread (shortbread), cakes, rolls, chocolate rolls – Christmas logs (yule logs) – and Italian Christmas cake with raisins and candied fruits (panettone), which is very popular among the British.

Christmas dinner is usually the biggest family event of the year. Three or four generations gather at the same table to exchange news, laugh together and celebrate Christmas.

Usually the British invite friends who have no one to celebrate Christmas with for a family dinner. But in case anyone has to celebrate alone, there are pubs or community centers that host a singles Christmas dinner.

If you are in the UK at Christmas, please note that public transport is closed on this day.To get somewhere, you can take a taxi or walk.

At 15:00 the BBC broadcasts The Royal Christmas Broadcast of Queen Elizabeth II to her subjects. This tradition was started by King George V, he congratulated the British on Christmas on the radio. And since 1957, congratulations have been broadcast on TV.

Elizabeth II

For those who do not want to watch the broadcast with the Queen, there are alternative greetings, usually comic or provocative.So on Channel 4, Edward Snowden and Marge Simpson addressed the British with congratulations.

The day after Christmas, 26 December, another day off in the UK. On this day, children unpack gifts, so it is called Boxing Day. And this is the best time to hunt for great deals. Most stores have a sale. So this is a great chance to find exactly what you want at a great discount.

Even luxury stores are participating in these traditional sales.Therefore, people crowd in lines at Harrods, Chanel, Dior or Fendy stores.

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The youngest parents in the UK are 12 and 13 years old

The youngest parents in the UK appeared over the weekend. They were 12 and 13 years old. The girl was born healthy, her weight was 3.2 kilograms.

Primary school student 12-year-old girl gave birth to her boyfriend’s daughter.

At the age of 11, a young mother began an affair with a teenager who lived next door. To date, lovers have been dating for about a year. Their names have not been officially released. The media reports that the teenagers are planning to raise their daughter together.

Both parents are twenty-five years old, the smallest parent in Britain in history.

How to place

The new mother is five months younger than the previous “record holder”.Relatives assure that teenagers really love each other and intend to get married when they reach the appropriate age.

So far, the schoolgirl who went down in history lives with her twenty-seven-year-old mother, who, by the way, has become one of the youngest grandmothers in the country. Apparently, becoming a mother in adolescence is their family trait. According to close relatives of the newly-minted parents, grandparents on both sides support the couple and are very happy about the birth of the child.

The youngest mother in the world is Lina Medina from Peru, who in 1939 gave birth to a boy weighing 2.7 kilograms by Caesarean section. The girl was only five years old. Also famous is the 6-year-old Liza from Kharkov, who gave birth to her own grandfather. This happened in 1934.

Cases of the birth of healthy children by young mothers aged 9 years and older are recorded more often. Most of the girls were raped by relatives or someone from their inner circle. But there are times when peers become fathers.

For example, in 2006, a 10-year-old girl from the Belgian city of Charleroi gave birth to a child whose father was a 13-year-old boy who attended the same school with her.

But in Spain in 2010, a 10-year-old immigrant Nicoletta gave birth to a child weighing 2 kilograms 900 grams from a 13-year-old friend who remained in Romania.

Let us remind that Russia also knows cases of such records. In 2005, 11-year-old Valya Isaeva gave birth to a child, whose father was a 22-year-old Uzbek Khabibulla, who rented a room from the girl’s grandmother.

International delivery of gifts for newborns

Gifts for newborns and their parents

The birth of a child is a grand event and a holiday for any family. And if this event happened with your relatives or close friends, then of course you need to take care of a good, and most importantly functional gift. The question immediately arises, what to give a newborn, this little man who has just been born? Of course, gifts are first of all presented to parents, but they should still have a relation directly to the child.At the same time, it is better that they are as useful as possible, because raising a baby is joyful, but not easy chores, and any parents will be grateful if your gift can facilitate this process.

, which will not only please, but also come in handy – not an easy task. However, if you follow some tips, get creative and put a piece of your soul into it, you can definitely find that perfect gift. So, what to give a newborn baby?

Original and practical

Today, one of the most popular gifts for newborns is the so-called baby bouquets or sets of clothes.Such a set is not only beautiful and unusual, but also very useful for young mothers and fathers! It seems that in front of you is a basket of flowers, while each rose is a rolled-up sliders, diapers, caps, undershirts, bibs and other things the baby needs, which are never too many. With all the troubles preceding the birth, young parents might not have time to stock up on everything they need, so with such a gift you will definitely not go wrong!

Diaper care

As you know, the skin of young children in the first years of life is very sensitive, dries quickly and is completely devoid of protective barriers.Therefore, it is very important to choose the right special cosmetics for babies for them. Everyday bath products such as shampoo, bubble bath and baby soaps should be free of various surfactants that can be harmful to the baby. It is also important to choose high-quality powder, cream, massage oil, and any other means that parents will use for a small family member. By giving young parents a gift basket with all the cosmetics necessary in the process of caring for a baby, you will show your worries and save adults the time they so lack.

More fun together

Where without toys, if we are talking about a child, you say, and you will be absolutely right! There are never too many good toys for a baby, so you can choose between a carousel over the bed, a set of rattles, soft books for swimming or any other little children’s pleasures without hesitation.

Instants, moments

The birth of a child always awakens anxious and tender feelings in parents. They closely follow the growth of the baby, his slightest successes and, of course, strive to capture every important moment in his development.Present new parents with a beautiful photo album or baby photo frames so that they can preserve the most touching and funny memories from their childhood for many years.

Take care of the parents

Nursing a newborn baby is not easy. Take care of young parents who, no less than a child, need love, attention, and most importantly, the time they could spend on themselves. A gift basket with delicacies, fresh exotic fruits, chocolate, quality wine or champagne will help young mothers and fathers to be alone, forget for a moment about all the troubles and enjoy life.It is also a good idea to give a separate gift to the young mother who gave birth to a new little man. A sweet gift with her favorite chocolate and other sweets that she had to deny herself during her nine months of pregnancy, holiday flowers or a relaxing spa basket will all be greatly appreciated.

Take part of the worries of young parents on yourself, making something that would really be remembered and help to raise your baby healthy and happy!

British baby became the youngest organ donor

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Teddy lived only 100 minutes after birth, but managed to give life to another person

Newborn baby , who lived less than two hours after birth, became the youngest organ donor in UK history.

On April 22, surgeons at the University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff performed a unique operation three minutes after the death of newborn Teddy Houlston.

His kidneys were used to save the life of a grown man living in Leeds.

According to the parents of the newborn, Mike Houlston and Jess Evans, they wanted people to know about their son’s story and see his face. “We are very proud of him,” they said.

Mike Houlston said in an interview with the Daily Mirror: “He lived and died like a hero.It is impossible to express how proud we are. “

” Heartbreaking News “

At 13 weeks pregnant, Jess Evans learned that one of the twins she was expecting was terminally ill.

Teddy had anencephaly – a rare intrauterine malformation of the fetus, which is formed in the early stages of pregnancy.

These embryos completely or partially lack the cerebral hemispheres and the bones of the cranial vault.

Children with this diagnosis either die in the womb, are born stillborn or live after birth a few minutes or hours.

As Jess Evans said in an interview with the Daily Mirror, the news of Teddy’s condition was heartbreaking to her.

Doctors suggested that parents have an abortion as an option, to which Jess Evans said: “We thought that even if we had one moment with him, or 10 minutes, or an hour, this time would be the most precious in our life.”

Teddy’s parents decided not to terminate Jess’s pregnancy and donate their son’s organs for transplant.

As Mike Houlston said in an interview with the BBC, at first the doctors told them that donating the internal organs of a newborn is impossible, because no one has done this before.

And when he found out that Teddy’s kidney transplant went according to plan, he was very happy and said about his son: “We never doubted him.”

“He is still a member of our family. We talk about him every day, our children talk about him, our families, we always remember him, he is always with us,” says Jess Evans.

The success of the transplant helped Jess cope with the loss of her baby.

“The realization that he was able to do so much good, more good than most of us will be able to do in our entire lives, makes us proud of him,” said Jess Evans.

“Precious Minutes”

Children’s organs are rarely used for transplants, and this is especially unusual in the case of a newborn baby. Until now, organ transplantation for those born with anencephaly was not known.

However, the kidneys of such a child should have functioned normally in the womb.

NHS Transplant Operations Nurse Angarad Griffiths told the BBC that she believes in the success of such surgeries in the future.

According to her, the operation was difficult, especially because the doctors did not know if Teddy would be born alive.

A medical team followed Teddy during his short life and performed a transplant a few minutes after his death. As Angarad Griffiths said, it was a great honor to be with Teddy during the hour and a half while he lived.

“Naturally, there was a feeling of sadness in the room. His parents knew that he had to die. But they were very glad that he was born alive and that they had these precious moments with him.And they spent those minutes rejoicing in him and his life, “she added.

Celebrating February 14 in Britain

Valentine’s Day is the most romantic holiday in the world. It is mysterious, shrouded in legends and rich history. In Britain, a special attitude has developed towards this winter holiday, because this day is an opportunity to show your feelings, to express sympathy, gratitude and love.

Valentine’s Day Story

The holiday has been celebrated in Britain since the 17th century.The origins of Valentine’s Day are rooted in the history of the Roman Empire, when one of the rulers, Claudius II, prohibited marriage – it was believed that unmarried men make the best soldiers. It was then that Christian priest Valentine began secretly to marry newlyweds.

Valentine was immediately arrested and sentenced to death as soon as the ruler found out what the priest was doing. Before the execution, on the night of February 14, his beloved received the last note from the priest with the signature “Your Valentine”.

Also, the story tells that the pagans celebrated the onset of spring in mid-February. This time was considered the best time for weddings.

The English poet Geoffrey Chaucer wrote about Valentine’s Day for the first time in his poem Parlement of Foules in 1382.

Customs and symbols of Valentine’s Day in England

In Medieval England, on Valentine’s Day, lovers gave gifts to each other secretly, and lonely young people chose for themselves “Valentine” among the girls by lot, then all year they wrote poems and songs for her and admired her like knights.

In Sussek County, Valentine’s Day is also known as Bird Wedding Day. Since Geoffrey Chaucer, an English poet, called this holiday a day when birds choose a mate for themselves, it was not without rituals with birds. According to legend, if an unmarried girl saw a robin that day, then she should be married to a sailor, if a sparrow – to a simple peasant, and a goldfinch portends a rich spouse.

In Wales, on Valentine’s Day, it was customary to give each other wooden spoons of different shapes.The most popular were spoons with ornaments of locks-hearts and keys to them.

In Norfolk County, Valentine’s Day is celebrated on a grand scale. This is due to the legend of Jack Valentine, who on the night of February 14, left gifts on the porch for all the household.

Flowers for Valentine’s Day in England have been given since the 17th century – this tradition came from France from Louis XVI, who gave red roses to Marie Antoinette. They are the symbol of Valentine’s Day and personify the blood of the goddess of love Aphrodite, who shed a couple of drops on white roses, painting them.

What do English people in love give each other

The most valuable gift for Valentine’s Day is actually baked goods and sweets. There is a tradition to bake a heart-shaped cake for a loved one.
It is not customary for the British to give expensive gifts, so the British buy chocolates, various sweets, valentines and soft toys, among which Teddy bears are especially popular.

As for valentines, anonymous valentines are still relevant.Declarations of love can often be seen in British newspapers and local magazines.

Flowers are a must-have gift for Valentine’s Day, a symbol of sympathy, tenderness and love. The color of roses and their number in the bouquet have different meanings – scarlet roses are given to a girl / boyfriend, yellow and white – to friends and relatives.

In addition, in Britain it is customary to congratulate and give gifts not only to lovers, but also to everyone who is simply loved – parents, relatives and even pets.

90,000 Christmas symbols and traditions in the UK

Love actually

The creators of this romantic comedy succeeded in the impossible – “Love Actually” managed to take away the title of “the main Christmas film” from the picture “Home Alone”. The audience liked the nine love stories played out on Christmas Eve so much that not a single Christmas Eve has been without them since the mid-2000s. And Keira Knightley, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth and Martin Freeman, who played the lead roles in Love Actually, have become as essential elements of the holiday as the Christmas tree, turkey or gifts.Agree, watching the fate of lovers surrounded by Christmas tinsel in London is much more pleasant and natural than the adventures of a tomboy, forgotten by his parents at home.

Prince Albert

To the spouse of Queen Victoria, the British owe one of the main Christmas traditions, namely the tree. Born Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha was born in Germany, the only state at that time where it was customary to decorate a spruce for Christmas.Prince Albert carried his love for a tree decorated with apples and snakes (as was then customary) throughout his life. So after moving to Britain after getting married, he continued the old German tradition and in 1841 planted the first Christmas tree in Britain, at Windsor Castle. The inhabitants of the kingdom liked this Christmas symbol so much that soon such a tree appeared in almost every house at Christmas. And the rest of the royal families of Europe picked up this fashion and a few years later the Christmas tree became a global trend.By the way, Between 1840 and the year the Second World War began, 9 out of 10 of all New Year’s decorations were produced in Germany – in the village of Lauscha.

Robin redbreast (Zaryanka)

The little robin bird (aka robin, aka Robin redbreast in English) served as one of the symbols of Christmas for a century and a half. It’s all about the red plumage on her chest. It reminded the British of the dress uniform of postmen delivering greeting cards. Moreover, it is so obvious that soon the image of the robin adorned most of the holiday messages that the British sent to their loved ones on Christmas Eve.By the way, the tradition of congratulating each other on the main winter holiday with the help of postcards also appeared in Britain. The first commercial Christmas card was issued by Henry Cole on May 1, 1843 in London. Today, most postcards have a different, much more modern plot, but the robin is still one of the most beloved winter birds for the inhabitants of the United Kingdom.

White Christmas

Blizzards in Britain are not a frequent occurrence, in principle, and snowfalls at Christmas are a real miracle (if you do not take into account the artificial snow in the windows of shops and restaurants, of course).Nevertheless, the British dream of a white Christmas almost without exception. This stems from literature. Or rather, the works of Charles Dickens. The future writer was born in the coldest decade in the history of Great Britain, when snow in winter was as commonplace as the famous English rain in summer or wind from the ocean all year round. In 1814, when Charles was two years old, even the Thames froze over, and the townspeople held fairs right on the ice and took circus elephants from one bank to the other as entertainment.Dickens filled many of his works with the spirit of magic, on the pages of which the winter months always have one color – snow-white. It is thanks to the books of Dickens, popular in Britain so far, that most of the inhabitants of the kingdom still dream of a perfect Christmas with knee-deep snowdrifts.

Advent (Christmas Eve)

Any holiday will only benefit if you start preparing for it in advance. The best proof of this is Advent, the four-week preparation period for the main day of winter.Even the word advent itself comes from the Latin adventus – coming. Once it was a time of great fasting, thinking about God, one’s own sins and the spiritual path. At this time, the priests wore purple – the color of repentance. Today, not every inhabitant of planet Earth will remember the true meaning of Advent without the help of Google, but the tradition still lives on, albeit in a slightly modified form. Nowadays, Advent is one of the favorite pastimes of children, and the Advent calendar, where some sweetness is hidden behind each new date, appears at the end of November in every British home.

Mistletoe

The tradition of decorating their homes with a branch of mistletoe for Christmas has existed in Britain since the time of the Druids, who considered this plant sacred. And not only them. In Scandinavia, for example, mistletoe served as a talisman against thunder and lightning, and the ancient Romans believed that the plant promotes conception. In a way, they are right. In the days of the Roman Saturnalia, strangers could be kissed fearlessly on the winter solstice. In today’s Britain, everything is almost exactly the same as in Rome – a kiss under the mistletoe has become an indulgence, no matter who your lips touched, so don’t miss your chance to take advantage of the Christmas miracle! Just do not forget that after each such kiss from the mistletoe, under which it happened, you need to pick the berry and when there are no more of them on the plant at all, a harmless romantic prank will instantly turn into harassment.Still, we live in the #meetoo era.

Mince pies

Along with turkey and pudding, mince pies are among the top three British favorites for a Christmas meal. It takes 4 months to prepare a classic filling for such pies, only in this case its ingredients will be able to reveal all their aromas and nuances of taste. Despite the fact that in English such a filling is called mincemeat (that is, minced meat), there is no trace of animal products in it.It is prepared from dried fruits, citrus peel, brandy or port, as well as cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. These days mince pies have become not only a favorite Christmas treat, but also a way to thank Santa Claus for gifts. British children leave a dish of these cakes near the fireplace as a “thank you” for his efforts. Well, keep in mind that if there are also carrots next to the mince pies, they are not intended for guests of the house, but for the main Christmas wizard, because carrots are a favorite treat of reindeer from his team.By the way, at the time of Oliver Cromwell, mince pies in Britain were outlawed, as they symbolized Catholicism.

Boxing Day

The name of this holiday, which falls on the day after Christmas (December 26), is usually translated into Russian as “Boxing Day”. However, this is not entirely true. After all, the gifts that the family members presented to each other were opened the day before – on the morning of Christmas itself (December 25). We owe the boxes (boxes) in which they were packed to the appearance in the Boxing Day calendar.Half-eaten Christmas dishes, as well as unnecessary things, were just put into boxes that had already served their time to be taken to the poor and sick. Aristocrats on this day also handed out small gifts to their servants and also in boxes. And the merchants put food in them for their clerks. And even in churches on Christmas Eve, special boxes were set up, into which anyone could throw a few coins for those members of the flock who could not afford New Year’s shopping. It is worth noting that some Britons understand the name Boxing Day literally, that is, “boxing day”, so that on December 26 in the countries of the British Commonwealth, fights are often held among professional boxers.

Pigs in blankets

The name of this incredibly popular British Christmas dish is akin to herring under a fur coat. And in one, and in another case, it is more about the poetic way of thinking of its authors than about a real desire to save one of the representatives of the animal world from winter frosts. Pigs in blankets are sausages wrapped in bacon. They are served with cranberry, onion or bread sauce, or mustard. The sausages themselves can be of any size, so that in the end it is possible to prepare both a dish for a full-fledged Christmas meal, and an option for a buffet table, when sausages with bacon are served on small skewers so that you can safely take them with your hands.

Mulled wine

The main Christmas drink in Europe – mulled wine – did not pass by the British Isles. Here it is called mulled wine. Just like the Christmas tree, mulled wine in its current form first appeared in Germany. Culinary historians will certainly remember Ancient Egypt, where medicines were prepared from wine and herbs. Or about Ancient Rome, where spiced wine was very popular. But it was in medieval Germany that they first realized that wandering around the Christmas market is most pleasant with a mug of hot wine in hand.There is no canonical recipe for mulled wine, like the German gluhwine (mulled wine), so differences in aromas and spices will tell you much more about the taste of the chef who prepared the drink than about its country of origin. Unless the British version will most likely be sweeter – sugar is necessarily added to it, but in all other countries this ingredient is listed only as an additional one.

Greenery

The tradition of decorating their homes with a variety of vegetation originated in pre-Christian times, when the winter solstice was the main winter holiday.The change of eras led to a change in symbols, but even at the time when people began to worship Christ instead of the Sun, aesthetic needs did not disappear anywhere, so the jewelry only acquired a new meaning. The mistletoe, from which, according to legend, the cross of Christ was made, began to drive away troubles and serve as a symbol of peace and love. Holly, from the leaves of which, according to one version, the wreath of Jesus was made, symbolizes thorns and a crown, and its red berries are the blood of the savior. Well, ivy clinging to any surface should remind a person of the need to hold on to the Almighty in search of support in their daily affairs.

Christmas Carols

Initially, these songs were performed by the ancient Britons, standing around stone circles during the celebration of the same day of the winter solstice. And just as in the case of greenery, this did not stop carols from taking their place among the Christmas symbols in modern times. The word “carol” itself meant a joyful song or dance, but today it is the main anthem not even of Christmas, but of charity. Nowadays, hymns telling about Christ are performed in the hope of donations, and it is worth noting that this recipe works flawlessly.Traditionally, the most famous performance of Christmas carols can be found in the same place as the country’s main Christmas tree – in Trafalgar Square in London. The songs are accompanied by Christmas-themed performances. Well, the most famous carol in history was written by Charles Dickens. In 1843, his “A Christmas Carol in Prose” was released with one of the main misers in the history of British literature – Ebenezer Scrooge in the title role.

Christmas log / Yule log

Another rite that the British Christians borrowed from the pagans is the Christmas tree log.In Britain, it was harvested a year before the next holiday. First it was necessary to find and cut down a giant tree, clean it of branches and leave it to dry. After a year, the head of the family (and only he) sawed off a log from the felled trunk and brought it into the house. The rest of the family treated the log as a living creature, decorated it, watered it with honey and wine, and sprinkled it with grain. Then the log was set on fire and left in the fireplace or stove for all holidays, so that it had to burn for 12 days and nights.Until the fire was extinguished, it was possible to start making predictions for the future. A large number of sparks, for example, heralded a fertile year. And if someone saw a shadow without a head in the fireplace, then the next year should have been his last. Be that as it may, the Christmas tree log before the advent of the fashion for Christmas trees was perhaps the main symbol of the winter holidays. Nowadays, this custom can be considered somewhat outdated and modern British people buy a huge candle instead of a log. But those with a sweet tooth prefer a dessert called “Christmas log”, even though it does not come from the United Kingdom, but from France.

Royal Christmas Message

If there are British people among your acquaintances, be sure you know what they will do at 15.00 GMT every 25 December. Yes, that’s right, they will spend this time in front of the TV listening to Her Majesty’s Christmas address. Even during the broadcast of the final of the English Premier League, fewer people gather on TV. Perhaps this is one of the youngest and certainly 100% purely British tradition. For the first time, King George V made a Christmas address to the nation in 1932, and the author of the very first speech was Rudyard Kipling.It is worth noting that the idea of ​​the king’s Christmas speech originated in the bowels of the BBC even earlier, but it took almost 10 years to admonish the monarch. At first, it was not a body, but a radio appeal; British monarchs began to appear on the screen since 1957. Throughout its existence, the tradition of annual Christmas performances has been broken only three times. In 1936, when Edward VIII abdicated the throne, in 1938, and also in 1969, when Queen Elizabeth II wrote a text message that was published in newspapers.And on TV at the usual hour they showed a documentary about the royal family.

Christmas crackers

A Christmas meal in Britain begins with a joke, namely the Christmas crackers. Usually made of wrapping paper, they resemble candy in shape. But the size is so large that they open such a cracker together – your neighbor at the festive table will definitely come to the rescue. Inside the firecracker, there is usually some kind of humorous message or riddle, a small souvenir or sweetness – there is no single recipe, the main thing is that the contents evoke unconditional joy and set you in the mood for Christmas.But perhaps more often than other things in Christmas crackers, paper crowns come across, which guests put on their heads and in this form have fun until Christmas. In combination with the traditional sweaters that British grandmothers knit for their grandchildren, such crowns really make many smiles.

Christmas Dinner

There are only two obligatory dishes on the Christmas table in Britain, all other pickles depend on the tastes of the audience.First, it’s a bird. In most cases, whole-baked turkey, however, different regions of Britain have different versions of the hot one. In the west of England, for example, they prefer roasted goose to turkey, and smoked goose in the north. Only one rule remains unchanged – the head of the family cuts the bird and puts it on plates. The second indispensable attribute of the British Christmas feast is Christmas pudding. Unlike the much more famous Yorkshire pudding, its festive version is prepared by the whole family, and 4 items are put inside: the coin promises the one who has found financial success in the coming year, the ring promises a wedding, the button promises the bachelor life of the young man, and the thimble promises the unmarried life of a young lady.Just like mince pies filling, Christmas pudding filling is prepared in advance, usually a month before Christmas, so that the nut and dried fruit flavors are fully developed. And before serving, pudding is abundantly poured with brandy or rum and set on fire. The dish itself is so popular in the United Kingdom that there are almost as many recipes for it in the country as there are housewives, and each of them has its own, passed down from generation to generation.

Panto (Christmas pantomime)

If your imagination has already managed to draw the image of a sad mime with a bleached paint face, chase it away.Christmas pantomimes in Britain are extremely noisy and fun. In terms of genre, they are more likely to be musical performances based on famous fairy tales. Moreover, it is customary not just to listen to what is happening on the stage, but to comment on it. Warn about the approach of the villain, or vice versa, encourage the positive hero to new deeds. Among the actors involved in such a production, there is always a man dressed in a woman’s dress (pantomime dame), and he always plays his role exaggeratedly so that no one has any doubts about his gender.So if you’ve always dreamed of screaming loudly, whistling or talking on your mobile during a performance, be sure to check out one of these performances.

Christingle

Every year millions of children in Britain string sweets on cocktail skewers, stick the skewers into an orange, and set and light a candle on top. This candlestick is called christingle. It was once part of a service in the Moravian Church in Western Europe, but since 1968 the Christingles have become an integral part of the Christmas holidays in the British Isles.Despite the uncomplicated nature of their manufacture, the kristingles are the most important Christian symbol. A round orange is the globe, four skewers are the cardinal points and the bounty of the Earth, which gives us food in each of the four seasons, the red stripe encircling the orange in the center is the savior’s blood shed for us, and the candle is the light of the Lord that illuminated our world. Strictly speaking, this light is the main part of the crystal.

Candy cane

A traditional Christmas treat is not really a cane.And in order to understand the whole meaning of this sweetness, you need to turn it upside down, only then you will see the letter J, symbolizing Jesus (Jesus). Classic candy canes are usually white-red or white-green in color. In the first case, this means that cinnamon stick is added to the caramel, in the second – peppermint stick. However, with the development of the food industry, the number of possible additives has increased hundreds of times, so today a sweet tooth can satisfy absolutely any desire on Christmas Eve.It is a pity that with the execution of the rest of the requests addressed to Santa Claus, things are not so simple.

Twelfth night

Christmas holidays end on the 12th day, or rather the 12th night of Christmas (January 5). Tradition obliges the British to end this day with a grand feast and have fun until morning. However, the modern inhabitants of the kingdom cannot always afford to go all out in the middle of the work week. After all, the feast of the Epiphany (January 6), following the twelfth night, in contrast to continental Europe in Britain, is an ordinary day, not a day off.Nevertheless, January 5 is still an extremely important day on the Christmas calendar. It is on this day that it is customary to remove the Christmas tree and hide New Year’s decorations in the closet. And to those who did not have time to do this superstition advises to leave the garlands and tinsel until next Christmas, otherwise the whole coming year will be unsuccessful. In addition, on this day, it is customary to cook pies with a bean or pea baked inside. And the one who gets such a delicious surprise may not worry about a Christmas tree that has not been cleaned in time – luck in all future affairs is guaranteed to him in any case.

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