Great Expectations: 9 Unique Gift Ideas for the Momma to Be

Stop fretting, we gotcha, girl!

Looking for the perfect something to get your pregnant bestie – you know the kind of girl I’m talking about – the one who already has everything.

Fret not, help is at hand with these amazing, homegrown gift ideas to pamper and prep your girl on her journey towards motherhood (and snagging you that “Best Friend of the Year” award while you’re at it too!) 

Got a friend who enjoys surprises? Imagine her delight at receiving one of Before She Pops’ tastefully curated subscription gift boxes in the mail – the go-to pregnancy survival kit to take her through each exciting trimester! 

Each gift is carefully hand-selected to meet the specific needs of the expecting mum during the different stages of pregnancy. From nausea-battling organic teas for her first trimester, to gentle essential oil blends and floral foot soaks to soothe her growing discomfort as her due date approaches, Before She Pops has it all covered! 

Prices start at RM190 for the First Trimester Box, RM250 for the Second Trimester Box and RM280 for the Third Trimester Box.

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Eco-friendly, non-toxic and organic, Offspring Natural has fast become a staple of Malaysian mummies in the know since its inception in 2017. 

With their highly absorbent, chlorine-free diapers (in a host of utterly chic and charming prints, no less!), nurturing baby essential products (such as their nourishing baby lotion, and gentle plant-based wipes), coupled with their honest, “made-with-love” ethos, Offspring Natural makes the ideal welcoming gift for the little ones! 

For a varied mix of Offspring Natural’s winning products, try their Newborn Bundle (RM328); which includes three packs of diapers, their head-to-toe baby wash, nappy balm, baby lotion and baby oil, and four packs of baby wipes. 

Shipping to Singapore is also available at a flat rate of RM30 (approximately S$10). 

She’s got that nursery of hers pretty much set up – but what nursery would be complete without one of Bea & Bow’s gorgeous personalised gifts to brighten up the room? From fluffy Jellycat bunnies, luxe baby bedding, and hand-embroidered rompers, each order comes prettily packaged in Bea & Bow’s signature mint gift boxes, waiting to be lovingly unwrapped!  

Our favourite pick? Bea & Bow’s “Hello World!” Baby Box (RM259.70) – comprising a soothing baby blanket, a customised romper, and a classic Bashful Bunny.
  
Bea & Bow currently offers delivery to Malaysia and Singapore, with free delivery throughout Peninsular Malaysia on orders above RM100 per box and to East Malaysia above RM250 per box.

Pregnant spa fanatics can relax – their world of pampering massages needn’t go on a nine month hiatus just because they’re expecting! With Urban Retreat’s award-winning and mummy-approved Pregnancy Massage, your spa loving friend can leave her water retention woes behind in the best of hands! 

Aimed to reduce areas of pregnancy-related stress and strain, this gentle massage is specifically designed with the well-being of the mum-to-be in mind, taking place within the soothing confines of Urban Retreat’s Mont Kiara and Mutiara Damansara branches. 

Gift vouchers may be purchased for 60, 90 or 120 minute sessions (RM129, RM169 and RM199 respectively). 

We all know that pregnancy can wreak havoc on the body – breakouts, stretch marks, cracked nipples… you name it, we’ve borne those battle scars! 

So help your bestie put her skincare worries to rest with Nuhaa Botanicals’ gorgeous products. Made from all-natural, plant-based ingredients, Nuhaa Botanicals takes pride in their non-toxic, paraben (and other nasties-free commitment to beauty).
 
Aside from their popular eye serums, face mists, and bath scrubs, to name a few; Nuhaa Botanicals has recently launched their mum-and-bub line, which include their Natural Baby Wash (RM45, 120ml), Booby Balm (RM39, 30g), Baby Relief Balm (RM25, 30g), and More Milk Mama Oil (RM 30, 10ml). 

You can choose to have these items packaged in Nuhaa Botanicals’ customisable newborn and new mummy gift sets – indulging not just mum, but baby too!  

If pregnancy is making your girl feel less elegant (and more elephantine!) by the minute, chances are, she’s definitely become more of a homebody these days!

So why not bring a little TLC right to her doorstep, with Nails on Wheels’ mobile nail service, the first of its kind in Malaysia, to pamper your pregnant pal? 

Offering a host of indulgent services ranging from manis and pedis, waxing, hand and foot reflexology, and full body massages, amongst others, Nails on Wheels will have the tired mama-to-be feeling like the superstar she is… all from the comfort of her own home, and without lifting a proverbial finger (except for those gorgeously manicured nails, of course!)

Prices start at RM80 for a basic manicure and RM90 for a basic pedicure, with add-on services and special packages available. 

For first-time mums needing some advice on everything from birthing to burping baby, we’ve got just the gift in mind!  

Sign up that fretful friend of yours for one of Jenlia Maternal Services’ educational antenatal classes, which are led by UK-trained nurses and midwives and run over the course of two to three sessions. Each session is designed to tackle key topics ranging from fetal movement monitoring, labour conditions, breastfeeding tips, and baby care, with handy Q&A discussions for the anxious parents-to-be.

Private in-home sessions are also available for parents who prefer a more personalised focus.  

Even if your friend is a mum the second (or multiple!) time around, chances are, she’s still going to appreciate all the support she can get! For the perfect preemptive present, you could book her a session with one of Jenlia’s postnatal consultants, who conduct helpful home visits to assist parents with issues that may arise after delivery.

Prices for Jenlia’s antenatal classes start at RM350 per couple for two sessions, and RM200 per hour for private sessions. As for their postnatal home visits, prices start at RM200 for a one hour visit. 

Pregnancy is one of the most empowering times of a woman’s life – and this, coupled with that gorgeous glow (and that generously enhanced bosom!), certainly makes for one hot mama! 

Encourage your friend to step out of her comfort zone (and bring sexy back with her partner to boot) by booking her a maternity boudoir session with Stories.my’s senior photographer, Grace Tan.

Intimate, tasteful and meaningful, give your girl the opportunity to celebrate her beautiful growing bump, and to commemorate this significant moment in her life under Grace’s keen and respectful eye. 

Stories’ one hour lifestyle photography sessions start at RM636, with a session with Grace priced at RM848. Both packages include a limited edition first year baby milestone book as a lovely complimentary touch. 

Perfumerer Annick Goutal famously created her beloved fragrance “Petit Cherie” as a tribute to her daughter – encapsulating the joy and innocence of childhood into one evergreen scent. What better way to capture your bestie’s excitement over her impending motherhood (and capitalise on her newly heightened sense of smell!), than by treating her to a bespoke perfume experience, courtesy of Olfac3? 

Led by founder and Chief Fragrance Designer, Aien Mokhtar, Olfac3’s signature scent development sessions are an immersive affair, where lucky participants can create and take home a 50ml EDP and 10ml perfume oil of their own unique making. 

Olfac3’s hand-delivered and beautifully presented gift certificates for these one-to-one sessions are priced at RM480, and are valid for up to one year from the date of issuance. 

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