Mums tend to hold most of the responsibility at Christmas time. The decorations, the presents, the wrapping, the shopping, the cooking, It's overwhelming, to say the least! 

If you're still looking for the perfect gift for the incredible mum in your life, look no further, I've got some amazing ideas here! 


*All products in this post were gifted to me. This post contains affiliate links.


Maternal Journal


I have to be honest, with the 'Maternal Journal' I was expecting a pretty average, "aimed at mums" journal with prompts scattered here and there to try and get you writing each day. But I am so excited to say how wrong I was. The Maternal Journal is so much more than that, really something special. It's full of inspiration to encourage you to create your own journal, truely create it. There are a huge number of creative journal exercises for you to try, poetry and gorgeous illustrations created by artists and healthcare workers to encourage you to boost your creativity and really get in touch with your inner self.

love the many different ideas, Giving this journal a go can really change your life! It's amazing! No other journal has ever made me feel this comforted, relaxed, inspired. Maternal Journal helps you get in touch with yourself on a deeper level, as a woman, as a mother. It will help you understand and improve your wellbeing and self care practises. 

Such a wonderful gift idea, the best journal for mums I have ever seen. Hands down.

Available from AmazonWaterstones and Hive

Looking After You



Looking After You  should be your go to self care book this year. With 100 different, easy to do self care ideas for busy mums who cannot find the time to work on themselves. Each of the 100 ideas can be done in a short amount of time, whenever you can grab a minute - plus, there's one idea for every day of Winter! Make your goal to try each and everyone of them. "Self Care is so important. Your needs are so important, and you need to take good care of yourself. It helps your confidence, self esteem and helps to build a healthy relationship with yourself. Self Care will make you feel better about yourself, and promote positivity in your life. When you are a mum, self care can be trickier. Harder to find the time to do it, knowing you've got a million and one other things to do. But don't forget, you are needed. Your child need you to be there, to be happy, to be strong. They depend on you, and you matter. Taking that time out just for you, is so important. "

Just to clarify - this is my book! Haha.

Available from Amazon

Lavender & Eucalyptus Bouquet

What mum doesn't love receiving a beautiful bunch of flowers? Do you know what's better than a bunch of fresh flowers, a gorgeous bouquet of dried flowers!

This lovely Lavender and Eucalyptus Bouquet is such a beautiful combination. Dried flowers not only last so much longer, but they do not need water, they are an eco friendly decor idea and gives you the opportunity to display gorgeous flowers without worrying about them drooping or dying. 

I have to say, this bouquet smells amazing. The lavender scent is so strong and I can see the scent lasting a long time. Even the packaging of this gorgeous bouquet is eco friendly!

A beautiful bouquet, a gorgeous piece of home decor!

Available from Vegan Bunny

Carver Smart Digital Photo Frame


I've always loved the idea of digital photo frames! It's a great piece of technology to own, particularly in this digital age when most of us take photos using our phones, only to keep them in our phone albums and never print them off or display them anymore!

The Carver digital photo frame is so so easy to connect and display photos. If you download the app onto your phone, it's as simple as ticking a box and any of your phone photos will instantly be displayed on the frame!

If you are buying for a loved one, perhaps an older relative - this would be such an amazing gift. Set up some photos for them, and then you can easily add more when you have taken them - and the photos will just appear as if by magic into their photo frame, and their house! Love this idea

The quality of the photos are perfect, and the frame itself is chunky and sturdy. Really fab quality product. I love that the settings can all be adjusted, including the order and arrangement of the photos. An amazing gift for anyone

Available from Aura Frames and Amazon

Room Spray & Reed Diffuser


The Just Grapefruit Room Spray is strong (in a good way!) and pleasantly fruity, with an aroma of pink grapefruit, balanced with slight hints or orange and lemon. The room sprays from Arran are  made from natural oils and they come in a beautiful, sturdy glass bottle, wrapped in a tin to keep it safe. The fragrance is really fresh and strong, and it'll easily fill a room. Long lasting and deliciously scented!

The Just Grapefruit Reed Diffuser is just as gorgeous and fruity scented. I love reed diffusers as they help create a pleasant aroma throughout the day - perfect for high traffic areas of your home! Again it's packaged in a lovely glass bottle, inside a tin. I've used many reed diffusers in the past and with many, the scent doesn't last long or simply isn't strong enough, but I think Arran products will be my go to! A beautiful, elegant, strong - but not overpowering scent. Gorgeous product, and a fab gift idea!

Both products are available from ARRAN Sense of Scotland

Yellow Sunflower Watch

I'm a sucker for a watch. I love them. I really think they add something a little special to any outfit, and it's rare to see people wearing watches as much anymore - so that's makes them all the more beautiful.

This gorgeous Yellow Sunflower Watch from Toff London is really lovely, high quality and the detail is beautiful. The strap of this specific watch is made of rose gold stainless steel, but you could also go for a genuine leather. The watch comes presented in a cute white box, perfect for that really special present. The Yellow Sunflower watch is really comfortable to wear, I've often found watches dig in or lightly pinch your skin, but this is so nice to wear. 

The watch face itself is the perfect size, not too small or large and the sunflower detail is really lovely. 
There are many watch styles available, so not only can you change the style but you can change the colour of the watch case, the strap and the dial - so each watch can be personalised for the recipient. 

Available from Toff London 

How To Be A Moonflower

How To Be A Moonflower is the gorgeous new book from Katie Daisy (beautiful name too, right?) celebrating the absolute magic of the night time. Discover and learn about the world after dark, from quotes to meditations, charts mapping out the stars, and guides to plants and nocturnal animals.

Ohhh honestly, it's such a magical book. The illustrations are divine, so detailed and delicate. It's a book that dreams are made of. There are activities to try, interesting facts to learn and again, incredible artwork to swoon over. The ideal gift for self care lovers, night owls, dream weavers, creative folks, art lovers - it's just, amazing. 

Available from Abrams & Chronicle and Amazon


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avoid Christmas overwhelm stress
I've recently re watched Bad Moms Christmas, and even though it's utterly cringey, it's great and just like the first movie, it's actually pretty relatable! It's all about how we all have these high expectations or extraordinary promises and traditions to live up to, and let's be frank here - as mums, we are expected to do a lot at Christmas - and Christmas overwhelm sucks.

Not just mums, but parents in general put so much pressure on themselves, to give their children the 'perfect' Christmas each year, and it's utterly exhausting. With the popularity of social media nowadays, the pressure is more than it used to be even a few years ago! We're expected to decorate our entire homes, welcome the elf onto our shelves, desperately trying to ensure the season is magical for your children, search and overspend on matching family Christmas pyjamas, plan and overspend on gifts for everyone we know, wrap every single gift (beautifully and expertly I might add!), write 1000 cards which includes your child's friends as they unenthusiastically give up after 5, ensure your children occupy every waking minute with some sort of Christmas themed activity, planning the Christmas food, buying the Christmas food, desperately trying to find space to put away the Christmas food - the list is absolutely endless.

I don't want you to get me wrong, I'm no Grinch! I love everything about Christmas, but the weeks building up to it, there just constantly seems to be 100 things you need to do every day!

So today I wanted to share with you a few suggestions, to ensure you don't completely overwhelm yourself or put too much pressure on yourself this year, so you actually can enjoy the festive season yourself!

Ditch Traditions You Don't Enjoy
Many of the traditions we do with our family are actually ones we used to do when we were children! Some were really special and you continue to do them with your children, and that's ok if you all have fun doing it - like leaving a mince pie and a glass of milk out for Father Christmas (I used to love waking up on Christmas morning and rushing into the kitchen to see if he had eaten it!) So I do repeat this tradition with my children! However, when I was little I used to wake up on Christmas morning, drag my stocking from the end of my bed and hop into my parents' bed to unwrap it all! I absolutely loved it at the time, but this is something that just doesn't work for us as a family, so we simply don't do it! (My children do not stay in their beds, so it wouldn't work!). What I'm trying to say is, you absolutely do not have to repeat traditions just because you did them when you were little. Do what works for your family. 

Other traditions you can ditch are ones that cost too much for your budget! If it stresses you out spending too much on it each year, don't do it! Buying new matching pyjamas each year is absolutely lovely don't get me wrong, if you can afford it. If you can't afford to visit an extravagant Santa experience every year, don't do it! 

Lastly, ditch the traditions that stress you out! If you absolutely dread doing a particular tradition each year, don't pressure yourself to do it! If you hate having to come up with ideas for the Elf on the Shelf each night, and having to clean it up again in the morning - say bye bye to him! If you hate having to write 1000 Christmas cards, don't do it! Don't pressure yourself to do absolutely everything each year.

Create New Traditions You Love
Now you've decided which traditions you don't love, why not make some new traditions that fit your family. Remember that you are an adult, you are the parent. You can do what you want over the holidays. If you don't want a big roast dinner, don't cook it! If you don't want to go anywhere for Christmas, stay at home! If it's what you want, then go for it. Talk to your close family members and decide what are your favourite parts of Christmas, or what they'd like to do instead. Create your own traditions, it'll make them that much more special and everyone will look forward to them!

avoid christmas overwhelm stress

Stick To A Budget
Back to the point of not overstretching your budget. If you find yourself spending too much on gifts, plan and stick to a budget. Don't go on a massive shopping spree to buy everyone's gifts, have a think about what sort of things each person might like and ensure you have a budget in mind per person. Me personally, I have a certain amount I spend on my children, another amount for my husband, another amount for my parents, another amount for my siblings etc. I do it every year and it helps to know exactly what I have to spend. 

Allocate Jobs
Just remember, just because you're the mum, doesn't mean you physically have to do it all yourself. Allocate jobs for other family members to do (my husband cooks the Christmas dinner every year), if your children can write their cards, leave them to it, let someone else pick up the food shop, accept that invitation for Christmas dinner at someone else's house this year! Let and encourage others to help you out!

avoid christmas overwhelm stress

Stop Trying To Be Perfect
So you didn't create the perfect festive outdoor display? You didn't pick the most extravagant or expensive gift, but went with a classic you know the recipient will like? You didn't buy toy/book advent calendars and stuck to good old Cadbury? Perhaps you didn't hand make reindeer food or get your children to decorate Christmas cards? Does any of it really matter? I know, looking at social media it seems everyone else has got their act together apart from you, but that's simply not true. We all like to portray to others that we can do it all, make everything perfect for Christmas but we can't, and we don't. Let go of that perfect Christmas idea, put things into perspective. Give yourself a break and enjoy the moment with your loved ones.

Schedule Time For YOU
Speaking of giving yourself a break, make sure you make time for you, no matter what it takes. Tell your partner what you are doing and when so you won't forget, schedule it in your diary if needs be! (I do, there's no shame in it! It's far more likely to get done that way!) You deserve time out to rest, recharge, eat Christmas chocolate and binge watch festive movies if that's what you fancy. How can you feel Christmassy or be able to spread Christmas cheer if you're totally knackered? Take care of you!

I guess the main things to take from this post are, make it work for you all as a family, it doesn't have to be perfect, nobody is perfect, and lastly, make yourself a priority too!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! xx

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