A little while ago I wrote about 'the early days' and the items I couldn't do without in motherhood (and the ones I could!). Shortly after a lovely mama called Steph Douglas dropped me an email to tell me about her business 'Don't Buy Her Flowers'.
I know when Wilf was born one of the most thoughtful gifts we received were food parcels (or vouchers for meals for two). The last thing you really want to do when you have a new born is think about cleaning the house or cooking food so anything that can help with that is such a treat.
'Don't Buy Her Flowers' was thought up when Steph had her first baby. She says 'I started it mostly because I think receiving an additional thing to care for when you’ve had a baby is, frankly, a bit bonkers and yet 96% of new mums receive flowers. I think women deserve to feel a bit cared for after having a baby because those first months are tough. New mothers, whether they realise it or not (and unfortunately I think we’re too busy punishing ourselves or feeling guilty about something to realise it) give a lot.'
'I received eight bunches of flowers when my first child was born. We didn’t have a lot of space and we certainly didn’t own multiple vases. I had to give them away or bin the least fresh to make way for the most recent. I also felt completely overwhelmed with everything – the baby, the visitors, the bodily functions – and trying to arrange flowers and then dispose of them was all a bit much, however pathetic that sounds. I found that other parents felt the same and Don’t Buy Her Flowers was born.’
We tried out her 'dinner date night in' and it was such a treat for a January! Even though we don't have a new born, we do have a kiddo and the Cook vouchers that were included were so appreciated! I love the idea of giving this package to new parents, you have food covered for at least a week, a night of relaxing with candles and chocolates and of course a celebratory glass or two of fizz!
You can find Steph's site here and her sisterhood blog here.
(this pack would be kinda perfect for valentines too don't you think?)
What do you think? Would this have been what you wanted as a new mum? What were your favourite gifts?