Best Gifts for a Single Mom by Choice
If you’re looking for gifts for a single mom by choice, you’ve come to the right place. Being a new mom is a gift🎁 in itself, but sometimes it is hard to articulate how people can help, when they offer.
You might be one of the lucky mamas getting a ton of gifts this Mother’s Day, so it’s best to redirect well-wishers to things you actually want…and will use. For mamas without a village in place (yet), we see you! Check the list below for the best gifts for a single mom by choice.
1. Ready-Made Entrees
Village: One of the best gifts for a single mom by choice is a ready made entree. Identify a friend who can slay in the kitchen and another friend who has perfected 2 meals. Next time you are asked how they can help, put in a request such as double the portion of a meal and freeze it; or ask that they put it in a casserole dish and bring it over hot.
Village in Progress: When someone wants to get you something, consider a gift card to your favorite food delivery service. You’ll be able to order an entree from your favorite restaurant, when it’s convenient for you. Someone could also gift you a membership to a subscription service where pre-cooked meals are delivered to your home. All you do is heat-and-eat. Ask your best friend to text you links of video recipes for dishes that take less than 30 min to prepare. Extra bonus points if they’ve made the recipe before and can can speak to its awesomeness.
Village: If you’ve got an OCD-type friend or family member who keeps a clean house, you are one lucky mama! Having a clean home is another one of the best gifts for a single mom by choice. Ask your friend or family member if they wouldn’t mind ‘going in’ on the part of your house that bothers you the most. Baseboards that could use some TLC? Refrigerator compartments that used to be crumb-free? An oven that smells like it is burning the moment you turn it on? Get your ‘fixer’ on the case; you’ll be so glad you did!
Village in Progress: Save yourself a few hours (and strain on your back!) by becoming the lucky recipient of a gift of cleaning service. Your home can get a deep clean and you’ll feel more relaxed!
3. Baby Laundry
Village: For someone so little, they sure have a lot of laundry. Another one of the best gifts for a single mom by choice is to have someone help with that baby’s laundry. Have a friend pick up from where you left off–folding, putting away, etc. If you like things folded a certain way, it may be best for your trusted friend to be in charge of pre-treating and placing items in washing machine/dryer.
Village in Progress: Ask for an laundry basket on wheels! You can push it wherever you are and roll it into a closet when you’re done. Give your back a break by asking for one that sits a few feet off of the ground!
4. Caring for your Furry Family Members
Village: Whether it’s taking your dog for a walk or making sure your cat is fed, your furry friend was probably your first ‘baby’. They will love the extra attention and you’ll feel better knowing that their needs are being met.
Village in Progress: A gift card to an dog walking /pet sitting service will give you some time back in your day. There are plenty to choose from where you can book online! They will take extra good care of your pet and many send pictures! It’s easy to see why this is one of the most awesome gifts for a single mom by choice.
5. Assemble with Care
Have you ordered something with a gazillion parts that you’re less than enthusiastic about assembling? Not to worry. Having or hiring someone handy is one of the best gifts for a single mom by choice.
Village: Have handy friends? Now’s the time to cash in on the ‘how can I help you’, offer. You’ll feel like a weight has been lifted off of you, knowing there is one less thing on your ‘to-do’ list.
Village in Progress: Arrange for a loved one to cover the cost of a 2 hour handy worker service. There are plenty of options online to choose from; all you have to do it outline what they will be doing once they get to your house.
6. Digital Baby Journal
Our final recommendation of best gifts for a single mom by choice was created by a single mom by choice. It can be hard to keep up with the wonderful new things your baby is doing each day, but trust me, you don’t want to forget a thing! The beauty of a digital baby journal is you can create it with one hand! Leave your baby audio, video, photo and text messages today, that they can see when they get older.
Village: Ask friends/family to contribute to your baby’s journal. They can leave messages that your baby will treasure for a lifetime. Don’t forget to ask Grandma and Grandpa to leave audio messages so your baby will always remember the sound of their voice. Messages from others expressing how much your baby is loved and cared for and how wonderful they are, is one of the best gifts for a single mom by choice that she could ever ask for!
Village in Progress: When you are feeding baby or pushing baby in the stroller, take a photo or leave a message in their baby journal. You are the BEST person to tell your child their story. There will be no doubt in their mind that they were loved because they would have seen and heard so many examples throughout their childhood, thanks to you. From one SMC to another, you’ve got this 🙌🏾