2016 Holiday Gift Guide: for moms and expecting mamas

Hi friends! Hope you’re having a wonderful day. It’s been a crazy and fun week over here: a cookie party with friends, a hot yoga class with Betsy, and starting to go through the stuff in our house to get ready for next week. One of the good things about moving so often is that you get the change to sort through things you may not need, and do a purge each time. But at the same time, we totally have some boxes in storage that have traveled from house to house without actually being opened, so there ya go. Oops…

So for now, the holiday gift guide party continues! This is another one of my favorite gift guides to create, because I love surprising my mama and expecting mom friends over the holidays, and enjoy shopping for my mom and stepmom. Here are some ideas for these special ladies on your list. While some of these are more personalized and may not make it for Christmas, they’re fun to save for random surprises and upcoming birthdays.

More gift guides from this year:

For your BFF

For the guys

For your fitness-loving friends

For holiday hostesses

2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Moms

2016 holiday gift guide for moms

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Something to wear:


Cute and comfy jammies. When you’re chasing around kiddos and aren’t able to get ready for the day until later, comfy and cute jammies make a huge difference

A luxe robe or perfect cardigan

Sparkly slippers



A pretty top  (I picked this one up last week and LOVE IT)

A festive sweater

Blanket scarf (this one is only $14 right now)

Jewelry and accessories:


A beautiful diaper bag that doesn’t look like one

A gorgeous backpack (<— $79 and looks just as nice as the $300+ ones I’ve seen)

Personalized bracelet like this one, or one from KEEP collective. I love the personalized jewelry, but felt like a lot of options out there weren’t really my style. It was so much fun to design one from KEEP, and I was able to add personalized details without feeling like it was over the top. The one I designed is picture in this post.

Initial necklace

Initial stacking rings

A cute clutch or wallet

Family gifts:

Paper Famiy

Family tree

Paper family portrait <— LOVE the work by this artist, and she offers quite a few different options

For the pregnant mama:

Mommin' ain't easy t-shirt

Snoogle pillow: the must-have for pregnancy

Mama Mio belly butter. It has a mild scent and is super moisturizing

Nursing tank top or sweater

For Two Fitness tank or crops

LBMD: little black maternity dress

Mommin’ Ain’t Easy top. My friend Julie sent one to me shortly after P was born, and it was the uniform for the early days. It always made me chuckle a little too, especially when I was perpetually covered in spit-up.

Stocking stuffers:

Monogrammed Mugs

Monogrammed mug

A spa treatment! Pedicure, massage, facial, 10 minutes to stare at a wall blankly; all appreciated

Safe skincare products. I was at a holiday party last night, and was so interested to hear that a lot of mamas and paying attention to what’s in their skincare and cosmetics. Needless to say, there were a lot of Beautycounter fans in the house. There are so many beautiful holiday gifts to choose from right now!

So tell me friends: what are you giving to your mom, or any expecting mama friends? To my mom friends out there: what’s on your wish list?

Leave a comment below + an extra comment if you follow me on Instagram (@fitnessista). I’ll pick a lucky winner to receive 3 surprise products from this post and will announce Friday am 🙂

Ready, set, go!



Companies are not able to purchase spots on my holiday gift guides, and all of these items were curated by yours truly. Affiliate links are included. They don’t affect purchase price, and allow me to earn a very small kickback. Thank you so much for supporting this blog! The giveaway is being sponsored by Bella to celebrate her birthday! She’s 11 years old now and promised to live forever. 

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  1. Autumn on December 15, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    I love that backpack! I’ve been looking for dom

  2. Vicky N. on December 15, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    I’m hoping for a gift card for a spa day!

  3. Nikki on December 15, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    My best friend is expecting their first and I’m loving the chance to look at all the baby things. For her baby shower I plan to get her a mommy pamper kit with some of her favorite treats, stretch cream, nail polish, etc. thanks for all the great ideas.

  4. Cara on December 15, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    I’m giving my mom some kitchen items she needs and tickets to a Broadway show! 🙂

  5. Bianca T on December 15, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    i’m giving my friend gift cards to her favorite stores + some freshly baked treats!

  6. Bianca T on December 15, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    i follow you on insta!

  7. Whitney on December 16, 2016 at 6:41 am

    My birthday was in early December and I just ordered a ring from Layered and Long on Etsy with my girls’ names on it. I absolutely love it and have gotten so many compliments from other mom friends already! Thank you for your always wonderful gift ideas.

    • Fitnessista on December 17, 2016 at 11:26 am

      ahhh i love that so much. <3

  8. Whitney on December 16, 2016 at 6:42 am

    I follow on Instagram

  9. RachelG on December 16, 2016 at 7:28 am

    All those cozy items would be amazing right now as it is 12 degrees in Connecticut….12. 🙂

  10. Carrie on December 16, 2016 at 7:57 am

    I got my mom some super comfy PJs and fleece socks. My parents live in an old farmhouse, so it can get drafty in the winter. I also got her the new Michael Buble CD – so good!

    • Fitnessista on December 17, 2016 at 11:26 am

      AHHH it is so good! he’s the best

  11. Bethany on December 20, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    If only we could give the gift of sleep 😉

    • Fitnessista on December 20, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      right?! that would be my only gift request haha

  12. Cassie T on December 22, 2016 at 8:17 am

    My bestie is newly pregnant (!) so these are great ideas! I’m thinking maternity clothes for her 😀

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