Welcome to Maman’s Birthday Gift Guide 2017!
It’s my birthday! Yay! Yippee! Wahoo! And so for the last month, there have been questions about what I might want as a gift or how I might like to celebrate. I usually answer with a shoulder shrug and a smile. I mean really, I don’t know what I want! I do know that I want to spend the Thanksgiving weekend camping and hiking, and that can count as my birthday celebration, but as for a gift, *shrugs shoulders again*. If you have that same problem then check out the list below…although I already have many of these items, I would be thrilled to have received them for my birthday, I use them ALL the time, and they make my life a million times better! From skin care products to clothing, hammocks to books, there’s a wide range of great gift ideas for moms like me. And if you’re looking for even more ideas for yourself or a mom that you’d love to spoil, you can refer to my Mother’s Day Gift Guide from earlier this year.
For all of your adventures in motherhood, I present…
Maman’s Birthday Gift Guide 2017
Each of these products has been approved by yours truly as great gifts for a maman on (and off) the trail! Birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas or other religious gift-giving occasions, or as a way to treat yo’self – read on for product details, discounts, and a sweet giveaway.
All-Natural Skin Care Products from Les Produits de MaYa
Les produits de MaYa Oleo-Calcareous Liniments are an all-natural and eco-friendly alternative to more than 40 different personal care products, including moisturizer, shave cream, tanning oil, and lip balm. Les produits de MaYa Oleo-Calcareous Liniments are multifunctional, all-in-one, natural, eco-friendly, convenient and made in Canada. In addition to this incredible all-purpose magical cleansing milk, Les produits de MaYa now offers a creamy whipped body butter, CoKa, which softens, nourishes and protects your skin. You can apply this butter to dry patches on your face, hands or feet. You can use it as a night cream, a protective layer during periods of deep winter cold or as a balm on dry or cracked lips. All of it is great to protect your skin before heading out into the elements, or treat it afterwards. Pamper yourself, have a spa day with your little ones, keep some in your purse, your bathroom, and your bedroom, but really just treat yo’self!
Shop Les produits de MaYa Online or In-Store
Comfortable & Stylish Nursing & Maternity Apparel from Momzelle
Momzelle is my favourite brand of nursing apparel. Momzelle makes high-quality, fashionable and comfortable clothing that makes breastfeeding in public easy and stress-free! Momzelle also happens to make many maternity-friendly tops as well. My favourite piece by them and one that is quite unique is the Gaby nursing hoodie. It is the cutest and most comfortable nursing hoodie on the market. It is high quality and affordable, it is made with lightweight, breathable fabric and it has easy breastfeeding access. No more exposing your tummy while nursing in public, no more fighting with your clothes, you can breastfeed with ease in any Momzelle top! Gift cards are a great idea – suggest that to your gift-giver and you can pick out your new dress, top, tank, or bra yourself!
Read my reviews of Momzelle Breastfeeding Apparel.
Maman on the Trail’s Exclusive Discount Code: use TRAIL15 to save 15% on your entire purchase from Momzelle (no expiration date).
“THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER” by Linda Åkeson McGurk
A fellow outdoor family blogger, Linda of Rain or Shine Mamma just published her first book: “THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER“. Be one of the first to read it! In short, “Bringing Up Bébé meets Last Child in the Woods in this lively, insightful memoir about a mother who sets out to discover if the nature-centric parenting philosophy of her native Scandinavia holds the key to healthier, happier lives for her American children.” As a natural next read among books by Richard Louv, Rachel Carson, and Scott Sampson, this book will take you through the struggle to maintain your own parenting values while fitting in with the rest of society and still managing to reap the rewards of time in nature. If you’re anything like me, you’ll devour this book! Definitely one for the “raising a wild child” collection! You also have to check out @rainorshinemamma on Instagram – an inspiring account!
Shop “THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER” Online*
Keepsake Jewellery from Blessed Grove Keepsakes
Blessed Grove Keepsakes makes beautiful wearable keepsakes preserving your most intimate moments – keeping your memories close. Monique, of Blessed Grove Keepsakes , created for me a beautiful breastmilk “stone” embedded in a sterling silver ring, and I love it! It is so beautiful, so precious, so subtle and an incredible reminder to me of my breastfeeding journey. It also makes for a great conversation piece. Whether you prefer a ring, earrings, a pendant on a necklace, a “Pandora”-style bead on a bracelet or a keychain – Blessed Grove Keepsakes has something for you. Possible inclusions for your keepsake piece are hair, breastmilk, placenta, umbilical cord, and cremains so that you can make any important memory tangible and wearable.
Note: You’ll want to leave ample time to get the inclusions to Monique in Alberta, have them turned into a beautiful wearable keepsake, and then sent back to you.
Shop Blessed Grove Keepsakes Online
Lightweight Backpacking Hammock from Madera Outdoor
The lightest, softest, brightest and most beautiful hammock I’ve ever laid down in – and it gives back to the forest ‘cuz #hammocksneedtrees. Because it takes 2 trees to hang a hammock, Madera plants 2 trees for each hammock sold. Through their partnering with Trees for the Future, to date, they have planted over 10,255 trees and counting. So Madera Outdoor sells beautiful camping hammocks AND plants two trees for every hammock sold, what more could you want from a hammock company? At just over 14oz, these silky soft hammocks can hold up to 400lbs of your family – for camping, napping, snuggling, nursing, keeping warm, keeping dry, relaxing, sneaking away for “me time” and more!
Note: not all hammocks are sold with straps included.
Shop Madera Outdoor Online*
Apparel & Gear with Love for the Outdoors from Live Love North
Live Love North celebrates our beautiful Canadian outdoors and encourages our little ones to get outside and play. Live Love North‘s designs and screenprinting are all done with love in northern BC, Canada. All clothing is hand screen-printed with water-based, non-toxic ink. A great way to make eco-friendly choices, shop & support local, and wear your love of the outdoors. “The 🌲🌲🌲 are calling”, “Mountain Mama”, “It’s All Good in the Woods” – whichever print tickles your fancy, you can grab a tee or a tank or framed print or a mug, perhaps even a hat! And the “Happiest Outside” collection is Canadian-made and a portion of all sales of any clothes with the “Happiest Outside” design will go to the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society (CPAWS), to help support their work in wilderness conservation.
Maman on the Trail’s Exclusive Discount Code: use MAMANONTHETRAIL to save 15% on your entire purchase from Live Love North (no expiration date).
Soft-Structured Carrier from Onya Baby
Onya Baby makes our favourite carriers! We’ve used the Onya Baby Outback since Huckleberry was only a month old and we still use it today, however, we now prefer the Onya Baby Pure. They are so comfortable, so adjustable, so supportive, so breathable, and built for adventure! I honestly don’t know what I would do without these carriers. As a firm believer in babywearing, at home and on the trail, it is important to me to find a carrier that supports me, my baby and my lifestyle and Onya Baby does just that and more! You’d be one lucky mama to receive one these sweet SSCs as a gift from a loved one, a lucky mama indeed!
Click here to enter the giveaway for an Onya Baby PURE.
Shop Onya Baby Online at MEC.
Which product would you most like to receive as a birthday gift?
Alright, before we get to the fun part, I want to strongly suggest that you take advantage of the amazing discounts offered above. Treat yourself, send some not-so-subtle hints to your children or significant other, and add these items to your birthday (or Christmas) wishlist. But what’s a birthday without a goodie bag? There’s a sweet giveaway below that you should also totally try your luck at…
One lucky reader will receive an amazing prize pack from some of the guide’s sponsors. Enter below for your chance to win:
- $35 worth of all-natural skin care products from Les produits de MaYa
- $25 to spend in Momzelle‘s online shop
- 1 copy of “THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER“* by Linda Åkeson McGurk
- $50 credit towards a wearable keepsake from Blessed Grove Keepsakes
This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the USA, aged 18+, and closes at midnight EST on Friday, October 27th.
Good luck and happy birthday (to me, and to you whenever your birthday happens to be)!
Terms & Conditions: Open to USA & Canada. Legal residents 18+ are eligible to enter. Void where prohibited. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to e-mail and if no response is given a new winner will be drawn. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsor(s). This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or any other social media channel by which it will be promoted. For questions or to see your product featured on Maman on the Trail blog contact Monica at http://www.mamanonthetrail.com/contact-me/
Disclosure: The products presented in this guide have either been tested by yours truly or someone close to me and I stand behind the products and the brands. The brands and retailers were either charged a small fee to appear in this post or offer me a small commission on sales.
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