Anyone who spends any time with me during cocktail hour and beyond will know that I love a good glass of wine, a cider or a refreshing G&T as much as the next mom but if you were to ask me what my drink of choice is, it would most definitely be that South African favourite – Amarula Cream!
I’m a complete sucker for the delicious drink – whether it’s served over ice, as part of a dessert or on it’s own… We enjoyed many glasses on our beach honeymoon which gives it a special place in my memory, but I could quite happily enjoy some every night! So, when I was approached by Amarula with details of a blogger competition where I could stand the chance of winning a year’s supply for myself and a friend I knew I had to pull out all the stops and OWN this competition!!
To celebrate the launch of the NEW 200ml bottle in August, Amarula Cream, one of Africa’s best-loved drinks (at home and abroad) approached a variety of bloggers to put some thought into how they would gift this new size bottle to someone – not just as a birthday or Christmas gift (although those are always well-received), but as a new, original gift idea.
After giving it some thought I realized that I had the perfect opportunity to gift someone I love with a bottle of Amarula to lift their “spirits”….. Every one of my new mom friends and family members! As most pregnant moms know – alcohol is a no-go during the 9 months spent growing a new human, and many moms who are trying to conceive have to forego this treat a few months prior to getting a positive pregnancy test which means that most new moms have been going for almost a year without a drink!! What better time in their lives to bless them with a bottle of Amarula! It would certainly make the ideal gift to congratulate the new mom on a job well done, spoil her with something just for herself while helping her ease into the demands of new motherhood at the same time!
I’m totally in favour of a more unique gift than the usual stuffed teddy or cute baby outfit on your first visit to see the new baby especially as moms often get overlooked at this time…. A bottle of Amarula in either size (200 or 750ml) would be something that only mom can indulge in and therefore very welcome! Or you can take it one step further, as I decided to do, and put together a hamper of food items that have been off-limits for 9 months: A New Mom Gift Hamper with a Difference! I had a few ideas of my own but to make things a bit more interactive I decided to ask a few of my readers what “banned substance” they had missed most during their pregnancy. Here are some of their thoughts….
As you can see some of their most missed items were alcohol, sushi, soft cheese, dark chocolate, biltong and coffee which is why I included all of these items into my gift hamper along with the all important bottle of Amarula Cream!
To summarize this is what would go into my New Mom Gift Hamper with a Difference
1 x bottle of Amarula Cream
1 x soft cheese (Brie)
1 x packet of crackers
1 x packet of biltong
1 x packet of coffee
1 x slab of dark chocolate
1 x platter of sushi
Now that is a hamper I would have LOVED to receive in those first few days – in fact many moms have some of these items waiting for them next to the hospital bed, so desperate are they to have their “fix”…. and best they do it quickly too as it’s not too long before the dreaded “breastfeeding diet” appears to ruin the food fun all over again…. well, for a little while at least!
What do you think of my entry? Reckon I should win? Do you wanna win a year’s supply of Amarula too? Please leave a comment below and tell me your favourite Amarula moment. And IF I win I will be sure to share the spoils and gift one of my loyal readers with a year’s supply too (provided they are over 18 of course!)