21 Gifts for a Pregnant Friend That Are Cute and Congratulatory
February 17, 2021
Your best friend is pregnant and it’s time to celebrate! There are lots of opportunities to show your love and support during this special time, from helping your bestie prepare for baby’s arrival to simply lending an ear. And because every mom-to-be deserves some serious pampering, a lovingly chosen gift for a pregnant friend is sure to go a long way.
Not sure where to begin the hunt for a pregnancy present? Chances are, your friend will set up a registry of must-haves for baby. And trust us, that registry will definitely come in handy when it comes time to buy a baby shower gift. But if you’re looking for a present for your pregnant friend that’s not for baby, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve gathered a whole bunch of gifts for BFFs at every stage in their pregnancy journey.
What to get a pregnant friend depends on the occasion. Need to find a gift for a friend who just announced their pregnancy? A gift basket is a wonderful pregnancy congratulations gift for the first trimester. (Just make sure it’s from a trusted, pregnancy-safe brand.) If they’re further along, consider a practical gift like maternity clothing or gear that’ll make their life easier right now.
Of course, go-to best friend gifts like pampering beauty bundles and luxe homewares also make fantastic gifts for moms-in-the-making—especially for their birthday or the holidays. But let’s not forget that pregnancy is a journey and sometimes moms just need a little encouragement. In that case, try a sentimental gift as a token of your affection to let them know you support them. A sentimental gift can be anything from a meaningful piece of jewelry to a keepsake journal.
Last but not least, if you’re looking for something unique, you can always buy your favorite products separately and create a pregnancy gift basket tailor-made for your friend. Your bestie will appreciate the thought and care that went into such a bespoke gift, no matter the occasion.
Want to celebrate the bond you share with your BFF? Check out these thoughtful gift ideas for a pregnant friend. From practical presents like maternity pillows to luxury skincare sets, we’ve selected the best gifts to soothe, comfort and delight your bestie.
A Maternity Robe
A maternity robe is a must-have for expectant moms. And let’s face it, pregnant or not, who doesn’t love cozy loungewear? Your friend will appreciate this robe’s flexible design. The super-soft wrap can be tied in two places, depending on Mom’s stage. Plus, the deep pockets provide ample storage that’s bound to come in handy once baby arrives. This is a great gift for a newly pregnant friend or a friend who’s further along.
Buy it: Kindred Bravely Emmaline Robe, $40, KindredBravely.com
A Pregnancy Journal
One of the best gifts for a pregnant friend is a journal. It can help keep them organized, plus it’s a place to preserve treasured memories, thoughts and feelings. This heirloom-quality journal has a section to track prenatal appointments, writing prompts and a pocket folder for sonogram photos. Oh, and the elegant design is simply beautiful.
Buy it: Growing You: Keepsake Pregnancy Journal and Memory Book for Mom and Baby by Korie Herold, $35, Walmart.com
A Maternity Pillow
A maternity pillow is a terrific option if you’re searching for practical gifts for a pregnant friend. A pregnancy pillow can alleviate aches and pains and help lull mom into a comfortable night’s sleep. We love this multi-use option that offers back, bump and hip support. Trust us, this is a practical gift that your pal will thank you for.
Buy it: Babymoov Multiuse Ergonomic Maternity Pillow, $40, Nordstrom.com
A Gift Mug
Here’s a funny gift for a pregnant friend: a playful gift mug. Your best bud will appreciate the tongue-in-cheek humor and the classic gold design. Did we mention that this gift is only ten bucks? Talk about cheap and cheerful.
Buy it: Pearhead Does This Bump Make Me Look Pregnant Mug in White, $10, buybuyBABY.com
A Pregnancy-Safe Beauty Bundle
Treat your bestie to a little luxury with a set of best-selling mom-to-be essentials. This pregnancy gift box includes a nourishing belly oil, swell relief and lip balm that doubles as nipple balm. Each hard-working product is made with pregnancy-safe ingredients. It’s a nice gift for a pregnant friend who appreciates the finer things in life.
Buy it: HATCH Mama Must-Haves Kit, $118, HATCHCollection.com
A Scented Candle
Looking for a clever pregnancy congratulations gift? Check out this scented candle by Homesick. Although your newly pregnant bestie can’t celebrate with a glass of bubbly, they’ll appreciate the sentiment behind this champagne-inspired candle. With notes of grape and mandarin, this natural soy candle is the ideal scent for any celebration. Pro tip: Homesick candles also make great birthday and holiday gifts for a pregnant friend.
Buy it: Homesick Let’s Toast Candle, $34, Homesick.com
A Letter Board
Is your BFF an Insta-mom in the making? If the answer is yes, they’ll love this felt letter board that’s just the ticket for celebrating pregnancy and baby milestones. With an oak frame and 300 letters, this board is built to last. Cute gift ideas for a pregnant friend don’t get better than this.
Buy it: Felt Like Sharing 10x10 Felt Letter Board, $23, Walmart.com
A Pregnancy Wish Bracelet
Cheap gifts for a pregnant friend can still be totally special. Look no further than this eco-friendly handmade piece from Etsy. Rose quartz, known as the gemstone of love, adorns this sweet bracelet. At only five dollars, it won’t break the bank and it’s the perfect gift to send your friend a little love.
Buy it: Moo and Me Designs Pregnancy Wish Bracelet, $5, Etsy.com
There’s nothing more comforting than sipping on a hot cup of tea. This naturally caffeine-free tea is equal parts minty, refreshing and sweet. The cleverly designed Tea Drops dissolve in hot water to create the best cup of tea. No mess—no fuss. They’re a lovely pick-me-up for pregnant mamas.
Buy it: Tea Drops Sweet Peppermint Tea, $14, MyTeaDrop.com
A Maternity Dress
Is your BFF a style queen? If so, check out this versatile maternity dress. This little number is überflattering and comfortable. It’s made from 100 percent cotton and has clever ruching so your friend can wear it through each trimester and postpartum. What a way to kick-start a maternity wardrobe!
Buy it: Pact Maternity Tank Midi Dress, $60, WearPact.com
A Letter Writing Set
Truly heartfelt gifts for friends who are pregnant are hard to come by. That’s why we fell head over heels for this cute correspondence set. Twelve letter templates prompt parents to write down their thoughts and feelings throughout their pregnancy journey. The handwritten letters can be postdated, sealed and given to their grown-up children in years to come.
Buy it: Uncommon Goods Letters to My Baby, $15, UncommonGoods.com
A Plant Gift Set
Found: an awesome gift idea for a pregnant friend with a green thumb. If your best bud loves to garden, they’ll go crazy for this gift set. Plus, there’s a little something for baby too. Each set includes a potted succulent plant, a one-of-a-kind bunny toy (made from alpaca fur) and a carrot rattle. This gift is too cute.
Buy it: UrbanStems The New Baby, $65, UrbanStems.com
There’s nothing worse than an upset tummy. So give the mom-to-be in your life some sweet relief with Tummydrops. The all-natural morning sickness remedies come in a range of flavors including blackberry, peppermint and ginger. Bonus: Tummydrops work for the whole family.
Buy it: Tummydrops Natural Ginger Non-GMO, $11, Walmart.com
A Harmony Ball Necklace
Looking for a standout gift for a pregnant friend? This necklace is really special. Steeped in tradition, the harmony ball charm contains a bell that’s said to soothe baby in the womb. Each sterling silver necklace is artisan-made in Bali. Plus, you can customize the charm with your friend’s initials. This gift definitely has the wow-factor.
Buy it: Et Cetera Design Harmony Ball Sterling Silver Necklace, from $72, Etsy.com
A New Mom Tumbler
First pregnancy gifts for friends don’t have to be fancy. How about this cute (and practical) insulated tumbler? Featuring a sweet mom graphic, this mug will brighten your bestie’s day. The smart design means it’ll keep hot drinks toasty and cold drinks icy for hours.
Buy it: Sodilly First Time Mom Est. 2021 White Stainless Steel Tumbler, $28, Amazon.com
An Oil Diffuser
Here’s one for homebirds: an elegant aromatherapy diffuser. It couldn’t be easier to use— simply add water and a favorite essential oil. This is a great pregnancy gift idea for friends who like to keep their home smelling sweet.
Buy it: Serene House Ultrasonic Cool Mist Aromatherapy Diffuser, $40, Nordstrom.com
A Pair of Fluffy Slippers
Choosing thoughtful gifts for a pregnant friend often means putting yourself in their shoes. Or in this case, slippers! We’re wild about this fluffy pair that feels sumptuously soft. This present is a great way to encourage pregnant friends to put their feet up.
Buy it: Rachel Parcell Faux Fur Slipper, $29, Nordstrom.com
A Plant-Based Pampering Set
Next on our list is a brand that’s a firm favorite with The Bump editors: Honest, the all-natural baby line created by Jessica Alba. This beauty bundle includes a plant-based body oil and belly butter, which are safe to use during pregnancy and beyond. It’s hands down the best gift for an eco-conscious mama.
Buy it: Honest Bump Love Bundle, $35, Honest.com
A Cookie Tin
Longing to share a sweet moment with your favorite mom-to-be? A cookie delivery from Milk Bar will put a smile on their face in no time. Each tin contains 12 fresh signature cookies that are sure to satisfy those pregnancy cravings. A gift for a pregnant friend that’s thoughtful and delicious? Win-win.
Buy it: Milk Bar The Cookie Faves Tin, $36, MilkBarStore.com
A Blanket Travel Set
Looking for a gift for a pregnant friend in the final trimester? Consider this cozy travel blanket set by UGG. This stylish three-piece set includes an eye mask, blanket and travel case. It’s the perfect addition to their overnight hospital bag or just for naps on the go.
Buy it: UGG Duffield Eye Mask, Pouch and Blanket Travel Set, $98, Nordstrom.com
A Set of Maternity Pajamas
You just can’t beat a brand new set of cozy pajamas. That’s why we’re rounding out our list of the best presents for a pregnant friend with this cute heart-print pair. The relaxed-fit jersey PJs will keep mama comfortable throughout pregnancy. Bonus: This pair has side slits for easy breastfeeding access once baby is on the scene.
Buy it: Motherhood Maternity So in Love Nursing Pajama Set, $40, Motherhood.com
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