28 Gifts for a Pregnant Friend That Are Cute and Congratulatory
You may be an expert at birthday-present shopping, but when it comes to finding a gift for a pregnant friend, it’s a whole other ballgame. The best gift for a pregnant friend strikes the delicate balance between whimsical and practical. And because every pregnant woman deserves to be pampered, a thoughtfully picked present will go a long way—plus, they’ll think of you everytime they use it.
Wondering what to gift your pregnant friend? We know exactly what they might need that’ll sure make them feel spoiled and loved. We’ve selected the best products to soothe, comfort and delight your bestie, from the small things they’ll use daily to gifts that’ll make them excited for the journey ahead.
Let’s start this list with the basics—loungewear that’ll absolutely make any mom-to-be’s day. Stretchy, super-soft and adorable, 100 percent cotton will have your pregnant bestie running to change into these PJs way before it’s time to even think about sleep.
Buy it: Maternity pajama set, $100, Gap.com
Give your fave mom-to-be an excuse to pamper herself from top to toe with this set of nourishing and rejuvenating essentials for the tummy, legs and chest. Powered by natural, plant-based actives and housed in sustainable packaging, this one is a go-to gift for a pregnant friend.
Buy it: Mama Mio Bloomin’ Lovely Set $70, BuyBuyBaby.com
Whether your preggers pal is returning home from a hard day at the office or traveling on a babymoon, they’ll adore this super-soft and uber-cozy travel set from Barefoot Dreams. It contains a delicious eye mask, yummy socks and super-gentle hair elastic.
Buy it: Barefoot Dreams In the Wild Eye Mask, Socks & Scrunchie Travel Set, $98, Nordstrom.com
This beautiful deck of cards was designed by a doula to help moms-to-be through the whole journey of pregnancy and beyond. With daily meditations, exercises and positive affirmations, this is one gift for a pregnant friend who needs some self-care (and who doesn’t?)
Buy it: The Doula Deck for Expecting and New Moms, $19, UncommonGoods.com
You know your friend’s aesthetic better than anyone else. So why not help jumpstart their chic maternity wardrobe with this super-simple yet super-stylish LBJ (that’s short for little black jumpsuit). With a wrap-over tie front, this reversible terry-cloth jumpsuit is both effortless and fabulous, and it can easily be dressed up or down. (Oh, and it’s universally flattering—so there’s that.)
Buy it: Short Sleeve French Terry Reversible Maternity Jumpsuit, $98, APeainthePod.com
Practical and pretty gifts for pregnant women are hard to come by. But the sweetest gift of all is a way to preserve the most memorable moments of pregnancy. Enter this guided journal. Arranged by trimester and containing fun checklists and prompts, your bestie will be able to document all the highs and lows of the next few months.
Buy it: The Pregnancy Journal: A Beautiful and Modern Pregnancy Planner, $20, Amazon.com
Staying hydrated while pregnant is practically a full-time job—especially in the heat and when a trip to the bathroom occurs every half an hour. This 32-ounce vacuum-insulated stainless steel option keeps its cool, is cute to carry on-the-go and makes the perfect bedtime accessory, for middle-of-the-night thirst cravings.
Buy it: All in Motion stainless steel water bottle, $25, Target.com
Delicious, fuzzy slippers? Yes, please! This adorable teddy-inspired faux-shealing pair will keep your pregnant friend footies comfy, warm and supported throughout those exhausting nine+ months.
Buy it: Minnetonka Teddy Faux Shearling Slipper, $50, Nordstrom.com
Looking for a unique and special way to turn baby’s sonograms into a keepsake piece of art? Your favorite expectant mama will cherish this three-trimester frame well after they get to meet their little one.
Buy it: Pearhead 3-Photo Sonogram Trimester Picture Frame, $20 BuyBuyBaby.com
Your friend might put on a brave face, but pregnancy lasts a whole 40+ weeks, and carrying around an extra human (or two!) can put added strain on the back, hips, pelvic area and abs. This maternity belt can help as it offers support and compression when you need it most. Talk about useful pregnancy gifts.
Buy it: Upsie Belly Pregnancy Support Band, $70, BuyBuyBaby.com
Aside from the cute name, your friend will love these bath salts made of pure magnesium from the Dead Sea; they alleviate pregnancy aches and pains, while also offering morning sickness relief during relaxing soaks.
Buy it: Pink Stork Pregnancy Flakes, $17, Amazon.com
You don’t always need liquor to have a great time, and these fun mocktail and cocktail mixes prove it! With fruity and herbaceous flavors and high-quality ingredients, these starters are worthy of a hearty toast! And, hey, they’ll be great to use if and when mama decides to imbibe again once baby is on the scene.
Buy it: Botanical Infused Simple Syrups, $45, UncommonGoods.com
The most underrated pregnancy gift for a friend? A comfy nursing bra that she can enjoy wearing throughout her pregnancy and beyond. This one also gets bonus points for all the pretty mesh detailing. With durable sleek nylon fabric that’s soft enough to sleep in and pretty enough to feel sexy in.
Buy it: BravadoDesigns.com
She might not be able to chug coffee at the moment, but she’ll appreciate drinking her once-a-day half-caff or mint tea out of this adorable “mom in a million” mug. And once baby arrives, she’ll be filling this cup with caffeinated goodness over and over again.
Buy it: Threshold 16 oz Stoneware Mom in a Million Mug and Saucer, $10, Target.com
Still searching for great gifts for pregnant women? While in the past they wouldn’t check the cute box, pregnancy compression socks definitely score points on practicality. Any mama-to-be would love the stabilizing relief (20 - 30 mmHG of compression) they offer and the comfy fit and quality. They work wonders during pregnancy, when leg and foot pain and swelling are at an all-time high.
Buy it: Premium Maternity Compression Socks (2-Pack), $30, KindredBraverly.com
One of the most useful pregnancy gifts—this pillow will double as a sleeping buddy as baby grows bigger and sleeping becomes an art to master. Plus, the brand offers beautiful prints that’ll liven up any living area, while working as a nursing pillow post-pregnancy.
Buy it: DockATot La Maman Wedge Nursing Pillow, $63, BuyBuyBaby.com
Dainty, beautiful and simple, this is perfect for someone who’s about to become a mama. This lovely jewelry is one of the most perfect pregnancy gifts for first-time moms. It’s something they will cherish forever.
Buy it: Bychari Essential Mama Necklace, $115, Madewell.com
Definitely not as glamorous as jewelry, but absolutely an essential! This caffeine-free tea is made with two simple, organic ingredients: Indian ginger root and Egyptian peppermint to help curb bouts of morning sickness.
Buy it: The Good Morning Tea, $18, Natalist.com
Carrying another human in there means a mom-to-be is up to 10 degrees hotter. (Now that’s hot!) A cooling blanket will absorb body heat and reduce body temperature in under five minutes for a cool night’s rest regardless of the season. And, FYI, the dual-sided design means it’ll retain warmth in winter.
Buy it: Everlasting Comfort Cooling Blanket, $40, Amazon.com
Ordinary smells hit differently for pregnant people. Turn your pals home into a welcoming sanctuary with an essential oil and diffuser set that’s visually stunning too; it features an internal light that changes color and has a nine-hour run time with automatic shut-off.
Buy it: Opalhouse Cut-out Ceramic Color-Changing Oil Diffuser, $30, Target.com
A perfect pairing, this signature candle scent will allow your favorite mama-to-be to unwind and enjoy the intoxicating aromas of oregano, curry plant and neem tree. Once emptied, it can be displayed as a timeless beauty of everlasting dried florals.
Buy it: SIDIA Braless Candle & Dried Floral Bundle, $98, Sidiathebrand.com
Your friend is counting down the days to her epic babymoon, so give her something she’ll be excited to pack and wear on her trip. This sun hat ensures her skin will be protected from harmful sun rays—plus, it provides an awesome Instagram opportunity.
Buy it: Baby on Board Sun Hat, $25, Amazon.com
Pregnancy brain is real. And, for the record, it lasts long after baby comes. Your fave mom-to-be can clip this brilliant device to her keys or bag and use the Tile app to track and locate missing items in a flash.
Buy it: Tile Mate 1-Pack, $25, TheTileApp.com
The best thing in your pregnant BFF’s closet will become this soft patterned robe. Perfect to wear during pregnancy, after delivery in the hospital, while nursing at home or when the baby goes to bed and she finally has a chance to rest.
Buy it: Maternity Short Robe, $55, WeArePact.com
Give her a diaper bag she’ll want to use before baby even arrives. This gorgeous faux-leather backpack features seven pockets, built-in stroller straps and a changing pad.
Buy it: Skip Hop Greenwich Vari Diaper Bag, $100, BuyBuyBaby.com
Your expecting friend might not be getting her favorite facials every day, but she can still treat herself to a little TLC with the help of this DIY ice-cube roller. She can fill it with her favorite ingredients—cucumber, lemon or coconut milk—for a host of benefits from reducing puffiness to boosting circulation. And, yes, she’ll def need it for a quick skin refresh once baby arrives.
Buy it: DIY Ice Cube Frozen Facial Mask, $29, UncommonGoods.com
Looking for a gift for a pregnant friend she’ll use now and later? This cozy slightly oversized sweater will keep your mom-to-be pal warm and comfy throughout a fall or winter pregnancy. But she’ll get to use this nursing-friendly option long after baby hits the scene.
Buy it: Ingrid & Isabel Wrap Maternity/ Nursing Sweater, $98, Nordstrom.com
Packing for the hospital to welcome a newborn—especially as a first-time mom—can be tough. Make it easier with this kit of postpartum recovery essentials that includes disposable underwear, cooling pad liners, ice maxi pads and more. We promise this is one of the best gifts for pregnant women.
Buy it: Frida Mom Hospital Packing Kit for Labor, Delivery, & Postpartum, $100, BuyBuyBaby.com