Sure, everyone loves getting lots of goodies for baby (who can resist those tiny smiles?), but don't forget about the mama! Revamp your list with these mom-focused gift ideas.
The gift of style
Many pregnant women feel guilty about splurging on fancy clothes they'll only be able to wear for a few months, but that doesn't mean a girl should spend her pregnancy in unbuttoned jeans and frumpy sweatshirts! Give her a chic maternity dress that she'd lust after (but wouldn't buy herself), like the three-quarter-sleeve maternity dress from Mimi Maternity ($70, MimiMaternity.com). Or go for a super-trendy maternity top, like the Yoko Kimono top by Lauren Kiyomi ($68, EuphoriaMaternity.com). The side ruching is great for framing her ever-expanding bump, and she can wear it with pretty much anything.
Another idea: Give her a break from frumpy mom gear by wrapping up a stylish diaper-bag-in-disguise, like the Skip Hop Studio diaper tote ($89, Giggle.com). A fun, patterned sling can make a real fashion statement too—check out the NYC Stretch Sateen version from Hotslings ($48, Hotslings.com). Or, for a sleek look that will last through pregnancy and new-mommyhood, Japanese Weekend makes a really cool nursing mock turtleneck with a slit that shifts for easy breastfeeding access ($76, JapaneseWeekend.com).
The gift of luxury
At a time when everything is about baby, consider giving a new mom permission to take a few moments for herself. The Bounce Back Aromacology spa kit from basqNYC makes a pretty gift, and it's packed with oil, lotion, body polish and eye gel—all formulated with antioxidants, fresh scents and ingredients like cucumber tea to leave a new mom feeling refreshed ($58, DueMaternity.com). If baby hasn't arrived, go for the new Pregnancy Pampering Collection from Belli ($39, BelliSkinCare.com). It has great-smelling body wash and lotion along with a bit of belly oil and an exfoliator. Best of all, the ingredients are super-safe for pregnancy. And if you really want to make her smile, offer a few hours of babysitting to give her time to indulge.
The mom gifts
Don't be afraid to get sentimental. The Mom Heart Locket Pendant from Tiffany&Co. is a surefire way to win some brownie points, and it gives her a great place to keep baby's photo nearby ($275, Tiffany.com). To get a comparable effect with a smaller price tag, Blue Nile has a similar version for much less ($55, BlueNile.com).
The gift of memories
Give her a place to keep track of all the firsts—from new teeth to first steps—like Cradle the Thought: A Journal for the New Mother's First Year by Tracy D. Nelson ($28, BeHereSoon.com) or a pregnancy journal like Butterflies & Hiccups: A Guided Pregnancy Journal by Laurie J. Wing ($10, Amazon.com). A baby keepsake book makes a great gift too—we love Baby Baby Memory Book by Celine Countryman ($75, JenniBick.com). For a unique way to freeze a moment of pregnancy, give her a Bellycast Kit from Eternal Maternal ($45, EternalMaternal.com). It comes with hardware so she can even paint it and mount it in the nursery! (If nothing else, this gift will surely get a ton of attention.)