The Best First Mother's Day Gifts for New Moms

Shop our favorite first Mother’s Day gift ideas for the Wonder Woman in your life.
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ByChristina Vercelletto
Oct 2020
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A woman’s most memorable Mother’s Day of all is perhaps her very first one, the year she’s actually getting Mother’s Day cards and gifts, not just giving them. After all, she’s taken on an entire new identity—Mom—and it’s a milestone deserving of the best first Mother’s Day gift.

But don’t worry. That perfect gift doesn’t have to be elusive or even expensive. These great ideas are dedicated to the first-timers, the unspeakably exhausted but deliriously happy new moms. Check out our favorite first Mother’s Day gift ideas, from sparkly to sweet to tongue-in-cheek. You’re sure to find the ideal match for the newbie you love.

Thoughtful First Mother’s Day Gifts

Shopping for the perfect Mother’s Day gifts for a new mom? These presents will show her just how much you care about and appreciate her and all that she does. Because nothing says “happy Mother’s Day” quite like a gift that makes you feel seen and heard.

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Eberjey Gisele PJ Set

Have sweats and an oversize tee been Mom’s uniform of late? Treat her to luxe, ultra-comfy pajamas that will make her feel at ease but put together whenever she slips them on. The soft jersey set comes in classic black and bold red.

Buy it: $98,

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Brunette the Label Coffee Now Please Sweatshirt

Tired? To say the very least. For the new mom whose baby isn’t yet sleeping through the night, this hilarious top is perfectly on-point.

Buy it: $79,

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FabFitFun Box

Pro tip: For the best first Mother’s Day gift ideas, find something that gives her more “me time.” This subscription box, filled with pampering products, workout accessories and more exciting stuff, encourages the “do you” mentality to the max.

Buy it: $50 for four boxes over the course of one year,

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Samsung Galaxy Buds

She may have a few pairs of cheap earbuds already kicking around, but she deserves this serious upgrade for all those parenting podcasts she’s listening to now. They deliver stellar sound while keeping her aware of her surroundings. And charging is beyond fast: 15 minutes right in its case gets her nearly two hours of play time.

Buy it: $136,

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Vera Bradley Hardside Spinner

Give this first Mother’s Day gift with a promise that, as hard as it is to believe it right now, she will take a vacation again one day. This stylish suitcase is small enough to take anywhere easily, but big enough to hold everything she needs for a weekend away.

Buy it: $160,

Creative First Mother’s Day Gifts

One-of-a-kind new moms deserve unique first Mother’s Day gifts. Need a little help thinking outside the box? Shop creative first Mother’s Day gift ideas below.

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Shower Steamers

Bath bombs are nice and all, but what new mom has time for a bath? These vegan, all natural cubes of aromatherapy goodness sit in a corner of the shower, letting her bask in a magical mist of relaxing lemongrass and lavender.

Buy it: $48 for a set of 12,

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Hallmark Flowers Succulent Garden

Flowers are a go-to gift for moms. But you’ll get bonus points for finding a fabulous, fun alternative: an on-trend succulent arrangement, presented in a sweet heart-shaped concrete planter. Succulents are about the easiest plants to take care of—perfect for new moms with no time.

Buy it: $38,

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Modern Sprout Unwind Live Well Gift Set

A full night’s sleep is probably still elusive, but help her maximize the shut eye she does get with this clever set. This creative Mother’s Day gift comes with pillow spray and a soy-blend candle, both scented with restful lavender essential oils, a lavender bamboo grow kit and a cute sleep mask.

Buy it: $49,

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Birth Month Mini Dish

Moms have been wearing birthstone charms for decades. This creative spin on the classic first Mother’s Day gift is as useful as it is beautiful. The handmade stained glass dish will catch earrings, rings and all the future handmade trinkets Mom is bound to get from her child.

Buy it: $44,

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Expectful Gift Certificate

Gift cards aren’t always creative Mother’s Day gifts for new moms, but this one is an exception. Encourage her to get some much-needed zen time with this awesome meditation app, which has specialized programs for new moms.

Buy it: Starting at $30,

First Mother’s Day Gifts from Baby

Wrapping up a sentimental present from baby is an adorable way to celebrate Mom’s very first Mother’s Day. Let the cuteness and sweetness of that little angel inspire you to shop these best first Mother’s Day gifts from baby.

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Premium Wooden Picture Ledge

So much more modern than a collection of framed photos, this picture ledge comes in three sizes to suit your space. Each has a print-size groove, so swapping in new favorite photos of baby could not be simpler. Give it to Mom filled with snaps of her and her little one. Inside the card, jot, “Check out a few of my favorite days with you, Mama.” She’ll swoon.

Buy it: Starting at $49,

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Purple Paper People Paper Cut Custom Portrait

There’s only one word for these custom cutout portraits: stunning. Artist Patricia Lima creates these little works of art based off of pictures you send her. Getting a gorgeous family portrait, even with a wiggly baby who doesn’t want to sit for pics? Ain’t no thing.

Buy it: Starting from $303,

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Baby Board Book

Billions of bedtime stories await. Let the first one be full of photos of your happy, growing family. Present it with a note from baby, saying, “Mommy, will you read me a story?”

Buy it: Starting at $30,

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Tesoro Jewelry Mama Bear Ring

Searching for a first Mother’s Day gift for a mom of multiples? This idea is extra adorable (and customizable): a sterling silver ring engraved with a family of bears, representing her as the matriarch (and guiding force) of a growing lineage. Just select the number of baby cubs you want added to the ring.

Buy it: $23,

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Aspen & Company Mama and Me Matching Sweatshirt Set

A matching mommy and me set is a great first Mother’s Day gift from baby—that way they can rock twinning looks whenever the impulse arises! We’re loving this trendy sweatshirt set from Aspen & Company with its neutral colors and block lettering.

Buy it: Starting at $60,

First Mother’s Day Gifts Under $25

Money is tight for lots of folks right now, but we’ve got your back. All of these affordable first Mother’s Day gift ideas cost less than $25 (and there’s one that’s less than $10!). Keep scrolling for cheap but chic Mother’s Day gifts for new moms.

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Pine and Poem Baby Footprint Hearts

Perhaps one of the cutest first Mother’s Day gifts for a freshly minted mom, this poster features her new addition’s footprints in pastel shades, plus the name and birthday.

Buy it: Starting from $18,

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Silver Buffalo DC Comics Wonder Woman Uniform Jumbo Ceramic Mug

She is a wonder woman, is she not? That’s pretty much all you need to know here. A winning Mother’s Day gift for any new mom.

Buy it: $10,

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Tea Drops Instant Organic Pressed Teas

The bargain first Mother’s Day gifts keep on coming. Next up: Tea “drops” in fun shapes, presweetened with raw sugar. She just tosses one in her cup—no tea bag to deal with—and viola: A few minutes of relaxation. The assortment contains Matcha Green Tea, Rose Earl Grey, Citrus Ginger and Sweet Peppermint.

Buy it: $17,

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Mignon and Mignon Sideways Initial Necklace

Available through Amazon Handmade, this chic initial necklace in tones of silver, gold, or rose gold is a sweet statement piece. We recommend choosing baby’s initial, and having the full name engraved in teeny letters.

Buy it: $25,

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The Popcorn Factory Mother’s Day Bouquet Sampler

One word: yum. Actually, three words: butter, caramel and cheese. French chocolate truffles and raspberry candy round out this trove of treats that will sustain her when her energy’s low. (Yes, you can have some too.) As an added bonus, the pretty container is reusable.

Buy it: $25,

First Mother’s Day Gifts You Can DIY

Presents with a personal touch will melt Mom’s heart. You don’t have to spend a ton of time getting crafty with DIY first Mother’s Day gifts, but these simple and sweet ideas all prove it’s the thought that counts.

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Window Flowers

Put an unexpected spin of the classic bouquet of flowers by presenting her with windowsill planters or hanging flower pots to place outside her window, prefilled with flowers in her favorite color or aromatic herbs she can use in her cooking.

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Photo Book

Another relatively easy DIY first Mother’s Day gift? A photo book, customized with family pictures (starring baby, of course). You can put together a reasonably priced one at Mixbook Photo Co..

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DIY Reel Viewer

Remember these? So fun! This retro concept is getting new life as a creative Mother’s Day gift for new moms. Buy a starter kit and customize the reel with snaps of baby.

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Customized Sky Map

We’re all about this thoughtful Mother’s Day gift for new moms (and as far as DIY gifts go, it’s a pretty light lift). Send the exact location, day and time of baby’s birth to this Etsy seller and get a digital file bearing the image of the night sky that was overhead when her child was born. Print it out on the paper of your choice, then pick out a frame to complement it.

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Breakfast in Bed

As far as homemade first Mother’s Day gifts go, breakfast in bed is always a solid bet. A chance to lounge around and not cook? Trust us, she’ll be all about it. (For extra bonus points, handle baby’s morning routine yourself while Mama sleeps in.)

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