The Best Gifts for New Moms to Celebrate and Pamper Her
July 19, 2021
Becoming a mother is a selfless, exhausting and extremely rewarding moment in a woman’s life—so we’re of the belief that new moms deserve something sweet to help them start their journey. Sure, you can give that first-time mama a regular ol’ onesie or bib, but the best gifts for new moms are carefully crafted, beautifully packaged and uber-practical for helping her navigate this new chapter in life.
The arrival of a new baby is thrilling for everyone, so it’s understandable why so many gift ideas for new moms involve adorable items for the baby. But often, the best gifts for new moms are ones that are exclusively for her. And gifts for new moms that aren’t for the baby shouldn’t just be rolled out once a year for Mother’s Day. Whether you’re shopping for a gift for a pregnant friend, a push present for your partner or a holiday gift for a newly minted mom, there are plenty of options to suit every kind of celebration.
Whatever the occasion, a first-time mom gift is a great way to celebrate and pamper her. Plus, it’s a reminder that looking after herself is just as important as looking after her little one. After all, happy mama, happy baby. Not sure where to look? We’ve done the legwork for you and rounded up our favorite gifts for new moms.
The best gifts for new moms are often a little tongue in cheek. Case in point: This witty wine tumbler that reads: “I’ve waited 9 months for this.” Choose from a selection of colors and add her name for a personal touch. That first sip of wine will be well worth the wait.
Buy it: Starting from $11, Etsy.com
Treat the new mama in your life to something sweet from Milk Bar. The iconic bakery (featured on the Netflix show Chef’s Table) ships their best-selling desserts nationwide. Our personal favorite? The cookie faves tin, which includes 12 freshly baked signature cookies packaged in an Instagram-worthy gift box. Trendy new mom gifts that are thoughtful and delicious? Yes, please. Oh, and if you’re shopping for birthday gifts for new moms, they deliver birthday cakes too.
Buy it: $36, MilkBarStore.com
Whether she’s stumbling out of bed at 3 a.m. to feed her newborn or lounging around the house in her PJs from morning to night, a robe is something a new mom will definitely be reaching for. This washable silk robe from Lunya is equal parts luxurious and useful. It’s the perfect pick-me-up for the exhausted mama in your life.
Buy it: $248, Lunya.com
The postpartum period can wreak havoc on Mom’s skin. And if she happens to be nursing, she’ll likely be on the lookout for clean skincare products that she can safely work into her self-care routine. We’ve got just the thing. This set—complete with relaxing body wash and lotion, belly butter and a dry brush—is a good gift for new moms on the hunt for glowing skin.
Buy it: $48, PipetteBaby.com
Spills and stains are an inevitable part of parenthood, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep up the good fight against bugs and bacteria. Introducing PhoneSoap, the UV phone sanitizer that kills 99.99 percent of germs. It doubles as a charger and fits all smartphones. This ingenious device is one of the best gifts for new moms available now.
Buy it: $80, PhoneSoap.com
Although new moms love to capture all of baby’s milestones, it’s unlikely she’ll have time to print and frame every adorable picture. That’s where the Aura frame comes in. This state-of-the-art Wi-Fi photo frame allows new parents to upload images directly from their phones. The best part? The frame is shipped in a gift box, plus you can preload photos and invite family members to connect ahead of time thanks to the Aura app. It’s the perfect present to help her stay connected to long-distance friends and family.
Buy it: $199, AuraFrames.com
Items that are impossibly soft always make for the best gifts for new moms. You can’t go wrong, then, with these fluffy sheepskin slippers. Believe it or not, they’ll actually mold to her feet and get softer over time. The cozy slippers will be the comfort Mom needs as she transitions into her new lifestyle.
Buy it: $59 US.PigletinBed.com
Willing to splash some cash? Consider the Theragun Elite, a powerful massage gun that promises to melt away muscle tension and soreness. For new parents, who spend a large portion of their day carrying around baby (and all the gear that goes with them), this massager will be a godsend. Trust us, luxury gifts for new moms don’t get much better than this.
Buy it: $399, Theragun.com
Unique gifts for new moms with a personalized touch are sure to make her smile. That’s why we’ve included this hand-etched cutting board on our list of the best gifts for new moms. Handmade in Ohio, this cherry wood board can be customized with up to four names that add up to their unique family equation—how sweet!
Buy it: $54, UncommonGoods.com
Searching for luxury gifts for new moms that aren’t for the baby? You can’t go wrong with a set of high-quality sateen sheets from Parachute. Made from 100 percent Egyptian cotton, this bedding is soft, durable and actually gets better with time. After all, doesn’t she deserve the very best?
Buy it: Starting from $129, Parachute.com
Between caring for baby and catching up on what little sleep they can get, parents of newborns don’t have time on their hands for whipping up gourmet dinners—which is why the best gifts for new moms involve feeding her. When you can’t drop off a home-cooked dish yourself, a gift card to HelloFresh is the next best thing. Simply pick the dollar amount, and the meal delivery service will bring a mouthwatering meal straight to her door.
Buy it: Starting from $65, HelloFresh.com
We can’t think of a sweeter way to celebrate a newly minted mom. Baked by Melissa is beloved by millennials for its bite-size cupcakes and tasty flavors, earning this 25-pack of deliciousness a secure spot on our list of trendy new mom gifts.
Buy it: Starting from $39, BakedByMelissa.com
The best gifts for first-time moms celebrate the special bond between mother and baby. That’s why we adore this personalized birthstone ring by Three Sisters. It’s made from 14-karat recycled gold and can be customized with two gemstones. Add mom and baby’s birthstone and gift it to her as a symbol of their lifelong love.
Buy it: $355, Anthropologie.com
Looking for a more affordable option? This birthstone pendant is a sentimental token of love that any new mom would appreciate. It’s available in silver, gold or rose gold and comes with a Swarovski birthstone of your choice. Brownie points go for the gorgeous personalized packaging and sweet message enclosed inside.
Buy it: Starting from $36, Etsy.com
Flowers are always appreciated, but they’re a particularly good gift to congratulate a new parent. A beautiful bouquet reflects the joy of a new baby. Plus, between the drying rack of baby bottles and stacks of diapers and burp cloths, her home could probably use a refreshing lift.
Buy it: Starting from $48, UrbanStems.com
Those early days with baby are chock-full of snuggles. Pave the way for that bonding time with this skin-to-skin shirt from Seraphine. The snug wrap not only allows for kangaroo care, which offers loads of proven benefits, but also frees up Mom’s hands when she’s sitting. After all, gifts for new moms that let her read a book or scroll on her phone while lounging with baby are always a good idea.
Buy it: $69, Seraphine.com
New mom life may be full of excitement and love, but it certainly isn’t glamorous. Postpartum recovery can take a serious toll on a woman’s body. Help her care for herself with this kit, jam-packed with products that are designed to promote healing. As any experienced mama will tell you, some of the best gifts for new moms are those practical presents she’ll really appreciate.
Buy it: $50, buybuyBABY.com
Now that mama can actually reach her toes again (bye bye, baby bump!), treat her to a set of 8-free, cruelty-free, vegan nail polish—even if she’s breastfeeding, she won’t have to stress over any scary chemicals in her pedicure. Gift the trio on it’s own or add it to a collection of self-care indulgences and you’ve got a new mom gift basket she’s sure to fawn over.
Buy it: $36, HatchCollection.com
There will be lots of lounging in Mama’s immediate future, so pajamas that are as chic as they are comfy are among the best gifts for new moms. And this Best of Pregnancy award-winning pair by Eberjey are pretty hard to beat. The modal jersey fabric is amazingly soft against sensitive postpartum skin, the cut easily accommodates a changing body figure and the front buttons offer quick nursing access. Talk about a good gift for new moms!
Buy it: $120, Eberjey.com
The fourth trimester, as they call it, can be a little stressful for both Mom and baby. Remind her that she’s doing a great job and keep her hydrated with this motivating water bottle from Bodily. The stainless steel bottle reads “you’re doing great,” plus it’s BPA-free and insulated so it’ll keep her water icy-cool.
Buy it: $25, Bodily.com
Help the lady in your life find her zen with useful new mom gifts that reconnect her with nature. Birth flowers, like birthstones, hold unique symbolism for each person. And this low-maintenance grow kit—complete with seeds, a soilless growing medium, a glass vase and instructions—has everything she needs to watch them bloom. Purchase baby’s birth flower as a congratulatory present or her own flower for a unique birthday gift for new moms.
Buy it: $34, UncommonGoods.com
Show the new mom and her little one some love with a stylish and practical new mother gift. This chic necklace is made from soft silicone and natural wood, meaning it’s safe for baby to tug, touch and chew on once they begin teething.
Buy it: $23, Maisonette.com
Congratulate parents on baby’s arrival with this adorable new mom gift basket. The set comes with a personalized newborn onesie and matching mugs for Mommy and Daddy. Not quite what you’re looking for? This Etsy seller has a whole range of unique and trendy gifts for new moms.
Buy it: $50, Etsy.com
Here’s another creative gift for new moms: a personalized family portrait. Choose skin tones, hair and clothing colors, then customize with a family name and the year. This fun print—that comes complete with a frame and hanging hardware—will take pride of place on her gallery wall.
Buy it: Starting from $75, UncommonGoods.com
Whether you gift a Mama Bird Box for one month or a running subscription, she’ll love when these gifts for new moms arrive at her doorstep. The monthly subscription service is designed for pregnant women and new moms and comes with four to six pampering products for her health, positivity and well-being.
Buy it: Starting from $35, Cratejoy.com
Classic gifts for new moms—like this mama necklace—never go out of style. Made from 14-karat gold, this delicate pendant is one accessory she’ll never want to take off.
Buy it: $88, Nordstrom.com
Many new moms like to kick-start their day with a caffeine-boost. And with this Vietnamese coffee starter kit, she’s guaranteed a great cup with every brew. The set includes a phin filter and one bag of coffee. It’s a thoughtful new mom gift that’ll add some finesse to her daily routine.
Buy it: $30, NguyenCoffeeSupply.com
When it comes to postpartum fashion, comfort is key. So why not treat her to some super-soft sweatpants? Thanks to the premium-stretch fabric and slim fit, this pair by Vuori are chic and comfortable. Practical presents for new moms that are stylish too? Win-win.
Buy it: $84, VuoriClothing.com
Here’s another skincare set put together specifically with new moms in mind. It includes an organic nipple balm, hand cream, belly oil and a refreshing body spray (for those mornings when a shower just isn’t happening), each formulated with natural ingredients that are extra-gentle.
Buy it: $74, TubbyTodd.com
Wondering what to get a new mom for her birthday or Christmas gift? Check out this beautiful gold bangle by Sontakey, a brand on a mission to empower every parent and child. The adjustable bracelet is engraved with the sweet message “they chose me to be their mommy.”
Buy it: $35, Maisonette.com
Useful gifts for new moms are sure to come in handy—and none more so than this stroller organizer from SkipHop. Made from durable neoprene, it can be attached to a stroller for hands-free access to all her essential mom and baby gear. Bonus features include insulated drink holders that stretch to fit a baby bottle or a coffee cup, a headphone port and a detachable purse. It’s a great alternative to a diaper bag for moms who prefer to travel light.
Buy it: $26, SkipHop.com
Once baby’s on the scene, it can be tough for moms to find the time to sit back and enjoy a steaming cup of tea uninterrupted. The solution? This modern mug and warmer set that’ll keep her morning beverage toasty. Better yet, the warming base doubles as a wireless phone charger. How’s that for a clever gift for new moms?
Buy it: $75, Nordstrom.com
Looking for unique gifts for new moms? There’s nothing as one-of-a-kind as a newborn’s footprint. This gorgeous pendant necklace lets Mom keep baby close to her heart wherever she is. Available in silver, gold and rose gold.
Buy it: Starting from $102, Tiary.com
Searching for great gifts for new moms that are nursing? The bee+roo nursing poncho is hard to beat. It’s made from 100 percent cashmere, a natural fabric that’s warm in winter and breathable all year round. She can wear this stylish cover-up while nursing on the go or use it as a travel blanket.
Buy it: $128, beeandroo.com
Sentimental gifts for new moms are sure to be appreciated. Help the new parents preserve their newborn’s tiny hand and footprints with this cute kit, complete with clay, a frame and everything else she’d need to mount and display this special baby keepsake.
Buy it: $30, Amazon.com
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