While the first-time mom in your life juggles challenging responsibilities with her new bundle of joy, consider celebrating her with the perfect gift to make motherhood a little easier.
We spent hours researching practical and personal gifts that fit within every budget to make new moms feel loved and special. Our favorite picks include a luxurious silk bundle from Brooklinen, a delicious gourmet meal kit from Harry & David, and must-have postpartum personal care items from Hatch.
Here, the best gifts for new or first-time moms.
Brooklinen Mulberry Silk Bundle
For the new mom who has everything, treat her to something luxurious she may not buy for herself. This bundle from Brooklinen includes a pillowcase and sleep mask in their soft mulberry silk. The material is cool to the touch and breathable, making it perfect for all seasons.
Sleeping on a silk pillowcase avoids friction, so it won't cause fine lines or damage to your skin or hair. Also, according to users, the silk provides a cooling sensation and nights of uninterrupted sleep.
Even better, both products are machine washable with cold water—just be sure you leave them out to air dry after. Happy customers love that the pillowcase doesn't slip off easily and holds up for years with proper care.
Karativa Initial Engraved Layered Alphabet Numbers Stackable Sterling Silver Name Necklace
Also suitable as a push present, this necklace features two stacked charms, available in silver, gold, or rose gold, that can be customized to celebrate mom and baby's big day. Opt for the baby's initials and the date of their birth, or stick to celebrating mom with her initial with a simple message of love engraved on the bar.
Harry & David Chicken Pot Pie Meal
While mom takes care of her new baby, cooking may be the last thing on her mind. A complete gourmet meal kit, like this one from Harry & David, can make for a thoughtful gift idea. Mom (and dad) can enjoy a ready-to-bake chicken pot pie, black truffle and almond green beans, and delicious cobbler for dessert. The kit is readily available to ship at any point, and users report great delivery service and high points for taste.
Pure Enrichment Wave Sleep Therapy Sound Machine
Anything you can do to make new moms sleep better is a plus. This white noise machine from Pure Enrichment features six different sounds to fall asleep to and three different timer settings for automatic shut-off. This pick also boasts a USB port to charge your phone. Buy one for mom and one for baby to try to make sleep training as easy as possible.
Acorn Spa Wrap
Make late night feedings more comfortable with a pair of cozy slippers. Acorn's Spa Wrap slippers are adjustable, so if your feet still have not gone down to your normal shoe size, don't worry. Choose from six stylish colors for a bit of luxury in your day or nighttime routine while going about normal chores and tasks.
Parachute Women's Classic Sweats Bundle
While at home on maternity leave, comfortable loungewear is an essential. Parachute's sweatshirts and sweatpants are made from cozy organic cotton for ultimate comfort throughout the day. Available in two neutral colors, this set is a closet staple mom can reach for day after day for a stress-free outfit that still looks put-together and stylish. In case of inevitable spills that occur with newborns, you can machine wash this set.
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2
Keeping mom's coffee hot and ready all day is pivotal, and nothing does this better than Ember's temperature control coffee mug. With the easy smartphone app, mom can control the temperature of her coffee for up to 90 minutes. Even better, with the compatible smart coaster, these settings last all day. After two hours of inactivity, your Ember will automatically shut off to save battery, making this a great pick for busy moms who don't have time to reheat their favorite hot drinks.
Hatch Mama Must Haves Kit
While these must-have personal care items for moms can aid during pregnancy, they are just as effective for postpartum bodies and make a great gift anytime throughout the process. With this kit, mom will receive three bestsellers from Hatch, including belly oil to support skin as it stretches, soothing leg and foot cream, and nipple and lip rescue balm, ideal for use when breastfeeding or pumping.
Resteck Neck and Back Massager
Carrying around a newborn, picking up toys, and general everyday chores can take a toll on your neck and back. Treat mom to some relaxation and relief with this innovative massager from RESTECK. The shiatsu-style massager targets tight muscles anywhere you choose to put it. There are multiple speed and intensity settings to pick the perfect massage for you and your specific needs. If you opt to use it as a neck massager, you can wear it around the house for easy multitasking.
Dagne Dover Indi Diaper Backpack
Make day trips to the park or to grandma's house seamless with a stylish diaper bag. This pick from Dagne Dover has tons of pockets (and even a tablet sleeve) for stashing snacks, toys, diapers, and other essentials. Other features include clips to easily attach to a stroller, pouches for dirty clothes, and an insulated bottle holder. There are also three sizes available so you can find the right one for your lifestyle.
Crate & Kids Little Prints Blue Triangle Blackout Curtains
Blackout curtains are a great way to improve baby's sleep (and mom's, consequently) while still looking adorable. These from Crate & Kids are neutral enough to match with any decor themes and serve a practical purpose that mom will thank you for, guaranteed.
Stitch Fix Fix Subscription
After giving birth, a new mom may be dealing with body changes and teetering the line between maternity clothes and her classic wardrobe. A great way to make mom feel good and give her some new style options is a subscription like Stitch Fix. Have mom take a style quiz, and she'll be sent new clothing items picked just for her. Then, she can choose what to keep and what to return for a special treat she'll love.
Spa Finder Gift Certificate
Perhaps the best gift you can give to a new mom is some time to herself. With a gift certificate to Spa Finder, she can enjoy a massage, facial, or other service from a nearby salon to completely relax and unwind just for a few hours. It may help to also offer babysitting services for the time of her service, or gift one to dad to for a couple's outing free from responsibilities.
Instant Pot Instant Vortex Plus 10QT 7-in-1 Digital Air Fryer Oven
For the moms who love to cook, but may not have the time, gift them this 7-in-1 kitchen appliance from Instant Pot. The air fryer oven air fries, broils, bakes, roasts, dehydrates, reheat, rotisseries, toasts, warms, and acts as a convention oven all in one. With customizable cooking programs, she can easily cook delicious meals without cutting into free time.
Artifact Uprising Signature Layflat Photo Album
Help mom organize the hundreds of photos on her phone of her new bundle of joy with a photo book from Artifact Uprising. She can combine hundreds of different covers, layouts, styles, and features to create a perfect keepsake. Design one to celebrate mom's first days with her new baby, or let her express her creativity and create her own.
Stadler Form Jasmine Aroma Diffuser
Life with a newborn baby does not always smell the best. Luckily, an essential oil diffuser like this pick from Stadler Form can help. This battery-powered diffuser has a sleek look and boasts both continuous and intermittent settings, and it can run for up to 24 hours in interval mode. You can choose from several stylish colors to match your nursery or bedroom decor. Add in any essential oils of your choosing to add freshness to the room and encourage sleep, focus, or relaxation, depending on the scent you pick.
After birth, moms can suffer from loosened pelvic floor muscles that can be strengthened again through various exercises. The Elvie Trainer specifically targets these muscles with guided workouts designed by experts and logged through the compatible smartphone app. You can track your progress as you work to improve facets of your life, from core stability to bladder control, postnatal recovery, and intimate wellbeing.
Coffee & Motivation On That Mom Boss Hustle Luxury Candle
This trendy candle from Coffee & Motivation features a fun phrase sure to make mom smile. You can choose from five scents that burn for over 35 hours, so your candle remains a constant reminder of her achievements. For a bigger splurge, you can purchase a recurring subscription so mom never goes without a beautiful smelling candle on her nightstand.
Childhood, A History Journal
Kept Collection's childhood journal for moms keeps track of meaningful moments in your new baby's life in a simple, non-overwhelming way. The journal boasts tons of prompts to document special moments and milestones for you and your new baby. The stylish journal spans from birth to age 18 for years and years of memories with your little ones.
Ethan & Emma Universal Baby Stroller Organizer
For an affordable gift that packs a punch, opt for a stroller organizer, like this pick from Ethan & Emma. When going on walks or outings, this organizer keeps everything you need for yourself and baby organized and easy to reach at any moment. The adjustable velcro straps fit snugly around any stroller's handles, and the main compartment features two insulated drink holders, as well as two mesh pockets, a place for your phone, and a rollup back for additional storage.
Simple Wishes Hands Free Breast Pumping Bra
A great pumping bra allows moms to do other tasks (or relax) while pumping. Simple Wishes' hands-free pick accomodates all major pump brands and features an adjustable velcro back panel, a zip-in center panel, and a layered support system to keep everything in place. The super soft fabric doesn't sacrifice support for different bust sizes, making it a great addition to mom's pump rotation.
ERGO Baby Embrace Newborn Carrier
Prepare mom for when she can bring her baby on the go with a cozy and breathable newborn carrier. The mesh fabric ensures baby and mom stay cool, and it repels water and sweat for quick drying on hot days. The carrier buckles easily with no complicated straps, and when not in use, simply roll it up and tuck into your diaper bag.
What to Look for in Gifts for New Moms
Giving a first-time mom a practical gift makes her daily life easier and shows that you care and appreciate her. Consider a meal delivery service, an easy-to-use kitchen appliance, or even a night of babysitting. Think about (or ask) the new mom in your life what would lessen their daily stresses and go from there.
Self-Care and Relaxation
Rather than giving a gift aimed at motherhood or the new baby, consider spoiling the mother instead. While dealing with the multiple responsibilities of motherhood, it can be difficult to make time for yourself. Gift mom something that can help them unwind or get away from daily stresses for a while. This could be a spa day, personal care for postpartum bodies, new clothes, a mom-themed jewelry piece, or a bath bomb.
As with any gift, be sure you are staying within your allotted budget when shopping. Luckily, there are gifts on this list within every price range that make new moms feel loved and appreciate. If you are tight on funds, opt for a personalized candle, a new outfit for the baby from a local department store, or even just a card with a sweet message. Offering to lend a hand during the first few months of parenthood is completely free and always appreciated.
If you have a bit more cash to spend, consider a larger present, like a nice dinner or a trip to get her out of the house.
How do you make a new mom feel special?
There are so many ways to make new moms feel special, and many require no money at all. Offer to make her dinner one night or watch the baby for a few hours so she can catch up on sleep. Gifts that celebrate her, like jewelry or a scented candle, can help remind new moms how amazing their accomplishments are, both because of the baby and beyond. Simply ask the new mom in your life how you can help out from daily chores to occasional babysitting. It doesn't take a lot of time or money to show someone you care.
What do new moms need the most after birth?
There are many personal care items that make postpartum life easier for new moms that you can consider adding to a care basket or self-care gift. Some supplies help with bleeding after birth, including maternity pads, mesh underwear, and pads to place on their bed in case of accidents. Squirt bottles, pain medicine, ice packs, massagers, donut pillows, and more help promote healing and aid in the soreness that occurs after birth. New moms who are breastfeeding will need pumping bras, pumps, bottles, and nipple cream in their day-to-day life. While every mom is different, self-care or relaxation products are always a smart choice while they recover from the birthing process.
What do newborn babies need?
When buying for a new mom, considering what their newborn may need during the first few months of life. These include essential like diapers, baby wipes, clothing, pacifiers, swaddles, bottles, and more. You can also look for toys suitable for newborns or teething toys they will grow into. Lotions, soap, towels, and brushes made for infants also make great practical gifts. Every mother will need different supplies, so if option for a practical gift, be sure to check in with a parent to see what they could use most.
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This article was written by Julia Fields a lifestyle writer for The Spruce covering all things surrounding toys, gifts, and the holidays since October 2021. Before that, she covered similar topics including toy reviews, product round-ups, and more.