Babies are the gift that keep giving but what about the brand new mom? What does she want or need?
The good news is you don’t have to wait for a special occasion or holiday. Use this guide to new mom gifts to get some ideas on how to celebrate motherhood any day. Your new mom friend will be so appreciative!
What Are The Best Gifts For New Moms?
The first days of motherhood can seem like a blur of sleep, emotions, diaper changes, and baby snuggles. As time passes, things can get crazy, and settling into new mom life is something no one can prepare you for. There is a lot of adjustment going on to transition to this new life of caring for a little one.
If you’ve been there before you will have an idea of what this means. Even if you haven’t, getting a new mom gift for your new mom friend or relative is a wonderfully kind gesture.
Taking care of a baby can take a toll on a new mother, physically and emotionally. That being said, the best gift for a new mom is something that SHE can enjoy. Yes, the baby has plenty of cute clothes and baby items but bringing something just for the new mom will bring a smile to her face.
Gifts For New Moms After Birth
“What should I do for a new mom?” Simple! Do something that makes her life easier. This list should give you some ideas.
1. Comfortable blanket or throw
The early days are filled with lots of newborn snuggles and taking it easy with baby. Why not give mom a comfy blanket? This cute pom pom fringe blanket is plush and warm. It’s a steal for 30 dollars or less.
2. Instant Pot
Sleep deprivation and standing over a stove do not mix well. Feeding the family can be an exhausting chore. Help mom out with the gift of an Instant Pot. There are plenty of recipes (hello Pinterest!) that you can throw in this 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker and fix without a lot of hassle. New mom gifts wouldn’t be complete without a nice warm meal option.
3. Loungewear or pajamas
The postpartum days are not the time for tight or restrictive clothes. While mom is recovering from childbirth she will want to feel as comfortable as possible. Help her out with a new set of pajamas or loose clothing she can wear around at home.
Here are a couple of stylish sets:
4. Spa Gift Card
It’s good for mom to get away to take a break just for herself. A little me time that includes pampering by someone else? Just what she needs. Purchase a gift card to your local nail salon or massage therapist for a much needed break for the new mom in your life.
5. Food and or Food Delivery
One of the nicest things anyone offered to do for me in the early weeks of my maternity leave was offer to have breakfast delivered to me via Uber Eats. Seriously. Back when my baby’s nights and days were still mixed up I remember laying on the nursery floor in the early morning hours feeling exhausted and starving. My best friend offered to send me breakfast from IHOP via Uber Eats. This is a nice thing for you to do and it’s very easy to do if you live far from the new mom or you can’t make it by to drop off food yourself.
6. Salon Gift Card
A lot of changes happen to your body after childbirth, postpartum hair loss can be one of them. Why not treat the new mom in your life to a hair appointment? She can decide to get a new haircut, color her hair or just refresh her style. This pick me up is sure to have her feeling great.
7. Coffee and/or Keurig
Motherhood can be a coffee filled lifestyle. Running on little sleep for days on end can have any new mom reaching for a cup of strongly brewed coffee for a energy boost. Running out to get coffee is not always convenient or an option.
Get her a Keurig or any single serve coffee maker to bring the coffee house experience without leaving the house. I am an iced coffee lover and I really enjoy using these iced coffee k-cups when I’m ready for my daily coffee fix.
Those early days go by so fast, they turn into weeks, months, and a year before you know it. Capturing her thoughts in a journal is a great way to remember those first moments and emotions. Journaling can be therapeutic for a new mom as it can help manage stress and gives you the ability to reflect on your day.
9. House Cleaning/Maid Service
Transitioning into her life as a new mom means learning how to balance your responsibilities and prioritize tasks. New moms often struggle with maintaining a clean house and caring for a new born.
If you are comfortable with the idea and mom is agreeable, lend a helping hand around the house. You could wash dishes, do laundry, or do any other housework while visiting mom.
If you want to hire a professional cleaning service, many cleaning services offer a one time service. She will be so grateful either way in her clean, refreshed home. Of all the new mom gifts, this one might be priceless.
Reading a book may have been one her favorite activities before having the baby. Purchase a book or gift card to a bookstore for her so she can spend time doing something she loves.
Audiobooks are also an option, she can listen to these and multitask. Check out Audible Gift Memberships, which are available as 1,3,6 and 12 month subscription options.
11. Headband or head wrap
Doing your hair or trying a new hair style may not be your top priority while caring for your new bundle of joy. I think it’s important for moms to still feel good about themselves.
So a cute headband or head wrap can jazz up that ponytail or puff she might have been wearing for a few days. This 8 pack of colorful head wraps would get the job done and would be an inexpensive idea to put in care basket or gift basket for a new mom.
12. Body Massager
A massage is always a good treat but there may not be time for mom to get away. A body massager can give her the same good feeling in the comfort of her home!
This device may look a little funny but it highly rated, (4.5 stars out of thousands of reviews!) and most people rave about it. Who wouldn’t like a nice neck and back massage after carrying a baby around all day or even during the little one’s nap?
Check the price, it’s usually 50 dollars or less!
Cozy slippers come in hand for the new mom as a gift to her tired feet. She could use a present like this when she’s up rocking or swaying with her baby to get them to sleep.
The memory foam insole is a treat and you can get these in 5 different colors for under 25 dollars!
13. Bath Bombs
For new moms, bath time can be a sweet escape! Help her relax by giving her a few bath bombs to try out. Bath bombs can help her take a bath that’s relaxing and good for her skin. Bath bombs are often infused with nourishing ingredients like shea butter and essential oils that can help relieve dry skin.
14. Streaming Media Player
There are a lot of streaming media players on the market today, any of them will make a great gift. The Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, Roku, etc.
Mom might spend a lot of time binge watching TV during marathon nursing sessions or pumping. Give her something to watch while tending to her new mommy duties.
15. Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime Subscription
If you opt to give a new mom a streaming media player, why not sign her up for a streaming service for a few months as well? Netflix and Hulu will give her hours upon hours of tv shows and movies to discover and love.
An Amazon Prime subscription will give her access to thousands of movies and shows, music and free two day shipping on baby essentials if she needs to order from home. When she joins Amazon Family, she gets exclusive coupons and deals on baby items and 20% off diaper subscriptions!
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16. Jewelry or a new accessory
Jewelry can be a nice gift to commemorate a special occasion. Not only can jewelry compliment an outfit, it’s a nice sentimental gesture.
Maybe the new mom in your life would like a piece of jewelry with the baby’s initials. The minimalist initial necklaces and bracelets at BaubleBar would make a great gift. Check out this Charmed Initial Necklace for 38 dollars!
17. Skincare Essentials
Postpartum skin can be dry and leave the new mom in need of hydration. I keep several lip balms in different areas of the house so I have them when I need it. This is a good, inexpensive filler for a beauty gift basket for mom.
Other skincare essentials can include a nice gift basket filled with hydrating oils, lotions, bubble bath, and body wash. Try one of these for the new mom in your life. Having a little time to do basic skincare can be a form of self care for moms that need just a bit of time to themselves.
18. Subscription Box
Subscription boxes are great because it’s like getting a surprise in the mail on a monthly basis! There are so many subscription boxes out there that you can find one that the new mom in your life will like based on her interests.
Here are a couple of suggestions. Even if you don’t like what’s on this list, another idea is just a google search away! Just type in mom’s interest + subscription box and I think you’ll be able to find something.
Penny and Grace (Jewelry)
19. Essential Oil Diffuser
This highly rated diffuser pulls double duty by filling your space with fragrance (aromatherapy) and acting as a humidifier for dry, stuffy air.
There are many different types of essential oils for any type of need or mood. Use this guide to figure out what to use and make sure to buy mom a set of oils for her to try!
20. Gift Card
If you still aren’t sure if any of these gifts are a good fit for mom or you simply want her to pick something out on her own, you can always opt for a gift card. Some consider gift cards impersonal, but they are the ultimate free choice and allow the receiver to take advantage of gift on their terms. Think of the person you are buying it for and try to pick a gift card that will be appreciated and used.
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What do new moms want? If you can give her a gift that reflects her interests and is thoughtful I am sure she will appreciate it. Did you get any ideas for new mom gifts? Perhaps you can make her a new mom gift basket! Let me know in the comments below if you are a new mom and if you would love to receive something I haven’t mentioned!