Baby showers are a time-honored tradition designed to address the many material needs of taking care of an infant (diapers and wet wipes and onesies, oh my!). But why not forget about the baby for a sec and throw the mom-to-be a bone? After all, pregnancy isn’t exactly nine months of paradise and that bassinet isn’t helping anyone get shut eye just yet. Here, a roundup of the best maternity gifts that promise to pamper and show appreciation for the expectant mom in your life.
The 40 Best Maternity Gifts (Because Expectant Moms Have Needs Too, You Know)
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1. Raising the Bar Zero Proof Cocktails
Expecting mothers might have to forego the evening glass of wine, but they can still sip on something special thanks to these expertly crafted and seriously tasty alcohol-free cocktails.
2. Mother’s Love Mugs
Here, a simple and sweet celebration of maternal nurturing stamped onto a gorgeous piece of handcrafted stoneware. What’s not to love?
3. Mamalux Ultimate New Mama Gift Set
Pregnancy can be tough, but the postpartum period is no walk in the park, either. Fortunately, this care package of lactation snacks, nipple balm, leak-proof loungewear and healing tea will have her covered.
4. Siren Shrub Gift Set
Some crazy alchemy went into the making of these unique shrub-based beverages, and the end result is a flavor bomb that will make every pregnant woman pining for an alcohol replacement swoon.
5. Printique Gift Card
Printique specializes in high-quality photo prints and precious keepsakes. Send a gift card so the mom-to-be can select a photo (or several) and have the memory framed, printed on a puzzle, turned into a tasteful ornament and more.
6. Postpartum Recovery Gift Set
This gift set—designed by a doula and mother—boasts a fragrant lactation tea, luxurious nipple balm and a “soreness kit” with bath products that target the pain in her…perineum.
7. Skullcandy Transparency Hesh EVO Wireless Headphones
Impressive sound quality and 36 hours of battery life make these cushy headphones a hospital bag must-have. Pair ‘em with a favorite playlist and you’ve got a recipe for labor and delivery success.
8. Baby Keepsake Library
The sentimental mom-to-be can make use of this attractive library-style storage system for everything from newborn onesies to lost teeth.
9. Relax Ritual Gift Set
This gift set features an impossibly soft pair of bed socks, matching scrunchie, satin eye mask and lavender spiked scented candle to pamper a pregnant woman from head to toe.
10. Turkish Cotton Spa Dress
From at-home spa days to hospital stays, this exceedingly comfortable Turkish cotton cover up will put the rest of her loungewear to shame.
11. Pearhead Love at First Sight Sonogram Photo Frame
There will be many baby pictures to come, but the ultrasound photo is a treasured keepsake from her pregnancy journey that deserves a spot on the wall.
12. Mokaloo Maternity Diaper Bag Backpack
With its practical design (pockets! Waterproof twill!) and chic, minimalist aesthetic, this mom-friendly backpack is proof that it’s possible to swap a designer handbag for a diaper bag and still look hip.
13. Ugg Fluff Yeah Genuine Shearling Slingback Slippers
Another hospital bag essential, these plush, genuine shearling slingbacks are oh-so comfortable and guaranteed to keep her tootsies warm whilst still letting ‘em breathe.
14. The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People
Irreverent and entertaining, this grown-up activity book is a boredom buster that every pregnant woman needs to survive bedrest, pre labor or even just everyday downtime.
When you’re carrying a bowling ball in your belly, restless sleep is to be expected. The solution? A luxurious weighted blanket that provides calming comfort even when she can’t find the perfect position.
16. Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil
The price tag is steep, but this body oil has a cult following that suggests it lives up to its lofty promise of firming, toning and reducing stretch marks on a growing baby bump.
17. Earnest Living Essential Oil Diffuser
18. De’Longhi Stilosa Manual Espresso Machine
Even if she’s currently cutting back on caffeine, there’s a good chance she’ll want her morning Joe when the baby arrives. Plus, it’s hard to rival the simple pleasure of a creamy latte that doesn’t cost you five bucks and a trip to the neighborhood cafe.
19. La Maison du Chocolat Coffret Gift Box
Equal parts elegant and delicious, this luscious assortment of French chocolates is a special occasion-worthy gift she’s sure to savor.
20. Embroidered Hummingbird Robe and Eye Mask
Incredibly soft cotton and stunning hand embroidery combine to make a robe and mask set that looks like a work of art and feels like a dream.
21. Celestial Silk Mulberry Twisted Silk Headband
Sorry, scrunchie, but we found a more luxurious and stylish way for laboring ladies to keep their hair out of their face.
22. FOOT BATH Spa Massager
If the pregnant person in your life has aching feet (psst…she does), an at-home foot bath that serves up a spa-style soak and massage will be a welcome gift.
23. Pumpspotting App Subscription
There’s a bit of a learning curve when it comes to breastfeeding, so first-time moms who plan on giving it a go will benefit tremendously from this innovative app, which provides nursing moms with a community of experts and peers who are available to answer practical questions and offer emotional support.
24. Queen Rose Cooling Pregnancy Sleeper Pillow
Hundreds of five star reviews confirm that the innovative, ergonomic design of this E-shaped, cooling pillow promises hot and bothered side sleepers (i.e., every pregnant woman) a blissful place to curl up.
25. Suekaphin 5-Pack Wireless Nursing Bras
Soft, stretchy, comfortable, supportive…soon-to-be-lactating women will love slipping into one of these nursing numbers.
26. Woolzies Sleep Collection Essential Oil Blend Set
In case you missed it, the benefits of aromatherapy are real. Here, a set of high-quality essential oils that can be diffused, directly inhaled or topically applied to soothe the skin, calm the senses and promote better sleep.
27. Baby Boldly Birth Bag
This very chic, fully-packed hospital bag covers all the bases for first-time moms who aren’t sure what they’ll really need. It’s also a welcome time and labor-saver for seasoned pros. Disclaimer: It won’t actually save her time spent in labor. But we do have some good news: You can save 10 percent on your purchase with the code PUREWOW.
28. Beauty by Earth Bath Bombs Gift Set
Thanks to a combination of Epsom salts, detoxifying clays and fragrant oils, these bath bombs guarantee a pain and stress-relieving soak that’s, well, heaven-scent.
29. BELAIR Maternity Compression Socks
Pregnant women can reduce the likelihood of varicose veins and relieve pain in their overworked (possibly swollen) gams by slipping on these circulation-boosting and surprisingly fashionable compression socks.
30. Bellocq Tea Sampler Box
This eye-pleasing yellow box serves up a full tasting menu of premium quality, organic teas, and there’s even the option of a swoon-worthy herbal tea sampler for expecting moms who aren’t currently cool with caffeine.
31. Joyus Non-alcoholic Sparkling Wine Duo
Another beverage option for the mom-to-be—the Joyus non-alcoholic sparkling wine duo has consistently received high praise (i.e., deceived wine professionals) in blind tastings. In other words, this is a must-have for brunch and baby shower menus alike.
32. La Salt Co Zen Salt Soak
Here, Himalayan pink sea salt and mineral-rich Epsom salts are blended with essential oils to create a detoxifying and pain-relieving bath soak that boasts aromatherapy benefits, to boot.
33. Stonewall Kitchen Breakfast Gift Basket
Because every expecting mother deserves breakfast in bed on the regular and someone in her household needs to get the hint.
34. New Baby Video Book Keepsake
A gift designed to be regifted—this ingenious video book allows expecting parents to send tech-challenged loved ones a ready-to-watch photo montage of cherished pregnancy and baby moments. (It can also serve as a keepsake for the new mom, if she so chooses.)
35. Seeds of Love Necklace
This wearable keepsake consists of a dainty sterling silver pendant with a delicate garden scape and dangling 14K gold bead(s), or seeds, that symbolize the precious new life in the family.
36. AstroAI Mini Fridge
This retro mini fridge—a perfect place to store breast milk and miscellaneous food items—is a novelty that will take care of both mother and baby’s needs when a midnight snack craving strikes.
37. Motherhood Maternity French Terry Secret Fit Belly Leggings
Lightweight and breathable, these stretchy jersey knit leggings get high marks for both form and function.
38. IFFEI Women’s Maternity Colorblock Nursing Top
For nursing mothers, the occasional nip slip is a necessity, not a faux pas. This flattering colorblock top will be a wardrobe favorite for any woman who wants to discreetly feed her babe without sacrificing style.
39. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Tummy Butter Balm
If the Clarins body oil isn’t in your budget, you’ll be pleased to know that Palmer's tummy butter is a close rival (seriously, just check out the rave reviews) that won’t break the bank.
40. Brooklyn Candle Studio Maui Escapist Candle
Set the mood for serenity and relaxation with a luxury, double-wick soy candle that features a minimalist screen-printed design and an equally lovely-but-understated scent.