37 Amazing Gifts for New Moms (That Are for Her, Not the Baby)
Onesies, swaddles, board books and NoseFridas: New moms get tons of thoughtful gifts when their baby arrives. But it’s rare that the mother of a newborn receives something special that’s just for her, even though she’s currently going through countless physical, mental and hormonal challenges…while somehow still getting up to feed a tiny screaming human every two hours. Let’s change that with considerate gifting with an eye toward pampering and creative problem-solving.
Maybe she wants to feel pretty when she looks down at her manicured nails, but isn't sure what polish is safe? Let's show her. Or she needs both the world's easiest-to-make-great-coffee , as well as a way to keep it ever-hot. We got that for her, too. Or, heck, maybe she just needs an excellent foot massage—check.
Giving a new mom something that's just for her enjoyment is the best way we can think of to really say, we see you and we're proud of you, woman. (Well, a great gift and also coming over for a few hours every week to watch the baby while she naps.) Babysitting aside, here are 37 amazing postpartum gifts that every new mom will appreciate.
1. The Ebi Essentials Kit
Best for Alternative Medicine Fans
A thoughtful care package will remind a new mom that she should take care of herself from time to time (or better yet, for a few minutes every day). Created by fellow mom Breighl Robbins to help women navigate the postpartum period, this kit contains a restorative herbal tisane to support healthy milk production, calm the nervous system and stave off fatigue. There’s also an herbal bath soak with ultra-soothing comfrey, yarrow and burdock.
2. Skims Velour Women's Long Robe
Best for Hostesses
One of the toughest parts about being a new mom? She’ll have a million visitors during the first three months, which is also when she’ll want to wear pajamas exclusively. Give her a robe that she’ll feel just as comfortable sleeping and breastfeeding in as she will hanging out in the kitchen with Uncle Bob.
3. Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine, Night Light and Time-to-Rise
Best for Modern Decor Enthusiasts
New moms do a lot of stumbling around in the dark while trying not to wake up the rest of the house. This genius invention night light emits a calming glow for midnight feedings. And when those sleepless nights are over, it doubles as an alarm clock that uses soft light to gently wake up your kids in the morning and lull them to sleep at bedtime.
4. Sunshine in a Box Snacks by Mouth
Best for Snack Lovers
Did you know that nursing moms should be consuming at least 500 extra calories a day? That can feel like a tall order when you’re also changing approximately 7,382 diapers a day. If she’s breastfeeding, she’ll be endlessly thankful for a box full of good-for-you (and OK, some not-so-good-for-you) snacks she can munch on at all hours of the day and night.
5. Rae's Roots Essentials Blend Tea
Best for Tea Drinkers
A new mom has exactly zero extra minutes of free time, but luckily, sipping a cup of warm (not hot) tea can easily be accomplished while holding a sleeping baby. This blend created specifically for mothers contains ginger to aid digestion, lemon balm to soothe her nerves and energy-boosting rhodiola.
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6. SpaRitual Entre Nous Bundle
Best for Manicure Lovers
You can’t go wrong with any gift from the clean beauty brand SpaRitual. But there’s something so delightful about this simple four-pack of clean, cruelty-free and vegan nail polishes. Chances are, the new mom in your life isn’t pampering herself nearly enough, and this set of cute lacquers will get her started on the right foot. Pro tip: Pair these polishes with a gift card for a Glamsquad mani or pedi (so she doesn’t have to leave the house) and she’ll be forever grateful.
7. A HelloFresh Gift Card
Best for Home Cooks
Things that become a lot harder when taking care of a newborn: Going to the grocery store, making complicated recipes and deciding what’s for dinner. Take the guesswork out of cooking with this delicious meal kit that will deliver food weekly with easy step-by-step recipes.
8. Corksicle Cooler Bag
Best for On-the-Go Pumpers
Whether she’s heading back to work or going out for an afternoon with the girls, this insulated purse/cooler will keep her breastmilk cold. Pumping never looked so chic.
9. Keurig K-Supreme Coffee Maker
Best for the Caffeine Dependent
Hooray—she can finally drink more than one cup of coffee a day. Gift her this clever coffee machine that will do all the hard work for her: Just insert a pod, select the desired cup size and a steaming cup of Joe will be ready for her in under a minute. Extra bonus? The 66-ounce water reservoir means she can brew more than six cups before having to refill, thereby simplifying her morning routine.
10. Vessel Wellness Tracker
Best for the Sleep Deprived
Get ahead of feeling "draggy" by making sure you're getting all the right nutrients. This innovative instant diagnosis kit lets users pee on a wellness card, then snap a picture of the card, and read the app's analysis of how they are doing in health aspects including Vitamin B7 (Biotin), Vitamin B9 (Folate), hydration, Vitamin C, Cortisol, Magnesium, pH, Creatinine, Calcium, Ketone A (AcAc) and Ketone B (BHB).
11. Serene House Ultrasonic Cool Mist Aromatherapy Diffuser
Best for Aromatherapy Enthusiasts
Fill the house with an invigorating scent for the morning (like citrus) and then a relaxing fragrance (like lavender) at bedtime. Best of all, it's designed with a built-in timer and automatic shutoff so she can operate it worry-free. (Psst: Skip the candle gift—babies + open flame is never a good idea.)
12. Winc Wine Subscription
Best for Rosé All Day T-Shirt Wearers
She can’t wait to enjoy her first sip of wine in nine months but...she also doesn’t want to leave the house. The fix? This subscription that will deliver four vinos (based on her taste preferences) straight to her door each month. Gift her a one-, two- or three-month subscription and offer to help her finish that first bottle (since chances are she’ll pass out after one glass).
13. Ugg Gable Brushed Drawstring Pullover & Joggers Lounge Set
Best for Exhausted-but-Stylish Moms
Because it’s all she’s going to feel like wearing for the next couple of weeks. Tip: Go for a lighter color to hide spit-up stains.
14. The Laundress New Parent Kit
Best for the Chemically Sensitive
Speaking of spit-ups stains...This handy kit includes baby detergent, fabric conditioner, fabric freshener, stain remover and bleach alternative—all safe for both mom and baby.
15. Pure Enrichment® MistAire™ Cloud Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
Best for Dry Climate Dwellers
The number one thing a new mom craves? Sleep, precious sleep. And while you can’t gift her that, you can make sure that the conditions are ripe for getting that baby to snooze peacefully (at least for a couple of hours). This cool-mist humidifier lasts up to 24 hours with a variable mist control knob to incrementally adjust moisture output to meet mom and baby’s comfort level. It also functions as a nightlight so she can see what the heck she’s doing when the baby cries at 3 a.m.
16. Ashleigh Felted Wool Clogs
Best for Always Chilly Types
Newsflash: Walking around barefoot all day is bad for your feet. These faux fur-lined felted wool slippers are soft and cozy but also super supportive, and thanks to a cork insole and EVA sole you're snuggly wearing them inside and out.
17. Furniture Assembly
Best for the Aspiring Contractor
If she recently moved into a new (read: bigger) space, she probably has a few home projects on her to-do list. And trying to build a new bed/TV center/dresser is never fun. But trying to do so while bouncing a newborn and functioning on two hours of sleep? Yeah, not happening. Amazon to the rescue. The retail giant lets you book furniture assembly through its website, whether you’re mounting a home theater or a storage cabinet. Genius.
18. Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor & Wall Mount
Best for the Nervous First-Timer
You can’t put a price on peace of mind but if you could, this WiFi-enabled baby monitor comes pretty damn close. It scored top marks in our PureWow100 review of the best baby monitors on the market thanks to the easy installation, clear picture and extra features like the option to get remote alerts about how baby is napping with her sitter or two-way audio that makes it possible to sing a lullaby from anywhere. There’s also an optional breathing band that monitors your baby’s breaths per minute and integrates seamlessly with the app.
19. ARTIFACT UPRISING GIFT CARD
Best for Lovers of Personalized Everything
“I don’t want any more photos of my baby,” said no new mom ever. From photo books to calendars to print sets, she’s going to want it all when the baby arrives.
20. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Robot Vacuum
Best for Pet Owners
Yes, it’s expensive but trust us—this powerful vacuum will get a lot of use: dirt, crumbs, dust bunnies and pet hair won’t stand a chance.
21. MZOO Sleep Eye Mask
Best for Cat Nappers
This memory foam sleep mask blocks out light without putting pressure on eyes, helping her catch some precious shut-eye during the day while the baby is napping. But don’t take our word for it—trust the more than 19,000 five-star reviews.
22. Amazon Echo Dot
Best for Tech Lovers
The ability to set alarms, check the weather, control the room’s temperature and make calls all hands-free is everything.
23. SILKE London Silk Hair Wrap
Best for Glamour Pusses
After day four without a shower, she’ll be grateful for this chic turban that will keep her looking fresh and her hair out of her face.
24. Ember Temperature Control Travel Mug
Best for Hot Beverage Lovers
She needs the energy boost but just as soon as she’s brewed a fresh cup of joe, the baby needs changing (or burping or rocking or feeding). This handy travel mug will keep her drink at a consistent temperature. Bonus: The lid helps protect against spills.
25. RENPHO Foot Massager
Best for Massage Junkies
She would never think to splurge on one for herself which is exactly why you should get one for her. This massager offers a deep kneading Shiatsu foot massage with three kneading intensities, three air pressure levels and a soothing heat function.
26. HelloBello Bubble Bath
Best for Bath Takers
We’re big fans of HelloBello, the family brand from Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard and this plant-based bubble bath. Its gentle, hypoallergenic formula means that it’s safe for sensitive skin so both mom and baby can enjoy a relaxing bubble bath together.
27. Block Letter Monogram Necklace
Best for Jewelry Lovers
Having her tot’s initial around her neck will keep her babe close to her heart.
28. Lululemon Align Pant
Best for Fitness Devotees
These fan favorites work double-duty to provide comfort and support both during pregnancy and after, say users. Available in six colors and 11 sizes.
29. Q&A a Day for Moms: A 5-Year Journal
Best for Journalers
This pretty book spans five years and features writing prompts to help her capture all those precious parenting moments, both big (first steps!) and small (tried green beans!).
30. Instant Pot
Best for Big Families
Aka the best kitchen invention since, well, ever? She can dump in a few ingredients, set the machine, go tend to the baby and have a delicious dinner waiting for her when she’s done.
31.Greater Than Trial 1-Liter 6-Pack
Best for Water Drinkers
New moms sometimes can't believe how dehydrating breastfeeding can be, not to mention how constantly holding a new baby can make guzzling down their usual gallons more difficult. She will need a daily mega-hydrating bottle of coconut water to keep her energy levels high and her skin dewy.
32. My Roller Massage Short Foam Roller
Best for the Achy
Hips ache, backs throb, necks experience tension knots—even through the new mom's oxytocin high, there is some getting used to the physical rigors of the maternal marathon. A quick roll on the floor will really help everything adjust.
33. “Go the F**k to Sleep” Picture Book
Best for the Potty Mouth
An instant classic of parental humor upon its publication in 2011, this is going to tell the new mom in your life: I see you. I feel you. And, Truth, I'm glad I'm not you at 3 am these days.
34. Audible Credits
Best for Readers
There’s a new Elena Ferrante novel that you know she would just love. But she barely has time to take a shower, let alone delve into a 300-page novel. An audiobook, on the other hand, is the ideal gift. She can listen to it while taking the baby for a walk or play it in the background while washing bottle parts.
35. Kora Organics Noni Glow Sleeping Mask
Best for Lovely Complexions
Supermodel and mom Miranda Kerr developed this line! She had amazing skin. Or, put it this way: Even if your giftee forgets to put on her moisturizer every night, remembering to apply this super-emollient night mask a couple times a week and she's good.
36. Erbaviva Organic Stretch Mark Trilogy
Best for Sensitive Skins
Hydration to the third power: An oil, cream and belly butter (mmm, lightly scented with lavender, mandarin, sandalwood and rose) to use during pregnancy and after to really help skin bounce back.
37. MiniBloom Hallelujah Nipple Balm
Best for the Girls
Containing USDA-certified organic ingredients and lanolin-free, this nipple cream feels like the nicest lip balm ever. Except, it's for your aureoles.