We found some truly creative Mother’s Day, Christmas, and birthday gifts for new moms of every style. See which gift idea suits your favorite new mom.

By Real Simple Editors
Updated February 09, 2021
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Choosing gifts for new moms can be a bit tricky because, on the one hand, you probably want to get her something practical and functional to ease the burden many of her life’s new stressors. On the other hand, you want to encourage an over-tired new mom to kick back and relax, taking time to rejuvenate and regain a little bit of her old, pre-mommy self.

Baby-focused presents may immediately come to mind when brainstorming gifts for new moms, but here’s the thing: Parents have enough onesies, burp cloths, and bottles to last them long after their baby shower is through. For moms, focus on gifts for women: Instead of an adorable gift for baby to wear or play with or yet another gift for the kids, consider giving your best friend, coworker, sister-in-law, or any new mom you know a present that promotes rest, relaxation, and self-care (think cozy pajamas or a much-needed spa gift card) and facilitates ease (like organizational tools or simplifying devices).

New parents will definitely appreciate gifts that make their hectic day-to-day more manageable and consolidate myriad errands and tasks. From food delivery services and life-simplifying gadgets to practical gear, there are tons of gifts out there that are both functional and special enough for a holiday or celebratory gift. Whether it’s her birthday, Christmas, or just a regular ol’ day of new motherhood, get inspired by shopping some of our favorite gift ideas for new moms below.

Read on for why these are the best gifts to give any new mom.

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Best gifts for new moms - Best Gift to Get Some Shut Eye: Gravity Blankets Weighted Sleep Mask
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1 Best Gift to Get Some Shut Eye: Gravity Blankets Weighted Sleep Mask

$40, gravityblankets.com

When she’s desperate for a good night’s sleep, not only will this weighted sleep mask help block out light, but its weighted insert will also provide subtle pressure on the face and the area around her eyes to give a calming effect—sort of like a hug for her face.

Best gifts for new moms - Best Gift for Working Moms: Artifact Uprising Walnut Block & Prints
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2 Best Gift for Working Moms: Artifact Uprising Walnut Block & Prints

$30, artifactuprising.com

It can be hard for a new mom to transition back to work. Not only is she returning to the office understandably tired, but she’s also missing spending bonding time with her little one. Make the shift a little easier by sending her back to her desk with a gift that she'll love looking at. The set comes with 10 prints (she’ll have more than enough sweet pictures to choose from!) and a handcrafted, reclaimed wood block to hold them upright.

Best gifts for new moms - Best Gift for Beauty Junkies: Bio-Oil Skincare Oil
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3 Best Gift for Beauty Junkies: Bio-Oil Skincare Oil

$22, amazon.com

Whether she’s looking to reduce the appearance of her stretch marks, moisturize her skin, smooth uneven skin tones, or fix another skin concern, this lightweight, non-greasy oil can help. It’s plenty affordable, so she can buy more for herself when she needs to, and the seconds it takes to apply is just long enough for her to have a mini break without being away from her baby too long.

Best gifts for new moms - Best Gift for Stressed Moms: Philips SmartSleep Sleep and Wake-Up Light
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4 Best Gift for Stressed Moms: Philips SmartSleep Sleep and Wake-Up Light

$150, amazon.com

This alarm clock and sleep tool gradually emits light and sound to wake up the night owl (or a sleep-deprived new mom) as peacefully as possible. Even better, it has wind-down routines to help Mom fall asleep more quickly so she can make the most of those precious hours.

Best gifts for new moms - Best Gift for Mindful Moms: Sunday Citizen Super Soft Meditation Pillow
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5 Best Gift for Mindful Moms: Sunday Citizen Super Soft Meditation Pillow

$75, food52.com

If she had a mindfulness practice pre-baby, help her get back into the swing of things with this plush, soft, sturdy pillow. It gives her a set place to meditate—even if it’s tucked in the corner of the baby’s room—and the soft support every mom needs to settle her mind.

Best gifts for new moms - Best Gift for Snugglers: Casper Throw Blanket
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6 Best Gift for Snugglers: Casper Throw Blanket

$79, casper.com

As soft as her favorite sweater (and made with 100 percent cotton), this blanket has an attractive knit look and a warm feel. She’ll love curling up under it during early mornings with the baby or after a long day, and the oversized feel means the kids or pets can join her, too.

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7 Best Gift for Bookworms: Amazon Kindle

$90, amazon.com

If she loves to have her nose in a book but struggles to find time between mom chores to read, give her this ultralight, portable e-reader. She can slip it into her diaper bag or park day tote so she can read a few pages whenever the chance arises, and once she downloads a few e-books, she can read on her phone in every spare minute, too.

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8 Best Gift for Active Moms: Patagonia Fleetwith Romper

$119, patagonia.com

Quick-drying, wrinkle-resistant, comfy, and versatile, this sleek (and chic) jumpsuit is about to be her new go-to outfit. It’s cute enough for running errands or video calls, comfortable for chasing kid(s) around, and hyper washable, so whatever life throws at her, she can handle it.

Best gifts for new moms - Best Gift for On-the-Go Moms: Boba Wrap Baby Carrier
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9 Best Gift for On-the-Go Moms: Boba Wrap Baby Carrier

$40, amazon.com

Whether she’s making dinner, running errands, or working from home, mom is going to want to have her baby close at all times. Thousands of new moms have given this wrap a five-star rating on Amazon because it’s easy to use (after watching a short wrap tutorial), uses a stretchy cotton and spandex fabric blend to conform to the baby, and, reviewers say, is more comfortable than many other carriers.

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10 Best Gift for Moms Who Just Want a Little Luxury: Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe

$98, brooklinen.com

Few gifts for new moms are as multi-tasking as a reliable robe. This one has a thick tie, so she can wear it all day without fear of it slipping open just as she goes to check the mail or accept a package delivery, plus it’s plush, warm, and absorbent, so it can stand up to anything she can, including dashing out of the shower to check on the kids.

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Best gifts for new moms - Best Gift for Moms Who Pack Heavy: Logan + Lenora Daytripper Tote
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11 Best Gift for Moms Who Pack Heavy: Logan + Lenora Daytripper Tote

$150, loganandlenora.com

Packed with waterproof pockets and zippered closures, this durable oversized tote bag is a must for on-the-go moms who are over the diaper bag look. It has two strap options, so she can carry it over her shoulder or as a crossbody, and the variety of color options mean you can get the just-right bag for her.

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12 Best Gift for Best-Dressed Moms: Ariat Two24 Penny Sneakers

$198, ariat.com

Supremely comfortable, durable, and versatile but still snappy, these sneakers are a must-have gift for on-the-go moms who want support and a well-dressed look at the same time. She’ll love how these hand-finished sneakers with a cushy insole keep her comfortable while she’s running around—and she’ll doubly love how the leather can be buffed and cleaned up after any unfortunate baby- or child-related spills.

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13 Best Gift for Sentimental Moms: Baby Keepsake Library

From $80, uncommongoods.com

For the new mom who's going to want to remember every milestone, this archival-quality library box has room for every memento, with drawers, files and envelopes to help her preserve everything from treasured artwork to a first lock of hair.

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14 Best Gift for Always-Moving Moms: Birdies Starling in Dusty Rose Velvet

From $95, birdies.com

If she’s always been the type to bustle around, having a new baby won’t change that, though it’ll almost certainly keep her home all day. Keep her comfortable—and feeling fashionable—while she bustles around the house with these adorable, incredibly comfortable slippers, which have the 7-layer comfort her feet need with the grown-up look she craves, even just for her own sanity.

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15 Best Gift for Neat-Freaks: Neato Botvac D7 Connected Robot Vacuum

$480, amazon.com

A new baby means less time than ever for cleaning, but also more of a need for a clean home, especially once that baby starts crawling. Take some of the burden off a new mom’s shoulders with this smart vacuum, which has powerful suction to pick all debris off the floor and app-controlled programming so she can set when the vacuum runs, so it’ll never start buzzing and roaring during naptime.

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16 Best Gift for Moms Who Love Their Locks: Dyson Supersonic

$400, dyson.com

She may love her hair, but being a new mom doesn’t leave much time for hair styling and care. Help her make the most of her time—and save her strands from extreme heat—with this gift pack from Dyson, which includes the acclaimed Supersonic hair dryer, a fresh round brush (when was the last time she replaced hers?), and a clever detangling comb.

Most Comfortable Gift for New Moms: Nordstrom Moonlight Pajamas
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17 Most Comfortable Gift for New Moms: Nordstrom Moonlight Pajamas

$65, nordstrom.com

We’re dubbing these the most comfortable pajamas for new moms—not only because the two-piece set is made with super soft modal fabric, but also because it’s a cult-favorite item at Nordstrom with more than 1,200 positive reviews. When she’s finally able to get some much-needed rest, these are the pajamas she should grab to accompany her.

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18 Best for Subscription Box Fans: DailyLook Clothing Subscription Box

From $40 per box, dailylook.com

If mom could have an online stylist choose her looks for her instead of sacrificing time with the baby to shop for new clothes on her own, we have a feeling she’d go for the former. And with DailyLook’s clothing gift subscription box, now she can. It allows her to choose her favorite clothing and accessories from a curated selection that’s recommended monthly by a stylist based on a detailed style profile she fills out. Once she tries on what she receives each month, she pays only for what she wants, and sends back the rest—simple as that! 

Best Gift To Keep Calm: Baloo Weighted Blanket
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19 Best Gift to Keep Calm: Baloo Weighted Blanket

$169, balooliving.com

Whether she’s napping on the couch or in the nursery next to her little one, let her cuddle up with a weighted blanket that’s instantly soothing. What’s great about this one is that it’s designed with weighted filling that stays in place and rests evenly over her body, and the breathable cotton material means it can be used comfortably all year long. Plus, it’s machine-washable, so she can easily toss it in the washer in the case of any spills or stains (or baby spit-up).

Best Gift to Pamper Her: Spafinder Gift Card
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20 Best Gift to Pamper Her: Spafinder Gift Card

From $25, target.com

Treat the new mom to a little “me time” by gifting her a refreshing day at the spa. This gift card never expires and can be loaded with any amount between $25 to $100 and used for wellness services like massages, facials, mani/pedis, as well as activities like yoga and spin classes. More than 25,000 locations worldwide accept the gift card, so chances are she’ll be able to use the it at her favorite local spot.

Best Gift for City Moms: Dagne Dover Indi Diaper Backpack
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21 Best Gift for City Moms: Dagne Dover Indi Diaper Backpack

From $195, dagnedover.com

This chic and roomy bag (that can be disguised as a backpack!) is complete with removable stroller clips and a mini changing mat, making it the ultimate carryall for diapers, wipes, and so much more. Besides the roomy interior that has a ton of pockets, including a zipper on the front that allows for easy access to wipes, this super-mom diaper bag includes two key leases—one for keys and one for pacifiers, of course.

Best Gift for Jewelry Lovers: BaubleBar Maya Brenner Asymmetrical Character Necklace
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22 Best Gift for Jewelry Lovers: BaubleBar Maya Brenner Asymmetrical Character Necklace

From $240, baublebar.com

There’s nothing like receiving jewelry, especially a sentimental keepsake that bears baby’s new initials. The threaded gold-plated find sports up to three letters, plus the necklace is 14k gold (so it won’t tarnish) and is dainty enough for everyday wear.

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23 Best Gift for Moms on Tough Mornings: Ember Temperature-Control Smart Travel Mug

$180, amazon.com

For those nose-to-the-grindstone mornings, this travel mug keeps much-needed coffee at a consistent temperature for one less thing a new mom will have to think about. Even better? The lid helps protect against spills.

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24 Best Gift for Cooks: Blue Apron Gift Card

From $60 for gift credits, blueapron.com

It’s likely that your foodie friend is spending more time in the nursery than the kitchen. Make it easy to reignite her love of cooking with a gift card to Blue Apron. Streamlined, unfussy instructions will let any new mom show off her cooking techniques without the complications, and she’ll appreciate eating something other than take-out.

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25 Best Gift for Instagram Moms: Mud Pie Milestone Blanket

$23, nordstrom.com

Get ready for a full year's worth of photo ops (and keep mom from having to craft her own custom sheet) with a monthly milestone blanket that’s both simple and sweet. The machine-washable blanket is 100% cotton, while the felt frame sets baby up for a picture-perfect photo-op.

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26 Best Gift for Journalers: Q&A a Day for Moms: A 5-Year Journal

$17, walmart.com

This pretty journal can stay on a new mom's bedside table so she can jot down her thoughts every day. The book, which spans five years, features writing prompts that will help capture motherhood moments, big and small.

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27 Best Gift for Moms With Long Hair: Twisted Wide Headband

$26, etsy.com

There will be many days with baby when hair goes unwashed, but it won’t matter to a new mom if it’s up and off her face. Help your friend play a dirty hair magic trick with this stylish, vintage-inspired cotton headband that features a Rosie the Riveter-style twist. It’s non-slip, too, so she can just tie and go.

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28 Best Gift for Caffeine Addicts: Mama Bear Mug

$22, etsy.com

New motherhood often requires an extra cup of coffee (or three). Gift this cute, low-maintenance mug that pays homage to the year her family expanded. It’s microwave and dishwasher safe, and the bear can be personalized in her favorite color. Complete the gift with your favorite blend of Joe and you’ll definitely help her keep her eyes wide open after all those late-night feedings.

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29 Best Gift for Moms with Great Taste: Winc gift card

From $60 for gift cards, winc.com

If she’s looking forward to getting back to her wine-drinking ways—responsibly, of course—give her a gift card to Winc, a wine subscription service that delivers bottles of wine specially selected to appeal to her palate to her door. A $100 gift card delivers two months’ worth of wine, but gift cards are available in different increments.