The 26 Best Gifts for New Moms That She’ll Actually Use
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.
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. Instead of an adorable gift for baby to wear or play with, 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, an aromatic candle, 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 that makes changing a new baby’s diaper a breeze, 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.
- Best Gift for Candle Snobs: Voluspa Japonica Macaron Candle Set
- Best Gift for Always-Moving Moms: Birdies Starling in Dusty Rose Velvet
- Best Gift for Sentimental Moms: Baby Keepsake Library
- Best Gift for Neat-Freaks: Neato Botvac D7 Connected Robot Vacuum
- Best Gift for Nursing Moms: Seraphine Textured Nursing Cover Shawl
- Best Gift for Moms Who Love Their Locks: Dyson Supersonic Mother’s Day gift edition
- Most Comfortable Gift for New Moms: Nordstrom Moonlight Pajamas
- Best Gift for On-the-Go Moms: Boba Wrap Baby Carrier
- Best Gift to Get Some Shut Eye: Nodpod Weighted Sleep Mask
- Best Gift for Beauty Junkies: Lapcos Variety Mask + Exfoliating Pad Set
- Best for Subscription Box Fans: DailyLook Clothing Subscription Box
- Best Gift to Keep Calm: Baloo Weighted Blanket
- Best Gift to Pamper Her: Spafinder Gift Card
- Best Gift for City Moms: Dagne Dover Indi Diaper Backpack
- Best Gift for Jewelry Lovers: BaubleBar Maya Brenner Asymmetrical Character Necklace
- Best Gift for Moms on Tough Mornings: Ember Temperature-Controlled Ceramic Mug
- Best Gift for Busy Moms: Senreve Midi Maestra Bag
- Best Gift for Stressed Moms: Sensorwake Trio Alarm Clock
- Best Gift for Wine Lovers: New Mom Wine Labels
- Best Gift for Cooks: Blue Apron Gift Card
- Best Gift for Bookworms: Bamboo Bathtub Caddy
- Best Gift for Working Moms: Brass Easel and Prints
- Best Gift for Instagram Moms: Mud Pie Monthly Milestone Blanket
- Best Gift for Journalers: Q&A a Day for Moms—A 5-Year Journal
- Best Gift for Moms With Long Hair: Twisted Wide Headband
- Best Gift for Caffeine Addicts: Mama Bear Mug
Read on for why these are the best gifts to give any new mom.
After a long day of feeding and diaper changes, there’s nothing more zen-like than lighting a scented candle and settling in for a sleepless night full of Netflix and, of course, more feedings and diaper changes. Help mom take the edge off with an aromatic candle that spruces up her living space.
To buy: $39; nordstrom.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.
To buy: $95; birdies.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.
To buy: $85; uncommongoods.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.
To buy: $580; bedbathandbeyond.com.
This super-soft cotton shawl helps keep everything undercover—and can be used as a stylish shawl or scarf for the new mom, or as a swaddling blanket.
To buy: $59; seraphine.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.
To buy: $400; dyson.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.
To buy: $65; nordstrom.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. More than 2,000 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.
To buy: $40; buybuybaby.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, microbead-filled pods will also provide subtle pressure on the face and eyes to give a calming effect—sort of like a hug for your face.
To buy: $42; nodpod.com.
New moms can never receive too much TLC, so indulge your friend with this mask set. It includes seven different masks and an exfoliating pad to help her keep her face baby soft. It’ll remind her to make some time for herself— even if that means wearing the mask for five minutes during baby’s naptime.
To buy: $22; anthropologie.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!
To gift the service: DAILYLOOK is offering $20 off your first styling fee with code REALSIMPLE20.
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).
To buy: $169; balooliving.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.
To buy: From $25 to $100; target.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.
To buy: $195; dagnedover.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.
To buy: $240; baublebar.com.
For those nose-to-the-grindstone mornings, this mug keeps much-needed coffee at a consistent temperature for one less thing a new mom will have to think about.
To buy: $130; bestbuy.com.
Treat her to a timeless staple in the form of this classic leather bag by Senreve. The iconic accessory features a roomy interior and it can be worn as a satchel, tote, crossbody or backpack, making it the ideal everyday bag for busy moms on the go.
To buy: $795; senreve.com.
This alarm clock gradually emits scent, light, and sound to wake up the night owl (or a sleep-deprived new mom) as peacefully as possible.
To buy: $90; bloomingdales.com.
A new mom’s life is full of firsts—both joyous and exhausting. Celebrate the milestones on her path of motherhood with these custom wine labels. Complete with her name, the year she became a mom, and her favorite color combination, these labels can be tacked onto a bottle of her favorite wine. Pick from cheeky events such as “First Mommy Meltdown,” “Public Temper Tantrum,” and “Goodbye Baby Weight.” The maker can also design a customized label—just allow at least 10 more days for production.
To buy: from $14 for four labels; etsy.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.
To buy: from $60; blueapron.com.
A new mom never truly rests, but you can promote even just a few minutes of R&R with this bathtub necessity: a bamboo bath caddy that comes with enough space for a glass of wine and slots for mom’s favorite magazine or book. Pair it with a sheet mask and her go-to bottle of bubbly and you’ve got yourself a thoughtful gift she won’t soon forget.
To buy: $40; papersource.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 12 high-quality prints (she’ll have more than enough sweet pictures to choose from!) and a brass easel to hold them upright.
To buy: $55; artifactuprising.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.
To buy: $23; nordstrom.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.
To buy: $14; walmart.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.
To buy: $26; 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.
To buy: $22; etsy.com.