Mother's Day Gift Guide

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The Best Mother’s Day Gifts For New Moms

Because the first Mother’s Day is a big deal.

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A mama’s first Mother’s Day is a truly special event. Forevermore, her mind, heart, and soul will be split between herself and the child she’s now caring for. Doesn’t that deserve special acknowledgement with a Mother’s Day gift for new moms?

Each of these first Mother’s Day gift items was chosen to celebrate a new mama’s status, support her in her new role, and/or give her a little bit of a break — all important things a new mom needs. The enormity of the task of becoming a mother can be overwhelming, but Mother’s Day is a time to pause and make space to honor the job and all the work a newbie mom is putting into it. As much as any day, it should be a time to give her a hand, tell her to take a load off, and maybe pour her an extra glass of something sparkly. I mean, that goes for every Mother’s Day, but there’s something really amazing about that first Mother’s Day, and it deserves a gift that honors that.

So go ahead and splurge on her. Shower her with all of the below; she certainly deserves and could probably use a little love as she gets settled into the biggest responsibility she’ll ever take on.


A pair of cozy slippers

I’ve never been much of a slippers person, but this set of Vera Bradley Cozy Life Slippers is my absolutely favorite. They are basically like thick socks, so they don’t feel like shoes you’re wearing around the house, and they’re light enough to wear while curled up on the couch. Plus they’re super cute, and are easy to wash.


A new mom necklace for a little sparkle

She’s already wearing her heart on her sleeve, so put her new title around her neck with this charming Mama Gold-Plated Necklace. The 18K necklace comes in a 16-inch length with the option of a 2-inch extension and has a light and dainty look. The letters are spread out to balance the word and hang around the collar bone. With a thin chain, this necklace can be worn daily or for special occasions, like, say, Mother’s Day.


A keychain that’s too special to lose

A new keychain might not seem like the most exciting first Mother’s Day gift idea, but get a look at this: it’s a personalized leather keychain that can hold a special photo inside it, so it’s like mom gets a place to keep her keys and mini brag book all in one. Put your favorite moniker for mom on the front, be it Mum, Mom, or Mama, then fill it with a darling shot of the new mother and her baby. All you have to do is send the Etsy vendor your favorite photo and the product will arrive complete.


A water bottle to keep her hydrated

I know, water bottles are the latest “fashion,” but this one really is great, especially for moms who are so busy that they don’t realize until like 9 p.m. that they haven’t had a glass of water yet. My favorite thing about these Stanley insulated tumblers with straws is that they fit in just about every stroller cup holder I’ve tried. And they stay so cold! Fill it up for her first thing every morning and she’ll be set.


An inspirational coffee mug

All moms need role models, so why not remind a new mom of her favorite TV mamas? This TV Mom Mug features the best of them with The Cosby’s Claire Huxtable and Sister Sister’s Lisa Landry. Made from ceramic, this mug can withstand hot and cold beverages and is available in two sizes: 11 ounces and 15 ounces.


A white noise machine for better sleep

Fact: Sleeping while mothering is a challenge. So when mom can grab some Zzzs, make sure she gets a good deep sleep with a white noise machine. This tiny version is designed to be used both by mom’s bed or attached to a baby’s crib — whoever needs to sleep more. The device comes with three soothing sounds and is small enough to easily pack for travel. No batteries are necessary either. Simply charge it up while awake.


A cool, comfy dress for napping

What mom wouldn’t love a garment called “The Ellie Nap Dress”, right? Designed for napping, this semi-sheer gown (available in a variety of colors and patterns) from luxury bedding and lifestyle brand Hill House Home was made to relax in. And it looks gorgeous, too. It’s a great way to feel comfy and also put together.


Super easy makeup to brighten your look

For many new moms, makeup takes a backseat to parenting in the newborn phase. Who has time for concealer and eyeshadow with a needy baby? But beauty product fans need not spend hours applying makeup with this easy Fenty Freestyle Blush. The non-greasy cream can perk up a complexion with a quick swipe and gives an effortless bit of color. It’s also heat and water-resistant so a new mom can enjoy its long-lasting look.


A pillowcase to keep your hair in its best shape

You know what new moms have no time for? A rat’s nest of tangly hair. They can avoid this problem with a silk pillowcase. A classic beauty hack that my own beautician grandmother swore by, not only has this Mulberry pillowcase been tested to protect against hair damage, it’s also said to help prevent wrinkles and regulate sleep temperature. This pillow is silky on all sides, so mama can flip it over when she needs to cool down, too.


Earpods for listening to your favorite podcast

Never has hands-free been more important than with a new baby. Make mom’s life easier by giving her Apple Airpods with a Charging Case. With these comfortably fitting pods she’ll have crystal clear audio access, be it on the phone or listening to a podcast while pushing the stroller, all entirely hands-free. These AirPods hold 6 hours of charge and can even access Siri. They’re also sweat and water resistant, perfect for workouts too.


Cheeky wine labels

There are so many things to celebrate as a new mom, so grab a few bottles of her favorite vino and personalize the wine she’ll toast with these apropos wine labels. This pack of six stickers can be customized with mom’s name on them. They each spell out a different event worth toasting including: the first girl’s night out and the first date night. The stickers are a generous 4x6 inches so they’ll easily cover most wine labels sparing the buyer having to remove the original. The Etsy vendor also sells the digital file if you want to print your own at home.


A two-in-one hairdryer for easy styling

When you’re soothing a baby while making breakfast and folding lunch bags all at the same time, hair care isn’t a top concern. So save mom time by putting combing and blow drying into one easy step with the REVLON One-Step Hair Dryer. This tool both combs and dries hair all at once. It plugs into the wall with a generous cord and has three heat and speed settings. It features both firm and tufted bristles to not only detangle but smooth hair in the process. The barrel is 4.25 inches resulting in full bodied hair styles.


A digital stress ball when you need to chill

You’re probably familiar with the stress ball, a gel-filled orb designed to be gripped when feeling overwhelmed. Here’s the tech version: Smart Squeeze Stress Ball. This perfect first Mother’s Day gift not only invites the user to squeeze away anxiety, but it also connects to an app with track grip strength and offers exercises and games to help build muscle and reduce tension, all things new moms face. Using this fun new tool, mom can grab a little moment of pressure-reduction in between diapering, feeding, and rocking a newborn.


An easy at-home facial

Using a face roller is believed to help with swelling and relaxation. Science is still limited, but here’s a fact: it simply feels good. And when mom needs a break, this is an easy tool to give some relief. Designed to improve rest and recovery, the user rolls the rose quartz ball along the face alone or with a night oil, serum, or cream. To encourage sweet dreams, the Skin & Sleep Set comes with a silk pink eye mask. The set also comes with a face roller protective pouch to keep the tool nice and clean as well as a biodegradable travel pouch along with instructions for care and use.


The perfect outdoor spot

If you’re looking for the ultimate relaxation gift for a new mom on her first Mother’s Day, this is the only thing you need. This hanging egg chair from Flash Furniture is so perfect. I have one myself and my baby and I spend countless hours rocking and swaying in it in the spring mornings and evenings. Everyone says to take a grumpy baby outside, and giving a new mom a super comfortable, gorgeous spot to do just that is top notch gift work. The cushions are very plush and easy to remove and clean, and the entire swing itself is weather-resistant.


A new mom coloring book when you need a laugh

For some, #momlife can feel isolating. Let the new mom you know see she’s not alone with this hilarious Mom Life: A Snarky Adult Coloring Book. The 74-page book is totally relatable with funny pages like one that reads “Bra Off. Hair Up.” or “Terrible Twos.”


A fresh face mask kit

Making an appointment for a facial might not be in the cards anytime soon for the new mama in your life, but treating herself to an at-home spa day isn’t out of the question, especially when she has Golde’s Superfood Masks Kit. Described as “smoothies for the skin,” the kit comes with Golde’s Clean Greens and Papaya Bright face masks. Each is made from 100% pure superfoods and comes in a powder-to-gel formula that promises to detoxify the skin while exfoliating it resulting in a healthy glow. Plus, they smell delicious and are cruelty-free as well as vegan.


Awesome leggings for activewear

She may not feel like it in the midst of postpartum, but you know the new mom in your life is a goddess, so treat her like one with a pair of Goddess Leggings. These supportive stretch pants by Kemetic Knowledge are designed to wick sweat, dry quickly, and be comfortable, whether mom’s working out or working on loading another batch of laundry.


A sweet candle holder

OK, clearly you also need to get her favorite Bath & Body Works scented candle to go with this candle holder, but the combo gift is such a nice little gesture. Whether she wants a pretty candle to light once the baby’s down, to have in her bathroom so she can take a relaxing bath, or to have to spruce up an area of her home, it’s a really nice, thoughtful gift.


The most cooling patches for tired eyes

Waking up multiple times a night to feed a baby can cause puffy eyes real quick. So for a great first Mother’s Day gift, give mom these Peter Thomas Roth Cooling Eye Pads. Cucumber hydra-gel eye-patches cool and soothe weary, inflamed eyes. Each tub comes with 60 pads equalling 30 treatments.


A subscription to keep her on the move

Forgetting to buy coffee at the grocery store can be a nightmare, especially when a trip involves bundling, carseating, and carrying a new baby. Spare mom the stress by giving her a Blk and Bold coffee subscription. Just place an order for her first bag of beans then hit Subscribe and Save at checkout to send her repeating orders on recurring dates. Now she’ll never have to add java to her shopping list and can look forward to deliveries arriving direct to her door.


An electric kettle when you need that cup of tea now

Whether it’s a cup of tea she’s craving or a warming bowl of ramen, an electric kettle will make these little pleasures easier to prepare. Sleek and sophisticated looking, this one-touch electric kettle only adds to a kitchen both in aesthetic appeal and functionality. Available in four colors, the buttons are embedded into the body of the unit making it easy to use and durable. And it works fast. The system can boil 7 cups in under seven minutes.


The electric wine opener you never knew you needed

After a long day, when mom has finally gotten her baby down to sleep, she does not need to fuss with an awkward bottle opener to get a much deserved glass of wine. Spare her the agony with this Ozeri Nouveaux II Electric Wine Opener. Easy to use, the ergonomic grip allows the user to simply place it over a bottle, press a button, and watch as a cork slides off. And it doesn’t require constant recharging: one five-minute charge equals 100 bottle openings.


A dry shampoo to make her feel clean and smell lovely

Fixing her hair each day is often low on a new mom’s list of must-dos. That’s why Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo is such a great item. Oribe’s has a wonderful smell that’ll make her feel fresh and clean, even if she hasn’t washed her hair in three days. “ It smells nice, cleanses well, the powder is sheer and doesn't leave white residue,” writes one Amazon critic. It’ll help her feel her best, even if she feels like she doesn’t have the time.


A super comfortable nursery chair that’s built to last

It’s her first Mother’s Day, why not go big on the gift giving with this lovely Delta Children Adley nursery chair? A swivel design, this chair can do a full 360, great for a mom stuck in a nursery who still needs to manage older kids in the house. The armrests and seat are extra cushioned for comfort and support, and it has a gently rocking motion so mom can snuggle her wee one to sleep.


A beautiful, easy-to-use baby book

A lot of baby books can feel overwhelming to fill out and use, but this one is so easy to work through and looks beautiful displayed anywhere in your home. The Story of You baby book from Artifact Uprising comes in several colors, and it also comes with a code so you can print your photos directly from them to display inside.


A sweet bracelet to celebrate motherhood

Jewelry is always a sweet gift, but for the first Mother’s Day, gift her something extra special and celebratory. This sweet mama stretch bracelet from LeMel can also be customized if you want to have their baby’s name put on the bracelet or their initials, and the bracelets from this brand can also be stacked, so she can start a collection.


A book subscription box

Having a new baby makes everything a little more difficult when it comes to the logistics of leaving the house, so if the new mama is an avid reader, make her TBR pile a little easier with a Book of the Month subscription box. You can choose a 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month plan, and mama will get five to seven options to choose from each month. She won’t have to worry about returning a library book or perusing an isle looking for a new read while the baby screams, she’ll just have a new story delivered right to her door.


A fresh set of jammies

Whether the new mom likes to lounge in jammies all day or just likes to put them on as part of her bedtime routine, you can’t go wrong with Cozy Earth’s short-sleeve bamboo pajama set. The stretch knit is unbelievably comfortable, and the. material is super cool, which is really great if she’s still in the phase of postpartum sweats. I love that no matter what, I feel a little more put together and ready to take on the world when wearing these jammies, even if all I’m doing is snuggling my baby. Bonus: these come in sizes up to XXXL and tons of colors.


A personal-sized cooler

Whether she’s planning on spending a day out and about with baby or going on a solo trip to the beach, this little Igloo Tag Along Too Cooler is actual perfection. It’s the perfect size for drinks, snacks, and even bottles or pumped milk, and it’s super cute and easy to carry.


A book full of sweet stories

Elizabeth Berg is an author with a wide range of books, and this book Make Someone Happy: Favorite Postings is a collection of her favorite Facebook posts featuring stories from her childhood, funny observations, and sweet memories. It’s one of my favorites to just pick up and read any random page, and will leave a new mom feeling inspired and happy.


A nostalgic garden item

For the new mom who loves a garden or her backyard space, this mosaic stepping stone kit is such a great gift. She can use it to make handprints or footprints of her child and preserve them forever in her yard or outdoor space. Get her a new one each year to make a collection.

Ready to make Mom’s first Mother’s Day one she’ll never forget? Use this list to shower her with gifts that show her how much you care.

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