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This Is What New Moms Really Want This Valentine's Day

It goes way beyond chocolates (but those are good, too).

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February 14 is a day for you to show and spread some love, and if there is anyone in your life who could use a little extra TLC, it’s the mama with a new baby. Whether she’s your spouse, friend, sister, or the sleep-deprived neighbor you see taking her newborn out for a stroller walk every morning, there is no shortage of great Valentine’s Day gifts for new moms that will make her feel seen and loved. In all honesty, the mere fact that you thought to do something nice for her will be a gift in and of itself, but a box of her favorite chocolates will also be very much appreciated.

It’s fairly well known that once the baby comes along, attention is abruptly shifted away from mom even though she is trying to physically recover and simultaneously keep the little one fed and happy. It doesn’t matter if she’s three, six, or nine months in, she’s probably still exhausted and feeling a little bit like a servant to her baby. All this is to say, she could probably really use a reminder that she’s loved, and there are plenty of Valentine’s Day gifts for new moms that can help relay that message.

As for what she’d actually like to get as a gift (besides a full night of sleep), it doesn’t need to be anything flashy, just something thoughtful — though she probably won’t turn her head at a sparkly gift. Something like an adult coloring book to help her unwind, a box of cupcakes that she doesn’t have to share, or some kind of physical reminder that she’s a total rockstar are all small things that will make a big difference in her day. But, if you’re feeling stuck on what to buy, here are some ideas to help you get the new mom in your life a Valentine’s Day gift she will love.

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Initial Bracelets

Jewelry pretty much always makes for a good Valentine’s Day gift, but for a new mom it doesn’t hurt to give her something with a little extra meaning. This set of two initial beaded bracelets is perfect for a mom who wants to sport her baby’s initial in a stylish and subtle way. It comes with two gold tone plated beaded bracelets, one of which has a letter charm attached in either pale purple or bright blue. While this may not be the most high-end jewelry option for a Valentine’s Day gift for a new mom, it’s something that she can dress up or down and will definitely make her smile every time she looks at it.


Smooth Lips

All of the dry air in wintertime can really do a number on the lips, which is why some good lip balm is a great Valentine’s Day gift, new mom or not. There is no shortage of options out there, depending on what kind of flavor, ingredients, and purposes she’s after. This handmade rich lip balm comes in four different flavors, is totally vegan, and has a little bit of sugar in it to serve as an exfoliant to leave lips feeling extra smooth. It goes on clear and leaves a gorgeous sheen, not to mention it’s super moisturizing (which is always welcome – especially in the winter).


A Stylish Locket

For a traditional Valentine’s Day gift with a modern update, consider something like this heart locket necklace. Instead of a classic dainty chain with a small heart charm, it has a chunky style with a large heart charm. The big heart not only looks beautiful, it also opens up to leave plenty of space for a picture of the new baby or the whole family. Of course, if you don’t think this statement style is for the new mom in your life, then there are all kinds of other beautiful locket options that can be found in just about any jewelry store.


Something To Keep Her Vino Chilled

New motherhood is tough, and if the mama in your life likes to unwind with a glass of wine at the end of a long day of parenting, then a stylish cooler will probably be a very welcomed Valentine’s Day gift. The best option for her depends a lot on how she likes to drink. Maybe she likes to have a bunch of bottles on hand, in which case a little wine fridge might be right for her. If she’s someone who just likes to sit back and enjoy a bottle of wine on the patio when it’s warm outside, then something like this marble wine cooler is perfect so that she doesn’t even have to get up when her glass needs a refill.


A Pretty Game

For moms who love a good game night, a high-quality, pretty game will make for a fantastic gift. It’s perfect for this stage of life, because it gives her something to do for entertainment with her partner or a guest when the baby is sleeping (besides watching TV). It’s also a good, lasting gift because it’s something she can continue to enjoy as the baby gets older. Of course a classic version of any game will always suffice, but if you want to give her a standout gift, then consider investing in something like this gorgeous and colorful Backgammon game.


A Stylish & Fun Clutch

While clothing can be a great Valentine’s Day gift for new moms, it can also be tricky since a mom’s body changes so much during the postpartum period. So, a nice pair of jeans that fit today may not fit a month from now. A good bag, however, will always fit (plus, who doesn’t love a bag upgrade?). To find the right bag for her, think about her style and what she needs. Does she need a new mom bag? Go for a tote. Does she have a classic style? Consider a basic black shoulder bag. Does she like to stand out? Try something like this leopard print foldover clutch.


Cozy Joggers

Loungewear is the best, but it’s even better when it can transition from sitting on the couch to wearing out in public—and a good pair of joggers will do just that. You can find joggers at all kinds of stores, but when you’re shopping it’s important to prioritize two things: comfort and style. The pants should be comfortable enough to lounge in at home all day, and should be a color/pattern that mom will like and actually wear outside the house. If she’s a classic gal, a pair of black joggers may be your best bet, but if she enjoys being adventurous with her wardrobe, these tie-dye comfy joggers are a fun option.


Flower Delivery Subscription

Sure, a bouquet of flowers isn’t exactly one of the most unique Valentine’s Day gifts for new moms, but a flower delivery subscription is anything but basic. Instead of just a single bouquet of flowers for the holiday, mom will get a regularly scheduled delivery of flowers every month for however long you want to keep it up. There are several florists that offer this kind of gift, and there’s a good chance a local florist in your area can set you up with something. If you can’t find anyone nearby to help you out, though, there are plenty of online companies you can go through, like Urban Stems, which has three tiers of subscriptions with prices ranging from $55 (for the classic subscription) to $105 (for the lux subscription) per delivery.


Audiobook Gift Subscription

While an ebook is an excellent gift for some new moms, others find it too difficult to read in the early days of parenthood. If that’s the case for the mama in your life, consider gifting her with an audiobook subscription. Depending on the platform, such as Audible, she will have access to a huge library of audiobooks that she can simply queue up and listen to as she feeds the baby, folds laundry, pumps, takes the baby on a walk in the stroller, and beyond. It’s a great way for her to still enjoy all of the books she’s been wanting to read without sacrificing what little spare time she has to do it.


Gourmet Gummies

There’s no getting around it, new parenthood is a lot. There’s always an appointment to be made, diapers to buy, laundry to wash, and bottles to clean. Suffice to say, the best Valentine’s Day gifts for new moms are the ones that will help her unwind, like some gourmet CBD gummies. These Vegan Hemp Stress Gummies in Peach will help mom relax, unwind, and possibly even sleep better. Don’t worry, she won’t get “high” and unable to care for her baby with these, she’ll just have a delicious treat that will also help her let go of some of the stress that comes with new parenthood. And if she’s breastfeeding, file this gift idea as something to get her when she’s done nursing.


Handcrafted Jewelry

Since there’s only so much that can be done to help cover up the dark circles under her tired eyes, a good way to boost a new mom’s confidence is with some pretty jewelry that makes her feel dressed up and glamorous. When shopping, think about the type of jewelry she likes best and try to stick to it. For example, if she’s a fan of minimalist gold necklaces, then something dainty and understated would be perfect. If she likes her jewelry to make a statement, though, consider something like these gorgeous squiggle earrings, which are available in either brass or 14kt gold.


A Relaxing Scented Candle

Admittedly, a scented candle is often thought of as an easy, last-resort gift you get for someone you don’t know very well. However, if the new mom in your life is someone who genuinely likes scented candles, then there’s nothing wrong with gifting her one. You can find amazing-smelling candles at hundreds of stores, but make sure you really take some time to find the right scent for her. Does she like florals? Maybe candles that smell like fresh baked cookies. Perhaps she loves more musky scents or something natural and relaxing, like this delightful and refreshing hand-poured eucalyptus mint candle.


Some Luxurious Shut-Eye

While you can’t give her the gift of a full night sleep without the baby waking up, you can make her small increments of sleep a little more luxurious. With the Slip Silk Sleep Mask, what little sleep mama gets will make her feel a bit more pampered. It's available in a variety of colors and patterns, all of which have a stretchy elastic band to help the mask stay put all night long (one size fits all). The mask not only feels great on the skin but it's also designed with anti-aging benefits because it doesn't tug at the sensitive area around the eyes.


A Kindle

There’s no getting around the fact that feedings can take a while, and there’s only so much TV a new mom can watch. A good book, however, can provide hours of entertainment. Since it’s difficult to turn the pages of a book with just one hand, though, an e-reader is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for new moms who love to read. The latest Kindle has plenty of storage space to hold multiple books, is waterproof, and it has an easy-to-change brightness setting so she can still use it without keeping baby up during late-night feedings. It’s also super thin and lightweight, making it easy for mom to hold with one hand and carry around with her from room to room.


Her Favorite Chocolates

For some people, the best way to enjoy a box of chocolate is Forrest Gump style, never knowing what they’re going to get. But, for the mama who knows what she likes, a curated box of her favorite gourmet chocolates will definitely make her smile this Valentine’s Day. Instead of going to a big store and getting a standard box of assorted chocolates, head over to a local chocolate shop and get her a box of exactly what she likes, like this six-piece pick your pieces truffle collection. Maybe she only likes chocolate turtles, or perhaps she believes that if it doesn't include caramel then what's the point. Whatever it is, give her a box full of them.


Wireless Earbuds

Babies love to grab at anything that dangles, including earrings, necklaces, hair, and earbud cords. Since there’s nothing quite like the surprising discomfort that comes from one of those little speakers getting ripped out of your ear unexpectedly, one of the best Valentine’s Day gifts for new moms is a pair of wireless earbuds. There are a lot of different options out there for wireless headphones or earbuds, like these 3rd Generation Apple AirPods, so when you’re shopping think about what she may use them for most to determine what kind of features to look for (like waterproof if you think she’ll wear them while taking a bath). Whatever style you decide to get, just make sure they’re compatible with her phone and/or tablet. Also, bonus points if they happen to be noise-canceling.


A Little Relaxation

Relaxation is hard to come by as a new parent, which is tough because if there is ever a time in life where someone can really use some relaxation, it’s when they’re tasked with caring for a newborn. If the mama in your life could use a little encouragement to actually take some time for herself, then this four-piece Relax Gift Set would make a great Valentine’s Day gift. It comes with shower gel, a bath bomb, a bubble bath bar, and cocoa butter lotion, all of which are lavender scented to help her unwind (and maybe even get some quality sleep). All of the products are made from all-natural ingredients and are vegan-friendly.


One-Step Hair Styling

When you’re totally, utterly exhausted, it’s hard to muster up the energy to go through a multi-step hair styling process. With the Revlon One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer, mom can dry, volumize, and smooth her hair in a single step and in half the time of a typical blowout. It has flexible pins and tufted bristles that are great for detangling without breaking the hair and has two speed and heat settings which are safe enough to bring close to the scalp to get volume all the way up to the root. If your mama valentine loves to get dressed up, but is short on time these days, this is a great gift for her.


A Funny Wine Glass

“Baby Shark” is one of those tunes that little ones just love, so if the catchy bop isn’t already playing on a loop in mama’s house thanks to an older child, then it will certainly be soon enough with her new baby. So, if she has a good sense of humor and enjoys a glass of vino after a long day of motherhood, then she will definitely enjoy pouring some of her favorite wine into this “Mama Shark Needs a Drink” wine glass. It’s durable, can hold up to 20 ounces, and the decal on the front has been heat treated so it's on there permanently (meaning, it’s dishwasher safe).


Food Delivered Right To Her Door

About a month or so after the baby has arrived, the meal trains usually stop and the stockpile of frozen lasagnas disappear. But, mom still needs to eat. The problem is, cooking up a full meal in the early months of parenthood is basically the stuff of dreams. To make things a little easier on her, treat her to dinner from a restaurant of her choosing with a gift card to Grubhub, DoorDash, or another delivery service. Load the card up with enough money to cover her meal, delivery fees, and driver tip, and she will be one happy mama this Valentine's Day.


Heart Covered Throw Blanket

Some of the best Valentine’s Day gifts for new moms are things that are both practical and luxurious, like a warm throw blanket she can use during late-night feedings, when she’s sitting up in bed pumping, or when she could just use a little extra snuggly warmth. Made from 100% micro-fleece, this Valerian Luxury Velvet Light Weight Blanket feels super soft and is hypoallergenic. It measures 50” x 60”, so there's plenty of room for mama to snuggle up under it. The heart pattern is very Valentine's Day appropriate but if you don't like the idea of a theme, then there are several other patterns and colors to choose from.


Coffee Sampler

There are several things that are key to surviving the sleep deprivation that comes along with a new baby, and caffeine is one of them. If the mama in your life loves a good cup of coffee (or is just at that point where she will do anything to get through the day without falling over), the Bean Box Gourmet Cofee Sampler box comes with four bags of nearly a half-pound of whole-bean coffee. Additionally, the sampler also includes brewing tips, a treat to enjoy with the coffee, tasting notes, and profiles of the coffee roasters, all of which come from small companies in Seattle.


Funny Coloring Book

There are a lot of things to love about this coloring book, but the first is its title, because it’s so funny (because it’s true). The Mommy Drinks Because You Cry coloring book is also a perfect gift for the new mom who could use a few minutes to just zone out (and who has a good sense of humor. It has 64 pages that include the typical intricate designs of an adult coloring book as well as some funny, sassy sayings like “Home Is Where The Vodka Is.” Pair the gift with a set of fine-tipped pens and her favorite drink and you have a very funny and thoughtful present.


Very Appropriate Sweatshirt

Sure, new moms always have the option to get dressed up for the day, but it sure is nice and cozy to snuggle up with the baby while wearing some leggings and a sweatshirt. This Mama sweatshirt is made from a cotton/polyester blend and is great for any lounging mama who likes minimalist designs (and getting straight to the point). The listing is for the white crewneck sweatshirt with black lettering in size S/M or L/XL. The sweatshirt is loose fitting and perfect for lounging, and since it’s white she can clean up spit-up stains easily with a dab of a bleach pen.


Drink Pink

Yes, it’s always nice to get a bouquet of fresh roses on Valentine’s Day, but do you want to know what’s also really nice? Wine. Specifically multiple bottles of it. Instead of spending too much money on roses, gift mama with this Rosé Wine Trio which includes three celebrity-made labels. She will get Miraval Rosé, which is made in collaboration with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Vanderpump Rosé by the Vanderpump family, and Hampton Water Rosé by Jon Bon Jovi. Each full-size bottle is filled with a crisp, delicious blend. While she will probably be more than happy with just the wine, if you want to get extra points, give her a custom stemless wine glass to go with it.


Bath Bombs

Since bubble bath is a pretty common Valentine’s Day gift for new moms, switch things up a bit with some nourishing (and delicious-smelling) bath bombs instead. These bath/cloud bombs are available in four different scents and are formulated with essential oils to induce relaxation during the bath (something you know mama could use right about now) and leave skin feeling silky smooth after. It’s also a gift that asks very little from her because all she has to do is fill up the tub, drop the bomb in, and unwind while the bomb does its work. If you want to take this gift to the next level, create a little self-care kit with all four bombs, a scented candle, and a good book.


Cupcakes With The Perfect Reminder

One of the more difficult things about parenthood is having to share everything with your kids, from your body to your personal space to your sweet snacks. So, while this You’re Doing Great cupcake box is among the best Valentine’s Day gifts for new moms, period, it’s especially great for the new moms who also have older kids who like to help themselves to her treats. The box comes with either 25, 50, or 100 mini cupcakes in a variety of flavors including red velvet, tie-dye, cookies and cream, so there’s plenty to share if she wants to, but they can also be stored in the freezer and thawed out later if she wants to keep them all for herself.


Some Super Soft Skin

Look, it’s no secret that it’s hard to find enough time to simply shower during the early days of parenthood, let alone go through the extra steps of a whole-body skincare routine. So, while easy sheet masks are great for keeping her face hydrated and nourished, body butter will do the same for the rest of her body. The best body butter for her will depend on her skin type and needs, but if you’re not sure about specifics, you can’t go wrong with this Whipped Body Butter. It’s made from virgin organic unrefined shea butter which is full of vitamins A, B, and E, and it will soothe and repair dry skin as well as protect it from further damage.


Sweet Bracelet

If the new mom in your life puts a lot of weight into gifts, consider getting her something that’s personalized for her. In fact, in this case, the more sentimental the gift is, the better. Valentine’s Day is a good opportunity to get her something that celebrates her love for her baby (or babies), like a piece of meaningful jewelry. This Mama & Me Elephant Bracelet is a perfect option. It can be made in either rose gold or sterling silver and includes a charm for her baby’s initials. If she's a mom to more than one child, you can choose to add up to three baby elephants and up to four charms.


Made To Order Lollipops

As a new mom, she probably has her hands full a lot of the day as she carries her baby around. Because of this, it’s hard for her to indulge in sweet treats that require two hands to eat, but if it comes on a stick, then it’s fair game. A batch of cake pops is a great gift for a new mom, but if she’s more into chocolate than cake then these I Love You heart-shaped lollipops definitely fit the bill.An order comes with 8 lollipops in either dark, milk, white, or strawberry chocolate. If you opt for white chocolate, the shop owner can make the pops any color you’d like. The chocolate is made from natural and organic ingredients, and the dark chocolate pops are vegan friendly.


Exfoliating Face Mask

The great thing about a face mask is that mom can just apply it, go about her day while it does its work for however long it needs, then simply wash it off and get back to whatever she was doing. It’s much simpler than a complicated skincare routine. This Papaya Bright Face Mask comes in powder form in a 1-oz container and is made from “edible superfoods” including papaya and buckthorn berry. To use it, all she has to do is scoop out 1 tsp of powder and mix it with a few drops of water to create a gel mask that brightens and exfoliates the skin after 10-15 minutes.


Soft Lounge Pants

There’s definitely an argument for loungewear that can transition from the house to going out in public, but there’s also an argument for loungewear that’s simply made for wearing around the house in maximum comfort. Since the new mom in your life is likely going to be at home a lot for the foreseeable future, she might as well have a few pairs of pants that are the latter. There is no shortage of great styles to choose from, like these Stars Above Soft Pajama Pants that are made from a super soft material with just a little bit of stretch. They’re perfect for moms whose bodies are still adjusting because they have a full elastic waistband with a drawstring so they can find their perfect fit.

When it comes to finding the best Valentine’s Day gifts for new moms, the most important thing is taking the time to find a gift that’s just right for the specific mama in your life. Think about what she likes, what she needs, and what will make her smile, and you’re sure to get her something she’ll love (and love is what Valentine’s Day is all about, right?).

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