43 First Mother's Day Gifts Ideas That a New Mom Will Never Forget
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BECOMING A new parent comes with all sorts of firsts: the first time your baby recognizes your face and smiles at you, the first time your baby sleeps through the night (which means you get to sleep through the night), and the first Mother's Day celebration. Whether your partner is pregnant with your child or you're already nursing a newborn at home, that first milestone is one you'll both remember for the rest of your lives. As your child gets older, they might be the one to pick out the best Mother's Day gift for your wife or make her breakfast in bed. But for that first one, it's really up to you to make this day special for her as a new mom.
The best Mother's Day gifts are pampering and relaxing, seeing as those new to parenthood are severely lacking in things like sleep and self-care. While gifts for the baby are nice, the gift you give to a new mom for her first Mother's Day should primarily be for her. Remember, it's Mother's Day, not Baby's Day. Treat the new parent to a gift she wouldn't give herself—one that makes the long, exhausting days of caring for a newborn a little bit easier. In addition to a present, you may also want to give her the gift of an extra hour of sleep. Perhaps even a few hours alone to herself while you take the baby to visit the grandparents or to the park. She could use the break (and frankly, you could too), but it's something she likely wouldn't suggest herself.
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Looking for the best gifts for the new mom in your life? We've rounded up an assortment of self-care essentials and sentimental gifts she'll love, from back massagers to bathrobes and everything in between. Read on for our top picks for the best first Mother's Day gifts.
Love Note Messenger
This gift comes straight from the heart. The messenger can send notes, photos, images, and animations and the heart on the box spins when there's new content to take in. Show your creative and affectionate side with this lovely gift.
Convertible smart crib
Give her the gift of extra sleep with this smart crib that automatically bounces and soothes her newborn to sleep. Plus, it comes with a baby monitor so she can only keep tabs on her baby.
A3500 Ascent Series Smart Blender
Whips up baby food, shakes, and soups in seconds. Vitamix's top-of-the-line blender will cut down on her kitchen prep time. A practical and thoughtful gift she'll use for years to come.
Indoor/Outdoor Bootie Slippers
Perfect for keeping mom cozy around the clock, these slippers have a rubber outsole that's suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. They're sherpa-lined for warmth and come in multiple colors so you can pick her favorite.
Women's Guide Trex Sport Top
Whether she's heading back to the gym or running crosstown errands, this UPF 50+ sport top will get here there in style.
This deeply moisturizing serum also gently exfoliates dead and tired-looking skin. Great for new moms who haven't been sleeping as much.
Fresh Start Cleanse
Sometimes, it's best to hit the skincare reset button. Allow her to do so with this great cleanse, which will have her feeling luminous and refreshed.
Celebrate her well-earned wine night with this sleek carafe.
Theragun Mini Handheld Electric Massage Gun
Moms on the go need a moment to relax and unwind. This electric massage gun from Therabody can help. The Theragun mini has three pulse massage speeds and is small enough to keep in her bag or car.
Over the Moon Duo
She wants to look her best and sometimes a helpful assist is in order. This duo heals skin, drains nodes, and takes on puffiness. She'll love the results in addition to the soothing process.
Automatic Nut Milk Maker
If she likes alternative milks, this is an ideal gift. Store-bought nut milk is fine but the homemade stuff is even better. Set her up with the best of the best with this handy automatic maker, great for morning coffee or baking projects.
Restore Smart Light
Alarm clocks or so several generations ago. Enter the smart clock, which can do just about everything. Part reading light, sleep routine guide, sunrise provider, and storyteller, this pre-bed light is just what she needs.
Women's Esplar Low-Top Leather Sneakers
These hip sneakers from VEJA are comfortable and stylish. She'll get respectful nods from millennials and love the signature logo on the side.
3 Qt. 8-in-1 Multi-function Pressure Cooker
This do-it-all pressure cooker whips up dishes in less than hour, so she can spend less time cooking and more time with enjoying her meals.
Bamboo Linen Sheet Set
A warm weather-friendly sheet set that's incredibly cooling and cozy, so she can rest even easier.
Double The Unicorn
Because new moms deserve all the flowers.
Gluten-Free B'Day Truffle Dozen Box
You can never go wrong with sweets. This batch of cookies from lauded Milk Bar is gluten-free and extremely colorful, not to mention tremendous flavor.
Mulberry Silk Pillowcase
This cool-to-the-touch silk pillowcase helps eliminate hair frizz and reduce crease lines. A luxe self-care gift that she will enjoy.
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Foot Massager Machine with Deep-Kneading
A foot massage is a heavenly thing we often only associate with special occasions. Allow her to enjoy one daily, if not more often than that, with this fine machine, which will help with circulation, soreness, and tired feet.
Women of Change 5 Bath Bombs Gift Set
This collectible bath bomb set features five courageous women who changed our world for the better. Some of the changemakers highlighted in the gift set include Frida Kahlo, Maya Angelou, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Rosa Parks. Make her bath time just a little more empowering with these bath bombs.
Mom deserves the best sleep possible. While she might already have a favorite mattress, her frame could use a little updating. This platform frame is gorgeous, featuring Japanese joinery and a height that's perfect for storage underneath.
Better Than Roses
This set of 18 truffles is better than those last-minute day-old baked goods at your local supermarket. The bite-sized balls of Birthday, Chocolate Birthday, and Red Velvet truffles are perfect to snack on in between nap time and dinnertime when she needs a quick pick-me-up.
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Faux Leather Diaper Belt Bag
You'll be surprised at how convenient this fanny pack diaper bag is. It has a waterproof pocket for holding wet wipes or soiled clothing items, plus a removable changing pad that unfolds from the back flap. A key/pacifier hook makes this bag all she needs need to carry on quick errands when she doesn't want to lug around a heavy diaper bag.
The Cirque Swivel Chair
New moms will be spending most of their time in a cozy chair, which makes the chair selection a pretty important part of the selection process. This fun swivel chair from Levity helps her sit in a resting position that's comfortable for the mom and the baby.
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Compact Iron & Steamer
A travel-friendly iron is a great gift because it’s something no one thinks to buy themselves, but it will come in handy pretty frequently. This one heats up in three minutes and can also be used as a steamer—and the beautiful design doesn't hurt.
This smart air purifier mounts to the wall (great for small apartments), is quite as a whisper, and will have her and her newborn breathing easier.
Women's Wool Runners
On the rare occasion when a new mom makes it out of the house, you can bet that she'll be wearing tennis shoes. These Merino wool sneakers are more comfortable than her worn-out running shoes and provide the all-day support she needs to run after little ones.
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Vertuo by De'Longhi Coffee and Espresso Maker
This one's for the first-time mom who misses her pre-baby daily Starbucks runs. Make quick espressos for a shot of energy, or pick up some flavored syrups and creamy milk to recreate your favorite drinks at home.
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A hands-free smart home device will come in handy whenever she's trying to set a timer while feeding, catch up on the news, check the weather, set alarms, and so much more. Turn on lights, adjust thermostats, and lock doors all without having to get up from the rocking chair.
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One-Step Volumizer Original 1.0 Hair Dryer and Hot Air Brush
First-time mothers need all the time-saving hacks they can find. This 2-in-1 blow dryer and straightener takes hair from damp and messy to dry and sleek, all in one tool.
Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager
Being a new mom is hard on the body. While a 60-minute massage is a nice idea, finding the time and energy to get out of the house is next to impossible—especially during those first few months. This portable neck massager alleviates aching muscles while she's rocking or feeding the baby and lasts up to two hours on a single charge.
Showers are often the only five minutes a first-time mom spends alone in a day, and these shower steamers turn those five minutes into a spa-like experience. She can simply place them on the floor and enjoy the aromatherapeutic experience, which can help calm, relax, destress, or energize.
First 5 Years Baby Memory Book Journal
Any parent will tell you kids grow up so fast. This memory book provides simple prompts to remind her of the baby’s milestones and firsts, helping her document the baby's early years for anyone to look back on later.
High Waist Power Flex Legging With Tummy Control
New moms live in leggings. These come highly recommended for postpartum moms thanks to the high rise elastic waistband that gently compresses the midsection and provides support for their abdominal muscles, which are weak immediately after giving birth.
Prism Bilia Bassinet
Founded by Coretta Owusu, Design Dua creates opportunity for rural artisans in Ghana through community empowerment and education, and by selling their handmade bassinets that showcase the beauty of African design. This specific style can be used as a nifty basket option for toiletries, toys, games and more once the baby has outgrown the bassinet.
Witching Hour Scented Candle
For moms that spend a lot of time in dark rooms trying to either get their babies to fall asleep or keep them that way, a scented candle makes all the difference. We love all of Brooklinen's scents, but especially Witching Hour, which is a combination of calming amber and patchouli.
FlashPatch Restoring Night Eye Gels
First-time moms don't exactly have time in their schedule for a spa day. She can keep these eye gels in the fridge for a midday mini-facial, complete with targeted anti-aging retinol and peptides that may even trick people into believing that she got more than three hours of uninterrupted sleep the night before.
The best bathrobe is one she can wear when she's fresh out of the shower or just lounging around the house. This one from Parachute Home is made of 100% long-staple Turkish cotton, which happens to be both super absorbent and cozy.
BoostIQ RoboVac 11S Robot Vacuum Cleaner
Just because she's technically a stay-at-home mom, for the time being, doesn't mean she has time to clean. This robot vacuum cleaner sucks up dirt and dust with mega-powerful suction for an effortless, thorough clean while she and the baby are doing something else.
Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker
Breastfeeding moms are told to drink plenty of water to help with their supply. They're the ones providing all the hydration to their little ones, so the more water they drink, the better it is for the both of them. If she's having trouble drinking enough water, this sparkling water maker may help curb soda cravings and opt for H2o instead.
Floral Mama Mug
This extra large 15.5 oz. mug will quickly become her favorite. The hand-painted embellishments and gold lettering with her new title make this mug extra special.
14K Yellow Gold Mom Necklace
"Mom" necklaces are a rite of passage for any new mom. This 14k yellow gold necklace looks simple and stunning on its own or layered with other dainty gold necklaces.
Mom's One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book
A one-line-a-day memory book is a quick and easy way to capture those glorious (and sometimes not so glorious) early days of motherhood. It'll help her record a single thought or important milestone every day for five years for her and her little one to reflect on later when those early days are just a faded memory.
Bloom Glass Teapot
The Qi is known for its single-origin, whole flower teas that promote well-being and relaxation. The bloom glass teapot allows you watch the flowers wilt as they steep, adding a calming visual element to mom's tea ritual. And if she's a design lover, this teapot is beautiful enough to leave out on the counter and (hopefully!) remind her to take a moment for herself evey time she sees it.
Pocket Soft, Breathable, Moisture-Wicking Babywearing Shirt
Skin to skin contact is very important for a newborn's development, and this breathable newborn carrier provides that close contact while also allowing mom to be hands-free and mobile. There's no wrapping, tying or knotting like other newborn slings. Just slip the baby in the 'cross and hug' closure for maximum bonding time.
Square Neck Ruffle Maxi Dress
This maxi dress is easy and comfortable to wear inside or outside the house. The adjustable straps make it easy to nurse while the flowing skirt is flattering on mom's changing body.
Quarter Caf Ground Low Acid Coffee
Most doctors advise against caffeine for breastfeeding moms, which can be difficult to abide by when your newborn keeps you up at all hours of the night. Quarter Caf Ground Coffee is naturally decaffeinated, which means mom gets to enjoy a good ol' cup of joe without the guilt.
Nurture Face and Body Balm
This rich, emollient balm soothes cracked dry skin anywhere on the body. Organic pumpkin seed oil, seabuckthorn fruit oil and rice bran wax deeply hydrate the skin. Plus, it's even safe to use on babies six weeks and older to prevent and treat diaper rash.
Bra-llelujah! Mama Maternity/Nursing Bra
Most women won't treat themselves to a well-made nursing bra because they'll only be using it while they're breastfeeding. But since it's something she'll be wearing every day, investing in a high-quality option will end up paying for itself in comfort and convenience. This one from Spanx features easy clip-down cups and a stretchable fabric that grows with you.
Adjustable Satin-Lined Knot Turban
No one is immune to bad hair days, especially not new moms. For when the day inevitably arrives, this Grace Eleyae knot turban is both stylish and satin-lined to protect her tresses from damage (plus, it comes in a few different colors and patterns so you can pick one that suits her style).
Twisted Sister Esmerelda Underwire One-Piece
With summer coming up, those itty bitty bikinis may be taking a hiatus. This flattering one-piece hugs in all the right places, providing generous support around the waist and bust to make new mothers feel confident in their bodies.
New moms can't close their eyes for a minute without worrying about their baby. Give mom the afternoon off and send her to the spa for a relaxing treatment or two. We recommend a facial and massage – she deserves it.
Large 1 Gallon Motivational Water Bottle
These gallon jugs make staying hydrated easy and fun. Especially for moms recovering from a C-section, drinking plenty of water is the key to healing quickly post-surgery.
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Everyday Photo Book
A photo book capturing her baby's first few months is a great gift she'll appreciate now and later. Those first few months are a blur, so this is a great way to capture and remember the memories she's probably already started to forget.
For a new mom running on little to no sleep, a cooling ice roller is a great way to decrease puffiness and refresh the skin. Keep in the fridge at all times for a satisfyingly chill wake-up call.
Arlo Swivel Reclining Rocking Glider
New moms will be spending most of their time in a rocking chair, which makes the chair selection a pretty important part of the baby room decorating process. This comfortable chair from Wayfair glides, swivels, and reclines to a peaceful resting position that's comfortable for the mom and the baby.
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The best gift for a first-time mom is easy, nutritious meals she doesn't have to cook or even think about. This gift box from Daily Harvest contains nine smoothies of her choosing for a quick and delicious snack in between nap time and the next feeding.
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