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21 Practical and Thoughtful Gifts for New Moms

Pregnant woman standing by a crib in a nursery




Written by:

Barbara Mighdoll

While there are countless options when it comes to gifts for new moms, I recommend prioritizing items that will make their journey into motherhood a little less daunting and a lot more comfortable. Plus some splurgy treats they may not have otherwise bought for themselves are sure to be a hit.

In this list, I've rounded up some of the most thoughtful and practical gifts that new parents will not only appreciate but will actually use. From items that offer a little self-care and pampering to those geared towards making the day-to-day, sleep-deprived parenting tasks easy, these great gifts assure that you're thinking about the needs and well-being of the new mom. So whether you're a mom-to-be crafting her baby shower registry or a loved one trying to find a thoughtful gift, this guide is sure to spark some great ideas.

Best gifts for new moms

Should I Focus on Gifts For the Baby or the Mom Herself?

Think beyond the traditional baby shower gifts of strollers, diaper bags, and baby onesies. While practical baby items are always appreciated, it's important not to overlook the needs and self-care of the mom. When selecting gifts for new moms, it's crucial to consider their needs and remind them of their identity beyond motherhood. Along with thoughtful items for the baby, you can also opt for gifts that focus on the mom herself. For instance, a mug to hold her morning coffee, a book or journal for personal reflection, or a subscription to their favorite magazine or streaming service. These gifts can help new moms feel cherished and connected to themselves during this transformative journey .

What Do New Moms Need Most?

So, you're planning to visit a new mom at home? Remember, your visit is not just about meeting the new baby, but also about supporting the new mom. Bringing useful gifts for new moms like a home-cooked meal, a cozy throw blanket, or a comfortable lounge set could mean the world to her. Also, new parents cherish items that provide a bit of relaxation amidst the chaos. Think about indulgent skincare products or a subscription for audiobooks, or an app recommendation to whisk them away into a new world during late-night feedings. 

But, it's not just tangible items that matter. Offering to help with chores can make a significant difference. I can’t tell you how amazing it was to have food brought to me for dinner (with additional meals waiting for me in the freezer!), and the dishes in the sink taken care of after a long night and day with a newborn. Do keep in mind to practice good hygiene around the newborn – it's a small but crucial step that new parents will deeply appreciate. 

Gifts for New Moms Who Just Gave Birth

In the first month of motherhood, gifts that offer practicality and comfort are often the most appreciated. Let's discover some of the best options.

The Everything Bra by Bodily | Gifts for New Moms

Splurgy Bras Worth the Hype

I learned about the brand Bodily when I was pregnant with Willow. A friend swore its nursing bras were worth every penny, so of course I had to try them myself. I can confirm they are totally worth the hype – so soft, flexible, supportive and easy to use. The Everything Bra by Bodily will be a gift used over and over again. 

Self-Care Products

Self-care products like a soothing face mask, a bath soak, a rich body lotion, or a luxe body wash, can help a new mom to unwind and relax. These little luxuries can make a huge difference in her mood and overall well-being. I especially love the Hanni Splash Salve in shower body moisturizer which is a silky moisturizer made for busy moms so they can skip this step post-shower and get on her way.

The Ordinary Peeling Solution Facial Mask

This face mask is a favorite among skincare enthusiasts. It helps to brighten the complexion and reduce signs of aging, all while providing a soothing experience.

Herbivore Botanicals Calm Bath Salts

Perfect for a relaxing soak, these bath salts available at Nordstrom are made from Himalayan pink salt, ylang-ylang, and natural vanilla. These bath salts soothe the body and mind, helping melt away the stress and relax after a long day.

Kiehl's Creme de Corps

This rich body lotion boasts an impressive 4.9-star average review. Its nourishing formula leaves skin soft and hydrated, making it a comforting daily ritual for new moms. A perfect blend of practicality and indulgence.

Molton Brown Bath & Shower Gel

This high-end creamy body wash has an amazing blend of exotic ingredients that leave the skin feeling soft, refreshed, and delicately scented. It's a mini luxury for everyday use. 

Polaroid Camera

One of my favorite gifts to give new parents is a Polaroid camera. While some parents can't share enough pictures on Instagram, this lo-fi alternative and the simplicity of having a point and shoot camera is beyond amazing. Parents can capture “in-the-moment” memories that will last a lifetime.

healthy pre-made meals | Gifts for New Moms

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Grocery and Meal Delivery

Adjusting to life with a newborn is quite a whirlwind. Amidst all the diaper changes and sleepless nights, finding time to grocery shop (lol the thought of leaving the house in the early days after coming home with a tiny infant is terrifying) or cook can feel like an uphill battle. That's where grocery and meal delivery services can be a game changer.

Start an order on Instacart, Amazon Fresh or Whole Foods delivery filled with fresh, healthy snacks and easy ingredients to spin up a meal. One of my favorite grocery orders for new moms includes zoodles, pesto sauce, a block of fresh pecorino and a pack of italian chicken sausages. There is truly nothing better than having bags full of fresh fruit, vegetables, dips, trail mix and cold brew show up on your front door as a surprise delivery from a friend.

Sending a subscription to a meal delivery service can be a thoughtful way to ensure new parents don't have to stress about meal planning in those initial days. There are even specific services that are vegan, organic, plant-based, and incredibly easy to prepare. Just heat and eat – a godsend when you're running on two hours of sleep! Also, never underestimate the power of a DoorDash gift card (get $5 off your first order here).


A plant-based meal delivery service that offers a wide array of delicious, chef-crafted dishes. Whether you're vegan, vegetarian, or just looking for healthier alternatives, Veestro has got you covered. The meals arrive frozen and simply need to be heated for a hassle-free mealtime. With impressive reviews, Veestro is praised for its variety, taste, and convenience.


Their organic, plant-based meals are nutritionally designed to boost energy and improve digestion. Sakara offers a convenient subscription service, and the meals arrive ready to eat, saving new parents valuable time. While it's a bit pricier, customer satisfaction ratings highlight the quality and health benefits of the meals, making it a worthwhile investment.

Daily Harvest

An assortment of pre-made meals and smoothies that are both healthy and easy to prepare. Their options are not only vegan but also gluten-free. Known for their farm-frozen smoothies, soups, and bowls, Daily Harvest is loved for its use of organic, unprocessed ingredients and the convenience of having healthy food ready in minutes

Cleaning or Laundry Services

One of the biggest challenges for new parents? Keeping up with household chores while taking care of a newborn. So, a gift card for a professional cleaning service can be a real blessing for new moms and dads. It's one less thing they have to worry about, and they can enjoy a clean, organized home without lifting a finger. I recommend asking the parents if they have a usual house cleaner, and if not ask if they’d be okay with you booking a highly reviewed cleaner on their behalf (some people are more private or cautious of their space). I’ve had the most luck searching locally through Nextdoor or in local moms groups on Facebook.

Amazon Gift Card for Middle of the Night Shopping

A gift card for Amazon can be a fantastic gift for new parents. I personally would fill my cart to keep myself awake during middle of the night feedings. Whether they need to stock up on diaper supplies, buy a new baby onesie, or grab pumping supplies, a gift card provides them the flexibility to choose exactly what they need when they need it.

Three children holding hands facing opposite of the camera in a field of grass

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Babysit Older Children

Never underestimate the priceless gift of time and space. While parents may not be ready to part with their newest family member for a night out just yet, having someone to care for their other children is truly invaluable. Balancing bonding time with the new baby and making the older kids feel cherished is crucial. Offer to spend quality time with the older children, allowing mom and baby to bond, run errands, or simply enjoy a longer nap. Drawing from personal experience, providing a minimum of three hours of childcare is long enough to give a new mom some space and to enjoy peace and quiet at home. 

A Cozy Night In Package for Mama

Every mom deserves a moment of relaxation, even 15 minutes after bedtime. A cozy night in package is an excellent way to ensure she gets it. Here’s a handy list for you to curate for her: 

Massage Gift Card

We know that the physical toll of pregnancy and childbirth can cause discomfort. A postpartum massage can be therapeutic for new moms. Massage Envy offers gift cards for various types of massages, and they have many locations nationwide. You can also research local postnatal massage therapists and purchase a gift card directly with her. Many also offer in-home services, which a new mom would feel incredibly grateful to receive.

Best gifts for new moms

What Are Some Unique Gift Ideas for New Moms?

Some unique gift ideas for new moms include personalized jewelry with the baby's initials or birthstone, a spa day or massage gift certificate, a subscription box tailored to new moms, a photography session to capture precious moments, or a meal delivery service to make mealtime easier.

Personalized Jewelry

Custom-made jewelry pieces with the baby's initials or birthstone, are certain to resonate with a new mom. If you’d like to purchase in advance of the baby’s birth to have on hand when you visit shortly after, opt for a Mama themed option.

Argento Vivo Personalized Large 3-Initial Letter Monogram Necklace

This chic and trendy necklace allows new moms to proudly wear their baby’s initials around their neck. Crafted from sterling silver or gold-plated sterling silver, this necklace adds a personal and stylish touch to any outfit. Its elegant design and high-quality material make it a thoughtful and cherished gift for any new mom

Initial Necklace with Birthstone by EF Collection

This exquisite piece features a pendant with the baby's initial and a birthstone, creating a personal touch that new moms will adore.

A baby surrounded by toys, stuffed animals, and books on a white blanket

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Custom storybook 

We received a custom storybook for Caden from my best friend and I balled. We still love reading it to him three years later and love that we get to reference Auntie Elena and Uncle Zack as characters in the book. This can make for a deeply meaningful and treasured gift.

Illustrated Family Portrait

A personalized family portrait is a warm way to celebrate a new mom's growing family. One standout choice is the Customizable Illustrated Family Portrait from Etsy. Imagine the joy on a new mom’s face when she sees her family captured so beautifully in art.

Baby Memory Book

Documenting baby's firsts in a beautifully designed memory book is a gift that keeps on giving. Lucy Darling Little Artist Memory Book is an excellent choice. With its whimsical designs and thoughtful prompts, it's a delightful way to record the milestones that fly by so quickly in the first year. Moms will appreciate the ease of use and the darling illustrations.

Thoughtful Gifts to Bring to New Moms in the Hospital

Visiting a new mom in the hospital? Please be sure she doesn’t already have these items with her! She’s already going to be overwhelmed leaving the hospital, you don’t want to add more to her luggage than needed. And please, don’t overstay your welcome.

Comfortable Robe and Slippers

Hospital gowns are known for their lack of style and comfort (which is why I recommend packing your own postpartum wardrobe). So, gifting a comfortable robe and a pair of cozy slippers can truly make a difference for a new mom. They provide a sense of normalcy and comfort, allowing her to feel homely amidst the clinical hospital surroundings.

Comfortable robe for moms

The Nesting Robe

Hatch, known for their chic maternity and new mom essentials, delivers yet again. With clean lines and oh-so-soft fabric, this robe is designed for lounging and allows easy access for breastfeeding.

UGG Scuffette II Slipper

These slippers, featuring genuine shearling lining, offer warmth and comfort beyond compare.

Snacks and Drinks to Keep New Moms Energized

In the whirlwind of childbirth and adjusting to their new role, new moms often forget to eat. The fact that hospital food is usually terrible doesn’t help. Bringing snacks and drinks to the hospital can be a great way to ensure that a new mom stays energized throughout the day. Opt for healthy, easy-to-eat snacks like trail mix, granola bars, or fresh fruits, and hydrating drinks like coconut water or herbal teas.

Pajamas and Loungewear

An absolute must-have for new moms. During the initial months, a mom spends most of her time at home nursing and taking care of the baby. As someone who spent the majority of maternity leave in loungewear, I can't stress this point enough.

eberjey Gisele Tencel Modal Relaxed Short PJ Set

For all the long nights and early mornings, the eberjey Gisele Tencel Modal Relaxed Short PJ Set is a dream. This cute, two-piece pajama set comes in a range of colors and is spun from incredibly soft Tencel modal that's not only gentle against the skin but also naturally breathable. It's also machine washable, making it a practical, luxurious addition to a new mom's nighttime routine.

Cozy Earth Bamboo Short Sleeve Pajama Set in Stretch Knit

The Cozy Earth Bamboo Short Sleeve is another great option. It's soft, stretchy, and perfect for those all-nighter feeds. Plus, the bamboo fabric comes with thermal regulation properties, keeping her cool when it's hot and warm when it's cold.

Hatch Maternity Ultra Soft Jersey Short PJ Set

This comfy, soft PJ set is designed with pregnancy and postpartum in mind. Its relaxed fit leaves ample space for a growing belly, while presenting easy nursing access. It's one of those gifts for new moms that pays attention to the little details, making her road to motherhood a bit comfier.

Best gifts for new moms

Practical Motherhood Gift Ideas New Moms Don't Know They Need

Motherhood is a beautiful journey, but it can also be a roller-coaster ride, especially for first-time moms. There are so many things they might not even realize they need until they're in the thick of it (um…hair loss?!). Here are some practical yet thoughtful gift ideas that will have new moms wondering how they ever would have managed without them.

Postpartum Recovery Kit

With a baby to look after, many new moms don't take the time to care for themselves. A postpartum recovery kit is a thoughtful and practical gift to help them heal and rejuvenate. FridaMom's Postpartum Recovery Essentials Kit, available on Amazon, is designed to help with post-birth healing. It includes disposable underwear, perineal cooling pad liners, perineal healing foam, and medicated witch hazel pad liners. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Baby yawning in their crib. A stuffed bear is tucked in next to the baby

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Baby Sound Machine

A good night's sleep is priceless for new parents, and a white noise sound machine can be a lifesaver. The Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine, serves as a nightlight, sound machine, and time-to-rise alert. Its modern design and variety of lullabies and sounds make it a top choice for parents. So, if sleep is a commodity, consider this a priceless gift.

Postpartum Belly Band

Postpartum belly bands are lifesavers for many new moms. The ChongErfei Postpartum Belly Wrap, available on Amazon, is a favorite for its comfort and support. This band promotes healing, provides excellent back support, and helps to shrink the belly, waist, and hips post-pregnancy. It's a gift of comfort in a challenging time.

Breastfeeding Accessories

Breastfeeding can be a challenging journey, and it's essential to have the right tools. The Medela has a virtual treasure trove of products including breast milk storage bags, disposable nursing pads, nipple cream, and quick clean micro-steam bags. And let's not forget the Lansinoh TheraPearl Breast Therapy Pack, which can be used hot or cold to provide relief and support to breastfeeding moms.

Postpartum Underwear

Childbirth is a beautiful and miraculous journey, but let's face it, it can also be messy. That's why postpartum underwear is a thoughtful and practical gift for new moms.

Rael Disposable Underwear Postpartum Essentials

The Rael Disposable Underwear are absorbent, comfortable, and take one less worry off a new mom's plate. They're also biodegradable. Talk about thoughtful!

Bambody Period Underwear

These gems are reusable, super absorbent, and are the perfect gift for post-pregnancy recovery. One of the best things out there for new moms, they provide security and comfort, while also being environmentally friendly. So, if you're aiming for practical and eco-friendly, these are a top choice.

Cora Period Underwear Shorts High Waist Style

For those moms who've had a C-section, we present the Cora Period Underwear Shorts High Waist Style. These high-waisted shorts are designed with a soft, gentle waistband that won't irritate C-section incisions. Plus, they're made from organic cotton, offer excellent absorption, and have a stylish, feel-good factor. Keep these in mind when considering what to bring to a new mom in the hospital. These aren't just a gift, they're a godsend.

Woman holding a newborn baby on her shoulder

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How Much Should I Spend on a Gift?

There’s no right answer, and it truly depends on your relationship with the mom and your personal budget. The best gifts for new moms can range anywhere from $5 to $500, but it's the thought that counts. So, if you're tight on finances, consider affordable options like handwritten letters, DIY gift baskets, or home cooked meals. However, if your budget allows, more lavish gifts like a luxurious post-pregnancy spa package could be greatly appreciated. Remember, the value of a gift is not measured by its price tag, but the thought and care that went into selecting it.

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