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15 Gifts for New Moms that Aren’t for the Baby

Gifts for New Moms that Aren't for the Baby

Having gone through labor and childbirth four times, I can tell you one thing for certain: each experience is meaningful and entirely unique. New moms go through a lot when bringing their children into this world, and people often give gifts to celebrate the new arrival. But have you noticed that the gifts are usually meant for the baby? 

Most moms, myself included, are overjoyed to receive items for their newborn. Imagine, then, how a new mom would feel if they received a gift meant specifically for them? These kinds of gifts for new moms can make them feel loved, seen, and appreciated. So, today I’m sharing some of my favorite gifts to give new moms for herself.

What To Give A New Mom For Herself

Giving birth is a miraculous feat. New moms deserve to be pampered, and a special gift is a great way to celebrate the momentous occasion. But what do you get a new mom for herself? 

The most important thing to consider when choosing a gift for a new mom is her needs. What does her postpartum recovery look like? What will make her life easier? Think about her new day-to-day routine and consider gifts that would be meaningful to her. Here are my top gift ideas! 

Gifts for New Moms that Aren't for the Baby

15 Gifts for New Moms that Aren’t for the Baby

Personalized Jewelry

Personalized jewelry made just for her is a great way to show the new mom in your life some love and appreciation. We’re often so overjoyed by the arrival of a new baby that we fail to recognize how momentous of an occasion it is for the new mom. Show her that she’s worthy of just as much appreciation with personalized jewelry like this 14K Gold Plated Dainty Letter Necklace

Heated Coffee Mug

A hot cup of coffee can be a real luxury for a sleep-deprived new mom. In between tending to her infant, brewing fresh coffee and drinking it while it’s hot is a rare treat. Gift her a heated coffee mug! A heated or temperature-controlled mug will keep her drink at a consistent temperature so that she can enjoy a cup of coffee just the way she likes it without having to reheat it. 

Travel Tumbler

Staying hydrated is especially important postpartum. But new moms are laser-focused on their newborn, which means they often forget about fulfilling their own basic needs. Give her a cute travel tumbler, like the crazy popular Stanley tumbler, and she’ll have a good reason to drink more water throughout the day. 

Foot Massager

A new mom wouldn’t even think to spoil herself with something like a foot massager which is what makes it a great gift idea. A foot massager is great for new moms who need a little self-care, but don’t have the time or energy to do much of anything. It will soothe her aching feet and help her relax, without having to take her attention off the baby. You can even set it up for her wherever she sits to breastfeed, this way she has plenty of opportunities to use it. 

Cozy Slippers

From pregnancy to labor and delivery, a new mom’s body has been through it. She made it through the most painful part, but postpartum can still be pretty uncomfortable. Cozy slippers can provide some much-needed comfort and relief. 

Kindle

A Kindle is a fantastic gift idea for the new mom who loves to read. Nothing can beat flipping through the pages of a good old-fashioned book, but there’s no denying a Kindle’s convenience. She can settle in for a reading session and enjoy endless baby snuggles at the same time, even in the dark. With unlimited books at her fingertips, she can find parenting books with encouraging words for moms or a thriller to get lost in without ever getting up from her cost spot.

Candles

A candle can’t watch the baby so that mom can take a shower, but they smell good and add a touch of coziness to the room. They might even bring a sense of calm to a frazzled new mom. The Voluspa Panjore Lychee Candle doubles as decor, while this candle gift set offers the added benefit of aromatherapy.

gift ideas for new moms

Aromatherapy Diffuser 

Speaking of aromatherapy, an aromatherapy diffuser might be just what the new mom in your life needs. An aromatherapy diffuser with essential oils can help create a more soothing environment as she settles into her new routine. 

Food Delivery Gift Card

Between settling into a new routine, the lack of sleep, and the constant attention a newborn requires, cooking is often the last thing a new mom wants to have to think about. A food delivery gift card can make meal time a breeze. Grubhub and DoorDash offer food ordering and delivery in cities all over the country.

Skincare Kit

Childbirth can do crazy things to your skin (thanks, hormones). Give her the gift of nourished and glowing skin with skincare products designed for new moms. The New & Expecting Moms Skincare Kit from Bambu Earth would be an amazing gift. It includes seven all-natural products and a 30-page guide that shows you how to use the kit based on your current skincare needs.

Mani/Pedi

Most new moms barely have time to shower, much less get a manicure. But that’s where you come in. If the new mom in your life is yearning for the days when her nails looked perfectly polished, treat her to a mani/pedi. You can offer to watch the baby while she gets her nails done on your tab, or you can bring the nail salon to her with an at-home mani/pedi.

Headphones 

Noise isn’t exactly conducive to a soothing environment for late or middle-of-the-night feedings. With a good pair of headphones, a new mom can use that time to catch up on her favorite podcasts or listen to an audiobook without disturbing her little one. These Active Noise Cancelling Headphones are a great budget pick, or you can treat her to the Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones. But if you really want to spoil her, the Apple AirPods Max Wireless Over-Ear Headphones are the best splurge-worthy headphones.

Subscription Box

Subscription boxes make great gifts because they require very little effort to give, yet they bring so much joy to the recipient. There are a ton of options to choose from, so consider which one will bring her the most joy. For example, the New Mom/Postpartum Gift Box Subscription from Nurtured 9 is focused on simple self-care, while the Cater To Mom Postpartum Care Subscription Box will make any new mom feel appreciated.

Gifts for New Moms that Aren't for the Baby

Cleaning Service 

While it’s not sentimental or personal like the other gift ideas, a cleaning service is one of the best gifts for new moms. Even simple chores like dishes, laundry, and vacuuming can become overwhelming for a new mom. Take the stress off and treat her to a cleaning service that will take care of those chores for her. I promise she’ll be forever grateful.

Laundry Service

I know many new moms might feel uneasy with someone else cleaning their home, so laundry service is another great gift option to consider. Local laundry services can pick up your dirty clothes, wash them, and even fold them for you. All you have to do is bag up your dirty clothes and put away the clean ones, which gives new moms one less thing to worry about.

Celebrate the new mom in your life with a gift meant just for her.

Giving a new mom something meant just for her is a great way to make her feel seen and appreciated. It can also bring joy to her life at a time where she’s likely feeling a whole mix of emotions. Think about what would bring joy to the new mom in your life, and give her a gift that she’ll be grateful for, even years down the road. 

For more gift ideas, check out my post on gifts for the work-from-home parent.

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