Shower the New Mama in Your Life with Love: 19 Gift Ideas for New Moms
Need ideas on the best gifts for new moms? Becoming a new mom is an extraordinary experience worthy of celebration. Amidst the excitement of baby gifts, you may also want to extend your love with presents for the new parents.
Tips for Choosing the Perfect Presents for New Moms
Many new moms rely on their village for support when their little love enters the world. Friends and family often help new or expecting parents by gifting them the items they need to prepare for their baby—clothes, diapers, a stroller, and all the other sweet foundational pieces for the little bub.
But what can you give a new mother for herself? When it comes to buying the best gift for new moms, consider these helpful tips to ensure your choice is meaningful and appreciated:
- Personalization: The key to an unforgettable gift is personalization. New moms appreciate gifts tailored to their tastes and preferences.
- Practicality and functionality: Consider a gift that makes the new mama's daily life easier—a baby at home changes her routine and ability to take on time-consuming tasks.
- Think long-term: While some postpartum gifts are ideal for immediate use, new moms also appreciate gifts that benefit them later.
- Quality over quantity: Invest in high quality items that are durable and built to last.
- Support her self-care: Encourage the new moms to fill her cup. Choose gifts that promote relaxation and self-pampering, allowing her to unwind and rejuvenate.
- Gifts do not have to be tangible: New moms often have their hands full. Sometimes the gift of time and helping hands are the things new moms desire most.
- Ask for input: If you want guidance buying pregnancy gifts for first-time moms, ask their partner what she would most appreciate.
The best gifts for new moms are those that show you've put thought into what she truly needs and wants in the early days of parenthood!
What Do You Buy a New Mom?
Baby showers often focus on the baby, but it's also an excellent opportunity to celebrate the mom-to-be. Here are some baby shower gift ideas for moms:
Gifts that Promote Comfort and Self Care
After having a baby, a new mom loves things that make her feel cozy, relaxed, and peaceful.
For a mom-to-be or a new mom, high quality loungewear will get a lot of use. Nest Designs makes soft, stylish options in premium, eco-friendly fabrics that keep her cozy during pregnancy and postpartum. Our bamboo cotton romper looks chic but feels like you're wearing a hug. Our ever-so-soft women's basics and loungewear ensures new moms always feel their best—whether indoors with their little bub or taking them out for a neighbourhood stroll.
"Thank you Nest Designs for making a romper that is nursing friendly! This piece is a great length and incredibly comfy. The material is soft and stretchy."
Vouchers for a Spa Day or Massage
Help a new mom feel pampered by giving her the gift of relaxation. Depending on what she would love the most, get a gift card or voucher for a facial, haircut, mani-pedi, massage, or other treatment at a reputable spa.
Create a New Mom Gift Basket
Assemble a beautiful basket of sweet and soothing goodies for the new mama so she can indulge in some self-care at home. Include some bubble baths, face masks, nail polish, bath bombs, candles, aromatherapy, body scrub, and more. Make sure to add a cozy towel or luxurious robe to help her harness the feeling of being at the spa.
"Mom loved it! Super soft, really cute pattern, and loved that there were pockets."
— Beth S.
Gifts for New Moms that Nourish Her Body and Soul
Here are some ways to take care of a new mom and let her know how much you care about her.
Coordinate a Meal Train
Have friends and family band together and take turns delivering home-cooked meals to the new parents. This ensures they have a steady supply of proper meals without the added stress of cooking. Plan a schedule and include a variety of dishes to cater to their tastes and dietary needs.
Write a Heartfelt Letter
New babies receive a lot of attention. Pour your feelings and well wishes into a heartfelt letter to let the new mom know how amazing you think she is. It's a keepsake she'll cherish forever.
Meal Subscription Service
A subscription to a meal delivery service that provides fresh, healthy, and easy-to-prepare meals ensures moms and their families eat quality meals.
Cookbook with Quick and Easy Recipes
Make the new parents a cookbook if you have some standby healthy recipes that take little time to prepare. This book on its own is an excellent gift, but you can always wrap it up with some kitchen gadgets or fresh ingredients that make cooking more convenient.
Tea or Coffee Subscription
New moms are adapting to a new sleep schedule. If she's a tea or coffee lover, a monthly subscription to high quality blends or beans can provide her with a comforting daily ritual.
Healthy Snack Basket
In the early days of parenting, new moms often snack to keep their energy levels up. Assemble a basket with an assortment of nutritious snacks, such as dried fruits, nuts, and protein bars that are easy to grab and go (and eat one-handed).
The Best Gifts for Expecting Moms or Those Who Just Gave Birth
Moms-to-be and new moms alike love these types of gifts:
Notebook or Baby Book
A beautifully designed journal for the mom helps her capture her thoughts and memories during and after pregnancy. Encourage her to jot down her emotions and the special moments she experiences and can remember fondly in the future.
Professional Cleaning Service
If she would appreciate a cleaning service coming to her home, this is a very helpful gift. Research local cleaning companies with excellent reviews or get a referral from somebody you know to find a cleaning company with a sterling reputation.
Create a set of babysitting coupons that she can redeem whenever she needs a break. She can use these coupons to get out of the house, nap, or enjoy some alone time while you watch her new little one.
Find a Postpartum Doula
Hire a postpartum doula to provide expert support and companionship during the postpartum period. A doula can help with baby care and offer emotional support. Check with the new mom's partner first to make sure she would appreciate this gift.
Comfortable Nursing Clothing
"Best nursing pajama ever! The fabric is soft. Love the adjustable waist. Very easy to nurse baby"
— Claire W.
Gifts to Help Entertain New Moms
The early days of parenting may feel a little lonely. Help fill the new mama’s day with some entertainment.
Streaming Service Subscription
Purchase a subscription to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or other streaming services so the new mom can enjoy various movies and shows during those precious moments of downtime.
Audiobook or Podcast Subscription
Perfect for multitasking moms, audiobooks and podcasts from platforms like Audible are ideal when pushing the stroller around, tidying up when the baby sleeps, or curling up with a hot beverage for some alone time.
Puzzle or Adult Colouring Book
Calm and peaceful activities like puzzles or colouring books can provide a welcome break from baby care and enable new moms to enjoy the meditative actions while keeping an ear out for a sleeping or hungry little babe.
New moms love feeling connected. Schedule regular visits or check-ins to provide emotional support and assistance—whether through an in-person chat or over FaceTime. If you visit in person, come by with dinner or snacks and offer to watch the baby so mom can recharge.
Create a Care Package for a New Mama
Creating a bespoke package for a new mom is a beautiful way to show your support—and it can involve a bit of this and that from the gift ideas above. Whether it's a postpartum recovery kit or a basket of things you know she loves, this new mom gift is always a winner.
Here are some ideas on things you can include in a recovery kit:
- Soothing lotions
- Versatile button up shirt
- Nipple cream
- Gel pads
- Over-the-counter pain relief medication
- Shower steamers
- Lip balm
- Back support pillow
- A memory book
- Fuzzy socks or slippers
- Her favourite snacks
- Magazines or a book
- Gourmet chocolates
- A food service gift certificate
- And anything else she may enjoy!
"Loved [the nursing PJs]. Very soft and I love the button front, super easy for breastfeeding."
— Ziyi H.
Give the New Mom the Gift of Love
Welcome the new mama to motherhood by giving them the perfect gift. Considering her need for entertainment, nourishment, and connection, your gift can help make her first few months of parenthood even more enjoyable.