Pamper first-time moms with these thoughtful presents.

By Rebecca Carhart
March 20, 2019
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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and for new moms, the upcoming holiday is a momentous occasion. Prepare to make her first Mother’s Day a memorable one with a gift that shows your appreciation for all she does. Whether you’re looking for a handy gadget that makes her life easier, a personalized gift that makes her feel special, or some pampering products to give her a much-needed and relaxing break, we’ve rounded up our favorite thoughtful and useful Mother’s Day gifts for new moms. Whether she prefers practical gifts or sentimental treasures, we've got you covered with all the best new mom gift ideas.

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Ugg Nya Short Pajamas

Reality check: A newborn baby means lots of late nights. Treat the new mom in your life to a comfy set of pajamas. Not only is this sleek set made with ultra-soft viscose fabric, it buttons in the front which comes in handy for late-night feedings. Plus, the lightweight material and shorts will help her stay cool and comfortable if she experiences any residual hot flashes after giving birth. They're also machine washable, which is a must when caring for a newborn.

Buy It: Ugg Nya Short Pajamas, $78

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Hello Bello Vanilla Apricot Lotion

Mom-of-two Kristen Bell and hubby Dax Shepard just launched Hello Bello, a line of premium, plant-based baby products that can be used by the whole family. Their hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested lotion is gentle enough to nourish baby’s skin while the vanilla apricot scent treats Mom to a sweet aromatherapy pick-me-up.

Buy It: Hello Bello Vanilla Apricot Lotion, $6

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Cheerful Elephant Baby Memory Book

Help new moms remember every milestone and special moment with this adorable memory book. Each book has spaces to record milestones, like baby’s first steps and first tooth, as well as envelopes to hold sentimental items like locks of hair and hospital ID bracelets. It's a thoughtful first Mother’s Day gift that'll be fun to flip through as baby grows, too.

Buy It: Cheerful Elephant Baby Memory Book, $56

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Coach Baby Tote

This stylish diaper bag has all the features new moms actually want—large capacity, easy-to-clean nylon fabric, a versatile shoulder strap, and plenty of pockets to hold oodles of baby essentials. Plus, it's neutral enough to use as an everyday tote. The bag even comes with its own changing pad, so she won't have to worry about packing one separately.

Buy It: Coach Baby Tote, $295

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Personalized Baby Pillow

First Mother's Day gifts don't get cuter than this! Surprise mom with a cuddly pillow that's actually a personalized portrait of her little bundle of joy. Each pillow is handmade in New York and customized with the little one’s name, birth date, and a simple illustration of the new baby. You can also choose to have the pillow outlined in pink, blue, or green thread.

Buy It: Personalized Baby Pillow, $150

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Asutra Silk Lavender-Filled Eye Mask

While you might not be able to give new moms the gift of a full night’s sleep—because let's be honest, that's what she really wants!—you can give her the next best thing with this sleep mask by Asutra. The silky mask is filled with organic lavender and flax seeds to help mom relax and drift off to sleep more easily. The weighted hypoallergenic mask can also be used to soothe headaches and migraines.

Buy It: Asutra Silk Lavender Filled Eye Mask, $17

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Zella Live-In Leggings

Even as mom is home cuddling her newborn, her body is still recovering from delivery—and comfortable-yet-stylish clothes are a must. We love these versatile black leggings because they're made with four-way stretch fabric that adjusts to a new mom's changing body. They're also machine washable and feature a hidden waistband pocket to store small items like keys during a springtime stroll with baby.

Buy It: Zella Live-In ⅞ Leggings, $54

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Bamboo Bathtub Caddy

Help her enjoy bathtime again with this sleek caddy. The handy tray features places to hold a glass of wine, book or iPad, and a phone—in other words, everything she needs for a baby-free hour of relaxation. The tray is adjustable so it will fit every kind of tub, and eco-minded mamas will love that it’s made from 100 percent bamboo.

Buy It: Bambusi Bamboo Bathtub Caddy, $35

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Slip Silk Pillowcase

Any tired new mama will love this splurge-worthy pillowcase. This luxe item is made from pure mulberry silk and is designed to reduce friction while you sleep, meaning it helps keep wrinkles, split ends, and frizz at bay. Bonus points if you let her sleep in or take a nap—or both!— as part of your gift. 

Buy It: Slip Silk Pillowcase, $85

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Bouqs Cuteness Bouquet

You can never go wrong with fresh flowers! If you aren’t sure what arrangement to order, let Bouqs take the guesswork out of choosing the perfect Mother’s Day bouquet. The company uses cut-to-order flowers that are sourced from eco-friendly and sustainable farms, which means mom can feel good about bringing the plants into her home. Then, local artisan florists use them to handcraft gorgeous, eye-catching bouquets that are delivered straight to her door.

Buy It: Bouqs Cuteness Bouquet, starting at $69

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French Press Coffee Maker

We can all appreciate a good cup of coffee. Give mom a delicious morning jolt with this sleek French press coffee maker by Bodum. The plunger-style brewing method helps produce a richer, fuller-bodied cup of coffee which she'll seriously appreciate. 

Buy It: Bodum Kenya French Press Coffee Maker, $18 - 20

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MagicBullet Baby Care System

If the new mom in your life is planning on making her own baby food, gift her this all-in-one kit from MagicBullet. Each set comes with the BabyBullet power base, a batch bowl, baby blend blade, milling blade, and easy pop silicone batch tray, as well as six storage cups, a spatula, one short cup, a resealable lid, tip proof tray, and a recipe book. Basically, it has everything you need to make a week’s worth of baby food besides the ingredients. 

Buy It: MagicBullet Baby Care System, $68

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Mom, Established 2019 Mug

How adorable is this mug? It will remind her of her first year of being a mom every time she drinks out of it. The cute mug holds 15 ounces, and it’s both microwave and dishwasher safe.

Buy It: ArtisanOwl Mom Est. 2019 Mug, $12

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Batiste Fresh Dry Shampoo

This beloved dry shampoo by Batiste is adored by busy moms, gym-goers, and, well, anyone who prefers not to wash their hair every day. Spritz it on dirty roots to instantly make them feel fresh and clean (it'll also remove excess oil and boost body). Package it in an at-home spa day kit to give her the full pampering treatment. She deserves it!

Buy It: Batiste Fresh Dry Shampoo, $6

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Blue Apron Gift Card

Taking the stress out of meal planning might be exactly what new moms need. With Blue Apron, she won’t have to search for recipes or go grocery shopping for ingredients, because everything needed for a delicious meal will be conveniently delivered straight to her door. Most recipes can be cooked in less than 40 minutes, and she can also order a bottle of wine to pair with each meal. She'll appreciate the ease of meal planning almost as much as she'll love the extra time in her schedule.

Buy It: Blue Apron Gift Card, starting at $60

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White + Warren Cashmere Slide Slippers

A new mom is sometimes on her feet all day while caring for her little one, so make sure her tootsies stay extra cozy with a pair of cashmere slippers from White + Warren. The elegant slippers are a splurge, but they feature a soft microfiber sole and padded insole for added comfort. Plus, they come in three stylish colors so you can gift her a pair that matches her wardrobe. 

Buy It: White + Warren Cashmere Slide Slippers, $145

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Zyllion Shiatsu Back Massager

If she doesn’t have time to leave the house for a massage, bring the spa to her with this portable shiatsu massager. The heated kneading massage pillow can be used to massage her back, shoulders, feet, legs, and arms. It features a 20-minute auto shut-off function for added safety and multipurpose straps so she can attach it to her favorite chair. The massager is about the same price as a salon massage, but she'll be able to use it as many times as she wants. 

Buy It: Zyllion Shiatsu Back Massager, $50

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Nars The Multiple

This multi-purpose stick can be used on your eyes, cheeks, and lips, which makes getting ready a total breeze. The cream-to-powder formula is easy to apply and adds a warm, sheer shimmer wherever it’s applied. It comes in seven subtle colors and has an impressive 4.4-star rating at Sephora with over 100,000 likes, so it's safe to say your new mom will love it too. 

Buy It: Nars The Multiple, $39

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Burt’s Bees Baby Kissable Cheeks Balm

You may want to kiss baby’s chubby cheeks all day long, but their sensitive skin might not react well to most lip balms—which is why Burt’s Bees specially formulated this chapstick. The gentle formula was made to soften, protect, and condition the lips of both mom and baby.

Buy It: Burts Bees Baby Kissable Cheeks Balm, $6

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Brooklinen Throw Blanket

This super soft throw blanket by Brooklinen will make late night feedings extra-cozy. Mama and baby can snuggle up together in the sleek alpaca blanket, or it can be also used as a chic accent piece in their home. The neutral throw will elevate the look of any room and is made from eco-friendly wool sources.

Buy It: Brooklinen Throw Blanket, $229

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Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask

This face mask by Glow Recipe works to hydrate, smooth, and perfect skin, all while you’re sleeping—making it an ideal gift for busy moms (or anyone) who don’t have time to do a lengthy skin treatment during the day. The glow-boosting formula features watermelon extract, hyaluronic acid, and gentle AHAs that work together to tone and smooth dull complexions, so mom will wake up with brighter, smoother skin.

Buy It: Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask, $45

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Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer

This one-step hair dryer and volumizer has been called “life-changing” by thousands of reviewers on Amazon. The handy two-in-one hair tool dries your hair and styles it at the same time, leaving you with gorgeous bouncy locks every time you use it. In other words, this tech helps you quickly achieve a salon-style blowout without ever leaving the house.

Buy It: Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer, $60

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Petunia Pickle Bottom Axis Insulated Backpack

This stylish backpack by Petunia Pickle Bottom has big-time storage capabilities making it perfect all things baby and mom. It features a zip-around insulated bottom section to conceal snacks and a breast pump, a spacious top section with five interior pockets, and D-rings on both sides so it can attach to a stroller. It also comes with a removable, water-resistant, and machine-washable changing pad, plus a wipes case.

Buy It: Petunia Pickle Bottom Axis Insulated Backpack, $139

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Amazon Echo Plus

Alexa, tell mom "Happy Mother's Day." New moms always have their hands full, so a voice-controlled home assistant like the Amazon Echo Plus will help make their lives so much easier. They can use the handy device to play music, make phone calls, check the weather, set alarms, and so much more—all without ever putting the baby down.

Buy It: Amazon Echo Plus, $150

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Mustela Bust Firming Serum

It's natural for the skin on new moms’ chests to stretch, especially when breastfeeding, which is why Mustela specially formulated this serum. It's designed to tone and firm skin in delicate areas like breasts and necks. The product has been tested under dermatological, gynecological, and pediatric control, and it’s safe to use during breastfeeding.

Buy It: Mustela Bust Firming Serum, $27

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Cosabella Mommie Never Say Never Nursing Bras

Nursing bras don't have to look like nursing bras. Popular lingerie brand Cosabella reworked its best-selling “Never Say Never” bra specifically for new moms. It's made from the same stretch-lace fabric as the original but has been reimagined with adjustable straps, nursing clips, and slinged padded cups for added support and coverage. 

Buy It: Cosabella Mommie Never Say Never Nursing Bras, $79

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Jade Facial Massager Roller

This sleek, on-trend beauty tool helps bring blood to the skin’s surface and stimulates facial muscles to give you a refreshed and radiant complexion. The best part? You only need one free hand to use it, so new moms can pamper themselves while cuddling or breastfeeding the baby.

Buy It: Shiffa Jade Facial Massager Roller, $63

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