Pamper first-time moms with these thoughtful presents.

By Rebecca Carhart
Updated March 24, 2021
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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 (like one of these sweet DIY photo gifts). 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.

UGG Rosan Stripe Pajamas
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Comfy Pajamas

Reality check: A newborn baby means lots of late nights, so treat the new mom in your life to some comfy pajamas. Made with ultra-soft viscose fabric, this sleek set buttons in the front, which comes in handy for late-night feedings. Plus, the lightweight material 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.

bottle for moms
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Aromatherapy 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.

Le Petit Baby Book
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Baby Book

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

pillow with embroidered baby
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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.

1lb Weighted Sleep Mask Gray Gravity
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Weighted Sleep 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. The silky mask is filled with polyester and silica beads to help mom relax and drift off to sleep more easily. The weighted mask can also be used to soothe headaches and migraines.

Zella Studio Lite High Waist Pocket 7/8 Leggings
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High-Waist Legging

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 side pockets to store small items like keys during a springtime stroll with baby.

Haven Teak Bathtub Caddy
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Bamboo Bathtub Caddy

Help her enjoy bath time again with this sleek caddy. The handy tray features places to hold a glass of wine, a book or iPad, and a phone—in other words, everything she needs for a baby-free hour of relaxation. It’s also adjustable, so it will fit every kind of tub, and can easily be wiped clean.

silk pillowcase in purple
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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. 

peach roses and greenery in a white vase on a wood table
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Fresh 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. Plus, you can sign her up for a subscription that'll keep the flowers coming long after the holiday has passed.

Bodum Brazil 8 Cup / 34oz French Press Coffee Maker
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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. The plunger-style brewing method helps produce a richer, fuller-bodied cup of coffee which she'll seriously appreciate. 

Mom Mug Established 2020
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New Mom 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: Mom Mug (from $16, Etsy)

blue apron subscription gift
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Meal Service 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, Blue Apron)

HoMedics Shiatsu Massage Pillow with Heat
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Shiatsu Massage Pillow

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 has a 15-minute run time and costs about the same price as a salon massage—the only difference is, she'll be able to use it as many times as she wants for years to come. 

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Easy Makeup

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, Sephora)

Baby Lip Balm
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Lip Balm

She 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 Kiehl’s specially formulated this product. The gentle formula was made to soften, protect, and condition the lips of both Mom and baby.

Buy It: Baby Lip Balm ($10, Kiehl's)

watermelon sleeping mask in pink
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Watermelon Sleeping Mask

This face mask works to hydrate, smooth, and perfect skin, all while you’re sleeping—making it an ideal gift for busy moms 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.

Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer
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Hair Dryer & Volumizer

This one-step hair dryer and volumizer has been called “life-changing” by thousands of reviewers. 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.

Google Home Smart Speaker With Google Assistant
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Google Home

OK Google, tell Mom "Happy Mother's Day." New moms always have their hands full, so a voice-controlled home assistant like the Google Home 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.

jade face roller in light green
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Jade Facial Massage 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.

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