New moms need pampering just as much as their babies, as I well know this year! So I’ve searched the web to put together 13 wonderful holiday gift ideas for new moms that cater to her needs. For once.
Because while it’s nice to get presents for our babies, I don’t think our well-meaning friends and family always realize that sometimes we actually like to be the center of attention too. So those footed 0-6mo pajamas? Of course, label them for the baby (and thank you for the generosity!) but save the cashmere for us.
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Getting dressed is overrated. Orrrrr at least that’s how I felt the first few weeks postpartum when nothing fit and I was up all hours of the night nursing. Want a great gift for a new mom? Try this super cozy, luxurious Cheyenne Cashmere Robe for splurge she’ll adore long past the nursing years. ($348, Nordstrom)
Coffee. Breakfast of new mom champions. I know tons of new moms who would be thrilled by a Monthly java club subscription from Higher Grounds, which curates and delivers fair-trade coffee from around the world. While she may not be lucid enough to appreciate the notes of honey and the chocolatey finish, she’ll love that it’s supporting a good cause. Including her own alertness. ($ varies, Higher Grounds)
Self-care — and okay, basic hygiene — tend to take a backseat during the first year of motherhood, so a gift card to a local salon or dedicated blowdry bar will be so appreciated. Try a gift card for Dry Bar if there’s one near her. They’re in 21 states around the country now, plus Vancouver, BC! ($ varies, Dry Bar)
New motherhood means schlepping a diaper bag all day, everyday, so give a new mom a break (and an excuse for a date night!) with a new bag made entirely for her. I like that this silver Mamuye leather tote — made by women for women, and now on sale at favorite site FashionABLE — looks totally glam, but you know, it could still hold a few diapers in a pinch. Because what can we say, we’ve always got those babies in mind. ($130, ABLE)
She probably didn’t get to toast on New Year’s Eve 2016, and if she’s looking forward to doing it this year, help her do it right with the One Hope Wine bottle of Celebration Brut. There are other fun options on the site too (including the case of mini bottles we included in our holiday gift guide this year) — all of which help support nonprofits. Definitely a reason to raise a glass. ($84, One Hope)
New moms experience a lot of take-a-deep-breath-and-count-to-ten moments, so I really sparked to this Aromatherapy pendant necklace, which will could make the breath that much more zen, whether she’s on playground duty or has a rare moment to herself. ($135, Anthropologie)
An Audible gift card is the perfect way to make those tedious hours of laundry and toy wipe-downs way more interesting, whether she chooses a Harvey Karp parenting advice book, a hot new biography about inspiring women, or something a little more tantalizing like Big Little Lies. ($45-150, Audible)Love ornament but I especially adore that it helps provide sustainable employment and prevent orphanhood in East Africa. Can you think of a better gift for a new mom who has everything she needs than something that gives back to other moms in need? ($9.99, To the Market; a current sponsor of our guide to the best mother-in-law gifts)
Yeah, so movie-going tapers off a bit after the baby. (Gross understatement by the way.) But hey! Streaming media is king right now, anyway. Give new mom a Netflix gift card, or a subscription to Hulu or Amazon Prime so she can get her binge on. ($60, Amazon)
Pampering gifts are a must-have during those early months of child-rearing, especially since spa days are in short supply. But skip the YOU HAVE STRETCH MARKS gift reminders and instead, check out a luxury cream or two, like this affordable, creamy Josie Maran body gift set I found at a great price. ($54, Sephora)
Maybe skip the lactation cookies (not that there aren’t good ones out there) and instead, go the pampering route by letting her pick her very own favorite sweet treats. A gift card from Sugarwish means the choice is hers, then arrives in a beautifully packaged box right to her door. ($18.50+, Sugarwish)
We featured these chicly practical hair tie bracelets in our guide to glam holiday gift ideas for best friends, and they’re a life saver for moms of all kinds. Or at least the ones with long hair. Maybe we can’t get out of our yoga pants just yet, but we can get those elastics off our wrists right? ($9.99, Maria Shireen)
Bringing a child into this world is, well, kind of emotional. And one of the best ways to support a new mom is to validate her wide range of feelings. Start with this totally legitimate feelings journal also featured in our curation of the best self-care gifts. But also let her know you’re around to be an IRL listening ear. That’s the best gift of all. ($18, Emily McDowell)