We know there can be a lot of pressure to find the very perfect first Mother’s Day gifts when you’re shopping for a new mom. We’ll just say the hormones work in your favor, provided you’re not getting her cleaning supplies. Think something sentimental, something she can treasure for years, something that honors and acknowledges the remarkable changes she’s going through. We hope these ideas help find the perfect Mother’s Day gift.
Oh, and one more tip: When you’re honoring a new mom on Mother’s Day, don’t give her something for the baby. Not that she won’t feign happiness when she opens a box of onesies, but trust us. We speak from experience here.
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Letters to My Baby keepsake book ($13.46, Amazon)
Such a clever gift for any new parents, we love this easy, fun, low-pressure baby memory book that behaves more like a paper time capsule filled with notes the baby can grow up and read one day.
mamama gold necklace ($215+, Tali Gilette)
In white gold, yellow gold, rose gold (ooh) or sterling, Tali makes the kinds of new mom keepsakes you see around the necks of the rich, famous and fabulous. If you can’t afford her signature mama diamond necklace, then try the bar necklace which we think is pretty cool. There’s something about seeing mamama that just reminds us of those sweet, early, babbling days.
Custom family portrait illustration ($55+ Printable Wall Story)
For a mom-to-be, we love the idea of an illustration commemorating the pregnancy, or illustrate the brand new family of three for a new mom. We first discovered Istanbul artist Omar Ozsan in our roundup of the best modern custom family portrait artists on Etsy, and the best part about his illustration is — besides the fact that you get the PDF so quickly — that you can make her hips look just the way she’d like to have them remembered. We speak from experience.
Sugarfina Sugar Mama gift set ($25, Nordstrom)
Petunia Picklebottom Altogether Mod Tote ($169, Petunia)
If she wants to stay stylish but might not buy herself a designer diaper bag, we love this tote from Petunia’s new Mod collection. While it comes with all the accessories you need when on the go pushing a stroller, it easily converts to a perfect girls-night-out-without-the-baby bag. And she probably could use both. That is, the bag — and the night out.
Custom gemstone stacking rings ($108 each, Hatch)
Jeweler Andrea Bonelli can take a custom order and create a gorgeous 14k gold and silver ring with any .10 ct stone you have in mind. Start with the baby’s birthstone, and who knows…maybe it will be the first of several. It takes 2-3 weeks so connect with her if you’re on a rush deadline for Mother’s Day.
New mom wine labels ($19.99, Label with Love; wine sold separately)
Yes it’s kind of silly but we’re still giggling. After all, it may have been a long nine months without a single glass of a really good Valpolicella, and she deserves to toast to her own milestones, like fitting back in skinny jeans, or surviving that first major meltdown. That is, hers. Not her kid’s.
Mom LEGO necklace ($175, jacQueline sanchez)
We first discovered Jacqueline’s amazing artistry years ago, and we can assure you, this is serious metalwork, not some toy stuck on a chain by crafter. The heart necklace with the MOM sterling tag is such a hip first Mother’s Day gift — and frankly any Mother’s Day after that, too.
12 months of silhouettes print ($150, Le Papier Studio)
This is the one time that an IOU is perfectly acceptable — and even appreciated. Over the first year of a baby’s life, gather photos from month to month and send them to the talented Vana Chupp who will turn them into this truly one-of-a-kind keepsake gift.
Sterling and sapphire baby footprint charm necklace ($375, Monica Rich Kosann; $235 for just the charm)
If you look closely, those little baby footprints are glistening with white sapphires. We love the subtlety, but you can order it with blue or pink stones instead. Wow.
I Am Wonder Woman Mug ($7, Retro Planet)
Because hell, yeah. While you’re at it, throw in a A one-year coffee subscription from Misto Box ($240/12 shipments). You don’t think she does it all just on invisible jet fuel, right?