Gifts for new moms in 2021 that are practical, sentimental, or just plain fun
When I was a new mom to twins, I was overwhelmed — and so tired. As with many new parents, I experienced life as an assembly line of round-the-clock diaper changes and feedings.
But now that my kids are past toddlerhood and I’m an old pro at the parenting game, I have clarity on the little things that mean a lot to exhausted new moms. Come Mother’s Day, all we really want is to feel seen and appreciated…but the right gift can make us feel downright pampered, too — and even improve our quality of life as new moms.
Here are 10 ideas for new mom gifts that show appreciation for the incredible job she’s doing at such a tender time (and might even help make it easier).
New moms have endless video clips of their minis, but absolutely zero time to edit them. Little Laughter Films’ pro video editors convert all those raw camera roll clips into a high-quality movie using rhythm, music, and sound. These videos help tell the story of their little one’s miraculous development at a time when everything changes so fast. You might also want to hand over a box of tissues with a gift this precious!
New moms work their tails off, so let them know you see them with a gift that says, “Take a load off…you deserve it.” The Blending Lab is a trendy startup that crafts its own wines and ships them in a kit for customers to create their perfect blend through fun and educational virtual classes they can enjoy from home. Perfect for a new mom who’s limited on time but still wants to have a bit of creative fun!
Sure, she can slather on beauty cream for a splash of so-called self-care, but how about a beauty gift that feels more like a wellness experience? New integrative beauty brand, Solvasa, is all about a holistic approach, aimed at mitigating the effects of stress on skin with anti-inflammaging products and indulgent-feeling routines. The Solvasa Crystal Energy Wand is a beautiful (and fancy) lymphatic drainage tool that uses battery-operated vibration to depuff under the eyes (where all the fatigue shows) and eases muscle tension. Plus, it helps release endorphins, so she’ll feel a little happiness boost when she uses your gift, too.
Sleep is so hard to come by as a new mom. When she does get a chance to rest, help her make that time as blissful and restorative as possible with Manta’s outrageously comfortable sleep mask. This mask uses adjustable pillows around the eyes to ensure total blackout coverage, while keeping all the pressure off the eyes and lashes.
Chari Cuthbert’s jewelry line is full of intimate and customizable pieces perfect for a new mom. This sweet “Mama” necklace makes a substantial gift she’ll have forever, as well as being light and understated enough that she can wear it every day, too (even while chasing babies and toddlers). Fun fact: Michelle Obama made this small, Black-owned brand world-famous overnight when she wore its “Vote” necklace at the Democratic National Convention.
New moms are major multitaskers. Give a gift that does as much as she does with LANO’s cult-favorite 101 Ointment. The name refers to 101 uses for this medical-grade Aussie lanolin: It’s great as a lip balm, skin salve, and even as a nipple cream that’s safe for nursing babies. This gift set comes with two tubes, already boxed and ready to wrap.
Is an insole the most glamorous Mother’s Day gift? Well, no, but it’s a practical gift for a new mom that will improve her quality of life every day as she’s constantly on her feet fetching diapers or chasing little ones. Fulton is a newly launched brand that makes sustainable insoles to support alignment and prevent injury. These durable, shock-absorbing cork molds slip right into shoes to absorb a ton of impact from the demands of new-mom life.
New moms may be eager to get into a fitness routine but don’t have the flexibility to go to the gym. Enter: Future. The fitness app pairs users with their own one-on-one personal trainer (yes, a real person, not a robot), who can help motivate them and craft specific workouts with any postnatal modifications they may need and on any schedule and frequency that works for them. Sound pricey? Well, it is — but she’ll even get an Apple Watch as part of this high-end offering.
I’m six years postpartum, and I still live in lounge pants! I love a pair that’s as presentable as it is comfortable — and this one from Boody is an absolute dream. It’s stretchy, great looking, and sustainable in a jersey fabric derived from bamboo. The draping is ultra-flattering and comfy for new moms, and pockets are a must for essentials. Make your gift even better by combining these with the matching Downtime lounge top, $36.95, to complete the look.
Here’s a little gift you can get for Mother’s Day — or any time — for the cost of a cup of coffee. Fan-favorite beauty brand Bliss just introduced these new Vitamin C-infused under-eye patches that hydrate and brighten tired eyes. Plus, they’re printed with holographic citrus wedges to impart a cheerful vibe in self-care routines. A five-minute pick-me-up for under $5? That’s a slam dunk for any new mom.
Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based lifestyle writer with a focus on parenting, wellness, and travel. Her work has appeared in Business Insider, Good Housekeeping, Parents, TODAY, Best Life, and countless other outlets.