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35 Thoughtful First Mother’s Day Gifts That New Moms Will Love

Celebrate her very first holiday with these sentimental, customized ideas.

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All moms deserve to celebrate on Mother’s Day, but a new mom’s very first holiday should be commemorated in an extra-special way. It only happens once, after all.

Any new mother is probably hoping for a little bit of time away from her brand-new baby, allowing her a bit of freedom to shower, nap, and maybe even go on a walk—and if you have one in your life, you should totally help her out. But the right gifts can also elevate her first Mother’s Day (which this year falls on Sunday, May 9) from nice to memorable.

The best Mother’s Day gifts for new moms are unique and relaxing—think personalized pillows, machine-washable sweaters, and all the bath supplies she’ll ever need. The goal is to pamper her, letting her drift off to sleep and forget the outside world easier than ever before.

Showing your appreciation doesn’t need to cost a ton, either; even small gifts like a book, a cup of tea, or a fancy chocolate bar show her that she’s appreciated. That’s all she really wants. (But if you’re looking to spend the big bucks this year, we’ve got you covered, too. Weighted blanket, anyone?)

Whether she’s your friend, cousin, sister, or wife, take a look at these unique, thoughtful gift ideas to make her first Mother’s Day utterly unforgettable. Trust us: She’ll like anything on this list.

Additional writing by Sanah Faroke and Nicol Natale

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1
Goes-With-Anything Jewelry
New Mama Necklace
Etsy
etsy.com
$45.00

This sentimental necklace acts as a reminder of the sacred gift of motherhood, and its rainbow moonstone gem represents fertility and helps clear the mind for a good night's rest.

2
Actually Nice Loungewear
Angel Maternity Nursing Dress, Robe, and Baby Blanket Set
Nordstrom
amazon.com
$99.95

Matching sets are both cute and practical, especially if she's on Instagram. This one comes with a robe, a dress, and a baby blanket that all look divine together, but work on their own, too.

3
Captured Memories
Letters to You: A Modern Heirloom Memory Book
Amazon
amazon.com
$19.99
$15.86 (21% off)

Those first fleeting days of motherhood are priceless. Help her capture those moments with this blank journal, which includes prompts throughout. When her little one is grown up, it'll become a family heirloom.

4
Bespoke Decor
Custom Family Names Pillow
Etsy
etsy.com
$22.95

Whether she's on her first newborn or her third, she'll love customizing her decor to match her growing family—especially since she's home so much now.

5
A Better Pair of House Shoes
Isotoner Clog Slipper
Amazon
amazon.com
$24.00
$21.23 (12% off)

Slippers are a must for first-time moms who can barely keep the time of day straight. These memory foam clogs have a certain Nordic charm to them, on top of being machine-washable.

6
Customized Caffeination
New Mom Mug
Etsy
etsy.com
$18.00

What keeps new moms going as they feed, bathe, and play with their newborns? Caffeine, of course! This ceramic mug is personalized with her name and the year that she entered motherhood.

7
100% Better Sleep
Manta Sleep Mask
Amazon
amazon.com
$29.99

Sure, you could gift her a cheaper sleep mask for Mother's Day—but this fully adjustable option from Manta (featuring super-deep eye pockets that block out light completely) is worth every penny.

8
Zero-Effort Pants
Colorfulkoala High-Waisted Leggings
Amazon
amazon.com
$29.00

Her new-mommy uniform probably already consists of activewear, but these leggings are different: They come with pockets, they're nearly indestructible, and they're cheap enough to buy multiple pairs.

9
Well-Deserved Wine
New Mom Wine Labels
Etsy
etsy.com
$15.99

Whether she's overcoming her first mommy meltdown or celebrating the success of putting the baby down before 7 p.m., toast the best moments of new motherhood with these funny wine labels.

10
Painless Sex
Ohnut
Urban Outfitters
urbanoutfitters.com
$65.00

Her sex life will probably be a little different after pregnancy, but once she's in the mood again, these stackable rings protect against too-deep penetration, allowing her to enjoy herself with zero pain. 

11
An Hours-Long Bath
Bambüsi Bathtub Tray Caddy
Amazon
amazon.com
$34.99

Bath time just got way better. This expandable bamboo tray, complete with spaces for wine glasses, tablets, and candles, allows her to hang out in the tub, just like they do in the movies.

12
Sweet Dreams
Gravity Blanket
Gravity
amazon.com
$195.00

This weighted blanket is practically a must-have for new moms. Its glass beads that smother her body with a soothing, uniform weight that'll keep her sleeping like a baby.

13
An Eye-Catching Nursery
Emma Make Studio T for Tiger Giclee Print
Etsy
etsy.com
$58.35

This pleasing art print would make a perfect addition to a baby's room that still needs a few finishing touches. Plus, it's so cute that it'll outlast the nursery itself.

14
Pre-Pregnancy Nipples
Lansinoh Lanolin Nipple Cream
Amazon
amazon.com
$8.49

Husbands, listen up: New moms rave about Lansinoh cream, which provides a much-needed boost of moisture to chapped nipples. You'll make her day for less than $9.

15
Disappearing Stretch Marks
Bio-Oil Skincare Oil
Amazon
amazon.com
$26.47
$14.99 (43% off)

Bio-Oil is considered something of a holy grail among new mothers, who praise its ability to fade stretch marks like magic. (And everyone from Meghan Markle to Kim Kardashian is a fan.)

16
A Better Diaper Bag
Skip Hop Diaper Backpack
Amazon
amazon.com
$75.00
$66.99 (11% off)

Skip Hop's diaper backpack is one of the highest-rated on Amazon, and for good reason: Stroller straps, a changing pad, and an insulated pocket set it apart. It's washable and super-durable, too.

17
Luscious Curls
Bomba Curls Dominican Forbidden Hair Mask
Nordstrom
Nordstrom
$28.00

This hair mask takes just 20 minutes to work its magic, transforming dull locks into rejuvenated curls in less time than it takes to rewatch an episode of Bridgerton.

18
Kid-Safe Sanitizer
Pipette Hand Sanitizer
Pipette
amazon.com
$6.00

Although babies under two months shouldn't use hand sanitizer, Pipette's formula is cleared for use for everyone else. The non-sticky formula also hydrates hands while killing germs.

19
Comfy, Secure Feet
Teva Hurricane Drift
Nordstrom
amazon.com
$39.95

These eye-catching, waterproof sandals are light, comfy, and spill-proof, just as good for strolling around the neighborhood as they are for house wear—everything new moms need.

20
An Excuse to Meditate
Tensira Round Floor Cushion
Goodee
goodeeworld.com
$100.00

Whether she's playing with baby, meditating, or just taking a load off, she'll probably be on the floor a lot in the first few years of motherhood. Might as well make it as comfy as possible with this floor cushion.

21
Next-Level Self-Care
ThisWorks Deep Sleep Bath Soak
Nordstrom
amazon.com
$33.00

Once mom finally puts the baby down, she needs some alone time. Help her unwind with a warm bath and this chemical-free soak, which is enriched with sea salt, lavender oil, and chamomile for deep relaxation.

22
Easiest-Ever Dinner
Blue Apron
Blue Apron
$60.00

Cooking is probably the last thing on her mind right now, but she's still hoping to eat healthy. Enter Blue Apron, a meal kit service that allows her to skip the grocery store and avoid takeout, all at once.

23
A Pick-Me-Up
Make Your Matcha Kit
Golde
golde.co
$42.00

This Insta-ready matcha tea kit is both elegant and practical—new moms need all the energy they can muster, after all. An antioxidant-rich cup of green tea will do the trick, not to mention make her morning routine just a little more special.

24
Spill Insurance
Baggu Reusable Cloth Set
Baggu
baggu.com
$26.00

Squares of cotton cloth might seem like an unusual gift, but they're infinitely helpful—she'll use them to wrap up pacifiers, tie back her hair on crazier days, and wipe up spills, snot, and spit-up on the go.

25
On-Demand Head Massage
Briogeo Scalp Revival Massager
Amazon
amazon.com
$16.00

This scalp massager works wonders on overworked moms, gently scrubbing away the stress of the day. The bristles are long enough for any texture, making hair cleaner and scalps clearer.

26
A Too-Cute Sweater
Free Assembly Cardigan
Walmart
walmart.com
$17.00

This sweater makes breastfeeding a cinch, but is also chic enough for a last-minute work call. Plus, it's machine-washable—any new mom will especially love that part.

27
Jetsetter Style
Mark & Graham Everyday Italian Leather Mini Zipper Pouch
Mark & Graham
markandgraham.com
$49.00

She might have to carry a bunch of non-glamorous things now, but she can still carry them in style, at least! These monogrammed leather pouches will keep her feeling chic as she reaches for her lip balm (or Advil).

28
Super-Soft Skin
Burt's Bees Mama Bee Gift Set
Amazon
$25.00

Remind her that she needs to take care of herself, too, with this trio of bestselling lip balm, leg and foot cream, and belly butter. New motherhood can dry her out quickly, after all.

29
Well-Earned Sweets
SkinnyDipped Lemon Bliss Almonds, 10-Pack
Amazon
amazon.com
$44.56

What better way to unwind than with dessert? These irresistible lemon-yogurt almonds are the ideal sweet treat: They're packed with protein, low in sugar, and perfect for mindful snacking. This 10-pack should last her a while.

30
Throwback Style
Gap Vintage Soft Classic Jogger
Gap
gap.com
$49.95

Gap's classic joggers add a dose of effortless cool to any outfit, whether she's stopping by the store or giving baby a bath. Mom's going to want to live in these things.

31
A Tropical Vacation
Capri Blue Volcano Candle
Anthropologie
anthropologie.com
$12.80

Even if she can't get out of the house much, she'll love lighting up this fresh candle, which features hints of fruit, citrus, and greens. And hey, it smells so much better than spit-up.

32
A Page-Turner
Such a Fun Age
Amazon
amazon.com
$26.00
$9.67 (63% off)

Getting lost in a good book is one of the best ways to unwind, and Kiley Reid's Such a Fun Age, a novel about a Black babysitter being accused of kidnapping the white child with her, is a story that any new mom can relate to.

33
A Non-Alcoholic Nightcap
Kin Euphorics Dream Light
Urban Outfitters
urbanoutfitters.com
$39.00

If she's sworn off alcohol, she'll love this booze-free drink. Soothing melatonin and reishi mushroom help her fall asleep more easily—even if she won't sleep through the night for the next few months.

34
Trendy Sun Protection
Madewell Short-Brimmed Bucket Hat
Madewell
madewell.com
$29.50

She's probably hoping to get out of the house with baby as much as possible, so make her treks just a little bit easier with this timeless, sun-protective bucket hat from Madewell. (And make sure to pick up a matching hat for baby, too!)

35
A Box of Calm
Sips By Tea Discovery Subscription Box
sipsby.com
$45.00

Whether she stocks up on herbal tea or goes for the Earl Grey, this subscription box will be a fun little surprise for her. She'll get a curated monthly box filled with teas inside based on her preferences.

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