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The Best First Mother’s Day Gifts for New Moms

Everything a sleep-deprived new mom could want.

Spoiler alert: A newborn doesn’t count as a notable first Mother’s Day gift. Sorry. And while flowers are a fine start, your partner didn’t just endure a long pregnancy (or long adoption process) and ensuing weeks of sleepless nights for a bouquet of garbage carnations or even worse, a stuffed animal or skanky shower gel you grabbed at the drugstore. The best Mother’s Day gifts for new moms declare that while you’ll never be close to understanding what she went through, you at least have decent taste, and actually put some thought into what you bought her.

So while we can’t claim to have seen every single product new moms would want, our picks will make her life easier, help her feel appreciated, or simply, and equally important, allow her to unwind. And while we’re at it, don’t get her swings or carriers for the baby. It’s not romantic. It’s not original. And it’s what you get at that thing called a shower.

One thing worth noting: Due to Covid-19 shipping delays, even Prime items often arrive later than expected. Something to bear in mind when ordering, just in case you waited until the last minute. We get it. Happens to the best of us.

Jennifer Meyer's exquisite necklaces and earrings have been worn by just about any famous person you can name. But the standout feature is the level of craftsmanship. This necklace, made from 18 karat gold, has an understated nameplate that pays simple tribute to motherhood.

A beautiful wood bathtub caddy with slots for everything she needs for the rare time she has to just shut out the world, plus expandable handles to fit most standard tubs. It's made of bamboo and has room for a book or tablet, wine glasses, and spa accessories.

New moms pretty much value comfort above all else. And this set blends comfort with a sense of refinement. The top and bottom, which have piped detailing, are made from an ultra-soft milk jersey knit. They're great for lounging, in bed, or in a hammock.

Not only does this headband help her with guided meditation. But the new version also doubles as a sleep aid, responding in real-time her brain activity, heart rate, breathing patterns, and body movement.

Butterflies and blooms abound on this gorgeous silk twill scarf, which manages to be both playful and refined, from a brand that's been making striking clothing for 30 years. It's a whimsical, vibrant accessory just when she needs to head out of the house.

Weighted blankets have no proven therapeutic value, but anecdotally, they do help you sleep better. And this sleep mask has the same basic functionality. This sleep mask is filled with microbeads that can help promote deep, restful sleep and best of all, this sleep mask contours to your face and stays in place, meaning it doesn't shift around at night. Plus, it fully blocks out light that can impact sleep. For new moms, every second is precious.

In just 10 minutes, this mask does the near-impossible: It makes an exhausted mom look well-rested. That's thanks to its infusion of rosehip oil. This brand in general is a leader in the so-called clean beauty movement because it uses ingredients she can actually recognize. In this case, sunflower oil, shea butter, plum seed oil, strawberry leaf extract, and hickory bark extract. It's something that matters to new moms.

New moms don't have time to do much with their hair. And so they wear it back. All the time. These funky silk scrunchies upgrade the basic ponytail, and they're washable and comfortable as hell, too.

Here's an idea: Give her the gift of even more sleep. This luxurious balm is applied to pulse points, like wrists and neck, and its essential oils, including ylang ylang flower, help her doze off. It's truly a nap in a jar.

Not only does this ball look like a work of art, but it also activates back and core support muscles which promotes good posture. Meaning, it'll give her back a break after toting the kid around. You can choose from a slew of colors. And because most new moms don't have time to go to yoga classes, she can get a nice stretch at home. Just note, this does need to be inflated.

Silk pillowcases are cooling, with the added bonus that she won't wake up with sleep marks on her face. Here's the vegan version, made from soft and breathable polyester charmeuse. It's like silk, but without the use of animal products.

Rose quartz is said to strengthen the bond between mother and baby. Whether you believe jewelry symbolism or not, this is still a very, very pretty cuff made of 14 karat gold-plated brass.

If she loves cookies, get her the best damn cookies out there. You cannot beat Milk Bar's beloved Compost cookies. This set includes those, as well as B’Day Cake truffles, corn cookies, blueberry and cream cookies, chocolate chocolate cookies, and cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow cookies.

Toting a baby around is a workout. One that kicks your ass and your back. Help banish those knots with this back and neck massager. It features four massage nodes to sooth tired muscles and has a built-in heat function for added stress release. It's lightweight and portable, so she can use it anytime.

Extreme sleep deprivation can look a lot like cool composure. But behind that cool composure is a psychic storm of incomplete tasks, unprocessed emotions, and to-do lists. If being a new parent sometimes feels like life on the high seas, think of this as a salty captain's log. The notebook is broken into four sections — Lists, Gratitude, Venting and Notes — with plenty of space to get it all out and put it all down, in the company of encouraging messages and funny asides.

A gloriously soft robe that feels like wearing a warm hug. She can wear it lounging it around the house, while breastfeeding or watching a movie or having dinner, and she'll look as chic as she feels comfortable. Because there's really nothing sexy or appealing about being covered in spit-up.

Taking long showers with a crying baby is the stuff of nightmares. Load her up with this luxury set of dry shampoos, so her hair always looks freshly washed. It's made with polymers that absorb oil at the roots, leaving hair looking fresh and pretty.

Whether she pushed the baby out, or had a C-section, believe it that clothes don't fit the same. And comfort is paramount. But that doesn't mean she needs to look frumpy. These cozy pants check all the right boxes. They're laid-back enough to wear at home, but sharp enough that she can leave the house.

Even in the sleep-deprived haze of the first year, there's a lot to be grateful for and many people to thank. And especially in the days of virtual gatherings and remote celebrations, old-fashioned expressions of gratitude go a long way. This set comes with a dozen cards that are colorful, funny and warm, and will make writing thank-you notes a pleasure rather than a chore. You know how funny she is — don't make her settle for cheesy drugstore cards.

When she's not in the mood to haul around a loaded diaper bag, she can tote this instead. The bag is hand-woven from recycled plastic. And it's big enough to fit all her essentials, plus a baby bottle and a diaper, if need be.

The gift of time is second only to the gift of great hair. This unassuming towel provides both. It dries her hair twice as fast as traditional towels. And through its magical formulation, it does so while leaving it shiny and glossy.

Start her mornings off right with this smart coffee mug. It keeps her java hot for up to 3 hours on a single charge. Plus, she can choose the specific temperature she prefers. The mug goes into sleep mode when it's empty and wakes up when she fills it up.

The days are long but the years, they just soar by. It's the ultimate truism of parenthood. She can track notable moments in this linen hardbound compact journal. It has 160 pages, plenty to store treasured memories.

Spoiler alert: juggling motherhood and the rest of her life ain't easy. She can spray this tension reducer before bed, before hitting the road, or before going back to work. Lavender, arnica and magnesium help her refocus.

Classic and timeless, these pajamas are great for hanging around and watching a movie (as if she'll have time, but dare to dream). And the button-down front is ideal for nursing mothers. This set doesn't stretch out or fade, no matter how often she washes it.

One Fatherly editor (and mom) swears by this brand: Its products are cooling, soothing, and lightweight. This set, which includes the eye cream and serum, helps her keep the eye area bright and to look more awake. Which any new mom will appreciate.

This direct-to-consumer jewelry brand is known for its delicate and intricate ethically-made rings, necklaces, and earrings, all at prices far below what you'd find at the mall. This 14 karat gold and conflict-free diamond necklace is a modern heirloom.

Instead of loading her down with a diaper bag, get her this insert. She'll fill it up with all her baby essentials and can transfer it from one bag to another. It simplifies mom life, and lets her hang on to some sense of style. The larger size has 11 pockets: 8 interior pockets and 3 exterior pockets to fit everything from diapers to wipes to her tech.

A quietly beautiful sterling silver cuff bracelet that showcases your commitment, not that she needs proof or anything. It has a threaded screw closure, so she'll likely need your help putting it on.

There's nothing more thoughtful than giving her the gift of free time and the promise of a sparkling clean home, with zero effort on her part. When the current lockdown ends, the joys of a deep clean will be especially appreciated. You can sign her up for a housecleaning service, and pick the one that's best for you, in terms of level of cleaning, the size of your home, and the stuff she'll want done. And then, let her read a book or go for a walk, while the bathroom gets scrubbed.

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