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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.

The pearl is a symbol perfection, as well as fertility. So this checks all the boxes. Each freshwater pearl is handpicked and thus completely unique. It hangs from a gold vermeil hoop, which means it's a thick 18k gold layer on sterling silver, and the result is both stately and timeless.

Give her a piece of your heart. OK, fine, it sounds hokey, but the sentiment is legit. Plus, each of the hearts within the frame is hand forged and cut, so each is different. The frame itself fits a 4x6 photo.

The fourth trimester is when she's already had the baby, but doesn't feel remotely like her former self. So get her something that makes her feel just that bit more refined. This sweet pointelle pajama is made of soft cotton and she can pull the top down to nurse. And it's sleek enough to wear all day.

If you're sensing a cashmere theme here, you're not wrong. It's the kind of thing she'd never buy herself. These slippers feel like a foot massage, and she wear them all day, or even if you happen to have family over.

Not every bag has to be a diaper bag. Not even close. Thanks to its reinforced strap construction, this wipe-clean bag ideal for toting around everything she needs on hand. It has ample interior pockets to store snacks, shoes and multiple wardrobe changes. And there's a central zip divider with a mesh top to air out sweaty clothes, or any other detritus that accumulates as part of life.

Thick and luxe, Everlane's top has a classic crew neckline, dropped shoulders, voluminous sleeves, and a relaxed fit. It's made of French terry. Trust us on this: She'll want to wear this 24/7, especially if you get the matching bottoms.

Listen, there's no better gift than sleep. But you can't fall asleep for her. So do whatever you can to make her sleep that much better with this superb pillow. It has an adjustable fill, contained within an inner organic jersey cotton liner. The pillow is vegan, and the structure is provided by GOLS organic-certified latex rubber foam ribbon. The cover is made from organic cotton. It's all a fancy way of saying it's cooling and really, really comfortable and works in every sleep position.

Sometimes it's truly the little luxuries that make the biggest difference. Take this cashmere pillow, filled with the heady and elevating scents of lavender and chamomile. The slightly weighted eye blanket, meanwhile, ever so gently gets at her acupressure points with this cashmere facial pillow to help her get the most out of a power nap.

Candles and babies don't mix, for very obvious reasons. And LED candles are, for the most part, utterly tacky things you buy at CVS for Halloween or Christmas. This is the exception. It's intimate and romantic, and has a rechargeable lithium battery. It looks like something you'd find in a Parisian boudoir, and she can light it when she wants some downtime.

A brand that prides itself on using only active and clean ingredients also makes some of the finest face masks you can buy. Not only is the packaging oh so appealing, but this set of four masks targets any concerns she might have. There's a mask for radiance, a mask for detox, a mask for repairing skin, and a mask loaded with antioxidants. All without butylene/benzyl, propylene gycols, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, silicons, triclosan, oxybenzone, and paraffins.

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.

The absolute last thing she'll want to wear is anything fitted. Which is one of the many reasons she'll dig this perfectly roomy sweatshirt. The fabric is breathable, the cut is flattering, and the colors are vibrant.

A dry brush elevates her shower experience. Simply put, it gets the blood flowing, wakes her up, and energizes her. Something any new mom appreciates.

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.

The tulip is a symbol of flawless and deep love. So surprise her with a subscription to the freshest tulips in all the land, a different one each month sourced straight from growers. Go with the monthly option and every 30 days, she'll remember how much you appreciate her.

For new moms, shower time is sacred. It's most likely the only five minutes she'll get alone day. And when she steps out of the shower onto this handcrafted Japanese hinoki cypress bath mat and gets it wet, it releases a scent that's both captivating and calming. So she'll carry her shower zen with her for a few extra minutes.

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.

Complete her shower ritual with this truly amazing bath oil; she just massage a capful on her body. Rosemary, ginger, and black pepper give her tired limbs an instant wake up.

It's fitting that this brand's founder cooked up her first product in her kitchen while pregnant with her first child. This set is all about taking care of her body: It includes a sun body gel, an earth body cream, and a moon body lotion. The formulas are centered around essential oils and plant extracts.

Made from 14k solid gold, this understated piece is a study in contrasts. The rings flow together. They move together. They fit together. Like her and your new addition.

This isn't the same janky, skanky incense you burned in college. Not even close. This set of 20 incense sticks will rest her weary mind thanks to its blend of rose, geranium, and shiso leaf. Of course it will, given that it was created by woman-run incense house on Japan’s incense island.

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. Plus, it works as a sleep tracker and helps her get better shut-eye.

Anything that makes her comfortable while making her life easier is a win-win. These keep her feet cozy sure, but when the weather warms up, she can pop them in the freezer and they'll cool her off. The sueded bottom provides traction and stability.

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.

Nothing says I love you like a box of chocolates. And we don't mean one you grab from your local CVS. These confections are next level; each box contains truffles, ganaches, and orangettes, among others, dreamed up by French chef Nicolas Cloiseau. She won't regret a single bite.

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.

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.

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.

Indoor herb gardens are fantastic for growing basil or oregano. But if she unwinds by getting her hands dirty, give her the tools without having to leave the house. These beautiful powder-coated steel frames mount easily on your wall and feature a high-powered LED grow light that emits a glow so that her plants will thrive. Because she's sort of busy with a newborn, she can automate things as well.

Diffusers are immensely relaxing. They can also be immensely messy. Not this one, because instead of oils and water, it uses capsules, each one lasting roughly 800 hours. She can control the settings with total precision, depending on the size of her room and how much scents she wants to disperse.

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.

Look, we're not fans of giving any mom baby gear as a gift. It's why they invented registries. That being said, this is one of the very few exceptions. Because if she loves being active, this frees her up to do stuff. And you can't slap a price tag on that. The stroller attaches to her bike, fits a child from birth (with a separate sling) up to 75 pounds, and lets her feel the breeze in her hair as she goes on long rides.

Because no one needs the George Costanza of diaper bags. This handy little hip bag fits everything she needs, with none of the bulk. It has a built-in waterproof pocket that holds 20+ wipes, a detachable changing pad, slots for credit cards, and a pacifier hook.

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.

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