The Best Gifts for New Moms
Because the third trimester really, really sucks.
Gifts for pregnant women should not, under any circumstances, mimic the practical yet generally mundane baby gear that’s on the registry. Because let’s face it: If your kid is arriving soon, your stress is likely rising, but your wife’s is off the charts. It’s the third trimester, so she’s likely uncomfortable and anxious and hungry and sore. That means it’s a good time to offer something extra, something above and beyond, in the form of a resonant pregnancy gift. These are best gifts for your pregnant wife, or just gifts for expecting moms, that tell her you took that extra moment to really think about what matters to her.
New Mom Gifts for Her Body
Take a cue from David Beckham: Rings aren’t a one-and-done deal. Without a Beckham-sized budget, however, we love the elegant simplicity of these rose gold stacking rings. The understated hammered bands are an elegant means of showing her that, if given the choice, you’d do it all over again.
One thing new moms don't have time for: Elaborate grooming rituals. This styler solves that issue. It dries and styles her hair at the same time. But above and beyond that, she gets two styling sets with attachments for specific hair types. So that means she go curly or wavy or straight or somewhere in between. It's like having your own personal hair guru, for a fraction of the cost.
So she's going to push out a human. Your human. Get her something that makes her feel human, too. This box has everything she needs: Organic bamboo briefs, an organic bamboo nursing-friendly nightgown, a matching organic bamboo robe, and ultra-soft socks to keep her feet warm.
The pearl is a symbol of perfection, which sums up the appeal of these earrings. And each pearl is unique. Exactly like her, wouldn't you say? These earrings feature two 3mm genuine freshwater pearls set in 14 karat gold. It's a keepsake she'll wear all day every day.
She can wear this while pregnant. She can throw this on while nursing. She can take a nap in it. Suffice to say, this versatile cardigan is a fashion staple. It's made of airy alpaca yarn, has two patch pockets, and an extra-long length that's universally flattering.
So she already has a baby name picked out? Here's another standout from LA-based designer Zoe Lev: A 14 karat sold gold necklace, featuring up to five letters of your choice. All connected on a delicate cable link chain necklace available in 14k yellow, white and rose gold.
So look, the name of this thing is a tad ridiculous, to be sure. But the quality is not. Nor is the functionality. She can use it to organize her necessities, and take it with her when she delivers. The case is made from Italian leather in Turkey; the leather is tanned responsibly when measured against things like traceability, and resource consumption.
Something so basic yet so smart: These bands let her scrub her own back in the shower. Something she can't do while heavily pregnant. One side has a textured, loofah-like surface, while the other side has a soft, smooth microfiber surface for massaging the skin.
Coyuchi's linens are worth every penny because they're just that soft. And these slippers, well, they're created specifically for standout indoor comfort when she's curled up on the couch, taking a little break from nursing. The back is made of ribbed knit that can be worn up or down. The interior is lined with terry. It's upscale coziness.
Pregnancy can lead to stretch marks. It's a reality for most moms. This set belongs in her arsenal, because it's specifically made to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. She gets a stretch mark oil to hydrate her skin, a cream to to keep everything smooth, and a butter to provide total nourishment. This, from a brand based in Los Angeles and known for using USDA-certified organic ingredients as much as possible in its formulations.
New Mom Gifts for Her Home
Pregnancy brain is real and it's insidious. This leather case, from a family-owned small business in Charleston, South Carolina, keeps her AirPods secure and lets her charge them. She can attach the case to her hospital bag. So pick her favorite color and you're in business.
If any brand won the pandemic, it's Barefoot Dreams; its blankets are so cozy, they sold out over and over and over again. This set is like that wearable blanket, but prettier. The robe has relaxed open sleeves with satin trim, with matching washable slippers and a reversible satin sleep mask with satin band. Perfect for home. The hospital. Wherever.
If her idea of winding down is a relaxing cup of tea and a good book, you can't do better than this teapot. It has a built in, removable stainless steel filter, so she can steep tea leaves to her desired strength. And we like the copper-finish lid, which adds a nice modern touch.
We can't stress this enough: It's the little things that make the biggest impact. She breathes in the soothing, calming scents of lavender and chamomile when she places this cashmere pillow over her eyes. The removable organic cotton inner pillow is washable.
If she tosses and turns in bed, trying her best to just get comfortable, ease the process with this luxury body pillow. And yes, it can go to the hospital with her as well, thanks to its elegant little reusable, organic cloth bag. The pillow itself is great for side sleepers, helping to reduce back and shoulder strain. It has an organic, molded latex insert, as well as a removable, washable organic cotton cover.
These plants are the opposite of demanding, which is the last thing she needs. Each of these little gardens is hand-planted in Los Angeles using locally grown succulents. And the box doubles as a planter. All they need is a little water, and a little love. And they bring so much joy.
If she loves cookies, get her the best damn cookies that are worth every single calorie. This set includes the brand's famous and inimitable compost cookies, as well as B’Day Cake truffles, corn cookies, blueberry and cream cookies, chocolate chocolate cookies, and cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow cookies.
The third trimester is about nesting and getting ready for labor and delivery. This blanket checks all those boxes. It's deliriously soft faux fur, so she can chill with it indoors while reading. And she can take it to the hospital with her, for a little touch of something fancy and special.
Diffusers are a gift from the heavens, but they're also messy because you have to fill them with essential oils. Which can also be major skin irritants. The Aera does the thinking for you, because it works via an app and uses fragrance capsules. It has adjustable settings depending on room size and lets her decide how long it runs, so she can set it from the car and walk into a home that smells of lavender, mandarin and bergamot, as opposed to diapers and cat.
Look, is an air purifier the sexiest gift she'll ever get? Absolutely not. But if she's dealing with congestion, a very common issue pregnant women face, it could make all the difference. It's powerful, really quiet, controlled via an app that lets you set air quality goals, small, and really, truly cute.
New Mom Gifts for Her Mind
As she's getting into nesting mode, this keepsake box is a wonderful way to being storing those fleeting memories, from the first sonogram to delivery day. It has acid-free drawers, vertical files for documents, and mini envelopes for that first lock of hair or first tooth, plus illustrated labels help you organize and then find these items years later. She'll thank you for it.
A great kit for both pre-baby and once she brings the baby home, because having a child means so much paperwork. This is an elegant way to organize the social security card, passport, lock of hair, and birth certificate, in 10 expandable, resealable, and acid-free envelopes of different sizes to fit all manner of official papers. There's even room for gift cards, plus illustrated labels and a table of contents. Not only is it practical, it's also a great keepsake, and you can get it monogrammed.
Baby brain is a thing. It's when she forgets where she put her keys or phone or wallet. Help stop that thing called baby brain with this gorgeous valet tray, which is made of leather and belongs on her nightstand. It makes organizing not just doable, but desirable.
Too often, digital photos appear flat and listless. The Meural solves that problem: Pictures have texture and layers. It's an easy way to document her pregnancy, and the arrival of your baby. It has a 27 inch display, works with Alexa, and lets you upload, crop, and filter photos.
Look, phones are great. But nothing beats the instant gratification of an actual physical print. Get her the smallest instant camera out, which churns out those classic frames but fits into her pocket. So she can capture every moment with her new baby. It even includes her first pack of film.
If her idea of pure joy is losing herself in a great read, look no further: For $10, she gets access to hundreds of thousands of books and audiobooks, as well as magazines and podcasts. New content is added all the time, and there's no limit to the number of books she can read per month, by authors ranging from Ruth Ware to Alice Hoffman.
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