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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.

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.

So soft it feels as close to wearing nothing as you can get, this understated babydoll nightie will make her feel as beautiful as she looks.

This rich butter is loaded with avocado and argan oils, to make her belly feel supple and smooth. And it smells like an orchard, with hints of citrus and orange. It's non-sticky, and totally luxurious, from a brand that focuses on only using the highest-quality ingredients in its products.

Pregnancy leads 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.

A candle isn't the most original of gifts. But there are candles, and there are candles. This one is clean-burning, is housed in a genteel concrete vessel, and has a burn time of 65 hours. And the smell? Think a dip in the ocean, with notes of citrus, seagrass, cyprus and driftwood.

Milk Bar has great desserts, as we already noted. But this cookie. It's that good. She'll get chocolate chips in a deep vanilla base, plus pretzels, potato chips, graham crackers, coffee, oats, and butterscotch. There are 12 cookies per container.

This wonderfully packaged kit includes everything she needs post-delivery, and makes necessities look pretty and appealing. The kit includes cooling peri spray made with alcohol-free witch hazel, cucumber, and peppermint. The kit includes sitz salts, which are used to soak the vaginal area and provide some relief, plus a sitz bath tub that can clear up hemorrhoids when used with epsom salts and fits right over the toilet seat. Plus, there are mesh, 14 oversized maxi pads, and stool softener. There's also a belly band, but that's extra.

Pregnant women tend to run hot at night. So help her sleep better with this cooling silk pillowcase. It protects her skin and hair from friction damage, and is eminently breathable.

The brand's new wet-weather high top is made with ZQ Merino wool and a bio-based water repellent shield, keeping her feet dry and cozy no matter what Mother Nature has in store. And it goes without saying that these kicks are crazy comfortable.

Quite possibly the smartest bag we've seen, this one is made from water-repellant fabric and has a deep, zippered pocket, and an interior zippered pocket. In other words, a crossbody that fits all her essentials and looks good doing it.

Jennifer Meyer makes delicate, tasteful jewelry that's timeless. Case in point is this 18k gold mommy necklace, a gorgeous piece she'll treasure forever.

Give her morning an immediate upgrade with this gracious set of stoneware mugs. Each one is handmade, and is unique as she is. Even better, the 16 ounce mugs are oven, dishwasher, and microwave safe.

She needs to stay hydrated. Make sure that happens with this self-cleaning water bottle, which uses UV-C LED technology to sanitize water and clean the gross inner surfaces of the bottle. And it keeps her H2O cold for 24 hours.

The refined cashmere flats are as soft as socks, but have the added style element of ballet flats, so she won't feel shlubby wearing them around the house.

She'll be over the moon when the baby arrives. So this 14K necklace set makes perfect sense: The moon symbol fits right into the circular cut-out to represent that bond.

If she's feeling dried out, she likely needs a humidifier. But those generally aren't anything to talk about, design-wise. Enter this one, which is sleek and curvy. It has a removable water tank and an aroma tray, so it doubles as a diffuser. And looks fine doing it. It has a 20-hour run time.

Gorgeous cashmere, for a fraction of what you'd pay in a brick and mortar store. This one goes with anything, instantly gets rid of bedhead, and is made from soft pure Grade A Mongolian cashmere.

Is she a side sleeper? Does she prefer something harder or ultra-soft? Let the experts at Pluto create a dream pillow for her, out of over 35 variations. Each one is made by hand, and designed to cater to her sleep needs.

The holy grail of sleep masks, this one is made of pure mulberry silk, known as the highest quality silk available for purchase. It's lightweight, and gently rests on her face to block out light.

From the guy who brought us hipster brand Band of Outsiders, here's the most divine casual clothing on the planet. These organic cotton socks are soft, bright, happy, and will keep her toes warm during those cold winter nights.

Pregnant women tend to run hot. Make that very hot. So get her the most sublime cooling sheets that somehow manage to be both soft and durable. They're organic, and the linen really does help regulate her body temperature.

Almost as good as an actual foot rub are these elegant linen slippers, perfect when she has to get up for midnight feedings or bathroom breaks.

This brush, made from boar bristles, is invigorating and instantly upgrades her shower experience.

Sometimes it's truly the little things that make the biggest impact. Like this hand cream. Ultra-hydrating, this cream is loaded with organic Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Argan Oil to deeply moisturize her dry digits.

Aromatherapy isn't just a fancy buzzword. It works. So get her this standout diffuser, plus her favorite scents to help her relax and sleep. She uses just 10-20 drops of the essential oil of her choice (we like lavender) to diffuse up to 540 square feet of room, for three hours.

It's nearly impossible to find a truly classy jewelry box that's worthy of her. This is that jewelry box. It has three removable trays and specially designed compartments to fit all her gems; plus, you can get it monogrammed for her. The exterior is leather, and the interior is microsuede. A thoughtful way for her to organize her jewels.

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.

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.

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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.

Speaking of sleep, this sound machine lets her choose between 16 different sounds and white noise, until she finds something that works. It has two sleep timers and a continuous play option.

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