Contrary to popular belief, a newborn doesn’t count as that 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 months of sleepless nights for a bouquet of garbage carnations. Of the all the Mother’s Days to come, none are as important that inaugural one. Here are 10 presents that let a new mom know you’ll never be close to understanding what she went through, but at least you have decent taste.
The best part of this hand-casted, heart-adorned pewter locket is there’s no tiny picture to cut out and put inside. Simply email the image and nimble-fingered elves at Vintage Pearl will drop it in for you. Feel free to add the date or secret message for posterity. Note that orders need to be in at least 10 days before Mother’s Day.
Bose QuietComfort 35 Noise-cancelling Headphones
Give the glorious gift of drowning out baby cries. These Bose headphones monitor and muffle all the external racket ⏤ including your loud shushing noises that Dr. Karp told you to do. The headphones can be customized with a myriad of colors and the battery reportedly runs for 20 hours between charges.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir Set
Beauty products always run the risk of being construed as a commentary on her appearance. But honestly, nobody is looking their best when they get 15-20 hours of sleep a week. The set includes three products ⏤ a detox mask, foaming cleanser, and Caudalie’s “cult favorite” Beauty Elixir ⏤ all of which shrink pores and combat uneven texture and dullness.
Chance Popover Beach Tunic
A day at the beach with a baby is never really a day at the beach. But at least she’ll be comfortable in the sun wearing this “floaty” cotton tunic. There’s a hood to protect from the mid-day sun, it comes in blue or gray, and looks totally relaxed — even while you’re both freaking out because the kid ate a handful of sand.
Michael Kors X Fuji INSTAX Camera
In a world where 99 percent of digital pictures are never looked at again, there’s something quaint about taking an actual photograph you can pocket. This handsome limited-edition Michael Kors x Fuji Mini 70 camera comes in metallic gold and prints out 2.5-inch by 2-inch pics in under 90 seconds.
Seraphine Nursing Nightie
Feeling sexy and breastfeeding are usually at odds with each other, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be. This silky, lace-trimmed nursing chemise comes in black or pink, includes a fully lined integrated slip, and rocks discreet drop down openings to accommodate that thirsty infant that’s totally interrupting sexy time.
Ensure she doesn’t spend all of those late-night feedings squinting in the dark at an old issue of The New Yorker with Amazon’s newest e-reader. The Kindle Oasis boasts a 6-inch, high-res screen illuminated by 10 LEDs for low-light reading, a tapered ergonomic grip, and a battery that should last the first several months of your child’s life without needing to be recharged. Also, it comes with an elegant leather cover in black, merlot, or walnut.
Franklin Wolf Teething Necklace
Handmade in the UK, these beaded teething necklaces are designed to give that little chomper something to hang on to that’s not named mom’s boob. They’re made of silicone and untreated/sanded Canadian maple, has no taste or smell, and comes in a handful of different shapes and colors.
How to Not Hate Your Husband After Kids by Jancee Dunn
Consider this book by New York Times-bestselling author Jancee Dunn a proactive move for your relationship. Billed as “part memoir, part self-help book with actionable and achievable advice,” HNTHYHAK takes on all those quirky habits that, once a kid is thrown into the mix, suddenly annoy the shit out of couples.
Zen Moon Pajamas from Suku
Who wouldn’t love a pair of comfy pajamas that will never actually be slept in? This lightweight silk bamboo set of bed clothes are hand-printed in Bali. They rock a Mandarin collar, wide-hemmed sleeves, and come in calming colors like “ripple” and “sunset” — perfect for that island getaway you’re two years too early for.