16 Thoughtful Gifts for New Moms & Moms-to-Be

It’s always a good time to show a new mom or mom-to-be how amazing and beloved she is. And a gift that celebrates her new role is always appreciated. Whether you’re shopping for a birthday, baby shower, Mother’s Day or the first time you meet her little one, you’ll find the right gift below.

Pre-Packed Birth Bags

Baby Boldly

A pre-packed birth bag to bring to the hospital is a true luxury. Choose from bags in three sizes (minimalist, happy medium and fully prepared) or special gifts for surrogates and parenting expecting through IVF. Designed by two moms who get it, these bags include must-haves like grippy socks, a massage ball, phone charger, dry shampoo and more items to make you say, "Wow, I wouldn't have thought of that!"

Available at babyboldly.com.

Alphabet Art from The Letter Nest

The Letter Nest

These beautiful pieces of art are printed to order from watercolor paintings by Sally King McBride, a New York City-based artist, illustrator and mom of two. Choose an alphabet print, a child's name or a monogram in a variety of themes, from woodland and animals to flowers and dessert. If you're unsure of what to get, purchase a gift card and let the recipient choose. This is elevated artwork that becomes the centerpiece of your nursery and will look just as stylish in your child's room as they grow up.

Available at theletternest.com.

The Birthdate Book from Birthdate Co

Birthdate Co

This gorgeous, made-to-order book reveals a baby's astrological birth chart, mapping the stars and planets at the exact moment of birth. It provides more than 70 pages of horoscope analysis, revealing insights about a child's personality and what their future may hold.

Available at birthdate.co, $115.

To the Moon and Back Bracelet Set from Starling


Bracelets for a new mom and her child, because moms love their babies to the moon and back. The bracelets in this delicate duo are available in three sizes (baby, child and adult), so you can choose who gets the star and the moon, and you can even buy additional bracelets for older kids, aunts and grandparents to make it a family affair. It comes in four metals: 14k yellow gold, 14k white gold, 14k rose gold, and silver.

Available at starlingjewelry.com, $90 for the silver set of two bracelets; $340 for each of the three gold varieties.

New Momma Box from Brightbox


If you're looking for a fun, inexpensive gift for a mom who's far away, this is what you want. Brightbox has an amazing collection of curated gift boxes with thoughtful presents at a very reasonable price: $15. In the New Momma box, moms receive a pretty compass necklace, fuzzy baby socks, a drool bib and two stroopwafel cookies. You choose a card from a ton of well-designed options and add a personal message. There's also an option to include more items, like gift cards, snacks and hair scrunchies, at an additional cost. 

Available at brightboxes.com, $15.

Mom-Themed T-Shirts from the Bee & the Fox

The Bee & the Fox

Whether she's a proud mama, mama bird, mama bear, super mom or mamacita, you'll find the perfect t-shirt for her at the Bee & the Fox. The brand's Motherlode Collection has cool, vintage-looking, high-quality t-shirts and sweatshirts with a variety of sayings. And if you want to get matchy, they have onesies emblazoned with Baby Bear and Baby Bird.

Available at thebeeandthefox.com, prices vary.

First Footprint Necklace from Tiary


This elegant and meaningful memento comes in silver, rose gold, white gold or yellow gold. It's available in three different lengths and can also be engraved for an even more personal touch.

Available at tiary.com, from $102.

"My Mom: In Her Own Words" Keepsake Interview Book


This interview journal lets moms tell their story so kids can discover everything about them, from childhood memories and beloved relatives to their best advice. New moms have years to jot down their information before kids are old enough to read the journal, so there's no pressure on busy new moms to do "homework." But it's a story new moms will enjoy telling and kids will love to read.

Available at amazon.com, $9.89.

Dew You Bundle from Belli Skincare

Belli Skincare

The Dew you skincare bundle from Belli Skincare combines a moisturizing body lotion with a belly oil for warding off stretch marks. The Belli line is safe for use during pregnancy and while nursing and is scented with essential oils.

Available at belliskincare.com, $42.

Countdown to Mama 14-Gift Box

Countdown to Mama

Literally a gift that keeps on giving, this unique gift combines 14 days of presents, like an advent calendar just for mom. Inside, you'll find beautiful gifts to make a new mom (or mom-to-be) smile: a gold-plated necklace inscribed "mama," a nursing cover, swaddle blanket, baby hat and matching headband for mom, milestone stickers, foot cream, bath bomb and more.

Available at countdowntomama.com, $185.

Birth Flower Stacker Necklace from Made by Mary

Made by Mary

A birth flower necklace is a beautiful twist on the trend of birthstone jewelry. These delicate discs are made with gold filled, rose gold filled or sterling silver, and the design is hand-drawn, hand-cut and stamped. It's elegant on its own or stacked with other special birthdays.

Available at madebymary.com, from $32.

Essentials Bundle from Audrey & Bear

Audrey & Bear

Any new mom would love these robe and swaddle sets from Audrey & Bear. They come with a robe for mom, plus a personalized hat or headband, swaddle blanket and no-scratch mittens. They're available in a number of beautiful colors and prints, with robes fitting women in size 2 to 32, in standard and tall sizes.

Available at audreyandbear.com, $148.

Mom's Sippy Cup Insulated Mug from Etsy


Give a new mom a laugh and a nice mug that keeps her coffee hot and water cold, thanks to the stainless steel construction and double-wall vacuum insulation. It's unbreakable and holds 12 ounces of mom's favorite drink. It comes in other sizes and with different sayings.

Available at Etsy.com, $13.59.

Workout Program for Moms from Every Mother

Every Mother

This workout program is specifically designed for pregnant and new moms, from trimester-specific workout regiments that ward off low back pain and build stamina for childbirth to movements that heal diastatis recti and help women maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Learn more at every-mother.com.

14K Gold Letter Ring from Maya Brenner

Maya Brenner

Wear baby's first initial as a 14-carat ring. If you have more kids, it makes a dramatic and beautiful ring stack. Choose from rose gold, yellow gold or white gold.

Available at mayabrenner.com, $240.

Boys and Girls Noel Baby Handprint and Footprint Keepsake Frame


This kit from Keababies makes it easy to preserve a child's tiny little toes and fingers forever. The kit comes with clay you insert into the frame and then gently press your child's hand and foot into. Pop two photos in the photo spots and your keepsake is done. 

Available at Macys.com, $19.95.

—Eva Ingvarson Cerise



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