Do you have a friend, sister, or daughter celebrating her first Mother's Day this year? What a special occasion! While Mother's Day is always the perfect excuse to pamper the special women in our lives, it's an especially good time to shower a new mother with a little extra love and attention.
Here are a few thoughtful gift ideas for the new mom in your life!
Nutritious Homemade Treats, Ready to Freeze!
Food is always a thoughtful gift for a new mom, especially if it's nutritious and easy-to-eat, i.e. with one hand, while the other hand is holding a baby.
Make a batch of our Oatmeal Almond Butter Breakfast Cookies or these Peanut Butter Energy Balls, then deliver them in silicone Stasher bags, so she can pop them in the freezer and just grab a couple when she needs them. (And then reuse the bags over and over!)
Stasher Reusable Food Bags, starting at $9.99 at Amazon
Family Portrait Illustration
Offer a little sweetness and whimsy to your new mom friend with an illustrated family portrait—featuring the newest family addition, of course!
There are so many talented illustrators on Etsy. I like the family portraits from Lisa Nelson of My Little Buffalo, for starters.
Custom family portrait illustration, starting at $80 from My Little Buffalo
A Book for Family Recipes
If your sister or daughter just had a baby, give her the gift of family recipes—those that have been, and those to come! This recipe book is blank and includes space for over 80 recipes.
Start her out with a family recipe or two already added—maybe a few favorites from her childhood—then leave the rest for her to add in her own time. It's an heirloom in the making.
My Family Cookbook, $30 from Amazon
Lunch Lady Magazine
When you're spending hours holding a new baby, it's nice to have a little light reading on hand. A subscription to Lunch Lady magazine, a journal out of Australia about food and parenting, would be great. Every issue is colorful, creative, and "reminds parents to keep things in perspective and have fun"—always good advice!
Lunch Lady magazine, $26 on Amazon. Subscriptions available through their website.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
Lavender Plant and Gift Set
Those first few weeks of parenthood are low-sleep, high-stress times—exhilarating, full of love, yes—but also plain exhausting. Encourage her to steal a little R&R when she can with this homegrown lavender kit from Modern Sprout.
This gift set comes with a grow kit, so she can grow a pot of lavender, plus a lavender-scented sleep mask, pillow spray, and candle. Ahhhh...
Modern Sprout Unwind Live Well Gift Set, $50 from Verishop
Blueberry Juice Club
What's one thing a new mom would never think to buy for herself but would absolutely appreciate? A monthly delivery of fresh-pressed 100% organic wild blueberry juice from Bow Hill Farm in Washington!
Packed with antioxidants, this juice is fantastic on its own or mixed with sparkling water to keep her happy and hydrated.
Blueberry Juice Club, starting at $34 from Bow Hill Farm
This might seem like too utilitarian a gift for a new mother, until you realize that sometimes practical gifts that solve a real problem are the best kinds of gifts—in this case, the problem of waiting for a kettle of water to boil on the stove every time she wants a hot cup of tea. (Which is probably all the time, since the one she already made got cold before she could finish it because ... well, she has a baby.)
Electric kettle to the rescue! This electric kettle keeps its temperature for 30 minutes and has ready-made buttons that heat to the ideal temperature for white, green, delicate, oolong, and black tea.
Cuisinart Cordless Electric Kettle, $73 from Amazon
Food Delivered in a Dish She Can Keep
When you bring food to a new mom, it's always nice to encourage her not to worry about returning the container to you anytime soon. Even better? Tell her she can keep the container the food was brought in, and then make it a nice one, too!
This Emile Henry baker is large and perfect for a family-sized portion of Lasagna, Shepherd's Pie, or Chicken and Rice Casserole. She may not feel like cooking for a while, but when she does, she'll have a great new baking dish at her disposal!
Emily Henry Large Rectangular Baker, 13" x 9", $52 from AmazonContinue to 9 of 10 below.
Coffee Subscription from Trade
Sleepless nights lead to tired mornings, which can be made a little bit better with a great cup of coffee. Take care of that for her by setting her up with a coffee subscription from Trade. They ship a huge variety of coffee from roasters all over the country, tailored to her coffee tastes and preferences!
Coffee subscription, starting at $60 from Trade
Luxurious Hand Cream
We're all washing our hands like crazy now, and she is even more so with a new baby around! This hand cream is total luxury—lightly, beautifully fragranced, moisturizing yet not greasy—a small, special treat when her hands dry out from all that hand-washing.
Kai Hand Cream, $21 from Anthropologie