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10 Gifts new moms actually want

A native of the storied coastal city of Charleston, South Carolina, Julie Sprankles has been a lover of words her entire life. As a Southerner, she certainly has what her mama calls “the gift of gab.” When she’s not writing, Julie can be...

Make a new mom's day with a gift she really wants but won't ask for

Being a new mom is hard — a complicated dance during which the line between sheer joy and sheer exhaustion is constantly being toed. If you're looking for the perfect gift to get a new mama in your life, here are 10 that are sure to really please.

1. Food


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If you've ever been through labor, you understand the all-encompassing hunger that bubbles up from your very soul after the fact. No paltry take-out meal can come close to the hunger squatting in the depths of your gut like the mythical sea Kraken — only a home-cooked meal can quell the savage beast. The friend who stocks a new mom's freezer or sets up a meal schedule through Take Them A Meal is a true friend indeed.

2. A subscription to a streaming service


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Hey, new babies are hungry, too. With that little bugger waking Mommy up every hour on the hour to feed for — oh, you know — what seems like forever, Mommy has to come up with creative ways to keep her eyelids open. Hook her up with Netflix or Hulu so she can turn marathon feeding sessions into binge watching all the shows she won't have time for during the day.

3. A break


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Yes, any new mom will be appreciative of any gift you happen to bring to her and her new bundle of joy. Heck, she'll be happy just to see another adult and be reminded she does have the power of higher functions, such as speaking in more than coos and babbles. But what she will really, really appreciate is a few minutes to herself — a few minutes to take a hot shower or to catch a nap.

4. A maid service


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Aside from that last surge of nesting energy a new mother has before the baby is born, cleaning understandably falls a few rungs in the hierarchy of things that must happen. New moms are up to their eyeballs in baby cuddling and caretaking, after all. To come home from the pediatrician one afternoon and find the house has been tidied up? Well, that would be a gift to remember.

5. Diapers, diapers and more diapers

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Frilly clothes and cutesy toys are, well, adorable. 'Tis true. But adorable does not help you survive a long night with an infant. If you want to give a new mom peace of mind, give her a box of diapers — there's no greater terror than realizing at 3 a.m. your reserves are depleted and baby had a blowout. Plus, if you order through Boxed, you can save 12 percent on Pampers. That's a win-win.

6. Wine


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Sometimes, the best only cure for a particularly rough day on the motherhood front is a little alone time with a glass of wine. Don't worry if your new mama is breastfeeding... she knows the pump-and-dump routine for those nights when she needs a bit of vino therapy. Why not send her a wine-of-the-month subscription? It truly is the gift that keeps on giving.

7. A mommy and me class


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Whoever came up with the idea of mommy and me classes is, in a word, brilliant. How else could you describe the saint who figured out a way for new moms to get out of the house without needing child care for enjoyable time with their tot and other new moms?

8. A Starbucks gift card

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Thanks to long nights filled with feedings and fussing, we've never known a new mommy who'd turn down a venti caramel macchiato in the morning. Supermom? Yes. But first, coffee.

9. A certificate to a hair salon


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While welcoming a precious new being into the world is indeed a beautiful and glorious thing, that doesn't mean new mommy always feels beautiful and glorious. A day at her favorite salon is just the trick to revitalize your frazzled friend and remind her just how amazing motherhood looks on her.

10. A sentimental keepsake

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Being a new mom may be tough stuff, but it's also the stuff dreams are made of. This new adventure will become one of the most magical journeys she'll ever take, so she's always going to want to remember the moment she brought her sweet child into this world. A nostalgic keepsake — like a hand-engraved necklace with baby's name and birth date — will warm her heart for years to come.

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