Are you searching high and low for a kick-ass gift for a new mom? No, not a gift for her wee babe — but her, the glorious mother ship who has carried and birthed a new being all on her own. Babies — and baby gifts — are cute and all, but why not channel your thoughts toward a gift your new-mom friend will know is for her? She did just spend 40-ish weeks carrying around a human in her body, after all.
New moms need to drink loads of water, especially if they're nursing. Give your pal a few of these water bottles so she can load them up, keep them nearby and never have to worry about her water becoming lukewarm over the course of a day. (Amazon, $16)
OK, this night light is marketed for babies, but look how cute it is! Your mom friend is going to need some light when she's up in the middle of the night and trying to keep kiddo as pseudo-sleepy as possible. This birdie light is portable and rechargeable, and it casts a soft, dreamy glow. (Amazon, $25)
There's a reason candles are so often a go-to gift — especially ones that get great reviews because they last forever and smell great. (Anthropologie, $28)
Eating may be a challenge when a new mom is trapped under a sleeping newborn. Give her a deliciously loaded snack box that she can keep handy wherever she might be. This variety pack from Naturebox is called the Family Snack Pack, but really, she'll want it all to herself. (Naturebox, $28)
New-mom hormones can be pretty wack, taking her from burning hot to ice cold in matter of moments. Give her a quirky throw to keep around the house in case of a sudden plunge in personal temp. We like the gorgeous shade of this knitted option from Ikea. (Ikea, $35)
Diaper bags are utilitarian, but they often look like, well, diaper bags. Fortunately, there are tons of totes that serve a diaper bag's purpose while maintaining an air of "I'm an adult, really." This selection, found at Nordstrom, is an actual diaper bag (with plenty of room and oodles of pockets), but it doesn't look like one. (Nordstrom, $75)
While a mom's skin may have looked great during pregnancy (or not — one marvel of pregnancy is its fickleness), having a new baby can take a toll on that brightness for sure. Enter the refreshing Mask of Magnaminty from Lush Cosmetics. It's tingly, minty and refreshing and won't jack up her skin because it doesn't contain any harsh, abrasive junk. (Lush, $15)
OK, so maybe you don't personally have a huge collection of vitamin mist sprays on hand, but for a new mom, this can be a huge pick-me-up during those hazy newborn days. (Ecco Bella, $35)
While bathing might be a bit scarce in the early days of parenthood, new moms want those rare showers to be packed with good smells. This soap looks and smells just gorgeous. (Amazon, $7)
Yes, people still send (and love to receive) snail mail. And also: New moms get gifts, and she'll likely want to send out thank-you notes at some point. Make it easier with a sweet gigantic pack of vibrant cards. (Amazon, $12)
Moms need extra hands, so get a phone holder that's shaped like a cat. Obviously. (Amazon, $13)
Whether it's for laundry, tiny toys or just a place to throw the mess when unexpected visitors show up, get her a basket so she can feel semi-organized. (Target, $15)
Subscription boxes are all the rage, and if the mom on your gift list is into beauty products, Birchbox might be right up her alley. Every month, she'll get five sample-size beauty items, and best of all, it's not super-expensive. Gift subscriptions start at three months for $30. This is the best tool for tackling a sleep-deprived face — other than, you know, sleeping. (Birchbox, $30 and up)
When a baby is fresh out of the package, they're often all about the boob or bottle. When they get a little bigger, they start messing around with whatever they can get their hands on during feeding — which can include Mom's hair, nose, other nipple, etc. This can get super-annoying. Gift a nursing/teething necklace so baby will have something to do other than twiddle. (Chewbeads, $20)
No, diamonds aren't a girl's best friend — not now that dry shampoo exists. (Sephora, $22)
What better way to hide spit-up stains than a super-cute new scarf? (Wild Dill, $18)
Health trackers are super-popular, and even if a mom isn't doing much moving because she's, you know, hooked to a baby 24/7, she might find a fancy new health tracker like this little guy from Bellabeat surprisingly helpful (and hey, it tracks sleep too, which she's totally getting a ton of, right?). The good news is that it comes with both a necklace and a wrist strap, so she'll have options if her baby winds up being a grabby little jerk. (Bellabeat, $139
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