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19 Best Mother's Day Gifts for New Moms

Celebrate her entry into motherhood with these thoughtful gifts for Mother's Day.

Lindsey Hunter Lopez
Marlen Cimaglia
Marlen has been a writer and editor for the past 10 years, covering beauty, fashion and commerce. When she's not writing, she's traveling abroad and exploring new cities.
Marlen Cimaglia
5 min read
$45 at Amazon
stanley quencher tumbler in cream
Stanley Quencher H2.0 FlowState 40-ounce tumbler
Keep that new mama hydrated
$35 at Amazon
Hatch Rest Go
Save her sanity with a portable sound machine
$60 at Salt & Straw
salt and straw ice cream
Salt & Straw Best Sellers Ice Cream Gift Pack
Satisfy Mom's sweet tooth
See at Atlas Coffee Club
women opening box with coffee bag inside
Atlas Coffee Club
Give Mom a caffeine boost
$150 at Amazon
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Keep her mind engaged while feeding the baby
$24 at Anthropologie
Mama Nostalgia candle
A soothing scent
$104 at Amazon
White ember smart mug
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
Make sure her coffee never goes cold
$81 at Amazon
Ergobaby Embrace Carrier
So Mom can go hands-free
$130 at Amazon
Baby Brezza Baby Food Maker Deluxe
Make feeding baby a breeze
See at Bouqs
Mother's Day flower arrangement from Bouqs
A classic Mother's Day option
See at Chatbooks
Chatbooks Monthbooks
Chatbooks Softcover Monthbooks
Get those pics off her phone and into a book
$43 at Nordstrom
Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash
Keep her hands clean with luxe soap
$13 at Amazon
Mom milestones book
Mom Milestones: The True Story of the First Seven Years
Embrace her milestones with a cheeky book
$199 at Amazon
Bearaby Cotton Napper
Bearaby Hand-Knit Weighted Blanket
Naptime makes all the difference in the world
$20 at Amazon
mama hat in pinkish red
Mama baseball cap
A cute way to cover up a bad hair day
$72 at Amazon
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Fresh Day Serum
Gift some self-care
$30 at Amazon
Seedlyfe PostNatal Smoothie Blend
Boost Mom's mood with a nutritious beverage
$83 at Otiumberg
initial tag pendent necklace
Otiumberg Initial Tag Pendant
Celebrate her new bundle with jewelry
$12 at Amazon
new-mom book
You're Mom: A Little Book for Mothers (And the People Who Love Them)
A sweet comic that will brighten Mom's day

Mother's Day is dedicated to celebrating the mother figures in our lives, but it can be especially exciting for new moms. Stepping into the role of being a mom is equal parts thrilling and terrifying, and the year is sure to be filled with memorable ups and downs. From delighting over their baby's first smile to trying to hack their newborn's sleep schedule and panic-ordering nine different swaddles, it's a complete rollercoaster. Because of that, new moms deserve to be treated with especially thoughtful gifts on Mother's Day.

We've got a lot of new parents here at CNET, and to help you find the best gifts for new moms, we tapped into their experiences and recommendations. These gifts not only will make a new mama smile, but they're also useful and designed to make her life easier. An artisanal coffee subscription will give her a boost of energy after sleepless nights, and a heated mug will keep it warm even if she's pulled away for diaper changes. Cult-favorite skin care will help remind her to take care of herself in between taking care of the baby, and fancy soap will keep those germs at bay. 

Whatever you choose, a Mother's Day gift tells the new mom in your life that you appreciate her milestone. And if you know a soon-to-be mom, check out our gift guide for expectant mamas.


If there's one thing new moms always need more of, it's water. Breast feeding can especially leave Mama extra dehydrated. So to make sure she's properly hydrated, get her the popular Stanley tumbler. 

There's a reason why the Stanley is ridiculously trendy. The wide straw and 40-ounce size help you drink more water throughout the day. Plus, it keeps your beverages hot or cold for hours. What's not to like?

Read more: Stanley Tumblers: Are They Worth the Price?


This little gadget is a new parent's best friend. You can attach it to a crib, stroller, diaper bag or seatbelt, and you'll instantly have white noise for naptime anywhere and everywhere. The sound quality isn't quite as good as the full-size Hatch Rest, but the portability makes up for it.

Salt & Straw

When it comes to ice cream, Salt & Straw is the cream of the crop. Gift the new mom in your life a delivery of the good stuff. The Best Sellers: Classics gift pack includes five mouth-watering flavors: Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons; Double Fold Vanilla; Salted, Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough; Freckled Mint Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Gooey Brownie. Shipping is included.

Atlas Coffee Club

If there's one thing every new parent needs, it's caffeine. Give a new mom the gift of delicious coffee with an Atlas Coffee Club subscription, CNET's top pick for the best coffee subscription available. CNET's David Watsky tried out a variety of Atlas roasts was impressed with the top-notch quality and consistency. Gift subscriptions start at $60 for three months.

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The new mom in your life will most likely be enthralled by looking down at her newborn's face while feeding them -- but only during the day. At night, she needs her brain engaged so she doesn't nod off during feedings. To help her combat that, get her an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. It's much easier to hold than a thick paperback or hardcover, and she can flip pages with the scroll of a thumb. You can even pair the gift with a Kindle Hand Strap to keep it even more secure while she's juggling bottles and floppy heads.


It's hard to find moments of relaxation when you're a new mom, but something as simple as a scented candle can provide some serenity. Anthropologie makes this lovely "Mama" candle, which smells like fresh lilies and comes in a pretty pink glass jar. The 9.5-ounce candle provides 45 hours of burn time.


Moms notoriously never get to their coffee, matcha latte or cup of tea while it's hot, which can put a real damper on mornings after long, sleepless nights. Ensure that inconvenience doesn't leave her with a cold cuppa with the help of the Ember Smart Mug. This useful cup will keep the drink between 120 and 145 degrees Fahrenheit, and it can either keep it hot for 80 minutes without the coaster or simmering all day long while on the coaster. 


Delete baby-carrier research from Mom's mental load and go for this top model. It's hard to decide whether to choose a baby wrap, sling or structured carrier when there are so many to choose from. The Ergobaby Embrace is the best of them all. It has the convenience of a structured carrier and the breathable comfort of a wrap. 

Baby Brezza

Feeding a baby takes a lot of time, and a baby can start experimenting with solids at just 6 months old. Make a new parent's life a little easier with this handy Baby Brezza. If Mom is into making baby's food from scratch, this little gadget is helpful. It steams and blends fruits and veggies, and it even includes reusable pouches so baby can eat on the go.

Bouqs Co.

It's not a novel idea, but don't discount a beautiful bouquet for Mother's Day. Bouqs, CNET's top pick for the best flowery delivery service, features stunning assortments of flowers hand-selected by a team of experts. The arrangements are so pretty that Mom might even interrupt her Instagram feed full of baby content for a floral shot. 


Chances are high that your new mom has taken over a million and one photos of her baby. Help get them off the cloud and into an actual photo album with a subscription to Chatbooks' Monthbooks. These books take mere minutes to make since you directly upload photos from your phone into the app and send them to print. You can gift her either a 3-, 6- or 12-month subscription, starting at $36.


Any new mom is likely washing her hands a minimum of 10 times a day (thank you, never-ending dirty diapers!) or pushing soap on anyone who wants to hold the baby. Help make this unavoidable part of motherhood a little more enjoyable with the help of Aesop's Resurrection Aromatique hand wash. It uses mandarin rinds, rosemary leaves and cedar to create a pleasant, woodsy smell that will make the round-the-clock handwashing something to look forward to. 


Everyone eagerly awaits their baby's milestones, but what about the new mom's milestones? From weathering her first sleepless night to making her first mom friend at the park, she has just entered a whole new world and deserves to celebrate every change and watershed moment she has experienced. "The Mom Milestones: The True Story of the First Seven Years" does just that with fun illustrations and cheeky commentary that will have her laughing.

Amanda Capritto/CNET

We've all heard the advice to sleep when the baby sleeps, but most new moms feel like they have too much to do to take that window of rest. Help her slow down with an aesthetically pleasing weighted blanket, such as this hand-knit version. You can choose between 10-, 15- and 20-pound weights, helping her unwind on the couch between feedings. 


It's a known fact that new moms don't exactly get a lot of time to, say, style their hair. But if you can't help out with baby duty and come over in the morning so mom can hop in the shower, gift her this sweet baseball cap. It's stylish, proclaims her new title, and it's very practical. A hat will hide anything, from unwashed locks to funky postpartum growth. Available in pinkish red, gray or black.

Drunk Elephant

Skin care is a rare treat for new moms, and this Drunk Elephant vitamin C serum is a quick way to refresh with a bit of self-care. It can also help get rid of those pesky melasma spots that show up during pregnancy. C-Firma Fresh Day Serum is safe for pregnant and nursing mothers, and it's designed to increase the "radiance and luminosity" of skin. Who couldn't use more of that?


We all know that postpartum moms need healthy foods and plenty of nutrients. Seedlyfe makes a smoothie blend that specifically addresses new moms' needs. Their PostNatal blend was created to replenish essential nutrients like iron and promote breast milk production. The subtle vanilla flavor blends right into her favorite smoothie recipe. 


If you have a sentimental mom on your list, celebrate her transition into motherhood with an initial tag pendant. Choose the initial of her baby's name, and she'll never want to take it off. Otiumberg's 14-karat gold vermeil personalized pendant is the perfect, understated pick. The initial is stamped onto a dainty tag, and you can get her a new initial for each child she has in the future. 

Flatiron Books

Illustrator Liz Climo's witty, adorable animal comics make an uplifting Mother's Day gift. Clever observations about motherhood are couched in colorful, cute drawings of creatures. This book is the perfect quick read for a busy new parent. There are over 100 drawings of mom-baby animal pairs to enjoy.

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