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18 of the Best Gifts for New Moms

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April 19, 2023

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If you know a new mama, you know this Mother’s Day is going to be particularly special for her, but it could also be a bit stressful with a newborn in tow. That’s why we’ve rounded up gift ideas to help her have the best day possible and make new motherhood just a little less overwhelming. From an espresso machine that’ll make a perfect latte every time to concealer for Team No Sleep, these gifts are all about self-care and making her days a bit easier. It takes a village, after all.

Psst...Want more ideas? Check out all of our other Mother's Day gift guides here.

Uncommon Goods

Everything she needs to stay in, courtesy of our partnership with Uncommon Goods…

We’ve handpicked each product in this gift bundle to be perfect for a cozy night in, something she no doubt needs right now. There’s a bedside pocket for keeping reading material, a remote, or even snacks nearby, a rechargeable lighter, a candle, and a journal. Say hello to her new nightly wind-down routine. ($75, Uncommon Goods)

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A baby swing that’ll help her be hands-free…

This swing mimics the motions of her rocking the baby in her arms, so she can put it down every once in a while when she needs to check a few things off her to-do list. It has five motions, five speeds, and four sounds, so she can tailor the movements to the baby and what’s most soothing. It also has Bluetooth and voice control. What can’t it do? ($269.99, 4moms)

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Maison Miru

A ‘mama’ necklace she can proudly show off…

The adorable ‘mama’ charm is delicately strung on a gold or silver chain, so it’s not too bulky (and can be layered with other pieces). Plus, you can add a charm, like the adorable red heart, to personalize it even more. Once she puts this on, she’ll never want to take it off. Psst…use code SKIMMFORMOM for 10% off the necklace until May 14. ($170, Maison Miru)

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Atlas Coffee Club

A coffee subscription that comes with a side of culture…

She’ll be buzzing over this one. Atlas Coffee Club’s three-, six- or twelve-month subscriptions feature bags of freshly roasted, unique coffee from all over the world. Each delivery includes a special bag of coffee from locales like Peru, Indonesia, or Costa Rica, alongside a postcard from each origin country with information about its coffee history and brewing recommendations. Her mornings will be even better knowing she’s sipping on something she can’t find anywhere else. Psst…use code MDAYTHESKIMM23 for 50% off the first month's subscription. ($60/three months, Atlas Coffee Club)

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A pair of overalls for a one-and-done outfit…

While she’s getting the hang of being a new mom, it’s nice for her to not have to make other decisions, like picking out a perfectly matching outfit. These overalls have a roomy fit so they’ll be comfortable all day long, and look cute when paired with a simple T-shirt underneath. We love the white for spring and summer. ($59.99, Dickies)

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A monthly subscription box that’s all about mom…

It’s packed with things she’ll love, like coffee pouches, skincare masks, chocolate, spa necessities, and more. Each month is themed differently, so she’ll always have something to look forward to. You can also add a personalized message to be included with the first box. ($41.67+/month, Cratejoy)

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Uncommon Goods

A set of patches designed to either help her wake up or go to sleep…

We could all use a little help in those departments — but with a new baby at home, she’ll especially be in need of a little assistance with both. The Awake patch is a blend of B12, caffeine, and green tea, while the Nite Nite patch is made with melatonin, hops, and valerian root. She’ll just put one on the inside of her wrist and the ingredients will slowly be released over time. We’ve tried them, and they really work. ($12+, Uncommon Goods)

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A stylish backpack that doesn’t look like a diaper bag…

It can be hard for a chic mom to accept that most diaper bags put function before style, so gift her this backpack that won’t make her fear her fashion-forward days are over. It’s made of durable canvas and vegan leather, has a removable diaper clutch she can wear on its own, and has a total of 10 pockets, including a laptop compartment. Plus, it has a removable changing pad. Psst…use code SKIMM20 for 20% off the Duo and Clutch backpacks through May 14. ($129, Momkindness)

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A delivery that will keep her baby busy so she can take a breath…

These play kits are designed with the specific age of her baby (to the month) in mind, to stimulate learning at integral moments in her little one’s early development. She’ll feel confident knowing the box is pre-packed with learning toys, so she won’t have to do a ton of research on her own. Plus, while the baby is entertained by safe and sustainable things to look at and squeeze, she just might be able to take a moment of rest. ($80+, Lovevery)

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Cozy Earth

A pajama set that will quickly become her new uniform…

These are made from bamboo and described by Oprah as the “softest EVER.” Good enough for us. They’re also very breathable and won’t contribute to hot flashes. Plus, they’re machine washable and guaranteed not to pill. They come in nine colors and sizes up to XXXL. We won’t blame you if you scoop up a pair for yourself too. Psst…use code THESKIMM for 30% off sitewide until May 14. ($146.25, Cozy Earth)

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A nursing bra that’s actually cute…

This one will give her light support for sleeping and lounging and is easily pulled to the side for nursing. The cozy ribbed fabric is stretchy and soft but also durable, and can be machine-washed. It comes in three colors and sizes up to 4X. ($48, Storq)

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A clean makeup starter kit to streamline her morning routine…

She’ll get lip balm, lip gloss, mascara, and deodorant — so basically everything she’ll need to feel ready for the day in five minutes flat. All the products are made with natural ingredients, without extra oils, silicones, or sulfates. Take it from us, the lip balm is one of the best we’ve ever tried; it’s packed with hyaluronic acid and even keeps our lips hydrated while skiing. The natural deodorant is the perfect foray into non-aluminum odor-fighting; it keeps us dry and smelling fresh for long workdays into nighttime drinks. ($37.50, Kosas)

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A set of nursing pillows to soothe any soreness…

She can pop these in the microwave or store them in the freezer and use after nursing to relieve any discomfort. One side is velour and the other is jersey, so she can choose whatever feels better. They’re all-natural and filled with flax seeds rather than gel. ($24.99, Target)

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A journal so she won’t forget a precious moment…

This gorgeous linen-bound journal has pages for her to record all the important details, from her child’s birth story to how she’s feeling on a daily basis — and even has a place for the baby’s footprints. It’s got space to record memories until her kid is 18. It comes in a range of colors, and it also makes a great baby shower gift. ($39.99, Amazon)

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An ice roller to help her wake up and depuff…

She can stash this in the freezer and pull it out in the morning to help relieve any puffiness from a less-than-restful night’s sleep. She can also use it while wearing a face mask to increase absorption of the serums and further calm the skin. Plus, the fun colors are enough to brighten her day. ($16.14+, Amazon)

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An espresso machine, because she’s going to need some caffeine…

Coffee makes the world go ‘round, especially when you’ve got a newborn keeping you up through the night. With this sleek Nespresso, she can just pop in a pod, and with the touch of a button, enjoy an expert-brewed espresso every time. The sleek machine won’t take up a ton of counter space. ($167.99+, Amazon)

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A pack of liners to soothe things down there…

These full-length pads are made with medicated witch hazel to promote soothing and healing in the most sensitive areas post-birth. They can even be put in the fridge for a cooling sensation. ($11.99, Amazon)

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A belly wrap to help her get her core strength back…

Whether she had a natural birth or C-section, wearing this will not only strengthen the stomach muscles but also prevent back pain and improve her posture throughout the day. It has three separate enclosures for the upper, middle, and lower abdomen, an elasticized pressure band so she can adjust the compression, and back boning to prevent slouching. ($22.95, Amazon)

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A dress she can wear from the couch to a picnic and back…

With a midi length and empire waist, this dress is sure to make her feel confident and cute, while at the same time being insanely comfortable. She’ll find herself grabbing for this instead of her old sweatpants day after day, especially in the summer when it’s too hot to wear anything that’s not breezy. Plus, the neckline is nursing-friendly. ($198, Hatch)

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