The gifts for new mums that they really want, according to mums themselves.
The perfect gift for a new mother after birth will not only make her feel special and supported, but will also be useful to have to hand during those whirlwind first few weeks at home. And whilst flowers are all well and good, gifts like a baby book that they can fill with precious memories to look back on or some soothing bath products can sometimes be just the tonic.
“Finding that perfect gift for a new mother can be tricky,” says GoodtoKnow’s Family Editor Stephanie Lowe. “As a mum-of-one and friend to many a mum, useful or tasty are my main two litmus tests when choosing a gift. Always remember that the term ‘fed is best’ works for baby, and mum and dad too. Send a COOK meal box or tower of brownies and you will go down in history as THE best gift giver at this new and exciting time. Especially when feeding yourself falls to the bottom of the to-do list.”
With this in mind, we’ve compiled a host of great (and useful) gifts for new mums that have been tried and tested by our teams or directly recommended by new mums, so you know you’re in good hands if you purchase these presents.
Best gifts for new mums 2022
1. New arrival essentials gift box
There are loads of great gift boxes out there for new mums but this one was a particular hit with us thanks to its thoughtful combination of bits for the baby and helpful gifts for new mums. Items like the Natural Birthing Company Bottoms Up Spray is a tried and tested product for soothing stitches and tears plus postpartum healing while the muslins are a must-have for any new parents.
A soft toy, with the baby’s year of birth embroidered on it, is a lovely keepsake.
2. Cast The Heirloom Kit Bespoke baby fingerprint necklace
We always love the idea of giving a new mama a piece of jewellery to celebrate the birth of a new member of their family, but this ‘Heirloom Kit’ from CAST takes the concept to a new, unbelievably special level.
The Heirloom Kit includes everything you need to capture this moment in time and create a bespoke, precious piece of jewellery to treasure forever. Simply make an impression of your baby’s finger in a piece of soft putty-like wax and send it off to CAST. Their talented team will then cast a perfect replica of your design in the finest recycled silver, gold or platinum, creating a priceless memory of this special time to cherish.
3. Natural Birthing Co Mama’s Moments Maternity Kit
This gift set contains six natural products that have been developed with the help of midwives to help safely support mums though the journey of birth. No, it’s not the most glamorous present on this list but new mums have said that they were “delighted” to receive this practical kit and used it much more than other presents they received.
“The bottoms up spray completely takes away the sting after the birth. Stopped using it thinking i maybe just wasn’t sore and then the pain came thick and fast. Used the spray and away it went again so it really does work.”
4. Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
This is proven to help you fall asleep faster. Made with ThisWorks’ award-winning superblend of Lavender, Camomile and Vetivert calms both mind and body, soothing you to sleep. Also 99% natural, cruelty free and vegan. Don’t forget to give your PJs a spritz too.
“I spray this before bedtime, firstly in the air above my bed then secondly over my pillow, the comforting gently sweet smell soon sends me to sleep. Like, it really does work.”
5. Elizabeth Jane Baby Hand And Foot Inkless Print Kit
“Being a mother of two I know only too well how children grow up fast and you soon forget how tiny they once were. This inkless hand and footprint kit will help you remember in years to come how little they really were.”
We love the price of this simple yet fun gift for new mums that creates gorgeous little prints that in years to come will become truly priceless.
6. The White Company Nourish Bath Soak
Bath oil is a great gift as it’s a product you doesn’t usually buy for yourself. For new mums, a relaxing bath can help them unwind and catch their breath for a short period of time.
This one is perfect as it’s designed to reinvigorate and rejuvenate, blending neroli, geranium and eucalyptus.
7. Contigo Jackson Reusable Water Bottle
Though it might not seem like a groundbreaking gift, a one handed water bottle is actually a perfect reminder to new mums to keep up their hydration levels.
“A water bottle with a leak proof seal that you can pick up and open one handed is a game changer. You get so thirsty those first few weeks, as you are either breastfeeding or just forgetting to drink water. Plus with a little one constantly making use of one arm/hand, a bottle that you can just have lying next to you is the best!”
8. Silver Engravable Bar Dot Bracelet
“My sister-in-law gifted me a bracelet engraved with my son’s name after I gave birth. It was such a special thoughtful gift and something that I still treasure and wear years (and two more children) later!”
What we love about this sterling silver bracelet is that it’s great value and great quality from Thomas Sabo. Plus the middle of the bracelet can be individually engraved with symbols, numbers or letters. So you can engrave the baby’s name, initials, date of birth and more.
9. Oh Mumma – Just For Mum Pamper Box
Oh Mumma, created by two mums, for mums is an award-winning box subscription. It makes self-care a little more simple for new mum, available at JoJo as a one-off purchase. Give the gift of ‘me-time’ moments wit this Just for Mum Box. Inside is an edit of luxe beauty and lifestyle products curated to make little moments of self-care enjoyable and super easy – even on the go, which all mums always are.
10. Aden + Anais Essentials Muslin Swaddle Blankets
“Getting a pack of these swaddles just before I gave birth was so useful. They were a welcome gift because I had them saved in my Amazon basket for when I could afford them and so being gifted them meant it was one less thing to get!”
We love aden + anais swaddles as they are 100% cotton muslins and their quality and size is a cut above the rest. Our go-to swaddles, these muslins also come in an array of different colours and patterns, including a cute Disney themed range.
11. Pixi DetoxifEYE Eye Masks
New mums are sleep-deprived. And this sleep deprivation means they survive on the basics. Self-care bumps down that ‘basics’ list.
So make it easy for her with these non-sticky, easy to apply, ultra-reviving eye masks. She will thank you for it.
These Pixi hydrogel eye patches are designed to instantly de-puff and revive the under-eye area. Infused with coconut and cucumber, and enhanced with Hyaluronic acid and a caffeinated these are the promised land of feeling and looking fresher. Even after four hours broken sleep. They come in a little pot with a stack of 60 patches, that’s 30 pairs with a spatula to separate when getting them out.
Credit: Marks & Spencer
12. M&S Ultimate Afternoon Tea Selection
When you’re up all night and on the go most of the day meeting the needs of a newborn, having a handy supply of sweet treats and snacks nearby – and a good supply of caffeine – is essential.
With Marks and Spencer you are guaranteed good quality and this hamper is packed with treats considering the affordable price. As well as a Victoria Sandwich cake and sponge roll, this gift contains All butter Viennese raspberry creams, chocolate brownie mini bites, Cherry bakewell tarts, all butter shortbread fingers and tea and coffee.
Looking for a vegan alternative? We love this carefully curated hamper of vegan goodies because it also comes with a bottle of Royal Road Malbec vegan wine – because who doesn’t fancy a glass of wine after a long day (or pregnancy!)
13. Hotel Chocolat Everything Sleekster Luxe
After sleepless nights followed by long days getting used to being a new mum, chocolate is a welcome sugar hit.
Hotel Chocolat chocolates feel like a luxury little treat. Even if they only last a brief moment. And lets face it, that might be all the time mum gets to herself in those first few weeks!
14. Cheeky Chompers Personalised Midnight Stars Luxury Baby Gift Box
Okay, so they are not gifts for new mums directly, but this must-have pack of teething essentials will come in handy a few months down the line and a happy baby makes for a happy mum.
The Every Cloud Gift Set from Cheeky Chompers is the perfect starter pack for new mums who will soon have little ones that need relief for their tender gums. It includes a Neckerchew, Neckerbib and Comfortchew. Plus, it can be personalised with the baby’s name embroidered on the comforter, and personalisation always makes for a thoughtful gift!
15. Lola’s Cupcakes Brownie Boxes
“I almost cried with joy when these fell through the letter box. I hadn’t gone shopping and was so hungry, but couldn’t face the logistics of feeding a baby while getting the bread out, into the toaster, buttering and grabbing plate… but these? One handed, in the mouth – easy and delicious!”
As gifts for new mums go, this has to be the cherry on the top. And, as the saying goes: “Fed is best.” Applicable also to the parents! These gooey fudgey brownies are worth every penny, not only do they come in mouth-watering flavours.They also do gluten free and vegan options – perfect for the new-mum in your life!
26. Lumie Sunrise Alarm
While it might not seem the most obvious ‘new mother’ gift, it’s useful for during all those night feeds, and will continue to be useful well into toddler-hood when they’re waking for teething and night-time potty training, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
“This was the best gift ever! It has 10 different light settings. We used level 3 for night feeds to minimise waking and level 9 for a CODE BROWN situation! A gift we didn’t know we needed!”
17. Nobody Tells You by Becca Maberly
“My best friend bought this for my baby shower gift and all through my last trimester I was howling at it, it’s funny and refreshingly honest! It helped put my mind at ease for what lay ahead and to set realistic expectations of my own motherhood and what that could look like.”
Written and compiled by Becca Maberly of A Mother Place this book will fill the void of information you may be missing. Now, newborns nap, a lot. So when you’re not napping too, get stuck into this fantastically funny and raw-but-honest book about pregnancy, birth and parenthood – warts and all.
18. Fresh Sugar Lip Balm Gift Set
“No one told me just how dry and chapped my lips would become once I had a baby. Sometimes I can go four hours before I realise I’ve had no water. My friend bought me this set. It’s so easy to use one handed and really helped my chapped lips.”
This cult product is a great gift which promises to repair dry lips with 24-hour moisture with this duo of to-go faves. The two-piece lip gift set features Fresh’s best-selling Advanced Therapy treatment to intensely nourish and repair the look of dry lips, along with Mint Rush Lip Treatment to give your pout a burst of minty freshness. It may seem like a little gift, but it’s powerful, it works and the new mum in your life will be so grateful.
19. Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
“These meant I could catch-up Greys Anatomy during 2am cluster feeds. I wish I’d had these from the beginning, plus I still use them now and my son is 3-years-old. I can listen to my friend’s voice notes without him shouting ‘MY SEE TOO!’ They really are the gift that keeps on giving!”
With over 15,000 reviews and a four star rating, these earbuds make a great gift. They mean the new mum in your life can disappear into her own ‘me time’ without disturbing her baby. That may be a TikTok or scrolling Instagram, or listening to their favourite podcast on the go. Anything hands free and wire free is perfect.
20. Pear Drop Multi Muslin Nursing Cover
“I remember being so nervous to breastfeed outside the house and this cover helped me to build up my confidence. Plus, two years on I still use it. The other day it stopped my son dropping jam down his trousers as I used it as a cover when he was in the pram. It really is so clever, with all it’s different uses and clips.”
So small it takes up no room in the changing bag and it really works hard for what little space it takes up in there. It has six clever uses which means it can be used from the moment your baby is born, right through to the final teething stages and beyond. It’s a breastfeeding cover and the clever teething-safe hook and eye clips mean it can make a great winding cloth over your shoulder, then they come off and can make a teething toy.
21. Personalised Baby Age Botanical Blanket set
“A lovely well made blanket with two good quality wooden toys. They come in a fabric bag which makes for a lovely present.”
With over 240 reviews and a 4.8 out of 5 star rating this blanket set, no matter what you choose, makes a great gift for a new mum. And takes the baby all the way up to aged 12.
22. Mum, Tell Me: A Give & Get Back Book
“A lovely well made blanket with two good quality wooden toys. They come in a fabric bag which makes for a lovely present.”
With over 240 reviews and a 4.8 out of 5 star rating this blanket set, no matter what you choose, makes a great gift for a new mum.
23. Corkcicle mug
“I listened to all my other new mum friends complain about microwaving their coffee every day. But my friend had bought this for me at my babyshower, so I couldn’t join in – my coffee stayed hot for hours! And, great news, it can hold one Starbucks Grande latte.”
Over 110 reviews have led to a 4.5 out of star rating for this triple insulated mug. Not designed for travelling, but perfect to keep your drink hot while you’re distracted… with a new baby.
24. Caroline Gardner Heart Eye Mask
“This came in so useful whenever I managed to nap in the day. Not fall asleep through sleep deprivation, I didn’t need a mask to do that. No, this was if someone came to look after my daughter – the mask helped me to drop off.”
This 100% cotton eye mask comes with a matching drawstring pouch to keep it all together.
25. Faux fur mule slippers
“My friend bought me these and while it’s a small thing, I felt so put together when I put them on with my joggers. They were comfy but stylish enough to help me feel more like me… I live in them.”
Available up to size 8. These faux-fur cork sliders are a versatile camel hue with metal buckles with a moulded footbed ensures they’re extra comfortable.
25. Tisserand Aroma Spa Diffuser
“I didn’t open this straight away because I was so consumed by the baby. But I remember the day I did, I realised how much baby sick-up had been an overarching smell in my life. And this gift changed that. I loved it.”
Oil diffusers are well-known to help de-stress. If you want to gift wil oils here’s the best ones for different reasons.
Best for relaxation try Lavender, for sleep gift it with Chamomile. Anxiety would be sandalwood and stress, go for Clary sage. This diffuser creates a delicate and fragrant atmosphere to suit the new mum’s every mood.
What are the best gifts for new mums?
If you’re looking for the best gifts for new mums, and want to be original, pull together your own pamper hamper. Buy all the things you know your friend will like – personal and tailored to her. That way nothing is wasted. You can include little handwritten notes of advice from other friends who have had babies.
Plus the practical items you know she’ll need. Think chapstick – lips get so dry when breastfeeding. And also a water bottle that is leak proof and can be opened with one hand. Another nice idea is offering to do a food shop for her. She can just send you her list and you’ll deliver it, with a hot coffee too.
Additional advice from GoodtoKnow Family Editor Stephanie Lowe:
Bringing a whole new person into this world is a hugely overwhelming and mind-blowing experience. New mothers need to be heard and helped. Whether that’s with items that will make their new life easier – like a Lumie light up clock, or some essential me time. This ‘me time’ doesn’t have to be a day at a spa. It can literally be as simple as you taking the baby for a walk in the pram while she has a quiet hour to sit and drink a hot coffee and scroll instagram, catch up on TV or read a book.
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