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There’s something extra special about the first holiday season as a new parent. And of course we want to get the new parents in our lives an extra special gift—something that says “I love the baby, but you matter, too.” Baby’s first holiday is so exciting, but it is important to remember that it’s easy for new parents to feel overwhelmed and overlooked.
So what make the best gifts for new parents? Consider products (or services!) that honor the challenges of new parenthood and help make this new life just a little easier. After all, the meal trains may have ended, but that doesn’t mean they still don’t need a little extra support and pampering.
We know the right gift can be hard to find. To make it easier, our team has curated a list of the products that new parents are sure to appreciate. And if you throw in some babysitting, there’s a good chance you’ll be their favorite gift-giver of the season.
Shop the best gifts for new moms and dads below!
The best gifts for new parents
An accessory that multitasks just as hard as she does, the super soft Everything Cover from Bodily makes a thoughtful gift for any breastfeeding mama. It’s a nursing cover. A stroller blanket. A chic extra layer that feels pulled together even if she can’t recall the last time she washed her hair. The possibilities are endless!
Coterie x Caraa• $325
What do you get when you combine one of the most luxe diaper brands with the most stylish diaper bag on the market? A gift that any new mama will be over the moon about. The chic city aesthetic is perfect for any occasion whether they’re exploring Paris or (let’s be more realistic) carting small people from daycare to home and back again. The limited edition bag features plenty of pockets for all the things along including an insulated exterior pocket to keep things hot or cold and can be worn backpack or cross-body style. And don’t worry about wrapping it! It comes in a custom-designed box that’s ready for gifting.
What better gift for new parents than gifting them their first family photo shoot? This female-run company matches families with photographers in their area and allows you to only pay for the ones you love at $15 each or less.
Usual Wines• $96
Wine is always a great gift for parents–new baby or not. But a big ‘ol bottle can sometimes be a bit much if you’re falling asleep on the couch at 7pm, up at 3am and have no time for a wine headache the next day. Instead, opt for the brilliant single serve bottles from Usual Wines. Each of the three varieties (rosé, red and brut) are sustainably crafted in California and made without any extra sugar or artificial nonsense. They’re clean and crisp and could the packaging be any more stylish? Not a chance.
Welcome to parenthood! Everything hurts! Whether it’s the marathon nursing sessions or lifting a twenty pound carseat day in and day out, new parents are putting in some work. Help them soothe those sore muscles with the small but mighty Theragun Mini. It works wonders on aches and pains and even pairs with their app to help guide recovery sessions.
If the new parents on your list are already stressing about lugging a metric ton of baby gear on their first trip as a family, we’ve got the ultimate gift idea. A gift certificate to BabyQuip! With BabyQuip, strollers, car seats, even cribs and toys can be delivered directly to their destination. (They’ll even meet them at the airport!) Not only do their pros deliver it–they set up everything, and pick it up when vacation’s over—all at your convenience. All rental gear is clean, safe and insured so they can rest easy and just enjoy their vacay!
Perfect for those early days of nurse, sleep, diaper change repeat, the Leakproof Lounge Dress from Mamalux is new mom fashion at its finest. (And most functional.) It’s stretchy, comfortable and designed so she doesn’t have to fumble with a complicated nursing bra. And the flattering fit and convenient pockets are just the icing on the cake!
Artifact Uprising• $99
Artifact Uprising creates some of the most gorgeous museum-quality mementos that instantly become family treasures. They’re a go-to for photo prints, vacation albums and yes, a best-selling baby book. The binder-style book comes with a pen, adhesive for photos and treasures and a free set of Everyday Prints to get rolling. The thick pages provide thoughtful prompts and space for milestones and if you have more to add (or you know, change a name or something down the line 😉 ) you can purchase additional pages to slide right in.
Every new parent needs a quality baby carrier and we love how the ergobaby allows for multiple carrying positions, including the forward facing (but ergonomic) option that so many dads dig. The breathable design is also great for a variety of seasons and climates and easy to swap back and forth between parents. This is most ideal for when baby is a bit older, starting at around 4 months.
This set of Knix’ most popular period-proof panties makes a great gift for a new mom. It includes two pair of super leak proof underwear, two pair of leak proof underwear and one pair of their lifesaving Dream Shorts to make her postpartum healing a little less stressful.
There’s nowhere you can’t go with this stroller wagon hybrid that combines the ease and maneuverability of a stroller with the classic fun of a wagon. We tested this one on myriad surfaces and especially love the smooth ride (thanks to those big ol’ wheels) and the cup holders. What’s more, they’ve got an entire eco-system of awesome add-ons to make it the ultimate here-to-there contraption. From travel system adapters for the tiniest riders to cold weather kits to keep little ones warm, it’s a splurge that pays for itself in no time.
Exhausted, cold brew loving mamas rejoice! This impressive, top-rated coffee maker will keep her fridge stocked with amazing iced coffee with practically zero effort.
Instant Pot• $99.95
When the Meal Train runs out, she’s still going to need some help. Instant Pot to the rescue! The 7-in-1 pressure cooker, sterilizer, slow cooker, yogurt maker, saute pan, rice cooker, and warmer delivers more kitchen help than Door Dash (well, almost.) This particular model is one of the best-selling on Amazon with 4.7 stars and almost 159K reviews, so you don’t have to take my word for it. (And she can even use it to make baby food in a few months!)
New baby or not, I can’t think of a hair tool more coveted than the Dyson Airwrap. Fans insist there are no substitutes and, not surprisingly it is often impossible to find in stock. The reason? The multi-tasking device has everything you need to create salon-level hairstyles at home with no professional chops needed. (When you’re a new parent, that’s priceless!)
Whoever opens this on Christmas morning will truly start believing in Santa again—because this is definitely magic.
Cozy Earth• $279.25
Sleep is a hot commodity when there’s a little one under the roof, so you’ve got to make every second in bed as comfy as possible. The best way? Level up your bed linen game to 5-star hotel-status. Also, when you gift your partner something bed-related, it’s truly a gift you give yourself. (Last I checked, double-dipping is not against the rules here.) I’ve tried a ton of sheets over the years but one set that I love universally is the bamboo sheet set from Cozy Earth. For one thing, they aren’t nearly as sweat-inducing other fabrics and they just seem to get better with every wash. They’re silky and soft and comfortable to sleep on in every season. Also, they’re free of chemicals so I’m not worried about any harmful materials or treatments to the fabric I’m falling face-first into at the end of every year-long day. (Bonus! They come with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year guarantee. You’ve got nothing to lose!)
You know what’s actually priceless? A good night’s sleep. For new parents, the innovative Cradlewise smart cradle provides just that. Launched just last year it’s already proven to be one of the most impressive pieces of baby gear on the market. At once a bassinet, crib and built-in video baby monitor, it knows when your baby is about to wake up and begins to bounce ever-so-gently to lull them back to sleep. (After all, isn’t that the exact movement you instinctively do to get them to sleep in your arms?) Paired with the Cradlewise app, you can check in on your little one from down the hall or across the country. You can also monitor their sleep and movement stats and play white, pink or brown noise to help them sleep more soundly.
Snag it for yourself or send an SOS gift request to the giver in your life with the deepest pockets. You can even schedule a virtual group demo with Cradlewise founder, Radhika to see it in action and get all your questions answered. Prices start at $1399
A command center that can also keep you entertained while you cook, clean or hide from the rest of the household? Yes please. The Nest Hub Max from Google packs a ton of family-friendly functionality into a gorgeous 10 inch display with an impressive built-in sound system. From guiding you through recipes and making video calls to cranking the tunes or controlling all your paired smart home devices, it’s the personal assistant you always knew you needed.
Rifle Paper Co.• $25
For the mama who loves the written word, a Rifle Paper Co. fabric journal is a thoughtful gift for this season of life. Keep track of the memories made in early parenthood in a beautiful place.
So, on average how many times do you reheat that same cup of coffee every morning? Once because someone pooped their pants the second you poured it. Twice because you were then interrupted by a scavenger hunt for someone’s left rain boot. Three times because you completely forgot about it in the microwave after the boot was found, right? WELL. TIMES HAVE CHANGED, MAMA. Enter the Ember mug. Packed with an app-enabled heating element, the Ember mug keeps hot beverages at exactly the temperature you tell it to long enough for you to drink it. Go ahead, earn yourself best gift giver ever status.
When you need to clean but would rather stare at your brand new baby (or, more likely they don’t want to be put down!)– that is where modern technology comes in. The award-winning Roborock S7 Max Robot Vacuum and Mop is easy to use—press the on button and it shuffles around the house cleaning for you. (The ultrasonic tech senses the difference between carpet and hard floors so you don’t even have to get involved as it changes between the two!) Paired with the app you can set schedules, adjust suction, designate no-go zones and even set exact cleaning routes. It even works with Siri, Alexa and Google to be at your beck and call, controlled by your voice alone. (Even our partners aren’t that responsive. Robots win again!)
New moms are unable to have intercourse for several weeks after giving birth. The fact is—taboo or not—orgasms and sexual pleasure are forms of self care. The Maude Vibe is my absolute favorite (and trust me, I’ve tested more than a few) for its silky soft and somewhat pliable texture/tip, compact size, three speeds that build to hit just right, and quiet hum that’s totally parent-with-sleeping-children friendly. Trust me. It’s a gem. And paired in this special gift box with their silky aloe and water-based organic lube it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Esther Perel• $40
The best gift you can give new parents is quality time together. And even if out of the house date nights aren’t on the calendar yet, they can infuse a cozy night at home with excitement and fresh energy. Enter this fun and beautiful game designed by relationship and intimacy guru Esther Perel. Through prompt cards that set the mood and direction (ex. “Share something crazy”) and story cards that provide the first line of an answer (ex. “A phone number I need to delete…”) they’re guaranteed to learn something new and thrilling no matter how long they’ve been together. Get ready for instant memories and enhanced connection.
Someone Somewhere• $70
Spit up? Spilled coffee? Diaper explosions? Like water off a duck’s back, my friend. (Well, maybe not the diaper business…) Anyway, the Lifeproof Pullover is no ordinary sweatshirt. The odor-proof, stain-proof, and water-proof essential stays fresh for days despite your best efforts. Go ahead. Put it to the test.
Proper Good• $4.99
The zero-prep meals from Proper Good have “new parenthood” written all over them. Not only are they made from nutritious and clean ingredients that are incredibly delicious, they’re also ready to eat in just 90 seconds. Choose from savory meals like hearty plant based chili and chicken noodle to energizing breakfasts like blueberry coconut oats and stock their cabinet with love and nourishment!
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Smoothies more their style? It doesn’t get any easier than stocking their freezer with the pre-portioned superfood-packed smoothies from Mosaic. Just take off the lid, fill with your milk of choice and blend. Then pour it right back into the cup, put the lid on and pop in a straw and you’re ready to roll. They’ve got a bunch of great flavors to mix and match but the PB&J is my absolute fave.
A version of this story was published November 14, 2021. It has been updated.