Best Gifts for the New Mom

If you have a friend who just gave birth, chances are, she hasn’t been thinking much about herself lately. That’s right, babies are all-consuming, emotionally and financially! So now is the time to shower her with love… and thoughtful gifts. To ring in the holiday season, we want to help you in your quest for the perfect present to give your mama friend. So we rounded up the best gifts for the new mom. Here are our 9 picks, ranging from a camera to an at-home massage.

1. Crane Fireplace. The Crane mini fireplace is the little heating companion that every new mom needs. It mimics the relaxing, glowing embers of a real fireplace without the need for a chimney sweep. Plus, it’s so small and light, she can move it wherever she needs a little extra warmth -- by the couch during her seventh nursing session of the day, by her bed at night, or in the nursery to keep baby warm post bath. $84.99, buy here.

2. Marloe London Scarf. The best present you can give your new mom friend is one that is beautiful, practical and functional all at once. This indigo dip dye scarf with contrasting white stripes fulfills all of the requirements above. It’s a timeless and classic accessory for the chic mom that moonlights as a swaddle, a nursing cover, a playmat and more. $95, buy here.

3. Milkscreen Test for Alcohol in Breast Milk. It’s bubbly season! Though mom will be able to cheer to the new year, baby still shouldn’t get boozy breast milk. So help a mama out with these strips that detect alcohol in breast milk in a mere 2 minutes. Perfect for letting moms know when they need to wait their next nursing session out. Plus, you may get a giggle as she realizes what the strips are for. $14.99, buy here.

4. Canon G9 X Camera. Now that baby is here, it’s picture time. Like, all. day. long. Though the do-it-all smartphone can come in handy for an impromptu nap snap, it doesn’t always cut it. Canon’s slim and portable G9 X is an undeniable upgrade. Impressive images, stunning videos, and built-in Wifi that allows the camera to connect to your phone and share photos on social media in just a few clicks. Perfect for the InstaMom in your life. $429.99, buy here.

5. Winter Solstice Kit. With this wellness bundle, it’s relaxation guaranteed. The kit, which is in collaboration between Beyond Yoga, Fig+Arrow and gift box company Gratitude Collaborative, contains a luxurious robe, a face mist and milk bath and more. In short: a new mom’s dream in a box. What’s more, for every box purchased, Gratitude Collaborative will provide 10 meals to children in the US. $189, buy here.

6. Munchery. Mom’s going to be busy with baby. Diapers, laundry (oh the laundry), nursing… The list goes on. She won’t have time for showers, let alone fixing nutritious meals for her and her family. So take the pressure off and hook her up with a membership to a meal-delivery service. Munchery brings healthful meals to the table and cooking kits that are ready in just 15 minutes. As if you needed more convincing, Munchery donates a meal to a local food bank every time you order. Get a gift card here.

7. The Bee & the Fox. Tell your gal pal you care with this Mama Bird t-shirt. Paired with the Baby Bird onesie, it’s a great welcoming gift to the world of motherhood. Plus, Momma’s going to love being all matchy matchy with her new bundle. Mama Bird t-shirt: $28, buy here. Baby Bird onesie: $28, buy here.

8. Soothe. Shall we repeat again? In all the chaos and unknown that new motherhood brings about, mama is bound to feel stressed and overwhelmed at times. So spoil her with an at-home massage. Soothe delivers any kind of massage you want -- Swedish, deep tissue, couple massage and more -- wherever you are. What’s best? She won’t need to commute back home and possibly deal with the stress of the outside world. Starts at $99, buy here.

9. Petunia Pickle Bottom. Get mama the gift of a trusty sidekick. With its minimalist color palette, this diaper backpack from Petunia Pickle Bottom has a sleek look that will travel seamlessly from the office to the playground to the home. Plus, this carryall will make mama’s life easier when she needs to hold baby and that much-needed morning coffee. $159, buy here.


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Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


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