2016 gift guide for new mamas

Let’s be real: You’ve earned every single thing on this list. Treat yourself, mama!

2016 gift guide for new mamas

Mama, if there’s anyone out there who deserves a spot on the nice list this year, it’s you. ?


After working all the midnight shifts, playing a million games of peekaboo, and changing more than a few diapers (some filled with lumps of...well...not quite coal), here are seven gifts to say thanks—

1. Pixley Pressed Vertical Bar Necklace

We carry our “World’s Greatest Mom” mugs proudly, but we’re also huge fans of a gift that celebrates our mama status in a way that’s also incredibly chic. These vertical bar necklaces from Pixley Pressed are a great way to commemorate an important date (like, oh, maybe that time you met your baby for the first time), and they are classic enough to wear every day.

Pro tip: More than one kid? No worries: The necklaces are available in one-, two-, and three-bar styles, and you can update over time.

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2. Rothy’s Ballet Flats

These shoes were made for walking—and running errands, commuting to work, and chasing after runaway toddlers. The seamless design is sturdy enough to support your feet but has enough give to let you walk for hours without a blister in sight. There are a variety of colors and patterns available in rounded toe and point, but the best part is that they are made from 100 percent recycled water bottles—bonus points for looking stylish and helping the earth!

Pro tip: Skip those annoying tiny socks that end up bunched around your toes anyway because these babies are machine washable. (Have we found the perfect shoe? Maybe.)

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3. BEABA Baby Cookbook (New Edition)

Perfect for the foodie mamas you know, this new edition cookbook from our favorite baby food cooker and blender is packed with nutritious, tasty, and easy-to-make recipes for babies. Bonus: Some of the recipes are so delicious, you’ll probably find yourself stealing bites off your baby’s tray.

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Pro tip: Gift it with the BEABA 360 Magic Self-leveling Spoon to make it a gift for mama + baby—and to start encouraging self-feeding with ease.

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4. Rifle Paper Co. iPhone Case

What started in 2009 as the prettiest stationery company around has rapidly evolved into everything from books to fabric to temporary tattoos. And now you can carry a bit of Rifle Paper Co.’s gorgeous designs everywhere you go as a protective case for your phone. It’s going to look so good in all your #momlife mirror selfies on Instagram!

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5. Belly Bandit Mother Tucker Leggings

Trust us when we tell you that these are not just any leggings. Perfect for post-partum mamas, Mother Tucker leggings offer three targeted compression zones to shape and smooth your belly, butt, and thighs. Wear them to the gym, while running errands, or while simply lounging at home (hey, you might work out later, right?).

Pro tip: These pants hold their shape wash after wash, so just consider them one less thing to worry about.

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6. Instant Pot

We know, we know—a kitchen appliance hardly seems like a gift to get excited about. But bear with us here, because this snazzy pot is so much more than a slow cooker. The multifunctional Instant Pot can take the place of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, sauté/browning pan, yogurt maker, steamer, and warmer. An appliance that helps us make dinner faster and get back to playing with our kids? Okay, we’re getting excited now.

Pro tip: Not sure where to start with your Instant Pot? This can help.

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7. Birchbox Subscription

We don’t know about you, but the thought of bringing our grabby toddler into our Sephora kind of makes us start breaking out into hives. Help a mama skip the store (and the lines) by giving her a subscription to Birchbox. This monthly delivery service will ship the recipient a box of five beauty products to sample. Give a 3-, 6-, or 12-months subscription, and she’ll thank you every time her delivery arrives. No hives required.

Pro tip: When you activate your subscription, customize your profile so your box includes the products you really want. Fancy eye creams, here you come!

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