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 this is holiday season looks a whole lot different as a parent.

So what should you gift? Consider products (or services!) that honor the challenges of new parenthood while recognizing how amazing it can be. And since those can be hard to find, our team has curated a list to make it easier for you to shop so you can focus on what matters most.

Here's what we're gifting our favorite mamas and dads:

Countdown to Mama

The Countdown to Mama 14-Gift Box is like an advent calendar for pregnant people, and that's awesome. Every day mama gets a little surprise while she looks forward to meeting her little one. These presents aren't just nice to have, they reduce stress, too. It's nice to know that you already have some necessities on hand. The gifts include a nursing cover and a silicone breast pump (but also beautiful jewelry and bath bombs for mom.

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Artifact Uprising baby book: The Story of You

baby book

We've seen a lot of baby books and can confirm this one outdoes all others. There's a reason why it is a bestseller. It's as individual and unique as your baby, allowing you with enough space to write down memories next to photos. And like everything from Artifact Uprising, it's simply beautiful.


M.M.LaFleur + Motherly Morandi sweater

morandi sweater

This is the ultimate (machine-washable!) cozy sweater that's perfect for mama to cozy up in or dress up for going back to work. Our favorite part? You can grab baby a tiny matching one (which is seriously so adorable). Use code MOTHERLY19 for an exclusive set of recorded meditations. And check out our full Motherly capsule collection here.


Ergobaby all carry positions baby carrier

ergobaby carrier

Every new parent needs a quality carrier and we love how this one allows for multiple carrying positions, including the forward facing (but ergonomic) option that so many dads dig. This is most ideal for when baby is a bit older, starting at around 4 months.


Google home mini

google home mini

It's a smart speaker. It's a sound machine. It's a way to ask your partner to bring you another bottle (without just shouting down the hallway). The Google Home Mini is a must for new parents. We use ours all day, every day. Pro tip: You'll want one for every room.


Thinx all-star set

she thinks period underwear

This set of Thinx's most popular period-proof panties makes a great gift for a new mom. It includes a black hip-hugger, grey cotton brief and a black sport panty so she can try out all the styles and figure out which one works best for her body.


Aerie move high-waisted leggings

Aerie Move High Waisted Leggings

Every mama needs a pair of high-waisted leggings (no working out required). These are an amazing dupe for the Lululemon Align legging, at a fraction of the cost. They cover enough of the tummy to add support, come in several different lengths and feel like butter.


Daily Harvest subscription

Here's a fact: New parents are starving, but also have no time to eat. If you don't have time to be their meal train (of if they're past those first few weeks after birth), a subscription to Daily Harvest is the next best thing to keep them stocked with easy and nutritious smoothies. No less than five members of #TeamMotherly are avid subscribers.

Prices vary depending on frequency.


Ingrid + Isabel mama gold necklace

mama necklace

An accessory fit for a new mama, this beautiful 16-inch necklace from Ingrid & Isabel is an Insta-worthy way for a new mom to show off her new title with pride.


Your Baby's First Word Will Be DADA 

Dada book Jimmy Fallon

This book is a present for baby and a joke (but not really) for parents. Nothing is better than gifting a laugh.


Grayson flannel shirt

grayson flannel shirt

The most comfortable (and well-made) button-up you'll ever wear. The fit flatters so many body types and it's slightly structured, making it easy to dress up. Plus, it's breastfeeding-friendly and machine washable.


Jane Pope jewelry name ring

Jane Pope ring

Parents spend a lot of time coming up with the perfect name for their baby and this gift is a great way to honor the beauty of a that and the bond between mother and child. This one is a splurge, but te hand-engraved 14k gold name ring is perfect for sentimental mamas in your life.


Womanly Made mother top

mother t-shirt

A beautiful gift to give to a new proud mama. It's made of 100% cotton and is breathable—perfect for postpartum sweats or cozy nursing sessions. Plus, each purchase helps a mama in need.


Dyson cordless stick vacuum

Dyson animal stick vac

If you are shopping for a family with babies and fur babies, they'll love how quickly this vacuum picks up pet hair (and any mess the human baby can throw at it). One of our editors says it's perfect for quick clean ups, but powerful enough to do a deep clean.


Instant Pot 3-Quart 7-in-1 pressure cooker

Instant Pot

The Instant Pot is the perfect gift for new parents because it really is effortless cooking.

The Instant Pot is changing the way our families eat and makes postpartum meal prep so simple.


Grey State Apparel sweatshirt

grey state apparel sweatshirt

This terry cotton blend makes this sweatshirt feel exactly like your favorite one that you've had since college. Easy to toss on, mama will appreciate loungewear that really does look good.


Roborock S4 robot vacuum

robo vacuum

It is hard to find the time (and energy) to vacuum as a new parent, so this WiFi enabled device (which can connect to Amazon's Alexa) is truly the gift that keeps on giving. It's a time hack that keeps the floor clean for a crawling little one.


Third Love 24/7 nursing bra

ThirdLove 24/7 nursing bra

Finding a bra that fits is hard at the best of times, so finding a well-fitting nursing bra can be super stressful. This one takes all the stress out of finding the perfect fit with super-soft fabric, front closure and easy-open cups that really support you.


Rifle Paper Co. tapestry memoir notebook

Rifle Paper Memoir Notebook

For the mama who loves to journal, the Rifle Paper Co. Tapestry Memoir Notebook is the a thoughtful gift for this season of life. Keep track of the memories made in early parenthood in a beautiful place.


Adidas Sport OverEar headphones

Adidas Sport OverEar Headphones

We love how versatile these Adidas Sport OverEar headphones are. They're super easy to set up (just sync with any bluetooth device), sweat-proof (for those intense sessions at the gym) and all the controls for what you need are on the headphones themselves. Bonus: When we tested these, our 3-year-old loved them as much as we did. They would actually be great for long car rides with littles who want to watch their own videos in the back seat.


The Whole-Brain Child

the whole-brain-child

This book is a bestseller for a reason. It educates new parents though relatable stories and offers realistic ideas for raising kids with the brain in mind.




For all the dehydrated parents who don't want to be reaching for cheap plastic bottles but are too frugal to buy themselves a fancy bottle when they're spending so much on baby bottles, wrap up a hydroflask.


Primula Stainless Steel Pour Over Coffee Maker

pour over coffee maker

The best pour over coffee maker we've tried, the Primula is easy to use, easy to clean and makes the perfect coffee. You don't need pods, paper filters or a fancy machine, you just need the Primula, some grounds and hot water. It fits on any mug, too.


Apple iPhone 11 Pro

iPhone 11 pro

Yes, it's absolutely worth the hype and I would argue the best gift a parent can get. This phone takes such amazing pictures, new parents will have a camera roll full of high-quality baby photos.


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One of my biggest jobs as a mama is to create a foundation for my kids to become trailblazers and problem-solvers. It's not an easy task. I'm constantly wondering what type of person they'll become and how I can ensure they'll be awesome citizens of the world. For me, part of raising and encouraging future leaders starts with exposure—the more I introduce them to notable leaders in history, the better they can envision their own future.

This is why I love when brands create inspirational clothing and accessories for kids. And this month, Piccolina, a lifestyle brand for littles, added an exclusive Black History Month capsule collection to their trailblazer tees series and they are too cute for words.

The Black History Month line honors heroic leaders like Harriet Tubman, Maya Angelou, Katherine Johnson and Rosa Parks on colorful tees. It even features illustrations by emerging artists of color like Monica Ahanonu, Erin Robinson and Joelle Avelino who are, in my opinion, just as important.

In addition to the tops, the collection features art prints that coincide with the shirts, making this a perfect addition to any kids room—and even mama's office. Perhaps even more exciting are the price points: The limited-edition tees retail for $28 and framed art prints are $60.

Maya Angelou trailblazer tee

Maya Angelou trailblazer tee

This cotton tee features a portrait of the award-winning author, poet and civil rights activist and is the perfect way for your little one to celebrate her inner storyteller. A portion of the shirts proceeds benefit non-profit organizations that support girls' education and empowerment, such as the Malala Fund and Step Up.


While I'm not sure what type of person my little ones will become, I'm certain that introducing them to leaders will help them have greater self-confidence and reinforce that they are competent and resilient, too. And what mama can't get behind that? Now the hardest part is deciding which ones to purchase.


I'm usually that girl who shells out for premium leggings, and I still think they're fun as a treat, but I've now bought these so-called "compression" leggings in multiple colors. And since 74% of you told us in a recent Instagram poll that you live in leggings, we hope this practical hot tip can help make #momlife a little easier for you, too.

So why compression? While we'd never advise going to extremes, we're not opposed to a little help keeping everything in place. To be clear, this isn't about hiding—we're all for celebrating our bodies (and especially our bellies) at every stage. But adapting to an ever-changing shape can be distracting, and a little extra support around the stomach and hips can feel amazing after birth and help you focus on what's important.

What these $20 leggings have on even my most expensive pairs is that they are thickmeaning they don't snag in the wash, sheer out when I squat, or (heaven forbid) rip when I bend over. Their durability makes them perfect for both household chores and high-intensity workouts. They're also warm, making them well-suited for transitioning between seasons. And once your wardrobe fully changes over, the same brand makes compression shorts that are equally comfy.

Homma Premium Thick High Waist Tummy Compression Slimming Leggings

amazon leggings

As for the whole compression thing? Once they're on, I honestly don't notice anything but how flattering they are when I catch my reflection in the mirror. The 88% Nylon, 12% Spandex blend keeps it tight without feeling, well, too tight. Think of the compression like a gentle hug, or a guardian angel that just wants to bless your curves all day long. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to order another pair.


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I admit it: We struggle with screen time in my house. My 4-year-old is a rambunctious consumer of entertainment and most of his beloved forms come in the mini screen of my cell phone. I do, however, do my best to fill that screen with the most educational kid's apps that exist, and one of his favorites is the world of Sago Mini. Their apps are fun, playful, and yes, help him learn something too.

So imagine our excitement when we found out that Sago Mini is bringing that experience offline with an IRL kid's toy subscription service that sends open-ended toys to you about once a month. The service officially launched Tuesday, February 18th and it's perfect for kids aged 3-5. It costs about $19 a month or $15 a month if you pay for an annual subscription.

The Sago Mini box

The first set of boxes will have planes, road trip and fairy tales themes. ✨The box we tried was road-trip themed and it came with everything your little needs to get off the phone and into their imagination. I loved that even the box itself can be turned into a toy by disassembling it and rebuilding it inside out. Because we all know that sometimes our kid's favorite toy ends up being the box it was shipped in!

The kit comes with three make and play activities, all designed to build off each other. For example, our road trip box came with a felt "road" that my son loved draping all over the furniture, and a cardboard car with wooden wheels in one activity pack. Then the second activity pack had destinations your child can "drive" their car to like Grandma's house, school and a gas station.

I especially appreciated that they kept an eye on sustainability (and cute design!) when creating these play materials. All the paper materials that come in the box are made from recycled goods or sourced from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC certified). The best part? My son played with his set for a good few hours—and never asked for my phone once.


Wouldn't it be nice to throw on mascara and instantly look well-rested? Let's set the scene: You've been up all night caring for your sick toddler and you look extremely tired. You quickly apply a waterproof, lengthening and volumizing mascara and poof—tired eyes begone. Sounds like a magic trick, right? But we have a few mascaras in our makeup bag that can do just that, mama.

These are our favorite mascaras to use that make us look well-rested and ready to conquer the day, even if we're running on just a few hours:

Tarte surfer curl mascara

Tarte surfer curl mascara

Whether you're prepping for hot yoga, a day at the beach, or just keeping up with the kiddos, Tarte's latest mascara is perfect for a mamas active lifestyle. It's a vitamin E- based mascara that delivers sweatproof, weightless volume without the clumps. Pro tip: Just do the top lashes for a more natural look.


Fenty Beauty by Rihanna full frontal volume, lift + curl mascara

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna full frontal volume, lift + curl mascara

This popular mascara was designed to deliver Rihanna's full lash look, and we must admit, after three applications, our lashes turned out thicker and fuller than ever. The key to this formula is that it's paired with aflat-to-fat brush that customizes what you need. The fat side holds lots of product to quickly load and lift lashes, while the flat side defines and curls each lash.


Maybelline lash sensational mascara

Maybelline lash sensational mascara

Not ready to spend loads of money on a beauty product? We hear you. That's why we love this liquid ink formula from Maybelline. It coats from all sides for full coverage with a featherlight feel. Just be careful with your application—it requires a good makeup remover to remove.


L'Oréal voluminous lash paradise mascara

L'Or\u00e9al voluminous lash paradise mascara

If a deep black color is what you're after, this mascara will get you there in the best way possible. The soft wavy bristle brush gives lots of volume and the 200 bristles catch every lash for a full fringe effect. No, seriously—get the results you crave in only two coats!


Stila Cosmetics magnum xxx mascara

Stila Cosmetics magnum xxx mascara

Suffer from thin, straight lashes that never seem to curl? This creamy, non-clumping formula is buildable and gives instant volume. It's also pretty cool that the blossom-shaped fiber wand is carved in a curved silhouette that dispenses just the right amount of formula on each individual lash for lots of volume.


Marc Jacobs velvet noir major volume mascara

Marc Jacobs velvet noir major volume mascara

When we heard that this mascara was inspired by Marc Jacobs' first beauty memory of his mother shaving fibers from a velvet ribbon to create her own faux lashes, we knew this was something special. This mascara gives smudge-proof length and volume in three strokes or less.


IT Cosmetics superhero mascara

 IT Cosmetics superhero mascara

If black mascara leaves you with raccoon eyes by the end of the day, this mascara might be your new bestie. Developed with plastic surgeons, and clinically tested, it provides both length and volume in one coat. Also, the formula contains collagen, biotin and peptides to condition your lashes as you coat.


Too Faced better than sex waterproof mascara

Too Faced better than sex waterproof mascara

Without question, the original better than sex mascara lives up to its name, and the waterproof feature on this one is an added bonus. The hourglass-shaped brush was designed with extra stiff bristles to maximize the performance of this super black, collagen-fueled formula. But, once on your lashes, prepare to rub for a long time to get it off.


Lancôme monsieur big mascara

Lanc\u00f4me Monsieur big mascara

This is one of Lancôme's bestselling mascaras and we get why. For starters, it's a creamy formula with a gel-like texture that does not require touch-ups. It also brings a ton of volume, without the flaking.


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