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 makes the best gift for new parents? 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.

Shop the best gifts for new parents below!

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Lovevery $140

The Play Gym

There’s no better toy investment than one that grows with your little one. Designed by child development experts, the Lovevery play gym includes everything you need for developmentally-appropriate baby playtime, from batting to teething to learning to focus. It even converts to a cozy play fort for added fun!

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Ergobaby $179

Omni 360 All-Positions Baby 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.

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Artifact Uprising $99

The Story of You

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.

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Knix $115

Mixed Flow Period Kit

This set of Knix’s 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.

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Veer $649

Veer Cruiser

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.

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Daily Harvest $75

Smoothie 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.

Prices vary depending on frequency.

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Dyson $599.99

Airwrap Complete

We all know that Dyson is the gold standard when it comes to home appliances, but they’re changing the beauty and haircare game in a big way with the Dyson AirWrap. This multi-tasking device has everything you need to create salon-level hairstyles at home and the best part is that it’s so easy. And when you’re a new parent, that’s priceless.

I’m about as low maintenance as it gets when it comes to doing my hair (hello, mom bun) but on those days when I really want to put in a bit more effort, I usually end up giving up between having to grab my round brush, blow dryer, warm up the curling iron, etc etc. This bad boy has everything you need in one device including multiple sized curling barrels for different types of curls, a firm and soft smoothing brush, a volumizing brush and a Dyson hair dryer attachment. It comes beautifully packaged in a navy blue case and even has an extra storage bag if you want to bring it on the go.

And when you want to curl or add some waves to your hair, you don’t even have to do any work! All you have to do is hold the air wrap near your hair and it will automatically wrap a strand around the barrel. Hold for 15 seconds and you’re done! (You can watch the styling guide videos on this page to see how it works.) Whoever opens this on Christmas morning will truly start believing in Santa again—because this is definitely magic.

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Cozy Earth $239.25

Bamboo Sheet Set

I think my best ‘life in a pandemic’ advice is: 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.) The bamboo sheets from Cozy Earth are a top-pick of mine this year. For one thing, they aren’t nearly as sweat-inducing as flannel ones and they just seem to get better with every wash. 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!)

Snoo $1595

Smart Sleeper Bassinet

You know what’s actually priceless? A good night’s sleep. For new parents, the award-winning tech-enabled SNOO bassinet provides just that. Snag it for yourself or send an SOS gift request to the giver in your life with the deepest pockets.

Alternatively, you can opt to rent it for them! They’ll love you just as much and you’ll spend a whole lot less.

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Google $229.99

Nest Hub Max

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.

Your Baby's First Word Will be DADA $5

Jimmy Fallon

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

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Rifle Paper Co. $15

Fabric Journal

For the mama who loves to journal, 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.

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Ember

Ember Mug

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.

Roborock $549

S5 Max Robot Vacuum and Mop

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 robot vacuum + mop is easy to use—press the on button and it shuffles around the house cleaning for you. You don’t even need to worry about your new robot friend banging into walls or knocking knick-knacks over because this one is formulated with an epic motion sensor.

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Maude $45

The Vibe

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.

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Esther Perel $40

Where Should We Begin–A Game of Stories

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.

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Someone Somewhere $69

Lifeproof Pullover

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.

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Proper Good $4.99

Zero-Prep Meals

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!

Package prices vary.

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