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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 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.

(Use code MOTHERLY for 15% off your purchase)


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.


The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama


The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama is the pregnancy book you've been waiting for. It is evidence-based, non-judgmental and warm, and focuses on the beautiful baby and expecting mama.


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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If you had to only choose one product to toss in your bag, what would it be? Our guess is you're looking for something that's easy-to-use, affordable, clean and multi-tasks for you—something that'll simplify your routine because you have other things to worry about than what beauty product to grab (like making that Zoom meeting in time while you're working from home).

Enter: Arrow Beauty—a clean beauty brand created by Birchbox with products designed to save you time.

I had the chance to try out the entire product line and, let's just say I've made sure to toss one everywhere—in my bag, on my desk, in the bathroom. And during this pandemic, it's made getting ready (okay, looking presentable for video calls) in the mornings so much simpler.

Each product is created to be something you grab and go when you're in a rush. Everything is free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates and mineral oil, vegan and cruelty-free so you can still give your littles all the snuggles and kisses without stressing about transferring any bad ingredients over. And, they're designed to travel well. Birchbox made sure Arrow Beauty featured leak-proof and carry-on friendly items. Did we mention everything is under $25?

Here's what is in their first launch:

Nourishing lip oil

birchbox arrow lip oil

This one might be my favorite from the collection. A lip oil that leaves a high-shine finish that isn't sticky (!!!) and keeps your lips moisturized for hours. It comes in clear, perfect to top off your favorite shade, or color enhancing pink that reacts to the pH level of your skin, making a unique shade for you.


Radiant skin moisturizer

birchbox arrow skin moisturizer

Have no time in the morning? Massage this into your skin for the ultimate pick-me-up. It has a subtle sheen that illuminates and nourishing ingredients—hyaluronic acid and aloe—that hydrates and gives you a glow.


Color enhancing lip balm

birchbox arrow lip balm

The Birchbox team listened to customer feedback to reformulate their OG tinted balm and it's *so* good. There are three shades—berry, coral and blush—that look incredible on all skin tones because it reacts to the pH in your skin to enhance your natural color. Even better? It's buildable!


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This is the #yearofthemother.

And this is the pregnancy book women deserve, from the experts at Motherly.

This is an unprecedented time to embark on the journey of motherhood. You are part of a new generation of women elevating empowerment in all its forms.

Whether this is your first baby or your fourth, whether you're still deciding about pregnancy or already have a baby on the way, becoming mama involves your body, mind, emotions, lifestyle, relationships, schedule, spirituality, worldview—and most of all, your heart.

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama celebrates the wonder of your new baby and honors you through this profound life transformation.Inclusive, holistic, and evidence-based, this book was made for you—a loving and supportive embrace of your unique motherhood journey in all its power, complexity and beauty.

Peek inside here!


Praise for The Motherly Guide

"Mothers around the world deserve the guidance that this book offers: unconditional support and access to expert-backed, non-judgmental information. This book is the first of its kind to support the whole woman through the whole journey from getting pregnant, to birth, postpartum, and beyond. The maternal wellness revolution has arrived." —Christy Turlington Burns, founder, Every Mother Counts

"Motherly is leading the conversation about how pregnancy, birth, and postpartum transforms a woman's world―and The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama is their greatest contribution yet. Women deserve all the support as their bodies, minds, and lives transform, and this book delivers it with so much heart."—Katrina Scott, cofounder, Tone It Up

"The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama is like having an entire birth team on your offers grace, empowerment, and support for however and wherever you find yourself on the becoming mama journey."—Anthonia Akitunde, founder and editor-in-chief, mater mea

"THE essential guide to pregnancy and birth has finally arrived. The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama is the only book you need to get you through this adventure. It's woman-centered, warm, and informative . . . it's the book I wish I would've had, and the one I'm so excited for you to have."—Natalie Gordon, founder and CEO of Babylist

"This epic book is a cross between an encyclopedia and a wise aunt. In this thorough and comprehensive resource, the Motherly team offers equal doses of wisdom, love, and cold hard facts so that each new mother can develop the confidence that she desperately needs on her pregnancy and motherhood journey. A soulful and dependable guide for all women."—Kimberly Ann Johnson, author of The Fourth Trimester

Pre-order your copy ofThe Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama, and join us as we redefine motherhood, together.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic effect on so many people's lives, and mamas everywhere are feeling it especially hard. The outbreak has been an especially scary time for pregnant women who worry about getting the support they need during this already challenging time.

At Motherly, nothing is more important to us than helping mamas everywhere feel supported and empowered from the very beginning of their motherhood journey. That's why we took two major steps toward helping pregnant women everywhere feel more confident right now:

First, we wrote the pregnancy + birth book you deserve.

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama provides evidence-based, women-centered support for every stage of your journey, from trying to conceive to caring for your sweet new baby.

We wrote The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama to ensure that every person has access to high-quality, nurturing pregnancy and birth guidance. It is the pregnancy book you deserve. And we would be honored if you would consider pre-ordering it now.

You can pre-order The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama at your favorite retailer, and it will be on its way to you when it releases on April 14th:

Second, we're making our Becoming Mama™ Online Birth Class absolutely free.

For the thousands of women who are unable to attend their birth class due to the virus, our class, taught by Diana Spalding, Motherly's Digital Education Editor, certified nurse-midwife, and writer of The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama, is the nurturing, empowering resource you need to have your best, most supported birth no matter what.

This class will prepare you for your birth, while the book is about the entire journey—from trying to conceive, to pregnancy wellness, birth, postpartum and caring for your sweet new baby.

More than 7000 women have joined Motherly's FREE online birth class

Pregnancy and birth are some of the biggest moments of life—it can feel like an emotional roller coaster. Going through this process during a transformative world event—a pandemic—can make it feel so daunting. We want you to know that we are here for you.

You deserve to experience pregnancy, birth and motherhood with confidence and joy—and we are honored to be on this journey with you.

As founder of mater mea, Anthonia Akitunde said, The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama "is like having a whole birth team on your nightstand."Because you deserve to experience it all with confidence and joy—and we are honored to be on this journey with you.

To sign up for our free online class, please fill out this info, and we'll email you access to the class (within 24 hours) and sign you up for our newsletter.


We all know dry skin is a real thing, and since we've been washing our hands a lot more recently (thanks, coronavirus) and dousing them with anti-bacterial gel, they are much drier than usual. Combine that with the cool air and our hands feel like we're rubbing a piece of paper on our cheek.

As we're social distancing, we have a bit more time on our hands these days so we've given these hand creams a test drive to find what best works to keep moisture in.

Here are 10 of the best hand creams for combating dry skin, according to our editor:

L'Occitane shea butter hand cream

L'Occitane shea butter hand cream

Did you know that this classic hand cream is sold every 2 seconds around the world? Honey, almond extract and coconut oil are blended with shea butter to protect and moisturize the driest hands. We also love the natural, smoky nutty scent that lasts between hand washes.


Origins rejuvenating hand treatment

Origins rejuvenating hand treatment

This sweet-smelling cream is infused with rose of Jericho—also known as resurrection plant—and trehalose and sea haricots, which work hand-in-hand to help skin recover from extreme dryness. Just massage into hands as needed, apply as often as necessary.


EltaMD so silky hand crème

EltaMD so silky hand cr\u00e8me

If your hands are scaly and rough to the touch, you'll love that the silky-smooth texture of this cream is very soothing. It seriously feels like butter. It also helps maintain moisture for up to 12 hours even after hand washing. Keep in your pocket to reapply during the day.


Moroccanoil hand cream

Moroccanoil hand cream

Sure it's great to keep hands hydrated, but if they leave your hands feeling greasy and sticky, that may not be for you. This lightweight formula features argan and avocado oils plus cocoa, shea and mango butters that leaves your hands super silky and smooth.


Aveeno daily moisturizing hand cream

Aveeno daily moisturizing hand cream

You don't have to spend loads of money on a good hand cream. This drugstore favorite helps heal dry skin and forms a protective barrier against the elements. It's also non-greasy, fast absorbing, steroid-free, fragrance-free and gentle enough for sensitive skin—even little ones.


Skinfix eczema + hand repair cream

Skinfix eczema + hand repair cream

Plump, tone and tighten the skin with this cream that's clinically proven to treat eczema and dry, cracked skin on hands. A dermatologist-led clinical study found that after just one week users noticed a 111% increase in skin moisturization. Now that's a super-healer we can all get behind.


Kiehl's since 1851 ultimate strength hand salve

Kiehl's since 1851 ultimate strength hand salve

The cool thing about this cream is that it allows skin to draw and absorb water from the air, forming a "glove-like" protective barrier against moisture loss. It's also made up of a blend of botanical oils and wax derived from olive oil to soothe, moisturize and condition skin. We're obsessed!


lano hand cream intense

lano hand cream intense

This silky hand cream is so good it's considered 'the hand cream for hand cream experts' because its primary ingredient, lanolin, is secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals. A 2017 study indicated that lanolin can reduce water lost through the skin by 20 to 30%. Now that's impressive!


Aesop resurrection aromatique hand balm

Aesop resurrection aromatique hand balm

We must admit that an annoying feature of most hand creams is that they take forever to absorb. It seems like you're rubbing for hours, only to discover that it's sticky and the smell is annoying. This balm, which is one of Aesop's most popular products, instantly softens hands and cuticles with its blend of sweet almond and coconut oils, as well as cocoa and shea butter. Try it on your roughest hands for a quick moisture boost.


La Roche-Posay cicaplast baume B5

La Roche-Posay cicaplast baume B5

This face and hand cream helps nourish and soothe dry skin, as well as visibly irritated areas like cracked knuckles and dry cuticles. What's more? The formula is non-sticky so you can apply it all day without feeling icky.


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