15 Perfect Gifts for a New Mom

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Ultimate Gift Guide for the New Mom | THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY, created by Lisa Tufano #newmom #gift

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As you may know, I currently live in Los Angeles, California. What you may not know is that I moved out here in December, 2005, after leaving my 65-hour per week marketing job in Atlanta to accept an hourly position as an account manager at a startup in Santa Monica. I was overworked, underpaid, and ready to shake things up.

Although I was stepping way outside of my social and geographic comfort zone, ironically it was something of a comfort to know that at least in this new role I would get paid time and a half for any overtime hours that I accrued. That fact, combined with a distinct absence of humidity (or precipitation in general), was all the encouragement I needed at the time to pack up my little Honda CRV and move clear across the country.

At the time of my arrival I did not know a single soul here in sunny California, and I’ve spent the last 9 years trailblazing in my career as well as cultivating a handful of really wonderful (if not sometimes unconventional) friendships. One of those friendships involves a remarkable gal by the name of Carol Cooper.

Carol is a successful boss lady who has a wicked sense of humor, a fondness for great wine, and a covetable career in the entertainment industry. She also very recently gave birth to a bouncing baby girl named Avery Jacklyn. While most of my friends back home in Atlanta have already expanded their families to the tune of 2-4 children by now, it has been a fairly recent development for my peer group in Los Angeles to start procreating with any regularity.

The Mom Goddess | THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY, created by Lisa Tufano
The last year alone has seen such a surge in population efforts amongst my friend circle that it has inspired me to put together a selection of gifts appropriate for brand new moms. And by “brand new mom” I am referring to that majestic and exhausted creature whom you visit in the hospital after her epic battle to bring a new life into the world. If you’re anything like me, your inner hostess feels compelled to bring along some kind of trophy or offering to lay at the swollen feet of this splendid goddess. Not to be confused with a baby shower gift, this is a gift that provides the new mom with sustenance, practical luxury, stress relief, or even just humor.

Here is a detailed breakdown of the gifts above:

1. Dammit Doll. Let’s face it, nobody is Zen 24/7 and being a new mom is going to test even the most patient woman. When frustrations seem a little too hard to handle, scientists say that finding a way to laugh leads to a happier life. The Dammit Doll is about releasing your pent-up negative energy. And they come in tons of fun colors and patterns, so they will match any new mom’s nursery!

2. Jelly Strands Teething Necklace. Your new mom friend is going to be covered in drool, vomit, and god knows what else. At least she can do it in style with this statement necklace made of food-grade silicone that baby can safely gum.

3. Gourmet chocolate. Chocolatier Blue makes gorgeous and tasty chocolate in wild flavors like Chili, Grapefuit with Rosemary, Vanilla Rum, Mojito, Sangria and Lemon Verbena. And they deliver.

4. A manicure or pedicure service. You could offer to babysit while your new mom friend steps out for some fresh air and a mani/pedi, but it’s equally likely that she will not be ready to leave her little one yet. In that case, setting up a time for a mani/pedi technician to visit her at home could be a convenient option that still allows her to feel pampered without leaving baby.

– Another option is on-demand, in-home massage therapy. Zeel.com is a new company that is said to be the “Uber” of massage therapy. All therapists are handpicked, licensed, and insured.

Use code: Z8SYK when you book to save $25 off your first Zeel massage service. Current service areas include: New York, South Florida, San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Angeles, with more being added all the time.

5. Diaper & Wipes Bundle Delivery. Gift her with a diapers & wipes delivery from The Honest Company, which includes a one-month supply of premium, eco-friendly, super absorbent diapers (in adorable patterns!) and all natural wipes. The delivery service starts at $79.95/month and you can even schedule multiple months if you like.

6. Hire a cleaning service to tidy up her home.

7. Bring her some overpriced coffee or tea from one of the recognizable chain brands. Take her order beforehand and then schedule a time to bring it by for her, personal assistant-style. Dad might appreciate one too! Most moms abide by doctor’s recommendation of not exceeding more than 2 cups of coffee per day, but you can always bring her a fresh juice, smoothie, or decaf version of her favorite drink if she would prefer. It will be a welcome treat and grounding reminder that there is still a world outside of the 24/7 feeding, changing, and worrying marathon.

8. Batiste Dry Shampoo. New mom isn’t going to have a lot of “me time” and may have to forego the occasional shower. To help her weather those tough days, a little dry shampoo can go a long way.

9.  Sushi or some other forbidden food. One of my favorite things to do is bring some really fresh sushi to the hospital post-delivery, obviously letting her know your plan to do so beforehand. If she isn’t a fan of raw fish, bring something else that she’s been craving for the last 9+ months but couldn’t consume because it was not on the list of approved pregnancy foods. You can also schedule some food delivery via GrubHub.com.

10. Oversized and super comfy sweatpants. This is likely to be part of her new mom uniform for the immediate future. Go for oversized and let her use the drawstring to adjust them as necessary. She may have another pair, but I suspect there won’t be much time for laundry so your XL gift will probably come in handy.

11. The BS button. Because, let’s face it, sometimes you just gotta call it.

12. Sugar Mama gift set from Sugarfina. Not only is it adorable, but it’s luxuriously packaged, chewy, and sweet. Plus they ship it right to her door.

13. Set up a Meal Baby account for her. She’s going to be so toasted herself that she won’t even have the energy to butter a piece of toast. Be a super-friend and create a meal calendar complete with a list of her favorite foods, gift card options, contact information, maps and directions. Choose friends and family to e-mail that will help make meals, deliver food or purchase a restaurant gift card or chef-prepared meal gift. It’s not a bad idea to coordinate this with new mom before baby arrives.

14. Boppy Travel Pillow. She probably got a My Brest Friend feeding pillow at her baby shower, but that thing isn’t very portable. The Boppy Travel Pillow is a smaller travel version of a feeding/propping baby pillow that zips closed to convert into an easy-to-carry bag with a shoulder strap for on-the-go.

15. Medela Hydrogel Pads. If she is going to be breastfeeding, my new mom friends swear by these hydrogel pads that are cooling and soothing, and reusable for up to 24 hours.

26 Comments
  • Dorothy Boucher
    September 18, 2014

    these are all wonderful ideas for new mommies, wish I had some of these 🙂 thanks for share

  • Gabriela Keeton
    September 19, 2014

    All these are great suggestions for the new mommy. I can definitely testify to food being a great gift. I remember when I had my first one, my sisters brought me pizza. Yumm!!

  • Julia Rose
    September 19, 2014

    Great post! Love all of these ideas.

  • Ashley Bree Perez
    September 19, 2014

    I have to keep this in mind for my best friend.

    • Lisa Tufano
      September 21, 2014

      Ashley, you’ll have to let us know what you decide to bring for her, and what she thinks. No doubt there are many other ideas that I just haven’t considered.

      • Tessica
        December 23, 2016

        Hallelujah! I needed this-you’re my savior.

  • Alina
    September 19, 2014

    I love these suggestions! I’m looking forward to getting some of them.

    • Lisa Tufano
      September 21, 2014

      Thanks, Alina! Let us know if you come across any other good ones!

  • rose
    September 19, 2014

    I have multiple friends who are new moms or about to be. These ideas are great!

    • Lisa Tufano
      September 21, 2014

      I appreciate the feedback, Rose! Hopefully some of your new mom friends will get a kick out of them.

  • janice
    September 20, 2014

    I like these ideas

  • Ashley Bree Perez
    September 20, 2014

    Love all of these gift ideas. 🙂

  • Hannah Avery
    September 20, 2014

    I would love getting gourmet chocolate or Starbucks coffee after having a baby! Also, a super pretty colored, patterned maxi dress with a deep V neck, and jersey material is awesome, as you can easily nurse, look glam, and feel pretty!

    • Lisa Tufano
      September 21, 2014

      Good call on the maxi dress, Hannah. I think you’re right — that could be really valuable especially on those days when a new mom needs a little self-confidence boost. Sometimes putting on something lovely can really elevate the mood, and a maxi dress can be so easy and forgiving on the figure.

  • Jenn E
    September 20, 2014

    These are great gift ideas! I love the Sugar Mama gift set – so cute! I love gifting sweet treats in addition to practical items!

    • Lisa Tufano
      September 21, 2014

      Totally, Jenn. And how cute is it that they are all “Mama” themed sweets? It’s adorable.

  • Marissa
    September 21, 2014

    Starbucks is always the best gift. During my previous Christmas present exchange, everyone fought for the Starbucks gift card!

    • Lisa Tufano
      September 22, 2014

      No doubt, Marissa! Starbucks has literally taken over the world, for better or for worse. Speaking of gift exchanges, here’s a funny story: I actually found a hand painted picture of a Persian cat at the Goodwill last year (it was even labeled as if it were part of a series: Persian Cat #65), and I brought it as a backup white elephant gift to my boyfriend’s holiday party. You would hardly have guessed it, but that cat painting got stolen more than any other gift that night. There were many heartbroken contenders at the end of the exchange. So if they run out of Starbucks gift cards, now you know that cat paintings make viable substitutes. 😉

  • Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony
    September 22, 2014

    These are great suggestions for new moms! I saw your blog linked on WB. I’m at http://redpoppypinkpeony.blogspot.com. My husband and I are expecting our first baby in November and anticipate that it will take quite a while to get used to the transition. It’s funny, we also moved (from NYC to the Midwest) with all our stuff in a Honda CR-V. With all the baby stuff though, there’s no way we’ll ever be able to do that again!

    • Lisa Tufano
      September 22, 2014

      Sharon, I’m so glad that you found me! Congratulations on your soon-to-be-expanding family. How funny that you guys made a move in your Honda as well… I tell you what, they are compact but you can fit a surprising amount of stuff inside of them. It was like car Tetris, but still really impressive! I’ll definitely stop by and check you out at Red Poppy Pink Peony soon. 🙂

  • Judith Asuncion
    September 24, 2014

    Great ideas!!! I’ll definitely add this on a gift registries in the future when I do my baby shower.

  • Mandy
    September 27, 2014

    Those are great choices for gifts for new moms! 🙂

  • Veronica Lee
    November 6, 2014

    Great suggestions for new moms!

  • kasper
    December 2, 2014

    As a mother of four (soon 5) I think this is a great list. I LOVE the necklace. I might also recommend super-moisturizing lip gloss/balm. It is like wearing makeup when you don’t have any time, but it also helps in dry hospitals.

    • Lisa Tufano
      December 3, 2014

      That’s a great suggestion! I swear by Aquaphor for chapped lips and all kinds of other stuff, and I think something for dry lips could make a big difference.

  • Nicole
    September 7, 2016

    This is perfect timing for me to find this post – my big sis is trying and I have a feeling she is going to tell me she is pregnant any day now. I’ve been thinking of the perfect gift to give her and I love this idea!!!

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