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20 of the best first Mother's Day gifts you can give a new mom

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20 of the best first Mother's Day gifts you can give a new mom

People love to buy stuff for babies, but at some point the littlest member of a household ends up with far more stuff that they could ever need or want. With Mother's Day coming up on May 12 you may be tempted to shower the new mom with gifts for the baby, but perhaps the exhausted new parent could use a little self-care of her own instead.

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Whether it’s a luxe pair of PJs, bath salts that are the next best thing to soaking in a Japanese onsen, or a sweet delivery from her favorite bakery in New York City, there are plenty of wonderful gift ideas for a new mom on her first ever Mother's Day. We've even included some of our favorite subscription boxes for women, for a gift that keeps on giving. Take a look below at 20 of our favorite ideas.

1. Flowers that are nicer than what she buys for herself

Flowers? For Mother's Day? Miranda Priestly wouldn't be impressed, but trust us when we say that new moms can never have too many flowers, especially if it's an extraordinary bouquet like the Secret Garden Peony Bouquet from 1-800-Flowers. Women tend to buy themselves flowers a lot of the time, whether it's on a weekend farmer's market run or a quick trip to the grocery store. But gift her a bouquet that's much more elegant than what she normally picks up from Walmart, and she'll be over the moon. We love 1-800-Flowers because they create easy-to-gift bouquets that designed to stand out, and can be delivered anywhere in the country.

$100 at 1-800-Flowers

2. A new book each month

Book Of The Month is a great way to gift a new mom something you know she'll use. But if you don't know her literary tastes, don't worry. Once you give the gift, she'll share her tastes and choose which books she's most excited to read each month. Your recipient will get to pick from their curated hardcover or audiobook selections each month. If she doesn't want a book that month, she can skip without using her credit.

Prices range from $60 for a 3-month subscription, to $200 for a 12-month subscription.

From $60 per month at Book Of The Month

3. A monthly coffee subscription

If she loves coffee, then this coffee subscription gift from Trade Coffee is something she’ll actually use. Choose from 2-, 3- 6-, 9-, 12- or 24-bag subscriptions to brews from some of the nation’s best coffee brands. We recommend the 3-bag plan, which allows your giftee to choose their preferred frequency of delivery for their grounds. Each delivery includes freshly roasted coffee that’s personalized based on her unique tastes, so she’ll always receive a blend she’s guaranteed to love.

$50 at Trade Coffee

4. A personalized necklace of baby's name

Personalized name necklaces are a great idea for new moms who still can't believe they're now responsible for a tiny human being. If this isn't her first kid, gift her one for each of her kiddos names so she can layer them. This kind of personal gift will definitely be a hit and something she'll cherish for a long time.

$30 at Etsy

5. An internet-famous thermos

You can be sure she’s drinking enough water when she has one of these Stanley Quencher insulated mugs. These 40-ounce containers come in 20 different stylish colors, and come with a lid and straw. Reviewers say that it’s “worth the money,” making it Amazon’s no. 1 best seller in the home and kitchen category.

$45 at Amazon
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$45 at Zappos$37 at Woot

6. A fancy robe

Let’s be honest, new moms aren’t spending much time in anything other than loungewear. Even if she is no longer on maternity leave, a well-made robe is something she'll use for years. I highly recommend these “super plush” robes from Brooklinen that are made with 100% Turkish cotton and feature deep pockets, cuffed edges and a piped collar. I've owned one for years and it's still still the robe I reach for every morning. I love that it's thick enough to keep you warm on a cold morning, and plush enough to use like a bath towel after a shower, if that's your jam. Best of all, it keeps its fluffy feel even after dozens of washes. That might not mean much to you, but to the new mom who is adjusting to a new routine full of messes to clean up, she'll be grateful for a cozy gift that's easy to clean.

$101 at Brooklinen

7. Breastfeeding-safe skin care she wouldn't splurge on for herself

Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding shouldn't use retinols or Retin-As, which is why Tatcha's Japanese-inspired skin care products are an excellent fit for breastfeeding moms who miss their luxurious skin care routine. 

Tatcha's Silk Serum is a retinol alternative that's instead made with cranberry extract, sea fennel and silk protein to create a a radiant complexion while visibly firming skin, reducing redness and smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

$98 at Sephora
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$98 at Tatcha

8. Really nice PJs she'll want to wear all day, too

I like to say that women need day PJs and night PJs. Night PJs are for, well, sleeping. But day PJs are a sort of nebulous wardrobe, not quite for sleeping and not quite for lounging. So, if she's all set in the robe department, a nice set of fancy daytime PJs are another option. She'll appreciate having some luxurious PJs just for herself, especially after her first few months postpartum when sleepwear meant whatever was clean and easy for breastfeeding. These PJs from Eberjey are designed with the classic contrast piping associated with menswear and are made of a soft, flexible modal and spandex material that feels luxurious.

$79 at Nordstrom

9. Bath salts that'll bring the Japanese onsen to her

Bath bombs are a solid gift, but why not gift her something a little bit more unique? These “milky” and "clear" hot springs bath salts are the next best thing to soaking in a Japanese onsen (kind of). They aren’t perfumes or bubble baths, but instead are minerals designed to promote circulation and warmth. Many reviewers say that these bath salts leave their “skin soft” and that they’re good for “aches and pains." 

$34 at Amazon

10. An under-eye balm that hydrates, brightens and cools

It’s hard to buy makeup and beauty gifts for someone, but what we love about this TULA under-eye brightening balm is that you don’t need to know someone’s complexion number or shade preference since it’s good for every type of skin tone. It goes on with a cooling sensation, and is formulated with skin-loving probiotics to help brighten and refresh tired skin over time. As a devout user of this eye balm, I also recommend using it like a highlighter, putting just a dab on cheekbones and brows for some extra brightening power.

$30 at Amazon

11. For her sweet tooth, Milk Bar cookies

If the new mom is too long distance for you to hand-deliver some homemade baked treats, Milk Bar’s cookie sampler is probably the next best thing. The sampler includes six assorted cookies, one Milk Bar Pie slice, a three-pack of chocolate birthday cake truffles and a three-pack of regular birthday cake truffles.

$60 at Milk Bar

12. A luxury beauty subscription box

If her skin care routine is her favorite part of her day, then a Dermstore BeautyFIX subscription will be the best gift to hit her doorstep. Each month she'll receive a different BeautyFIX box that features full and travel-size products worth at least $100. Choose from 1-, 6- and 12-month subscriptions and choose to pay monthly or for the entire subscription up-front — whatever works for you.

From $22/month at Dermstore

13. An editor-recommended espresso machine

If there’s one thing you know about parenting, it’s that new moms are probably running on less sleep than ever before. While it might be tempting make jokes about all of that sleep deprivation, the Breville Bambino Plus espresso machine might actually help her conquer it. Family and friends know that I've long been a fan of Breville's smallest espresso machine, the Bambino, due to its ability to pull a quality espresso shot in a compact size without sacrificing taste. Not only is it easy to use, but it includes single and double-shot features. There’s even an automatic steam wand for milk texturing. Pair it with some cute espresso cups, and you’ve got a gift she'll use for a very, very long time.

$485 at Amazon
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$500 at Sur La Table$500 at Target

14. An under-eye mask that she'll want to use every night

She’ll love this mulberry silk eye mask that looks a lot more expensive than it actually is. It also includes a silk-wrapped elastic band that won't pull hair while sleeping, which can happen with eye-masks that are designed with Velcro closures.

$10 at Amazon

15. Comfy slip-on shoes

These Birkenstock Clogs can be slipped on or off hands-free — important for new moms! — and are comfortable enough to wear all day, with or without socks. Plus, they're not all that terrible looking for when you need to step outside for a quick stroll to the mail box or a grocery-shopping errand. After all, practical gifts oftentimes make the best gifts of all.

$160 at Zappos

16. Under-eye patches that are like a glass of water for tired skin

Speaking from experience, these gel under-eye patches are like a cool glass of water for your under-eye. These ones, in particular, deliver a cooling sensation — though I, personally, recommend keeping them in your fridge so you get a really refreshing blast when you put them on. They’re made with cloudberry oil and bakuchiol to firm up and refresh your under eyes. Each box comes with a set of five under-eye masks.

$15 at Amazon

17. A meal kit subscription for easy dinners

Blue Apron

Low effort, tasty and healthy: those are the three biggest selling points of Blue Apron's pre-portioned meal kits and prepared meals. They also happen to be three big must-haves that new moms are looking for when it comes to preparing easy meals with a newborn in the house. Blue Apron is not only our top-tested meal kit for seniors, it's our top-recommended meal kit for everyone.

AOL's very own April McCormick, who calls her "a meal kit connoisseur," has tested several meal kits through the years. "One of my all-time favorite weekly meal delivery services — and the one I recommend the most — is Blue Apron." Choose from meal kits with pre-portioned ingredients or prepared ready to heat-and-eat meals with more than 80 choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and snacks. New moms will enjoy having ready-to-eat meals that not only taste good but are good, meaning they’ll finally take that break from Seamless.

"The bottom line is that Blue Apron saves me time from planning meals each week and creating a shopping list, and money from not having to grab a large cart when going to the grocery store and inevitably filling it with junk I don't need," McCormick writes.

$60 - $106 for two serving per week of 3-5 meals at Blue Apron

18. The mother of all tote bags

Girl math is having 10 nice purses, but still using a canvas tote bag nearly every day. Mom's have a lot of stuff to carry, after all. If she’s going to gravitate toward a tote bag, it might as well look nice and be sturdy, like this striped Duck Bag from Baggu. It comes in many other colors and prints, too.

$42 at Amazon

19. An at-home massage — or other beauty appointment

Taking care of a new mom's wellbeing has never been easier. Gift her a Soothe gift card so she can book an on-demand massage, facial, hair appointment, nail appointment or other beauty service — right to her door. Appointments are available daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. so she can book at whatever time works best for her and baby's schedule. It's an especially thoughtful way of gifting a new mom some time to treat herself, but without needing her to leave the house and be far from baby.

$50 at Soothe

20. A silk pillowcase

Treat the new mom to something that'll make her valuable shut-eye time a bit more luxurious. Silk pillowcases have been a favorite among those with curly hair for a long time, but they've been mainstreamed recently as a must-have for beauty lovers and skin care obsessives. Out of more than 46,000 reviewers, many say they "highly recommend" this pillowcase, and that it's good quality. Choose from over 30 prints and colors.

$24 at Amazon

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