25 Gifts That New Parents Actually Want to Receive

They already have the crib, stroller and boxes of diapers. So what do you do? Gift them a little something that will help them enjoy some peace, too.

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November 09, 2021

The secret to the perfect new parent gift? Something indulgent, surprising, thoughtful and practical. As a new mom two times over, there are quite a few special gifts that stand out in my mind, but the ones that I used and loved the most were items that simplified my routine and made me feel good. So, whether you're shopping for a new mom or dad (or both), think about ways to make their life easier, comfier and maybe even prettier, too. Below are some of our best gift ideas for new parents, including splurge-worthy gadgets and restorative wellness tools.

Keep scrolling to find parent-approved gifts for first-time moms and dads that will help smooth the transition into the chaotic but beautiful new adventure that is parenthood.

Whether you're treating a mom-to-be or a mom of a newborn, this buttery soft button-up sleep shirt fits easily over a pregnant belly and makes for a very comfy lounging top during those marathon nursing sessions. Choose from pink, black or white and personalize it with her new title, "Mama," for a sweet and thoughtful gift.

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The thirst is real when you're pregnant or breastfeeding. Keep a new mom hydrated (in style) with this fun tumbler. This 20-ounce stainless steel insulated bottle keeps drinks hot or cold and comes with a straw and lid. The slim size makes it perfectly portable to fit in a car or stroller caddy cupholder.

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From $17.40

Every mom deserves a bit of bling to elevate her everyday look. Whether this is her first or fourth child, this darling and dainty birthstone bracelet serves as a sentimental reminder of her cherished little ones. The minimalist design makes it perfect for all-day wear since it won't get in the way of cleaning or diaper changing. Made from sterling silver, it's available in gold, silver and rose gold finishes.

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TBH, the name of this candle is a little too on-the-nose. New parents know all-too-well how difficult the so-called Witching Hour can be with a newborn. Help them bring a little bit of peace and calm to this trying time of the day with a heavenly scented candle that smells like warming patchouli and amber.

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Perfect for when she needs a quick pick-me-up, these hydrogel eye masks will de-puff and brighten her under-eye area, making it look like she got plenty of sleep. She can even stash them in the fridge for a cooling effect and use them in less than five minutes.

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From $39

Since they'll likely be spending a lot more time at home (and a lot of time pacing the floor to lull baby to sleep), these plush unisex slippers will not go unused or unappreciated. Made from cozy flannel and faux shearling, they'll cushion Mom and Dad's feet and keep them warm at all hours of the day.

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The perfect stocking stuffer, this handheld massager provides Mom and Dad instant relief from a long day of carrying and caring for baby. They can take turns releasing tension and knots with this cute and compact tool.

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Busy moms need a pared-down morning routine to get out the door faster but still feel put together. This completely clean set of beauty essentials comes with an all-in-one foundation/concealer stick, brow pomade, mascara and a blending brush.

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Dry shampoo is the workhorse of every mom's beauty kit. It instantly revives and refreshes hair for a volumized, just-washed look. Treat her to a plant-based, ultra-gentle formula that also comes with a convenient travel-size bottle to keep in the diaper bag, car or at her desk.

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$6.39

Trust me, no mom will ever turn down snacks, especially in the early days of breastfeeding. Grab-and-go bags of popcorn or trail mix make it easy for her to eat one-handed and keep up her energy.

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$26.95

Now here's a gift that she'll reach for over and over again. Crafted from lightweight, stretchable fabric, this multi-tasking cover adapts for car seats, shopping carts and even breastfeeding in public.

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Being hands-free almost never happens as a busy parent, which is why this wearable pump is a must-have for a new mom. It can be worn discreetly, and the silicone pouch creates a gentle, silent suction – no batteries required. Even better, there are only two parts to clean, and they're both dishwasher-safe! If you're looking for a time-saving, innovative gift for a new mom, it doesn't get better than this.

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Consider this the gift they didn't know they needed. This handy stroller caddy actually stretches to fit sunscreen, toys, a phone, keys, wallet and more. It's also completely insulated for baby bottles and coffee cups, making walks around the park or trips to the zoo so much easier.

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$100

There's some truth to that joke about new parents never getting to enjoy a hot cup of coffee (since they're so busy taking care of everyone else). So why not treat Mom or Dad to an Ember Smart Mug? This sleek little cup can be programmed via the Ember app to maintain their desired temperature for 1.5 hours until they're ready to take a sip.

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For the record, we're huge fans of the Boppy. This versatile nursing pillow is great for new moms and dads, as it gently lifts their baby to a more ergonomic position for breastfeeding and bottle feeding. Later on, they can use it to build baby's neck strength and help them learn to sit up.

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$17.99

Hello, thing-they-never-knew-they-needed! Prevent tears over spilled milk with this genius bottle holder. Parents will use it well into toddler years, too, as this suctioned stand also fits sippy cups.

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$15.96

For all the bleary-eyed mamas trying to stay awake through early morning and middle-of-the-night feedings, we feel you because we've been there. This compact and convenient touch light fits perfectly on a nightstand, and it's dimmable, so you don't disturb baby or your partner.

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$319.99

Help Mom and Dad maintain some calm through the chaos with this robot vacuum. (Which has Wi-Fi connectivity, we might add.) After downloading the app, they can schedule cleanings with the press of a button and focus on taking care of their little one.

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Seriously, put this postpartum recovery kit on your list. This thoughtful, 33-piece Essentials Set from Frida Mom contains everything she'll need after giving birth, from disposable underwear to cooling pads and healing foam. Everything comes packaged in a handy, toilet-top caddy, too, for maximum convenience.

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Keep baby's essentials clean on the go with a portable sanitizer. If they haven't learned this already, new parents will quickly see how frequently their little one drops their paci, bottle or teether. This handy device makes it super simple to remove germs when on the playground or at a restaurant.

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You know what they say: The days are long, but the years are short. Help Mom savor and celebrate every moment with this Insta-worthy milestone blanket. The black-and-white palette and sun-and-moon motif are perfect for boys and girls, and will easily complement the nursery.

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Give Mom an easy way to keep her baby close and get things done with this soft-yet-super supportive carrier. It's suitable for newborns and infants up to 25 lbs, and can be used for inward and outward-facing positions.

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Though unassuming at first glance, this modern sound machine is truly a miracle worker for new parents. Not only is it easy to use and access via a smartphone app, but it also comes with a special time-to-rise setting that will help their little one adjust to a sleep schedule. Plus, the lights and sounds are customizable!

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$35.99

Who knew that a cute diaper bag and breast-pumping tote actually existed? Equipped with multiple pockets, including an insulated pocket for baby bottles and wet cloths, this stylish backpack will make it easier for new moms to transport and organize pump parts.

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Mom and Dad had a busy day of keeping up with the baby, so when they finally bathe him and get him down for the night, the last thing tired parents wants to do is clean up. Luckily, this two-piece tub takes a lot of the work out of it. The large-capacity opening with integrated handles allows them to scoop toys out of the tub, while the holes on the sides drain the water and help the toys dry faster.

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