There's a good chance that you know someone who has had a baby this year — and as of right now, they're probably stressing about the holiday season. As they've probably forgotten what it's like to enjoy something solely for themselves based on their new addition, there are a few good useful gifts for new moms that'll add a little bit of extra cheer into their life. Seriously — being a mom is hard work, and she's probably dealing with the added stress of whose side of the family will get the joyous honor of being the one that gets to celebrate "Baby's First Christmas."
New moms have been prepped to shelf things aside for awhile and be selfless. Not only is the stereotype about lack of sleep quite on point, but it's more than likely that her big chance to leave the house was likely to the grocery store, or to run another errand. That's why a holiday present for a new mom should either be something fun, or something she'd appreciate. Since babies grow every day, keepsakes and mementos she can look back on will always be winners. Just try to avoid things like gift cards to Babies 'R Us — yes, she'll use it (probably within the week) but it's not a gift that celebrates the fact that she's an individual who did such a monumental thing. Seriously — she brought a tiny person to the world.
Here are a few ideas to help you get started.
1A Canvas Print
Photographs have come a long way in just a short amount of time. Since most of your new mom's photos probably live on Instagram, this is a chance to turn a memory into beautiful wall art. As you can see, I ordered one on a whim and this goofy moment makes my heart melt every time I see it.
Canvas Print, $29, CanvasPop
4A Windowsill Garden
This may sound crazy, but the calm after putting a baby to bed is.... unsettling for a new mom. Especially for a mom who stays at home. It's almost like you don't know what to do with your time, since you've dedicated so much energy towards something else for hours on end. This "garden in a can" set is perfect, since it'll allow your new mom to continue nurturing something, but without the time and effort. Plus, she'll get basil out of the deal.
7A Fluffy Robe
Depending on the age of the baby, your new mom friend may not get a lot of good showers. Sure, she stays clean — but she's learned how to do so in about two minutes. Long showers are likely saved for the weekend, if at all. That's why a nice, comfortable robe is perfect. It'll offer a bit of low-maintenance and time-friendly pampering she may not have had before.
8A Foot Spa
You know what? She deserves this massaging foot spa. There's a good chance she was on her feet all day, and this is just the perfect thing for her to celebrate getting over the tough moments with ease — y'know, like when her child spit up all over that $25 one-use-only holiday outfit during Thanksgiving, or when that public tantrum happened.
11A Photo Book
The new mom in your life might not be printing photos. If most of her pictures live on Instagram, consider downloading the Chatbooks app and letting her have a place for her most beloved first year memories to live forever. You can buy a series of books, or just one of the early classics.
Photo Book, $10+, Chatbooks