Mother's Day Gift Guide for New Moms

Mother's Day Gift Guide for New Moms


We talk a lot about what to expect from pregnancy, labor, and delivery, but we often don’t talk about the emotional expectations of new motherhood. It can be exhausting and exhilarating, heartwarming and heartbreaking, but the biggest stress factor can often be when our expectations aren’t met.

As a new mom, I was so excited to celebrate my first Mother’s Day. I had built it up to be a momentous occasion, and it turned out so disappointing. I was supposed to be holding my brand new baby, but I was 41 weeks pregnant! I spent the day wanting to celebrate, but not“technically” a mother, and I had to wait a whole year to feel like I could take part in the day.  

Whether you’re a new mom, or shopping for the new mom in your life, the best thing you can do is make sure everyone’s on the same page. This doesn’t mean you can’t have surprises; you just need open communication about how you want to celebrate.

If you’re an expectant mom, don’t hesitate to celebrate! You’re growing a whole person; you deserve some attention too!

Sentimental Mother’s Day Gifts

Every year, my husband helps our kids make a new stepping stone for our garden. I love this tradition as a visual reminder of how our family has grown. When I asked our team about their favorite Mother’s Day gifts, everyone raved about presents with a personal touch.

For new moms:

  • Hand or footprint keepsake
  • Photo Bouquet of the mothers, grandmothers, and children
  • A charm bracelet, with new charms added each year
  • A New Mom-Aid Kit: a cotton ball (to soften life's hard blows); a Band-Aid (to help heal hurt feelings); a battery (for extra energy when you're feeling drained); a toothpick (to help you pick out the good qualities in your children, especially when they're driving you crazy); a button (to button your lip at those times when it's the best strategy); an eraser (to erase the mistakes you'll make along the way); a candy kiss (to remind you of the simple power of a kiss or a hug); a roll of Life Savers (as a reminder to offer and accept help when needed); a candle (to light the way when things seem darkest); a calling card (to phone a friend or relative when advice or support is needed).

For moms with older kids:

  • Hand-painted mug 
  • Planting a flowering bush, shrub, or tree together
  • Wine with these New Mommy Milestone labels 
  • A memory jar of favorite activities done together, cherished family traditions, the best advice she’s given you, or things she’s done that made a difference in your life

Personalized Photo Mother’s Day Gifts

While everyone seems to have a camera phone readily available, those photos don’t always make it off the phone. Even when they do, it’s just shared to social media.

Some of my most cherished treasures are the framed photographs of my family that grace the walls of my home. I love walking past them each day and being reminded of how fortunate I am.

For new and expectant moms:

  • Book a maternity, delivery, or newborn photographer
  • Create a scrapbook or photo book from her pregnancy or newborn photos
  • Find a photographer who specializes in “month by month” photos

For moms with older kids:

  • Book an annual family photo session, placing the photo in a frame each year
  • Create a beautiful artsy canvas using a family photo 
  • Older kids can even work together to create an old-school collage.

Mother’s Day Gifts of Service

New moms absolutely deserve some pampering, especially if they’ve recently given birth, but I think any mother (even the grandmothers!) would love some of these special gifts.

These gifts are even more special if they’re a gift of TIME. Some of the best gifts I’ve ever received have been from friends and loved ones who offered their help. They’ve spent time with my boys so I can go shopping, brought dinner over when I’ve been super-busy, or cleaned up the kitchen when I’ve been overwhelmed.

Mother’s Day Gifts to Wear

While jewelry stores push special Mother’s Day pendants and rings, I asked for comfortable nursing pajamas on every holiday and birthday for years. Nothing is quite so welcoming as a cozy pair of jammies (that’s one of the reasons I started Kindred Bravely).

For new and expectant moms:

For all moms:

Simple, Affordable Mother’s Day Gifts

The best Mother’s Day gifts for new moms can be simple, thoughtful, and inexpensive. Tears welled in my eyes when my sister presented me with my first Mother’s Day card. It meant so much to realize that she’d been thinking about me not just as a sister but as a new mom.

There are so many wonderful ways to celebrate Mother’s Day. Some moms take a day off, some spend special quality time with their kids (or their own moms), and others may have only a few minutes with family between other commitments.

No matter how you choose to spend the day, I hope the suggestions we’ve compiled here help you find something to make the day special.

Be you bravely.

Mother's Day Gift Guide for New Moms