The Best First Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Make Her Feel Special

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For new moms, the first Mother's Day is an important occasion to celebrate a new and special role. Small gestures that make their lives easier or give them a chance to indulge in self-care go a long way.

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The Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2 is a mug designed to keep drinks hot all day thanks to its USB rechargeable capabilities. For a budget-friendly option that they will love for years to come, we recommend the Mom's One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book.

Gifts that remind new moms to prioritize themselves, and make it more convenient to do so, can make a big difference in their overall quality of life. We carefully considered design, material, usefulness, and value when reviewing products.

Here are the best first Mother's Day gifts to put a smile on a new mom's face.

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Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2

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Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug

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The Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug ranks high on our list because new moms will love having hot coffee or tea without having to re-heat it in the microwave several times during the day. With the Ember mug, she can enjoy her hot drink at the temperature she likes whenever she wants. 

With its built-in battery and charging coaster, this self-heating smart mug allows you to set an exact temperature for your hot drink—you can even control it with your smartphone. The temperature ranges between 120 and 145 degrees Fahrenheit and the battery will last for an hour and a half (when not on the charging coaster). It’s a total game-changer and makes the perfect gift for tea and coffee drinkers for everyday use.

Mom's One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book

Mom's One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book

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The Mom’s One Line a Day five-year memory book is a perfect way for a mother to record memories without the daunting task of writing paragraphs in a journal or creating a scrapbook. It lends especially well for the busy mom who wants to track the growth of her baby over the next five years, but may not have the time. 

The book prompts are easy to follow and only require a little time each day to jot down a thought or milestone. It’s a perfect budget-friendly gift that any new mom would be grateful to receive. 

Anthropologie Monogram Pendant Necklace

Anthropologie Monogram Pendant Necklace

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This brass necklace from Anthropologie makes a bold statement with a monogram pendant that’s simple enough to wear every day. Choose mom’s initial or her new bundle of joy's for the pendant that’s featured on the 16-inch chain. A lobster clasp is included, and a 2-inch extender is attached to the chain so mom can find the best fit.

Fawn Design Mini Diaper Bag

Fawn Design Mini Diaper Bag

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This mini diaper bag by Fawn Design combines functionality, comfort, and ease and is as fashionable as it is functional. With it, you can easily transition from baby duty to work or a night out. After all, you don’t have to compromise style as a new mom—even with your diaper bag! 

The bag features an interchangeable messenger strap and detachable backpack straps and has a variety of interior and exterior pockets. Made with premium pebbled vegan leather, this is the perfect fashionable diaper bag upgrade. 

Mom Life: A Snarky Adult Coloring Book

Mom Life: A Snarky Adult Coloring Book

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In motherhood, a little humor goes a long way. Whether it’s a break in the middle of the day, or unwind at night with a glass of wine, this coloring book is entertaining, sassy, and fun. Each page is unique and designed to give moms a soothing distraction whenever she needs it. 

Even if she isn’t artistic, this high-quality book is easy to color and celebrates the highs and lows of motherhood. We recommend pairing with a set of pencil crayons or markers to complete the gift.

Ford & Wyatt Women's "MAMA" Everyday Sweatshirt

Ford & Wyatt Women’s “Mama” Everyday Sweatshirt

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For the days she chooses comfort over style, a Ford & Wyatt's “Mama” Everyday Sweater is a must-have in any new mom’s wardrobe. It’s her greatest adventure yet and she is proud. 

Designed by a mom for moms, this crewneck sweater is lightweight, made from buttery soft cotton, and comes in six different colors. Great for around the house or paired with jeans, this piece is ready to become her new favorite sweatshirt.

Mom Hacks: 100+ Science-Backed Shortcuts

Mom Hacks: 100+ Science-Backed Shortcuts

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Written by a doctor who’s also a mom, Mom Hacks by Darria Long Gillespie offers 100+ science-based mom hacks that are simple yet impactful. Through humor, Dr. Darria shares personal stories and encouragement that can serve as a light when a new mom might need it most. 

Amongst the 100+ hacks in this book, there’s advice on how to be more present and raise thriving children. Plus tips and tricks on how to move more, eat right, stress less, and sleep well. 

Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe

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Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe

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Although a cozy robe is a classic mother’s day gift, the new mom in your life will adore the luxurious quality of a Brooklinen Super Plush Robe. Made of combed, long-staple 100% Turkish cotton, it’s extra-thick and super cozy—a splurge she might not think to make on herself in the early months of motherhood.

Great for out of the shower or as loungewear, this robe features a piped collar, cuffed edges, deep pockets, and a sturdy waist tie. It’s great for mornings when she feels especially tired and will make her feel like she’s having a spa day, even if she’s just sipping coffee in her kitchen.

Garmin Vivoactive 4S GPS Smartwatch

Garmin Vivoactive 4S GPS Smartwatch

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The Garmin Vivoactive 4S hybrid smartwatch is an excellent gift for an active new mom. It’s small and sleek but packed with high-tech features, like an industry-leading GPS  and 7-day battery life. 

The watch, which is available in four neutral colors, has a wide range of health and fitness tracking including respiration, menstrual cycle, stress, heart rate, hydration, and more. It can monitor your blood oxygen saturation for sleep and altitude acclimations tracking and lets you download music so you don’t need to carry your phone.

For fitness, the Garmin Vivoactive 4S has 20 preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps (yoga, running, swimming, etc.) and animated cardio and strength workouts you can view right on the watch.

Anthropologie Whim Monogram Pendant Necklace

Whim Jewelry Monogram Pendant Necklace

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For a gift that’s thoughtful and personalized, she will love a simple monogram necklace with her or her baby's initials. The Whim Monogram Pendant Necklace from Anthropologie is simple and stylish for everyday wear.

The necklace is 14k gold-filled and has an ornate monogram pendant. It’s 18 inches long with a 1-inch pendant and has a delicate chain. It’s the perfect piece for layering with jewelry she may already own or wearing on its own.

Royal Craft Wood Luxury Bathtub Caddy Tray

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Bamboo Bathtub Tray

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If mom loves bubble baths, this luxury bathtub caddy tray from Royal Craft Wood is a no-brainer. Made from bamboo, this caddy tray is adjustable from 29.5 inches to 43 inches to fit most bathtubs. There are silicone grips to prevent the waterproof caddy tray from slipping. Plus, it has room for all of mom’s bathtime essentials—a glass of wine, candle, towel, and more. 

Colugo Astrology Patch Pack

Colugo zodiac patch

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You likely know a mom who is a self-professed astrology expert and uses the stars to guide them. The Colugo Astrology Patch Pack is a unique gift that they will certainly appreciate. The set comes with a large patch featuring their zodiac sign as well as smaller star and moon patches.

Your zodiac-obsessed new mom can add the patches to their current diaper bag, stroller, or anywhere else that could use a bit of astrological sparkle.

Final Verdict

Finding the right gift that sums up her journey to motherhood so far can be tricky. However, a thoughtful gift like the Mom's One Line a Day memory book can be a sweet option that she can use during those early years and look back on. For a more practical gift, the Ember Mug will really make her appreciate not having to sip room-temperature coffee throughout the day.

What to Look for in First Mother's Day Gifts

Helpfulness

The start of motherhood is full of tasks, many of them new and unfamiliar. Whether it's changing a newborn's diapers and nursing through them the night or making lunches and helping an older adopted first child with math homework, it's likely that a new mom feels overwhelmed. Useful gifts that make mom life easier will definitely be appreciated.

Self-Care

Moms at any stage work hard and deserve a break on Mother's Day, but this may be especially true for new moms. Gifts that remind new moms to prioritize self-care, and make it more convenient to do so, can make a big difference in a mom's overall quality of life. The early days of motherhood may not be the time to go on a relaxing vacation to rejuvenate, but a cozy pair of slippers may be just what the doctor ordered.

Uniqueness

Flowers and cards are nice, but new moms will probably get a lot of these gifts. A gift that stands out from the others may get more appreciation. Choosing something other than the standard Mother's Day gifts also shows that you put thought into your present.

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Deanna McCormack is a freelance writer and creative consultant based in Scottsdale, Arizona. She enjoys working with startups and regularly covers product launches in the lifestyle, beauty, and motherhood space. A self-proclaimed expert at baby registries and gift ideas, Deanna has two kids and is the co-founder of Loonie Kid, a Canadian clothing company for kids and toddlers.