The 14 Best Gifts for New Parents of 2021

Presents to promote self-care and remind them that they’re doing a great job

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New parents can use this oil diffuser to help them relax, fall asleep, or even perk up with its two misting modes and mood light.
A more sentimental baby gift, this book features space for ultrasound photos as well as a milestone journal.
Safe for sensitive skin, this hypoallergenic mask will help make midday naps a little more comfortable.
Wireless and adjustable, these noise-canceling headphones offer quality sound for when parents get a rare moment to themselves.
Choose favorite foods from several big U.S. cities for new parents to try right in the comfort of their own home.
Complete with a rotating kneading massage style as well as heat therapy, it's designed to fit comfortably behind the back or neck.
Parents can use this cotton blanket and frame set to stage their monthly milestone pictures for their baby book.
Energize your mornings with this single-cup coffee maker, featuring a 48-ounce water reservoir and auto-shutoff.
The exterior is made from 100% suede with a rubber sole while the interior is filled with soft sheepskin lining.
Perfect for new parents who need to tackle those daily aches and pains from holding baby often.

After welcoming a new baby, the needs of the parents can get cast aside while everyone focuses all of their attention on the newborn baby. But, new parents need some love, too! In those early days, while they’re running around trying to tend to their little one, parents can also put their own needs aside, so a gift that makes life a little easier or gives them a minute of self-care is exactly what they need.

Here are some great gift ideas for the new parent in your life. 

InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser

 InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser

New parents will love clicking on this oil diffuser to help them relax, fall asleep, or even perk up. It’s available in five design options, all of which are compact and offer two room-temperature misting modes with run times between six and eight hours and auto shut-off. This diffuser can also create a relaxing ambiance with its mood light that can be set to dim or bright. 

A baby memory book is one of the more sentimental baby gifts you can give to a new parent. With spaces for ultrasound photos and pages to track milestones, this book is great to give before or after the baby arrives. To top it all off, this adorable book also features pop-up pages and adorable artwork throughout.

Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask

New parents need to sleep whenever they have a chance, including in the middle of the afternoon when the sun is shining bright. This sleep mask with cotton interior lining and silk exterior covering will help make those mid-day naps a little more comfortable. It’s available in a variety of different colors, is hypoallergenic and great for all skin types, and has a fully adjustable head strap. 

Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WHCH710N

If a parent gets a rare moment for themself while someone else is watching the baby, sounds of crying are hard to ignore and relax through, so a pair of noise-canceling headphones will make for a wonderful gift. These headphones are wireless with an extended battery life of up to 35 hours. They are adjustable for maximum comfort and are designed with “dual noise technology” which helps keep out external noise. 

Goldbelly Monthly Subscription

Goldbelly Monthly Subscription

New parents are more than likely not planning a vacation once their little one arrives, but that doesn't mean they can't take a trip anyways! With a subscription to Goldbelly, parents can receive favorite foods from major cities in the United States, like New York City and Los Angeles.

With the NYC Subscription Box, new parents will get to try pizza straight from the Big Apple and even delicious bagels. Each box contains enough food to serve four people, so they can treat themselves to a feast or save some for later.

What Our Editors Say: “I often think the best gifts are experiences. Since I wasn’t going to be leaving the house too much in the months after giving birth, my husband brought the experiences to me by getting me a monthly Goldbelly subscription. He opted for the New York City box and it was so fun looking forward to the surprise each month.

Before we would get the official email about what was shipping each month, we would try to guess what was coming next and what we hoped it would be. We ended up getting cheesecake, bagels, and pizza.”

-Julia Warren

Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager

All of those late-night feedings can do a real number on a person’s neck and shoulders, which is why this massager is such an amazing gift. It features a rotating kneading massage style as well as optional heat therapy (with auto-shutoff) to help loosen up the muscles even more. It’s ergonomically designed to fit comfortably between the back and a chair or to lay on for a neck massage. 

Mud Pie Milestone Blankets

Parents can use this blanket and frame set to stage their monthly milestone pictures for the baby book and social media. The blanket is a 45-inch square and is made from 100% cotton, which can be machine washed and tumble dried. Finally, the included frame is made completely out of felting so there aren’t sharp corners for the baby to roll into.

Keurig K-Slim Coffee Maker

When you’re a new parent, getting sleep in three-hour stretches, you’re going to need your morning tea or coffee to give you some energy. This single-cup coffee maker does most of the work, making the caffeine preparation process quicker and easier.

It can brew 8, 10, and 12-ounce cups using single-serve Kcup pods, which are available in a variety of flavors. The machine has a power-saving auto-shutoff and a 48-ounce water reservoir that can make up to six cups of coffee before it needs to be refilled. 

Shuffling around the house in the dark (or the day) is a little more enjoyable when your feet are cozied up in some soft slippers like these. The exterior is made from 100% suede with a rubber sole while the interior is filled with soft, plush sheepskin lining. These slippers are available in men sizes 7-18 and in an assortment of colors.

VYBE Premium Muscle Massager Gun

When the baby finally falls asleep, new parents are just looking for ways to relax. The Vybe Percussion Massage Gun can help them do just that while also relieving any pain and aches they've felt during the day. Choose from five speeds and pair it with an incredible vibration to really reach those deep muscle aches.

The massage gun is quiet and has a battery life of up to four hours, so new parents can split the time in half before having to recharge. It's important to note those who just gave birth should be cautious with this item for up to eight weeks due to a risk of blood clots.

What Our Editors Say: “When I gave birth to my first child, I remember telling the nurse at the hospital that my arms already felt sore from holding him all day long. She giggled a bit and said something along the lines of, ‘oh, you just wait.’ That was when our little guy was fresh out of the womb, weighing just over six pounds. He’s now nearly tripled his birth weight and every day feels like a serious arm workout.

I recently tried this massage gun and only wish I had it in my arsenal earlier. It comes with four different massage heads to target aches and pains in different areas of the body. I have been using it every night after my son goes to sleep and it’s a game-changer.”

-Jessica Mahgerefteh


Corkcicle Coffee Mug

It’s hard for new parents to have enough time to finish a cup of coffee while it’s still hot, which is why this 16-ounce mug is such a great gift. It’s made from stainless steel and is fully insulated and will keep a drink warm for up to three hours. It has a safe travel lid to avoid spills when they are on the go, a comfortable handle, and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. 

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

Meals in early parenthood consist of whatever is quick and easy to make, which is why the Instant Pot is such a great gift. It functions as a pressure cooker, yogurt maker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, warmer, and more.

All a parent has to do is pop some food into the 6-quart pot, press a button to get the settings right, and the Instant Pot does the rest. Cleanup is just as easy, as the lid and all other removable parts are safe to toss into the dishwasher.

iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum

New parents barely have the time or energy to shower, let alone clean the house, so this robot vacuum that does the work for them will be their favorite thing. All they have to do is download the app and schedule a cleanup and the Roomba will do the rest. It has adaptive navigation technology so it learns the area it cleans to avoid running into furniture and walls.

It’s also compatible with Google Home and Amazon Echo, so parents whose arms are occupied by a baby can simply call a command into their speaker and the vacuum will start right up.

Baby Shusher The Sleep Miracle Sound Machine

One of the most important parenting skills to master early is soothing your baby to sleep. Unfortunately, that skill doesn’t always come easily and some babies are very strong-willed which is where the Baby Shusher comes in.

It mimics the sounds the baby heard in the womb to trigger their natural calming reflex, allowing them to gently fall asleep. To use it, all parents have to do is prop it up on a flat surface near where the baby is sleeping, set the timer to 15 or 30 minutes, and let it do the work from there. 

Final Verdict

Honestly, most new parents would be happy to get any of the gifts on this list, but if you’re looking for a guaranteed hit, go with either the Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager or the Corkcicle 16 oz. Insulated Coffee Mug.

What to Look for When Buying Gifts for New Parents

Purpose

Are you looking for something that they will use to relax and unwind after a long day of diaper changes and baby rocking or are you looking for a gift that the new parent can use to commemorate their journey to this point? Determine the purpose of your gift before purchasing to help guide you to the right product.

Usefulness

Many parents can attest to having entirely too much stuff during those first few years. Instead of adding another "thing" to their growing collection, consider a gift that they will actually find useful. A gift like the Roomba Robot Vacuum or Keurig Coffee Maker will be helpful and useful for years to come.

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Ashley Ziegler is a staff and freelance writer who covers lifestyle, home, parenting, and commerce content for a variety of platforms. She’s a mom to 1-year-old and 4-year-old daughters and an aunt to 3 nieces and 2 nephews ranging from 5 to 11 years old. In addition to regularly scouring the internet to find the best things for herself, Ashley spends multiple hours a week researching, comparing, and writing about products specifically for kids and families.

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