The 14 Best Gifts for New Parents of 2022

From diffusers to massagers, these gifts honor new parents' hard work

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When a new baby joins the world, it's an exciting time for everyone in the family, especially the new parents. But with all this attention focused on the newborn, often we forget the parents' needs. This is a great time to recognize the hard work parents put into raising their little one through a gift that's useful and thoughtful.

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The InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser is available in five design options, and offers two room-temperature misting modes with auto shut-off. For a budget-friendly gift, we recommend the Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask.

Gifts that promote self-care and a little bit of relaxation can make a big difference to the new parents in your life. Additionally, presents that celebrate caregivers and all they do can help them feel recognized for all their hard work. We carefully considered design, ease of use, value, and practicality when reviewing products.

Here are the best gifts for new parents that are sure to make them smile.

InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser

 InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser

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The InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser ranks high on our list because 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. 

Le Petit Baby Book

Le Petit Baby Book

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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

Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask

Amazon

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

Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WHCH710N

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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

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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 with Heat

4.8
Zyllion Neck Kneading Massage Pillow

Amazon

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

Mud Pie Milestone Blankets

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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 Single-Serve Coffee Maker With MultiStream Technology

Keurig K-Slim Coffee Maker

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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. 

UGG Scuff Slipper

UGG Scuff Slippers

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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's sizes 7-18 and in an assortment of colors.

VYBE Premium Muscle Massager Gun

VYBE Premium Muscle Massager Gun

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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

Corkcicle Coffee Mug

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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 6 Quart

4.9
Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker

Amazon

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 ingredients into the 6-quart pot, press a button to get the settings right, and the Instant Pot does the rest. Clean-up is just as easy, as the lid and all other removable parts are safe to toss into the dishwasher.

iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum

iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum

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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

Baby Shusher The Sleep Miracle Sound Machine

Courtesy of Amazon

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 in Gifts for New Parents

Recognition

When new parents get a taste of what this parenting thing really entails, it can be pretty overwhelming, especially during the early days. There is a lot to take in, and they may realize for the first time just how much work and how little recognition go into parenting. It can be defeating! Gifts that celebrate and recognize parents for the incredible things they accomplish every day can make all the difference.

Rejuvenation

After a new baby arrives, self-care often goes straight to the back burner. Of course, babies have urgent needs that need to be met. Parents have to make sure babies are fed when they are hungry, changed when they are wet, and cuddled when they are crying, so parents often do not get enough sleep Taking a full spa retreat day may not be doable at this stage, but self-care is still important. Gifts that give parents a way to meet their own needs in small ways, such as a hand-held massager or an easy-to-use coffee maker, go a long way.

Practicality

Anything that can make the job just a little bit easier is a welcome gift for new parents. Gifts that help baby sleep (safely), like a baby shusher, can make the difference between an over-exhausted parent and a one who gets to nap when they baby naps. Anything that gets a job done so that parents don't have to, like a robot vacuum, is a sure win.

Why Trust Verywell Family

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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