The Best Gifts to Buy Expecting Moms for Any Occasion

Shoes, flowers, candles, and more make moms-to-be feel special and cared-for

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Best Gifts to Buy Expecting Moms

Verywell / Sabrina Jiang

Pregnancy is a time to celebrate both the mom-to-be and the new baby. Whether this is the mom's first child or not, every pregnancy is special, and commemorating that time with a gift will make them feel loved.

Reviewed & Approved

The Angel Maternity Nursing Dress, Robe & Baby Blanket Set is a lightweight nursing set designed with nursing functionality in mind. For a smaller gift, we recommend the Diptyque Baies Candle.

A gift that has sentimental value could be something Mom can treasure for the years to come. On the other hand, they may appreciate a gift that's also useful just as much. If you want to buy a gift for her only (and not for her baby), consider showering her with a day of relaxation through a pampering gift. We considered value, design, material, and additional features when reviewing products.

With presents for baby showers, holidays, or just because, here are the best gifts to buy for expecting moms.

Angel Maternity Nursing Dress, Robe & Baby Blanket Set

Angel Maternity Nursing Dress, Robe, & Baby Blanket Set

 Courtesy of Nordstrom

The Angel Maternity Nursing & Baby Blanket Set ranks high on our list because of the set’s soft material for mom and comfy blanket for baby to snuggle up in. The lightweight dress is paired with a soft, crochet-trimmed robe, designed with nursing functionality in mind. Wrap your new bundle of joy in the matching blanket or store the blanket in the diaper bag to complete this sweet set.

Price at time of publish: $89

Scented candles can warm the atmosphere of the home, and this luxury candle is no exception. The fresh and fruity scent features the aroma of roses and blackcurrant leaves. Made in France, this candle looks just as elegant unlit on a shelf or special spot in the house.

Price at time of publish: $38

The Bouqs Co. Flower Subscription

Bouq Flower Subscription

Bouqs

Brighten any home with a flower subscription! Send flowers every month for the last trimester, when the baby arrives, or any other time. Bouqs sends freshly cut flowers that are sourced directly from sustainable farms, so they stay fresher, longer. A thoughtful gift, especially from an out-of-town friend.

Price at time of publish: $40

Nom Maternity Light Support Everyday Seamless Legging

Nom Maternity Leggings

Courtesy of Nom Maternity

Leggings are a soon-to-be mom's best friend, and these leggings from Nom Maternity are a lifesaver. Designed with a growing body in mind, these leggings are made with recycled polyester and are safe for the washing machine. They go over the belly for extra support and are available in one color: black.

Price at time of publish: $48

What Our Editors Say

"After going through two pregnancies, I've tested a lot of leggings. Huge fan of these. They are a great price point but fit like a seamless luxury legging in which the material on the bump and the legs are the same (a plus, in my opinion). And the best part is they're made from recycled plastic bottles! Giving a sustainable gift is always a good idea." — Lauren Levinson, Editorial Director Verywell Family

Wavhello Belly Buds

Wavhello Belly Buds

Courtesy of Wavhello

Help the mom-to-be connect with the baby in an extra special way with belly buds. The included hydrogel pads allow for the buds to securely and safely attach to the mom's bump for a relaxed listening experience. Other family members can join in on the tunes thanks to the audio splitter that allows the baby and another person to listen at the same time. These baby bump speakers allow parents to safely play any music or voice messages directly to the baby from any iOS, Android, or standard audio device.

Price at time of publish: $40

Burt's Bees Mama Belly Butter with Shea Butter and Vitamin E

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Courtesy of Amazon 

Soothe a growing bump with a rich belly butter that is specially formulated for moms-to-be. Made from cocoa, shea, and jojoba butter, this lotion softens and smoothes skin. Fragrance-free, this gentle formulation is perfect for during and after pregnancy.

Price at time of publish: $13

Bodily Care for Birth Box

Bodily Care for Birth Box

Courtesy of Bodily

Help a soon-to-be mom get her hospital bag ready with this box that's full of postpartum essentials. This box covers it all: pregnancy, breastfeeding, comfort, and recovery. In the box, Mom will receive guidebooks, cozy socks, a postpartum recovery latte, and so much more.

Price at time of publish: $166

What Our Editors Say

"Make it easier for her to pack for the hospital with a ready-to-go kit of postpartum essentials. This mega set has everything from nipple butter to mesh underwear and cozy, grip socks (something you don't know you need until you're waddling around the hospital). It even has stool softener and a peri wash bottle—which can come in handy during the recovery process." — Lauren Levinson, Editorial Director Verywell Family

Infant Optics Video Baby Monitor

Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor
Courtesy of Amazon.com

An award-winning video monitor, this lightweight and portable set will give Mom peace of mind. She can skip the confusing setup process with this plug-and-play model. With special features like two-way talk, a remote thermometer, night vision, and more, keeping an eye on the baby will be a breeze.

Price at time of publish: $132

What Our Testers Say

"We thought this monitor offered solid video quality. We were able to see the feed clearly throughout the day and night, thanks to the aforementioned night vision. As for audio, we could also hear clearly, even with the volume turned to low. Though, the monitor's range is an area that could use improvement. While one of the pricier monitors out there, the performance and features make this a solid investment for your nursery." Michelle Piccolo, Verywell writer and product tester 

Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed

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Zappos

Give Mom a new pair of shoes perfect for her swollen pregnancy feet. These Birkenstock sandals feature a soft footbed and great arch support. There are several different colors to choose from, and you can even decide the width of the shoe.

Price at time of publish: $140

What Our Editors Say

"I never understood the value of slip-on shoes until I had a kid. These comfortable sandals are great for a mom's growing pregnant feet, and they also work wonders when you need to jet out to a checkup or a walk around the block. These are still my warm-weather standby because it is one less pair of shoes I need to wrestle with." Dwyer Frame, VP of Commerce

Ritual Essential Protein Daily Shake Pregnancy & Postpartum

Ritual Essential Protein Pregnancy & Postpartum

Courtesy of Ritual

It's vital for mom to get protein during pregnancy so the baby's tissues and organs can grow, especially the brain. This shake from Ritual was made with pregnancy and postpartum in mind, providing the much-needed protein that's plant-based and gluten and major allergen-free.

Price at time of publish: $44

Leachco Snoogle Maternity Body Pillow

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Courtesy of Amazon

Give the priceless present of a good night's sleep with a unique body pillow. The Snoogle is specially made to take the place of multiple pillows as it helps support the hips, back, neck, and tummy. While it may look funny, if it helps get some precious zzz's, it's worth it.

Price at time of publish: $60

Kibou Brown Diaper Bag

Kibou Brown Diaper Bag
Courtesy of Maisonette.

Fanny pack meets diaper bag in this amazingly minimalist solution. The thoughtful design leaves room for everything, including a built-in changing pad, waterproof wipes pocket, keyring, credit card holder, and more. The lightweight vegan leather bag looks great and leaves hands, arms, and shoulders free.

Price at time of publish: $98

As You Grow: A Modern Memory Book for Baby

As You Grow: A Modern Memory Book for Baby

Courtesy of Crate&Kids

An elegant, chic, and timelessly designed baby memory keepsake and journal, this modern, gender-neutral book is stunning enough to be displayed and shared. There are guided sections to help every family record special moments from pregnancy through age 5. Families can fill in as much or as little as they want as they commemorate the mom-to-be's journey from pregnancy to parenthood.

Price at time of publish: $30

Hatch Hatch-to-Hospital Box

Hatch-to-Hospital Box

Courtesy of Hatch

Help Mom prepare her hospital bag with a box that provides comfy maternity essentials for the hospital stay and beyond. This four-piece set from Hatch comes with an organic bamboo nightgown and matching robe made of the same soft material. There's also a pair of socks to keep her feet warm and a pair of organic bamboo briefs with no elastics or itchy skin tags.

Price at time of publish: $248

Susanne Kaufmann Stretch Mark Oil

Susanne Kaufmann Stretch Mark Oil

Courtesy of Susanne Kaufmann

Designed with all skin types in mind, this stretch mark oil is made with a combination of jojoba oil, wheat germ oil, vitamin E, and almond oil. The oil helps skin stretch gently while leaving it nourished, firm, and elastic. Simply place it on damp skin to prevent or reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

Price at time of publish: $32

What Our Editors Say

"If you've been through pregnancy, you may have earned yourself some stretch marks. To help prevent and treat them, it is often recommended to slather your belly in oil. This Susanne Kaufmann formula is a luxe version—perfect for gifting—and made up of plant-based ingredients. Natural oils (almond, jojoba, wheat germ) and vitamin E nourish itchy, stretching skin. It even has arnica flower extract, which is said to help reduce water retention. After testing it, I can confirm it's non-greasy and has a subtle, pleasant smell (making it first-trimester friendly)." — Lauren Levinson, Editorial Director Verywell Family

Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe

Cloud Cotton Robe

Parachute

Made with 100% Turkish cotton, the Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe is soft, fluffy, and comfortable for any expecting mom. The robe is knee-length and features a waist tie and hidden side pockets, invoking the spirit of a spa day right at home. It's lightweight, yet still provides just enough warmth to keep you cozy, making it perfect for any season.

Price at time of publish: $109

Hatch Fresh Mama Deodorant

Hatch Fresh Mama Deodorant

Courtesy of HATCH

Finding products that are gentle on your skin during pregnancy can be tough, so start with something mom likely uses every day: deodorant. This deodorant uses natural ingredients and no aluminum. It's made with a Japanese citrus and chamomile blend that's not too strong but can still tackle hormonal changes.

Price at time of publish: $24

Kate McLeod The Mama Stone

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Kate McLeod

Pregnancy can cause a mom-to-be to have dry skin, so why not gift her with a soft and hydrating lotion bar? The Mama Stone is made from raw cocoa butter and hydrating oils so it melts into the skin, leaving it nourished and glowing. Not only can she use it while pregnant, but it's great for her newborn, too.

Price at time of publish: $45

What Our Editors Say

"New mamas need to take time to pamper themselves, and this moisturizer stone forces you to. I have one, and it's truly a luxe experience to apply. You warm the stone up on your palm and then glide it along your body as it leaves behind a trail of hydrating oils and raw cocoa butter. This version is unscented and made for sensitive skin, so you can use it and then be around your baby without worrying about transferring chemicals onto them." Lauren Levinson, Editorial Director, Verywell Family

Herschel Supply Co Diaper Bag

Herschel Supply Co Diaper Bag

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If the expecting mom you're shopping for is looking for a classic and simple diaper bag that doesn't scream baby, look no further than this highly rated tote. This bag is lightweight, easy to organize, and stylish. The bag zips fully closed and includes a folding changing mat.

Price at time of publish: $100

Bumco Baby Bum Brush

Bumco Baby Bum Brush

Courtesy of Amazon

This handy silicone spatula will be the incredible baby gadget the new mom never knew she needed. Banish cream-covered fingers for good with this genius bum brush that helps diaper cream go on smoother, thicker, and faster. Simply scoop cream onto the brush and rub it on the baby's bottom. Wipe the brush clean with a wipe, and you're all set!

Price at time of publish: $7

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 11th generation

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Amazon

If Mom loves to read, give her the ability to read one-handed with an e-reader. The Kindle Paperwhite is available in four colors and features a built-in adjustable light so she can read indoors, outdoors, day and night, even when holding a sleeping baby. A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours, and the lightweight and portable design can get stashed in a bag or bedside table for easy reading.

Price at time of publish: $136

Golde Superfood Latte Kit

Golde Superfood Latte Kit

Courtesy of Golde

Moms who love trying out new things (and women-owned businesses!), will love the Golde Superfood Latte Kit, which comes with three different superfoods. The Black-owned business designed a kit with superfood essentials: original turmeric to support skin health and immunity, cacao turmeric to calm your mood, and matcha turmeric for an energy boost.  Pregnant moms who watch their caffeine intake can save the matcha for after the baby has arrived.

Price at time of publish: $77

Pottery Barn Kids Bedford Swivel Glider & Ottoman

Bedford Swivel Glider

 Courtesy of Pottery Barn

New moms can expect to spend a lot of time feeding and bonding with baby, so a comfortable chair is essential. This stylish and eco-friendly glider has a tall square back, sloped arms, and plush cushions that will provide ultimate comfort, even if (and when) mom dozes off too. The swivel and rocking ability makes bonding, nursing, and comforting the baby a sweet experience.

Price at time of publish: $399

Weleda Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Body Cream

Weleda Skin Food

Amazon

A best-seller for a good reason, Weleda Skin Food can literally be used from head to toe. This wonder formula can tame frizzy hair, soothe facial skin, and relieve dry and itchy hands and feet. Skin Food is made from flower, fruit, and root extracts, minerals, and essential oils.

Price at time of publish: $19

Goldbelly Monthly Subscription

Goldbelly Monthly Subscription

Courtesy of Goldbelly

Growing a baby is hard work and can definitely work up an interesting appetite. Giving a mom-to-be a Goldbelly subscription will ensure that she is always stocked with some of the most delicious foods that her heart could ever desire. From pies and pastries to savory bites and butcher cuts, there is something to meet the cravings of every mom-to-be. The order is delivered in a temperature-regulated, dry-ice-packed box right to their front door.

Price at time of publish: $85

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, VP of Commerce

HALLUCI Cross Band Soft Plush Slippers

HALLUCI Cross Band Soft Plush Slippers

Courtesy of Amazon

Ever-expanding, swollen feet is a pregnancy symptom that seems to last the entire nine months. These plush, fleece house slippers will give her a cozy place to slip her achy feet into at the end of a long day. With a memory foam insole, she will feel like she is stepping onto a cloud every single time.

Price at time of publish: $17

Comrad Knee-High Compression Socks

Comrad Knee-Compression Socks

Courtesy of Comrad

Let's face it: Pregnancy can be rough thanks to swollen legs, feet, pain, and aches. Help mom tackle those dreaded pregnancy symptoms with compression socks. Available in a pack of three, these socks are designed to alleviate swelling, pains, and aches while increasing circulation and comfort.

Price at time of publish: $

Best Gifts to Buy Expecting Moms

Verywell / Bailey Mariner

Final Verdict

A gift that'll benefit both mom and baby, the Angel Maternity Set will be a favorite. Complete with a nursing dress, robe, and a matching blanket for the little one, it's sure to get a lot of wear, whether at the hospital or during mornings or evenings at home. 

If you're willing to shell out a bit more for the new mom in your life, the Infant Optics Video Baby Monitor will give her peace of mind. Complete with the features you need without being confusingly high-tech, it offers an LCD display and wireless transmission.

What to Look for in a Gift for an Expecting Mom

Sentimental Value

If you want to tug at her heartstrings, there are a variety of great gifts that'll do just that. Many serve as keepsakes of the time she was pregnant and help capture the incredible growth of her baby. This type of gift is sure to be treasured by the whole family for years to come.

Usefulness

Sweet gifts may make her tear up at a shower, but practical gifts are just as appreciated. From products that make pregnancy more comfortable to those that come in handy once the baby is born, think about the things that'll make her entire experience as stress-free as possible.

Pampering

While everyone is showering baby with gifts, sometimes it's nice to give the mom-to-be something that's all about her. Consider soft, beautiful clothing, lotions, and other products to help her relax, all of which would delight any expecting mom.

Infant Optics DXR-8
Verywell / Michelle Piccolo

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Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She's also the mom of a 10-year-old son, a 7-year-old son, and a 3-year-old daughter. When her first son was born, her in-laws gifted Maya her first Kindle, and she cherished the ability to read one-handed while holding a sleeping baby. She also loved sweet treats or other gifts for her since each of her babies was sure to get plenty of gifts and hand-me-downs.

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