The 26 Best Gifts to Buy Expecting Moms in 2022

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Best Gifts to Buy Expecting Moms

Verywell / Sabrina Jiang

Our Top Picks

Angel Maternity Nursing Dress, Robe, & Baby Blanket Set at

"Soon-to-be moms will obsess over the incredible softness and lightweight design of this robe and baby blanket duo."

Diptyque Baies Berries Candle at

"The alluring aroma will fill her home with the scent of roses, blackcurrant leaves, and supreme luxury."

Bouqs Flower Subscription at

"Fill her home and her heart with a flower subscription that will bring the best floral delights to her front door every month."

WavHello Belly Buds at Amazon

"Moms-to-be will love connecting with their baby through these belly buds, which you can use to share music, voice memos, and more."

Burt’s Bees Belly Butter at Amazon

"A pregnancy-safe, gentle bump butter that will keep mom's skin soft and supple without causing irritation."

Infant Optics Video Baby Monitor at Amazon

"Keep her sweetie within ear and eye shot without disturbing them with the plug-and-play video baby monitor."

Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed at

"These sandals are perfect for a mom-to-be's growing feet thanks to their comfortability and simple slip-on style."

Leachco Snoogle Maternity Body Pillow at Amazon

"Expectant moms will be able to finally kick sleeplessness to the curb with this body-hugging supportive pregnancy pillow."

Adventure Quencher Travel Tumbler 30 oz. at Amazon

"Errands will be easier with this thirst-quenching travel tumbler that's designed to keep cold drinks frigid and warm drinks steaming."

Kibou Bag at

"She's seen a diaper bag and a diaper backpack, but she'll truly experience hands-free toting with a minimalist diaper fanny pack."

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 the expecting mom feel loved.

From baby showers to a thinking of you present, 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

Comfy and cozy, this thoughtful gift may earn a spot in the coveted hospital bag. The lightweight nursing dress is paired with a soft, crochet-trimmed robe for mom. Wrap the new baby up in a matching blanket to complete the sweet set.

Diptyque Baies Berries Candle

Diptyque Baies Berries Candle

Courtesy of Diptyque

Scented candles can warm 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.

Bouqs Flower Subscription

bouqs flower subscription

Courtesy of Bouqs Co.

Brighten any home with a flower subscription! Send flowers every month for the last trimester, when the baby arrives, or any other time. Bouqs only 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.

Nom Maternity Light Support Everyday Seamless Legging

Nom Maternity Leggings

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.

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

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.

Burt’s Bees Belly Butter

Burt’s Bees Belly Butter

Courtesy of Burt's Bees

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.

Bodily Care for Birth Box

Bodily Care for Birth Box

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.

What Our Editors Say

"Make it easier for her to pack for the hospital with a read-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

An award-winning video monitor, this lightweight and portable set will give mom peace of mind. The mom-to-be can skip the confusing set-up 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.

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

Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed

Courtesy of Zappos

Gift 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.

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 stand by 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

It's vital for mom to get protein during pregnancy so the baby's tissues and organs can grow, especially the brain. This protein 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.

Leachco Snoogle Maternity Body Pillow

Gift mom 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 zzzz’s, it’s worth it.

Kibou Bag

Kibou bag

Courtesy of Kibou

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, key ring, credit card holder, and more. The lightweight vegan leather bag looks great and leaves hands, arms, and shoulders free.

As You Grow Modern Memory Book

An elegant, chic, and timeless 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 five. 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.

Hatch Fresh Mama Deodorant

Hatch Fresh Mama Deodorant

Finding products that are safe for pregnancy can be tough, so start with something mom likely uses everyday: deodorant. This deodorant is safe for pregnancy thanks to the natural ingredients and lack of aluminum and baking soda. It's made with a Japanese citrus and chamomile blend that's not too strong but can still tackle hormonal changes.

What Our Editors Say

"Many women change their deodorant to a 'cleaner' formula when pregnant and nursing. This Hatch one checks so many boxes: first of all, it actually works (I tested it during a balmy NYC summer) to keep sweat at bay. It doesn't pill like many natural deos, but rather, it rolls on smooth. I was super sensitive to fragrance (especially in the first trimester) and still loved this subtle scent of Japanese citrus and chamomile. It's also free of aluminum, parabens, and baking soda." -Lauren Levinson, Editorial Director Verywell Family

Susanne Kaufmann Stretch Mark Oil

Susanne Kaufmann Stretch Mark Oil

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.

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

Kate McLeod The Mama Stone

Kate McLeod The Mama Stone

Courtesy of Anthropologie

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.

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

If mom 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.

Baby Bum Brush

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!

Mombox Monthly Kit

Mombox Monthly Subscription

Help mom begin her postpartum journey with ease with this monthly subscription kit that includes postpartum essentials, like hemorrhoid cream, mesh undies, and more. There are different types of boxes to choose from, such as the C-section box or Breastfeeding Support.

What Our Staff Says

"Mombox has become my go-to gift for any friends or family that are having kids—especially their first! The Original Mombox has everything you might not think about getting before you have your little one, but everything you might need. It's a one-stop-shop for gifters. Full disclosure: The founder, a mom herself, is also a friend of mine, so it's been fun to watch the company grow—and to support a woman-run business." -Meg Lappe, Senior Commerce Editor

Kindle Paperwhite

If mom loves to read, gift 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.

Bedford Swivel Glider

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'll 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.

Weleda Skin Food

A best-seller for 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.

Goldbelly 3-Month Subscription

Goldbelly subscription

Courtesy of Goldbelly

Growing a baby is hard work and can definitely work up an interesting appetite. Gifting the new mom with 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.

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  

Cross Band Soft Plush Fleece House Slippers

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.

Comrad Knee-High Compression Socks

Comrad Knee-Compression Socks

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.

Pipcorn Tailgate Essentials Pack

Pipcorn Essentials Tailgate Pack

Satisfy mom's cravings with a bundle that has six different snacks in six different flavors. From jalapeño cheddar to sea salt, you can pick a one-time purchase or subscribe to the bundle from this Black-owned business. They're gluten-free, made with organic cheese, whole grain, heirloom corn, and reviewers say this is a healthy snack for on the go or at home.

Best Gifts to Buy Expecting Moms

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Final Verdict

A gift that’ll benefit both mom and baby, the Angel Maternity Set (view at Nordstrom) 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 leisure 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 (view at Amazon) will likely be appreciated in giving a parent 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 heart strings, 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.


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.


While everyone is showering baby with gifts, sometimes it’s nice to give the mom-to-be something that’s all about her. From soft, beautiful clothing to lotions and other products to help her relax, there a ton of excellent options to delight any expecting mom.

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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, 7-year-old son, and 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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