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Pampering the sleep-deprived
Keep these points in mind: Gifts should require no assembly – new moms don't have the time or the free hands! – and sometimes, taking care of basic life necessities is the sweetest gift.
By Amy DiLaura
Comfort food in a box
These small-batch artisanal treats include energy bars packed with organic fruits and nuts, gourmet flavored popcorn, and a jar of decadent nut butter. It's a spendy but special gift, and comes with a 100% muslin swaddle for the baby.
A sparkly clean house
The same way that a shower can make her feel renewed, a cleaning crew who'll scrub, dust, and tidy can make her feel – at least for a little while – that order in her universe is restored.
Stylish new shades
Los Angeles eyewear company A.J. Morgan makes incredibly well-priced sunglasses that pack a big style punch. Get your new mom a fresh pair of shades (or two) for those "I can't even wash my face" days.
A pleasure read
Yes, her brain may be fried and she can't remember where she put the car keys. But a little light reading, like Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians, can give her an escape and some pop-culture talking points (the book was made into a buzz-worthy movie in 2018).
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
When a new mom is up in the wee hours, she can feel like the only person on the planet. Give the gift of some company in the form of a subscription to Netflix (The Good Place, The Office, Orange Is the New Black, Friends), Hulu (The Handmaid's Tale, Parks and Recreation, Modern Family, Grey's Anatomy), Amazon Prime (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Transparent, Downton Abbey), or Audible (Drew Barrymore reading Wildflower is a delight).
Headphones are a mom essential, letting her rock out or catch up on phone calls while pushing a stroller, breastfeeding, or working. Skullcandy's soft silicone buds are comfortable and durable, and the single button lets you take calls or change tracks on the go.
Jewelry carries sentimental value, and a classic piece with her baby's initial and birthstone will be priceless to a mom. This set of stackable rings can grow as her family does.
A pretty nursing top
In those first few months with a newborn, moms can be in that zone between "can't look at my maternity clothes" and "can't fit into much else." A top that makes nursing easy and makes her feel beautiful will win big points.
Faux fur for feet
Getting up again in the middle of the night is a little easier when your feet are wrapped in clouds.
Offer her a drink
New motherhood is a thirsty business, particularly if she's breastfeeding. Give her a drink and a boost at the same time with a custom-engraved water bottle. You have up to 14 letters for her name, or a pithy phrase: "Hot mama" is a good one.