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Nov 12, 2021 | GIFT GUIDE
Congratulations, future baby mama on your little bundle of joy! Pregnancy is a beautiful, powerful, incredible journey, and being a mom is a heck of a job. And if you’ve been there before, you know…despite the nausea, swollen feet, and can-never-get-comfy sleep positions, this is the time to take advantage of some R+R before joining the 3am club.
Whether you’re the future godmama, best friend, husband, partner, or co-worker, you’re probably wondering what kind of gift to get your favorite expecting lady friend. And while some mamas are on it, registry and all, here’s what they always seem to leave off the list: gifts for themselves (mama registry, anyone?).
Luckily, we did the heavy lifting for ya and promise not to make too much of a dent in your wallet *wink.* These options would also be great if you were making a holiday gift basket, or if you wanted to get her that gift you’ve been eyeing on her registry plus a little something something just for her.So sit back, relax, and browse through this list we put together of 15 amazing gifts for the pregnant mamas in your life. Go ahead and add your favorites to your bag while you’re at it. Your holiday shopping starts now.
Let’s start with some of our favorite MVPs to support her and her growing bump.
It’s hard to know what she *really* needs during pregnancy… but that’s what we’re here for, friend! This handy set of three best-sellers will help her transition easily in and out of her pre-preggo wardrobe (thank ya very much, Bellaband). Plus it includes our fan favorite seamless cami and stretch-with-you leggings that are uber-comfy and layer-friendly. Each is sold separately, but you can save $15 when you bundle all three together. This is what we like to call a no-brainer.
Motherhood is a full-on, 24/7 job, and it doesn’t matter what kind of mama you are: we *all* need our do-nothing time to regroup and recoup. Cue the comfy underpinnings...This lounge-worthy favorite is made out of softer-than-soft sustainable modal fabric (fun fact: it uses 20 percent less water than cotton!). And sure, she’d never dream about wearing a bra to bed pre-pregnancy, but times are a-changin’. The comfortable bottom band gives her growing breasts the support they need for a restful night’s sleep. Now that’s a holiday gift any expecting mom can get behind! Pair with the matching Mama Boyshort to gift her the full set.
This is our favorite “bow and go” skincare set for the lazy gifter (guilty as charged)... but in this case, easy peasy does not mean basic. Formulated with Pipette’s hero skincare ingredient squalane, this gift set of body wash, body lotion, and belly butter (plus an amazing exfoliating brush!), lets her *really* indulge in some me-time moments with good-for-her-skin ingredients. Even if she never cared about clean ingredients before, chances are she does now… and Pipette’s known for its plant-based, non-toxic performers. They also make a set for babe...such sweet and easy gifts for the whole fam! Consider your holiday gifting done.
Now this is a gift she probably doesn’t know she needs yet, but when her breasts grow from C to DDD in just a matter of months, trust us she’ll be thanking ya! At Ingrid+Isabel, we’re all about conserving what’s good and already working for you… and that means incorporating little hacks here and there to keep on wearing your pre-pregnancy clothes. These handy little bra extenders should be in every pregnant mama’s toolkit to keep her favorite bras on rotation. Two more inches of room? Yes please. Plus, it’s only $8 for six extenders (two nude, two black, and two white)... we know a nice little holiday gift add-on when we see one!
A gift to sleigh beanie season? We got two for ya. This set of matching chunky cable knit beanies will keep her and her little one’s heads nice and warm during the cold winter months. And practicalities aside, they’re both just so stinkin’ cute. ‘Lil babe with a giant pom pom on his head? Dying. And a bad hair day for mom? We don’t know her. #Twinning through all the seasons is our move.
Cozy, comfy, cool… this active pullover sweatshirt checks all the boxes and then some. It’s our favorite everyday essential for all the mamas out there who put the “m” in multitasking. Whether she’s lounging at home, running errands, or going on a run, this is the hoodie that’s up for anything. Best of all, it flexes from pregnancy to postpartum with a nursing-friendly half zip. Oh, and it’s made from recycled materials so Mother Earth approves too! Go all in and make it a set with the matching jogger pant. The future mama in your life will thank ya.
Pregnancy swelling is The. Worst. But these compression socks (along with lots of elevated feet time) will help her pull through. They’re medical grade with just the right amount of compression to help alleviate swelling, varicose veins, and promote healthy blood circulation. They’re also easy to put on and actually super cute… a huge compression sock win if ya ask us. We’ve been on the hunt for the best compression socks around, and these, gift givers, are it.
It’s officially chilly out, and all expecting moms deserve a cozy jacket that *actually* fits them (bumpin’ out in the cold = no bueno). This new-for-the-season sherpa is warm and weatherproof thanks to its genius 2-in-1 design. She can flip it inside out to stay warm and dry, with a waterproof outer shell and soft sherpa lining. Then it can be worn in reverse during dryer conditions for an on trend laid-back look. It’s that effortlessly cool closet staple that’s a fit for every trimester. Go ahead and add it to your cart already. #noregrets
Leggings and sweats probably aren’t in the trendy mama’s everyday rotation like the rest of us. But this pair of premium denim from Paige feels like the next best thing. With super-stretch fabric plus a comfy fit, they’ll take her through all nine months and still give her that elevated look she loves (see: straight leg silhouette). We love that the inset panels blend right into the under-the-belly waistband so she can even wear this pair with shorter tops. Basically it’s the anti-maternity maternity jean she didn’t even know she needed.
The gift of bling is always a good idea, and this dainty gold necklace easily sells itself. Especially for the expecting mama who likes a little bit of luxury in her life (*hint hint* hubs). We love that it’s 14k gold and handmade in California, with delicate “mama” script giving a low-key nod to her title. Pair it with a heartfelt note, and she’s guaranteed to shed happy tears. Now that’s how to holiday, fellas.
For overall mind and body wellness, we *really* believe in the power of skincare… especially during the time when a mama’s body is undergoing peak changes. And for as long as she’s still home to that tiny angel growing inside her, know that ingredients really do matter (they of course matter after too if you ask us!). This pregnancy belly oil is made with only the best botanicals to help her tackle dryness, tightness, itchiness, and stretch mark prevention. And in case that’s not gift-worthy enough for you, the formula’s got a blissful hint of rose and the glass bottle and gorgeous packaging is just waiting for a bow. Trust us on this one… her bump’s gonna love it. Read more about it here!
If you happen to sleep next to one, you know… 78 percent of pregnant women suffer from insomnia. But that’s exactly why 8 Sheep Organics came to be. Handcrafted by an expecting mama struggling to get shut eye, this 6-ingredient non-toxic sleepy lotion has helped thousands of moms fall (and more importantly stay) asleep. Powered by a pure magnesium blend, there’s even a version tailored for babies and toddlers, 3 months and up! You know what they say...the best gifts are the ones you get for yourself too.
We love this all-natural drink mix for the mama who misses her caffeine even more than wine (yes, she exists). It’s stimulant-free (aka safe for babe) and packed with plenty of vitamin B so it’s also a great choice for the mama who’s trying to conceive. It comes in convenient and travel-friendly packets that are naturally flavored for her watermelon fix. Plus the formula’s gluten-free and non-GMO. Don’t let her fool ya, growing a human is exhausting. We’re sure she’d appreciate a Premama boost.
A nice and longgg <100 degree bath is pregnancy wellness 101, and these magnesium-packed bath flakes are a no-brainer for any expecting mom. Containing 100% dead sea salt and nothing else, they are *made* for her moments of self-care. The high levels of magnesium can help relieve nausea, reduce stress, support sleep, and decrease muscle aches, which pregnancy is surely hitting her with plenty of right now! We love them for postpartum recovery too. The gift that keeps on giving!
‘Tis the season for her to sip on a warm cup of caffeine-free tea, and this organic blend turns the ritual into another moment of self-care for her (#cantstopwontstop). Formulated with red raspberry leaf...aka the woman’s herb...along with ginger and other body-boosting ingredients, it helps strengthen her immunity, fight nausea, and prepare her body for labor. Pair it with a personalized mug and you’ve got one *very* thoughtful gift on your hands. Easy peasy, amitrite?
For the mama-to-be on your nice list: you can’t go wrong with something cute and personal. Even though her ‘lil plus one’s currently along for the ride, chances are she’s still the same person who enjoys the same things. So if she’s a fashionista mama, wellness junkie, or your favorite gal to watch Netflix with, get her a gift that’s unique to her. The thoughtfulness is sure to melt her mama heart (and the pregnancy hormones help too!).
When in doubt, look for grow-with-you fits she can get more wear out of (e.g., pregnancy and postpartum-friendly). As for skincare and wellness, you can’t go wrong with keeping things simple (think clean ingredients that are pregnancy-safe). Throw a bunch of items together in a cute ‘lil basket and you’ve got the gift of pampering she’ll surely appreciate. And if you need even more inspiration, our holiday gift guide has ideas for every type of mom on your list.
Looking for gift ideas for a baby shower? Bookmark this page for year-round gifting. You can also bundle one or two things with a few of our new mama favorites for the perfect “it’s a mom!” gift.
Tell us which gift(s) you’re eyeing in the comments below. We’d love to know!
Motherhood is such a journey, and new mamas seriously deserve it all. You don’t know what you don’t know, and no matter how many books you read, it’s impossible to be prepared for what happens after babe arrives. From navigating all the changes that come with bringing a tiny human into the world (hellllloo team no sleep) to trying to create a new routine when routines feel impossible, those first few months can be SO hectic. Throw in post-birth recovery and breastfeeding and…. it’s a lot.
If there’s a new mom in your life and you’ve found yourself stumped in the holiday gifting department (ie: what to gift someone who’s literally trying to juggle it all), you’re not alone. Finding the perfect gift can be a challenge, but we’ve got ya covered. We know exactly what that time is like, which is why we put together a gift guide stacked with thoughtful gifts she’ll *actually* love.
A super cute nursing sweater she can wear from couch to grocery store? A postpartum bundle that’ll help her start to feel human again? These are just a few things on the list, because every new mama deserves a little something special (especially if that mama is YOU).
‘Tis the season to give mama what she really wants. We got her covered from nesting to nursing.
Two words: cozy AND functional. It’s a winning combination for the perfect gift and, when it comes to a postpartum wardrobe, absolutely key. Enter The Nest Dress: a wear-anywhere dream that’s so comfy, it’s like being wrapped in a robe all day. Whether she’s lounging on the couch with babe or hitting up the grocery store, she’ll feel good and look even better. Major bonus points for a V-neck that makes nursing anywhere easy. What more could you ask for?? This dress is a must-have.
What’s a nursing cover, an infinity scarf, a car seat cover, and a high chair cover all in one?? This multi-use cover from Copper Pearl. We’re obsessed, and we know she’ll be too. When the fabric is this good (soft, dreamy, and beyond durable), you know it’s something she’ll keep for years and years. Whether she’s taking babe to a checkup or breastfeeding on the go, this scarf provides the coverage they need to feel right at home. Not to mention, it makes the perfect sun slash don’t-touch-my-babe shade, and easily folds for storage in her purse or diaper bag. If you’re looking for that dream gift, this absolute mama must will have you thinking “nailed it!”
Sure, nursing is magical… but it can do a number on your nipples, with soreness being a super common problem for many new moms. There’s good news, though: relief is definitely possible, and we’re huge fans of these reusable nursing cups. They’re made of real silver and hand-crafted in Italy (bougie, we know). Plus they’ve got all the things she’s looking out for (we’re talking antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, AND anti-inflammatory). We love cups like these for sensitive skin since they effectively combat cracks without creams. All she has to do is slip them on between feedings for complete feel-good relief. Basically #magic. Sounds like a pretty good gift? We think so. Learn more about ‘em here.
Because the gift of feeling human again after you’ve just birthed one = priceless.
Those first few days home are such a whirlwind, and between caring for a brand-new babe and trying to make sense of so many physical and emotional changes, it can be hard to even know what day it is. The perfect gift for a mama who basically *just* welcomed babe is a little something-something that can help her feel human again, and this bundle has exactly what she needs. A soothing herbal sitz bath does wonders for swelling while a must-have peri bottle supports her healing, and soft and stretchy mesh undies accommodate her changing body. Anyone who’s given birth knows these are absolute postpartum ESSENTIALS.
This belly band is a total. game. changer. Like, for real. It’s all about comfortable support and features a multi-layer design that smooths and shapes beneath her clothing and loosens as her body adjusts to its new normal. No slipping and sliding here, this band has great compression and stays put through it alllll (from feeding to playing to cuddling) to give her the support she truly needs. This is a really good option for your holiday gifting, as she’s bound to love it… just ask our moms.
Holiday helpers for her sore nursing nips… aka the gifts that keep on givin'!
Just ask any mama: pregnancy and postpartum takes skin through it all. From irritation and dryness to cracked nipples, the struggle is real. And in the search for the right remedy, so many of the treatments out there say they’re “natural,” but are actually packed full of harmful ingredients that we’d never recommend. Good thing we made our own. Made with only five 100% organic, plant-based ingredients, this balm makes such a good gift because you can trust that it’s completely safe for mama and babe (no need to wash off before nursing!). Relief is on the way real quick, all she has to do is slather it on anywhere she needs a little extra nourishment. Pro tip: it also makes a great lip balm and cuticle treatment! Read all about it here.
Out of all of the things a new mom could use postpartum, a nursing bra is one of those can’t-live-without items. It’s like a water bottle by her bedside: essential. This one’s not only cute and comfy with adjustable straps, soft pull-aside cups, and a stretchy underband, but it’s also made with breathable cooling fabric. This means she’ll stay cool AND dry thanks to built-in cooling materials, active wicking, and rapid drying. Sound like a dream? It is. Not to mention it’s OEKO-TEX® certified, a super strict standard that ensures the fabric is free from harmful chemicals and completely safe to wear. The search for the perfect nursing bra ends here.
If she’s up feeding every three hours, she’s gonna need another nursing bra at the very least. This one from Bravado is so cute, it just might remind her of her fave pre-babe number. Made with Petal-Soft™ fabric, cozy modal lining, and feminine crossover styling, it’s got wear-all-day appeal with serious functionality. Plus with three sleek options to choose from (a blush pink, a statement black, and a cool watercolor design), you’re sure to find one she’ll love. So long, ugly nursing bras!
However much you know about breastfeeding before babe is born, it’s really a learn-as-you-go process. A lot of different challenges can pop up, from clogged ducts to issues with milk flow, all things she might not have anticipated. Thankfully, this lactation massager can be a major help, and it was created with the help of certified lactation consultants. Rechargable, shower-safe, and made from medical-grade silicone, this massager helps with everything from stimulating milk flow to relieving clogged ducts and engorgement while nursing or pumping. It’s also super easy-to-use and easy-to-transport, so she can spend more of her energy bonding with babe. For massage + heat (aka easier letdowns), try gifting La Vie’s warming pads.
The gift of R+R, and looking good doing it. Because every mama deserves a little lounge in her life...
Super soft fabric? Flattering fit? Check and check. Sweatpants are great and all, but this lounge set really takes the cake. Not only is it ridiculously comfy and made with one of the most sustainable fibers out there, it’s also incredibly versatile. Sleep in it, wear it to movie night on the couch, or layer it with a cardi for a day spent running errands… you really can’t go wrong. And with a shirred waistband, built-in cups, and easy clips for nursing, we thought of everything. Go ahead, give mama the gift of cozy.
What serves vacation vibes without the plane ticket and keeps mama lookin’ totally cute at the same time? This luxuriously soft robe. With those sleepless nights, she deserves to be pampered, and a robe is JUST the thing. This one is perfect for breastfeeding (talk about easy access for babe!), and looks great by itself, with her fave pair of PJs (or the lounge set above *hint hint*)… Chances are she’ll never want to take it off, and who could blame her? We’d like to feel like we’re at the spa all day, too.
Well, well, well….doesn’t this look cozy. New mamas deserve to feel cute too, and the only thing better than a soft cowl neck sweater is one that ALSO has the perfect crossover detail to make nursing and pumping easy. To us, this piece is perfect for that first time seeing friends or grabbing a coffee out after babe (ugh, the sweet taste of coffee shop espresso), and it easily transitions from pregnancy to postpartum and beyond. So good, your closet will thank you (and you’ll wish it was always sweater weather).
Don’t think we forgot mama’s tiny angel! These are a few of our favorite hospital-to-home gifts for babe.
There’s no moment quite as special as bringing babe home for the very first time, and she’ll want to pack something soft and simple in her hospital bag. This ethical set, made with 100% organic cotton and non-toxic dyes, is just the thing for her little one’s sensitive skin. The sweet footie, hat, and tiny mittens are sooo cute and perfect for the memorable trip from hospital to home, where they can start settling into their new chapter as a family. It also comes in pink + blue!
Every mama wants the best for her babe, especially when it comes to caring for their sensitive newborn skin. With clean ingredients she can really trust (her first moments home shouldn’t be spent worrying about what’s safe!) and no fragrance, these essentials have our highest seal of approval. Plus this kit has absolutely everything she needs, including a soft cotton wash cloth, shampoo and wash, oil, lotion, balm, and wipes -- all sustainable, dermatologist-tested, and loved by parents everywhere. This is exactly what skincare should be.
While we’re dishing out our favorite clean essentials for babe, we’ve gotta take a minute to mention this gentle bedtime lotion made by moms. If her bundle of joy is 3 months old or older, this lotion just might become one of her favorite products. 100% organic and crafted with some serious ingredient superstars like vitamin E, goat’s milk, and lavender essential oil, this formula helps little ones fall and stay asleep while easing growing pains and protecting against things like eczema and cradle cap. We’d say this is a gift both mama and babe can get behind.
The transition to motherhood is a big one and new moms honestly don’t get enough credit. However you spin it, bringing a babe into the world is a pretty life-altering experience packed with surprises around every corner. This holiday season, you shouldn’t have to spend time stressing about what to get the new mama in your life (or wondering if she’ll *actually* like whatever you’re getting her). Whether she’s JUST made it home from the hospital, or has passed those first 40 days, she’s guaranteed to love one of these thoughtful gifts. I mean, what mama wouldn’t appreciate something that helps her manage those sleepless nights or stay comfy while nursing? Nothing says “you’ve got this” more.
Want to make your holiday gift a little extra special? Consider adding a thoughtful hand-written note to show her you’re here for her as she navigates this new chapter. Or, bundle one or two with a few expecting mama faves and create a ‘lil gift basket for a pregnant friend.
Which gift(s) are you eyeing for the mamas in your life? Tell us in the comments below!