New Mama Gift Ideas

“What gift basket items do you buy for a brand new mama?!”

That’s the question that sparked this post. I have a best friend who just had a baby, and I wanted to take her some happies that wouldn’t break the bank. But y’all, I swear the ONLY thing my brain would think of was dry shampoo, dry shampoo, and more dry shampoo.  (Because, true). So I asked around for advice (Wildbird mamas, I’m looking at you!) The responses were so legit that I decided I’d share here with everyone.

First, let me just say that FOOD is always a winner! Take them dinner for sure. Cooking should not be on a new mom’s agenda. We live in the South, so I’m not even sure this one needs to be listed. It’s just a given.  But, if you’d like to do something else or something more…

*All of the below items are very generic/affordable. Pick up your favorite or the new mama’s favorite (if you know it)!

Here are some amazing new mama gift suggestions:

  1. Dry shampoo (so. much. yes.)
  2. Lip scrub (dem crusty crusts need love)
  3. Lip balm
  4. Cozy socks or slippers
  5. Book (Loved this suggestion. Even if it takes you 18 years to finish it.)
  6. Parenting book (if you’re close)
  7. Tiny wine bottle (You will get shit on. You will get thrown up on. You will cry. You will lose your mind. You know what, just grab the big bottle!)
  8. Alcohol test strips (see above)
  9. Face masks (the Dr. Jart mask pictured is amazing! Thank you extra-enthusiastic Sephora lady! She was so convincing that I picked up one for myself too. I can confirm that it’s legit. Feeling hydrated AF)
  10. Facial wipes (for the days/weeks you choose sleep over shower/hygiene)
  11. Makeup removing wipes
  12. Hydrating mist
  13. Bath bombs
  14. “Go the F to Sleep” book (It’s absolutely hilarious. Like, belly laughs. Found it at Barnes & Noble. *contains curse words*)
  15. Handwritten note
  16. Fragrance free hand lotion (for those supa dry hands you wash nonstop)
  17. Comfy lounge pants
  18. Earth Mama bottom balm (Can get at Target or online. I’ve never used this, but several mamas said it’s the best thing they’ve ever purchased. Great for soreness/tears/hemorrhoids. Gives you cooling relief. They have a csection salve too.)
    • I did use Dermoplast pain relieving spray (assuming it’s probably similar?), and that shiz is amaze (walmart, cvs, walgreens, target, etc, etc)
  19. Nipple cream
  20. Journal
  21. Coffee/tea
  22. Water bottle
  23. Starbucks gift card
  24. Coconut water (“as much as can fit in the basket”)
  25. SNACKS, SNACKS, SNACKS: anything one-handed (triscuits, cheese, apples, chocolate, barkTHINS, aussie bites [these came HIGHLY recommended, but only sold at Costco], figgy pops (Costco), Cliff bars, pistachios without shells, roasted pumpkin seeds, dried figs & apricots, lactation cookies/bars, granola bars, Annie’s crackers, mixed nuts)

How incredible is this list?! I would love to hear what gift items you love &/or would love to get/gift as a new mama! Drop a comment below.

Thanks for stopping in, friends! I’m signing off to my bottle of dry shampoo…



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  • Reply laurel

    This is a GREAT list! Love it! I second (and third and fourth) the dry shampoo. Shout out to my SILs who made sure I had plenty when both my babies were super new! 😉

    October 5, 2017 at 10:27 am
  • Reply Elizabeth

    This is so helpful for the friends who are not yet mommas!

    October 5, 2017 at 1:14 pm
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