First we showed you some not-so-great gift ideas for new moms (like potted plants, preachy parenting books and nursery decor,) and now here are our 20 favorite gifts to give someone who recently had a baby!
Scroll through to see our picks, and then let us know in the comments what your favorite, most helpful, and most appreciated gift was when you had your baby:
1. Pretty Pajamas
She’ll most likely be spending the next few weeks in PJs, so she’ll appreciate a little pretty pick-me-up.
2. Food Baskets
One-handed food is best: fruit, granola bars, nuts, crackers, etc.
3. Spa Gift Certificate
If you don’t know a local spa she’d like, Spa Finder gift certificates are a safe choice.
4. iTunes Gift Cards
If she has an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, there are tons of apps that can help her organize her new post-baby life. Or she can just download some tunes to play for her baby.
5. Video Camera or Recorder
If she doesn’t have a good camera or recorder, she’ll want one now more than ever.
6. A Photo Book Gift Card
We really like Picaboo, Snapfish or Shutterfly. Or if your friend has a lot of pregnancy photos on Facebook, assemble a special photo book for her.
7. Picture Frames
Picture frames might be seen as a lame gift under normal circumstances, but a new baby calls for new pictures.
8. Clean Up
Clean for her! You don’t have to get down and scrub the floors, but it’s nice to do her dishes, throw in a load of laundry and tidy up the place while she naps.
9. Hire Help
Sending over a maid, even just once a week for the first couple of weeks, would be a huge help.
10. A Pretty Robe
New moms love having a pretty robe to throw on over spit-up-stained PJs when guests drop by.
11. Lingerie Gift Certificate
Not so much for sexy outfits, but for new bras and underwear (that aren’t stained from the postpartum weeks).
12. Homemade Food
Yes, yes, and yes.
13. Gift Certificates for Take Out
Or anything food related, for that matter.
14. A Beauty Basket
Filled with practical items like tinted moisturizer, dry shampoo, hair elastics, pretty lipstick and mascara.
15. Anything Handmade
If you took the time to hand-make her baby something special, she’ll treasure it.
16. Meal Service
If your cooking skills are less than adequate, have pre-maid meals delivered to her doorstep.
17. Comfy Slippers
To make pitter-pattering around the house a little more luxurious.
18. Netflix Subscription
… for those around-the-clock feeding sessions.
19. Baby Product Gift Card
We love Giggle for those extra special baby gifts that she wouldn’t necessarily buy herself.
20. A Professional Photo Shoot
Springing for a professional new family photo shoot is something she’ll cherish forever.