The best gifts for expecting moms are ones that remind her how amazing she really is (she’s a baby-growing goddess, after all!). While she’s undoubtedly having fun folding teeny-tiny baby clothes and nesting in the nursery, the fact is, there are things she needs, too. With pregnancy comes many discomforts; swollen feet, aching backs, and sleepless nights, to name a few. There’s her sudden lack of clothing options that can accommodate her growing belly (and breasts, and butt, and everything else). And no matter how excited she is to meet her little babe, waves 0f stress acc0mpany all that anticipation.
So if there’s an expecting mom in your life, show her she’s loved and help her celebrate what’s to come. We’ve for the best gifts for expecting moms right here, from Mother’s Day surprises to “just because” gifts that commemorate her newest arrival. From self-care treats to sentimental necklaces, these thoughtful picks were chosen for moms, by moms.
Best Gifts For Expecting Moms
Ok, so Mama won’t be using this glass immediately (unless it’s to drink mocktails), but it’ll give her something to look forward to. It’s hand-etched in Colorado so it’s dishwasher-safe and the design won’t wear off after washes. Once her babe is born, the mom-to-be will bust this glass out, fill it with her fave vino, then savor her first sip, thinking, “I’ve waited 9 months for this.”
Got a non-glowing friend or family member who’s pregnant AF? This handmade candle is “infused with irrational cravings” in a studio in Florida. While it’s hand-poured with a generous dose of humor and snark, it’s made without phthalates, dyes, and other irritants. Choose from a dozen scents to cater to your preggo loved one’s whims, including Almond + Warm Cookie, Lavender + Lemon, and Teakwood + Tobacco. With so many options, you’re bound to find one she doesn’t have a scent aversion to.
If she doesn’t need a pregnancy pillow yet, she will. Only, there are a lot of options out there, and not all pregnancy pillows are created equal. If you want a tried-and-true style (more specifically, tried by me), the original Leachco Snoogle is where it’s at. Because of its shape, Mom can re-position it depending on her comfort preferences, and trust us, those preferences will change. The Snoogle also has a removable, washable cover and over 10,000 Amazon reviews that are overwhelmingly positive.
But, partners be warned: It may take your place in bed. (We think it’s a small price to pay since your SO is, you know, carrying your child.) Explains one hubby, “Warning to men, your wife is going to be obsessed with this gargantuan pillow. She says it supports her back and is so comfortable that she can’t sleep without it now even though our son is a month old. I give it 5 stars because she is in love with the thing, but just be ready to not see your wife in bed anymore. You may want to think about making some cup and string walkie-talkies so you can still communicate with each other.” Hey, at least he has a sense of humor.
Preggo or not, cute sweatshirts are always a good idea. Get it a size or two up, and she can wear it throughout her trimesters and into her postpartum months, too. This “Strong women raise strong women” sweatshirt is suited for any future girl-mom who’ll raise her daughter to be fierce. It’s made with a cotton/poly blend that’s super soft and easy to wear at home or on the go. Get it in sizes small through 2x.
Here’s hoping she doesn’t take the gift of cleaning supplies the wrong way … we kid, we kid. In truth, she’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness; here’s a slew of plant-based, sustainable, chemical-free cleaning products that are safe to use around her growing bump and family. Also, ever heard of nesting? Yeah, she’ll be scrubbing the house from top to bottom in the weeks before BB arrives. Cleancult’s Complete Home Bundle includes all-purpose cleaning solution, liquid dish soap, liquid hand soap, dishwasher tablets, bath bar soap, wool dryer balls, and the appropriate glass receptacles to store and dispense it all. While you need a membership to buy and the refills recur on a subscription basis, you can pause or cancel the membership, or, you know, treat them to a few months’ worth of green cleaning supplies. (P.S. They can also get their own refills right on Amazon.)
A clean skincare line that’s specifically designed not to disrupt hormones? Sign us up. This pregnancy-safe sheet mask set will encourage the future mama in mind to indulge in some skincare while she still can. The formula is soothing, revitalizing, and relaxing — three things she needs now more than ever. And if there are any masks left over after Baby arrives, she’ll take comfort in knowing that they’re safe to use even if she’s breastfeeding.
As a trusted name in products for the whole family, you can never go wrong with Burt’s Bees. Packaged in a giftable tin, this 3-piece set is ideal for giving to any mama, even if you’re sending it directly from Amazon. It includes a tub of belly butter, leg and foot cream, and a lip balm, all safe, moisturizing products that she’ll appreciate (pregnancy tends to zap moisture from the skin). Bonus points if she has a partner who’ll give her a foot or belly massage with her new skincare — maybe you can drop the hint.
Introducing a preggo mama’s version of a box of candy — only better. Nunona Cashew Confetti Balls are made with nut butter, oats, dates, flaxseeds, and brewer’s yeast — all ingredients designed to energize, nourish, and improve the quality of breastmilk. Especially if her due date is near, this is the perfect snack to have on hand to sustain her ravenous postpartum appetite.
Let your fave mom-to-be enjoy the finer things in life before they’re — you know — covered in spit-up and milk. RiLEY’s newest robe is made of soft, airy linen, but four layers of the stuff make it sumptuously thick. It’s plenty roomy for Mama to wear as her bump grows and even after (because when you have a newborn who eats, poops, and cries constantly, clothes are so overrated). This lovely robe is crafted in Portugal and epitomizes spa-quality, so while she’s squeezing in those last precious moments of at-home sheet masks and bubble baths, it’s a self-care must. It’s available in white, silver (dark grey), and port (plum) shades.
Mother’s Day Gifts For Expecting Moms
As seen on Kate Middleton (!), the aptly-named The Duchess necklace will make any pregnant mom feel like the baby-growing queen she is. This piece is completely customizable, which makes it extra special. Choose from sterling silver or 18 karat yellow or rose gold finishes, add on boy or girl children charms, add a mini heart charm, and decide what special message you’d like engraved on the center disc. This is a wonderful gift for first-time moms or mommin’ pros who already have a kid or two.
She probably already has a diaper bag, but for those times she needs to be completely hands-free, a backpack is where it’s at. Get the soon-to-be mom in your life the thing she doesn’t know she needs — yet. The Pro Backpack Tote from Holly & Tanager lets Mom tote her and Baby’s stuff in style, plus it gives her what she really wants: Options! With convertible clip-on straps, this bag can transform from a backpack to a tote to a crossbody bag and more. While it’s great for hauling things for the fam, she can also use it as a carry-on or for stashing her laptop and travel gear in the future. It’s available in 6 colors from neutral black to this sunshiney yellow.
This wearable mantra is suited for any strong mama (read: all mamas), but it’s an especially sweet gift for an expecting mom with pre-baby nerves. There’s a lot of excitement as well as scary unknowns, but one thing’s for sure: She’s a strong mother and she’s got this!
No, you can’t plan everything (maybe not even Baby … heh, heh …) but you can try. Moms-to-be who can’t function without their trusty planner will love this pregnancy planner/journal/scrapbook hybrid to help document this special time. The spiral-bound hardcover book is filled with tabs to plan and record what she expects when she’s expecting; two sheets of stickers make it extra fun. The planner also includes sections for the new bundle of joy’s first year of life, making it a useful, all-in-one gift for any eager mama.
Say it loud and say it proud! Mama will be proud to put her new name on display (paired with her adorable baby bump) with this simple but statement-making necklace that goes with anything. It’s available in 18 karat gold or rose gold plating to suit any mom-to-be’s style.
Come third trimester (and in the months postpartum), she’ll be living in this adorable pajama set. Not only does it accommodate her growing bump — the shorts even feature an adjustable elastic waistband — it offers easy nursing access so she’ll wear it on repeat even after Baby is born. It’s made of soft, lightweight fabric to keep Mama comfy (hellloooo, hot flashes), and is available in 11 color combos.
We love this multi-tasking bundle; expecting moms can start using the items now, and they’ll keep reaching for them in those postpartum months. It also provides some staples she’ll need to pack in her hospital bag. This set includes a buttery-soft robe, a French terry racerback bra, a nursing-friendly tank, a pair of grippy socks, a cute delivery gown, and the brand’s ever-popular Postpartum Panties, which can accommodate padsicles and C-section recovery. You’ll even be able to customize the bundle especially for the recipient by choosing the gown pattern, bra color and size, sock saying, and more!
For the record, birthstone stud earrings are always a good idea, and you don’t have to go to a fine jewelry store to get them. These 6 mm stud earrings by Decadence are available on Amazon, making gifting fine jewelry easier than ever. They feature genuine stones (14 different types — price varies from around $50 to $70, depending on the stone) and 14 karat solid gold settings in white or yellow gold. These earrings have a high star rating and over 800 reviews, and buyers say that they’re quality, affordable, and perfect for anyone with sensitive ears. Get the soon-to-be mama a set of studs in the month she’s due, and she’ll be touched by the thoughtfulness you put into it.