If there’s one person on your gift list that’s deserving of something splurge-worthy it’s the lady in your life who just birthed a child (partner’s we’re looking at you). After 9 months of pregnancy and then enduring the odyssey that is labor and delivery, a new mom could use a pick-me-up or two this holiday season—especially since she’s probably getting showered with gifts upon gifts for her new bundle.
When it comes to what to get a new mom, think practical. Now’s not the time for a new blouse or fancy jewelry. What a new mom needs most are things that will make her life easier and more streamlined—products that’ll help her get out of the house faster (and perhaps with hair that’s been brushed), products that will help her sleep (even an hour or two more) and products that will give her a bit of relaxation in the midst of the chaos that’s become her new normal.
Here’s what the new mom in your life *really* wants this year.
BEST FOR THE NEW MOM WHO WANTS TO TUNE OUT
All new moms could use a shiny new pair of headphones for those daily stroller walks and there’s no more desirable option on the market today than Apple AirPods. They’re wire-free and go right in your ear. You simply double-tap to play or skip to a new song. But arguably the best part is the fact that you can charge them in their case super easily.
BEST FOR THE NEW MOM WHO RSVPS “YES” TO INVITES
New moms have such limited time to do normal things like go to the bathroom and shower, that when it comes to getting ready, every second counts. When you’re in a pinch and your baby’s giving you hell, reach in your closet for whatever you want to wear without worrying about whether or not it’s wrinkled. This hands-free steamer is prepared to handle that dress that’s been crinkled in your suitcase for two months—in just two minutes.
BEST FOR THE GERMAPHOBE NEW MOM
Hand sanitizer is great but a germophobic new mom us going to go through more than a healthy amount of the stuff. A better solution is a trash can that can keep up with everything you’ve got going on in your hectic home without requiring you to touch it at all (assuming it’s your partner’s job to take it out every week). This one by simplehuman has impressive capabilities: the touch-free sensor opens automatically with just a wave of your hand.
BEST FOR THE NEW MOM WHO WANTS TO FEEL COZY CHIC
New mothers spend a ton of time at home in those first few months, but that doesn’t mean you have to dress up in PJs around the clock. This cashmere robe is the gift that keeps on giving—it looks dressy, but feels like something you could wear to bed, and it’s also nursing friendly. And the cashmere quality will last well passed your next child.
BEST FOR THE NEW MOM WHO WANTS TO *ACTUALLY* SLEEP
Quality snooze time is hard to come by in the first—how do we put this gently?—oh, three years of your child’s life. But a good pillow can make all the difference in the handful of hours you’re able to scrap together each night. This pillow’s received rave reviews, most from folks looking to sleep more soundly. It’s filled with a blend of materials that mimics feathers, which is great for those who are allergic. As an added bonus, the company allows you to demo it for 30 nights and returns are easy.
BEST FOR THE NEW MOM WHO TAKES TOO MANY PHOTOS
What new mom isn’t petrified of losing the hundreds (if not thousands) of photos she’s taking daily of her new bundle? This photo manager solves the problem— it has 2TB of memory and the ability to store your memories in your home (not some cloud or someone else’s corporate data center). It’s easy to organize and connects to the ibi app so you can manage it regularly. You can also invite your friends and family to add pics as well!
BEST FOR THE NEW MOM WHO WANTS TO *SEE* THOSE PHOTOS
It’s a new parent’s right to take as many photos of their new baby as they possibly can, but who has time to print and frame them so you can actually enjoy them? Answer: Only those with a night nurse and nanny. That’s why digital frames come in handy. This one allows new mamas to send daily photos and videos to her frame digitally whenever she wants (even during midnight feedings!). Set-up is simple! Connect to wifi, create a unique Skylight email and then start sending both photos and video.
BEST FOR THE NEW MOM WHO DOESN’T HAVE TIME TO GET READY
Another thing new moms don’t have time for: straightening, or better yet, brushing your hair. Here’s a way better way to get ready in the morning—a cordless brush that simultaneously straightens. It has 6 times the surface area as the average flat iron, so it works faster and at a temperature that’s safer for your hair health.
BEST FOR THE NEW MOM WHO’S READY TO TREAT HERSELF
It’s pamper time for the new mama! This gift set contains the products that can give a new mama relaxation, even if it’s for just a few minutes: a rose quartz face roller, purifying rose body oil and sensual rose exfoliating scrub. Fun fact: Venus Williams is a huge fan!
BEST FOR THE MUSIC-LOVING NEW MOM
Whether you want to play your favorite tunes or some Mozart for your baby, a good speaker system can make all the difference in your experience. This one by Bose delivers 360-degree sound, but the best part is that it connects to your virtual assistant—either Google Assistant or Amazon. You can talk through it, asking your assistant questions, setting a timer, playing a lullaby, etc—all from the comfort of your couch.