Angelica Florio
April 24, 2018 8:00 am
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For first-time moms, Mother’s Day takes on a whole new meaning. It’s no longer just a day when they celebrate their own mothers, it becomes a holiday that celebrates them. If your friend, sibling, or co-worker is celebrating their first Mother’s Day, you’ll want to choose a gift carefully. You have a lot to consider while shopping this spring, because shopping for the mother of an infant isn’t the same thing as shopping for your own mom (who you most likely didn’t shop for when she had an infant).

While it’s totally fine if you want to go to McDonald’s for their special Mother’s Day meal, you might want to pick out something a little bit more sentimental as a first Mother’s Day gift. It is, after all, the very first of a lifetime of Mother’s Days for your friend, and that’s a pretty big deal.

Not only is a mom’s first Mother’s Day special for sentimental reasons, but it’s also happening during her first year as a mother, which likely isn’t the most restful year of her life. In fact, there’s a good chance the new mother in your life is a little overwhelmed and a lot exhausted.

With all of that in mind, there are many first Mother’s Day gift options to get for your frazzled friend.

Since you can’t buy her sleep, these are some gifts a new mother would most likely love

1 A spa gift certificate

Chances are, mama is tired. If you treat her to any spa procedure, from a facial to a massage, you’ll probably make her year. Check Groupon for good deals in your area.

2 A bracelet with her baby’s initials and birthstone

It’s both sentimental and pretty. Find it on Etsy for $18.

3 Tatcha Bestsellers skin care set

If she can’t make it to the spa, this is the second best thing. Get it for $60 from Sephora.

4 A Plated gift card

You can make your friend’s life easier by setting her up with meal-kit service Plated. Check out gifting options online, starting at $55.75.

5 A stylish breast pump bag

It’s both fun and practical, and probably not something the new mother would think about getting for herself. You can get this one from Ju-Ju-Be for $200.

6 Comfortable pants


Try Athleta’s Stripe Bali Linen pants that are both stylish and comfortable — even with the hotter months approaching. You can get them on Athleta’s website for $84.

7 A nice bottle of wine

Because your friend might just want to sit around with you and get a little tipsy. Consider this a gift for you, too.

8 A pillow with a picture of their baby on it

Hear us out: As weird as it seems, this might be the most thoughtful gift ever. You can make a custom throw pillow with Canvas Pop for $39, and your friend will probably always want to remember her baby’s face as they grow older.

9 Nipple cream for breastfeeding mothers

‘Nuff said. Find it for $10.95 at Target.

10 An Audible subscription

Being a new mother is all about multitasking, and with Audible, your friend can conquer her reading list while taking care of business. It’s $15 per month, or $180 for the year, and you can sign them up online.

11 Some cool AF earrings

Your friend deserves to get something cute and non-baby related. Sure, these earrings might dangle and be unsafe to wear around a grabby infant, but your friend will thank you later. Find this pair on Etsy for $39.

You will be the best auntie ever thanks to these first Mother’s Day gifts.

Even if you don’t end up getting your friend a Mother’s Day gift this year, your friend will appreciate all of your moral support.