Becoming a new mom is one part glorious, one part emotional, one (big) part overwhelming. After navigating morning sickness, mood swings and swolen ankles for months, there's the labor and delivery part. Then her days are filled with feedings, laundry and diapers.
Everyone loves to pamper that precious bundle of joy -- and that's the way it should be -- but it's nice for new moms to be tended to, too. If you can't afford to hire a personal chef, masseuse or live-in housekeeper for your favorite new mother -- or for yourself! -- here are a few gifts that she will cherish on two hours of rest, too few showers and while still wearing the yoga pants she left the hospital in weeks ago.
A quick (little) hit of caffeine
For the mom who needs a one quick jolt of caffeine (or decaf if she's limiting caffeine while breastfeeding), this new brewing system by Keurig features the most advanced single-cup technology engineered to deliver customized beverages in less than a minute. Features fully programmable options, with the help of a touch-screen, so you can adjust the temperature, strength and size of your coffee – all of which you can do with one hand! Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System, $229.99
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Tubes of tea
If she's steering clear of caffeine, a luxe box of naturally-flavored, caffeine-free and low-caffeine rooibos teas directly from Paris will help her settle in at the end of a long day. The boxed tea set includes 12 vials of loose tea (each of which is perfect for a large pot of six cups), which boasts flavors like apple, almond, orange, lime-blossom and other delicious spices, along with The Theophile Guide, a travel-like reference book about tea’s cultures and flavors. Le Palais des Thés, Rooibos & Low Caffeine Teas Box Set, $65
A swanky version of the classic dog tag, these baby tags have 22-karat gold letter and a textured chain with a trendy star charm in sterling silver. New moms can personalize the piece even more by adding additional charms and stones. Isabelle Grace Jewelry, Signature Initial Dog Tags, $195+
New babies get dozens of receiving blankets, quilts and crib covers. But moms deserve moment of cuddly cozy comfort, too. This super-soft adult-sized throwis 54 x 72 inches, machine-washable, and trimmed in satin. Swaddle Wrap Luxury Throw, $150
A few moments of spa in her own tub
Help her transform a basic bathtub into a spa-like experience at home – even if only for a few minutes. This ultra-comfy massaging mat (for shoulders, back and legs) and bubble-bath maker has adjustable bubble intensity options, is small, easy to use and foldable (so its easy to store too!). HOMEDICS Body Bubbles Bath Spa, $94.99 (on sale from $114.99)
Little luxuries, one month at a time
A fun monthly subscription delivered straight to the new moms doorstep, this must-have box is filled with specially curated finds in beauty, health, fitness, fashion and home. The goodies are valued at $100, are all full-sized (since so many of these types of subscriptions only feature sample sizes) and costs $35 per month. POPSUGAR Must Have Box, $35 per month
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So she may just spend the whole day (or weekend or year) in her pajamas. Don't judge, just embrace the change with a gorgeous kimono-style eco-chic robe made of soft bamboo jersey and patterned silk. Doie Lounge Robe, $136
Sleep enhancers (for the hours she sneaks in)
Since sleep becomes more valuable after you have a child, new moms can definitely use some more luxury in the bedroom. Made of fine-quality mulberry silk, the these covers let hair and skin slip and slide as you toss and turn, preventing knotty, broken hair and unsightly creases in the skin, while the oversized eye masques can help improve quality of sleep (little as it may be) by protecting mom’s eyes from surrounding lights. Branché, Silk Charmeuse Pillow Cover, and Belle De Nuit Eye Masques, $55+ (covers), $42 (eye mask)
Heavenly bath stuffs
Bath time for new moms won’t be the same for quite some time, so why not let her enjoy a little pampering alongside her little one? This gift set features an Organic Milk Bath that is skin-softening and relaxing, and Oh So Soap, which is gentle enough for the baby’s skin. Top it off with the Unscented Body Oil that will help nourish new mom and baby. Osmia Organics, Mama & Baby Gift Set, $72
The skincare regime could be the first thing a new mother ditches when baby arrives. Encourage her to take two minutes to soothe and nourish her skin with creams and cleansers she might not purchase for herself. HEVIA MD Skin Science Renewing Hand & Body Cream, $79 AND Rêve de Miel Face and Body Ultra-Rich Cleansing Gel, $27
What gifts do you love to give to new moms?
**The products reviewed in this article were provided to GalTime by the public relations firms that represent each manufacturer. All opinions are those of the author.