First Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2021

Celebrating this extra special day with a new baby in tow? Since you’ve been busy becoming a first-time mom, we’ve put together a treat sheet to hand off to those who wish to celebrate you with more than a Mother's Day card and Amazon gift card—although we fully support this, too.

Indulge Your Mind

A family membership to your local art museum might be just the ticket—literally. We could rattle off ways and ways this is the unique gift that keeps on giving, but the deal-closer might be that most museums offer events and activities for little ones, or even a dedicated children’s section or affiliate. Whether babe experiences a snooze while you experience Impressionism, or you need a fellow mom meet-up where your tots can waddle within range, culture might just be the perfect gift.

Indulge Your Senses

When your new baby came through the door, candles may have gone out the window. Luckily there is a very chic and flame-free alternative: a wax warmer. These companion wax melts use essential oils and 100 percent all-natural soy wax to give your space the aromatherapy you crave without the fire hazard.

Happy Wax Warmer, $40; melts, $18

Indulge Your Heartstrings

A pretty personalized piece is an instant keepsake for any new mama. Start with your and your little one’s birthstones and customize at your own pace. Add grandma’s birthstone, your mom’s, your partner’s—create a colorful ode to all of your peeps. Tip: We love pairing this with another necklace showcasing baby’s name for the ultimate layered “I love you,” look.

Amelia Rose Design birthstone chain, from $39; birthstone charms, $30 each

Indulge Your Closet

Transitioning from your maternity leggings to new-mother garb can be daunting, but exciting. Sport this postpartum-perfect dress, which offers drape for fourth-trimester bellies and a smocked neckline ready for breastfeeding. Make it a mommy-and-me look with a sweet coordinating romper, which makes for a beautiful baby keepsake—and new mom gift for your always-baby years down the road!

Ivy City Co. women’s dress, $95; baby romper, $38

Indulge Your Wellness

Stock your self-care routine with supplements for energy, nutrition, skin, immunity, mood (including sexual!) and more. Nothing operates on an empty tank. You’re in charge of a lot of things, including a human being: Pay attention to yourself and replenish your resources from within.

Rae Wellness supplements, from $15

Indulge Your Body

If you haven’t shifted to clean beauty yet, the time is now to hone in on the ingredients in your skin care as closely as you do with food. This brand prides itself on quality, effective, clean formulas. Do you have those little annoying bumps on the back of your arm? Disarm them with this powerful combo of nutrients and vitamins to quench and replenish your skin.

Nécessiare The Body Ritual set, $80 ($45 off for a limited time!)

Indulge Your Face

Shut-eye is a sweet memory and you’re tired (very very tired), but it doesn’t have to show. Since more time is spent indoors and makeup-free—and maybe you’ll be working from home after maternity leave—it’s prime time to pump up your skin care routine. Did you unfortunately receive pregnancy-related melasma? This aptly named hyaluronic acid and vitamin C super serum clocks in hard to help fade dark spots. And for just three minutes a day, you can help fight fine lines, fight bacteria and acne, and stimulate collagen production with the healing benefits of LED light therapy with this professional at-home device. Let’s get your glow back, girl!

MUTHA No. 1 serum, $140; reVive Light Therapy Clinical device, $99

Indulge Your Hands

If you’re like us, goshdarnit you miss a manicure. And what a thoughtful first Mother’s Day gift one would be. The downside to a manicure is probably the maintenance—ain’t no new mom got time for that! Luckily, these gel sheets allow you a quick, mess-free application that won’t tear up your nails—a great gift addition to a manicure (hint, hint). Plus, you get super stylish pattern options in addition to solid colors.

Dashing Diva Gel Strips, $8 each

Indulge Your Sanity

Abandon all of our Mother’s Day gift ideas and ask for nothing—just a whole full day for yourself. Book brunch with your girls. Swap your coffee mug for a wine glass or vice versa. Ditch the diaper bag for a clutch and park the stroller. Get a pedicure with your mom. Go thrifting, go nowhere, scroll Etsy and take a nap. Trust your partner can handle what needs to be handled and focus on yourself like you haven’t this first year. No curfew. No questions. You deserve it. Happy Mother’s Day.

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