May 02, 2024 - 5 min read
May 02, 2024

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for New Moms & Moms-To-Be

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for New Moms & Moms-To-Be

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and it’s a great opportunity to send a gift to a new mom or a mom-to-be!

If someone is expecting a baby and this is their first Mother’s Day, that is a reason to celebrate! The team at Bumpdate put together some Mother’s Day gift ideas to help make it easy to celebrate the one you love. By listing lots of special items that moms and moms-to-be would love to receive at any time during pregnancy or postpartum, you’re sure to find something truly meaningful.

Whether it’s flowers to congratulate a pregnancy, a small bracelet to commemorate a milestone, something cozy for their changing body and growing belly, a new mom congratulatory gift, or even a token of support when someone experiences a loss or receives difficult news about their pregnancy. 

Something small and beautiful goes a long way. 

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for New Moms & Moms-To-Be

The main goal is to show this person you are thinking of them, and a simple gift is a great way to do this. 

These days, online shopping makes it incredibly easy to select an item or two, enter their address and a note, and voila! It arrives at the destination. Local boutiques are also a wonderful avenue to take. Oftentimes if you call a local shop and give them your budget, they’ll pull together a fantastic gift and even ship it to the recipient for you. We really love supporting local shops when possible!

Here are some Mother’s Day gift ideas broken down by occasion that have the sentiment, “I’m thinking of you!” written all over it. 

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Reasons to Send Gifts to New Moms and Moms-To-Be This Mother’s Day

Congratulations – The Mom Who Just Found Out She’s Expecting

If they told you about their pregnancy, it’s probably okay to send a gift. Flowers are a great idea, or this beautiful Mama Poetry book by Jessica Urlichs. These words will hit home for any mama or mama-to-be. 

The Hopeful Mama Who’s Hurting

If they told you about their loss, it’s probably okay to send them something. A cozy blanket, fuzzy socks, a heating pad, a candle or even just some chapstick would be nice. 

If they are open to it, maybe even spending time together – grab a coffee or tea, get a pedicure or massage together, anything to help this mama feel physically good because inside she’s really hurting. 

Another idea is to check out Evermore Blooms, an organization that sends anonymous flower bouquets. By gifting flowers, as well as creating a community of support, their hope is to help grieving mothers feel seen and assured their babies are remembered and loved.

The First Trimester Mom

If your friend is in their first trimester of pregnancy, focus on hydration, comfort, nutrition, and anti-nausea gifts. A favorite of ours is the personalized Lizush gift box sets. You can customize the box with the mama or mama-to-be’s first name and pick from scents like grapefruit or eucalyptus and even lavender. All tolerable for the mama who is combating nausea! You’ll receive 15% off by using discount code BUMPDATE at checkout. 

Another favorite is the Stanley Tumbler or any keep-your-drink-cold look-alike. They come in multiple colors and prints so you can select their favorite. 

The Second Trimester Mom

Comfort is key. By this point the mom-to-be is growing, but probably starting to feel better than she has since she found out she was pregnant. She may even have an uptick in her desire to be active. Being comfortable in her ever changing body is important.

Comfortable sneakers – Head over to your local running store for a gift card for your friend. These places fit you to the shoe that is best for your foot shape and level of activity. Two local recommendations in the Philly/NJ areas are South Jersey Running Company and Bryn Mawr Running Company. Mom’s are always on their feet and as that belly grows the more she’ll feel pressure in all the areas. Feeling comfortable is critical!

Stretchy pregnancy leggings or biker shorts – Amazon makes a great affordable pair or you could splurge for the Lululemon align classics. We just recommend sizing up 1 from mom’s typical size.

Cozy t-shirt or sweatshirt – You could even send one that says “Boy Mom”, “Girl Mom”, “Mama”, “In My Mom Era” or “Cool Moms Club”. Etsy has a few of our favorites! Pair it with a “Mama” pop-socket and you’ll make one excited preggie. Moms love to represent!

The Third Trimester Mom

Think “self-care” and documenting her final moments being pregnant. She’s in the home stretch! She may not feel her best or in her eye’s look her prettiest, but let’s remind her how beautiful she really is and how incredible her body is for doing all that it is. 9 times out of 10, mama’s look back and are glad they have the photos and videos to recall such a time. A maternity photoshoot or a polaroid camera are great ways for mom-to-be to remember this precious time.

The Mom Who Just Gave Birth

Think healing and recovery. You could even help her put together her hospital bag by gifting essential items she may need during labor and delivery. Anything to help her feel comfortable and prepared for the moment she meets her baby.

The Mom Who is Postpartum/ The New Mama

Think physical support and mama pride. Those first few days and weeks after giving birth are tough, really tough. Beautiful and sweet as hell, but tough. Sometimes you don’t know what you need, but you’re exhausted physically and mentally and you’re holding on for dear life. It’s very possible your desire to socialize is completely out of the question. So how can you best support a new mama in this situation? Here are a few favorites:

For Any Mom, Grandma, Aunt, Mom-Friend, or Someone Special

This Mother’s Day, think of gift ideas for moms you love and admire. Think of anything you would love yourself! Moms just need to be reminded they’re doing a great job, even if they didn’t just have a baby or are pregnant. Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that are unexpected.

Happy Mother’s Day, all!


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Tyler Sylk


Tyler is the Creative Director at Bumpdate. She is a first time mother with a passion for creative writing and personal connection. With a Master’s Degree in Public Health and over 10 years working in hospital settings, Tyler focuses her energy on helping those around her and empowering them to use their voice. She believes we can all learn from each other if we take the time to listen.



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