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Best Gifts for New Parents

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Cara Dumaplin

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Looking for a gift for a parent? Big or small, splurge or practical, a gift from your heart can make someone special in your life feel loved and celebrated. If this special person happens to be a parent, I’ve got ideas for you. 

If you are a parent, look through these gifts and see if there’s a link you want to send to someone who loves you. There’s nothing wrong with saying what you want when others have a desire to celebrate you!

Give the gift of sleepanchor

Sleep can be a game-changer for parents. My classes let you GIFT sleep! You can purchase a gift card for the parents in your life whether they have a newborn (0-4 months), baby (5-24 months), or toddler (2-4 years). I'll walk them step-by-step through emotionally-connected, evidence-based, flexible strategies to help get little ones sleeping so that the whole family can thrive.  

Something that Speaks to the Heartanchor

My mama necklace is a gift I received that is so special to me.  I have worn it almost every single day since my husband gifted it to me for Mother’s Day five years ago. Many moms love these bracelets personalized with their baby’s name. And this mug is something I use daily; the message is one I always need. 


Not having to cook dinner is always a good gift in my book. Often, we think of delivered meals as something that would be great for NEW parents-- and it is, but it’s also a fantastic gift for parents with children of any age.

If cooking isn’t your thing, a gift certificate for food delivery (UberEats, DoorDash, favorite restaurants) or grocery delivery (like Shipt) can be a lifesaver for new parents.

Hint: If you are bringing a home-cooked meal, bring something you can freeze and offer to leave it in a cooler on the porch. Sometimes new parents need food but just aren’t up for visitors!

Self-Care Itemsanchor

Most parents could also use a little pampering. A new blanket, a soothing candle, or a favorite treat can go a long way. Chelsey Wang makes some of my favorite products for both babies and mamas. 

You might even be ready to splurge and get the new parents a massage or gift certificate for a pedicure. Be sure to consider child care or how they might be able to make time to sneak away while caring for their baby. 

New loungewearanchor

New parents often spend a lot of time at home cozied up feeding babies. Grab some new pajamas, a robe, or cozy slippers and help a new mama feel extra comfortable while she’s on the sofa snuggling that baby. 

Hint: If you are grabbing pajamas for a nursing mama, be sure that they are nursing friendly so that she can feed easily.

Coffee or Teaanchor

A gift basket filled with all you need for morning coffee or tea can make a practical gift that looks adorable. Start with a mug; I love this mama mug or this mug for daddies. Add a favorite blend of coffee or tea and a devotional or encouraging book, and it helps get those mornings started off right. Want to add a little something extra?

Want to add a little something extra? These mug warmers are the perfect addition if the new parents need a quick way to reheat. Want to splurge? These Ember mugs keep your hot drink at the perfect temperature all morning. 

Baby Essentialsanchor

Instead of another cute outfit, or maybe in addition to, put together some essential baby supplies. Diapers, wipes, diaper cream, burp cloths...all items that new parents can never have enough of. ⁣

Want something that they might not have splurged on themselves? Consider a water warmer for formula feeding families or make a breastfeeding basket full of supplies for a nursing mom.


  • I’ve heard so many say that their favorite gift was a gift certificate for a cleaning service so that they could focus on themselves and their baby instead of the house. 

  • Do the parents have a toddler or older sibling at home? Prep or purchase some activities to keep their little one busy while they take care of the baby. 

  • When in doubt, gift cards are always a hit.

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask that special person in your life, “Hey, is there something you’ve had your eye on?  I’d love to give you something that you really want!” Not every parent will be able to articulate a gift right away, but can you imagine how celebrated that question would make you feel? Let’s normalize making others feel honored and loved… especially parents! 

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