36 best gifts for new mums 2024 - thoughtful ideas for parents and mums-to-be

Best gifts for new mums, according to parents, from lip balm to leak-proof bottles and eye masks to food deliveries

Collage showing some of the best gifts for new mums — including a dressing gown, water bottle, book and more
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It’s official! The best gifts for new mums are items that make their life easier, help them carve out some ‘me-time’ or go a long way in making them feel more like themselves. 

We know all too well: hunting down the best gifts for new mums can be tricky. Should you send a bunch of flowers? Or buy a new plant? Well, in theory this is a lovely idea, but in practice, you're essentially giving a new mum another living being to look after. 

Instead, why not choose something that will prove useful in those whirlwind first few months with a newborn — like one of the best breast pumps, a swaddle or bottle warmer?Or, if she’s all sorted on that front, you could pick out a gift that will make any new mum feel seen and supported as she navigates matrescence?

But don't just take our word for it. The founder of Don't Buy Her Flowers and mum-of-three, Steph Douglas shares this view, agrees saying: "I think new mums really need and deserve some TLC. Anything that will make life easier, offer comfort or soothe them. The best gifts I received when I had my babies were definitely in the ‘for mum’ category. Food was high up there, fancy moisturiser for my weary body, really soft socks, and reassuring words."

To help you narrow down what to buy, we’ve researched high and low to compile a guide to the top-rated gifts new mums would actually love to receive. To help, we went straight to the source and asked mums what gifts they appreciated after becoming a new parent and what presents were worth their weight in gold. Here's what they had to say...

36 best gifts for new mums 2024

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