28 unique last-minute gifts that new moms will undoubtedly appreciate

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Becoming a mother is exhilarating - in a strange way that wraps joy, fear, and a flurry of many other emotions all into one confused jumble. When gifting a new mother, consider that she's going through a lot right now as she navigates her new role.

Her first holiday season is a time for celebration, but it's also an opportunity to help her relax, indulge, and make her job a little easier. Some of these gifts are specifically related to the baby, while others are simply geared toward a mother who has earned her "me time." New moms are among the busiest people in our lives, and they undoubtedly deserve these gifts.

Help a new mom celebrate the holidays with the following thoughtful gifts.

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A five-year journal

A five-year journal
Gift the Q&A a Day for Moms: A 5-Year Journal, $13.47

Answer a different question in a few words every day. When the next year rolls around, answer the question again. She'll be amazed at how much has (or hasn't) changed.

A luxurious bathrobe

A luxurious bathrobe
Gift the Snowe Bathrobe, $98

Deemed the best and most absorbent terry robe on the market, Snowe's bathrobe is super comfortable and fluffy. It's perfect for a mom looking for moments of relaxation during an otherwise hectic day.

Adorable leather baby moccasins

Adorable leather baby moccasins
Gift Freshly Picked baby moccasins, from $45

These 100% genuine cowhide leather moccasins have a soft sole to help children who are starting to walk. They're easy to put on, will actually stay on your kid's feet, and come in many stylish prints and colors.

A modern baby book

A modern baby book
Gift the Artifact Uprising Baby Book: The Story of You, from $99

With a sturdy fabric bound cover (available in four color/foil pairings), this interactive journal is a beautiful way to focus on the everyday moments rather than typical milestones of a baby's life. The book includes 100 pages and a complimentary set of Everyday Prints.

A low-maintenance succulent garden

A low-maintenance succulent garden
Gift the Lula's Garden Jewel Garden, $35 (note: items ordered after 1 p.m. ET 12/17 will arrive after Christmas)

For a dash of greenery without the difficult maintenance, these succulents do just the trick. They come in a planter gift box that's ready to display anywhere, and also come with a wooden stick and plastic dropper to care for them.

A comfortable and stylish maternity bralette

A comfortable and stylish maternity bralette
Gift the LIVELY Mesh Trim Maternity Bralette, $35

This bralette from the brand that's giving Victoria's Secret a run for its money (and was in fact founded by a former senior merchant at VS) is pretty, soft, and functional, with drop-down cups to allow easy feeding and strong straps for extra support.

An on-the-go makeup kit

An on-the-go makeup kit
Gift the Stowaway Cosmetics Look Effortless Running Errands Set, $29

Looking effortless while running errands sounds like an impossible feat, but it's actually achievable with Stowaway's travel-friendly makeup essentials. This set includes a mascara, cheek rouge, cream lipstick, and makeup pouch.

A smart home device

A smart home device
Gift the Amazon Echo Dot, $19.99 Gift the Google Home Mini, $29.99

Hands-free music streaming, news and weather reports, phone calls, and messages are the way to go. Smart home devices like the Echo Dot and Google Home Mini further streamline tasks for the queen of multi-tasking in your life.

A versatile solution to a diaper bag

A versatile solution to a diaper bag
Gift the ToteSavvy, $45-$75

This water-resistant tote insert has an insulated bottle pocket, key clasp, changing mat, cell phone pocket, and flat pocket for paperwork, allowing moms to convert their usual handbag into a diaper bag, with little fuss. Even once she stops using it as a diaper bag, it's still useful.

Top quality frying pans she'll use over and over again

Top quality frying pans she'll use over and over again
Gift the Surf and Turf Kit, $148

The bundle from one of our favorite kitchen startups contains two cookware essentials, an amazingly effective nonstick frying pan and a regular stainless steel frying pan. Expect top quality heat distribution and easy cleanup.

A beauty subscription box with full-sized products, not tiny samples

A beauty subscription box with full-sized products, not tiny samples
Gift a FabFitFun certificate or gift card, $25-$300

Beauty and wellness samples are always fun to try, but when you're a new mom, you simply don't have the time to experiment back and forth or deal with the inconvenience of samples that run out. For $49.99 each season, FabFitFun members get a box filled with eight to ten full-sized, premium products across beauty, fitness, wellness, and home categories.

A book that helps new moms who are going back to work

A book that helps new moms who are going back to work
Gift "Work. Pump. Repeat.: The New Mom's Survival Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work," $13.60

This book gives practical tips and creative ideas about how to breastfeed as a working woman. They're woven through the author's personal anecdotes of working and traveling in developing countries.

A fitness app that lets her listen in on professional workout classes

A fitness app that lets her listen in on professional workout classes
Gift an annual membership to Aaptiv, $99.99

Flexibility is paramount for busy moms, but in-person workout classes don't offer that, and are often expensive. Aaptiv is an audio fitness app that gives unlimited access to thousands of audio-based fitness classes led by certified professional trainers so she can sweat it out on her own time.

A women's multivitamin subscription

A women's multivitamin subscription
Gift a one-month supply of Ritual vitamins, $35

The founder of Ritual was herself pregnant when she started the company and formulated this multivitamin containing the nine nutrients women aren't getting enough of through their diets. These transparently sourced vitamins will keep Mom healthy and glowing as she navigates new motherhood.

Merino wool sneakers

Merino wool sneakers
Gift Allbirds Wool Runners, $95 Gift Smallbirds Wool Runners, $55

When you're on your feet all day, a pair of good shoes makes all the difference. Allbirds wool runners won't fail her — they're soft, comfortable, and machine-washable. You can't go wrong with the originals but the new Tree line is similarly light and comfortable. While you're at it, get the Smallbirds version since their kid will be up and running in no time.

Smart leggings that act as a personal yoga instructor

Smart leggings that act as a personal yoga instructor
Gift the NADI X Yoga Pants, $250

These Bluetooth-enabled smart yoga leggings have tiny haptic multi-node sensors embedded in the nylon layers in the hip, knee, and ankle. They vibrate when a pose is not in alignment, ensuring that avid yogis always have good form.

Dinner on the table in under an hour

Dinner on the table in under an hour
Gift a Plated gift card, from $55.75

Meal kit delivery service Plated offers many different ways to design your box of meals: the number of serving sizes, which meals to eat, and when and how often they're delivered. Twenty delicious dinner options and two dessert options ensure she's never bored with the flavors and cuisines.

A personalized T-shirt

A personalized T-shirt
Gift a personalized Fitted Crew at Known Supply, $28 + $10 monogram

A small, personal touch, like her name or nickname embroidered on a comfortable Pima cotton basic tee, is all that's needed to make her smile.

A funny coloring book about the realities of motherhood

A funny coloring book about the realities of motherhood
Gift Mom Life: A Snarky Adult Coloring Book, $7.25

Any mom knows that motherhood is not all rainbows and sunshine. This hilariously relatable coloring book is filled with illustrations that are not only relaxing but also entertaining to color.

A long-distance touch lamp

A long-distance touch lamp
Buy a set of two Filimin Long-Distance Touch Lamps, $170

A new mom's life is busy and tiring, so she might not always be available to talk and catch up. When you want to let her know you're thinking of her and vice versa without actually saying anything, just tap the lamp to make the other one light up.

A soothing weighted blanket

A soothing weighted blanket
Gift the YnM Weighted Blanket, $160

Weighted blankets use the same type of deep-touch therapy that creates the comfort experienced by swaddling babies, letting Mom sleep as well as her baby at night. This popular blanket has been shown to calm anxiety and stress and can result in deeper, more relaxing sleep.

A reusable smart notebook

A reusable smart notebook
Gift the Rocketbook Everlast Reusable Smart Notebook, $33.19

Handwritten notes can help keep her organized and manage a seemingly endless to-do list. It's a $30 notebook, but surprisingly handy: it sends notes to the cloud and wipes clean with a damp cloth.

Luxurious candles that can serve as centerpieces

Luxurious candles that can serve as centerpieces
Gift the Diptyque Carousel & Candle Set, $125

This candle is an even more beautiful sight to behold when displayed with the golden carousel, which rotates with the help of the flame's heat. When she needs a calming moment to herself, she can enjoy its fresh, floral scent and hypnotic movements.

Crib sheets from an Internet-famous bedding startup

Crib sheets from an Internet-famous bedding startup
Gift the Brooklinen Mini Crib Sheet Set, $32

Adults love Brooklinen sheets, and now her baby can enjoy the soft and comfortable experience, too. If she doesn't yet have a set herself, include a gift that would help her sleep as well.

Warm merino wool socks

Warm merino wool socks
Gift the Bombas Merino Wool Gift Box, $78

Warm yet breathable, soft yet strong, merino wool is the way to go. The tradition of giving socks isn't exactly a new concept, but if you're shopping for socks anyways, it's best to do so through Bombas because they donate a pair to a homeless shelter for every pair purchased.

A trusted service to find a good babysitter

A trusted service to find a good babysitter
Gift a UrbanSitter gift card, $25-$200

At some point, Mom will desperately need a night to herself but might have trouble finding a sitter. Nationwide service UrbanSitter is home to over 150,000 trusted babysitters and gathers mutual connections and recommendations from their community of fellow parents. A $34.95 one-month access pass (or $99.95 annual membership) allows parents to browse, interview, and book a sitter that meets their needs.

A blazer that adapts to her every move

A blazer that adapts to her every move
Gift the Athleta Cosmic Blazer, $198

Athleta's Commute/Work collection blends the sleek silhouettes of workwear with the stretchy, wrinkle-resistant fabrics of fitness apparel in a marriage that's optimal for every mother's constantly changing schedule. Throw on this performance blazer (complete with hidden pockets) and she'll instantly look and feel more put-together.

A luxe shower cap

A luxe shower cap
Gift the Shhhowercap, $43

Trust us, a shower cap isn't a strange gift — not when it's the stylish and fitted Shhhowercap made from premium nanotech fabric. She probably never puts much thought into this bath and hair accessory, but all she will know is that she won't be able to go back to regular, cheap ones.

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