Do you have a friend, loved one, or relative whose family is about to expand? Looking to give them a special gift to help celebrate their new addition?
Nothing inspires a shopping spree like a new baby. Not only are they fun to shop for, babies really do need a lot of things first-time parents don’t already have. If you’ve been looking for great gifts the expectant mother will love, look no further.
In this article, we’ll run through some of the best gifts out there for moms-to-be. You’ll love the available options — and so will the new moms in your life.
Choosing Gifts for an Expecting Mother
Buying a gift for a pregnant woman is a big deal. You want to give something that’s unique, cute, and useful. What about giving a gift that keeps a prominent place in the nursery long after it’s no longer needed?
That’s a lot of pressure when it comes to gift-giving. But you can take a load off by keeping these gift goals in mind.
1. Look for Low Maintenance
Being a new parent is hard. There are a lot of new things on your plate and you’re just juggling to get it all done while keeping everyone happy.
A darling baby outfit or car seat cover that’s dry clean only? The truth is, it’s likely to be soiled quickly — and then sit in a pile waiting to get to the dry cleaner. Sticking with low-maintenance items ensures your gift will be used over and over again.
2. Look for Sturdy Gifts
Nursery items are fun to buy and can add a lot of charm to a new baby’s home. When you’re shopping though, make sure your item can withstand a tumble. Delicate things are pretty to look at, but fragile items and babies just don’t mix.
3. Think About Her Needs and Wants
Does your friend have a nursery theme? Do you know if anyone has picked up a wanted item on her registry list? Prompt the mom-to-be into a conversation and really listen.
It’s easy to get caught up in what you would want, or things you think are cute. Make sure to keep the new parents in mind when you’re doing gift shopping.
4. Bring Your Experience to the Table
Have you been a new mom? Don’t be afraid to include an item you found invaluable during those first few weeks. It doesn’t need to be glamorous to make a big impact.
Adding a small, useful item can be the perfect way to top off the perfect gift.
The Best Gifts For Pregnant Women of 2020
Best Pregnancy Gifts for Friends
1. Bump for Joy! Guided Pregnancy Journal
This fun pregnancy journal can serve as a great souvenir for an expectant friend who loves to journal. Guided prompts give the opportunity to explore and reflect on changes and feelings. With 144 pages, space for 32 photos, and additional space for mementos, there’s plenty to keep your friend occupied during her pregnancy.
2. Hello Baby Memory Book
This classic memory book is a great choice for a first time mom-to-be. There are plenty of spaces to keep precious photos — from the first sonogram to first swaddle.
It’s more than just a photo album, though. There’s space to put in your family tree, your love story, and your little one’s favorite activities.
3. Mama-To-Be Pampering Set
Growing a baby is hard work! As exciting as it is, sometimes a mom-to-be could use a little extra pampering.
This Burt’s Bees gift set includes leg and foot cream that’s perfect for partner massages. It also comes with a belly butter and the original lip balm. Like all of Burt’s Bees products, these are entirely natural and safe for pregnant women to use.
4. Hiccapop Pregnancy Wedge Pillow
This pillow can help alleviate any pain that comes along with a growing pregnancy. Designed to provide support and lessen lower back strain, it’s a great option for a gift.
This model comes with a plush cover and special ventilation technology. Unlike larger body pillows, it can be used almost anywhere for immediate comfort.
5. Birds and Bees Tea Sampler
These teas have been crafted with the pregnant woman in mind. All ingredients are organic and GMO-free. The set includes nine different varieties that are perfect for every stage of pregnancy.
From the attractive packaging to the included tea infuser, it arrives ready to be gifted.
6. Baby Photo Milestone Stickers
These milestone stickers can be a great gift for a mom-to-be who loves photos. They’re superb for pictures that track belly growth during pregnancy.
This set contains 16 stickers at pregnancy milestone intervals, from 8 to 40 weeks. It also includes four additional stickers for pregnancy photos.
7. Healthy Pregnancy Water Tracker
There are a lot of things to keep track of when you’re pregnant — however, with this water-tracking bottle, water consumption doesn’t need to be one of them.
You can choose a pink or blue bottle and both come with customized stickers. The plastic is BPA-free and your friend can see at a glance how much water she still needs to drink.
8. BellyBuds — Baby Bump Headphones
These “bump-buds” are designed to be placed against the abdomen and safely provide a growing baby with access to music. Babies can begin to hear in utero at 20 weeks, and experts have linked exposure to early music to learning advantages.
These BellyBuds are easy to use and attach directly to the abdomen using hydrogel adhesives.
9. Belly Cast Kit
What better way to memorialize a pregnancy than with a belly cast? This is a great activity for a shower and serves as a wonderful reminder of the journey after the baby’s arrival.
This kit comes complete with the needed casting material, an all-natural lubricant, and a drop-cloth for easy cleanup. The cast will require 1–3 days to completely dry.
10. Handprint Photo Frame
Capturing early handprints and footprints has long been part of the birthing process. With this customizable photo frame, your friend will be able to display their favorite early photos. There’s space to display the permanent imprint of tiny hands or feet, so this is likely to become a favorite keepsake.
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11. Dear Ava Necklace
This necklace consists of two linked circles, sweetly capturing the experience of pregnancy. Your significant other will love its simplicity and the thought behind it.
This necklace is available in gold, rose gold, or silver finish. The included chain is adjustable and can be between 15 inches and 18 inches.
12. Lavender Bath Pampering Set
This scented bath set can let your significant other know you care about the changes her body is going through. Scented with relaxing lavender, this luxurious set is perfect for soothing a tired, achy body.
You’ll get a bath gel, body lotion, hand lotion, bath salt, an Eva sponge, and a bath puff.
13. Pregnancy Body Pillow
Made entirely from cotton, this U-shaped body pillow provides ultimate comfort for the pregnant body. Your partner can place the pillow for the extra support she needs, right where she needs it.
Designed for side sleepers, this pillow is great for bedtime. It can also be used for relaxing or to alleviate pregnancy-related leg swelling.
14. Mother's Necklace
This 100 percent sterling silver necklace can be a great way to commemorate your growing family. Three circles decreasing in size are linked together, embodying the family you’re creating.
It’s handcrafted and comes ready to gift in a decorative box. The included chain is 19.5 inches long.
15. Coffee Mug Set
If you don’t drink coffee now, you and your partner may be surprised how parenthood can change that! This cute coffee mug set can be a daily reminder of your new identity.
Dishwasher and microwave safe, these are a great useful gift that won’t be a headache to use. Each of these mugs holds 11 ounces of your favorite hot beverage and they come in durable packaging.
16. Nursery Glider
Still setting up your nursery? This nursery glider means you don’t have to dread those upcoming all-nighters with an uncomfortable baby. Made of durable polyester fabric, it has a high back and extra lumbar support.
This glider can swivel 360 degrees and hasn’t been treated with chemical flame retardants. Plus, it’s formaldehyde-free and comes with a matching ottoman.
17. Canon Camera Bundle
Want to have the convenience of snapping professional quality photos in the comfort of your own home? This camera bundle comes with everything you need to make the photographic memories you’re dreaming of — without the trips to a studio.
This set comes complete with a camera, multiple lenses, UV filter kit, tripod, and memory cards.
18. Video Camera Camcorder
If your partner prefers video to stills, you may want to consider gifting a camcorder instead. A camcorder is a great option for capturing those first laughs and steps. You’ll also be able to capture higher quality and longer video segments than if you were using your cell phone.
This camcorder is small and lightweight — perfect for the diaper bag. Videos can be loaded directly onto YouTube, with the use of a USB cord.
19. Miko Shiatsu Foot Massager
Tired, aching feet and legs are a hallmark of pregnancy. This foot massager can provide deep-kneading, vibration, rolling, or heated relief to your partner’s feet. Late pregnancy brings with it swelling and poor circulation — but this foot massager can help boost circulation and bring some much-needed comfort.
Customize the experience with five different pressure settings and massage technique options. A wireless remote is included.
20. Handheld Back Massager
This professional strength massager has a motor that can pulse up to 3,350 times per minute. With customizable speed settings and multiple massager heads, your partner will be able to choose just what she needs to ease an aching back.
With a non-slip grip and over 70 inches of power cord, this is easy and comfortable to use.
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21. Willow Tree Pregnancy Statue — Cherish
This sweet statue commemorates the experience of pregnancy and is great for permanent display at home. It’s an 8.5-inch high sculpture made of resin and hand painted. The original mold was carved by hand by the artist Susan Lordi. This piece is part of the popular Willow Tree sculpture line.
22. First Trimester Gift Box
This gift is designed specifically for the challenges that go along with the first trimester. The box includes a BPA-free water bottle, with a flip lid and straw. A nausea band to help combat morning sickness is also included.
A selection of energizing bath bombs and a set of stickers for bump photos are also included in this gift set.
23. What to Expect Gift Set
“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” is a classic pregnancy gift. This book was named one of the most influential of the past 25 years, and details the changes that happen during pregnancy.
This is a two-book gift set and includes “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” as well as “What to Expect the First Year.”
24. Pink Stork Flakes
These Dead Sea bath salts contain organic magnesium, which can help combat nausea and morning sickness. Magnesium is also great for calming the central nervous system and boosting energy levels.
These salt flakes can be added to a bath or foot soak. Use with hot water to encourage the pores to open and magnesium to be absorbed.
25. Pregnancy Photo Chalkboard
This chalkboard is great for use during weekly or monthly photos. Whether you’re tracking a growing belly or a growing child, this can help you share critical stats with friends and family.
The chalkboard comes with white, yellow, pink, and blue chalk, so you can fully customize your photo op.
26. The Pregnancy Countdown Book
With tips from doctors and mothers, this pregnancy countdown book covers all the big milestones that happen during pregnancy. It’s full of practical advice and real-life anecdotes about pregnancy and all the things that go along with it.
This book can help your favorite mom-to-be know she’s not alone — no matter how rough things get.
27. “My New Name is Mommy” Mug
This mug can serve as the perfect reminder of why a new mom is desperately in need of caffeine. With a 12-ounce capacity, this pink ceramic mug is embellished with hearts and the words “Hello, my new name is Mommy.”
The mug is dishwasher safe. An accompanying “Hello, my new name is Daddy” mug is available, to create a complete set.
28. Love at First Sight Picture Frame
This silver-painted wooden picture frame is perfect for displaying a sonogram photo. The words “Love at first sight” are written in black script at the bottom of the frame.
Mirrored, star-shaped glass cutouts add the perfect amount of bling to the frame. It’s subdued enough for a living room or nursery, and suitable for a baby boy or girl.
29. Baby Diaper Caddy
This diaper caddy is a great gift for an expectant mom. It’s cute enough that it doesn’t need to be banished to the nursery. It’s easy to transport to wherever it’s needed.
With plenty of pockets and storage space, there’s more than enough room for all the things babies need.
30. Encouraging Charm Bracelet
This encouraging charm bracelet can be customized with a birthstone. Along with the birthstone, the bangle has two engraved charms.
One is a heart, engraved with the tree of life. The other a simple circle that reads “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” This stainless steel bracelet is highly polished, adjustable, and comes with a velvet bag, ready to gift.
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31. Personalized Name and Birthstone Necklace
This sterling silver necklace is completely customizable. From the length of the chain to the inscriptions on the charms, you can create the perfect gift for a new mom.
The disk charm is inscribed with the new baby’s name and serves to frame the birthstone charm. Another rectangular charm can be inscribed with the baby’s birth date.
32. Personalized Baby Book
A great book for bedtime, this engaging and personalized book can be a great way to end the day. This book boasts beautiful illustrations by the same award-winning artist responsible for the art in the Harry Potter books.
A sweet story that makes the baby a star of their own adventure, this is bound to become a favorite.
33. Monogrammed Baby Blanket
This monogrammed blanket is approximately 30 inches by 40 inches. Customized with the new baby’s name and monogram, it’s a great size for a crib, car seat, or stroller.
Made from premium fleece, this blanket is cozy, plush, and soft. For additional customization options, contact the seller.
34. Birth Stats Picture Frame
This personalized picture frame can be a great addition to a nursery. Each wooden frame is handmade and contains all the important birth information — name, weight, and day & date of birth.
This picture frame is available in multiple colors — including pink, white, blue, grey, and black — to suit any nursery decor.
35. Personalized Name Puzzle
A personalized name puzzle can help children learn their name while also encouraging the development of logic skills. With vibrant colors and large, easy to handle letter pieces, this puzzle can add a personal — but functional — touch to a baby’s room.
Made of quality solid wood, this handcrafted puzzle is made to order and all paints used are non-toxic.
36. Babyganics Gift Set
This baby bathtime gift set is pediatrician and dermatologist tested. The non-allergenic formula is made without dyes or artificial fragrances, is tear-free, and gentle on skin.
Included are a bubble bath, shampoo and body wash, dish and bottle soap, high chair wipes, hand sanitizer, and lotion. These products are not tested on animals and are free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, mineral oil, and sulfates.
37. Wooden Growth Chart
This wooden growth chart can serve as a fun piece of decor in a baby’s nursery. Attractive and sturdy, this ruler is designed to hang on a wall and keep track of a growing child’s height.
The growth chart is suitable for measuring children as short as 2 feet and adults as tall as 6 feet 8 inches. Hand crafted, this piece is made to last with engraved and painted numbering and two layers of protective clear coating.
38. Name Nursery Decor
A personalized decorative nursery piece, this can be great for hanging over a crib or on a door. Entirely customizable, this piece can be 12 inches to 55 inches wide.
This name decor is crafted out of half-inch thick 9-ply birch wood. A wide variety of pre-painted options are available, including mint, grey, coral, and rose gold.
39. Baby Video Monitor
This video monitor is more than just a live picture of the baby’s nursery. A large colored display screen, infrared night vision, and temperature monitoring can put a new mom’s mind at ease.
It’s equipped with wireless technology, making it simple to tie into an existing home network.
40. Willow Tree New Life Sculpture
This resin sculpture commemorates the beauty of a new family. Originally hand carved by the artist Susan Lordi, this sculpture is part of the well-known Willow Tree line.
This piece features a mother, father, and new baby. This sculpture is 5 inches tall and comes ready to gift in an attractive box.
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41. Bump’s First Christmas T-Shirt
This t-shirt can be a humorous way to let others know a baby is on its way. Whether it’s a holiday party or a Christmas-themed pregnancy announcement, this shirt will make it clear what’s around the corner.
This shirt is lightweight, stretchy, and made from cotton. It’s made in the United States and satisfaction is guaranteed. This piece is machine washable but should be hung to dry.
42. Ultrasound Christmas Ornament
Commemorate that first Christmas with this sweet ornament. This 3.5-inch ceramic ornament holds a 2-inch diameter ultrasound photo. The edges are scalloped and the ornament reads “All I want for Christmas… is you.”
This ornament comes packaged in a clear box and can be hung on a tree or displayed on a table.
43. Snowman Maternity Sweater
Made from 100 percent cotton, this cute sweater has been pre-shrunk. Printed with direct-to-garment technology, the ink used is environmentally friendly.
After printing, the sweater is heat-cured, ensuring it’ll look great for a long time. Designed and printed in the United States, the snowman maternity sweater is a fun way to acknowledge a new addition.
44. Engraved Stackable Rings
Perfect for an anniversary gift, these engraved stackable rings are fully customizable. Engrave a wedding date and couple’s names on one, and the baby’s name and birthdate on the other.
These rings are crafted from solid sterling silver and are made to order at just less than an inch wide. This set comes packaged, ready to gift.
45. Valentine’s Luxurious Bath Set
Looking to celebrate the season with a little romance? This rose-scented bath gift set can be a great way to encourage a mom-to-be to get in a little relaxation.
This set comes complete with shower gel, bubble bath, body lotion, a bath puff, and a heart-shaped bath bomb. Beautifully packaged, this set arrives ready to be gifted.
46. Mom’s Little Valentine T-Shirt
Here’s a super soft cotton t-shirt that’s machine washable and professionally printed in the United States. The design on this maternity-style t-shirt is also super adorable.
A high-grade ink has been used on the design to ensure long-lasting durability and vibrancy. Satisfaction is guaranteed and exchanges are easy if you need a different size.
47. Godiva Chocolate Assortments
It’s hard to go wrong with chocolate. Whether you’re shopping for a birthday, anniversary, or Valentine’s Day gift, a Godiva chocolate assortment can be a great choice.
This assortment features 36 different chocolates in 6 different varieties, including both milk chocolate and dark chocolate. It comes in classic Godiva packaging and is ready for gifting.
48. Woman Tree of Life Pendant
Looking for a truly special birthday gift? This pendant celebrates the power of women with this beautiful interpretation of the “tree of life.”
Available in a variety of finishes and embellished with clear crystal accents, this pendant is polished to a beautiful shine. It comes with an 18-inch adjustable chain and is packaged ready to gift.
49. Anniversary Love Story Frame
It’s easy to celebrate an evolving love story with this beautiful frame. This black picture frame holds four different 4-inch by 6-inch photos and features the phrase “A true love story never ends.”
Lightweight and equipped for wall hanging, this piece is 10 inches tall by 30 inches wide.
50. Gilded Rose
This one-of-a-kind gilded rose is an actual rose that’s been preserved and dipped in 24-karat gold. This rose is as unique as the pregnant woman in your life. A gilded rose can be a great way to share a classic symbol of love that won’t wither or fade.
The rose comes with a special moon-shaped display stand and is beautifully packaged and ready to gift.
Shopping for the Pregnant Women in Your Life
Pregnancy is a special time and should be celebrated. We’ve given you plenty of great ideas here, so you’re sure to find one an expectant mom will love.
If you’re still not sure what to choose, I always like to recommend the What to Expect Gift Set for any occasion. It’s a classic choice for a reason. Full of great information, it’s an incredible resource any woman can turn to for pregnancy-related questions.
What gifts were you given while pregnant? Were any extra special to you? We’d love to hear your experiences, so leave us a comment below!