Thinking about the loved ones on your holiday shopping lifts and you want to think of the absolutely perfect gift. Buying the best holiday gifts for new moms is actually harder than one thinks, though. On one hand, you want to bestow something she’ll actually use. On the other hand, something luxurious and decadent seems apropos. Whether the new mom you’re shopping for is stylish or practical, flashy or minimalistic, silly or serious, here are a few things we think are just perfect.
The Perfect Sweater
Whether she’s just going back to work or balancing life as a stay-at-home mom, every woman needs one perfect sweater. One that’s equal parts fashionable and cozy, and one that goes with leggings just as well as it goes with jeans. That’s why we love the Gal Meets Glam Lexie Sweater. It’s super soft and super chic, the perfect pullover. $188
The Perfect Leggings
As a new mom, I lived in leggings — quite literally. Regardless of how you gave birth or if you adopted, the life of a new mom is a haze of sleepless nights and diaper changes. Give mom this pair of Blanqui high-waisted postpartum leggings, which tuck without constraining and even offer nursing support. $64
The Perfect Perfume
Choosing the right scent for anyone can be a very stressful endeavor, so why not let mom choose herself? Sephora’s Deluxe Perfume Sampler gives mom a variety of sample-size fragrances to spritz and savor, then offers a gift card to purchase the full-size bottle of their favorite. Now she can leave the house smelling like roses and cardamom, and less like dirty diapers. From $75.
The Perfect Shoe
Make running errands those first few weeks easy and comfortable for mom with a pair of super-soft Allbird Loungers. These merino-wool shoes are easy to slip on and off, come in a wide variety of colors and look just as chic with leggings as they do with jeans or skirts. From $95
The Perfect Smart Watch
Sleep deprivation, a busy schedule and everything that comes with being a new mom, the last thing most have time for is, well, staying on time. Help every new mom stick to a schedule and keep track of her busy day with a smart watch. The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 isn’t both functional — with the ability to track steps, answer email and check to-dos — it looks sleek and fashionable to boot. From $349.
The Perfect Weighted blanket
More than 15% of new moms struggle with post-partum anxiety, according to What to Expect. Help mom soothe her overactive nerves while she rests with a weighted blanket. This ultra-cozy Bearably Velvet Weighted blanket from West Elm has just enough weight to help stimulate more restful sleep and a calming peace of mind. From $249.