The 30 Best Gifts For New Parents In 2021
What do new parents need (other than lots of diapers)? Coffee, sleep, childcare, love, support, and… yep, that’s about it. While you can’t provide all of that in one gift, the right present can let them know you’re there for them.
Whether you’re hunting for a gift for a special occasion or simply want to give something to a new mommy and daddy “just because,” look no further. With Mustela’s list of gifts for new parents, you’re sure to find something that will be perfect for the new parent in your life!
30 Thoughtful Gifts For New Parents
To cover all the bases (and all types of parents!), in this list we’ve included practical gifts to make new parents’ lives easier, fun ways to pamper the parents, and items they can use for their new little one.
1) Books For The Parents
New parents might not have much down-time to read with a baby in the house, but they’ll enjoy a light read when they do have a moment to relax. If you think books aren’t their thing, consider a magazine subscription.
Think about the things they love and used to spend their free time learning about (you know, before the baby came along!). It will help them unwind and feel a little bit more like themselves in a time of lots and lots of change.
2) Books For The Baby
Can a little one ever have too many books? Is it ever too early to begin reading to a baby? We think not.
That’s why baby books are an incredible gift for new parents! Over time, they’ll accumulate a little library of books that their newborn will grow to cherish. You’ll be creating amazing memories between parent and child — all from one book!
And when the parents have a large enough collection…
3) A Bookshelf For Baby’s Room
They can put all the new, shiny stories in one consolidated place! It’s hard enough as it is to keep a clean house, much less with a brand new baby hanging around.
Helping parents get ahead of the organization game with a nursery bookshelf makes the perfect present.
4) An Espresso Machine
Help them up their coffee game with a fancy coffee or espresso maker. No new parent will refuse caffeine! Just make sure you get one that advertises “low-noise” — we don’t want to wake the baby!
5) Coffee Gadgets
Speaking of coffee, consider getting the new parents a bag of high-end coffee and a fun drink-making gadget — like a milk frother — to make their morning cup of joe even more enjoyable.
6) A Good Blender
While we’re on the topic of kitchen tools and appliances, a high-quality blender is something every parent will put to use. With the push of a button, they can make yummy smoothies for themselves and baby food for their little one.
Gifting new parents a blender will help them make those quick snacks and drinks that they’ll need while running around between their little one’s naps. Plus, it’s an appliance that will last them years.
They’ll think of you every time they puree carrots!
7) An Instant Pot
Make food prep easier for tired parents by giving them a convenient multicooker, like the Instant Pot.
The Instant Pot boasts a lot of fancy features — it has 14 different settings and it can even make yogurt! — but it’s most amazing quality is how fast and easy it makes dinner time for busy new parents.
They won’t have to rely on take-out or the neighbors’ lasagna to get through those sleepless days. You’ll be giving them the gift of their favorite home-cooked meals finished in 30 minutes!
It’s a present that will last for a long time. Even better, it will save them time through those rambunctious toddler years, too.
8) A Newborn Arrival Gift Set
If you’re gifting something to parents of a newborn, consider a gift specialized for their new baby. With Mustela’s Newborn Arrival Gift Set, parents receive five natural skin care products specifically designed for a newborn's delicate skin!
Each product in this set is formulated with Avocado Perseose, a patented natural ingredient that helps protect and hydrate baby skin.
If mom is breastfeeding and not drinking alcohol, mocktails might be a fun gift for her. Gather the ingredients for drinks that make her feel like she’s not missing out!
10) Customized Glasses
Engraved, customized glassware lets new parents sip their drinks in style! And gorgeous drinkware isn't just for adult beverages. It can be used for non-alcoholic drinks for nursing moms, too!
11) Nipple Cream
11) Stretch Mark Cream
12) Stretch Marks Cream
Staying comfy at home is a must for new parents! Give mom and dad new slippers so they can be warm and cozy while caring for their baby.
14) Pajamas For The Parents
New pajamas are a fun way to pamper the parents. Also, consider lounge clothes for stay-at-home days. Extra points if they match with their baby!
15) Pajamas For The Baby
If you’re giving pajamas to the parents, why not include the new baby in the gift?
Formulated with natural ingredients embedded right into the fibers, our pajamas help little ones sleep longer, which means parents get more sleep, too!
16) Noise-Canceling Headphones
While one parent is up with the baby, let the other parent zone out with noise-canceling headphones.
17) Fun Baby Plates
Any plastic plate will do the job when a baby starts eating solid food. But a special baby plate makes mealtime more fun for everyone!
There’s something for every baby: face plates (spaghetti hair, anyone?), princesses, or construction-themed plates with shovels for spoons.
18) Restaurant Gift Cards
Parents can use restaurant gift cards in two ways: for a much-needed date-night out or for take-out on the days when they don’t get around to making dinner.
If you’re feeling extra generous, you could get them a few smaller gift cards from different restaurants in the area. They can turn their quarantine date night into a global feast right at home!
19) Meal Kit Service
Sometimes it’s just not feasible for new parents to leave the house if it’s an all-hands-on-deck sort of day. Help them out by providing them with a meal kit delivery service.
No grocery shopping required and only a little prep — dinner’s ready! Their taste buds will be singing your praises for a weekend off of ramen noodles and PB&Js.
20) House Cleaning Service
There’s nothing quite like a clean house! Take a big load off of new parents by giving them the gift of house cleaning services.
All they have to do is call to set up the day then sit back and enjoy a clean house. They can take a little walk in the park with their bundle of joy and come back to a sparkly, fresh-scented home. It’ll feel like a whole new world!
21) An At-Home Date Night Gift Box
Once the baby is in bed, mom and dad crash on the couch. Give them an at-home date night gift box so they can spend quality time together without leaving the house. No babysitter needed and pajamas required!
This gift box can be jam-packed with the parents’ favorite snacks, fizzy drinks (champagne encouraged if Mom isn’t breastfeeding), and a coupon to rent a movie.
They may be so tired that they end up falling asleep halfway through, but it’s the thought that really counts!
22) Travel-Sized Baby Products
Travel-sized baby products will make packing the diaper bag a breeze.
Mustela’s Bebe On The Go travel set includes Gentle Cleansing Gel, Facial Cleansing Cloths, and Hydra Bébé Body Lotion. All three gentle products are hypoallergenic, paraben-free, and great for carry-on luggage!
23) Travel Tray For The Car
Before they know it, parents will need to start entertaining their little one during car trips. Make it easier for them with a travel tray that attaches to the car seat.
Ideal for snacking, coloring, and book-browsing!
24) A Cream For Outdoor Mishaps
When little ones play outside, scrapes and scratches are bound to happen. Put together a great gift by pairing Cicastela Moisture Recovery Cream with a fun outdoor game.
Cicastela Moisture Recovery Cream is a multi-purpose ointment that can be used for the whole family — from the smallest of babies all the way to the adults! It’s great for diaper area redness, scratches, scrapes, red patches, bug bites, and traces of chickenpox.
Now that sounds like something good to have on hand!
25) A Fun-In-The-Sun Gift
Need a cute summertime gift? Consider giving a baby-safe sunscreen, pool toys, and an adorable swimsuit.
Formulated with mineral-based ingredients (no chemicals here!), this sunscreen is ideal for the whole family!
26) A Fitness Tracker For Mom
When a new mom is bouncing back from pregnancy and childbirth, it can be hard to find the motivation to get moving.
A fitness tracker will encourage her to stay active and help her keep track of her activity. After all, those steps while bouncing her baby to sleep have to count for something!
Most fitness trackers also encourage mindfulness. A few times a day, Mom’s watch will tell her to take a second and breathe deeply. This will help her stay calm and centered even on the most hectic of days.
27) A Gym Class Gift Card Or Membership
Another great gift that will help the new mom stay active is a gift card or membership to gym classes! She’ll enjoy the accountability of a class as well as getting out of the house and meeting new people.
Taking some time away from the house to focus on her health will help the new mom feel a little bit more like herself. Fitness is also one of the best ways to offset the symptoms of postpartum depression.
And don’t forget Dad! Everyone could use a little breathing room — tackling some quick cardio at the same time never hurts!
Looking for another gift for the mom? A nice lotion might be just the thing!
29) A New Bag
There’s no such thing as too many bags, especially with lots of baby stuff to carry around now! A new diaper bag (or a cute handbag) stuffed with all sorts of diapering essentials makes a great gift.
Fill it with diapers, Diaper Cream with Olive Oil and Aloe, and wipes. And don’t forget Mustela’s Organic Micellar Water with Olive Oil and Aloe, a gentle micellar water that’s perfect for quick, on-the-go cleanups!
30) A Diaper Subscription
This may not seem like the most glamorous gift option in the world, but nothing soils new diapers like a baby (pun intended!).
New parents will go through diapers at the speed of light! Getting the new family a diaper subscription will help patch up the infinite diaper shortage they’ll experience during the next few months.
Most diaper subscriptions also scale the size of the diapers to accommodate the growing baby, which is an added bonus!
Give The Perfect Gift With Lots Of Love
Oftentimes, what new parents need most is support and love. And you can communicate that by being there for them and giving a thoughtful gift!
Use one of our 30 gift ideas to pick out the perfect present. Include something for the parents — like Organic Hydrating Cream with Olive Oil and Aloe — and something for the baby — like our Organic Diaper Change Set with Olive Oil and Aloe — or choose an eGift Card to make the whole family happy!