When someone you know and love has officially become a new parent, you probably want to congratulate them with a meaningful, creative gift. And you also want it to make sure that they can actually get some use out of it… So what on earth should you get them? The good news is that you don't need to spend a ton of money (or opt for something kitschy and baby-centric) to make sure it feels relevant, special, and memorable to the new mamas and papas in your life.
Instead, the key is to get them little items that make a big statement (or at least convey a certain sentiment). To make things a little easier, we curated six sets of goodie baskets around different themes and needs. You can also feel free to get creative and customize your own basket (aka bundle of joy—sorry, we couldn't help ourselves), as you see fit. And though these items were selected specifically with a budding family in mind, it's safe to say that anyone would love them.
Scroll through the 18 gifts for new parents below to get started.
For Foodies and Chefs
If the new parents in your life love to cook, make sure they have the time-saving tools and ingredients to do so. Since they're probably a lot busier now, having a food delivery service that allows them to enjoy a home-cooked meal without having to spend a ton of time shopping at the grocery store will be a special treat. And speaking of special treats, it's always a good idea to gift someone an artisan sweet. The one featured below is a life-changing combo of vanilla bean, sea salt, and buttery cream to upgrade the classic taste of velvety caramel sauce we all love.
For the Sentimentalists
>When will there ever be a more precious moment? Welcoming a new baby is the perfect time to give new parents some sentimental gifts. This stylish interactive photo journal will enable them to create new and meaningful habits as they document their child's life. It also comes with a pen as well as adhesives for securing photos and other paper prints. If they love home design and you think they might already have a photo book, opt for a cool picture frame like this burlwood one instead. Or if you know they love jewelry, a sleek and modern necklace that's also dainty and timeless is a great gift.
For Caffeine Lovers
A nice bundle of caffeinated goods can be life-saving, especially for new parents. This New York breakfast tea is cute enough to display, thanks to that fun pop of pink. It's also aptly named after the City That Never Sleeps, which might get sleep-deprived parents through a few early mornings or late nights. It's also simply delicious as a rich and malty blend of whole leaf black Assam and cocoa, it has a slightly sweet quality they'll want to savor morning. Or if they're looking for something a little stronger, opt for some premium Canyon Coffee beans. These little pastel cups are also a nice practical addition to the goodie bag.
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For Anyone Who Needs Rest
Chances are that said new parents are getting a little less rest than they're used to. It's a nice gesture to give them some luxurious goodies that will help them reset and reboot. To make sure they get at least a little shut-eye, send them this beautiful eye pillow. It's crafted from a soft Japanese linen, and designed with therapeutic scents to release facial tension and engage acupressure points. The calming body lotion and rejuvenating fragrance will also help them maintain them feel calm and rested (even if they aren't).
For the Cocktail Connessuiers
There's a lot to celebrate! So send them a gift basket with a nice bottle of champagne, a set of chic glasses, and a cocktail recipe book to keep the celebratory vibes flowing. We love these flute glasses that feature a subtle gold finish and iridescent glow for a versatile yet utterly stylish aesthetic (and they're an incredibly affordable $4). If you're not sure what cocktail book to get them, we suggest this one by Death & Co— it's considered the definitive guide to the learning how to make the best craft cocktails around.
For Those Who Love Luxury
Even if they don't have time to spend the whole day relaxing at a luxe spa, the new parents in your life can still get pampered at home. All it takes is the right items. A cozy hooded robe will make sure the new mom or dad in your life has something comfortable to hang out in after they take deep a nice long bath. We love the cute packaging of this calming lavender and sage white clay soap; plus it's really gentle, so they can lather up without irritating sensitive skin. And while this charcoal scent diffuser in a bold red glass vessel blends cypriol oil, musk, and amber to be enjoyed in any room of the house, the smoky timber fragrance it evokes would be especially relaxing while soaking in a tub.
What gift would you want as a new parent? Share your wish list with us in the comments below.