In my early days of new motherhood, I was caught in a whirlwind of euphoric love, feedings, doctor’s visits, family visits, and keeping our 450-square-foot apartment — which had turned into “baby central” — from falling into an abyss of clutter.

“Me” time? It wasn’t happening. Sure, I had managed a date night here and there with my husband (thanks to my mom) and a quiet walk or two (thanks to my husband), but it wasn’t until my first Mother’s Day rolled around that I was ready to pause and celebrate all that I had accomplished growing this little one. And, now, making a new life with him.

This lineup of gifts for new moms this Mother’s Day has celebratory self-care and the little pleasures in “life before baby” in mind.

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“Feeling Sunny” Coffee and
Cookies Gift Box

Coffee-loving new moms love it for the energy boost, but the ritual of enjoying a great cup of coffee from start to finish is a rare occurrence. This gift basket, replete with a beautiful new mug, the deep flavors and aromas of two types of coffee, including two dozen cookies and other treats, puts the joy back into her java.

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Sunny Days Fruit and
Cheese Gift Box

After nine months of being unable to enjoy blue and soft-ripened cheeses, every cheese-loving new mom will yelp with joy after unwrapping this gourmet cheese and fruit topper box. This duo of artisan cheeses covers a wide-ranging palate: sharp white cheddar and a salty, yet creamy Gouda.

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Wild Ahi Tuna Steaks

Sushi is another food pregnant women have to forego during pregnancy. Hence, a gift of these delectable, line-caught, sushi-grade yellowfin tuna steaks brings one of her favorite foods to her doorstep to enjoy any time she likes, and in recipe-ready portions. We recommend searing them.

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Embroidered Luxury Ivory
Fleece Robe

Downtime for a new mom feels that much better when she’s wrapped in the cozy comfort and relaxation of this luxurious fleece bathrobe — and monogramming it gives it a special touch. Surprise her by embroidering it with an inspirational moniker, such as a favorite nickname or “Awesome Lady,” and this robe is now a power garment!

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Relaxing Self Care Gift Box

This gift epitomizes “Me Time.” Take the baby for a walk so mom can take herself to the land of bliss. Mineral bath salts, hand cream, an eye mask, and a scented candle will help her imagine being in a fortress of solitude.

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Sweets & Sparkling Wine Bar

Set the scene for celebration with this fun Mom-osa bar, which includes two sparkling wines along with an assortment of candy, galettes, and other cookies. Invite her friends over and offer it as part of a brunch spread. Or, save it and wake her up to something other than the baby that, too, is sweet and bubbly!

A photo of gifts for new moms with a personalized weighted blanket on a bed

Personalized Weighted Blanket

Research shows that adding a weighted blanket to our sleep routine reduces stress and imparts a calming effect. Besides aiding in a new mom’s much-needed sleep, this soft, cozy blanket takes “mom naps” to a level that she hasn’t experienced since afternoons in college.

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One-of-a-Kind Bouquet

Creating a one-of-a-kind flower bouquet is a great way to celebrate a new mom’s beauty, grace, and unique personality. A stunning custom arrangement can include a unique flower from her wedding bouquet or ones she treasured growing up. It’s a gift that reminds her that even though she might be exhausted, she is still a queen.

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Theresa Gambacorta is a freelance food writer, a veteran of New York City restaurants, and cookbook co-author to chef Joey Campanaro's Big Love Cooking (Chronicle) and James Beard-nominated chef Nasim Alikhani's Sofreh: A Contemporary Approach to Classic Persian Cuisine (Knopf). She is currently working on a forthcoming vegan cookbook to be published by Simon Element.

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