The best Mother's Day gift for new mums

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Mums are superheroes; I've only been one for a little over a year and I already feel like I've well earnt my cape thanks to the sheer number of hours I've put into the job. And that's only caring for one (thankfully healthy) child, for one year, in a two-parent household.

Mother's Day 2021 is fast approaching and it's time to start celebrating the supermums in our lives. Here, we've collected a list of thoughtful gift ideas specifically for new mums to help them feel as appreciated and pampered as they deserve to be on their very first Mother's Day.

Sleep-related gifts

While it’s unfortunately not possible to give the gift of a good night’s sleep - I would know, my bubba wakes six times a night and refuses to be settled by anyone but me - here are some lovely presents that can help promote a little more shut eye.

Bose sleepbuds: $380, currently on sale for $322

For breastfeeding mummas, having a sleepover away from bub isn’t always an option, as much as a break would be heavenly.

However, these sleepbuds make it possible for someone else to take over baby duty overnight without disturbing mum unless it’s time for a feed. They stay in your ears all night long and lull you to sleep with soothing sounds just like bubba's white noise machine.

Bose sleep buds on a bed with an iphone next to it
Mother's Day Gifts: Bose Sleepbuds II retail for $380. Photo: Bose

Sleeping beauty bundle: $68

This trio of products from The Base Collective is made with lavender and magnesium to promote relaxation before bedtime and comes with a bonus silk eye mask.

They’re safe to use while breastfeeding but do contain lavender oil which some mums prefer to avoid while pregnant.

Set of three sleep products plus an eyemask
Mother's Day Gifts: Set of three sleep products plus an eye mask. Photo: The Base Collective

Breastfeeding-friendly PJs: $90

Loungewear and PJs are a new mum’s uniform, and she needs to have enough sets to cater for the inevitable spit ups, poo explosions and the like.

This 100% cotton set from Atmos&here is baggy enough to be comfortable postpartum, and it has a button-down top which makes it breastfeeding friendly.

woman wearing pink pyjamas
Mother's Day Gifts: If she's breastfeeding, make sure any pyjamas you give can easily accomodate that. Photo: The Iconic

Slippers: $49

Keep her feet cozy now that the cooler months are upon us with some stylish fluffy slippers. These slides are perfect for autumn before she's ready to pull out the full-blown UGGs.

pink Ugg slipper
Mother's Day Gifts: These pink beauties from UGG retail for $49. Photo: UGG
navy slipper
Mother's Day Gifts: Hush Puppies have these cute slides in pink, white or navy for $80. Photo: Hush Puppies

Silk pillowcase and eye mask: $132

Add a little luxury to her bedtime routine with a silk pillowcase like this Slip one made of Mulberry silk and designed to reduce split ends.

They're also supposed to be great for antiageing which we all know is a godsend considering how much you age in the first three months after bringing a baby home.

Slip set of silk pillowcase and eyemask
Mother's Day Gifts: Silk is supposed to be great for your skin and hair. Photo: Slip

Gifts for outdoor fun

Getting outdoors and enjoying the parklands, beaches, playgrounds and gardens our beautiful country has to offer is not only stimulating for bub, but great for mum’s mental health too.

Here are some gift ideas for the perfect mum picnic.

Picnic rug and play mat: $119

Pretend you’re having high tea with this machine washable picnic rug that doubles as a baby play mat by Aussie brand Glorious Difference.

a picnic rug with a tea party set up
Mother's Day Gifts: This picnic rug is also designed to be a baby's playmat. Photo:Glorius Difference

Set of four organiser bags: $50

These transparent cases from Prene are perfect for keeping little fingers from pulling every single item out of her nappy bag, plus she’ll always know what’s inside without having to rifle through them.

set of four prene transparent cases
Mother's Day Gifts: These will keep the odd bits and pieces in her nappy bag from getting lost when bub pulls them out. Photo: Prene

Sonos move speakers: $649

Keep the beats coming wherever she is with this portable Bluetooth speaker.

It’s weather and shock resistant so won’t be a problem when little toddlers knock it over or spill their water on it, and it’s got up to 11 hours of battery life so Baby Shark can stay on loop.

Sonos move speaker near pool
Mother’s Day Gifts: Sonos move $649. Photo: Instagram/Sonos


Bucket hat: $40

Keep the sun out of her eyes with a trendy bucket hat. After all, they do say the best way to encourage kids to wear hats is to model the behaviour yourself.

pink bucket hat
Mother's Day Gifts: This pink corded hat from French Connection is $40. Photo: The Iconic
pastel bucket hat
Mother's Day Gifts: This $119 one from Aussie brand Lack of Color is currently on sale for $59. Photo: Lack of Color

Thermos lunch bag: $40 currently on sale for $34

A compact lunchbox to keep mum and bub’s meal at the perfect temperature.

Thermos lunch bag
Mother's Day Gifts: This lunch bag will keep her food cool. Photo: Thermos

Relaxation gifts

Mums are always in need of a little pampering, so spoil her with some well-deserved R&R.

L'Occitane relaxation bundle: $99

This Mother’s Day set from L'Occitane is all about relaxation with a pillow mist, shea lavender liquid soap and a candle.

 L'Occitane Mother’s Day Gift bundle
Mother’s Day Gifts: This three-piece set is $99 Photo: L'Occitane

Rose quartz roller: $40

Pop a little extra luxury into her beauty bag with a rose quartz roller to help promote skin cell rejuvenation, reduce puffiness and dark circles and relieve facial tension.

Rose quartz roller and box
Mother's Day Gifts: This Rose quartz roller is $40. Photo: Adore Beauty

Weighted blanket: $70

She can make the most of her downtime cuddled up on the couch with a weighted blanket designed to help ease stress and anxiety.

folded grey weighted blanket
Mother's Day Gifts: This weighted blanket is $70. Photo: Kogan

Australian pink clay masks: $129 currently on sale for $103

For skin as smooth as her baby’s get her this pink clay beauty bundle from Aussie skincare brand Sand&Sky. It includes a pore refining mask, exfoliating mask and a full body shower scrub.

pink three piece set of scrubs
Mother’s Day Gifts: She'll be feeling fresh with this set of pink clay masks and scrubs. Photo: Sand&Sky

Gold eye mask: $35

Help banish those bags under her eyes with this 24K gold eye mask by James Cosmetics. It’s pregnancy and breastfeeding safe and easy to use while multitasking.

model wearing gold eye mask
Mother's Day Gifts: This James Cosmetics gold eye mask is $35. Photo: James Cosmetics

Organic massage voucher: $125

Give her an hour of alone time with a massage voucher. Endota does a full body massage with warm jade stones at their spas across Australia.

woman getting massaged with jade stones
Mother’s Day Gifts: What could be more relaxing than a one-hour massage? Photo: Endota

Massage gun: $160

Niggling knots are hard to avoid between picking bubba up all day long and less-than-perfect breastfeeding posture, which is where a massage gun comes in handy.

For a little more than the price of a single professional massage, she can work on her aches and pains whenever they spring up, increasing blood flow to the muscles and helping to reduce tension and inflammation.

renpho massage gun
Mother’s Day Gifts: This $160 massage gun is the top-rated one on Amazon Australia. Photo: Amazon Australia

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