Buying a new mum a gift isn't as tricky as it seems. The trick is to think of the MUM!
As tempting as it is to buy a cute baby hamper and hand it to the new mum – that's missing the point a little. Because as much as the new arrival will immediately become the centre of attention and be spoilt with gifts and new outfits from adoring relatives and friends. As it should be. It's the mum that needs the treat. They are the superhuman who's actually grown and birthed a new person after all.
Now, we're not saying a new mum doesn't love receiving baby gifts – as it can save her time going out to get these things for herself - but, the secret is to find something that she will actually use. Now, practical doesn't equal boring. We are talking luxury, gorgeous and beautiful items a new parent will want to use and treasure for her new baby and HERSELF.
Therefore we've rounded up some great luxe gift ideas for new mums - that they will really use and won't be added to the pile of gifts that (sshhh) are likely to get returned.
10 Luxe New Mum Gifts that she will Love - and, Use!
- Classic Baby Book
What better way to begin our roundup than with a classic baby book: the perfect gift for new families. And, one to treasure for years to come. Use this to paste photographs, add memorabilia and scribble in memories of the incredible first years of your child's life.
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Our Editor has a soft spot for this vintage one from Trotters - as it's the exact replica of the one she had as a baby in the 1970's with the original hand drawings by illustrator Meg Wohlberg (do read the backstory at Trotters) It comes in a gift box, which is guaranteed to protect the delicate pages of the baby book for generations to come. >> Vintage Baby Book, £16 Trotters
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- The Gift of Food
Now who wouldn't want 10 single meal portions for dinner or lunch made for them? This new mums survival box from Cook does exactly that. As you’re going to have your hands full in those first few days (maybe after your partner goes back to work) so let Cook do the cooking for you. These super nutritious, healthy one-pot frozen meals can be heated in the oven while you get on with your baby routine. We also love the 7 nights of meals for New Parents Box. >> New Mums Survival Box, £41.75, Cook
- Cosy Toes
These faux-fur sliders in a lovely natural colourway are stylish and versatile - and easy to slip on in a sleepy daze. Can be worn inside and outside - so, great if mum needs to push the buggy up and down the road to encourage sleep at the last minute. If mum isn't a slipper girl then a pair of The White Companys' Cashmere bed socks will never be an unwelcome gift. >> Faux-Fur Slider Slippers, £42, The White Company
- A Luxe Nursing Chair
The Olli Ella Mo-Ma Glider Nursing Chair would make an excellent addition to any nursery - and, is still on of the chicest nursery chairs in our books. Hand-made in England by skilled craftsmen, this chair will last far beyond your nursing days. Even when your baby gets too big for nursing, the Mo-Ma Glider is easily adaptable to a more grown-up space. For an additional cost, the chair can be customised specifically for you. >> Olli Ella Mo-Ma Glider Nursing Chair, £1,125, CustardandCrumble
- A Sweet Treat
Indulge her sweet tooth - and luxe up her (cold) tea break with these hand iced biscuits. These cookies are baked to perfection and decorated with scandi-chic white and silver grey icing. What's more they can be delivered through the letterbox - so mum doesn't ned to rush to answer the door mid-feed/naptime. >> New Baby Letterbox Biscuits, £25, Biscuiteers
- Sentimental Jewellery
This engravable photo locket is crafted in 18 carat gold-plated sterling silver and was inspired by a vintage gold locket necklace that Bec Astley Clarke inherited from her grandmother. This beautiful locket can hold two special photographs, which they will print and insert into your gold photo locket for free. A true heirloom piece that can be passed down too. >> Biography Locket, £175 Astley Clarke
- A Moments Peace
This hand-poured aromatherapy candle is blended with camomile, lavender, frankincense and mandarin essential oils to create a positive, calm and serene aroma for mums and babies during feeding and at sleep time. With a burn time of up to 40hrs this should last through the early days. >> Mum & Bay Aromatherapy Candle, £38, Cradle & Tonic
- A 'Basket' of Joy
When is a Fortnum & Mason Hamper ever wrong? Brimming with goodies, this exceptional re-usable wicker basket (baby toys anyone?) makes a thoughtful gift for the whole family, including the new arrival themselves hampers vary but contain tea, biscuits, sweets, champagne and more. >> The Bundle of Joy Hamper, £150, Fortmun & Mason
- An Unusual Keepsake
Looking for a gift that’s just a little bit different? Look no further than these personalised pins from True Rock. Have a safety pin engraved with the name and date of birth of the new arrival. These pins aren’t to be used for nappies; as they are sterling silver, rose gold plated or yellow gold plated after all! Makes a change from a money box or tankard. Sent in a stylish gift box. >> Personalised Baby Safety Pins, £235, True Rocks
- The Gift of Me-Time
Look no further than Bloom & Blossom for the mother of all gifts - The Mothership Gift Set - which includes three hero products that all new mums need for a little r&r - or, 5 minutes alone in the bathroom! The set includes: under Worker Multi tasking Balm (25ml) for lips, cuticles, hands (even baby bums), All-Night Long Calming Sleep Spray (40ml) for spritzing on your pillows when you finally get some shut eye and Pyjamarama Dry Body Oil (50ml) a quick rub down with this and no need to let dry as you can slip your pj's back on and get back to bed/feeding/scrolling your NCT chat in a jiffy. >> The Mothership Gift Set, £29, Bloom & Blossom