25 Of The Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas For First Time Mums

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we wanted to take the stress out of finding gift ideas for first time mums. You see, babies don’t give gifts! That’s your job. But it can be daunting. This first-time mother may be your wife, partner, sister, daughter, or friend, so you want to get it exactly right!

Mother’s Day may not be new for you. What is new is this particular mother. She has never done this before and she’s probably too busy looking after her new bub to think about what she wants.

We’ve taken the guesswork out of your gift research by asking five new mums what would make them happy this Mother’s Day.

The beautiful thing about this list is that while all of the Mums did tell us about at least one tangible gift they thought was great, many of the gifts they suggested involved gifts of time. Time, to Mums, is the most precious gift of all (next to babies of course!).

So here it is – 25 of the best Mother’s Day gift ideas for first time mums, according to new mums.

1. Time

Give the gift of time. Simply write one offer of time or even five as a list in a card. Alternatively, craft together some gift coupons using cardboard, paper and a pen. Place them all in an envelope and declare that you’ll honour them whenever the new Mum would like to claim them. Ideas include a neck massage, a house clean, a home-cooked meal … you get the drift.

gift ideas for first time mums cards

2. Photoshoot

Give Mum a voucher for a session with a portrait photographer. It could be at a specialist mother/baby photography studio or a session with a visiting photographer. If you’re handy with a camera, it could even be something you offer to do yourself.

Either way, it’s about putting aside some time or money for Mum to capture some professional quality images she can cherish forever.

Once mum has done her shoot, why not turn those beautiful photos into works of art? Create a single canvas print, or a series of prints by creating a wall display using our handy template to create your wall art. These will be delivered ready to hang in the nursery or bedroom.

Best Mother Day Gift Ideas - New Mums - Mum with Baby

3. A heartwarming meal

Let’s face it, a new baby isn’t going anywhere and, after 6 months, Mum is as sleepless as ever. If she’s expressing to you her constant desire for sleep, help her out by cooking up some of her favourite foods (healthy and comforting) that she can freeze and enjoy when things get a little hectic. Alternatively, a gift voucher to a local restaurant or an Uber Eats voucher can work wonders, too.

Best Mother Day Gift Ideas - New Mums - Home Cooked Meal

4. Photo Collage On CanvasBest Mother's Day Gift Ideas - New Mums - Canvas Collage

Gather together your digital photos of Mum with her baby or raid Mum’s photo gallery on Facebook or Instagram to create a beautiful canvas collage print. She will simply adore the gift and treasure the thought that went into creating it. It will hang pride of place, no doubt about it.

5. Short Film

Spend the next few weeks following around the Mum in your life as she goes about her everyday activities. Include the laughter, challenges, and joys of her life as a mother – incorporating both staged and candid moments.

Once you’ve got the footage, edit it all together to create a mini-documentary. Present it to her on Mother’s Day and conduct a special screening after lunch with all the extended family. This is one gift idea for first-time mums that will really shine a spotlight on the value of her role and make her feel special.

6. Affirmation Cards

The act of citing affirmations are often espoused as ideal for women when they are pregnant and expecting – to maintain their resilience. There is a huge benefit for mothers continuing this method of self-care. With phrases like ‘I trust my instincts’, affirmation cards are a useful tool to enhance emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

If you’re looking for an affordable yet unique gift idea, this one hits the nail on the head! Simply write a large number of affirmations on different coloured notes and pop them into a large jar. It may take some time to fill up, but your first-time mum will appreciate it!

gift ideas for first time mums notes of affirmation

7. Babysitting

As a gift from Dad, this can be tricky during the first few months while you’re settling into a new routine. However, once the baby has become a new part of the household, it’s time to be proactive and arrange some ‘me time’ for Mum.

It’s important to note that this is different from ‘date night’. This is about giving Mum time out to get some pampering by herself or visit the girls. As a gift from a friend, this could involve a whole night of babysitting or could even just mean coming over to hold the baby while Mum has a shower. This is one of the best gift ideas for first time mums you could give!

8. Apps

There are a lot of cool free apps out there to keep Mum occupied in the middle of the night while she’s nursing. An iTunes Gift Card or Google Play Gift Card is the key to making sure Mum’s getting the apps she really wants rather than just the freebies!

She can use it to purchase apps for home workout session, games or to buy all those movies she’s missed out on in those frantic first few months as a new mother.

9. Pamper Voucher

For more luxurious gifts idea for first-time mums, consider pampering her! Treat Mum to a haircut and colour, a massage, or a pedicure! Be sure to arrange a babysitter or, if the baby needs to be breastfed, come along and mind the baby while Mum enjoys some well-deserved pampering.

A new hairdo will work wonders in helping make her feel herself again, something every Mum needs after placing herself fairly low down on the priority list!

gift ideas for first time mums

10. Cleaner

Arranging a cleaner for a week or five is, hands down, one of the best gift ideas for a first time Mum. Giving a mother a break from the chores is a wonderful gesture of love.

11. Champagne

According to our mums, champagne is one of the best gift ideas for first time mums. Treat the new Mum to four bottles of Moet! That’s right, four! Not the big bottles, of course – she is probably breastfeeding, after all! The mini or piccolo size will keep her content for a while. Of course, if she’s not into that kind of thing, see #18.

Best Mother's Day Gift Ideas - New Mums - Champagne

12. Jewellery

Surprise Mum with a pendant on a necklace or bracelet that has her child’s name and initials engraved into it. If Mum is planning to expand her family, perhaps consider leaving space for additional names.

Another version of this idea is to gift Mum a charm for each new child. A further twist, for the rocker Mum, is a tattoo voucher. Each to her own! You know her best.

13. Online Clothes Shop Voucher

Mum has baby clothes and baby gift vouchers coming out of her ears. But if she has expressed that her own post-maternity wardrobe is looking a bit sad, a gift voucher for an online women’s clothing store is a wonderful solution.

Don’t resort to a generic store voucher, as she’ll be tempted to buy something for her new bub. An online store voucher will give her a bit of online shopping fun from the comfort of home.

14. Treasure Chest

There are businesses who can do this for you, but it’s really quite easy to do yourself. All you have to do is buy a gift box and fill it with little treasures, like chocolates, aromatherapy oil, an inspirational quote on a small single canvas print.

Another version of this idea is to fill a gift box with treats that Mum may have given up when she was pregnant, such as alcohol, egg products, deli meats, soft cheeses, or pate. Complete this gift with a note of congratulations for surviving so far!

Best Mother's Day Gift Ideas - New Mums - Gift Box

15. Robotic Vacuum & Flowers

When it comes to buying appliances for Mother’s Day, you’ll have to check what Mum already has at home. However, robot vacuums take the responsibility away from everyone in the home, so this is probably a gift that will be met with glee.

16. Canvas Wall Art Print

Mum spends a lot of time in the nursery room, staring at the baby, or looking at her phone. Give her something beautiful to look at – a bright, colourful, or calming wall art print. Our favourite ideas for a nursery are:

Can’t choose which print you’d like? Buy her a gift voucher instead.

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17. Tea

Prepare a hamper full of tea for Mum, giving her time to relax when the rollercoaster becomes too much. Herbal teas are purported to have a number of health benefits and calmative qualities. For the busy Mum, include tea bags for convenience. Tea is the new black at the moment, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding some well-presented tea to gift.

Best Mother's Day Gift Ideas - New Mums - Tea

18. Yoga mat

It’s not about getting back to a pre-baby tummy as fast as possible. That’s exclusively the domain of movie stars and pop singers who are paid to do their utmost to get back on track as fast as possible.

For most mere mortal Mums, it’s simply about giving them the tools, the time, and the space to stretch out their sore muscles, relax, and work on building their core strength and flexibility. A yoga mat lets them do this in their own time, at their own pace in their own space. You could even get them a workout DVD or a subscription to an at-home workout program.

19. Something Delicious

Lavish Mum with a box of chocolates. Visit your local handcrafted chocolate shop and gift Mum the highest-quality and most indulgent box of chocolates on the shelf. The best thing about this gift is, she’ll share it with you. Mums are giving like that, trust us!

Best Mother's Day Gift Ideas - New Mums - Chocolates

20. Teething Jewellery

Some fashion jewellery can be bad for bubs and Mums. Not only can some jewellery be bad for babies to suck on, but they also don’t know their own strength and love to give it a good tug. Besides, Mum will get cranky when a) something breaks and b) she can’t accessorize with bub!

Teething jewellery, found in abundance online, is the best solution and one of our top gift ideas for first time mums. There are some really stylish options available that she will simply love. Spoil her and her new bub with some jewels! She’ll love you for it.

21. Digital SLR camera

While smartphone cameras are producing increasingly high-quality photos, nothing beats the excellence, elegance, and clarity that comes with using a DSLR camera.

Mum will love the professional quality of the photos she’ll be able to take of the family for years to come. Canon and Nikon both offer great options for the casual photographer.

Best Mother's Day Gift Ideas - New Mums - Tree Seedling22. Native tree

Give Mum a gift of a seedling that she (or you) can plant in the year of her baby’s birth. This is one of the most thoughtful gift ideas for first time mums but also for the baby, as it’s something they’ll both remember for years to come.

23. Movie Tickets

Mum-and-bub movie screenings are becoming increasingly popular at local cinemas, so don’t be afraid to buy Mum a gift card to the movies. Check with your local cinema first before purchasing a ticket as the screenings are not held everywhere. No, it’s not going to sit on a shelf somewhere collecting dust. These movie screenings are held to encourage Mums to enjoy the cinema without the stresses that come with keeping the baby quiet.

movie theatre mum

24. Baby Hand Print

Best Mother's Day Gift Ideas - New Mums - Baby HandprintThe great thing about this gift is that it involves the new bub!

Sneak baby away from Mum for long enough to paint his or her hand and create a colourful handprint on paper.

Scan the handprint to create a digital image then create a canvas print featuring baby’s handprint.

Voila! Art done by baby just for Mum!

25. Nursery Art

Once your new mum has had time to settle into her new family life, she might want to think about re-decorating. We have a huge range of wall art designs to choose from. Check out our range of nursery art here. From sweet, pastel prints to magical scenes to imaginative drawings, we have a huge range to choose from that will bring the new baby’s room to life.

If only it was Mother’s Day every day! Are you a new Mum? Now that you have a little one, do you struggle to go about expressing your needs and desires? Here’s your chance.

Are you a new mum? If so, what would you like this Mother’s Day? Send an idea to a family member as a little hint!


Eli is Canvas Factory's resident blogger and social media buff. She has a passion for art, craft, design, fashion and photography. She loves to explore the joys and challenges of family life, relationships, motherhood and pet ownership. Eli finds it's more funny to poke fun at herself than others. She's travelled extensively and considers herself a citizen of the world.

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