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First Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Updated on October 21, 2013

First Mother's Day Presents: Great Ideas to Delight Mommy

Here are my top First Mother's Day Gift Ideas for 2013! No matter your budget, I've got unique recommendations for presents that are sure to thrill any woman who's celebrating her 1st year of motherhood.

This event is a wonderful time in any woman's life! I remember eagerly anticipating my initial Mother's holiday (on the Mama's side of it), even though it was 17 years ago. It's important that you find presents that celebrate that momentous occasion.

This special event represents the year of the biggest change in her life: becoming a parent.

Personalized Picture Frame at Personalization Mall

The new mama's identify has changed, her body has changed, her sleep patterns have changed!

One of my favorite gifts is this lovely personalized frame pictured at the left.

It's available in 4 different color schemes, and can be personalized with 3 lines of text. If you've left your shopping until the last minute, this frame can ship out in just 2 days.

New Mom Necklace at Bliss Living

Jewelry for new moms is the perfect first present for the trendy mom. These aren't the old-fashioned birthstone necklaces that your grandma loved!

These attractive necklaces come in dozens of styles.

Some of the most popular necklaces are name charm necklaces.

These hand-stamped necklaces are available in silver or gold, and can be personalized with the baby's name and birthdate.

Think you might have another baby? One of the great things about these necklaces is that you can simply order another charm when you add on to your family. Or you can order a different charm and wear it on the same necklace - mix and match is all the rage right now!

One of my favorite sites for trendy mommy necklaces is BlissLiving where they specialize in hand-stamped jewelry.

Sterling Silver "A Mother Holds Her Childs Hand" Heart Pendant Necklace, 18"
Sterling Silver "A Mother Holds Her Childs Hand" Heart Pendant Necklace, 18"

Heartfelt sentiment that becomes more meaningful (and true) throughout the years.

Available in rose or yellow gold, also.

Sterling Silver "Loving Family" Parents with One Child Pendant Necklace, 18"
Sterling Silver "Loving Family" Parents with One Child Pendant Necklace, 18"

Any woman will treasure this loving depiction of her family for years to come!

Available with both parents and up to 4 children, or the mama with up to 4 children.


Best Gift Ever Shirt for Baby in Pink or Blue at CafePress

This is one of my top picks ever - I laughed out loud when I first saw this onesie!

Since Mama isn't supposed to lift a finger to do any work on her special day, it's up to Daddy to get the baby dressed.

And what's better for the little tyke to wear than an adorable shirt from CafePress?

These cute shirts come in several styles, as well as diaper covers, bibs and hats.

Sure to bring a huge smile to Mommy's face when you bring the baby in for a cuddle!

They also have a wonderful selection of shirts and hats for her to wear, as well. After all, holidays always call for new clothes!

Baby Handprint and Footprint Kit at RedEnvelope

What's sweeter than a little baby's hands and feet? Treasure those darling appendages now; they grow so quickly! Now that my son is a teenager and his hands are way bigger than mine, I love passing by the handprint keepsake he made when he was a child - what sweet memories!

This stylish keepsake set is a marvelous way to preserve your baby's hand and footprints!

Beautiful wood frame comes in your choice of 3 colors: white, espresso, or natural.

The easy-to-use clay makes it simple to capture your baby's handprints and footprints - there's no mixing or baking required. Simply knead and flatten the air-drying clay.

The frame highlights your favorite 4" x 6" photo. Included with each kit are reversible photo mats to give you a choice of 4 mat colors - pink, blue, white or tan.

You can also add an engraved plaque with 2 lines of personalization for a small extra fee.

Child to Cherish Handprints Tower Of Time Kit, Multi
Child to Cherish Handprints Tower Of Time Kit, Multi

Create a unique tradition with this thoughtful gift.

Darling kit contains 5 different handprint kits so that you can preserve the first 5 years.


Personalized Frame at Personalization Mall

Whenever there's a new baby, especially a first-born baby, there are photos - tons of photos! Find a great photo of the new mama and the baby and put it in this delightful personalized picture frame.

You can add any heading to the lovely floral frame (I Love Mommy, Mommy and Me, etc). Whatever you choose will go above the 4" x 6" opening for the picture.

You also have two additional lines to add a personal message beneath the frame. I'd suggest something like the mom's and baby's names, and the date.

It will be a wonderful remembrance of a treasured occasion!

"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born."


Personalized Bud Vase at Personalization Mall

Since I have 3 kids, I know the importance and significance of flowers on this special occasion. In just a couple of years, the baby will be old enough to pick some flowers or dandelions and create a beautiful bouquet just for Mommy.

This year, though, it's up to Dad to provide the flowers. Don't pay a fortune to get a bouquet delivered from a floral service!

Most bouquets come in forgettable, drab vases. Start a beloved tradition by ordering a personalized vase that in itself will be a present that she will always treasure!

I love this striking bud vase pictured on the right.

The contemporary vase is crafted from heavy-weight, long-lasting glassl with beveled edges.

Add a sentimental poem - choose from 7 pre-written verses, or write your own that is sure to touch Mommy's heart.

You then personalize the vase with a 2 line sentiment that is laser-engraved beneath the verse.

Add her favorite bud (rose, daisy, daffodil) and you've created lasting present that will be cherished for years.

Perfect size to fit on her breakfast tray!

Extra bonus: Each year you can just add a new bud to the vase - a tradition everyone in the family will grow to love!

Child of My Heart Figurine by Willow Tree at Amazon

One of the smartest things my husband ever did regarding gifts was to give me a collectible Dickens Village house for my birthday while we were still dating (my birthday is in December, so Christmas decorations are totally appropriate). Why was that so smart?

Well, first of all I liked it. But even more important, it gave him a wonderful idea for every birthday since then. And the Dickens Village is now one of my family's most important traditions - the kids look forward to setting out the Dickens Village even more than putting up the Christmas tree!

Now, I'm not suggesting a Dickens Village for a May celebration (unless your wife absolutely adores Christmas). But there are plenty of collectibles that are perfect for this special occasion.

Willow Tree figurines, such as this one on the right are a wonderful expression of the love and affection between family members.

They offer figurines to represent many of life's milestone events, such as pregnancy, marriage, and parenting.

You can buy a different figurine to represent each of your children (assuming that you have more later), and your children will love seeing the figurine that represents them.

Don't be surprised if you in turn receive one also - there's a new daddy figurine as well!

They're a wonderful present that she will always treasure - and, if she enjoys the figurines - there are many others to choose from for other meaningful holidays!

Willow Tree New Life
Willow Tree New Life

Striking figurine celebrates the joy of a new family, as both parents gaze lovingly and in awe at their newborn.

Willow Tree Angel of Mine
Willow Tree Angel of Mine

Mommy cuddles her newborn close to her heart in this sentimental sculpture.

Precious Moments A Love Like No Other Porcelain Figurine
Precious Moments A Love Like No Other Porcelain Figurine

The popular Precious Moments collection has a wonderful selection of sweet figurines to represent so many of life's meaningful moments.

Nao The Light of My Life Porcelain Figurine
Nao The Light of My Life Porcelain Figurine

Nao by Lladro collection also makes a delightful (somwhat more expensive) series of collectibles that joyfully depict the love of a family.


Breakfast Tray at Gifts for You Now

Breakfast in bed is the ideal way to start this holiday! Start a family tradition by waking the sleepyhead up with a delicious meal, delivered to her bed on a tray. Although I have to confess - my family has never served me breakfast in bed, but I'm almost positive that's because I usually get up before 5 am!

This year the baby will be too young to help prepare the food, so it's up to Dad to go solo.

The meal doesn't need to be complicated. If you're someone who loves to cook, great - prepare Mom's favorites. Otherwise, pick up some gourmet bagels or croissants from her favorite bakery. Add a hot beverage (a special mug is a wonderful gift), some fresh fruit, a nice napkin and silverware and you've got a royal treat.

Oh - don't forget to add some flowers to the tray. Even just a single rose or tulip adds a special touch that will delight your wife! For an extra touch, put the flowers in a vase that has the baby's picture on it.

Any woman can be a mother

but it takes someone special to be called "Mom".

~ Unknown

Design Your Own Custom Skins at Personalization Mall

Show off a favorite photo without even opening an electronic device!

The new mama will always have the baby close-by, whether she's at work, shopping, or at the spa. You can easily create a custom skin for her laptop, iPad, cell phone, or e-reader at Personalization Mall.

They have skins that are custom made for each electronic model, so you don't have to worry about whether or not the skin will fit her device. (You will need to know exactly which model of phone or laptop she has).

You just upload your favorite picture and they'll prepare a custom skin and have it to you in just a few days.

Photo M&M Gifts at My M&Ms

What's a holiday without chocolate? I find that chocolate makes everyday life better and it makes this celebration fabulous!

Surprise your wife with unique M&Ms mix created just for her - and for an unforgettable twist, add your baby's photo to the M&Ms!

It's a unique present that's sure to delight any woman! The M&M site is incredibly easy to use. They have a fun selection of gifts, including SuperMom candy dispensers as well as this cuddly bear pictured on the right.

You'll then choose 3 or 4 of your favorite colors of M&Ms. You can upload a favorite picture to some of the candies, then add clip art or custom message to the rest. It's incredibly easy; it takes about 3 or 4 minutes if you have your picture selected.

#1 Mommy Keepsake at Personalization Mall

The initial year of motherhood is a year of ups and downs, highs and lows. Any parent wants to do a fabulous job raising their children, and most first-time parents have doubts along the way as to how they're doing. (And trust me, the doubts only get bigger as the kids get older!)

These gifts will let her know that you think she's amazing! And trust me, you can never tell anyone that you love how wonderful they are too many times.

The sweet keepsake on the right is a thoughtful keepsake that will remind her all year around of this wonderful occasion - and of your respect for and confidence in her mothering abilities!

Personalized the clear Lucite statue with any name. You also have 3 lines of text to add your own loving message.

World's Greatest Mom Satin Sash Party Accessory (1 count) (1/Pkg)
World's Greatest Mom Satin Sash Party Accessory (1 count) (1/Pkg)

She will feel like a queen when she wears this delightful and fun sash.

Best Mom Victory Trophy Award, Achievement Award
Best Mom Victory Trophy Award, Achievement Award

Have you ever wondered why they don't hand out trophies for the most important things in life?

This trophy is the ideal way to let her know just how wonderful she is.


Stackable Family Ring at Limoges Jewelry

Stackable birthstone rings are one of the hottest trends in women's jewelry this year - and one of my favorite styles.

They are the perfect choice for the woman who's planning more children, as the rings are thin enough to stack multiple rings. So simply order another ring when the family is blessed with another child.

This beautiful 14k gold over sterling silver ring hides a wonderful secret - a 25 character message engraved on the inside of the delicate ring. Just enough room for a message such as "You're the Best!" or "I Love Mommy".

You can add up to 3 names and Austrian crystal birthstones to the 5mm width ring.

You'll need to plan ahead just a bit for this ring, as it takes about 6 weeks to make.

"There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it."

~ Chinese Proverb

Spa Gift Basket at GiftTree

Although I'm sure mommy has loved her first few months of parenthood, chances are it's been a bit stressful. I remember my first year with a baby - along with all the proud, fun, amazing moments of motherhood come the sleepless nights, the worries, and the frantic calls to the doctor.

Why not give the gift of relaxation with a spa gift basket?

Spa baskets are always a delight to receive - you feel like you've just gotten a basket of treasures on your front door. Any stressed-out parent will surely delight in being pamped with a relaxing bath filled with all the delightful goodies from the basket.

Just remember - someone (you!) needs to watch the baby so that Mommy actually has a chance to relax!

Insulated Picnic Backpack for 4 at Amazon

One of the things you'll need to discuss with the new mom is how she wants to spend this special holiday.

If you have family that lives nearby, then you'll probably want to organize a get-together with the rest of the crew.

Some women consider this event a time for pampering and relaxing. If that's the case, she might enjoy a massage, a trip to the spa, a manicure/pedicure, or a girls-only outing of some sorts.

Other moms would prefer to spend the holiday with their family. To them, it's not Mother's Day without the whole family involved!

Here are a few of my favorite suggestions for special family outings:

  1. Picnic - My whole family has always enjoyed picnics. You can go to a favorite park or to the beach or lake. It's a great way to spend time together.

    You can pick up sub sandwiches to go, or pick up a feast at your favorite deli. And don't think that picnics are only for lunch or dinner - my kids absolutely loved breakfast picnics! It's a delightful way to enjoy the great outdoors before it gets too hot outside.

  2. Swimming - If it's warm enough for the pool, beach or lake, swimming is a fun family activity. Be sure to give Mom extra time for reading while lying in the sun!
  3. Gardening - Today is a wonderful time to add a few bushes or plants to the garden. Or visit your local botanical gardens - a great place for a picnic!
  4. Baseball Game - Go check out your favorite team. Be sure to bring along the peanuts and Cracker Jack!
  5. Zoo - An outing that the whole family will enjoy. And since it's spring, there might even be baby animals to Oooh and Ahhhh over.
  6. Hike - Take a scenic walk along a favorite path, or try some place new.

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What's your favorite idea or tradition to celebrate this fun event?

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    • PremiumCoffeeLo profile image

      PremiumCoffeeLo 5 years ago

      Love your ideas. Some real great gift here with Mother's Day fast approaching.

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      wiseriverman 5 years ago

      What a great idea custom skins are. I never saw something like this before. Thanks for the great idea!

      Daniel :)

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Returned to bless this.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Returned to bless this.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      You have so many great picks. The personalized vase is a really nice idea, but I think the gift basket for a new mom would be perfect timing.

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      Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

      The picnic backpacks are really cool, and just perfect for the weather during that time of the year when it's Mother's Day.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really like the breakfast in bed tray idea. I made a frame with my son's handprint for her first mother's day. That would be a fun way to incorporate both of our kids.

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      dessertlover 5 years ago

      These are way cute. That little serving tray is such a great idea!

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      RadaFrancis LM 5 years ago

      I got a breakfast in bed on my first Mother's Day and the card which my hubby gave me just made me cry. It was a perfect day :)

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      Tarra99 5 years ago

      Anything my children make for me is my favorite Mother's Day gift. I've kept it all...I absolutely loved celebrating my 1st mother's day. I changed that day...from being a wife, sister, daughter, woman to a mommy. :o) Most important roll of my life.

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      jayceehaynes 6 years ago

      Lunch with Mom....nice lens :)

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      getwellsoon 6 years ago

      I really like your breakfast in bed idea!

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      ogrote 6 years ago

      Lunch with Mom and the family on mothers day.

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      trendydad 6 years ago

      great ideas...moms are the best

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What sweet ideas!!

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      RuralFloridaLiving 6 years ago

      Brunch! I love eating early and celebrating with Mom

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      kimark421 6 years ago

      Beautiful gifts here that any first time mom would love. Thanks for the great lens!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Wonderful suggestions for Mother's Day gifts!

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      Millionairemomma 6 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      Fcuk Hub 6 years ago

      Eating in our family favourite restaurant Pizza Planet :)

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      wrapitup4me 6 years ago

      This is a good selection of gifts.

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      craftycrow 6 years ago

      Well, I usually give my Mom flowers or plants for Mother's Day.

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      ViJuvenate 6 years ago

      I think I love the necklace most of all. We've got to come up with smaller things, if I have 20 kids, my neck is going to get awfully heavy with that necklace. LOL My mom has one of those grandmother necklaces with a little gem-stoned figure representing each grandchild.

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      gatornic15 6 years ago

      I really like your ideas. I am going to feature this on my gift lens.

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      momsfunny 6 years ago

      Great gift ideas thanks for sharing!

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      Scanabella 6 years ago

      It's good to shop early!Thanks!

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      Camden1 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the kind thoughts! May the 13th be lucky for you also!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      That first Mother's Day is very special...and now you are making it even more special! I enjoyed your personal insights and suggestions and like to hear positive stories about #13...may it hold true for you!

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      TTMall 6 years ago

      Very informative lens. Well done!

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      Camden1 6 years ago

      @aesta1: I'm so sorry for your loss.

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      wilfredpadilla 6 years ago

      Wow, the ideas are incredible! I should consider these when buying gifts!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We just lost our Mom so we will not be thinking of gifts this year.

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      queenofduvetcover 6 years ago

      Very nice Mother's Day gift ideas =)

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      I love these ideas for a first Mother's Day gift!

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      Adorable ideas!

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      rasisonia lm 6 years ago

      really interesting with unique photo purse for my mom..

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      BestRatedStuff 6 years ago

      You have some really wonderful ideas for a first time mom's first moms day. Lovely lens!

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      jolou 6 years ago

      I love the purse with the photo! All of these are great gift ideas.

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      BlogsWriter 6 years ago

      Great ideas for Mother's Day, mothers are definitely going to like this list.

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      Teri Villars 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Very well laid out lens! Thanks for posting!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice gift ideas! The tried and tested ones for me is a gift basket!

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      i miss my mom and dad. may they rest in peace. nice tribute lens for mother's day.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I think a home delivery gourmet dinner is a great idea for a mom's first mother's day. As long as dad prepares it!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Check out they make personalized love song for everyone for any gift giving occasion.