The Best (And Useful!) Gifts for New Parents

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You’ve been to the (maybe virtual) baby shower, you’ve shopped the registry, and now your friends are new parents. It’s de rigueur to send something when everyone’s home from the hospital, but often, the gifts go to the new bundle, instead of the new parents. And while baby will undoubtedly snuggle all those lovies in a year or so, it’s the adults that may need some TLC right now.

Balloons are lovely, flowers are great, but useful gifts for new parents are a homerun for those running on adrenaline. In between feedings and getting their bearings, they sometimes forget the basics, like dinner, and run out of the necessities, like coffee. These little gifts help take some stress out of those first few weeks and months at home, so new parents can spend their time concentrating on the new center of their world.

Food Delivery

There’s little that can prepare you for what it’s like to become a parent. It is wonderful, rewarding, and…exhausting. Not having to think about cooking can greatly reduce some of that early stress.

Sakara

$53

SAKARA

Daily Harvest Gift Box

$75

DAILY HARVEST

Goldbelly Russ & Daughters New York Nostalgia kit

$205

GOLDBELLY

Splendid Spoon Five days of breakfast and lunch

$95

SPLENDID SPOON

Basic Necessities

Caffeine and wine are likely very welcome gifts for new parents, and something that’s hard to spill is always a good idea.

Trade personalized coffee subscription

$60

TRADE

Yeti mug

$25

AMAZON

Corkcicle glass

$25

AMAZON

Winc one-month subscription

$60

WINC

Luxurious Lifts

There’s a lot of new baby snuggles and catching a little bit of sleep whenever it can be found (or faking a good-sleep-glow with good skin care). These luxe home and beauty goods will work just as well now as in years to come.

Parachute Cloud cotton baby quilt

$109

PARACHUTE

Naked Cashmere eye mask

$49

NAKED CASHMERE

The Laundress New Parent kit

$74

THE LAUNDRESS

Dr. Barbara Sturm Glow essentials kit

$175

NET-A-PORTER

Little Extras

Regardless of how foolproof their registry, when the baby arrives, new parents will realize what they actually need. Here are a few things that will be useful whether this is their first or fourth.

Lovery Montessori-based play kits by age

$36

LOVERY

Ergobaby doll carrier for kids

$25

ERGOBABY

Yumi baby food delivery

$65

YUMI

Anya Hindmarch Baby Emergency kit

$450

NET-A-PORTER