Well-meaning friends, family and colleagues love to shop for a new mom, but far too often they unintentionally miss the mark (we say this lovingly). Not only are there way too many “gifts” for mom that are, in reality, just gifts for her baby, but some moms deserve a different type of doting—and this is especially true for new moms over 40.
Let’s put it this way: If you’re a new mom in her 40s, you’re probably already well-stocked on the basics—not only for your baby, but also yourself. You’re well-established, seasoned in what you need, and probably know how to give yourself the TLC you deserve. You also aren’t looking for anything too cliché like a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers (the last thing you need is yet another thing to care for and keep alive).
In short, a mom in her 40s probably has a better understanding of what she needs, wants and deserves; therefore, coming up with gift ideas for Mother’s Day will take some extra brainstorming to make sure it’s not only well-intentioned, but also well-appreciated. To help inspire you to knock this Mother’s Day out of the park, we’re sharing some of the best gift items for the mom in her 40s—straight from new moms in their 40s.
The most meaningful gifts for a new mom in her 40s
With Beauty Pie membership: $49 (otherwise $120)
We cannot get enough of Beauty Pie, a beauty membership program that sells luxury skin care, makeup, and home goods that rivals designer brands. In fact, we recently tested dozens of products and identified the best of Beauty Pie—although it was honestly hard to pick just ten goodies. We’d recommend a Beauty Pie membership for anyone, but especially a mom who’s looking to replenish her beauty collection without spending too much of her hard-earned cash (memberships are just $10 a month). If you want to start with one product though, we’re eying this Pro DIY Pedicure Kit—a pro-grade pedicure set that contains everything she needs to give herself salon-worthy nails.
Included in the kit is: Precision-engineered nail clippers, lux toe separators, Dr Glycolic Foot Peel Socks (for the softest heels on the planet), and Footopia Super Softening Foot Cream.
To fight under-eye wrinkles and bags (which are only exacerbated by lack of sleep), swipe on this Tula overnight treatment and immediately feel how it infuses that delicate skin with hydration. Formulated with botanical retinol alternatives (Tula’s proprietary Pro-Ferm™ blend, a powerful combo if polyglutamic acid, evening primrose, fermented green tea seed oil, and ceramides—all of which soften skin and creates more elasticity, without the irritation traditional retinol can cause). Skin in your 40s needs more and more hydration and nourishing—add a little on to the mix, and Mom will want to make sure her skin care is really going the extra mile for her.
No matter how seamless of a delivery or whether or not it was vaginal or cesarean, birth is a major bodily undertaking, as is the recovery that follows, which can last from weeks to months. What’s more: The risk for tearing increases as a woman ages, so mom over 40 are more likely to have a more difficult recovery. Luckily, Frida Mom’s labor and delivery kit has a new mom covered with literally everything they might need to care for themselves at home post-birth, from disposable postpartum underwear and an upside down peri bottle to icicle maxi pads and soothing pad liners. Trust us when we say this gift will be put to good use and so, so appreciated.
On the laundry list of unpleasant postpartum side effects, hot flashes reign supreme—and these can be even worse for a mom in her 40s. One minute you’re feeling fine and the next your body’s on fire—not a great experience when you’re in the throes of nursing your newborn or trying to get some sleep yourself. That’s where this cooling comforter comes in handy. It’s made from a cooling fabric that dispenses heat 10 times faster than standard cotton. It’s also super soft and luxurious and made from hypoallergenic material and without potentially harmful chemicals.
Originally $95, now $71
Aside from being Oprah’s favorite bedding and loungewear brand, Cozy Earth is also a beloved sleep essential for the W+G staff. The sheets are amazing—but the loungewear is where the brand *really* shines. The bamboo material Cozy Earth is known for is super breathable and lightweight—so it’s ideal for hot sleepers—as well as being intensely soft. It’s the kind of loungewear you want to wear all day long—and when the idea of hard pants is unbearable, these are shorts you’ll want to turn to. With a stretchy fit and drawstring elastic waist, the shorts move with you and your body, which is so important postpartum.
After shampooing hair, leave this hair thickening treatment on in the shower or bath for just five minutes—in those five minutes, powerhouse ingredients like biotin (which strengths hair), ginseng root extract (which prevents breakage), rice starch (this absorbs oil), quinoa seed extract (repairs split ends), and hydrogenated castor oil (which adds shine) work their magic so that over the course of a couple weeks you’ll get noticeably thicker, fuller hair. Which any new mom can appreciate after postpartum hair loss.
A mom in her 40s likely already has an established morning routine; and, for the mom whose wake-up drink of choice is a fruit smoothie, this may be hard to come by in the foggy haze of the postpartum period. So why not bring the smoothie to her? This personal blender is the perfect appliance to churn out the most delicious morning (or afternoon) pick-me-ups. It has a super powerful emulsifying blade and comes with everything Mom needs to make delicious drinks in seconds, including a No Drippy Sippy™ flexible straw and twist off lid.
When Mom isn’t sipping on her smoothie, she will probably be sipping on a water bottle of sorts, seeing as new moms, especially those who are breastfeeding, need a ton of H2O to stay hydrated in those early weeks and months post-birth. The Stanley Quencher is up for the task. It can hold up to 40 ounces of any fluid and has an easy-to-use design including their FlowState lid featuring a rotating cover with three positions. It’s made from 90 percent recycled material and is BPA-free.
As any mom who’s come before you can attest, one area of your body that takes a big hit postpartum is your pelvic floor. All of that weight from your baby, uterus, amniotic fluid and anything you gained was sitting right on your pelvic muscles, which can naturally weaken them. Unfortunately, age is a risk factor for decreased pelvic floor strength, so moms over 40 need extra TLC in this area. That’s why Elvie came out with their app-controlled pelvic floor trainer, which helps strengthen these intimate muscles, thereby helping to reduce unpleasant symptoms like incontinence.
A new mom’s postpartum wardrobe in those first few weeks and months will probably look very different from their normal day-to-day. And this is especially true if she’s breastfeeding because, well, she’ll have her boobs out most of the day. There’s nothing more comfortable to wear around the house than a high-quality teddy bear robe like this one from Pottery Barn. It’s made from a yarn-dyed fabric that doesn’t get worn down over time and can be easily washed in the machine (something she’ll probably be doing daily anyway!).
Mom is probably already chugging a carafe of coffee a day, but instead of getting the jitters, Clevr Blends’ Rose Cocoa SuperLatte provides an uptick in mood (thanks to the antioxidant-full cacao) while combatting stress, thanks to the reishi and ashwagandha. All you have to do is take three tablespoons of powder and mix with hot water—that’s it! You don’t even need creamer, thanks to the coconut and oat “super creamer” already in powder form. It tastes delicious, and the best part? It’s easy.
Most new parents don’t need an alarm clock in those first few weeks and months because, well, your baby basically is a living, breathing one. But a sleep-wake routine is crucial for you both, and this high-tech sound machine device (and yes, alarm) can help soothe you to sleep and help you rise and shine in the most relaxing and calming way. You can choose through their library of soft, soothing sounds or even opt to have a meditation play at night or in the morning. Fall asleep to a gentle rainstorm and walk up to Malibu waves crashing (those are just two examples from their large library of sounds). Everything’s controlled by touch or via the app, so you can even make changes while in your baby’s nursery.
A new mom deserves to drink a cup of coffee that’s hot and still tastes fresh, even if it’s been an hour or more since it was brewed. This smart mug keeps drinks at a preferred temperature (between 120°F – 145°F) for up to 80 minutes. It can be paired with Ember’s app so a new mom can control the temperature from anywhere and has an auto sleep feature that shuts it off after two hours of inactivity (for piece of mind).
Most new moms who breastfeed also pump and many moms exclusively pump, which means they’ll be spending quite a significant amount of their time in those early days suctioned to a machine. Many breast pumps need to be plugged into a wall and, even those that are “portable” require you to carry around a decently large piece of equipment that you’re still attached to. Enter: the Willow Pump. It’s the first truly wearable breast pump that goes right into your bra. It’s the closest to “enjoyable” pumping gets and allows a new mom to do so many other things while she’s making milk for her baby.
It’s so hard to care for yourself as a new mother, no matter your age, so having a device like the Oura, which can deliver accurate and personalized data and insights around your sleep and health, can be a game changer. It gives you a sleep and activity score along with 24/7 health monitoring to give you the peace of mind you need when you’re so preoccupied with caring for your baby. What’s really cool about it is that it optimizes your sleep and energy levels to give you custom readings and advice for the following day about your workouts (we wrote about that here). For instance, if you’re not getting enough sleep, Oura will remind you to take more gentle, walking recoveries to get your body back on track. If you’ve had really restful sleep, Oura will recommend longer time spent moving.
It’s also a great tool for cycle tracking, which is helpful if she’s not keen on going right back to hormonal birth control after giving birth. It’s not a perfect science, but the Oura Ring tracks BBT (basal body temperature), so it predicts when your next period will be (and when you’ll ovulate).
Nothing says “I love you” quite like a new pair of Ugg slippers. One of the brand’s best-sellers is the Scuffette II, which is made from 100 percent sheepskin and is supremely comfortable. It comes in 10 different colors to match the new mom in your life’s vibe and personal style, and ships in a jiffy (just make sure her size is not sold out!).
Even for those moms who are unscathed by the effects of postpartum hair loss, they still may have trouble making the time (or having the energy) to get to the salon. This hair repair treatment kit is the closest you can get to a new, healthier head of hair without having to leave your house at all. It contains full and travel sizes of their best-sellers, including their Nº.0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment, Nº.3 Hair Perfector™, Nº.4 Bond Maintenance® Shampoo and Nº.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner.
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