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The Sweetest Gifts for New Parents (And a Few For Baby, Too!)

To celebrate their new arrival, choose from these unique, sentimental, and funny gifts that will bring a smile to any new parent’s face.

Best Gifts for New Parents - Thoughtful picks for parents
Photo by: Wildflower Vintage

Getting to watch your friends and loved ones become parents—if it's their first spin on the merry-go-round or not—is a joyous time. Whether they have already welcomed their baby or are waiting for the little bundle’s arrival, you want a gift for the new parents that can adequately express your happiness for them.

Becoming a parent, though wonderful, can be a daunting time. While many new parents will fill their baby shower registries with baby “musts” such as diaper bags, bath toys, and baby bedding, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything on these lists that is actually for the parents and not solely for the baby. Choosing a new parent gift that Mom and Dad can enjoy will make them feel special and appreciated, and it will likely be unexpected, too.

We’ve curated a list of 20 of the most unique and sentimental gifts for new parents—and some that are meant for both the parents and the baby—that they can keep forever to commemorate this special time in their lives.

Non-baby gifts for new parents

Not all baby shower gifts for have to be items for the baby. These non-baby gifts are tailor-made just for the new parents who most definitely deserve a little bit of pampering during this challenging (albeit beautiful) time.

1. The best “mama” necklace for new moms

Best mama necklace gift for new parents SHOP: Dainty mama necklace from Caitlyn Minimalist, $26

This beautiful and minimalistic “mama” necklace is the perfect way to welcome a friend or loved one to motherhood. It’s dainty and delicate and comes in either sterling silver, rose gold, or 18K gold finishing to suit any taste.

2. Pregnancy gift box

Best pregnancy gift box for new parents SHOP: Pregnancy gift basket from Parcelly, from $54

This gift basket contains an array of goodies to really make your pregnant friends feel special. Each of the included items is handmade, including an appropriately-themed tote bag, soap, and scented candle. You can also choose to add a ceramic mug with freshly-baked choc chip cookies or fruit-infused tea.

3. Personalized new parent gift for Dad

Personalized gift for new parents - dad keychain with photo SHOP: Personalized Daddy photo leather keychain from Silvy, $22

Dads can often feel left out of the whole baby arrival celebrations, but this vegan leather keyring that can be inscribed with their new title of “Daddy” and holds a photo can make them feel special and included. The keyring is available in various colors and can either be debossed or embossed with gold foil. It can also be made for all the other family members, too.

4. Dad hat 2022

Best gifts for new parents - a blue Dad hat SHOP: Dad Est. 2022 hat from Vivid Stickers, $27

For something that will surely appeal to any new father, this “Dad” hat is one gift that they’ll be able to get a lot of use out of. It can be personalized with the year they became a parent (or grandparent!) and is available in 11 different colors and designs.

5. Personalized stack bracelets

Best gift for new parents - minimalist engraved gold cuff bracelets SHOP: Personalized skinny stacking cuff bracelets from Wildflower Vintage, from $24

For your fashionista friends who fully embrace the skinny stacking jewelry trend, opt for these personalized cuffs that can be engraved with their names or their kids’ names and come in either brass, copper, or aluminum.

Unique gifts for new parents

If you want your gift to stand out among the rest, choose one of these unique presents for new parents that are sure to get hearftelt wows.

6. Mom and me matching set

Best gift idea for new mom - matching baby and mom robe and swaddle set SHOP: Mommy robe and baby hat and swaddle blanket set from Day of Blossom, from $11

With its soothing green olive design, this matching set which consists of a robe for mama and a swaddle and hat for the baby just might be the cutest thing ever. The robe is made from 100% Rayon, and the swaddle and hat are organic cotton. As if that’s not cute enough, there’s also a matching robe for a “big sister” available.

7. Personalized “Dear Mommy” book

Gift idea for new parents - Personalized mommy and me book SHOP: Personalized Dear Mommy book by From Lucy and Co, $29

Though it’s a children’s book, you can bet your bottom dollar that the mother will appreciate this unique and sentimental book, too. Personalized to include the baby’s name and the mama’s preferred title, this cute story will very likely be one of the first books your friends will ever read to their little one.

8. “On the Day You Were Born” star chart

Best gifts for new parents - birthday star chart SHOP: On The Day You Were Born print from Our Love Was Born, from $46

To commemorate one of the most important days in any parent’s life, this star map that depicts the position of the stars on the night their baby was born is just the ticket. It’s available as a framed or unframed print in various sizes and frame styles.

9. Personalized leather bracelet for dad

Best gift for new dads - leather name bracelet SHOP: Custom engraved name bracelet from Muwati, from $20

You can select up to seven beads to include on this leather bracelet for men, each personalized with the name of the special people in their life—their partner, new baby, and any other children. Beads come in gold or silver, and the minimal design can be appreciated by many moms, too.

Sentimental gifts for new parents

For a touch of nostalgia, choose one of these sentimental gifts for new parents that will tug at any new mom and pop’s heartstrings.

10. Handmade baby quilt

Best gifts for new parents - handmade baby quilt SHOP: Modern baby quilt rainbow bricks from BperrinoHandmade, $195

This special gift might be for the baby, but any parent can appreciate the craftsmanship that has been put into its design. Handmade by the creator, Barbara Perrino, in Rhode Island, these beautiful and minimal cotton quilts are beloved for their high quality, can be machine washed, and will last a lifetime as a keepsake of these first precious years.

11. Engraved wooden baby keepsake box

Best gift for new parents - keepsake memory boxy from Etsy SHOP: Wooden baby keepsake box from Wayfaren, from $95

To keep baby scans, hospital bracelets, and other baby memorabilia together and neatly organized so the new parents can look over them whenever nostalgia hits, give them this gorgeous rustic wooden baby keepsake box that can be engraved with their names or family emblem.

12. Initial necklace

Best gift for new parents - personalized gold initial necklace for mom SHOP: Custom initial necklace wreath pendant from Evren, from $43

This initial pendant is a beautiful way to pair mom, dad, and baby’s initials together and keep them close. It is not only delicate and beautiful, but you can add more pendants to it over time if any new sprogs come along.

13. “Becoming Daddy” personalized book

Sentimental gift for new dads - Daddy Forever book SHOP: Personalized dad book from My Given Name Books, $50

Of course, we can’t leave Daddy out of reading time! This personalized book has a cute story that dads can read to their babies and make beautiful memories together. You can even personalize the dad in the book to look like the giftee with a choice of hair and skin colors, and a beard or glasses.

14. Child memory journal

Best gifts for new parents - child memory journal SHOP: Childhood memory keepsake journal from This Little Love Co, $57

A baby book like no other, your friends will be proud to keep this beautiful, modern, and minimal childhood memory journal on display. It comes in three subtle colors—gray, blush pink, or sage green—and the parents can update and add to it periodically as their little one grows.

15. Pregnancy countdown frame

Best gift for new parents - baby countdown frame SHOP: Countdown frame from Embellished for Love, $26

This wooden pregnancy countdown frame is a very special present to gift to anyone who is expecting. The frame holds their first ultrasound photo, and there is a small chalkboard and attached chalk to write how many days are left until the parents finally get to hold their little love.

Funny gifts for new parents

If your friends aren’t into all that mushy stuff, this selection of funny gifts for new parents will have them LOL-ing.

16. Decision flip coin

Best funny gift for new parents - decision flip coin SHOP: Personalized decision flip coin from Eggutama, from $6

For a fun take on ‘heads or tails’, this personalized wooden decision flip coin is a funny and affordable gift that can be used to decide the baby’s name or whose turn it is to change the diaper.

17. Matching family socks

Best cute gift for new parents - matching family socks SHOP: Matching family socks from Q for Quinn Socks, from $35

Socks are always a safe gift, but these matching family socks are cute and unique, too. They’re made from certified organic cotton and are available from newborn baby sizes onwards. The creator, a mom of three herself, offers many other sock styles to choose from.

18. “Go ask your mom” T-shirt

Funny gift for new parents - Go Ask Your Mom T-shirt SHOP: Go ask your mom T-shirt from Rose & Thorn Company, from $27

For all the jokester dads or dads-to-be, this “go ask your mom” T-shirt is sure to make them chuckle. Its minimal style and choice of three basic colors—black, gray, or white—means that they’ll likely get a lot of wear out of it, too.

19. Matching pizza T-shirt set

Cute gift for new parents - matching pizza t-shirts SHOP: Matching pizza T-shirt set from Xenotees, from $25

Dads who are keen on raising a mini-me (so, all dads) will love these matching handmade father and child pizza T-shirts. There are also matching taco versions, too. Sizes start from three months onwards.

20. Sloth family portrait

Cute gifts for new parents - sloth family portrait SHOP: Personalized sloth family portrait from Pawprint Illustration, from $16

This cute artwork depicts a family of lovable sloths and can be personalized with the new parents and their baby’s name. The picture can come framed and ready to hang on a wall and is available in various sizes.

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Kat de Naoum

Kat is a writer, editor, SEO specialist, author, and mother based in the UK. Starting out in 2000 as a reporter for the local paper, Kat has written for many publications , and, as an advocate for female empowerment, loves to write about women's issues, and helping fellow mothers feel supported and less alone. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter.

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