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10 Outside-the-Box, Inspired, Clutter-Free New Baby & Mom Gifts

By Kelcey Kintner

I love an adorable baby onesie. I really do. Especially one with a bow tie. I die for those. But sometimes you want to find a gift that is well, different. Especially when a mom is on her second or third kid and she probably has bins of oh-so-cute onesies and all the baby necessities up in her attic. And most of these new baby and/ or postpartum mom gift ideas won’t take up any space in her home!

YAY, for clutter-free baby gifts ideas:

1. Car Detailing

This is one of the best baby gifts I ever received. A friend picked up my minivan, had it cleaned (AKA Operation Crushed Goldfish Removal) and returned it. I didn’t even know my car could get that clean. I promised immediately to one day do this for another postpartum mom.

2. Highlights/ Hair Coloring

It’s hard enough trying to lose that baby weight. But watching your roots grow in at the same time is just too tortuous. Get a few friends together and chip in for a gift certificate to the mom’s favorite salon. Offering to watch the newborn while she is getting her hair done will give you rock star status.

3. A Night Out

Another gift certificate idea is a fancy, fabulous restaurant. You know the one we can’t afford or justify. Again, get a group of friends to contribute. This will be a real treat for the postpartum couple’s first night out after the baby. Nothing like an amazing meal to make the mama forget how tired she feels. If it’s a popular spot, make the reservation for them too!

4. Personalized Tote bag and Beach Towels

Once a mother picks the perfect name, she will want to see it on everything. Instead of a personalized step stool (which parents get a lot), go for a tote bag and beach towel with their new baby’s name. Completely adorable, very practical and not at all predictable.
mustache pacifier as new baby gift

5. Mustache Pacifier

You probably think this should be on The Absolutely Most Useless Baby Products Ever List but this is a real pacifier that will have the mom laughing out loud. For real. Not that fake online LOLing. And laughter is key for a stressed out, exhausted mother. Plus, it’s just so fun to snap photos of your kid with a fake mustache and post on Facebook. I’m not sure why. It just is!

6. Bagels and Cream Cheese

A postpartum mom often receives dinners from friends, but she is starving the rest of the day too. Show up at her home with a dozen fresh bagels, cream cheese and her favorite latte and you will have a friend for life. She can freeze the leftover bagels too.

7. Functional Lingerie

What woman couldn’t use some new lingerie?! These revolutionary undies from Dear Kate are stylish, leak-resistant and stain-proof. Often women who have given birth have a little… umm… leakage from time to time and these modern, sexy undies are the answer. Obviously this is a gift for a close friend and not an acquaintance from the office (unless you like really awkward moments). For more about Dear Kate, check out Isabel’s review here.

8. Family Photo shoot

I always love the idea of having pictures taken of my newborn and then somehow two years go by before I ever think to call a photographer. This is another great group gift idea. Give your friend a photo shoot package of her little babe and she will appreciate it forever!

9. Wine of the Month Club

Why has no one ever given me this gift? A different bottle of wine every month or a wine gift basket are both fantastic options,. Because really, doesn’t the baby get enough stuff?! This one is for mom and dad. And, it disappears!

10. Books and a Donation in the New Baby’s Name

Give your favorite children’s book, along with an Oxfam gift of books for disadvantaged children in honor of the new baby.  Oxfam is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. And they have other great gifts too like a school meal program, art supplies and planting a vegetable garden. You can see all the options here!

Would love to know what was the most surprising, yet awesomely useful, gift given to you or the new baby?

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Kelcey Kintner
About the Author

Kelcey Kintner

Kelcey Kintner, an award winning journalist and freelance writer, is a fashion critic for US Weekly, created the humor blog 

Kelcey Kintner, an award winning journalist and freelance writer, is a fashion critic for US Weekly, created the humor blog The Mama Bird Diaries and writes for the Huffington Post. You can follow her @mamabirddiaries or on Facebook. She’s still trying to fit 5 kids on a Vespa. 

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  • Ally

    July 31, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I’m 9 weeks away from having baby #4. The things I am panicking about the most are breakfast time and running the rest of my kids around to their schools and activities. I would love to have people make breakfasts (breads, muffins, easy things) so I can just set them out and not have to do anything elaborate. It would also be amazing to have people pick my middle two up from preschool occasionally. 

    • Isabel


      July 31, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      those are great things to think about. 😉

  • sarah gilbert

    July 31, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I too love the breakfast/bagel idea. I always dreamt (like it was a lust) of someone bringing me coffee and pastries in the hospital, and afterward at home, in the morning when I was feeling that weird combination of blissed-out and hungover. I also think a subscription to Stealing Time magazine is in order, so you’ll know you’re ok no matter what.

  • Becky

    July 31, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    This is a great list.  I admire my friends who did not go overboard on showers.  For her second child, one of my friends held a party where we all brought older clothes, we did an exchange, and she found a family shelter and donated the rest.

    • Kelcey


      August 1, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      Love that!

  • Autumn

    August 1, 2013 at 1:25 am

    My cousin said when they had their second, they treated themselves to 2 months of maid service.  Which is now my go-to suggestion for office baby showers.  Even one maid visit would have been awesome when I had my first.  Plus less clutter and “stuff”

    • Kelcey


      August 1, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      That is a fantastic one!!

  • Julie w

    August 1, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Got to second the maid service. It’s my go to gift for close friends. I loved receiving one of those fruit bouquets…fruit on a stick is very convenient for nursing moms or anyone who is likely to have only one hand free. So I try to bring fruit kebabs on the first welcome home visit.

    • Kelcey


      August 1, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      I love fruit as a gift. It’s such a pain to cut up fruit and I think those fruit bouquets are brilliant.

  • Mona

    August 1, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    We are about to have a shower for a first time mom in our office- I totally just ordered the mustache pacifier for her. Classic! I wish I’d had one for my babies.

    • Isabel


      August 1, 2013 at 9:21 pm


  • Christine from Giftovus

    August 6, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Great List! I love the car detailing idea and the wine of the month club idea as well.

  • Susana Enriquez

    August 12, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I love the idea of gifting someone with car detailing – not just for new moms, but veteran moms as well. My sister (three kids) drives a minivan that could definitely benefit from that gift. Great idea for Christmas! 

    And I especially love Autumn’s idea of giving maid service. Just genius! 

  • Linda

    August 17, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I worked 60hr weeks until the day I delivered. I hadnt had time nor arm length the whole last month to do dishes, vacuum, laundry, etc. I was so overwhelmed when I got home and embarrassed to have moldy dishes all over the counter when people came to visit. A maid visit right before i came home from the hospital would have been a godsend!

  • Kim

    August 25, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I have started to give molly maid gift certificates and when we know they already have a sitter I pay the sitter for a couple hours of sitting. (a group gift upgrade =’s pre made dinner delivery service for same day as molly maid)

    This way the new mom can take a nap (or bath) while baby is looked after and house is getting clean.

  • Lisa

    August 29, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I started hand making nappy wallets for friends when they had babies as I found when I had my three children the best gifts I received where always the practical ones.