17 first Mother’s day gift ideas

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by Lorna White |
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There’s nothing quite as special as your first Mother's day as a mum yourself. It’s the first time in your life you can truly be spoilt on Mother’s day, so it’s definitely an important occasion to mark.

Whether you’re buying for a new mum in your life or you want to drop some not so subtle hints to your other half, we’ve got plenty of mother's day gift ideas for every mum that they’ll love.

Best at a glance:

Best overall first mothers day gift: Rachel Jackson Mama necklace, £75
Best mothers day gift for under £30: Girl Gang Retro Matching Sweatshirts, £13
Best mothers day gift for creativity: Polaroid Instant Camera, £104.95
Best mothers day gift for memories: Personalised Welly Boot Family Print, £24.25

From, self-care sets, journals, to cosy bath pillows, we have chosen the best ones for you.

Best thoughtful first mothers day gift

Ideal for any mama looking for an adorable necklace to wear, making it the perfect thoughtful gift for mothers day. Available in both gold and silver, it can be layered up with other necklaces too.


  • Chain Length 16"-18"
  • 22ct Gold Plated


  • Only two colours to choose from (gold, silver)

Best matching first mothers day gift

What's cuter than some matching jumpers? If you're a girl mum or know a mum who is, these sweet twinning sweatshirts will look adorable, especially if you wear them on Mother's Day.


  • Perfect for any occasion
  • Mum and daughter matching collection


  • Not many colours to choose from

Best dressing gown for a first mothers day gift

You really can't go wrong with a cosy and soft dressing gown for the mums in your life. This one is available in four neutral shades and is easily machine washable (a must for mums) and is a nice long length for extra warmth.

Review: "Bought this for our daughter-in-law and she's using it well! It is soft and she comfortable, she loves the colour too!"


  • Designed in a thermal hi-pile fleece
  • Featuring a cosy hood


  • Only grey and pink are available

Best keepsake first mothers day gift

baby letters

Rrp: $14.95

Price: $11.99

One for the sentimental mamas this Mother's Day. This book contains 12 letters with prompts designed for you to write now and then your baby open them when they're older. This one also works well as a mother's day gift for pregnant mums-to-be, so you could buy it for an expectant mum on their first Mother's Day.

Review: "Some one bought this for me when I was pregnant with my eldest and I filled it out. Thought it was such a lovely keepsake, that I bought it on here for my second baby. Really good keepsake for when my children are older. Prepare to cry - expectant mums/already parents - you reflect on so much for them."


  • Letters to my baby write now read later, will be something you will treasure forever with envelopes and paper 
  • Binding hardcover


  • Contains 12 letters only

Best self-care mothers day gift

The ultimate pamper gift for mums who love some quiet time in the bath. This fully adjustable bath tray or caddy as they're also called is available in three colours with a special place to prop up phones, tablets, books, drinks and other bath supplies. It also comes with some bamboo cloths and exfoliating gloves.

Reviews: "This arrived on time and is well made. I love the sections to hold different items. It feels really sturdy and I love the colour. Would highly recommend for anyone who loves baths."


  • Stylish bamboo bath 
  • Sustainable bath tray easily extends to fit most bath tubs


  • Some reviews mention it can get mouldy, so dry thoroughly after use

Best first mother's day cake gift

Who wouldn't want cake for their first Mother's Day? This delicious red velvet cake is finished with pastel-coloured flowers, sprinkles and a 'Happy Mother's Day' plaque. It's 6" and serves about 6 and should be eaten within 5 days of posting.


  • Made by hand 
  • Packed in cake tin


  • Only one flavour available

Best camera for a first mothers day gift

Price: $135.00
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Capture those moments this Mother's Day with this very special polaroid camera. This camera will produce some sweet photos that have a real retro feel and they can be used in a scrapbook or photo album.

Review: "It adds nostalgia to each picture you take. Very well made. My family and I enjoy capturing precious moments with this camera. It is very nice"


  • Captures moments 
  • Great for the family


  • Picture quality is low considering the price

Best ergonomic first mothers day gift

A relaxing bath isn't a relaxing bath without a bath pillow to rest your head on. This cushion will totally change the way you bath and comes with a handy hook for easy drying when you're done. It's the ultimate pamper gift and we love how the dark grey won't look worn or stained overtime.

Review: "For someone who loves taking bath as much as we do, this is a must! I was a bit unsure to begin with as don’t like the idea of a soaking wet pillow just sitting there and make the bathroom dump and mouldy. But then after the first use, I have changed my mind. This a good sized thick cushioned bath pillow with special headrest. The outer shell is made of some sort of meshy fabric and inside is a foam cushion. 6 suction cap is attached to the fabric, so in case it will need a wash, it needs to be washed with them."


  • Soft and super-comfy
  • Waterproof bath pillow


  • Some reviews found it too long as it ends up dangling in the bath

Best breastfeeding tee for a first mothers day gift

Another matching number suitable to twin with your newborn to three months. This 'Mama' and 'Mini' matching set is made with 100 per cent cotton to be soft on yours and baby's skin. The mama t-shirt also features popper buttons on the side for easy access when breastfeeding.


  • Nursing T-shirt
  • Matching baby t-shirt (0 - 3m)


  • Sizes L & XL are out of stock

Best personalised first mothers day gift

If mum loves a family welly walk in the countryside, then this personalised family print is ideal for your home. With a huge range of wellies to choose from, it can be truly unique and personal to you and is available in a variety of different sizes.


  • A beautiful personalised watercolour welly boot print with stylish antiqued foil border
  • The antiqued gold-foiled border makes the print extra-special for this very special occassion


  • Lots of welly options but limited on background/extras personalisation

Best candle for a first mothers day gift

What mum couldn't do with a few extra hours in bed? This Sleep Signature Candle is from The White Company, ideal for any new mum in your life considering they won't be getting much sleep at the moment. It contains awWhite glass vessel which creates a subtle and peaceful glow.


  • Relaxing lavender, restorative clary sage and soothing chamomile combined with calming vetivert and cedarwood work
  • Great for meditating


  • Some reviews mentioned the scent didn't disperse as well as they'd hoped

Best scent for a first mothers day gift

A Jo Malone candle is a real treat and an ideal gift if you're not sure what to buy or if you're making up a mother's day gift hamper full of their favourite things. This peony and blush suede scented candle brings a real feel of luxury and elegance to any home for a very warm welcome.

Review: "Lovely makes my bedroom smell lovely."


  • Bursting open with the crisp and juicy bite of Red Apple
  • The scented candle succumbs to a floral heart of Peony


  • Candle is quite small

Best bedtime wear for a first mothers day gift

Treat her to some dreamy new pyjamas with these adorable heart themed PJ's. If you didn't already know, the heart theme is everywhere at the minute, so mum will be bang on trend in these cosy and cute pyjamas.


  • Super soft material
  • Elasticated waist and self tie for comfort


  • Only sizes 6 to 18 are available

Best first mothers day gift for under £60

If a dainty item of jewellery is the way to their heart, then how about some pretty earrings featuring their baby's birthstone? It's a subtle way to incorporate baby into their gift and what mum doesn't love some sparkles?


  • Made from recycled sterling silver to be environmentally conscious
  • 18k gold plated recycled sterling silver, cubic zirconia stones


  • Is coloured CZ rather than the actual stone

Best letter beads for a first mothers day gift

These custom handmade bracelets are great for stacking, making them ideal for multiple babies or children. We love the muted colours that will look lovely paired with any outfit and we love how they can be personalised with baby's name.

Review: "Amazing gift for my friend who’s just had a baby! Perfect to remember which side she’s breastfed from - thank you!"


  • Great sentimental gifts to give to someone who’s maybe just had a baby, to your mother, or as a birthday gift


  • Only comes in sizes: 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19cm

Best phot frame for a first mothers day gift

Photo frames are a brilliant way to make a very personal keepsake that can be kept in a nursery or beside mums bed. We personally love this sweet frame, ideal for a photo of mum and baby cuddling. It's especially perfect for that very first photo of mum and baby together after birth.


  • A lovely handmade, ceramic photo frame
  • Pressed with flowers from the Hampshire countryside so each frame is unique


  • Express delivery not available if personalised

Best journal for a first mothers day gift

There are going to be so many little stories and memories you forget over the years, so having a special place to write these memories for your child to read when they are older is a brilliant idea, especially if mum loves to write.


  • Makes a beautiful keepsake
  • Handy prompts to inspire special messages


  • Can't be personalised

First mother's day gifts FAQ's

Is your first mother's day when you have baby or when you're pregnant?

This can cause some common confusion around this time of year when it comes to buying mother's day gifts and cards. While we'd definitely encourage treating a mum-to-be to a lovely mother's day gift this year, the official first mother's day is when baby has been born.

Is it appropriate to buy friends a first mothers day gift?

Traditionally, a mother's day gift is given to mum from their children. If the children are too young to pick a present for mum themselves, then mums partner or friends may buy mum a gift on behalf of baby. In recent years, the lines of tradition have been blurred, and we don't think there's anything wrong with buying your friend or close family member a first mother's day gift. If you're keen to stick to a budget this year but still want to show the mamas in your life some love, then why not try some DIY Mother's Day crafts that make lovely gifts?

Lorna White is the Senior Digital Writer for Mother&Baby. After running the Yours magazine website, specialising in content about caring for kids and grandchildren, Lorna brought her expertise to Mother&Baby in 2020. She has a keen interest in a range of topics from potty training and nutrition to baby names and early development and has a wide range of experienced medical experts and professionals at her fingertips. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two young sisters, dog walking and enjoying the outdoors with her family.

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