The 32 best gifts for new parents in 2023

Finding the right gift for new parents can be a tricky task. Many tend to be for the baby — who, though cute, is not the one running on fumes — while others don’t account for the realities of welcoming a new, unpredictable human into the home. 

To help you shop for the new parents in your life, we sought out helpful gifts, including keepsakes that will make them sob (in a good way) and functional items to help keep meals on the table. While the newborn season can be tough, these presents will make it just a little bit easier — and, even better, a time that they’ll look back on with joy.

Best gifts for new parents in 2023

Below, we’ve gathered a variety of gift ideas we think may be great for new parents, including top sellers from previous years’ gift guides, NBC Select editor favorites and products from brands we’ve written about and tried before.

Bubzi Co Baby Handprint and Footprint Makers Kit

Help them remember how small their baby once was. This kit, which has an average 4.6-star rating across 15,715 reviews, lets new parents memorialize their baby’s handprints and footprints via an elegant frame, along with two square photos. The clay is  newborn-safe and nontoxic and comes with double-sided tape, letter stamps, an acrylic safety cover and white wooden frame, according to Bubzi Co.

Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager

Cradling a newborn can strain the body, leading to back- and neck aches. Among the best electric back massagers is this cordless device, which they can keep on the couch for easy use without taking up too much space. It has four knobs that rotate in circular motions to help melt knots, and includes a heat function to soothe tired muscles, according to the brand.

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

If they prefer to cook their own meals, but don’t want a ton of cleanup, the Instant Pot Duo is a great pick. The electric pressure cooker can make meals in minutes rather than an hour, and all they have to do is prep veggies or meat to go inside the pot. The pot has seven different functions, such as rice cooker and steamer, along with 13 customizable “smart programs” for making soups, poultry or even desserts.

Aura Carver WiFi Digital Picture Frame

Another way to keep memories safe is to circulate your favorite photos in a digital picture frame. This frame connects to Wi-Fi and the Aura app, through which your recipient can easily add photos for display, according to the brand. With an average 4.8-star rating out of 9,210 reviews on Amazon, this is a gift that new parents will be able to use for a long time to enjoy memories of their children as they grow older.

iRobot Roomba i3 EVO (3150) Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum

When parents are in survival mode, household chores drop off the to-do list. Take care of it entirely with this WiFi-enabled robot vacuum, which is more affordable than premium models, but offers intelligent mapping and home navigation, according to the brand. They can use the corresponding app to see a map of their space, set cleaning schedules and install no-go zones around the house, as detailed by iRobot.

1-800-Flowers Radiant Ranunculus Bouquet

Brighten their home with this bouquet of ranunculus, which have thick layers of soft petals and long, elegant stems; they come in an array of cheerful colors, although these can vary by order. The bouquet includes 20 stems grown in the Andes Mountains, and comes with the option of adding an apothecary-style vase, according to the brand.

Quince Mongolian Cashmere Crewneck Sweater

A cashmere sweater feels luxurious and timeless, and Quince offers it without the usual markup. This sweater, which is a favorite of NBC Select editor Lindsay Schneider’s, is made of 100% mongolian cashmere and comes in 18 colors. With its relaxed fit and ribbing on cuffs and hem, it’s cozy enough for lounging yet elegant enough for an outing.

Brooklyn Bedding Chunky Knit Weighted Blanket

A good weighted blanket makes the rare downtime even better. This one, which is a favorite of NBC Select associate updates editor Zoe Malin, comes in 10- and 15-pound versions, and is available in cream and gray. It also has an open-knit design that increases airflow, keeping your recipient cool, while the polyester jersey fabric is super soft, according to the brand.

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2

A leisurely cup of coffee or tea is hard to come by amid diaper changes and feedings, but this smart mug, which keeps drinks hot, will at least keep it hot in between. It has 80 minutes of battery life with a full charge, or can stay juiced up on its charging coaster. Your giftees can operate the mug, which has an average 4.5-star rating from 7,954 reviews, via an app to set temperature preferences along with preset options.

RockDove Women’s Original Two-Tone Memory Foam Slipper

If they’re logging miles around the house while rocking the baby to sleep, make it more comfortable for them with these slippers. They have memory foam cushioning and an anti-skid sole for comfort and safety, according to the brand. Plus, their on-off design makes quick outfit changes easy. They’re also machine washable and available in a men’s version as well.

Murray’s Cheese Cheeseboard of the Month Club

Bring date night to them, no babysitter needed, with this cheese club delivers a curated selection of cheeses, meats and complementary pairings — think almond crisps and dried apricots — to their door. The cheese is selected by Murray’s cheesemongers and even comes with serving tips.

The Citizenry Mara Organic Waffle Robe

For days where getting dressed up isn’t in the cards, your giftees can wear this NBC Select Bed & Bath Awards winner, which pairs a waffle weave with soft cotton fabric for easygoing lounging. It comes in three colors, and the cotton is loomed according to fair trade practices in Turkey, according to the brand. “Being in this robe is like a gentle hug, soft and comforting,” says NBC Select editorial projects manager Rebecca Rodriguez. “I wear it after I shower or just to lounge around the house, but if I could I’d never take it off.”

Better Every Day Journal

Life with a newborn can be a blur, but this journal, which has an average 5-star rating from across 515 reviews from the brand’s website, can be a good reminder to pause and take stock.  It has 365 different prompts that encourage self-reflection, such as “What are you grateful for today?” and “What activities bring you joy?”, alongside predated pages to promote a daily habit. The bleed-proof paper and vegan leather binding also give it a luxurious feel, according to the brand.

Canon Ivy Mini Photo Printer for Smartphones

Not everyone has the tech know-how (or the storage space) for an iCloud drive, so if they want to share photos with great-grandma, this mini photo printer makes it easy. Not only is it super small, making it portable, but it also prints the tiny 2- by 3-inch photos (on Zink photo paper) via Bluetooth — no cords required. It also charges quickly, it can replenish its battery in as little as 45 minutes, according to the brand.

Grace & Stella Energizing Eye Masks

Sleepless nights beget dark under-eye circles, but these eye patches can help. Designed to reduce puffiness and boost hydration, these hydrogel masks are infused with hyaluronic acid, glycerin and amino acids to de-puff and smooth the eye area, according to the brand. They have an average 4.4-star rating from across 15,930 reviews, and are both vegan and cruelty-free.

Therabody Theragun Mini

Therabody electric massage guns are  ideal for loosening sore muscles. The compact version is small enough to pack in a tote or carry-on bag and has three speeds, three attachments and a battery that lasts 120 minutes on a full charge, according to the brand. Your giftee can connect it via Bluetooth to the corresponding app for a variety of routines too.

The Jolie Filtered Showerhead

A shower might be the one opportunity new parents have to relax. This high-pressure showerhead filter upgrades their experience by removing heavy metals and chlorine from shower water, thereby reducing dry skin and hair fading, according to the brand. It also comes with all the tools they’ll need for  DIY installment, including plumbers tape and a how-to guide. It’s available in five finishes and has 4.4-star average rating from more than 250 reviews on Amazon.

Cometeer Mixed Roast Box

Caffeine is essential during the newborn stage, and this unique coffee set will make sure they have a fresh cup accessible, quickly. The pre-brewed coffee is flash-frozen with liquid nitrogen to preserve freshness, according to the brand.  Just melt it with six to eight ounces of hot water for instant coffee. In this box, you can choose between different roasts as well as half-caf and decaf for your recipients. “This offers the convenience of instant coffee, but tastes fresher and is more flavorful, making it a great gift for any sleepy new parents” says NBC Select associate updates editor Zoe Malin. “I love that I can pop a pod in my cup and have a hot or iced beverage ready in less than five minutes.”

Scent Lab Gift Voucher

With this voucher, your recipients can customize  their own candle. All they’ll have to do is fill out a 60-second quiz that results (via an algorithm) in a scent profile, complete with curated scents. The 14-ounce candle, which is a favorite of Schneider’s, has 80 hours of burn, according to the brand. “Candles are my go-to gift, I don’t always know someone’s ideal scent profile, which is why this is such a fantastic gift,” says Schneider. 

Tower 28 Beauty SOS Daily Rescue Facial Spray

Your giftee’s skin care routine might be left on the backburner when there’s a baby at hand, which is why this face spray is so helpful: It uses a blend of hypochlorous acid, a natural anti-inflammatory, to soothe skin and reduce redness, according to the brand. It’s safe for all skin types, but has been designed with sensitive skin in mind; the mist, which has an average 4.1-star rating from 1,460 reviews on Sephora, even has the National Eczema Association’s Seal of Acceptance.

Lky Digital Sleep Mask for Side Sleeper 3 Pack

For parents who take the age-old advice of sleeping when the baby sleeps, these eye masks, which have an average 4.5-star rating from 58,361 reviews, will come in handy. Their contoured design reduces pressure on the eyes while blocking all light, and they’re snug enough to prevent slipping in any sleep position, according to the brand.

Cozy Earth Long-Sleeve Bamboo Pajama Set

Make their (limited) sleep count with this extra cozy pajama set that’s a favorite of Schneider’s. It’s made of lightweight, bamboo-derived viscose, which makes it more breathable than cotton, wicks moisture and will help keep your recipient cool overnight, according to Cozy Earth. The set is also designed to resist pilling, according to the brand, so it’s great for new parents who don’t have time or energy to put extra time and care into maintaining their pajamas. 

Artifact Uprising Everyday Photo Book

Celebrate small yet meaningful memories with this tiny photo book. Measuring 7 inches by 7 inches, it can house 30, 40 or 50 pages of photos, according to the brand. The book, which has an average 4.6-star rating from across 545 reviews, comes with a linen cover (with six color options) and foil stamp.

L.L. Bean Boat and Tote

Even with a dedicated diaper bag, a roomy tote like this one is helpful for keeping their wallet and other odds and ends easily accessible. Plus, you can customize it to make it more special for your recipient: It comes in small, medium, large, and extra-large sizes, and is available in 12 colors. The bag, which has reinforced handles and double-stitched seams can  hold up to 500 pounds, according to the brand.

Dorai Zen Stone Bath Mat

Upgrade their self-care routine with this bath mat that’s designed to dry quickly. In removing excess water quickly, it helps prevent bacteria and mold growth, according to the brand. It has a ceramic-esque material that will feel like stone on your recipients feet and is available in two neutral colors. It also has a rubberized bottom pad to prevent slippage.

Instacart Gift Card 

A quick trip to the grocery store can easily become a two-hour ordeal with a newborn in tow. An Instacart gift card enables them to have groceries delivered — or, at the very least, available for pickup, making for a more streamlined trip. In addition to regional grocery stores, they can also get delivery from stores like Target, Costco and CVS.

Vitruvi Stone Essential Oil Diffuser 

Help them create a relaxing environment with this ceramic essential oil diffuser. It’s made of matte ceramic and uses ultrasonic technology, not heat, to disperse essential oil molecules, according to the brand. Your recipients can set it to run for four hours or eight hours, plus it turns off automatically when water runs out and can diffuse up to 500 square feet with their chosen scent, according to Vitruvi.

Polaroid Now Generation 2 i-Type Instant Camera

Capture everyday moments — and then print them ASAP — with an instant camera. This one has autofocus and double exposure (which allows for a more layered look), and the nine-second self-timer makes it easy to get everyone in the photo. NBC Select associate editor Nishka Dhawan also likes that the flash is manually set, so she can turn it on or off with the click of a button, she says.

Bonsai Cha Matcha Maker 

If a coffee shop run isn’t in the cards, this at-home matcha maker from expert-recommended brand, Bonsai, will make the DIY process easy. It heats the water and froths it in 90 seconds with the push of a button, and comes with a cold option for iced drinks, too, according to the brand.

Eat Deux Best Sellers Pack 

Offer a sweet treat just for the parents with edible cookie dough that, while indulgent, is both vegan and gluten-free. The set has the brand’s most popular flavors — Brownie Batter, Space Brownie, Chocolate Chip and Birthday Cake — and your giftee cancan  enjoy them raw or baked. 

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash 

One of those gifts that’s hard to justify buying for yourself, but is excellent to receive as a gift, this hand soap elevates the simple task of washing your hands (which new parents have to do constantly). Not only is the formula gentle and non-drying, but the scent (a blend of orange, rosemary and lavender oils) is fresh and herbaceous, too, according to Aesop. 

Mutha Pucker Lip Butter 

Parents deserve TLC, too, which is why this lip butter is a winner. It’s packed with ceramides and squalane, two emollients that help moisturize, smooth and soften the lips, according to the brand. (There’s also a peptide in the formula that contributes to a subtle plumping effect, according to Mutha.) Your giftee can use it as a daytime lip balm or overnight treatment.

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Deanna Pai is a freelance beauty and wellness writer and editor who has been covering beauty and health for more than a decade, including topics like diaper bags and pregnancy pillows, and is a mom to a three-month-old daughter. For this article, Pai included bestselling products from past NBC Select gift guides, items our editors use and love themselves or products from brands we’ve written about before. 

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