25 Thoughtful First Mother's Day Gifts Under $100

Celebrate a mom's first Mother's Day with these meaningful gift ideas.

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April 05, 2022

A new mom's first Mother's Day is so sweet and special. This holiday provides the perfect opportunity for her to reflect on her motherhood journey, remembering the exhausting but oh-so-worth-it moments. Celebrate an amazing first-time mom this Mother's Day with either a sentimental gift she'll treasure for years or a handy helper to get her through the infant and toddler stages.

As a mom of two (soon to be three!), I've developed a pretty good idea of what I'd like to receive (hint, hint), and I wouldn't be mad to unwrap any of these gifts. Below, I share some affordable finds that show appreciation and love for the new moms in your life.

This classic silhouette portrait is a great alternative to the expected framed photo gift. Mom can even expand her collection as her family grows.

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A unique take on initial necklaces, this art deco-inspired rectangular design will elevate any outfit, even sweats and a tee. Plus, you can choose from five different chain styles to suit Mom's taste.

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Sweatshirts come with the territory of mom life. Gift her a retro-style crewneck pullover with an embroidered detail to elevate her everyday look.

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For a small but sweet surprise, personalize this gorgeous leather keychain with a meaningful photo. An emotional new mom will love the tiny reminder of her newest little bundle of joy while at work or running errands.

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As a mom, time is precious. This lovely sage green electric kettle boils water in minutes for piping hot tea or pour-over coffee, and the base keeps water warm for an hour. Pro Tip: Add boiled water to instant oatmeal for a quick, hearty and healthy breakfast.

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Get the sleep you need and protect your hair from damage by switching to a silk pillowcase. This luxurious silk sham is soft against skin and helps reduce creases, tugs and split ends. In turn? You'll always wake up on the right side of the bed.

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Becoming a mom means hot coffee is a thing of the past — unless you have an insulated mug like this one. The pretty floral design and glossy finish make this utilitarian stainless-steel cup feel as nice as her ceramic mugs, only much more practical.

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Nursing-friendly lounge- and sleepwear are essential for new moms. Gift her this lovely set of warm-weather-ready linen PJs that she won't feel sloppy in. There's no shame in the all-day pajamas game when you're taking care of a newborn!

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Elevate the traditional breakfast-in-bed Mother's Day surprise by serving a sleepy-eyed new mom an assortment of authentic and elegant French pastries. This set of 12 comes frozen so you can bake the delicacies at home and serve them hot.

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Make even a five-minute shower feel like a mini spa escape with this set of eucalyptus mint steamers.

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I don't know what else to say about these waterproof Birkenstocks other than they are must-have shoes for new and veteran moms alike. The peach color is so fun for summer, too.

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Trust me, new moms do not have time to care for high-maintenance plants, but we do love having greenery around. Help a mom out by filling this faux-basket pot with an easy-care plant, like a snake or ZZ plant.

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Since they're attached at the hip anyway, it was only a matter of time until Mom and baby start dressing alike, too. A soft and breezy sundress that matches her little one's shortalls, dress or two-piece set will keep them both cool through the summer.

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Make it easier for a new mom to clear out her camera roll with a wireless printer. She can add these to a baby book (the photo paper has a peel-off sticky back), hang them on the fridge or frame them.

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Headbands are moms' go-to hair accessories for feeling cute and put-together even with days-old hair. Not to mention the practicality of keeping hair out of her face!

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This manageable, simple journal features un-dated blank lines for sentimental moms to quickly jot down a moment or a memory.

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Lifting, holding and nursing a baby leaves a new mom's neck and shoulders feeling tense and tired. This weighted neck wrap can be heated for instant relief and relaxation.

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Cheers, mama! Treat her to a well-deserved glass of her favorite varietal by sending her a box of three organic wines.

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Since child safety is likely top of mind for her now, skip a candle in favor of this elegant reed diffuser. She can simply flip the reeds once the scent fades to rejuvenate her and freshen up any room with a light fragrance. I personally like using one in the nursery to cover up, ahem, diaper smells.

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This classic, durable tote is wonderful for family outings, work commuting or really anything else mom has on the agenda. I recommend personalizing it with her monogram or something a bit cheekier like "COOL MOM".

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Yes, it's dry shampoo. Yes, it's splurgey, but believe me, dry shampoo is probably the most-used beauty product in any mom's cabinet and this brand really knows what they're doing when it comes to hair care – something that postpartum mamas battling hair loss will appreciate.

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Your skin does wild things after birth. Spoil a deserving mom with this luxurious face oil that she can ritually massage into her skin for soothing, glowing results. I'm personally obsessed with this stuff. It feels like such a treat to lather up with this silky formula.

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A bright, seasonal bouquet will instantly boost her mood. Sure, flowers are expected and a bit cliché, but in those early postpartum days, I badly missed my weekly runs to the store for fresh blooms.

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If she misses the gym or needs a moment to re-center, this lightweight yoga mat provides the perfect spot for stretching tight muscles, fitting in a quick flow or as a supportive base for strength exercises. (Pair it with an at-home fitness class subscription for the ultimate gift!)

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Indulge her with a fresh new fragrance for spring and summer with uplifting notes of fig, bergamot, jasmine and coconut. An affordable mini-size bottle is perfect for her to try out or splurge on the just over-budget full-size version for a real treat.

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