Mother's Day Gifts for the New Mom

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You know what I want for Mother's Day this year? (Besides a full-day spa trip, solo hotel stay, and uninterrupted session of Netflix binge-watching?) What I really want is a new smartphone with a better camera. I know, I know--how unoriginal! But here's the thing: I use my camera phone daily. It's how I document my life—it's how I capture moments with my family. Instagram has become something of an on-the-go parenting journal for me, and I rely on my old, outdated, and cracked iPhone. Every. Single. Day.

The way I see it, Mother's Day gifts for new moms should fall into at least one of three categories: Practical (like a smartphone), luxurious (like a professional at-home massage), and/or sentimental (like a framed photograph).

Last year, my husband opted for "heartwarming," and made me a photo book with adorable images of my growing family. It was lovely and touching, and I admit I shed a tear. Playing to a mom's soft side on Mother's Day, is foolproof—as is giving her something indulgent and pampering. As for going the practical route: What busy new mom wouldn't appreciate something that makes her life a little easier?

From the sweet and sappy to the humorous and useful to the exquisite and extravagant, these gifts are perfect for the new mom. I want all 10... But I'll settle for an iPhone 6.

1. Asha Patel Mum’s the Word Necklace, $85/ 2. Minted Moments Planner, $16/ 3. Noodle & Boo Skincare Products, $8 - $28 / 4. Vino 2 Go Tumbler, $15/ 5. Weestructed Mug, $20/ 6. Mom's One Line a Day Journal, $17 / 7. Aden & Anais Makana Bamboo Daydream Blanket, $150/ 8. Chewbeads Hudson Teething Necklace, $37/ 9. Y. Collection Candle, $ 39/ 10. 60-Minute at-Home Zeel Massage, $198

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FYI, this Aden & Anais Bamboo Daydream blanket is dreamy. It's what I imagine sleeping in a cloud must feel like... It's so deliciously comfortable, I asked my husband to swaddle me in it like a baby... (But that's another photo for another day.)

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