From slip-on shoes to percussion massage guns, get your pregnant friend the best gift she didn’t even know she needed.
When it comes to gift ideas for expecting parents, they usually revolve around the baby-to-be. Baby shower registries are chock full of baby blankets and clothing and accessories to meet the every need of the little one — but what about the woman who’s currently carrying around a basketball-sized belly and enduring a whole host of pregnancy symptoms? Surely she deserves a little something to celebrate this milestone in her life or, at the very least, to distract her from her swollen ankles and cravings for sourdough bread.
Whether you’re searching for a birthday gift for a pregnant woman or just looking for a good gift to pamper your pregnant friend — not her baby — this list has everything an expectant mom could desire, from body care (bye bye, itchy bellies and blotchy faces) to tasty snacks to products to help relieve aches and pains.
Shop the 25 best gifts for pregnant women in 2021, from baby-centric retailers like Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company and Belly Bandit as well as reliable mainstays like Amazon and Nordstrom, below.
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Hatch Collection Belly Oil
The best-selling Belly Oil from beloved maternity brand Hatch has become a cult-favorite with moms-to-be, amassing a 1,000+ person waitlist last year. This lightly scented (think grapefruit notes) botanical oil intensely hydrates and reduces the appearance of stretch marks and scars. Unlike most other belly oils, it’s also quick drying, which means no hanging out naked in the bathroom waiting to put your clothes on.
Mobot Grace 27-oz Foam Roller Water Bottle
There are a ton of little aches and pains that come along with the joy of growing a baby, and many of them (like sciatica pain) can be alleviated with foam rolling. A foam roller small enough to target those specific muscles that also happens to be an insulated water bottle? Pure genius. With the Mobot Foam Roller Water Bottle, your pregnant friend can bring both hydration and relief wherever she goes. It also happens to come in seven trendy colors/patterns and looks a lot sleeker than you might expect.
Spanx Mama Ankle Jean-ish Leggings
It can be challenging to find maternity jeans that are both comfortable and actually stylish. Not to mention, many pregnant women have a hard time justifying a purchase they will only wear for a few months. Give the gift of style with these uber-cute stretchy jean leggings from Spanx, complete with a full belly band for comfort and support.
Brown Girl Jane Warm Cashmere Perfumed Candle
Brown Girl Jane is a black-owned company that makes nontoxic, paraben- and phthalate-free candles for the ultimate cozy vibes and spa-like atmosphere. The “warm cashmere” scent is slightly floral without being overpowering, key for that extra-sensitive sense of smell pregnant women acquire.
Hatch Collection 24/7 Feeding Jumpsuit
Every expecting mother dreams of having clothes from the Hatch Collection in her closet. This soft jumpsuit is the perfect addition to a maternity wardrobe: It’s cute, comfortable, and functional. The fit can easily transition from pregnancy to postpartum, and the front snaps make nursing a breeze.
Ostrichpillow Heated Neck Wrap
This wearable therapy neck wrap can be both heated in the microwave and cooled in the freezer to meet every aching need that pregnant women have to live with for nine months. Similarly to a weighted blanket, the brand new release from Ostrichpillow is also helpful for stress and anxiety relief.
The Bloom Method Pre and Post Natal Fitness App Subscription
Staying active is one of the best things a mom-to-be can do for her mental and physical health, both during pregnancy and postpartum. It can be hard to know how to modify traditional workouts appropriately, though, and many women skip strength training altogether in fear of somehow hurting themselves or the baby. The Bloom Method is designed for expecting mamas and has all the workouts she needs to take her from pre-conception through each trimester as her body changes and rehabilitation postpartum. You can either shop a $240 year-long membership or go month-by-month for $29.
Angel Maternity Nursing Dress, Robe, and Baby Blanket Set
Comfort reigns queen in pregnancy, and what’s better than a soft nightgown and robe that can be worn through pregnancy and then while nursing? Better yet, the elegant navy striped set with crochet trimming comes with a matching baby blanket so that when the little one comes, he or she can be just as comfy and cute as Mom.
Cadence A Capsule A Day Pill Box
Travel while pregnant is hard for a million reasons, one of which is all the stuff you have to pack even for a simple weekend getaway. You have your prenatal vitamins and supplements, and all the pregnancy-safe skincare and body products you need to use. The Cadence system features a seven-capsule honeycomb pill box made up of individual pieces that can snap apart so you only take what you need. The containers are leakproof and have wide openings that are easy to fill with everything from pills to shampoo.
SodaStream Fizzi One Touch
Bubbly water is a pregnancy fave. It can help with nausea, you can use it in mocktails, and it’s helpful for staying hydrated (which is an absolute MUST during pregnancy). What’s not so great? Lugging around heavy bottles and cans of sparkling water, dealing with all the recycling, and feeling wasteful. The SodaStream One Touch is an absolute game-changer, allowing your favorite preggo to enjoy her carbonation with the touch of a button and add in any flavorings, fresh juice, or other add-ins she currently craves.
Belly Bandit Compression Socks
Swollen feet and ankles are incredibly uncomfortable — and, unfortunately, a common side effect of pregnancy. These stylish and functional high compression socks from Belly Bandit help increase blood flow and take the load off. Every pregnant woman needs a pair of these in her arsenal for improved circulation.
Brooklien Luxe Core Sheet Set
One of the lesser-known symptoms of pregnancy is the incessant desire to nest, and is there any home project that feels better than upgrading your bed? Especially since the pregnant woman in question is likely lying awake every night, tossing and turning, a new set of sheets will feel especially luxurious. This buttery-smooth sateen sheet set includes everything she needs for a cozy and crisp bedding situation, and there are over 10 designs to choose from.
Motherhood Maternity Ruched Waist Maternity Sleep Shorts
Sleepwear is another area that many women are reluctant to invest in for themselves, especially when the items in question can only be worn for a few months. But having a comfy pair of sleep short will feel infinitely better than wearing her husband’s old boxers, especially when they’re as soft as these jersey-knit, slim fit pair from Motherhood Maternity.
The Honest Company Honest Mama Bump Care Kit
Jessica Alba’s natural baby and beauty company has a ton of self-care products for expectant mothers, and the Honest Mama Bump Care Kit is a selection of the top picks. With everything from body butter to soothing jelly, the recipient of this gift will feel pampered and cared for, without any fear that the products she’s using will harm Baby.
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
Once that baby comes, it’s going to be hard to make it through a cup of coffee or tea without needing to jump up and attend to someone else’s needs. With this battery-operated smart mug, your pregnant friend can control her beverage’s temperature from her phone. The smart mug even has an auto sleep mode that senses when it’s empty, meaning she won’t have to worry about those inevitable distractions causing a safety hazard.
Belly Bandit Belly Boost Pregnancy Support Wrap
Every pregnant woman needs a little extra support, and the Belly Boost provides that. It’s a soft undergarment that can make even non-maternity clothes just a bit more comfortable. The band grows with the belly each trimester, and the fabric is designed to keep lotions in place to prevent dry skin and protect other clothes.
Birkenstock Arizona Birko-Flor Sandal
When your belly is the size of a basketball and you can’t see your feet, let alone reach your laces, having a solid pair of slip-ons is imperative. These classic Birks will provide as much comfort as they will style, able to be paired with pretty much every maternity outfit from flowy dresses to supportive leggings.
Hyperice Hypervolt GO Percussion Massage Device
There are only so many times you can convince your partner to give you a full body massage, but this portable massage device can help. Percussion massage devices use short pulses to get deep into muscles and soft tissue, so your achy pregnant friend will be able to take relief into her own hands.
Promptly Journals Childhood History Journal
It’s never too early to start documenting memories, and this elegant notebook with thoughtful prompts will help the mama-to-be remember all the important moments from pregnancy all the way until the little one is 18 years old. Over 1,000 Amazon shoppers have given this pregnancy journal a perfect five-star review, so you can purchase this gift with confidence.
Ritual Zero Proof Tequila
Just because someone is pregnant doesn’t mean she doesn’t miss the ritual of having her favorite cocktail. Mocktail margaritas and palomas await with this zero-proof tequila that mimics the taste and smell of the real thing. If tequila isn’t her jam, the brand also carries nonalcoholic versions of gin and whiskey.
Try the World Snack Subscription Box
If there is one thing that every expectant mother needs more of, it’s snacks. Lots of snacks. This subscription box features all-natural munchies from around the world each month, meeting the desire to eat constantly with the variety that your homebound pregnant friend is probably missing. With everything from Sriracha banana chips from Thailand to yakgwa honey cookies from Korea, there is a snack for every pregnancy craving.
BloomsyBox Flower Subscription Starting
Even for the woman who has everything, flowers are always a welcome gift. BloomsyBox offers gorgeous bouquets sent monthly, so this gift can keep on giving once the little one arrives and the new parents are spending an inordinate amount of time at home.
Dagne Dover Landon Carryall Bag
Every pregnant woman gets reminded to think about what she needs to pack in her hospital go-bag, but what about the bag itself? Make that important trip to the hospital even more memorable with the gift of a chic carryall, big enough to fit all the essentials and cute enough to use on any future getaway.
SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Mask
Pregnancy can take a toll on skin in many ways, from causing melasma to acne to dryness. This pregnancy-safe mask is specifically formulated with hyaluronic acid to calm skin in moments of reactivity. This can be especially useful for post-sun exposure when hormones cause skin to be especially sensitive and blotchy.