10 Perfect Gifts For First-Time Mums

Handbag by Coach
Handbag by Coach, $650 at David Jones.

Our advice? Abandon practicality and embrace everyday luxury.

Of all the Mother’s Day gifts a woman receives in her lifetime, her first is likely to be the most memorable, which puts a little pressure on us mere mortals doing the giving.

Of course, you could go down the practical route – a post-natal massage or stack of new-mum reading material – but at JONES we’ve got a taste for life’s finer things, and, quite frankly, think you can do better.

Anyone who is or knows a new mum understands that feeling like themselves again after nine months of pregnancy is a priority. In that vein, we suggest heading into luxe territory: spoil her with something that she would never think to buy herself at this moment in time. We’re talking silk pyjama sets, luxury homewares and new-season statement handbags, just because.

For new mums, lugging around a practical (and generally unstylish) oversized bag becomes the new norm. Counter-balance this with the sleek style and striking shade of this Coach handbag that she’ll love forever.

Handbag by Coach, $650 at David Jones
Handbag by Coach, $650 at David Jones

Ginia’s silky sleepwear counts Selena Gomez and Emily Ratajkowski as fans – so you know you’re onto a good thing. This black set with contrast piping is guaranteed to make those first few sleepless months as a new mother more bearable. After all, is there anything more luxurious than getting into bed wearing head-to-toe silk?

Silk pyjamas by Ginia
Silk pyjamas by Ginia, $339 at David Jones.

OK, this one is a little practical as copious amounts of coffee are an essential for new mothers, but there’s no reason they can’t enjoy it in style. On top of its technical chops (ready to go in three seconds! An integrated milk frothing system!) Breville’s all-in-one offer looks good.

Nespresso machine by Breville
Nespresso machine by Breville, $669 at David Jones.

For many people, nothing sets their heart aflutter like a set of really good bed sheets. And when a good night’s sleep becomes increasingly scarce, a high thread count acts as a small reprieve.

Sheets by Sheridan
Sheets by Sheridan, from $629.95 at David Jones.

Fact: No woman has ever begrudged receiving jewellery. Pearls are having a real moment right now and these demure hoops by Sarah and Sebastian offer access to the trend with a timeless quality.

Earrings by Sarah and Sebastian
Earrings by Sarah and Sebastian, $380 at David Jones.

If her breastfeeding days are behind her, there’s a good chance a new mum is harbouring a quiet enthusiasm for a good glass of wine. A set of four Riedel wine glasses (the brand of choice for reputable restaurateurs) with a drop of her favourite vino is a guaranteed hit.

Glasses by Riedel and Penfolds Shiraz
Glasses by Riedel, $89.95 and Penfolds Shiraz, $130 at David Jones.

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that anything in Chanel packaging is guaranteed to spark joy. You’re safe in purchasing anything in the Chanel beauty department, but we harbour a particular soft spot for this totally OTT egg-shaped hand cream, which smells delicious and adds a small moment of luxury to any day.

Hand cream by Chanel
Hand cream by Chanel, $87 at David Jones.

Elle Macpherson’s Super Elixir has a cult following, and with good reason. The product – designed to be added to smoothies or sprinkled on muesli at breakfast – contains a cocktail of good-for-you stuff like alkalising super greens, digestive enzymes, omega three and Chinese herbs. Perfect for mums in need of a morning pick-me-up.

Super Elixir Greens by WelleCo
Super Elixir Greens by WelleCo, $145 at David Jones.

Jo Malone London’s Wood Sage and Sea Salt is expectant mother Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s, fragrance of choice. And if it’s good enough for a royal, it’s good enough for our mums.

Fragrance by Jo Malone London
Fragrance by Jo Malone London, $198 at David Jones.

Whether we like to admit it or not, winter is fast approaching. A chic black cashmere jumper from bassike is practical in that she’ll wear it to death, but it still has that squeal-of-delight factor when opened.

Jumper by Bassike
Jumper by Bassike, $219 at David Jones.

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