The 18 Best Food Gifts for New Parents in 2021

According to a new mom and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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Between feedings, diaper changes, naps, and all the other responsibilities, excitement, and exhaustion that come with a new baby, parents don’t have a lot of time or energy to think about cooking, grocery shopping, and meal planning. One of the most thoughtful things you can give new parents is a gift of food or kitchen products that will make life a little easier. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite meal deliveries, care packages, and gear that help get food on the table faster so parents stay nourished and can focus on what matters most—their new bundle of joy. Here, our list of the best gifts you can give to new parents.

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Help parents get dinner on the table, whether they prefer all-day slow cooking or speedy from-frozen pressure cooker recipes.
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Keep new parents’ freezers stocked with fast, convenient meals.
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This coffee maker can be filled and set to brew the night before so there’s a hot, fresh pot of coffee waiting in the morning.
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This personal blender packs 600 watts of power to quickly liquefy fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables.
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Parents can choose nine wholesome, plant-based meals and snacks from an extensive menu.
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Keeps drinks cold all day long and makes it easy for parents to keep track of daily water intake.
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Leak-free storage containers in assorted sizes come in handy for stashing leftovers, reheating takeout, and warming baby food.
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Send a congratulatory toast and a bit of luxury to a new parent.
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These hearty classics will provide dinner plus plenty of leftovers to hungry parents .
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This electric kettle heats to boiling fast so parents can make fast work of sanitizing baby items and warming bottles.
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Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker
What We Like
  • Remembers previous settings

  • Three temperature levels

  • Precise temperature control

What We Don't Like
  • Comes with minimal accessories

  • Difficult to see the pressure valve

A multi-purpose appliance like the Instant Pot Duo is a must-have for parents short on time in the kitchen. It can be used as a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute pan, warmer, and yogurt maker. It’s equipped with preset controls for soups, stews, meat, and more, and it automatically monitors pressure and temperature and adjusts accordingly during cooking for optimal results. It can even handle cooking from frozen, so if busy parents forget to defrost a few chicken breasts, they can still have a speedy meal on the table.

Cleaning up is as easy as it gets, with our reviewer being "pleasantly surprised to find out the entire lid can go in the dishwasher" along with the stainless steel pot, steamer rack, plastic tools, and silicone ring.

"This Instant Pot has its temperature and pressure sensors dialed in, resulting in precise results when cooking."Danielle Centoni, Product Tester

Thrive Market Build Your Own Mixed Meal Bundle

Build Your Own Mixed Meal Bundle
What We Like
  • Convenient for those with dietary restrictions

  • No additives or preservatives

  • Quick and easy to prepare

What We Don't Like
  • Only three kinds of meals to choose from

  • Expensive compared to other frozen meals

  • Small serving sizes

Microwavable meals are a huge convenience for new parents when they’re too tired or overwhelmed to cook but still need to eat something ASAP. Thrive Market lets you create a bundle of frozen, single-serving meals and send them straight to your doorstep. Bundles are available in counts of six, eight, 10, or 12 meals, and there are both plant-based and paleo options. Most of the meals contain organic ingredients, grass-fed meat, and plenty of veggies, protein, and whole grains so parents will feel like they’re getting a wholesome meal.

Cuisinart Programmable Coffee Maker

What We Like
  • Programmable with a 24-hour brew start

  • Temperature-control technology keeps cups piping hot

  • Easy-to-use brew strength control

What We Don't Like
  • Pricier than its competitors

  • Digital display has a dizzying array of options

  • Lots of parts to clean

This programmable coffee maker can be filled and set to brew the night before so there’s a hot, fresh pot of coffee waiting in the morning. Exhausted parents will appreciate having one less thing to do in the early hours following a sleepless night.

With its shiny stainless steel design, 14-cup capacity, settings to control flavor strength and temperature, a built-in charcoal water filter, and self-cleaning mode, this model makes it easy to brew the perfect pot of coffee. Our product tester especially appreciated the 24-hour lead time which is necessary for planning a seamless morning routine.

"Considering its sleek design, temperature control, and undeniably useful features, this coffee maker simply brings so much to the table."Lambeth Hochwald, Product Tester

Nutribullet 600W Nutrient Extractor

Nutribullet 600W Nutrient Extractor
What We Like
  • Versatile functions

  • Includes two dishwasher-safe cups

  • Reasonable price

What We Don't Like
  • Only makes 1-2 servings

  • Blades need to be replaced every 6 months

The NutriBullet can blend up energizing fruit and veggie-packed smoothies. Parents can also use it to make snacks in a snap, like fresh hummus and salsa, and create their own baby food purees when the time comes to transition to solids in the months to come. There are similar blenders specifically for baby food, but this one will be more versatile in the long run for the entire family. The blender comes with two BPA-free dishwasher-safe cups so each parent can personalize his or her own smoothies.

Daily Harvest Gift Box

Daily Harvest Gift Box
What We Like
  • Food options for every time of day

  • Many food items and flavors to choose from

  • Organic and plant-based ingredients

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive if paying full price

  • No meat options for meals

  • Can't purchase à la carte

With a gift box from Daily Harvest, new parents can choose nine frozen meals or snacks that take minimal effort to prepare. Offerings include smoothies, flatbreads, energy bites, soups, oat bowls, harvest bowls, and chia parfaits. Smoothies are ready to blend with liquid of choice and soups and bowls just need to be heated in the microwave or a skillet. Everything is organic and plant-based, making it easy for parents to get their daily dose of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle

Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle
What We Like
  • Lifetime warranty from manufacturer defects

  • Handle on cap for easy carrying

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Easy to lose lid as it's not connected to bottle

  • Straw lids are sold separately

Help parents keep up with their hydration needs (especially important for breastfeeding moms!) with a large-capacity reusable water bottle. Hydro Flasks are made from stainless steel with double-walled vacuum insulation, which means cold drinks stay icy for hours. The bottles are available in fun colors and are dishwasher safe. We recommend choosing a 32-ounce (i.e. 4-cup) bottle with a straw lid so parents don’t have to refill too often and can sip one-handed while they’re balancing the baby.

Glasslock 18-Piece Assorted Oven Safe Container Set

What We Like
  • Oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe

  • Made of durable glass

  • Recyclable

What We Don't Like
  • Lids are tough to secure at first

  • Heavy

Do new parents a favor and pack up any food you bring them in storage containers they can keep. Parents will appreciate not having to keep track of which containers belong to whom and getting them returned in a timely fashion. This container set features nine differently sized glass containers with BPA-free lids. The leak-free containers are safe for the oven or microwave so short-on-time parents can heat food up without dirtying extra dishes. Our reviewer noted the smaller containers were perfect for storing snacks, which are handy for adults and young kids alike.

Bonus: Glass food storage is preferred by many parents for storing and warming baby food.

"This 18-piece set proves thick, sturdy, and completely see-through, so you always know which goodies you’ve stowed in the fridge or pantry."Linnea Covington, Product Tester

Gourmet Gift Baskets Champagne & Truffles Gift Basket

Champagne & Truffles Gift Basket
What We Like
  • Can choose between three champagnes

  • Reusable faux leather basket

  • Woman-owned business

What We Don't Like
  • Pricier compared to other gift baskets

  • Not practical

  • Sweets aren't customizable

What better way to celebrate than with a glass of bubbly and gourmet chocolate? Since alcohol is on the list of things to avoid during pregnancy, wine-loving moms will appreciate a little indulgence. After all, they just put in serious work and deserve a treat! This gift set contains your choice of prosecco or premium Veuve Clicquot or Dom Perignon Champagne and assorted sweets.

The Big Book of Organic Baby Food: Baby Purées, Finger Foods, and Toddler Meals For Every Stage

What We Like
  • Recipes are organized by feeding stages

  • Both practical and affordable

  • Includes recipes for both adults and babies to share

What We Don't Like
  • Could use more pictures and illustrations

  • Many recipes are very similar

  • Not recommended for experienced cooks

Most babies don’t start eating solid food until they’re around 6 months old, but foodie parents will appreciate having a beautiful and educational cookbook to flip through in the meantime. This bestseller is written by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and filled with full-color images and over 230 nutritious recipes. It’s also jam-packed with information on introducing solids, the best foods for each feeding stage and age, and a section of recipes parents can enjoy now or as a family, once the baby is an established eater.

Williams-Sonoma Three Days of Comfort Entrees

Williams- Sonoma Three Days of Comfort Entrees
What We Like
  • Leftovers provide several additional meals

  • No additional preparation other than reheating

  • Lasts up to 18 months frozen

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

  • Not vegetarian-friendly

  • Requires to be thawed overnight

If you’re unable to whip something up yourself, you can still send a new family a few meals with Williams-Sonoma’s prepared entrees. Getting dinner on the table is fast and easy since these dishes simply need to thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then bake for 30 to 40 minutes. There are options for Italian, chicken, and vegetarian entrees, but we’re partial to the Three Days of Comfort, which includes ultra-cozy and hearty turkey meatloaf, shepherd’s pie, and chicken spinach lasagna. Each dish contains eight servings, so mom and dad can make several meals out of the leftovers.

OXO Brew Cordless Glass Electric Kettle

OXO On Cordless Glass Electric Kettle, Stainless Steel
What We Like
  • Neutral design to complement all kitchens

  • Large water capacity

  • Measurement marks on the kettle

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive compared to other kettles

  • The glass gets extra hot which is not kid-friendly

  • No sound indication when water is boiling

An electric kettle may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of new parent life, but it’s a big help for parents who rely on boiling water for warming bottles and sanitizing pacifiers, bottles, teethers, and breast pump parts. This model heats water faster than a stovetop which will be appreciated during the middle of the night feedings. It holds up to 1.75 liters of water and has a glass and stainless steel design that’ll complement most kitchens.

Harry & David Gift Box

Harry's Gift Box
What We Like
  • Reasonably priced

  • Great mix of snacks

  • Can upgrade to other tiers for more variety

What We Don't Like
  • Pears can become bruised or spoiled in transit

  • Cardboard packaging isn't aesthetically pleasing

New parents tend to receive a lot of casseroles and baked goods, so a gift that includes some fresh fruit can help round out the offerings. This gift set includes half a dozen Royal Verano pears, plus an assortment of snacks, including cheese, summer sausage, seeded crackers, and nuts. Parents can pick at their leisure or set out a little bit of everything for a sweet and savory snack plate.

Munchkin Milkmakers Sampler Pack

Munchkin Milkmakers Sampler Pack
What We Like
  • Three choices in cookie flavor

  • Recommended by lactation consultant

  • Made in USA

What We Don't Like
  • Cookies are high-calorie

  • Doesn't guarantee change in milk supply

  • Expensive for what is included

Support a new breastfeeding mom with lactation consultant-approved treats. This sampler pack includes tea, snack bars, and packs of cookie bites that are made with oats, flaxseed, brewer’s yeast, and fenugreek—all ingredients thought to promote healthy milk supply. Some reviewers swear these snacks boosted their milk production, but even if a new mom doesn’t notice a difference or decides not to breastfeed, she’ll have extra snacks on hand to satisfy postpartum hunger pangs. 

Uncommon Goods Tea Drop Sampler

Tea Drop Sampler
What We Like
  • Minimal preparation required

  • Includes five different flavors

  • Wooden box can be reused

What We Don't Like
  • Sediment doesn't completely dissolve

  • Made with sweeteners

  • Each drop is individually wrapped in plastic

This tea sampler contains five tea blends made from organic tea leaves, herbs, and raw cane sugar in a convenient dissolvable tablet form. They’ll receive 25 tea drops total in flavors like blueberry acai and rose earl grey packed in a rustic wooden box. Parents can drop one into a mug of hot water and let it dissolve for an instant cup of tea to savor—no bags, special tools, sweetener, or other ingredients required!

Contigo AUTOSEAL West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug with Easy-Clean Lid

Contigo AUTOSEAL West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug
What We Like
  • Effective autolock and anti-spill lid

  • Can be locked and unlocked with one hand

  • Keeps drinks hot/cold for hours

What We Don't Like
  • A little wide for smaller hands

  • Plastic lid seems prone to breakage

  • Bottle isn’t dishwasher safe (the lid is, though)

This travel mug has a push button that’s easy to use one-handed and a leak- and spill-proof lid so parents don’t need to worry about hot coffee or tea getting everywhere if it happens to get knocked over or tossed into a diaper bag or stroller basket. Insulated stainless steel keeps drinks hot for hours, which new parents will appreciate when the baby's schedule doesn’t allow them to finish a cup in one sitting.

However, during our tests, we found this mug was a bit inconvenient to wash as the bottle isn't dishwasher-safe, so it's a better choice for those parents who are used to washing some dishes by hand.

"The Contigo performed even better than promised. When filled with hot coffee, the mug maintained high heat for roughly three hours." — Suzie Dundas, Product Tester

Thrive Market One Year Membership

Thrive Market One Year Membership
What We Like
  • Memberships sponsor low-income families

  • Products can be filtered by diet

  • Convenient for those not located near healthy grocers

What We Don't Like
  • Referral program doesn't apply for gifting

  • Can't gift a physical version

  • Membership doesn't include spending money

Spare new parents the chore of grocery shopping with a one-year membership to digital-based Thrive Market. Parents will be able to shop an extensive selection of essential groceries, household items, and personal care products from the comfort of home and have everything delivered to their doorstep. 

KIND Variety Cube

VIBE Variety Cube
What We Like
  • Variety of flavors

  • Unique gift box display

  • Individually packaged for on-the-go parents

What We Don't Like
  • Not allergy-safe

  • Made with added sugar

  • No customization options

We can’t emphasize the importance of grab-and-go snacks for new parents enough, and snack bars perfectly fit the bill. This variety pack contains 20 KIND bars in eight flavors including almond coconut, dark chocolate cherry cashew, and caramel almond sea salt. We love that they’re made with wholesome ingredients like nuts, coconut, dried fruit, and honey and are good sources of protein, fiber, and iron. 

Bean Box Coffee of the Month

Coffee of the Month Club
What We Like
  • Choice of subscription length

  • Supports small businesses

  • Includes artisan chocolate

What We Don't Like
  • Recipients need a coffee grinder to use whole beans

  • Bag may not last entire month

A coffee-of-the-month subscription is a great idea for parents who may no longer have time to hit the nearest coffee house for a custom blend. Coffee delivery will also help ensure sleep-deprived parents won’t run short on a supply of caffeine. You can choose to enroll the new parents in Bean Box’s club for three, six, or 12 months. Each month, they’ll receive one 12-ounce bag of whole bean coffee from a featured Seattle roasting company, plus artisan chocolate. 

Final Verdict

The Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker will be a game-changer for new parents, as its pressure-cooking abilities will allow them to make their favorite meals faster (not to mention it's extremely versatile). Alternatively, you can stock their freezer with delicious premade meals using the Thrive Market Build Your Own Mixed Meal Bundle.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Sharon Lehman is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, a new mom (established 2020), and the author of this gift guide. One of her favorite parts of those early, ravenous new mom days was finding food- and snack-filled gift baskets on her doorstep that made it easier to focus on resting, healing, and taking care of her baby. 

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  2. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Bisphenol A (BPA). Updated March 5, 2020.

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