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Besides a few hours of uninterrupted sleep, new parents appreciate nothing more than convenient, tasty, and energizing meals and snacks delivered straight to their door. Let new parents in your life know you’re thinking of them and sending congratulations with a gift basket delivery.
You’ll find artfully arranged gift baskets brimming with snacks, sweets, fresh fruit, and even easy pantry meals. From nourishing to indulgent, we’ve rounded up our favorite food bundles that make a new parent’s life a little easier.
Here, the best new baby gift baskets for parents.
Best Overall: Harry & David Grand Signature Gift Basket
Fruit baskets may seem a little cliche, but sending something fresh can be a welcome break from the traditional casseroles, sweets, and spirits often given as congratulatory gifts. Harry & David is known for its fresh fruit baskets and snackable gift towers, and its grand signature gift basket offers a little bit of the best of both worlds.
It’s filled with over 3 pounds of Harry & David’s signature Royal Riviera pears, which taste like an indulgent dessert on their own. There are also seasonal apples, several artisan cheeses, Italian salami, mixed nuts, seeded crackers, pretzels, and dipping relish.
At checkout, you can opt to add a bottle of wine to the gift for a complete wine and cheese experience. All the goodies are packed into a wooden crate that would make an excellent storage box for baby books or toys when the snacks are gone.
What's Included: Eight seasonal pears, two seasonal apples, 4 ounces sharp white cheddar, 6 ounces Gouda, 10 ounces pepper and onion relish, 8 ounces pretzels, 10 ounces honey mustard, 4 ounces crackers, 6 ounces salami, and 4 ounces mixed nuts | Shipping: Standard fees apply depending on total order amount. Deliveries to P.O. boxes require additional $5.99 fee, and delivery to HI or AK require an additional $9.99 fee. Limited international shipping is available
Best Meat and Cheese: Murray’s Cheese Slam Dunk Snacks
Based in New York, Murray’s Cheese is one of the premier cheese shops in the country. It sources the best snack-worthy cheeses, meats, and other essentials and has gift packages available for nationwide shipping.
The Slam Dunk Snacks package comes with everything new parents will need to craft a salty and savory meat-and-cheese board. It includes charcuterie basics like genoa salami, prosciutto, and three types of cheese: pepper jack, Gouda, and Brie. A tub of cocktail mix and crackers seasoned with sea salt and olive oil are also included.
Everything is packed in a signature gift box and, with 1.5 pounds of cheese and 6 ounces of meat, there’s plenty of food to guarantee several snack sessions.
What's Included: Pepper jack, Gouda, mini Brie, Genoa salami, prosciutto, cocktail nuts, crackers | Shipping: Ships to the continental United States. Can not ship to PO Boxes or APO/FPO addresses. Shipping rates apply. Deliveries to AK and HI include an additional $15 fee
Best Breakfast: Stonewall Kitchen Down East Breakfast Kit
The Down East Breakfast gift box from Stonewall Kitchen will transport new parents to a New England bed and breakfast. It comes with everything you need to enjoy a cozy pancake feast.
Stonewall Kitchen’s bestselling farmhouse pancake and waffle mix turns out light and fluffy pancakes with homemade vanilla flavor. The mix only requires the addition of an egg, milk, and a bit of melted butter, so the pancakes are quick and simple to whip up—even for sleep-deprived parents.
This gift set also includes pure maple syrup and wild Maine blueberry jam for topping the pancakes, as well as a bag of Maine-roasted coffee.
What's Included: 8.5 ounces maple syrup, 10 ounces coffee, 33 ounces pancake and waffle mix, 12.5 ounces blueberry jam | Shipping: Ships to continental United States, Puerto Rico, and USVI. Shipping charges apply
Best Doughnuts: Angel Food Bakery Custom Message Donuts
Surprise new parents with a custom message spelled out in doughnuts with this unique package available through Goldbelly. Angel Food Bakery, located in Minneapolis, churns out well wishes in the form of freshly baked doughnuts.
You can choose to send a basic “congratulations!” or “it’s a boy/girl!” in a doughnut form. Each message is crafted with an assortment of the bakery’s top-selling doughnut flavors, including classic vanilla and chocolate, plus fun flavors like fruity pebbles, raspberry chocolate chip, and a coconut chocolate Samoa-inspired doughnut. The doughnuts are loaded with toppings like sprinkles, chocolate shavings, cereal, and toasted flaked coconut.
What's Included: Exact number of doughnuts depends on the message selected. Choose from "Congratulations," "It's a boy," "It's a girl," "Good luck," "Treat yo self," "Mazel tov," or "Welcome home" | Shipping: Ships free to contiguous United States. Deliveries to AK and HI have shipping charges. Can not ship to PO Boxes
Best Bagels: H&H Bagels Half Dozen Bagels, Cream Cheese, and Nova Scotia Salmon
Whether it’s time for breakfast or a middle-of-the-night snack, any time of day is a good time for a bagel with smear. Fresh New York bagels can be delivered to new parents’ doorstep from H&H Bagels, which makes each batch of bagels the old-fashioned way by boiling the bagels and then baking them in special ovens to get a crisp exterior and a soft and chewy inside.
This gift package includes half a dozen bagels, ½-pound of cream cheese, and ½-pound of Nova Scotia smoked salmon. You get to pick the bagel and cream cheese flavors you’d like to send. There are 11 bagel flavors, including everything from onion and cinnamon raisin to pumpernickel and egg. There are 11 cream cheese flavors, too, with sweet, spicy, and savory options.
If you’re gifting to someone who doesn’t eat dairy, there are also tofu spread options. You can even add on an extra tub of cream cheese, whitefish salad, or baked salmon salad to your gift for a complete brunch in a box.
What's Included: Six bagels in your choice of flavor (plain, poppy, sesame, whole wheat, cinnamon raisin, everything, onion, whole wheat everything, blueberry, pumpernickel, or egg), 1/2-pound cream cheese in your choice of flavor (plain, scallion, vegetable, lox, jalapeño, strawberry, walnut raisin, tofu plain, tofu scallion, or tofu vegetable), and either 1/2 or 1 pound of smoked salmon | Shipping: Ships free to contiguous United States. Deliveries to AK and HI have shipping charges. Can not ship to PO Boxes
Best for Snacking: Mouth Happy + Healthy! Gift Box
If you want to send an assortment of snack options, Mouth has you covered with its Happy and Healthy gift box. It contains both sweet and savory options from brands that specialize in small-batch snacks.
Whether they reach for the turmeric lime-spiced pumpkin seeds, nori-flavored popcorn, watermelon lemonade dried fruit snacks, or oatmeal raisin buckwheat cookies, parents will enjoy sorting through all the goodies and deciding which to try next to help fuel them through sleepless nights and round-the-clock diaper changes.
What's Included: 16 ounces peanut butter, 4 ounces pumpkin seeds, 6 ounces crispbread, 12 ounces granola, 5 ounces popcorn, 10 turmeric ginger tea bags, 1.6 ounces fruit jerky, 8 ounces sunflower seeds, 2-ounce cookie | Shipping: Ships to continental United States. If you need to ship to a military base or APO, Mouth suggests entering your billing address as the shipping address at checkout and then emailing customer service to update the order with the correct address. Shipping charges apply
What to Look for in New Baby Gift Baskets
Keep in mind people's food preferences can change all the time for a variety of reasons. It's common for parents to experience food aversions and cravings before and after the arrival of a new baby. A gift that includes a variety of textures and flavors (think: sweet, savory, salty, and even spicy) offers something for everyone and increases the odds of the recipient(s) finding something they enjoy eating.
Some of the gift baskets on this list include perishable items, such as fruit, doughnuts, and bagels with cream cheese. Sending perishable gifts is a great option if you know the recipient enjoys and appreciates that food. However, if you're sending a gift to someone whose food preferences you're not as familiar with, it may be wise to send a nonperishable gift basket. That way, food gifts will be less likely to go to waste.
Food Restrictions and Potential Allergens
Whenever you're sending a gift that includes food, you need to consider any dietary restrictions the recipient may have. Are the new parents following a vegetarian diet? Are they allergic to nuts? If you're unsure, you can certainly reach out and ask and/or choose a gift that is free from common food allergens, which include dairy, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat and/or gluten, and shellfish.
Again, if you're unsure if someone's eating style has changed or if they have any dietary restrictions, you may want to skip sending any perishable items. If the parents can't consume the perishables, they may go to waste.
Since you're sending a gift, you want it to impress, and that means it needs to be packaged safely and deliver on aesthetic appeal. Plus, you want the food to taste good. Checking customer reviews before ordering can give you some real-world experience regarding the presentation, quantity, and quality of items in a gift basket. If the majority of ratings and reviews are positive, it can provide some additional assurance that you're sending a quality gift that will delight the recipient(s).
When should you send parents a new baby gift?
According to Lizzie Post, etiquette expert at The Emily Post Institute and co-host of the Awesome Etiquette podcast, you can send parents a new baby gift any time you wish. How you send the gift, though, will depend on where you're geographically located. If you live some distance from the recipients, you'll want to take advantage of deliverable gift baskets, like those on this list. Just double check shipping policies before ordering to make sure the gift can be delivered to your chosen destination.
If you live nearby and would like to deliver a gift to the family in person, you may opt to ship the gift to yourself. Keep in mind it's best to wait to be invited to meet the new baby or ask the new parents for the best time to visit.
If I already gave a baby shower gift, do I need to send another gift when the baby is born?
No, it's not necessary to give another gift once the new baby arrives if you've already given a shower gift. It's up to you whether you wish to send a congratulatory gift basket once the baby arrives.
Some parents welcome food gifts in the early newborn days, but not all parents want or prefer food gifts. If you're in the position to do so, check in with the parents before selecting on a gift to see if they have any requests. Post points out that new parents tend to be inundated with hand-me-downs and gifts, so asking what the family may need in those early days is often much appreciated.
How do I know my gift basket has been delivered?
Most gift baskets let you select a delivery date or provide an estimated delivery date, whether you select standard or expedited shipping. Tracking information is typically provided, so you can keep tabs on shipping and delivery status.
If you're sending a gift basket that includes perishable items, you might consider letting the parents know to expect a delivery. Doing so lets the recipient know to expect a delivery with items that need to be placed into cold storage.
While sending a thank you is always in style, it can slip a parent's mind to do so in a timely fashion in those early new baby days. If you've sent a gift and haven't heard from the parents, Post notes it's perfectly acceptable to reach out and ask if they've received it. Although rare, deliveries can be delayed or go missing, so it's best to check.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Sharon Lehman, RDN 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, recovering, and taking care of her baby. Sharon interviewed Lizzie Post, etiquette expert at The Emily Post Institute and co-host of the Awesome Etiquette podcast, for this roundup.