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Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Moms Returning from Maternity Leave in 2021 

Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Moms Returning from Maternity Leave in 2021 

Gifts for Mom Returning from Maternity Leave

You have a friend, sister, daughter, wife, partner or co-worker who is about to return to work.  Every family and mother is different, but this is always a big transition.  This mom is going to experience the changes around childcare, emotions, feeding, friendships, responsibilities and more. Now is a great time to think about gifts for mom that help her feel supported and encouraged during this time.  As a mom who has been through the return to work season, I know how much a small gesture can mean. Now, I am helping you find good gifts for mom returning to work after maternity leave so you can leave a big impact on her!


A Special Piece of Jewelry

Jewelry is a common gift for women, but for a new mom this can symbolize so much. Many mom gift ideas are around jewelry, and back to work is no exception. A special piece of jewelry serves two purposes. First, it gives the mom extra flare and confidence as she dresses to return to work again. Secondly, it gives mom a gift she can feel and appreciate in small ways all day long. 

Charm Bracelet 

charm bracelet is a great way to give mom a gift that can keep growing with her. Charm bracelets are great because the charms symbolize different parts of mom’s life. Charms can be added to the same bracelet, or mom can stack the bracelets. For the return to work, a charm representing love or strength is a meaningful message. 

Charm Necklace 

Similar to the charm bracelet, a charm necklace makes a great piece that is both a statement and a sentiment. With a charm necklace, mom can show style in a way that helps remind her of the big moments between her and her baby. 


Cute Bag for her Supplies

One thing all moms can agree on is that motherhood comes with a lot of stuff. There are always things that need to be handy. A great gift for mom returning to work is a new bag to tote all of her necessities. You can find casual bags, sophisticated bags, and everything in between. These bags will carry valued treasures, back up supplies and everything in between. 


Framed Family Picture

When mom is working hard on a project, a beautiful framed family picture helps her remember her why. Finding the perfect picture frame means thinking about the size that would fit well in her workspace. Also, consider the colors that match the other office décor mom uses.  When choosing a picture, spend time asking mom about her favorite family photos. You want to make sure you have a photo that makes her feel confident and will make a meaningful gift for mom. Want to add on a bonus or team up with someone else to add to the gift for mom? Schedule a family photo session to capture the perfect moments and celebrate mom’s return to work.


Journal or Notepad

Returning to work comes with a lot of thoughts, emotions, and to-do lists. Celebrate this with a cute new notepad or journal for mom. She will be inspired by a journal with a cute picture and phrase on the front. She will also love a notepad that makes to-do lists easy to manage. Some journals even help mom to track her water intake, goals, and fun. 


Personalized Gift

Sometimes the best gifts for mom is the most unique gifts for mom. She is unlike any other, and finding a gift that is just as unique reminds her of how special she is. There are so many options when it comes to personalizing gifts. You could get her personalized pens or pencils to write the most important things. You could gift her a travel mug or mason jar with her name or favorite phrase. Help her stay on top of things with a personalized key ring. The simple things with an added touch of personalization are a perfect way to let mom know you appreciate her. 

When a mom returns to work after maternity leave, she shows her ongoing love for her family. Showing her that her work is valued is a great way to be a friend, partner, family member or coworker. I hope these gifts for mom give you an idea that you can use to encourage someone you love!  

About The Author

Chelsea Skaggs

Chelsea Skaggs is a postpartum advocate and coach who is committed to helping women kick the pressure to be "Pinterest Perfect" and have real, raw conversations to acknowledge and empower the postpartum experience. She provides small group coaching, eCourses, online communities and helps other women start motherhood-centered businesses. She believes that normalizing and empowering all the changes in life after baby can change the world and leads that effort at

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