Best Gifts for a First Mother’s Day

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First Mother’s Days are the sweetest because, well it’s your first, and as a new mom it’s your chance to celebrate in your own way. We asked Nell Diamond, founder of Hill House Home and mom to son Henry, about her traditions, wish list gifts and how to make any present even more special.

What’s a Mother’s Day tradition did you have as a child that you are looking forward to continuing? “Hand-written notes! I used to love writing notes and cards to my Mom, and it was so fun to pick out stationery and greeting cards I thought she’d like. My mom and my son Henry are total best friends, so I’d love for Henry—when he’s old enough—to write her little cards for Mother’s Day, too! And I guess I wouldn’t exactly complain if he wrote me some. They’re such wonderful keepsakes—my Mom still has most of the cards I wrote her!”

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I love Paper Source and McNally Jackson (above) for the best cards. 

As a new mom, what’s something you love and rely on for yourself? “Good skin makes me feel amazing, especially when I don’t have as much time to spend on makeup in the morning! I live for those two products.”

I’m OBSESSED with Drunk Elephant Skincare right now—especially the Marula Oil and the Night Serum.
My skin is also super dry, so I’ve been doing a Dr. Jart Moisture Mask once a week too.

What are the things you’d share or recommend to new moms to help them take care of themselves? What makes them special? “My big new tip: Change your iPhone screen settings to limit the blue light you’re exposed to before bedtime. Blue light from phone, computer and television screens can inhibit melatonin production, making it harder to fall asleep, and potentially even disrupting the quality of your sleep cycles. It’s almost impossible to spend hours without your phone before bed, so this little trick limits the damage by changing your phone display to warmer colors closer to bedtime. I tell pretty much everyone I see to do this. Go to Settings —> Display & Brightness —> Night Shift –> then schedule Night Shift from Sunset to Sunrise.”


What have been your go-to Mother’s Day gifts or the best Mother’s Day gifts you have given? What were they special? “Personalized things always mean so much. Hand-written, monogrammed, stamped – it shows you really went the extra step!”

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What are your favorite gifts from Hill House Home for Mother’s Day? “I usually say our best gift items are robes, pajamas, and our mini monogrammable pillows. But for this holiday—trust me, moms want anything to enhance their sleep experience! Start with the Quick Snooze set and even if she already has sheets she likes, these can be easily added to the rotation.”

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The Quick Snooze Set. Fresh, soft, long-lasting sheets are the ultimate luxury.

And what are your mother’s day wish list gifts? “Here’s a few things from my dream list, but truthfully all I ask for on Sunday is a lot of ice cream, and some nice weather for an afternoon walk with Henry!”

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Mama Ring by Alison Lou, I have the Mrs. ring so now I need the Mama to match!
 This linen caftan by Fivestory is the hostess look of my dreams 
I’m really into statement earrings, and it’s hard to find big earrings that aren’t super heavy, these by Rosantica are really light delicate.

How do you make gifts feel special? “Wrapping counts! A little ribbon can go a long way.” We agree. For Nell’s full list check out “My First Mother’s Day.”

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