The 16 Best Food Gifts for New Parents in 2023

Celebrate the arrival of their little one (and spoil Mom or Dad silly) with these food gifts that are both delicious and practical.

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When it comes to welcoming a new addition to your family, putting yourself on the priority list at all as a new parent is essentially a pipe dream. From middle-of-the-night feedings to the constant stream of dirty laundry, it can be hard to find time to do the most basic tasks (hello, showers or a warm cup of coffee!) let alone squeeze in any cozy bonding moments.

If you know a pair of friends welcoming a child, your first instinct may be to spoil the little one with new toys, clothes, or stuffed animals — and that's sweet! But allow us to let you in on a little secret: The new parents will love you even more if you spoil them — especially with food. After spending all day and night worried about preparing bottles for their little one, motivation to make anything for dinner will be at an all-time low. So whether you treat them to a week's worth of freezer meals, a boozy brunch reminiscent of your post-college days in New York City, or a sweet treat to get them through the afternoon slump, you can guarantee they'll put you in the running for that Godparent title — or at least send you a really appreciative thank you text. From customized donut and bagel delivery to all-in-one brunch kits, check out our favorite food gifts for new parents, below.

Milk Bar Birthday Cake

Milk Bar Birthday Cake

Milk Bar Store

There's no better way to celebrate a new addition to this world than with a birthday cake — and no one does it better than legendary New York City bakery Milk Bar. This tiered confection is packed with all sorts of nostalgic childhood flavors, from the creamy frosting and colorful sprinkles to the crunchy crumbs on top. While you can't personalize it with a sugary birthday wish, you can include a gift message and schedule your delivery up to a month in advance, so there's no chance you'll miss out on wishing the new family a happy birthday.

Price at time of publish: $62

Pyrex 20 Piece Glass Freshlock Food Storage Set

Pyrex 20pc Glass Freshlock Food Storage Set

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If you're supporting a set of to-be-parents in the lead-up to their child's arrival, this practical food storage gift could be a great way of showing them you totally get the chaos the next few months will become. Prepping freezer meals ahead of baby's arrival is an ideal way for new parents to maintain some sense of normalcy in the fourth trimester, and these freezer-, microwave-, oven- and dishwasher-safe storage containers from Pyrex will certainly help them along the way. Pair your practical gift with an equally-helpful promise to spend the afternoon batch-cooking with them or a few of your favorite freezer-ready recipes.

Price at time of publish: $47

Levain Bakery 4-Pack Raisin Cookies

Levain Bakery 4-Pack Raisin Cookies

Levain Bakery

Looking for a food gift that's both delicious and practical? Look no further than Levain Bakery's legendary cookies. The generously-sized treats (each weighs in at a whopping 6 ounces!) are well-loved for their flavor-packed recipes and gooey centers and are easily shippable, making them the ideal food gift for new parents. Choose from a selection of their best-selling combinations, like chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate chip, or chocolate peanut butter, or opt for the oatmeal raisin recipe to give a nursing new mom a little supply boost.

Price at time of publish: $29

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Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2

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Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2

Amazon

When you're a new parent, every chilly cup of once-warm coffee can be a reminder of just how far you've fallen on the priority list. Give them back their beloved morning coffee routine by gifting Mom or Dad a forever-steamy cup of coffee. It's possible thanks to Ember, the smart app temperature-controlled mug that relies on a powerful rechargeable battery to keep the mug — and subsequently, their coffee or tea — at the perfect temperature, ranging from 120 degrees Fahrenheit to 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Price at time of publish: $129

andSons Chocolatiers Signature Collection

andSons Chocolatiers Signature Collection

andSons Chocolatiers

Nothing feels more celebratory than a beautiful box of chocolates, and this bespoke set from California-based chocolatier andSons doubles as a piece of artwork. Each hand-painted piece is created using thoughtfully-sourced ingredients, with a mix of traditional European craftsmanship and fresh flavor profiles, like Hazelnut Gianduja, Speculoos Cookie, Yuzu Caramel, and more.

Price at time of publish: $95

Williams Sonoma Five Days of Entrées

Williams Sonoma Five Days of Entrees

Williams Sonoma

Make the week post-baby a bit easier — and more delicious! — with a thoughtful collection of freezer meals from Williams Sonoma. Cooked in conjunction with Elephants Delicatessen in Portland, Oregon, this shippable collection includes five of their most popular takeout items, like Beef Lasagna, Beef Stroganoff, Meatloaf, Polenta Dolcetta, and Zuni Stew. Each meal feeds two to four people, so the new parents will have plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day, too.

Price at time of publish: $205

Angel Food Bakery Custom Message Donuts

Angel Food Bakery Custom Message Donuts

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Ship your sweet sentiments with this cheeky donut delivery from Goldbelly. Fried up in partnership with Angel Food Bakery in Minneapolis, each yummy treat is shaped as a letter to deliver a celebratory message (like "It's a boy!" or "Congratulations!") that's as festive as it is delicious. The yeast-raised donuts range in flavor from classic sprinkle-covered to Fruity Pebbles, Samoa, and more.

Price at time of publish: $90

Harry & David New Baby Cookies Gift

Harry & David New Baby Cookies Gift

Harry & David

Classic food retailer Harry & David has a huge variety of edible gift baskets, so you can practically guarantee you'll find something the new parents will love in just a quick browse of their site. We love this simple and charming New Baby Cookies Gift, which comes with 12 chocolate-covered sandwich cookies decorated with a variety of designs. The best part? These ship express overnight, so they're a great option if the little one decides to make an unexpectedly early arrival.

Price at time of publish: $40

Anyday The Everyday Set

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Anyday

In the first few weeks of welcoming a new addition to the family, your pals are probably relying pretty heavily on their microwave to keep themselves fed. Make their life just a little bit easier by gifting a collection of "cookware" designed specifically for microwave use. The Everyday Set from Anyday is especially comprehensive — it includes a variety of dishes meant for veggies, grains, proteins, soups, and more, each designed from silicone and glass to keep steam in and deliver a flavorful, even cook. They'll be able to whip up whatever they're craving (or more accurately, whatever is in their freezer) with almost zero effort.

Price at time of publish: $120

Jasper Hill Farm Cheese Tasting Box

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Jasper Hill Farm Cheese Tasting Box

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Moms have to give up a lot during pregnancy, and a surprising amount of those things sacrificed center around food. Welcome her back to the land of cheese lovers with this comprehensive set from Jasper Hill Farm in Vermont. It's packed to the brim with some of their most popular varietals, including cheddar, blue cheese, and Harbison, a tree bark-wrapped cheese that's been soft-ripened for a delicious, spoonable texture. Bonus: It'll ship overnight so you can ensure your picks reach the new parents at the peak of freshness.

Price at time of publish: $79

Vahdam 12 Assorted Tea Gift Sets

Vahdam 12 Assorted Tea Gift Sets

Amazon

Give them the gift of wellness, relaxation, and self-care — at least until nap time is over — with this diverse tea set from Vahdam. The beautiful packaging and fragrant teas practically feel like a spa day from the moment they crack open this assortment, which includes classics like Himalayan Green Tea and Classic English Breakfast, paired with more bespoke varietals like Turmeric Tulsi and Roasted Darjeeling. Want to really go all out? You can bundle your gift set with a steeper and mugs from Vahdam, too.

Price at time of publish: $55

McBride Sisters Brut Rose

McBride Sisters Brut Rose Wine
McBride Sisters Brut Rose Wine.

Wine.com

Now is the perfect time to lean into all things female empowerment — after all, your friend literally just grew a human! Celebrate her impressive power with this sparkling blend from female-owned, family-owned McBride Sisters. This giftable and vibrant brut rosé bubbly feels like a celebration in a glass.

Price at time of publish: $25

Ess-a-Bagel New York Bagel Brunch

Ess-a-Bagel New York Bagel Brunch for 6

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Welcome home the new family of three (or four, or five!) from the hospital with a veritable brunch feast — even if you live hundreds of miles away. Goldbelly lets you be there in spirit with their classic brunch kit from NYC's Ess-a-Bagel. Each box contains enough chewy, pillowy bagels and schmear for a group of six (great if they'll have family in town!), plus must-have extras like Nova and fish salad for a true taste of New York.

Price at time of publish: $100

Blue Bottle Coffee Blend Box

Blue Bottle Coffee Blend Box

Blue Bottle Coffee

There are several essentials when it comes to surviving the first few weeks of parenthood — mainly patience, love, and lots and lots of coffee. You can help with at least one of those things, thanks to this Blend Box from Blue Bottle Coffee. It incorporates three freshly-roasted 6-ounce bags of their best-selling beans — Bella Donovan, Three Africas, and Giant Steps — for a thoughtful and practical gift that will make them oh-so-grateful for your friendship (and your excellent taste in java).

Price at time of publish: $40

The Nuttery Chocolate and Candy Baby Boy Blue Gift Set

The Nuttery Chocolate and Candy Baby Boy Blue Gift Set

Etsy

Shopping for a duo of new parents that you don't know that well, like neighbors or an officemate? This sweet treat box from Etsy is the perfect way to celebrate them without having to get too personal. Available in both gendered and gender-neutral designs, it touts a delicious selection of delicacies like nuts, pretzels, and chocolates meant to bring a bit of cheer to the new family unit.

Price at time of publish: $65

Gold Belly Blue Ribbon Special Sushi DIY Kit

Gold Belly Blue Ribbon Special Sushi DIY Kit

Gold Belly

It's probably been a tough nine months for Mom — especially if she had to give up her beloved Friday night sushi habit. Celebrate the return of her culinary freedom with this fresh kit from Blue Ribbon Sushi and Goldbelly. It boasts all the essentials for a delicious DIY sushi night at home (just the kind of date new parents need) and includes the option to add on extra perks like fresh fish (they could also go to a local seafood counter), condiments, a cookbook, and more.

Price at time of publish: $180

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Alyssa Longobucco is a freelance writer, editor, and food stylist living in New York. When she's not diving into the latest in food and home decor, she's restoring an 1820s farmhouse in the Hudson Valley alongside her husband and son.

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