Picture this: your wife or partner is nearing the end of the pregnancy. You’ve seen her go through the trials of carrying another human being for 10 whole months. You’ve seen her in pain, swollen, nauseous and tired. And now she’s ready to push out said human being. How do you show your appreciation and love for the mother of the child you’re about to meet?
You get her a push present!
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, don’t worry. This blog post will answer the following questions:
- What is a push present?
- When do you give such a present?
- Can you give a push present to other people?
- What are some ideas to give?
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What is a push present?
The term “push present” is fairly new. But the idea of giving your partner a gift for making it through childbirth (aka “pushing”) isn’t. This gift also symbolizes the time and energy spent on not only her pregnancy but also her labor. Many cultures have some tradition or custom to celebrate and recognize a woman’s hard work during labor.
Today’s push presents may not be as elaborate as old-world traditions, such as a huge feast. But they can still show appreciation and love. Whether it’s a teddy bear to snuggle in the postpartum phase or a diamond ring, a postpartum gift may help couples reconnect and bond over creating and giving life.
Are push presents common?
The term “push present” may be a relatively new trend. But the idea behind the gesture may have been around for centuries. In Indian culture, new mothers are showered with jewelry (yes, please!), other gifts, and a feast!
Yet, the idea of giving a push gift is picking up steam in modern cultures as well due to social media. Thus, they are now more common and it’s not unheard of for new moms to consider asking for one!
How much should you spend on a push present?
Like all gifts, push presents do not and should not cost a lot. I recommend getting something special or sentimental. Something you know your partner will love. Whether it’s a necklace with her and the baby’s birthstones in it or a new camera to capture all the precious moments, as long as there is thought and effort put into the gift, it will be well-received.
What about a push present that doubles up as something useful? It doesn’t have to be an expensive gift like earrings or clothes. You can enlist some help from other people and get a push present together. For example, why not get your friends or family members to donate money toward buying the dream stroller or baby carrier your partner has been eyeing?
What matters most is showing how grateful you are for everything your partner has done.
Push Present Ideas
So now I have convinced you to get the mother of your child a push present. But what do you give her?
One option is a gift certificate for services like massage, manicure/pedicure, hair styling, and even cooking lessons. Many women would be thrilled to receive gifts such as these. Such self-care gifts are often considered something you do for yourself, but you rarely get from someone else.
Another idea is to gift something that will help with the postpartum phase. Examples include a batch of these delicious lactation brownie boobie bites, a functional (yet still stylish) diaper bag, or all of the cloth diaper essentials.
If you’ve got the time and money to spare, there is no reason that the present you give can’t be extravagant. Think stunning jewelry or an original work of art created by you! You could also create a one-of-a-kind keepsake that will be treasured forever.
As long as it shows your partner how much you appreciate all she does during pregnancy (and after!), you’re sure to get a smile and maybe even tears of joy!
When do you give a push present?
You may think it’s a great idea to give the gift at the hospital. But the new mommy may be exhausted from giving birth and then getting to know the new baby. There’s also a lot of things going on with recovery and postpartum stuff (if you know, you know).
Traditionally, push presents are given within a few days of bringing your new bundle of joy home from the hospital. Be sure it’s a special moment between just the two of you so you can emphasize your appreciation.
How to Hint for a Push Present
If you’re a mom-to-be reading this, let’s talk about some ways on how to hint for your partner to get you a push present.
If you’re out and about and see something you like, say something like “I wouldn’t mind having this as a push present.” Your partner may not know what that term exactly means, but he’ll often pick up on hints and do some Googling later.
You can also casually and somewhat jokingly say to your partner: “I think I deserve a push present for all of the hard work I’ve been putting in with this soccer star.” The key is to be nonchalant.
If you’re having trouble letting him know how much you mean it, why not tell him how many sleepless nights and uncomfortable body changes were involved in producing a new human being? Your partner won’t forget hearing about those kinds of things!
If all else fails, deploy your best friend or mom to help relay the message about your desires for a push present. They can even forward this link to his email. 🤣
Do you get the new dad a push present?
While push presents are commonly thought of as for the new mom, new dads can get them too! This is a great way for the new mom to show how grateful she is for the support and help her partner has provided during the pregnancy and after delivery.
Has your husband or father of the child been eyeing that new gaming system? Or what about tickets to a home football game with a rival team? These are perfect push presents for dad that gives him time for self-care and “boy time”.
Push Presents for Other People
Push presents are not limited to just the new parents! You could also give gifts to others who helped out during the pregnancy or help out in some way after delivery. This can include grandparents or other family members: aunts, uncles, etc.
One option is giving a push present that gives back in some way. For example, you could give coupons for home-cooked meals or gift certificates from a favorite local restaurant. Or even a gift certificate for a housecleaner or grocery delivery.
Giving a token of appreciation like this helps your loved ones feel loved while providing gifts that benefit them in some way.
Final Thoughts on Push Presents
Push presents are a thoughtful way to commemorate the arrival of a new baby. It’s an opportunity for you, as new parents, to show how much love and support you have for each other or other family members.
There is no right or wrong when it comes to push presents, but the gifter can always expect appreciation from the receiver. Just be sure to be creative and make it personal. Comment below on what is on your wish list for a push present or what ideas do you have to give someone else?