Relatively new to the pregnancy scene is the concept of Push Gifts. Essentially, your husband or partner gives you a gift for “pushing” the baby out. Also taken into consideration with the gift is the oh, nine months of pregnant bliss you have endured to carry your new bundle of love. Push gifts can come in a variety of forms- jewelry, spa days at salons, a few months of professional house cleaning, a handbag, a case of wine, or pretty much anything that tells the new mother, “You are an amazing woman, and mother to my child, and I appreciate everything you did and will do to help care for our offspring.” Push gifts can also be reciprocated by the new mom to her husband or partner- Her special way of saying, “Thank you for everything you have helped me with during these last nine months. I really appreciated it when you left the house at 1:30 in the morning for a half an hour drive to the 24 hour McDonald’s drive thru to pick me up a Chicken McNugget Happy Meal, and for humoring me when I kept insisting that upon the birth of this child I will still resemble the state of Texas.”
After our son was born two years ago, my husband treated me to the most amazing push gift- a Burberry handbag. Being the Accessories Queen Bee that I am, he read my mind and picked out the perfect-sized tote that was big enough for me to carry around a few diapers, toy cars and stuffed animals, as well as being fashionably sized for everyday use to and from work and errands. I cherish that gift- both the gesture, and the sentiment behind it. I returned the favor of him putting up with a fairly moody and uncomfortable, sometimes panicky and irrational pregnant lady by gifting him with a Cam Neely Boston Bruins jersey. A huge fan since his childhood, he was as happy as a 10 year old boy on Christmas morning when he opened that box up to find the jersey inside. Still today, he puts that jersey on for every single Bruins game, and loves telling our son all about his favorite team.
With our second child on the way in a few weeks, the concept of push gifts has come up again in our house. I’ve been batting around ideas in my mind about what to get the husband this time around, but I can’t really share them here (he’s an avid reader, Moms!!!) and I do have the sneaky suspicion that he will be returning the favor in a similar manner as he did two years ago.
So what say you, Moms & Dads- Have you received a Push Gift? What do you think of the concept? If you could get or give one, what would it be?