Getting a present for your partner who is about to have a baby is a fantastic gesture and a great way to memorialize the birth of your child.
People have been giving moms presents for centuries, but we’ve only recently begun calling them “push presents”.
Having a baby, obviously, is not easy. Tack onto that the 9 months your partner carried the baby around and all of the discomfort, fatigue, and other health challenges that came with it. A push present lets your partner know her sacrifice didn’t go unnoticed.
What Is a Push Present?
If this is your first kid, all we can say is, buckle up. The birthing experience is a mix of intense emotions that is hard to describe. It’s something you can only learn by doing.
Push presents are how many dads and other loved ones express gratitude, awe, appreciation, and a mix of a million other emotions that come with watching their partner give birth.
The push present is something that the non-birthing partner gives to the person having the baby. It’s sort of a way to celebrate a momentous occasion and express how incredible the person is who is having a baby.
Are Push Presents Necessary?
No, they’re not necessary. I mean, there’s no requirement that you give your fiancée a ring either. You could have just tied a rope around their finger after you proposed. Nothing is required, but when was the last time you refused a gift. People give gifts for all types of occasions.
We give and get gifts for birthdays, the holidays, graduation, weddings when you get a new job, and other occasions.
You can bet that your spouse or partner will love getting a push present on top of all of the other things that you’ll do for them after your baby is born.
Getting the right push present lets your loved one know that you appreciate what they’ve been through.
The Push Present Idea List
Many people get jewelry as push presents. However, some people don’t love diamonds, and won’t appreciate the money it will cost to get something that is jewelry. You want to give something that’s meaningful and rises to the occasion.
If you are looking for something out of the mainstream, here is a great list of 29 push presents you can buy.
1. A Photo Album
Photos are a terrific way to record our lives and remember what we’ve been through. Pregnancy, whether it’s your first kid or your fifth, is an amazing part of the human experience.
You’ve probably taken plenty of photos during pregnancy, and maybe you’ve taken a trip or two and had some funny experiences at home, doctor’s offices, and other places along the way.
Some services will take your photos and create a beautiful album for you. You can make a personalized inscription on the album to send your spouse or partner a special message as well.
2. Your Baby’s Heartbeat in a Frame
Throughout the pregnancy, you’ll be going to doctors for regular checkups. Part of that is listening to the baby’s heartbeat. You can get a printout of the heartbeat and someone can make artwork out of it to go in a frame.
It can hang on a wall and be a constant reminder of the miracle that is your baby.
3. A Designer Tote Bag
One thing new parents fail to anticipate is just how much stuff you’ll need to keep your baby happy when you go out. It’s true, a newborn can be enough for many people to swear off going out for months. You need diapers, burping cloths, a change of clothes, pacifiers, toys, bottles, and other gear.
With a designer tote bag, your spouse will have a stylish bag to carry everything and look good doing it.
4. A Luxury Robe
There will be sleepless nights. There will be challenges breastfeeding if mom is doing that, and there will be a lot of moments where mom just wants to feel nice and comfortable while they’re exhausted from everything they have to do.
Getting a high-quality robe with a luxury look will keep mom looking and feeling great without putting that much effort into getting dressed.
5. Amazon Echo
A smart home device can be the perfect push present because it will come in handy for years.
Mom can use it to set reminders, track your baby’s bowel movements (yes, it’s something you have to do), turn on lullabies when it’s bedtime, and read a book on tape when their hands are full.
6. A Prepared Meal Plan
A meal plan isn’t your typical present that comes in a big box, but this present keeps paying dividends for months after your baby is born.
It’s a great push present because the daily or weekly deliveries of delicious food are reminders of the present! Stuff just keeps coming and mom will always have something easy to grab in the fridge at any time of the day.
7. A Mom & Baby Photoshoot
Great push presents don’t have to be a “thing”. They can be an experience as well.
Book a photoshoot for mom and the new baby with a good photographer to capture those intimate first few months.
8. A Getaway
Yes, we know that babymoons are a thing, but typically those happen before the baby is born. If your spouse loves to travel, why not book another trip for her or the whole family?
If you’re worried about traveling with a newborn, buy something with flexible dates that you can book whenever you’re ready.
9. Cleaning Services
Ok, so it’s not mom’s job to keep the house clean after having a baby. We’re not saying that. That said, it’s a lot easier to feel relaxed and focus on a newborn if the house is clean.
If you’re working all day, a good push present idea is to book a cleaning service to make sure mom and baby are well taken care of.
10. A Nice Coffee Maker
There will be a lot of sleepless nights and groggy mornings with an infant in the house. If you are coffee drinkers, then think about buying mom a new coffee maker that makes better coffee faster.
You don’t have to break the bank, but a good coffee maker will make a huge difference.
11. A Plush Rocking Chair
Having a good chair at home to nurse in or just rock the baby to sleep is an awesome push present idea.
Find a rocking chair that is stylish and your wife won’t have to struggle sitting up in bed or pacing the house trying to get your baby to sleep.
12. A New Car
If you’re flush with cash and due for an upgrade, then there is no better time to buy your spouse a new car. A lot of parents buy a new ride when they have a baby. They want something bigger and safer, and something easier to get in and out of.
This is certainly an over-the-top present your spouse won’t see coming.
13. New Tech
Has your partner missed out on the latest iPhone release or been eyeing the newest iPad? For many of us, we won’t buy gifts we want because we don’t want to spend too much money.
That’s why giving a push present is so much fun. You can get your partner a great gift that they want and there’s no arguing that they don’t deserve it.
14. A Trip to the Spa
Many women who love a good massage stop going to the spa when they are later on in their pregnancy. It becomes hard to move around and some people don’t necessarily want people touching their bellies.
Your push present to your spouse can be a gift card to a spa for a facial, a full body massage, or some other service when they are ready to go back.
15. Footprints in a Frame
Just like you can get your baby’s heartbeat in a frame, you can do the same thing with their feet.
A cute idea is to set their footprint in your wife’s favorite color with their name and date of birth along with other details inscribed on the paper. Set it in a nice frame and present it to the new mom once the baby is born.
16. A Bed Upgrade
With a newborn baby in the house, sleep is going to come at a premium. Plan ahead and get your wife a set of premium sheets as a push present so they’ll feel comfortable as soon as they lie down in bed.
One choice is to go with some Egyptian cotton high thread count sheets. You can pick up some new pillows and a mattress topper as well.
17. Premium Candles
You may have noticed that your wife became extra sensitive to smells during pregnancy. That could linger for a while after the baby is born, so buying some high-end candles can be a very thoughtful push present.
Lighting a candle can be a great way to ease some of the tension that comes along with having a newborn.
18. A Quality Camera
Buying your spouse or partner a nice camera for a push present is a fantastic idea. Nikon, for example, has some terrific kits you can buy online that give you everything you need.
You can even give it to them a bit early to take pictures in the delivery room when the baby is born. Then, they can use the camera to document all of the cute, intimate moments that come with a baby so young.
19. Silk Pajamas
We’ve already mentioned the idea of buying a nice robe for your partner, but some people prefer silk pajamas.
For a push present, buy something that looks nice enough to walk around the house in and entertain close friends and family, but is also super comfortable to sleep in.
Check out these silk pajamas.
Smartwatches continue to get better and some of the main features of a new smartwatch will serve a new mom very well. You can track sleep, steps, and important health indicators like heart rate and blood oxygen levels.
They can also be great for reading and dictating text messages when mom’s hands are full with the baby.
21. Matching Outfits
Matching outfits for mom and the baby will be tough to beat in the cute department.
There are a lot of neat custom outfits online you can choose from that come in a range of colors. Buy something funny that you and your spouse can laugh about and celebrate your baby with.
22. A Massage Chair
Make mom’s rest really count with a premium massage chair.
These aren’t cheap push presents, but they’ll last for years and can give a fantastic massage that will leave her relaxed without having to get to the spa.
Get your partner some new Apple AirTags to track where the baby tote is or where the car keys are.
These new accessories came out this year and can sync with your phone to make finding important things so much easier. You can buy them and set them up for her for a surprise push present.
24. Comfy Slip On Shoes
Slip-on shoes can be a wonderful gift for new moms.
When she’s at the door, there are already going to be a million things, including a baby, in her arms. She’s not going to want to bend down to tie shoes, and slip-ons will keep her and baby safe. Get her something comfy that she can go on walks outside with the stroller in.
25. A Kitchen Mixer
Depending on how much maternity leave mom is taking, she may eventually have some time for a new hobby.
A KitchenAid Professional mixer is an awesome gift that will help her finally give bread making or homemade pasta a try.
26. A Robo Vacuum
A phone-controlled vacuum that you can set and forget would be a great push present. Robo vacuums keep the floors clean and free of dirt and debris to keep mom and baby healthy without having to worry about when to vacuum.
27. A Hot Tub
If you’re going to splurge on a push present, then think about getting a backyard hot tub where mom can relax after a long day taking care of the baby.
You can get some very nice inflatable hot tubs that are heated and easy to set up.
28. A Healthy Snack Subscription Box
Amazon has a good selection of healthy CraveBox subscriptions that can set mom up with all of the snacks she needs.
Depending on your budget, you can set your spouse up with several months and she’ll get boxes of new treats that are good for her and will keep her sustained as she takes care of the baby.
29. A Personalized Journal
A personalized journal is a sentimental push present that will hit the spot with most new moms.
They can record all of the little things that your baby does that she will want to remember, as well as her thoughts on being a new mom. You can find a leather or imitation leather journal with her name and the baby’s name on it too.