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A new mom you love is about to give birth, and you’re trying to decide what to give her as a gift. You might have a bunch of questions like: How special should it be? Who should buy push presents? What are the best push present ideas?
Push presents have become common, and they’re an extra special way to give a gift to your partner after giving birth.
Keep in mind that push gifts usually come from a spouse, partner, or very close family member–not just anyone should buy a new mom a push present.
In this article, we’ll give you all our favorite ideas for push presents your partner will love!
Side note: Want to pamper a new mama but don’t fit one of those bills? Check out our favorite postpartum gifts for new moms or how to create a new mom care package. And of course, you can’t go wrong with amazing postpartum pajamas!
What is a Push Present?
A push present is a gift for a new mom from husband or partner that she receives after giving birth.
It literally refers to the fact that she pushed a human out of her body, and dammit, she deserves some respect (and apparently a gift) for that. (Oh, and if she had a c-section, trust me, she’s got a tough road ahead and she sure as hell deserves some love, too!)
A perfect push present recognizes childbirth as a special occasion and honors that occasion for mom.
Who Do I Buy a Push Present For?
Push gifts are romantic gifts from a partner to the person who has birthed (pushed out) a baby.
But here’s why I struggle with that. Not all women are able, or choose to, have babies naturally, or even on their own.
So, if you’re a partner or husband considering gifts for a new mom, remember that gifts that honor birth are important for all new moms–no matter delivery type or adoption method.
Despite the name, a woman doesn’t have to physically push to be equally as deserving of a push present for mom!
How Much Do You Spend on a Push Present?
When considering push present ideas, be mindful of budget. New babies are expensive, so don’t mortgage your home for a nice piece of jewelry.
There are tons of good options for all budgets, and if you choose a good push gift, it really is the thoughtfulness of it that counts.
A sentimental gift that mom can keep forever makes for a great push present.
Do Dads Get Push Presents?
It’s becoming significantly more common for dads, or non-birthing partners, to receive push presents, as well. And I personally love this.
They’re going through a huge transition, as well, so having something nice for themselves can be great. But in this article, we’re focusing on gifts for a new mom from her husband or partner, not on gifts for the husband or partner.
What are the Best Push Gift Ideas?
There are so many gifts that new moms will love, so we’ll break down different options for you to make it easier to choose for the mama in your life.
Our list is categorized to help you choose which type of gift she’ll appreciate the most.
For some women, practical gifts are the best because money is tight, and there are a lot of things you need, including a ton of baby registry must haves, when you have a new baby.
Other women, though, would much rather have something meaningful, heartfelt, thoughtful.
They’ve just gone through a huge ordeal, and what they really want to know is that you recognize how badass they are, and that you care.
Meaningful Push Present Ideas
Meaningful gifts make moms feel so special because it’s clear how much thought you put into the present, and the occasion that warranted giving it.
Jewelry for New Moms
Jewelry is probably the most common push present, and for good reason. Most women love jewelry, and it’s easy to make jewelry sentimental, especially anything that’s specifically made to be new mom jewelry.
Here are a few of our favorite ideas:
Want a gift for your wife after giving birth that has your baby’s birth stone, which has inherent symbolism?
I have a birthstone ring that I absolutely adore and can’t recommend enough as a gift. Although mine is a standalone ring, if you have or want multiple children, I love the idea of stackable birthstone rings that can easily be added to the mix.
Consider your partner’s style, like whether she’ll want yellow gold or silver, sophisticated or boho.
If your partner is less into rings (we only have so many fingers after all), you can’t go wrong with a simple but gorgeous birthstone necklace.
If you want to go the birthstone route by have a higher budget, look up your baby’s birthstone and then head to your favorite local jewelry store!
2. Jewelry with the Baby’s Name
We love jewelry with children’s names as push presents. It’s so meaningful, and you can choose from all sorts of styles and colors to fit the mom you love.
If your partner likes fancier jewelry, look for something in sterling silver or 14k gold. This is an especially good idea because it will last much longer than less expensive jewelry you can buy.
If you want something trendier, gold (go with gold-plated for less money) and rose gold are very in right now.
3. Interlocking Circles
Interlocking circles symbolize two souls brought together that can never be unwound. You can get jewelry where the circles interlock side-by-side, or where they stack, to match the number of children the mama has or the number of people in your family.
We especially love this interlocking circles necklace, with its abundantly sweet message, from Dear Ava.
Pro tip: Don’t love this exact style? Dear Ava has high quality, reasonably priced jewelry for all occasions, including lots more for new moms!
Push Presents to Help Mom Feel Like Herself Again
One of the biggest struggles of new motherhood is the adjustment to feeling like your life is somehow suddenly secondary to this tiny human’s. The postpartum body feels weird and unfamiliar, and it can make such a huge difference to buy gifts for a new mom for herself, not the baby.
Here are our favorites.
I ADORE this diaper bag backpack so much thought I asked for it as a gift, never to be used as a diaper bag. It makes me feel so much more like my pre-baby self, and while I LOVE my kid, feeling like me is worth so much.
The Lily Jade Ana backpack diaper bag comes in both medium and large sizes, and it’s stunning. It also converts to a cross body, making it fit almost any new mom’s style!
Subscription boxes truly are the gifts that keep on giving, and this one from Laurel & Reed is sure to make mama feel more like herself again in no time. (It also pampers her, so a double win!)
Shipping out monthly, this luxury-curated, cruelty-free and non-toxic beauty box will contain different products each month to help mama pamper herself. Tell her to to go take a shower, put on lotion, and use the contents of this box. You can watch baby for a little while so she can relax!
Photography Push Gifts
If memories last a lifetime, it’s largely thanks to photography and the memories we’re able to keep through photos. That’s why one fantastic way to honor a new mom is to do something special with a photo of her with baby.
Here are a few of our favorite options:
Grab your favorite picture of mom and baby (or of mama at the end of her pregnancy) and put it into a gorgeous acrylic photo block.
We love this unique way of showcasing photos because of the gorgeous depth the photos gain–a new mom gift she can really cherish.
We love metal photo prints; they’re such a unique, strong, beautiful way to display family photos in your home.
We love this rustic metal print bolted to a lovely wood frame, but they come in all different styles, so find the one that best fits your family’s style.
My photo frame documenting Jack’s first year is honestly my very favorite keepsake in our home. Except that…it broke. So I’ve upgraded to this custom one, which is so much stronger and more gorgeous than the traditional ones you find in stores.
If you really want to take the load off of mama for an amazing push present, setup the monthly photos yourself and add the photos to the frame so your gift doesn’t give her extra work!
Keepsake Push Presents
Fill it with newspaper clippings from the day of your baby’s birth, plus other sentimental items like baby’s footprints, your family’s hospital bracelets, first hospital hat or blanket, or the robe mom wore in the hospital. You’ll instantly have any new mom in tears (in a good way).
This awesome box lets you create a mold of baby’s hand and footprint and add photos to match.
It’s a great interactive activity for parents, and I’m going to be honest–I wish someone had given me this!
Pampering Gifts for a New Mom
When you have a newborn at home, finding time to pop out for a massage, facial, manicure, or pedicure can feel impossible. If you can make it work, these are gifts any new mom would love to receive from her husband or partner.
But if that type of out-of-the-house excursion seems too difficult, there are plenty of ways to bring pampering into your own home. Here are some of our favorites.
Cozy Push Present Ideas
Mama is going to spend a lot of time at home, and it’s nice to be able to walk around comfortably. Warm slippers for her feet are an amazing gift.
If they’re fuzzy with memory foam, even better! And to make sure she can always stay warm, even when sitting, also give her some fuzzy socks (non-slip for carrying baby, of course!)
Want to really wow the new mom in your life with some well-deserved comfort? She’ll adore this 3-piece lounge set from STORQ that she’ll practically grow to live in.
There’s no better way to help mama feel cozy and comfortable through her postpartum discomfort.
This might sound crazy, but hear me out. You know you’ll be sleep deprived in the early months of baby’s life, and crawling into an incredibly comfortable bed with plush sheets can make a world of difference in how rested and relaxed you feel.
I have these sheets from Cozy Earth on every bed in my home. Every time someone sleeps over, they ask about our sheets because they want to buy them.
But when you’re saving money for a baby, fancy sheet purchases aren’t usually indulgences you can justify. Unless it’s for a push present, in which case, everybody wins!
Spa-Like Push Gifts for Home
1. Oil Diffuser
Keep soothing, relaxing scents running through the house at all times. I sleep with this relaxing essential oils running through this diffuser every night.
Help mama relax while baby is sleeping. Because relaxing, if we’re being honest, is HARD.
When her mom comes by to help out, gently recommend that mama go take a nap while grandma takes over for a bit. This weighted mask will help her sleep like, ahem, a baby…while grandma holds the baby.
Want a gift that does it all? This set has an aromatherapy scented candle, a chamomile and lavender mist spray to promote good sleep, a bath bomb (although a new mom might want to save this until after she’s healed) and a luxury sleep mask.
What could be better than promoting some decent sleep for a new mom?? We also love the adorable packaging and the great reviews.
Both a keepsake and a pampering gift, this box includes luxury bath products that will help mama relax while you care for baby. But it’ll also give her keepsakes to remember this special time, including both a greeting card and an inspirational engraved wooden heart.
Want to really excite the mom you love with this push present, include the optional gold-plated pearl necklace!
Practical Push Present Ideas for a New Mom
Remember that new moms are going through a lot. Their hormones are shifting; their bodies are not the bodies they knew.
Even moms who didn’t give birth to their new children are adjusting to a VERY new normal. Let’s be real: they’re likely living on dry shampoo because they haven’t had time to shower.
While practical gifts aren’t the best push present ideas for mamas who want to feel spoiled, they’re a great option for minimalist or budget-conscious households.
Why not let them experience a bit of comfort or help without breaking the budget while making their lives easier?
This membership will get free 2-day shipping (or less) from Amazon, which makes it much easier to keep up with supplies they need around the house!
Trust us, it’s SO hard to get out and about with a newborn. A Prime membership will allow her to order things she needs and get them quickly and easily…and without ever having to leave the house.
New moms spend lots of time watching TV and listening to podcasts or audiobooks while their little ones sleep in their arms or while they nurse.
Books are hard to read with a babe in arms, but easy to listen to! Give her the gift of books for those late nights when baby is cluster feeding and she can barely keep her eyes open.
When they say “Healthy Living Made Easy,” they aren’t kidding!
Thrive Market offers the ability to order healthy, trustworthy foods, bath, and home products for a reasonable price.
And with a new baby, no one will feel up to grocery shopping a lot, so getting what you need right without having to read labels or trust that something doesn’t have harsh chemicals that could hurt baby . . . Thrive Market is a game changer!
Grab her an Instacart Gift Card or gift an Express Membership to offer free delivery. See which is better for grocery delivery in the new mom’s area.
Sometimes it’s Amazon Fresh; other times it’s Instacart. I’m actually a huge Instacart fan! You simply throw items in your cart as you think of them, and when you need your items, you have them delivered!
We love the idea of a good set of wireless headphones, and while the market for them is relatively large, our editor Sarah recommends Apple AirPods.
Mama can take calls hands-free, or listen to audiobooks or podcasts while baby sleeps.
The beauty of AirPods is that they come in a case that charges them, so it’s rare that they are out of juice when you need them. Plus, if you’re already an Apple user, they sync to everything very easily.
Honestly, the hands-free aspect of wireless headphones is a lifesaver, and they’re comfy enough to not get annoying if worn for long periods of time.
Do you have any good push present ideas not listed here? Please share them with us!
Push Present Ideas FAQ
What is an appropriate push present?
It depends on your budget, but push presents generally include jewelry, possibly with the new baby’s birthstone. Other common push presents are keepsake gifts or relaxing pajamas.
Be sure to stay within budget and your partner’s expectations. For some families, a simple birthstone ring can cost as little as $50. Jewelers often report partners spending between $1k-2k on push present jewelry, but what matters most is that your gift is thoughtful and you stay within a reasonable budget for your family.
This is a personal decision within your family, but if it’s in budget, many new moms appreciate a gift after giving birth.
While birth stones have been around for a quite a while, the idea of a “push present” didn’t become common until the 1990s, and was normalized even further in the 2000s.
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Katy Huie Harrison, PhD, is an author, mom, recurrent miscarriage survivor, & owner of Undefining Motherhood. She lives in Atlanta with her husband (affectionately known on the internet as “Husband,”) son (Jack), and dog (Charlotte). She believes our society puts too many expectations on women that make womanhood and motherhood restrictive. Her goal is to shift the paradigm about what it means to be a woman and mother, giving all women a greater sense of agency over their own lives. You can find Katy and her work featured in places like CNN’s Headline News, Romper, Scary Mommy, Demeter Press’s Motherhood and Social Exclusion, & more.