Push present – a present that more and more women are seeming to think they’re entitled to because they’ve carried a baby for 9 months. It has become fairly common practice to be given a gift from your other half once you’ve had your baby. Personally, the gorgeous baby you get is gift enough (boke – I make even myself want to vomit saying that. Sorry) and I did not expect or need anything else.
Whether it is a bunch of flowers, a box of chocolates or and expensive piece of jewellery, it seems the push present is here to stay. But should it really be all about the woman?
Piglet’s due date was just 6 days before our first wedding anniversary (he decided to pitch up 4 weeks early – he was an eager little sausage) and so JHogg went all out on a push present combined with anniversary present. I was given a beautiful diamond eternity ring, but what did I do to deserve it?
Sure, I was the one with the morning sickness, the back pain, the carpal tunnel – but he was the one listening to me moan about it all! (Note: I love my ring, but I would never have wanted Jonathan to feel like he HAD to buy me something)
So I decided to level the playing field.
Jonathan is a major whisky buff so the natural choice is a bottle of whisky. I got the idea from a friend who joked about a bottle of Dalmore King Alexander III, but considering Piglet’s name is Alexander it is the perfect gift! It hasn’t been opened yet, its being kept for special occasions to have the odd dram here and there. It did make a lovely prop for our newborn photo shoot though!
If you would like to get your partner a present when the baby is born then here are my suggestions:
- A hand written letter – This is the least expensive of all the presents, but also probably the most special. A letter or poem telling them how much they mean to you, how thankful you are for the things they do for you and how excited you are to see them grow as a father.
- Newborn hamper – create a goodie bag or box of all the things you think he’ll need when you take the baby home. Some coffee for those late nights, ear plugs for when its his turn to get some sleep, menus for the local takeaways, a Tips for Dads book – you can make it as funny or as serious as you like!
- Personalised Special Time Cufflinks – I think these are adorable and would be a life long reminder of the time he became a Daddy
- Daddy Bonding Tokens – Knowing how to interact with you new baby can be daunting if you’ve not spent much time with little people before. These tokens give Daddy an idea of what he can do (plus gives you the benefit of 10 minutes free to take a shower etc while they’re bonding!)
- Savings Pot – Like it or not, the new baby is likely to make money evaporate faster than you knew possible. A savings pot just for dad that he can toss his loose change into could be what he needs to know he’s earn a night out once its full!
Did you get anything for your other half for when the baby arrived? What do you think of the idea? I’d love you to share below!
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