That, dear friends, is the entire idea behind push presents. These gifts for new moms are meant to honor the work they’ve just put in.
Gifts for New Moms: Push Present Ideas
Push presents are a relatively new phenomenon, at least in the Western world (though they have been culturally appropriate in India for centuries). The idea is that after expending literal blood, sweat, and tears bringing a baby into this world, new moms deserve some serious recognition.
Don’t worry, C-section mamas: you aren’t left out. Just because the name itself refers to the pushing doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be recognized too. You’ve put in just as much work, and may be facing a longer recovery time—all new moms should be showered with gifts once that baby arrives.
But what makes a good push gift? We’ve got ten ideas sure to make any new mama swoon.
The Gift of Honoring That Bond
For a first-time mama, The Mommy Pendant, personalized with baby’s birthstone, is a gift she’s going to want to wear for years to come. It’s beautiful, elegant, thoughtful, and a symbol of the bond she has with the newest little love in her life. It’s also a statement piece others are sure to comment on and ask about, which will give the new mama something else to brag about and hold onto on those nights when motherhood gets tough. If you want to hit her right in the feels, this is the way to do it.
The Gift of Comfort
Of course, you can’t go wrong with giving a new mom something to help her feel cozy and warm in the months to come. With late night feedings and days on end spent at home, these Fluff Yeah slippers by UGG are sure to be a hit with any new mom. Not only are they extra comfy, they also come with rubber soles and an ankle strap—both of which prevent slips when walking a new baby around the house after a late-night feeding. And when you’re dealing with sleep deprivation, that combination of comfort and safety can be a big deal.
The Gift of Escape
Pssst…Can we let you in on a little secret? New motherhood is tough. Don’t get us wrong, it’s also magical and full of sweet cuddles and baby smells. But between the late nights and early mornings, the constantly being needed, and the lack of autonomy that is synonymous with new motherhood—we all want to escape every now and again.
That’s what makes this rose gold travel set, combined with a gift certificate for a spa weekend somewhere nearby, such a perfect push present. It doesn’t have to be used right away, but just knowing it’s there—that she can escape whenever she needs to—might help a new mom to navigate those hard months to come. Just be sure you’re ready to provide the childcare when she announces her plan to take advantage of this treasured gift.
The Gift of Sleep
During those first few months, the one thing all new moms will gladly take is more sleep. Any time, anywhere—a few restful hours can be worth more than gold to a tired mom. So if you’re looking for gift ideas, this sleep mask, complete with Bluetooth headphones, could quickly become one of her prized possessions. Especially on the nights you agree to take over baby wakeup duty in order for her to get the full night’s sleep she’s been dreaming about ever since her bundle of joy was born.
The Gift of Quality
New moms are notorious for splurging on things for their baby-to-be and kind of neglecting themselves. It’s part of the whole nesting thing: they want to make sure their little one has the best of everything, even if it means sticking to hand-me-down maternity wear and a recycled baby bag to carry it all in. To be clear: there’s nothing wrong with that. We’ve all been there and made the same choices ourselves. But it’s also why gifts for new moms are so important. If you really want to spoil a new mom, consider getting her a super fancy diaper bag that she can show off to all her friends. While it may seem like a lot of money, keep in mind: this is the bag she’ll be carrying every single day for the next two years, at least. Quality matters in these cases, and brand names tend to hold up better and longer than the knock—offs. No mom will feel deprived if she doesn’t have a luxury bag, of course; but those who do get one are sure to feel a little extra special every time they pick it up.
The Gift of Energy
Sleep deprivation is just part of the deal with new parenthood. We all know there are restless nights ahead and that exhaustion becomes part of the new normal. Finding ways to navigate that is essential to making it through the first year. That’s exactly why a top-of-the-line coffee or espresso maker can be the perfect push present for busy moms. Not everyone is down with drinking caffeine while breastfeeding, so you’ll want to make sure you know where she stands on that. But if she’s planning on staying caffeinated—the right machine could help preserve her sanity and save her wallet as she makes her coffee at home instead of heading out to the local shop every time she needs a boost.
The Gift of Sentimentality
If you have a collector on your hands, Willow Tree figurines are coveted gifts for new moms. These tiny, hand-painted sculptures are favorites of mothers everywhere, particularly because all the pieces represent family in some way. You could start a tradition of giving one of these figurines every year on your child’s birth or Mother’s Day, whichever you’d prefer. And around the holidays, Willow Tree has ornaments you might find she would love to have as well.
The Gift of Relaxation
For the new mom who probably won’t be able to jet off on a spa vacation anytime soon, why not bring the spa to her? Face masks, bath bombs, luxurious soaps and lotions, bath salts, and scented candles can help to create an atmosphere of peace and relaxation that any new mom would appreciate. She may not get as much time as she’d like to relax in the months to come, but having the supplies ready and waiting will encourage her to do it more than she otherwise might have. And that alone is a gift that keeps on giving.
The Gift of Recognition, Baby Weight Necklace
Remember that time you grew a whole new human in your body? Yeah, that was pretty awesome. This baby weight necklace helps you remember that weight of motherhood you will always carry with you—no matter how big your kiddos get. You can display your baby’s weight on the charm, and add more charms if your family grows. We love the perfect mix of delicacy and strength, just like moms.
The Gift of Bling
If you really want to help the new mom you know and love so much feel special, there’s generally no better way to do that than to shower her with jewels. We love this 14k white gold aquamarine open halo pear shape ring, but Peora has plenty of other options to choose from as well if that’s not quite her style. Wait until the new baby falls asleep and then present her with a jewelry box. It’s one of the classic gifts for new moms that she’s sure to love.
The Gift of…Whatever the Heck She Wants
Gift cards get a bad rap, but do you know what they allow for? The new mama to pick out whatever she wants, whenever she wants, on her own timeline and from her own wish list. That kind of freedom really does make gift cards the perfect gift for any new mom you’re shopping for.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a push present different than a baby shower gift?
Yes. A baby shower gift is generally given before the baby is born and is typically something either for the baby, or for the mother to use with her baby. A push present comes after the baby is born and is specifically for the new mama—something that will help her to feel special and valued after all the work she’s done.
When is the right time to give a push present?
This depends on your relationship with the new mom and her recovery after delivery, but any time after the baby is born can be a good time to present a push present. Just make sure you don’t wait too long—a push present is usually the most meaningful when given within a few weeks of a new baby’s arrival.
Is it weird if I buy myself a push present since I’m the one carrying the baby?
Absolutely not! Spoil yourself, Mama—you deserve it! And if you need even more ideas, we have plenty of ideas for you to treat yourself.
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