I used to think “push gifts” were yet another display of our country’s tendency to commercialize absolutely everything. A reward your husband has to get you just because you’re both having a baby? My husband and I both considered this ludicrous. That is, until we had a baby.
I wouldn’t say that I’m now a proponent of push gifts. Nor do I think it’s appropriate for a woman to demand diamonds, a new car, or outrageously expensive items that might take away from her child’s college fund or a shift the focus from the baby to a material thing. But I do understand the feeling of wanting to be recognized for 10 long months (it’s 10 people, not nine) of physical discomfort followed by a crazy intense day of squeezing a whole new person out of your body. And so does my husband. After our birth experience, he was so in awe of me that he relentlessly brought up getting me a gift…which I was not about to refuse. I asked for a trip (by myself) to the mall for some new makeup and a pedicure. It was heavenly. And I was happy to be recognized for my hard work.
Did you receive a push gift? What are your thoughts on this relatively new phenomenon?
Amelia is the founder of Eating Made Easy, your one-stop shop for all things food. There she blogs about practical ways to integrate healthy eating into your busy life, and offers recipes, shopping lists, food news, nutrition tips, answers to burning food questions and more.