Growing and carrying a baby is pretty hard work—not to mention birthing one. So when your pregnant partner finally delivers what is likely the greatest gift of your life, she deserves a whole lot of admiration and appreciation. Which is where the notion of a push present comes in. It’s a gift for the new mom in recognition of the monumental job that was childbirth and to commemorate her entree to motherhood. (And let’s be clear: Moms who had c-sections absolutely get push presents too.) It can be given before or after the birth, or even in the delivery room. Traditionally a push gift has been jewelry, but it doesn’t have to be—the best gifts for new moms are those that are meaningful and make her feel loved. Here, we’ve rounded up some thoughtful push present ideas for all budgets, sure to wow the new mom in your life.
Jewelry designer Tali Gillette was so smitten with her baby babbling “ma ma” that she incorporated those words into a special collection of pieces. One of our favorite push gifts is the little egg, with a crack that, if you look closely, is actually made up the letters “m” and “a” running together. It’s available in sterling silver or yellow, rose or white gold.
Buy it: A Good Egg Necklace with Mama Crack, starting at $350, TaliGillette.com
Newborn Footprint Art
What could be more precious to a new mom than baby’s first little footprints? Not much. Turn them into a push present in the form of a custom piece of artwork, framed in one of 17 frame style choices.
Buy it: Custom Footprints Letterpress Art, starting at $102, Minted.com
Diamond Halo Pendant
Needless to say, second- and third-time mamas deserve a push gift too. This dazzling pendant, in your choice of sterling silver or 14K yellow or white gold and framed in diamonds, can be engraved with up to three names.
Buy it: Diamond Halo Disc, starting at $700, PoshMommyJewelry.com
Select your favorite pic of mom and baby and turn it into a modern piece of decor that’ll make her smile every time she passes it. Your photo can be printed on a flat or curved metal sheet to display on a wall or sit atop a dresser or mantle.
Buy it: Metal Print, starting at $20, Mixbook.com
New Mama Wardrobe
It’s no secret many new moms don’t feel exactly like their old selves after giving birth. Their pre-pregnancy clothes don’t fit, but continuing to wear maternity clothes is dispiriting to say the least. A unique idea for a push present that’ll make her feel fabulous? A subscription to designer clothing lending service Rent the Runway. She can borrow what she likes, wear it for as long as she wants and then select something new! She’ll always feel fresh and put together in gorgeous clothes that fit. Dry cleaning and return shipping is free.
Buy it: Rent the Runway Designer Loaning Service, $159/month, RenttheRunway.com
This adjustable bracelet has a cable chain with gold bolos and a 14K yellow gold bar, just waiting to be engraved with baby’s name. An understated, elegant push present she’ll cherish forever.
Buy it: Engraveable Bolo Bracelet, $375, BlueNile.com
Initial Diamond Pendant
Refined, fun and personal all at once, this diamond letter pendant can be had in 18K white or yellow gold. Thanks to this push gift, Mom can always wear her child’s initial close to her heart.
Buy it: Bony Levy Pavé Diamond Necklace, $498, Nordstrom.com
There are diaper bags, and then there’s this. For new moms, there’s no escape from schlepping baby’s stuff around on a daily basis. But talk about making the best of things: This roomy pebbled leather tote with metallic stud appliqués is gorgeous and practical. It has five inside pockets perfect for holding binkies and all those other bitty things that come with babies.
Buy it: Rebecca Minkoff Darren Tote, $345, Saks.com
Wood Photo Calendar
Even if your little one is only a week old, surely you have a dozen exquisite pictures. Upload and transform them into this handmade clipboard calendar crafted of reclaimed pine. It’s perfect for mom’s desk. (The calendar is updated on a rolling basis, so it doesn’t matter when you order it.)
Buy it: Wood Calendar, starting at $25, ArtifactUprising.com
It's not just an ordinary necklace—it's a loveprint. A beautiful keepsake engraved with baby's fingerprint, the pendant can be worn on a bracelet, necklace or even a ring. Talk about a versatile push present!
Buy it: Loveprint Pendant, starting at $475, LovePrintJewelry.com
A dose of pampering—whether by massage, facial, seaweed wrap or mani-pedi (or, ideally, all of the above)—is a push present any new mom would absolutely love. A gift card can be the perfect way to make sure she gets the treatment she wants when she wants it. The Spa Week gift cards can be used at any of 9,000 spas and salons across the country, and they never expire.
Buy it Spa & Wellness Gift Card, any amount, SpaWeek.com
The Samsung Galaxy Watch is the perfect glam push gift for techy moms. While having a personal assistant may not be in the cards for her, this smartwatch is the next best thing. It tracks her fitness goals and sleep cycles, sets reminders and comes loaded with Samsung pay—so if she runs out and forgets her wallet (hey, mom brain is a thing), it’s no problem.
Buy it: Rose Gold Galaxy Watch, $289, Amazon.com
A Year’s Worth of Flowers
Bringing flowers to the hospital? Nice. Having fresh blooms delivered to her every month, on baby’s birthdate, for the entire first year? Now that’s a push present she’ll swoon over.
Buy it: 12-month Flower Delivery Subscription, $378, Petalfox.com
There will be a few (ok, many) days when she won’t ever make it out of her pajamas. But indulge her with this uber luxurious Olivia von Halle 100 percent silk kimono robe and she’ll feel like the queen that she is.
Buy it: Mimi Peregrine Kimono, $565, Journelle.com
If you’re considering a nameplate with baby’s moniker inscribed as a push present, check out this fresh, modern version. It can be completely personalized, offered in your choice of fonts, chain metal, chain length and color.
Buy it: Acrylic Nameplate, $58, BaubleBar.com
Made to order in New York City, this chic, bezel-set, .06 carat diamond ring, available in white, yellow and rose gold, is the kind of dazzling push present she’ll wear everyday and think of you.
Buy it: 14K Gold Diamond Ring, $341, ThomasLaine.com
Moms of newborns aren’t exactly known to be bright-eyed. Treat her to a little self-care with this Mia Smart Cleanse & Awaken Eyes Set from Clarisonic. All she needs to do is connect to the app and pair her device to access her own custom skincare routine. A push present that’ll help her feel more awake and refreshed in the morning? Win.
Buy it: Mia Smart Cleanse & Awaken Eyes Exclusive Set with Lancôme Génifique, $249, Sephora.com
Alex and Ani Bangle
Birthstone jewelry are classic gifts for new moms. The ever-popular Alex and Ani Bangle takes on new meaning with the addition of a Swarovski crystal in the color of baby’s birthstone.
Buy it: Alex and Ani Bangle, starting at $20, Amazon.com
It may seem like a far-off dream right now, but the day will come when you’ll feel ready (desperate) to take your first family vacation. A cruise can be a perfect choice for that first getaway, thanks to the all-inclusive convenience. Carnival is a great, affordable line for families with a huge range of itineraries to choose from. The Carnival Vista, in particular, has gotten accolades as the best cruise ship for families with young children. If you book it now as a push present, you know it’ll actually happen before your child is in kindergarten.
Buy it: Family cruise, price varies, Carnival.com
Sometimes, a simple sentiment is all you need for a thoughtful push present. This sleek, meaningful keepsake necklace can be ordered in silver, or rose or yellow gold fill.
Buy it: Jenny and Jude Word Charm Necklace, $29, Amazon.com
Sparkly jewelry showing off baby’s birthstone is guaranteed winner in the realm of push presents. Blue Nile has a variety of vivid stones set in earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets. Expecting a March arrival? It’ll be hard to top this aquamarine and diamond dazzler, set in 18K white gold. Also available with peridot, opal or sapphire.
Buy it: Aquamarine and Diamond Halo Ring, $1,560, BlueNile.com
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Updated January 2019
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