There’s a good reason why push presents are a thing. Pregnancy isn’t easy. You’re constantly uncomfortable (RIP normal sleep schedule), you have to choke down an ungodly number of prenatal vitamins, and whatever money you haven’t already spent on baby gear goes towards maternity clothes that you’ll only wear for six months (goodbye bank account).
What’s a Push Present?
A push present (also known as a push gift) is exactly what it sounds like: It’s a present that a new mom gets for pushing. Typically given by her partner or her family, push presents can range from things for the baby (like clothes, toys, or bed rails) to things for Mom (like a cozy robe or jewelry). There are even push presents for Dad, like engraved watches and manly diaper bags, although this is a but controversial since dads don’t do the pushing, so do they *really* deserve a push present? Google search data says yes, so we’ll just go with it.
If there’s a mama- or papa-to-be in your life who you want to celebrate, we’ve rounded up some of the best push presents below. Whether it’s your friend, your sister, or your own wife, these are the push gifts any new parent would enjoy and that will make their foray into the world of parenting at least a little bit easier.
Push Present Ideas
Below are some push present ideas for new parents, and we’ve included different styles and budgets. Whether the new mom or dad in your life loves some bling, needs something more practical, or would rather just say “f*ck it” and drape themselves in a luxurious bathrobe, we’ve got you covered.
Best Push Present for Your Wife
Oh, baby! Here’s the only baby book the new mom in your life needs. It’s no secret that memory books can get a bit cheesy with zoo animal illustrations and random milestones. But not this one. Artifact Uprising’s interactive photo journal flaunts a timeless design and minimalist aesthetic to help document BB’s first year.
Cater to mom’s sweet tooth by surprising her with a box of Milk Bar’s world-famous B’Day Truffles. These tasty li’l cake balls are chock-full of funfetti flavor. Seriously, try just eating one (ahem, impossible).
Do the new mom in your life a favor by gifting her a pair of these crazy-cozy cashmere socks. From cold hospital floors in the delivery room to nippy mornings when staying in bed isn’t an option (womp, womp), these 100% cashmere socks will *spark* joy. Odds are she would never in a million years think to splurge on a pair for herself, so this REALLY is the perfect push present.
She’ll need something to remember the day of her baby’s birth besides the memory of searing labor pains and endless pushing. Enter this cute keepsake kit, which lets her make a mold of her little one’s footprint and handprint and frame it to hang on the wall. Much better.
According to every social media influencer ever, essential oils can basically solve every problem in the world—including new parent stress. This essential oil diffuser not only lets her swap out the scents of her choosing (cue lavender for all the relaxing vibes) but it also gives off a soft glow for added ambiance.
What’s a mama to do while nursing (or during the rare moments when her baby is actually sleeping) besides mindlessly scroll through Instagram? Knock a few books off her must-read list with the Kindle Paperwhite, which is even waterproof so it can withstand spilled milk and the occasional baby vomit (hey, we’re being realistic).
This is either the cutest mini backpack ever or a diaper bag in disguise. Fooled you—it’s both. Made of vegan leather, it has nine separate pockets (for the ultra-organized mama), adjustable straps (including a set made just for hanging on the stroller), and even a machine-washable matching changing pad.
As a new mom, comfort is key. And few things are more comfortable than the cult-favorite Parachute bathrobe. Made of 100 percent Turkish cotton, it’s incredibly cozy and luxurious—and is exactly what she’ll want to wrap herself up in after putting her little one down to bed at night.
Name one person who can be sad/stressed/depressed when gifted a stunning bouquet of fresh flowers… we’ll wait. With a subscription to Bouqs, the mama in your life will get beautiful blooms delivered right to her doorstep every month, which will brighten even the toughest of days as a new parent.
Best Push Present Jewelry
Designed as a tribute to the most powerful role in the world, motherhood, this sweet maman (“mum” in French) necklace will surely tug at her heartstrings. The collaborative keepsake piece designed by Ariana Ost and the French-inspired bakery Maman is handcrafted in NYC. It has an adjustable length and can be ordered in silver, gold, or rose gold plating.
In case you missed it, custom letter necklaces are all the rage right now (see: Michelle Obama’s “vote” choker). And instead of her name, get her one that reads “mama.” After all, what better way to remind all of her friends and family that she’s now the boss than with a necklace that spells it out?
Want to get her something that says “I’m a proud mom” in a way that’s more subtle than a shirt that actually says that? We recommend earrings with her newborn’s birthstone. The popular push present is classy, elegant, and something she can wear even when her baby is all grown up later on.
If you’re looking to splurge, get your new mama this diamond necklace with her baby’s initial on it. It’s subtle, dainty, and goes with literally everything, including a robe and sweats, which is probably what mom will be wearing for awhile. This will make her feel a little more glam.
Everyone loves an Alex and Ani charm bracelet. While the beloved brand has plenty of pieces to choose from, this one is designed specifically with Mom in mind, with a dainty interlocking heart charm. And if she plans on having another baby (or two)? She can simply add another charm for each kiddo.
New moms never want to be far from their babies—and this pretty locket will help her keep her newborn close to her heart (literally) at all times. It’s made of durable sterling silver and has an intricate design that makes it look way more expensive than it is. Win-win.
Best Push Presents for Dad
The Dad Hoodie has will be the new dad’s everyday jacket! With six inside compartments and an ultra comfy feel — this is the perfect gift for a new dad or dad-to-be. One reviewer said, “Bought one for my son when he and his wife were expecting. He laughed when he received it but now that he’s using the hoodie he can’t thank me enough for buying it. He actually asked me for another one in a different color! He says that it’s not only practical but is super comfy. “
Mom isn’t the only one who should be doing the heavy lifting (literally). Get the new papa this comfortable carrier that he can use to tote his mini-me all over town. Not only does it have padded straps for pain-free carrying but it can also be adjusted to nine (!!) different seating positions for Baby.
Yes, diaper bags for Dad exist and yes, they’re surprisingly stylish and masculine. Take this backpack, for example. In “manly” hues like gray, olive, and jet black, it has plenty of space for all the essentials and pockets galore to keep said essentials organized (including insulated bottle pockets!).
The only thing he loves more than pizza? His little guy (or girl). So a present that helps him express his love of both of those things is sure to be a hit. This matching shirt and onesie set does just that and comes in a variety of color combos, including pink for daddy/daughters.
He came, he saw, he conquered (aka, he changed a diaper). Equip Dad to handle the war zone that is a newborn’s messy diaper with this rugged changing pad from Tactical Baby Gear, which folds up neatly to take on the go. He’ll feel incredibly cool whipping it out in front of rival dads.
He wears a watch every day anyway—why not give him one engraved with his new baby’s name? This one from Fossil, which features an elegant timepiece and a suave leather band, can be customized with the text of your choice and will last him for plenty of years to come.
Best Push Present for Mom Friends
For the mom who snaps photos of everything but may not necessarily want to post pics of BB to social media for the entire world to see. When it comes to filling out those precious baby memory books, she’ll have tons of Instax memories (and baby “firsts”) to reflect on. The compact size of this camera also makes it easy to carry so she’ll never have to worry about missing a moment.
This is a perfect small gift to give to a friend who just gave birth and feels, well, worn out. She doesn’t want to put on a full face of makeup, because f*ck that. She just wants an easy, two-second swipe of color to moisturize her lips and make them shine. This 3-in-1 lip balm is buttery, plumping, and hydrating — and it allows for buildable color. It’s also made without icky ingredients like parabens or sulfates (it’s also vegan and cruelty-free!)
Another perfect gift for a friend or family member, a candle might seem a bit basic, but it’s one of the easiest ways to get yourself in relaxation mode. Although new moms won’t have many of those moments, at least when she finds 10 minutes here and there, she can light this woodsy candle and instantly feel like she’s in a cabin in the woods. We love Paddywax candles because they smell uh-mazing and last forever.
If you had to define parenthood in one word, it would be “sleep-deprived” (besides happy and rewarding, obviously). That’s why moms—and their partners—will thank you for the life-saving gift that is a Keurig coffee maker. This mini one brews a quick cup of joe and comes in a variety of pretty pastels.
The very few hours your mom friend does get to sleep, she’ll want to sleep soundly and maybe even luxuriously. Get her this cult-fave sleep mask made of silk. It blocks out all light and feels like a cloud on your face.
Your mom friends want nothing more than to just f*cking sleep. And preferably on some luxurious, soft sheets, too. Sheets never go out of style, and they last for quite awhile, so getting your new mom friend some luxury sheets is never a bad call.
Want more mama-to-be gift ideas? Check out all our favorite pregnancy essentials here.