I received a text from my Dad asking me if my Mom would like a certain gift for Mother’s Day. The text had a link and as I clicked on it, the idea of a “push gift” came into my mind. I first heard about this from my cousin who delivered her 2nd child last Fall. I look at this as a celebrity trend since they’re the ones who make this a buzz in the media (ahem, Kim Kardashian West), but I never thought it was a real thing. I haven’t talked to other mothers about a “push gift”, but isn’t the greatest gift after pregnancy the little person that you’ve brought into this world?
I guess the concept behind the “push gift” is really a congratulations reward for what you and your body have just achieved. No one said pregnancy, labor and delivery, and motherhood is easy, but it does have its greatest moments. So I guess it makes sense to reward yourself with a nice little gift. After all, everyone showers baby with gifts- not for mom. Plus, who doesn’t love receiving gifts that put a smile on your face? So now the wheels are churning in my head and I’m brainstorming on a “push gift” even though I know my husband will not go for it. Only reason why I say this is because my husband is terrible at giving gifts that fall out of the traditional gift giving season. Well, the only unexpected gift he gave me was my engagement ring. But aside that, he struggles in the gift giving department.
What could I even ask for? I’ve been selfless in taking care of myself for the sake of the baby these past 8 months. It has been a tough road, but I’m finally at peace with my past struggles and look forward to the debut of my Baby Boy. The one thing I’m definitely looking forward to is a nice cold beer post baby. But I wouldn’t expect my husband to take me out on a drinking binge because first, I’m a lightweight and second, I’m a very cheap date. So I wouldn’t want that for a gift. If I’m looking for something tangible, then I have a few ideas up my sleeves.
Mini Crossbody Bag – Kate Spade New York (pictures from Nordstrom website)
I remember one of my first splurges post college was a Kate Spade wallet and an iPhone cell phone case. I’m a huge fan of her collection and I absolutely love the simplicity of her handbags and wallets. I usually switch my purses when the seasons change from summer to fall. Now with Baby Boy on the way, I know my arms will be tied down with the baby, stroller and a baby bag when I’m on the go. But I still need my own bag to hold my things such as my wallet, phone, keys, and some other small trinkets. These 2 convertible cross body bags (Small Emerson Lane – Ryley on left; Cobble Hill – Mini Ella on right) look perfect for what I will need. Plus the color selection is perfect for summer.
Watch – Fitbit vs. Skagen (pictures from Nordstrom website)
I remember being in love with my periwinkle Baby G Shock watch back in the day. I thought Baby G watches were awesome because they were water and shock resistant, it had multiple functions (ie: time, date, timer, stopwatch, etc.) and it glowed in the dark. How can you not love something like that? Baby G watches are still around but I think the army of Fitbit-like watches have taken over. These watches have revolutionized people’s awareness of their daily activities including any work out regimen. I’m interested in this Fitbit watch to help me focus on losing the baby weight which I’m hoping will naturally happen through breastfeeding. Plus I have 6 months to shed the baby weight in order to wear a Matron of Honor dress in the fall. Maybe this watch will help aide me into working out which is not my strong suit at all. If I don’t go this route, then a traditional watch will do. I bought my husband and I Skagen watches a couple of years ago. The face of my watch shattered last year and I’ve been searching for a new one to replace it. Maybe this will be the year to get a new Skagen watch.
Compact Camera – Canon vs. Nikon
I’ve loved taking pictures since I was a little kid. Capturing raw moments with a click of a button always fascinated me. A picture is worth a thousand words, but snapping the right one makes it meaningful and worth while. I’ve owned a bunch of cameras since my senior year of high school where a majority of them were either a Canon or Nikon. I always wanted to pursue photography as a hobby or side job, but never had a chance to develop the desire to its full potential. I’m done with taking photos on my smartphone- everything is over filtered and always looks grainy. I know there are apps to adjust this all, but I want the real thing. I’m not a camera enthusiast who understands the terminology that makes one camera “better” than the other. I just want a compact camera that takes crisps pictures, has great video quality recording at 1080p and has wifi connection so I can immediately share my pictures to the virtual world. For now, I will seek out the Canon PowerShot G7X which is a beloved camera in the Youtube community. Or I will wait for the new Nikon Coolpix A900 which comes out at the end of the month. All I know is that once Baby Boy is born, I’d rather be taking crisp photos of him on a camera rather on my phone. I’ve been dropping that sucker a lot lately so I don’t want his first accident to be of me accidentally having my phone slip out of my hands.
If all else fails, then a makeup shopping spree will do the trick! Mother’s Day is around the corner- maybe I can get 3 gifts next month? Mother’s Day gift, a “push gift” and a newborn baby sounds like May will be my favorite month of the year.