You’re expecting a baby – congratulations!
You’d love to buy a special gift for the mum to be. You want something special, memorable, precious. But where do you start? Do not worry, we have prepared a guide to help you come up with the best push present ideas.
This is Part 2 of our Push Present Series. In Part 1, we explained what a push present is, and why we are fans.
What to buy as a push present
The main thing to remember is this is a gift for the mother, not the baby. The baby will be inundated with gifts and so this is the chance to spoil the mother. We have come up with six categories below, to give you plenty of ideas.
Jewellery is traditional, and seems to be what a lot of celebrities buy (we approve, of course!). Eternity rings are traditional in the UK, but there is now more of a trend towards personalised items too.
Other luxuries include tech (a shiny new iPad or camera perhaps), watches, or even cars.
And then there are pampering gifts such as massages, manicures, and organic baby-friendly products – we are huge fans of Bloom and Blossom products.
Finally, be creative in your definition of what constitutes a “luxury”. Our founder Susie recalls “a friend filled my freezer with incredible home cooked meals for three months, which was incredibly generous of her. And Mister Mildred brought me bottles of Volvic in hospital. Oxytocin meant I was bowled over and thought this was the most touching thing in the world“.
Something with personal meaning
Obviously, if you’re marking the birth of a child it makes sense to personalise it in some way.
People report that their children know the meaning of the item and that one day they’ll inherit it.
Names, dates and birthstones are all great ideas, and are especially useful if you’re not good with dates!
For something more interactive, we are huge fans of Antonia Mamzenko’s family photography – she takes the most stunning documentary style images. Like us, she believes in appreciating the love and beauty that exists in the every day, and capturing these permanently.
As a DIY option, we love the idea of creating an album with a baby photo that you can add to on your child’s birthday every year and present to them when they turn 18 or 21.
Something that will last
When we say “last”, we mean both in terms of style, and something that won’t run out or break.
It’s lovely to have something that can be handed down so the child will always have it as a keepsake.
Jewellery, a classic handbag, or a piece of art are all great ideas. David Beckham is reported to have bought Victoria a Birkin bag to celebrate Harper’s birth.
Or start a family tradition – we know a family where the grandfather made a wooden crib, which makes its way around the family as new babies are born and is used by all of them in turn. We love this idea so much: it is full of love AND it is sustainable.
Something useful (but not dull)
We know, we shouldn’t have to spell it out: but please don’t buy something dull! So much of life is about practicality now, and a new mum needs some fabulousness to see her through it all!
Shoes are great, but make sure they are a style she will wear now, and not just a reminder of the life she no longer has.
Subscriptions are huge business – flowers, chocolates, cheese, stationery, beauty, coffee, wine … all bases are covered and it’s always a treat to receive beautiful things in the post on a regular basis.
And then there are the obvious useful things such as help with the baby, help around the house and so on – but make sure you’re not doing things you would do anyway and dressing them up as a gift. We know you are more cool than that!
Something you can add to later/ that will become part of a collection
This is a really clever ideas as it makes it so easy for you to buy future presents: birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, another baby – all sorted!
Something not from a run of the mill company
It’s so easy to go to the same shop as everyone else, and buy the same thing. It’s reassuring: you know that a certain blue box is always going to elicit a squeal of delight … but you will get so many more Brownie points for thinking more creatively and choosing something more under the radar. Most people love to be the first to discover a new brand, so if your new mother is style conscious, do think beyond the ordinary.
We love the Bespoke Perfume Lab at Bloom Perfumery. Here you can create your own perfume with expert guidance, and the formula will be saved so you can always purchase more.
How to Choose
So, how do you make sense of all these ideas?
First, decide which categories mean the most to you at this stage in your life.
Then, you have to know the recipient – what does she love, what’s a total luxury for her? We had a recent customer who hates driving so a car would have made her heart sink, no matter how extravagant. Maybe a chauffeur or some taxi vouchers would have been better for her.
For extra credit, overlap
If you really want to wow, try to include as many of the categories above as possible.
For example, the vintage Hermes bag David Beckham bought Victoria is a luxury, will last (and will likely appreciate in value), is useful and certainly not dull, is a great addition to Victoria’s existing collection, and is from an amazing brand.
The sapphire ring Jay-Z gave Beyonce for Blue Ivy is luxurious, has personal meaning, will last, and is useable.
The Celebration Pendant
We are obviously biased, but we think the Celebration Pendant is a perfect push present, as it meets all the above criteria!
In the next part of this series, we will advise on how to personalise it to be the perfect new mother gift for your lucky recipient!
In the meantime, if you have any questions about the Celebration Pendant, please do get in touch and we will be pleased to talk through them with you.
Love, Mildred xx