Are you not really sure if your husband is well-versed in push present etiquette? Are you feeling a little nervous because the big day is drawing near and he’s yet to mention it or even ask what you want? Are you waiting for him to say that he is going golfing and leave his golf clubs at home, so you at least know there is a chance he is sneaking away to the mall? If you are expecting a present, you very well may need to drop a few subtle hints. Contrary to what you would think, not all men know they are supposed to buy something, especially if they don’t have sisters or female friends.
Talk About Someone’s Gift
If you are not even sure he has heard of these very important presents, why not bring it up by mentioning a celebrity? You could talk about Rachel Zoe and that her husband Rodger Berman bought her a 10-carat Neill Lane diamond ring for her gift. Of course, you can say you don’t need anything so extravagant. If his face turns white, you know he is panicking because he doesn’t know he is supposed to buy something.
If you know your hubby is going to get on the computer after diner, leave the web page open either to a picture of something you want or an article about push presents. Do not expect him to catch this hint the first time. Sometimes, people click out of a page without paying any attention to what is on the screen. You may want to repeat this a few times.
Tell His Friends and Family
If you are close with his sisters, ask them if he has picked something out yet. Alternatively, if you are like most other couples, you are probably friends with the wife or girlfriend of at least one of his friends. Mention something to her. She will say something to her significant other and he will likely pass along the reminder.
Nearly every woman has left a magazine open to a piece of jewelry or bottle of perfume they wanted at Christmas or Valentine’s Day. You can start leaving a magazine open to certain gifts. If he knows it’s not your birthday or anniversary, he may get the hint and ask someone if he is supposed to buy a gift for you.
Tell Him What You Don’t Want
Although this walks the line of what is considered proper push present etiquette, you can bring up in conversation what you don’t want. This will at least let him know he is supposed to buy something, and this is really only recommended if he is one that you have to be direct with to get anywhere. You could ask them to please not spend a fortune on it or tell him you would prefer white gold over yellow old, if he is buying jewelry. If all else fails, is it really so wrong to just walk him in the store and show him what you want?