When you start shopping, you need to understand that there is push present etiquette to be aware of and respect. This may very well be the most important gift that you ever buy her and not just anything will do. This is a gift that celebrates the birth of a new generation the two of you have created, and after carrying your bundle of joy for over nine months, she deserves something meaningful. She needs to know just how much you really do appreciate her.
Even if she eats, sleeps and breathes football, basketball or baseball, tickets to a game are never appropriate. No, not even if they are the best seats that money can buy. The present needs to be something that would only be right for a celebration of a child; a pair of football tickets can be given for a birthday or any other holiday. Of course, if she is a diehard fan, you could always get her a push present and throw in the tickets as an added bonus.
Just because your significant other has been bugging you to whisk her away to a tropical island, does not mean that she will be the least bit excited to open up plane tickets booked for the month after she gives birth. She will not likely want to leave her baby quite yet, and if she plans on breastfeeding, this would be the worst gift ever. Not to mention, surely she wants a little time to get her beach body back!
She did not withstand swollen ankles, sleepless nights, a sore back or anything else for a thoughtless gift card. These are presents that are already borderline unacceptable for other holidays, so they certainly are not appreciated for a new baby. Gift cards say that you know you had to buy something, but you either did not have any ideas or you waited until the last minute and ran of time. Either message is certainly not appreciated.
She already knows that she will be doing endless laundry every day and washing a ton of bottles, spoons, etc., she certainly does not need a washing machine or a dishwasher to remind her. Also, don’t even think about buying a new vacuum or steam mop. Push present etiquette demands that the gift be as special as the baby inspiring it. If she has been bugging you for one of these appliances, buy it just because, but not for having your baby.