As you probably already know, it is really not good push present etiquette to come out and ask your wife if she wants to receive something. First, most are going to say that they don’t “need” anything while in their mind they are beating you over the head with a frying pan, hoping you can read between the lines. Also, if they have to tell you that they want something, it pretty much ruins the element of surprise for them. Even if they assume that you are shopping for one, they really don’t know the mission is complete until they see the pretty bow.
So, what do you do if you are really not sure? Maybe you feel as though she will be mad that you spent money on her when things are needed for the baby, but if you don’t, then she will be disappointed. It is hard being in this situation, but you are not the first person to have to learn to read the subtle hints.
When you come home from work, golfing or the gym, does there always seem to be a magazine open to a picture of jewelry or something similar? You probably think nothing of it and just move it out of your way, but it is there for a reason. If you start seeing magazines open on the kitchen table, coffee table and even on the nightstand by your alarm clock, she is trying really hard to make it easy on you.
Browser Left Open
Does she consistently leave the browser on the computer open to a shopping website? Perhaps if you actually take notice of the site without clicking out of it, you will see that it may even be a page full of push presents! Alternatively, it could be left on a site that specializes in engraving like Things Remembered. This will tell you that she really wants something personalized.
Loud Phone Conversation
Why does she come and sit right next to you while she is on the phone when you are trying desperately to catch the end of the game on TV? Well, before you completely block out what she is talking about, maybe you should keep one ear on her. She may be talking about a push gift that one of her friends received, and there is a good chance that this is an imaginary friend she is referring to.
When you are walking through the mall, is she pointing and saying how much she would love to have something? Do you need her to hold our hand and drag you to the register? Women don’t strategically walk you past a specific store that is not in the direction you are supposed to be going, just so they can point something out for no reason. Make a mental note and go back for it without her.
Friends and Family
It is not bad push present etiquette to ask her mom, sister or best friend if she has mentioned that she wants something. If anyone would know, it would be them. They may even take mercy on you and go with you to pick something out to make sure you get the right thing!