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STFU Parents: Don’t Brag About Your ‘Push Present’ On Social Media

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Sure, there are women out there who don’t call their husbands’ gifts ‘push presents,’ because for them, the real post-pregnancy gift was the baby, and anything after that was considered a bonus. When I asked STFUP page members their thoughts, several women described their push presents as “a sub,” “a burrito,” “Poutine from Costco,” and “Dr. Pepper in a can,” while others mentioned keepsake necklaces their husbands bought them (usually containing the child’s birthstone and/or engraved name), and that they feel weird calling them ‘push presents.’ But that’s what this new era of push presents mandates! In order for spousal gifts to transform from “Dr. Pepper in a can” to “BMW SUV,” there had to be some branding magic that spun societal expectations. Men had to learn that after years of buying their wives deli sandwiches and beer (or lobster) to celebrate the act of giving birth, they’re now expected to spend thousands of dollars on diamonds, cars, and vacations. So far, this plan seems to be working. When I asked Twitter about push presents, the replies indicated that this upscale gift model has become the norm.

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 Of course, there’s always a random outlier:

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What can I say? I can’t argue with ‘goats.’ I might even want a few for myself, WITH diamond ankle cuffs. But here’s a reply I found interesting from writer Lyz Lenz:

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