I agree, wholeheartedly. However, I will say, the savings bonds I whined about at every birthday (until my 16th) paid for my college..........
As an insurance agent I would second getting life insurance.
As a husband I wouldn't suggest that being the only thing you got her.
Are lump-sum premium policies even available?
Of course everyone should rethink their insurance needs when there's an additional dependent, but additional continuing expenses, such as insurance premiums, should be discussed between a couple, not be gifts. If it's $10/month, OK, I guess, but if we're looking at life insurance for more than symbolic purposes, that's not a gift, that's a sizable continuing expense.
[From the girl who budgeted for married-life life insurance before she wrote her wedding budget, and who's spent the last 2 days studying life insurance fraud.]
Most new born or child life policies are only going to be for $15 - 20k and cost less than $30/mo in most instances. So not going to cash strap you by any means, or at least I would hope not. But it wouldn't be a bad idea to get life insurance as a supplemental gift. Get her a ring or something nice and then talk about getting the insurance together.
Oh! the baby! I thought we were talking about the father.
Where are you from Thaddeus if you don't mind me asking. I had never heard of the "push present" or the new mother gift until some friends that moved from Kentucky mentioned it. Now everyone in our group is required to get a "push present" or you look like the unappreciative and uncaring male asshole of our group of friends.
It's usually best to get that out of the way up front.
If only I could go back
A good heartfelt "fuck that" works wonders on expectations of future performance.
vaginal reconstruction surgery?
A gift everyone can enjoy.
The gift that keeps on giving