Should You Get Your Wife a Push Present?

Perhaps your wife has been hinting to you that she wants a gift once she delivers your baby. Or maybe, you are appreciative of all that she is going through during her pregnancy and would like to show her your admiration. Whatever your reasons, giving your wife a push present is always a good idea. Not only will it help her to feel loved and cherished, it will also help her realize that you see her as more than just a new mommy; you see her as a sexy, beautiful woman.

After giving birth, a woman’s hormones are in disarray. This means that a new mother tends to be moody, cranky, and irritable. She is likely excited about her new baby but also anxious and worried that she won’t know how to raise him. Or perhaps she is concerned she won’t be a good mother. All of these emotions and hormonal imbalances combine to undermine a woman’s self-esteem, confidence, and mood. A push present is a great way to cheer you wife up, especially if it includes chocolate!

A push present can also be symbolic to a woman. For example, if you got her a birthstone pendant or ring, that item may eventually become a constantly worn reminder of her baby. One new dad bought his wife a bracelet and her comment was, “In my eyes this bracelet represents my daughter, and I am rarely without it – as I am rarely without my wedding ring. Not for the bling factor, but because I want my family with me symbolically even when we are apart.” Another mother told how her husband got her a birthstone ring for each of her three daughters and how they planned to pass those rings to their girls when they turned sixteen.

Opponents to the idea of push presents say that it is materialistic to get your wife a gift, especially since your family has just grown, you should be saving the money. But, as one dad put it, “it’s only money…and the look on my wife’s face when she opens [her gift] will be priceless.” A push present is a simple, tangible way for you to show your wife how much she means to you. Really, it is like any other romantic gift you get her; it is just a special way to express your love.

Top 5 Unusual New Baby Presents

So you’ve been invited to a baby shower or a friend’s just had a new baby and now you have to decide on a gift. But with so much choice out there, where do you start? Here are my top 5 unusual new baby presents to give you a helping hand:

1. The Nappy Cake.

Before I hear you say ‘bleurgh!’ this isn’t a cake that you eat! A nappy cake is made from rolled nappies, arranged into tiers to resemble a wedding cake. They are then filled and decorated with useful baby items and make a fantastic centerpiece for the baby shower as well as a fantastic gift as they really have the ‘wow’ factor. They are available in different sizes and to suit all pockets so there’ll be something amazing for your budget.

2. The Baby Bouquet

Instead of the usual bunch of flowers, why not go one step further and give a bouquet made from baby clothing rolled to look like flowers? Usually combined with foam or silk flowers and foliage these can be difficult to distinguish from the real thing. Also, unlike real flowers, this gift won’t wilt and can be enjoyed until the arrival of the new baby when the clothing will come in very handy.

For those on a more limited budget, go for a sock rose. Make from 1 pair of baby socks they are rolled to resemble a single rose complete with leaf and then wrapped in cellophane & ribbon. Especially good as a small token baby shower gift if you are planning on getting a larger baby present after the baby has arrived.

3. Baby Sock Cupcakes

Just like the real thing, but kinder to the waistline! These cupcakes are actually made from little baby socks each nestled within a reusable silicone cupcake case and packaged in bakery boxes. Get pinks for a girl, blues for a boy or a combination of candy colours for a mouthwateringly visual treat.

4. Baby Smoothies

Want a unique gift? Go for a baby smoothie – so delicious mum-to-be will want to drink it! Looking like a fruity smoothie topped with whipped cream, they are in fact made from a baby sleepsuit & hat within a smoothie cup, topped with a weaning spoon. A very practical gift with fantastic & unique packaging!

5. Candy Box Socks

Strapped for cash but want to give a memorable & useful gift? Try Candy Box Socks – looking like a box of brightly coloured sweets, they are actually individual baby socks. These will definitely last longer than a box of candies!

Typical Commission – Negotiating Realtor Fees

The typical commission a realtor charges can be anywhere from three to seven percent depending on the area and realtor competition in the marketplace.  In most every case the typical commission can be negotiated if you know how.

The challenge most consumers have when it comes to negotiating real estate commissions is they are negotiating against a professional negotiator. Realtors negotiate for a living and you’re hiring them to negotiate for you when a buyer is found.  When a realtor meets with you to talk about listing your property they fully expect you to ask or try to negotiate a lower commission.

Well, the truth is, nearly all realtors spend thousands of dollars during their career on education and training.  It’s safe to assume the realtor your interviewing is easily and fully prepared for the “Can you lower your commission” question. It’s not the first time they’ve been asked.

Sure, you can ask for a lower commission and you might even have a few reasons why to solidify your position.  But what happens when the realtor comes right back at you and responds with something like “I understand you want to save as much money as you can. Who doesn’t, especially in this market, right?  However, I have a proven track record in this town with the highest amount of sales. Even at my higher commission you will net more with me than any other realtor.”

Are you prepared for this?  Do you have a response?  Maybe, but probably not. Most consumers have not thought this far ahead.  Maybe you’re the exception and can come up with a brilliant and effective response and get a lower commission.

But, wait. Not so fast.

Remember, the realtor has spent time, money and energy to overcome your objections.  Don’t think one measly, brilliant comeback is going to make the realtor crumble to the floor, beg you to stop negotiating and throw in the towel.

Hardly.

In order to negotiate and pay less than the typical commission you need to learn the ‘lower my commission’ objection handling techniques that realtors learn. Secondly, you’ll need to come up with responses to those objections handling techniques. Only then do you have a chance.  Only then can you negotiate from a position of power.

In summary, the typical commission is three to seven percent and it can be negotiated. If you take the time do the research you’ll find negotiating real estate commissions is not hard. Once you can anticipate the responses that a realtor is most likely to give when you ask them to lower their commission the more likely it is you’ll pay less than the typical commission.

Learn how today.