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I know I told you about Push Presents before… Some of my friends have heard of it and others had no clue what I was talking about. See…that’s the fun thing about researching all of this stuff beforehand… I am trying to milk this pregnancy/motherhood thing for all that it’s worth!

Of course, the baby is the ultimate present from the whole process, and that’s what I REALLY want, but hey–It doesn’t hurt to get an extra little somethin’ somethin’ on the side too right?

In my previous post I pictured some nice princess-cut diamond earrings I could just picture dazzling from my lobes. But after much thought and consideration I looked at the bigger picture… Literally. This is what I want:canon rebel xsIt’s a Digital Canon Rebel XS, an SLR camera. And I want one soooo bad! I know a few friends who have them and I’ve seen the BEAUTIFUL pictures they take! I can already imagine the art I could make taking pictures of Snoop, and our future kids. I could use it to document photos all throughout my pregnancy!!

But yea, that’s the problem… I want it NOW. Not once the baby is born… Kind of like a rain check… An “IOU a baby” if you will.

They retail for about $600 but I’ve seen them on Amazon for $450. I’ve also seen them on Craigslist for $400 but hubby’s not having that… He would rather me buy it new with a warranty and whatnot. So now here I am brainstorming ways I can “save” extra money to get one. Let’s see… There’s blood plasma, I could always sell more of my dog collars, and maybe I can sell ad space on this blog or something… I dunno. I also still want to have a mini gettaway the first of September and I have a feeling I’m going to have to choose between the two! … Or that all of this spending will make him think “Let’s wait a few more months,” which… Um, isn’t worth it to me. Sooooo… What would you do? Decisions, decisions! Ok… Now I know I’m really sounding childish.

But I can’t be alone right? Is there something you really really want NOW?! Do you have a nice camera like this? Are they worth it? Tips on where to buy one?


Natalie says:

I do love my SLR – I got a Nikon, but I don’t know much about cameras! But it does take fantastic photos, I need to get a better lens and a photo class so that they can be even better.

I’d never heard of push present but the more the better!

Brandi says:

I want that exact camera soo bad. I wish I could afford one right now.

Emily says:

I have a DSLR, but I have a Nikon D40. Honestly…I really have no clue how to REALLY use it. That being said, it takes amazing pictures!! I do need to learn more about it before I go and get pregnant, though. 😉

I had not heard of a push present before, but I like the idea. Since I have the DLSR already, I’d have to go with a camcorder or jewelry for my push present!

Stacy says:

Getting a nice camera would definitely be worth it. No doubt about it! I usually get all my photo equipment from http://www.bhphotovideo.com. I think that’s the cheapest, most reliable place to buy.

Emmy says:

I have the Canon Rebel G Xti and LOVE it! It is fully automated and can do all the work for you, and then with a little practice and reading you can learn how to use all the manual modes. It is so nice, and you will be very happy when you can take lots of great pictures of your baby.

Jamie says:

My hubby and his family went in together for christmas last year to get me this $500 Cannon…something I can’t remember the exact name right now. Anyway I could not figure it out! It had great zoom and took beautiful still pictures but with 2 kids running around it was awful. The pictures were always blurry so I got online and ordered a Cannon powershot SD1100 IS for $170 and it is awesome! I took a pic of the ceiling fan and it looked perfect!

FranticMommy says:

Nice camera! I warned my hubby that if I was in for a long hard labor, jewelry need to be in my future. Then I had our daughter via emergency C-section. Drat. Be sure and cover that base when you ask for a push present!

Cari C says:

Don’t let your husband see this but if you have a camera that takes decent pictures it is OK to wait for the SLR until the baby arrives. I do love mine but the whole reason I bought it was because once my first child was RUNNING around I couldn’t get ANY good pictures because of the lag time. SLR is a must to get any good toddler pictures but in all honesty if you can’t get one until the actual ‘push’ then it’ll be OK. Newborns just lay around anyway!
Sorry if that isn’t what you wanted to hear but it may make you feel a bit better while you do wait? 😉

agh says:

I don’t really know how I feel about the idea of a “push present.” Personally, I think it’s excessive and missing the point. BUT… if I DID want a push present, I think I’d want it to be something for the whole family/both of us to use and enjoy… similar to the choices you’re debating. I do know a few people who did the gift though and did it big (diamond/pearl jewelry, camcorders, trips…).

I’m a MAJOR fan of DSLR’s. I’ve been using a Nikon D50 for three years now. It’s pretty similar to Canon’s Rebel. If you can swing it, I’d go for it. If it were me… I would save the trip for later in pregnancy as a “babymoon” and last vacation together as a couple.

Jess says:

mines just a $99 Kodak but hey it works! lol I hope you get it so we can see some awesome belly shots! Are you ready????

have you looked into refurbished (not just used)? These are priced less than new and slightly more than used, but come with manuf. waranty and are treated like new by the manuf. I got both my new sewing machine and my camera (point and shoot not dSLR) refurbed and saved 30-40% on each – and you would never know they weren’t brandy-new.

Darcel says:

I want a really cute pink camera with an awesome zoom.
I hope you get exactly what you want 🙂

I have the Canon Rebel XSi and it is my very best friend. Plus? If you’re having a baby? You gotta have a rockin camera.

The new Nikon has video capabilities, don’t forget that.

Good idea.

Jessica says:

I have a Canon rebel and LOVE it! Just tell your hubby you will give him some extra lovin’ in exchange for one! lol! Happy Saturday Sharefest!

Jessica
http://www.oneshetwoshe.com

--Heather-- says:

I did not get or ask for a push present… I think I totally missed out. It’s hard work! The camera is a must have for having kids, we have two kids and use our camera almost daily… we are actually started to try too, maybe we will be prego together! so fun

Gosh I would absolutely love a sexy SLR camera but…

1) I wouldn’t know what to do with it.

2) I wouldn’t know what I’m looking for!

Anyway, I can’t stretch to buying one just yet. But oh, to dream!

Tania (via SITS)

agh says:

I forgot to say… I also have a Canon camera that is a nice model between the SLRs and point-and-shoots. It’s bulkier than a point-and-shoot but it is a LOT smaller than dSLR AND has really nice video capabilities. TONS AND TONS of features that I have no idea how to use yet but it would be a good option, too. It is a Canon g9 (but I think now they’ve come out with a new version of the same camera) and when I got mine it was about $500 full retail. So… just depends on what you’re looking for. But like everyone is saying, the dSLR’s are totally worth it if you’re going to use it (and you WILL)!

GwennS says:

I think that would be an awesome present…I want one of those too 🙂 I’d never heard of a push present before this though.

Kimberlyn says:

Look on ebay, I know crazy thought right. My hubby just bought his new camera on there. Just make sure if you buy on ebay that you make sure it’s not “grey market” (which is not the US version, and won’t come with a warranty). Also if you have an american express card buy with it. American express will double the manufacturers warranty, so you’ll get two years for the price of one. Good Luck!

Juicytots says:

Must admit I had never heard of this concept before (the push present thing) but I am in the UK so perhaps its a US thing? Same as we don’t really go in for baby showers either. Mind you, it would probably be nice to have a good camera though as you will no doubt want to take loads of pics of the baby. We took a whole album of our first, slightly less of our second and hardly any of our third!! Just far too busy on crowd control when we are out to take any pics at all!

Mrs Cooper says:

My brother has that camera and is a photographer and it takes some great pics. I just got the Nikkon cool pix for my needs since I’m not an advid pic taker. But now with whrrl might use it more. Not sure if “Push” presents were around when I was preggers though I have heard women say my hubs bought me this (new benz) when we had our first child and I’d be like “Damn, what’s he getting you for the second one”. And it would be a faboulous house or something. Hope I didn’t just raise the bar.

Mammatalk says:

Buy it now when you have the time to read the directions and toy with it. Enjoy!

S. Chaffee says:

The camera is sooo much more important then a mini getaway. The getaway would only last as long as you make it. The pictures can last a life time. I say this partly because I’m a photo addict. I can’t ever seem to have enough pictures especially since my kids grow so darn fast! I have to say that I would never spend more then $200 on a camera ever again. Four years ago a bought a fabulous top-of-the-line Kodak digital camera. It worked great for the first three years but coming up on the fourth…the focus sensor is going bad and the flash no longer pops up by itself. In fact the flash won’t even work unless you hold it up. Not only that but I can now buy a similar quality camera that fits in my pocket for around $100. Digital technology moves too quickly to spend large amounts of cash on it for only a few years. I would still recommend getting a Cannon. I’ve read about a million better reviews on Cannons than I have on Kodak. I would purchase a pocket camera instead of the fancy big one though. At least you can carry it in your pocket or purse and have it with you all the time instead of a bulky thing you have to buy a special case for. Just my opinions. Buy what you really want but consider what you’ll think of it in a few years.

LOVE the push present idea and will have to share it with the DH 🙂 Also.. I would love an SLR camera. Definitely worth the cost. My friend is a photojournalist and knows a ton about cameras so I just asked him what he thought of this camera.. I’ll let you know what he says! Although I think he will say he prefers the Nikons.

Ok.. I heard back from him. This is what he said: “As a Nikon photog, I have to tell you to buy the Nikon D60, which is much like the Rebel XS. Buuuut… the XS is a good camera and I’d buy it. Just depends on if you plan on buying more lenses.. Nikon lenses are generally better. I say get the one that feels most intuitive to you.”

Hope that helps?!

Jessica says:

You and me both. I want one. Actually, now I think I NEED one.

I’d love to have a big girl camera like that, but what I want even more than that is a HONEYMOON!

I found your blog from SITS and just had to follow. Your little boy is totally adorable and I really enjoyed your blogs! I will soon have a place to advertise for FREE on my page so if your interested be sure to check back and watch for when that becomes available!

Faith

Anonymous says:

Haha! She doesn’t have a little boy!

oh goodness.

I totally want a nice camera soooo bad!! I think they are a great thing to have because then you can take nice pictures of your kids by yourself instead of spending hundreds on professional photo shoots! We have been “borrowing” my father in laws super nice camera.. for about…. 1.5 years now.. 😉

MommaD says:

So read about ur anonymous trolls, and had to take a look…I enjoy reading about somebody so excited and thoughtful about planning a new life. And hey, I’ve made four of them and I think push presents are a wonderful token for the amazing work you do to get that person here. I got earrings for one, but since he was a c-section I can’t really call it a push present can I?!?

UMMM…I really really want that CAMERA too! I have wanted it for months, but can’t convince my husband how bad I need it. Since we have four digital cameras he thinks that is plenty for me! I want it soooo bad I can see myself taking pictures with it NOW…I am requesting it for Christmas from my father-in-law!!!

I think a good camera is priceless. I like the rebel a lot. GREAT camera!

JJ says:

i missed all the anon trolls. i saw your tweet but assume you were talking about one of those mommy bulletin boards where people start off friendly but then turn into total monsters when a mother chooses a personal path regarding pregnancy and motherhood that another person deems unacceptable. It happened in the first online mom community I joined and since then, I’ve heard of many many horror stories.

I hope you don’t let those folks break your spirit or stress you out. The world is full of judgmental folk.

My motto: Don’t sweat the small stuff!

Good luck!

Perfectly Me says:

I was reading about your anonymous posters and I agree that if they had something to say about this post they should have said it under their own names. I read your post this wknd. and spoke with my husband about it, because I, too, do not believe in “push presents” I believe that your newborn should be the present and I also know that when you have a newborn that the money spent on that “push present” could probably have been used on something more important for the baby.

It also seems awfuly materialistic to adopt one part of some other cultures tradition to receive a material gain for yourself, esp. if you’re not willing to take on the other traditions of that culture. I also don’t believe that this is something that goes on in England anymore, because there is an article in the telegraph basically ridiculing American women for this new practice. So maybe it’s more of an old British tradition.

Sarah says:

My husband and I bougth a Nikon D40 a few years ago when we were moving across the country to CA. We wanted to stop at the Grand Canyon on our way and my hubby loves to take pictures so we bought one and a bunch of accessories. We ended spending a little over $1000. We bought the camera, an extra battery, three lense covers (one to cover the actuall lense cover on the camera so it doesn’t break b/c then you have to buy a whole new lense and those are the expensive part of the camera), a tripod, a camera bag, SD cards, a remote, and a bigger flash. But we love it and it takes great pictures plus you won’t ever have to buy another camera again because that one should last you forever if you take care of it. I think a push present is a great idea. I would want to get a digital video recorder so that we can take cute videos of our baby. I already got the diamond earrings for Christmas one year because my in-laws spent more money on him (they told me they were buying him computer parts so I wouldn’t get as much, they spent over $1000 on him) so he felt bad and bought me these nice diamond earrings. But I am not going to tell hubby that I want one I’ll let him get me one if he thinks of it…heck flowers would be nice seeing as he never buys me flowers.

First of that camera is GREAT!!! I’ve seen photos it takes and WOW. Secondly I had never heard of a push present but I think it’s a cute idea. Wish I would have knew about it since I just had my daughter 3 1/2 weeks ago lol
I just asked the Mr for a drink after I was finished lol – Oh well I’ll just hope that you get yours 🙂

I don’t think it’s selfish at all. And I think it’s great that you’re so excited about bringing a little one in this world as well as making it fun and memorable for you and your husband. Trust me after that baby is here you will use that camera more than you can imagine. We have thousands ourselves from documenting everything from the birth to family trips.

I didn’t get a chance to read your anonymous comments but I could imagine things they said … If they didn’t have the nads to say who they were it’s not worth worrying about.

dixie says:

I’ve got that camera and I love it. It’s the bottom of the line Canon SLR but it’s great and not as hefty as the bigger models and still takes huge photos at great quality. I also think it’s a little easier to use than Nikons, but that’s just me. Wow, this totally sounded like an advertisement for Canon, sorry.

nath says:

I have the 450D canon and I really love it…

Jill says:

I have that camera! You will LOVE it. Look on Adorama.com. I got mine refurbished (which basically means someone returned it and they put it back up on the website), with a 2 year warranty and a spiffy bag, for right around $500. The camera itself was only about $400. I also recommend the accompanying “for Dummies” book if you are totally new to DSLRs.

I am giggling at all the Nikon D40 plugs here. That is a great camera too, they are both about the same level. It’s really personal preference. I like Canon better because I am already familiar with that brand, I had 2 Canons before I got this one.

Helen Oster says:

Just a quick note regarding the comment above: a refurb from Adorama may have been ordered in error and returned to the retailer (who can’t then sell it as ‘new’ so it has to be sent back to the manufacturer for refurbishment), however, it may also be an ex-store demo, possibly used in field tests or sales displays.

A refurb can also have simply been pulled from the production line if something appears faulty, or if it hasn’t passed the final inspection.

Most of the time it is a very minor issue that needs correcting, nevertheless, once it is pulled from the normal flow of production, it gets flagged as a refurbished model, so you may get a unit straight from the factory that has never been used.

A refurbished item will have been checked over by the manufacturer by hand, inspected very thoroughly, diagnosed, and calibrated by experienced technicians, and could therefore turn out to be more dependable than a new item – which will only have been checked by a process of systematic quality control protocol (ie by random sampling as it comes off the conveyor belt).

In the past Adorama warranted Canon refurbished for 90 days; since 1st May, all Canon refurbished products from Adorama come with a 1 year return-to-Adorama warranty; 14 days from date of receipt for a full refund, and the balance for repair or replacement.

I hope this helps, but if you require any additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

Sincerely

Helen Oster
Adorama Camera Customer Service Ambassador

helen.oster@adoramacamera.com
http://www.adorama.com

Sarah says:

My husband and I bougth a Nikon D40 a few years ago when we were moving across the country to CA. We wanted to stop at the Grand Canyon on our way and my hubby loves to take pictures so we bought one and a bunch of accessories. We ended spending a little over $1000. We bought the camera, an extra battery, three lense covers (one to cover the actuall lense cover on the camera so it doesn’t break b/c then you have to buy a whole new lense and those are the expensive part of the camera), a tripod, a camera bag, SD cards, a remote, and a bigger flash. But we love it and it takes great pictures plus you won’t ever have to buy another camera again because that one should last you forever if you take care of it. I think a push present is a great idea. I would want to get a digital video recorder so that we can take cute videos of our baby. I already got the diamond earrings for Christmas one year because my in-laws spent more money on him (they told me they were buying him computer parts so I wouldn’t get as much, they spent over $1000 on him) so he felt bad and bought me these nice diamond earrings. But I am not going to tell hubby that I want one I’ll let him get me one if he thinks of it…heck flowers would be nice seeing as he never buys me flowers.

I found your blog from SITS and just had to follow. Your little boy is totally adorable and I really enjoyed your blogs! I will soon have a place to advertise for FREE on my page so if your interested be sure to check back and watch for when that becomes available!

Faith

I think a good camera is priceless. I like the rebel a lot. GREAT camera!

S. Chaffee says:

The camera is sooo much more important then a mini getaway. The getaway would only last as long as you make it. The pictures can last a life time. I say this partly because I’m a photo addict. I can’t ever seem to have enough pictures especially since my kids grow so darn fast! I have to say that I would never spend more then $200 on a camera ever again. Four years ago a bought a fabulous top-of-the-line Kodak digital camera. It worked great for the first three years but coming up on the fourth…the focus sensor is going bad and the flash no longer pops up by itself. In fact the flash won’t even work unless you hold it up. Not only that but I can now buy a similar quality camera that fits in my pocket for around $100. Digital technology moves too quickly to spend large amounts of cash on it for only a few years. I would still recommend getting a Cannon. I’ve read about a million better reviews on Cannons than I have on Kodak. I would purchase a pocket camera instead of the fancy big one though. At least you can carry it in your pocket or purse and have it with you all the time instead of a bulky thing you have to buy a special case for. Just my opinions. Buy what you really want but consider what you’ll think of it in a few years.

Ok.. I heard back from him. This is what he said: “As a Nikon photog, I have to tell you to buy the Nikon D60, which is much like the Rebel XS. Buuuut… the XS is a good camera and I’d buy it. Just depends on if you plan on buying more lenses.. Nikon lenses are generally better. I say get the one that feels most intuitive to you.”

Hope that helps?!

--Heather-- says:

I did not get or ask for a push present… I think I totally missed out. It’s hard work! The camera is a must have for having kids, we have two kids and use our camera almost daily… we are actually started to try too, maybe we will be prego together! so fun

agh says:

I forgot to say… I also have a Canon camera that is a nice model between the SLRs and point-and-shoots. It’s bulkier than a point-and-shoot but it is a LOT smaller than dSLR AND has really nice video capabilities. TONS AND TONS of features that I have no idea how to use yet but it would be a good option, too. It is a Canon g9 (but I think now they’ve come out with a new version of the same camera) and when I got mine it was about $500 full retail. So… just depends on what you’re looking for. But like everyone is saying, the dSLR’s are totally worth it if you’re going to use it (and you WILL)!

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