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The Best Gifts for New Dads

He's got a new baby. And yes, he needs to feel appreciated.

Having a child is a momentous occasion, one that should be celebrated with first time dad gifts. And first time dads need to feel special.That’s where gifts for new dads come in. Whatever you get him when his newborn arrives should spark joy, for sure, while also serving a practical purpose and making his life a little bit easier. And more fun.

Here are some unique, memorable, and useful gifts for new dads that will help him navigate the early days of fatherhood while reminding him that he’s still cool.

Best New Dad Gifts

Picture frames are about as original a gift as a candle. So get one that's personalized to the birth of his child.

You add the kid’s name, weight, and date of arrival. And it’s a keepsake dad will treasure forever. Or until his kid wrecks the car.

If dad is a foodie, get him a customized cutting board and instead of wedding details, simply add the deets of his kid's birth.

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Every time he uses this teak cutting board to slice limes for his tequila, he’ll think of his child. That’s because you’ll add the kid’s name and birth year to this sustainably sourced board.

So he's into steaks? Then get him branding irons his kid's initials.

With these personalized branding iron, he can leave his mark on chickens, steaks, burgers, or pork chops. Even quesadillas. They’re just over one inch tall.

No one has ever not appreciated a great blanket. Especially one with his kid's name on it.

The ridiculously soft blanket is 50 inches by 60 inches, and features whatever name you choose.

This contoured sleep mask effectively blocks out light, so exhausted new dads can grab a few minutes, or hours, of sleep. If they're lucky.

You don’t think about having a sleep mask until you need to immediately grab shut-eye in the few moments available to you. And he can fight crime in it, too.

These light, flexible and breathable leather sneakers, with an ultra-thin sole, are a clutch piece of dad gear when he goes back to work.

These kicks are both comfortable but cool enough to wear to the office. It’s an upgrade for your sneaks, and can easily transition to playground outings. 

In the few moments he has to himself, dad can use this foam roller to stretch and get gym-ready for the moment in the distant future when his baby is actually sleeping long enough for him to work out.

He can use it between diaper changes, during midnight feeds, and while watching mindless TV when the baby is napping to relieve stress and loosen his muscles.

The new Nintendo Switch Lite is cheaper than its predecessor, and great for quick forays into gaming.

The new Nintendo Switch Lite is both cheaper, and lighter, than the original, which means fewer bells and whistles. But it’s also handy to have around to give dad a little break from reality.

This sheet mask is like a cold washer for your face.

These masks are cheap and he can put them on before work so he doesn’t look quite as dead and sleep-deprived as he feels. 

This diaper bag has an external USB port to charge your devices, an insulated thermal pack, and a pull-out caddy. Best of all is its magnetic release lock that directly opens the changing station.

Not only does this diaper bag not look remotely like a diaper bag, but it has so many awesome features you’d want in a regular backpack. It stands upright, which is a huge bonus when you have a bag that topples over.And it has more than 10 accessible mesh and standard pockets, and an interior caddy system. Plus it charges your phone.

This skin-to-skin shirt has adjustable head support for the baby, is made from cotton and spandex, and lets dad snuggle with his infant.

It’s a simple yet brilliant concept: You wear your baby next to your skin, to promote bonding. Plus, you free your hands up to do other stuff. He’ll love it. This specific shirt is for babies up to 15 pounds.

Babies need sleep. New parents need sleep. And dad needs this soother, which lulls a baby to sleep with a calming sound that uses a real human voice.

The Baby Shusher helps calm a baby using a technique popularized by Dr. Harvey Karp. As its name suggests, the shusher emits rhythmic shushing noises to help babies sleep. And give dads (and moms) a break.

This memory foam pillow lets dad sleep on the couch, in the rocker, or wherever he can get a minute.

Not only does the Ostrich pillow provide serious neck support, but it has an easily removable and washable sleeve that’s soft and breathable.

Every dad needs that one perfect go-to shirt, the one that is timeless and rugged. This is that shirt. It's made from organic pima cotton and is pigment-dyed for a washed-out, lived-in look and feel. It has rib trim at the neck, chest pocket, and sleeve hem.

Being a parent means caring about the planet. And Outerknown fully embraces sustainable fashion. Plus all that aside, this shirt is just badass.

Dads want soft hands when they're holding their baby. And washing them after every diaper change tends to rough them up. So get him this vegan hand cream, made with ingredients he can actually recognize, and which won't irritate delicate baby skin.

This hand cream, which is vegan and 70 percent organic, was created for ultra-dry and sensitive skin. But the thing is, it leaves hands soft, without making them nasty or greasy. A win-win for parents.

If dad wants to go for a quick run, or bike ride, this light is for him. This bike (or stroller) light attaches anywhere. It has a multi-attach clip, switches between red or white, and makes sure he's visible from every angle.

This versatile and lightweight light holds 10 hours of power on a single charge, lights up in red or white, and attaches anywhere he needs.

Help dad stay organized with this stupidly handy roll-up charger travel case.

He’ll never leave home without this roll-up case, which has three mesh pockets for a USB, SD card, SIM card or other small items, two mesh zipper compartment for his phone, mouse, power bank, two leather compartments to store passports, plus of course, Velcro for the chargers.

This charger is nothing short of brilliant. It warms his java, or cools his beer, and powers up 7.5W and 10W compatible phones.

Dead devices are a total buzzkill. So is a lack of needed caffeine. Avoid that at all costs with this charging stand, which ensures he has hot coffee and a fully charged phone. It works with Apple and Android devices.

Fanny packs are tacky, but they do provide a very crucial hands-free benefit. This one is next level. Bandicoot's medium-sized waist pack fits all his everyday essentials.

This waist pack has a roomy main chamber, and a detachable organizer with three flat pockets and five elastic bands. It has a two-way zipper that allows easy access to the main chamber from either side of the bag. Plus it can be used as a chest bandoleer.

This phone mount is for bikes, but works just as well on strollers. It has a magnetic quick lock that securely holds your phone wherever you mount it, and 360 degree rotation so you can see it from every angle.

This rugged phone mount attaches to his bike or stroller in seconds, offers 360 degree views, and fits handlebars from Ø 7/8″ (22mm) to 1-1/4” (32mm). Meaning, it’s fantastic for playground outings. It’s solid, and easy to use. Which is what a new dad needs.  

Never run out of power again with this portable phone charger, which attaches to your stroller.

This charger attaches to your stroller and charges your device while you’re on the go. Handy, right?

When he's on the go with the kiddo, he'll appreciate having this YETI waterproof gear case along for the ride.

The YETI The SideKick Dry keeps his wallet, phone, keys and everything else essential dry and protected from the elements. It’s waterproof and has rugged seams to keep out wetness.

Velomacchi sets the gold standard in protecting tech gear. And this laptop sleeve is no exception. It has a reinforced 1680D ballistic shell with a quilted front panel for extra protection, should he drop his iPad.

This particular tablet sleeve fits 8-10 inch devices, and protects them every which way, thanks to its ballistic shell. It also has foam padding around all surfaces for extra oomph.

You get three hours of burn time with this portable campfire, which uses recycled soy wax. That means no smoky smell.

Light his fire with this portable campfire, which you can set up anywhere, from the backyard to the beach, for some smoke-free vibes. It’s a mini vacation without leaving your yard.

He can charge his Apple devices insanely fast with this cable, which wraps up neatly when he's done.

No more messy, tangled cables. The four-foot braided cable is wrapped up and secured with an integrated leather belt so it’s always ready to charge. Which means his phone never runs out of juice.

This JBL wireless bluetooth speaker has 10 hours of playtime, is waterproof, and comes with an integrated carabiner so it can attach to your stroller.

Get your tunes on the go with this JBL clip 3 portable, ultra-rugged and waterproof Bluetooth speaker, which delivers 10 hours of sound on a single charge.

We're not fans of overly-cute, gimmicky T-shirts, especially T-shirt combos, but this set is actually, well, sort of delicious.

We love that this set is entirely gender-neutral. Plus, as taco fans, we approve of the messaging. The infant bodysuit is made of 100 percent ringspun cotton, and the men’s T-shirt is also made of preshrunk cotton and a seamless rib collar.

One of the biggest frustrations with baby carriers is that you need an army of people to help you actually put it on. This rugged carrier is eminently easy to use and wear.

This baby carrier is no joke. The front-harness baby carrier gives dad hands-free parenting power, and can be paired with the brand’s compatible pouches and carabiners. It’s got a removable, washable cotton liner and is suitable for babies eight to 33 pounds.

Not only does this ball look like a work of art, but it also activates back and core support muscles, which promotes good posture. Meaning, it'll give his back a break after toting the kid around.

You can choose from a slew of colors. And because most new dads don’t have time to go to yoga classes or the gym, he can get a nice stretch at home. Just note, this does need to be inflated.

Help him simplify and minimize with this Ridge metal wallet, which protects cards from even the most powerful RFID chip readers.

This metal wallet has a cash strap, and holds up to 12 cards without stretching out. And it helps keep his info under wraps. It’s slim, it’s sleek, it gets him out the door.

This is a brilliant cap with a hidden interior pocket for stashing cash or a key. It's a dad win.

There’s a time and a place for dad-head. But sometimes, he’s just not in the mood. So get him this cap, which has a heathered jersey crown with laser perforated side and rear panels for breathability and less sweat.

Because when you're holding a baby, you don't have enough hands left to tie your shoes. So get him these stylish slip-ons, which look like a sneaker but work just as well in water.

No more sweaty, nasty feet. These slip-on sneakers have a lightweight breathable mesh upper with a stretch air-mesh tongue and gusset. They’re crazy comfortable, to boot, for all the strolls to the park.

Never lose power again with the niftiest charger we've ever seen.

Dads have a ton of things on their minds. Keeping their devices charged shouldn’t be one of them. Get him the smallest and most efficient charger you can buy, to power up laptops, phones, and cameras.

We love the look of this bag. But it's also got everything a new dad needs, including 10 total pockets with two mesh side bottles, a front zip pocket, an easy access pocket and a machine washable cushioned changing pad.

Nothing, and we do mean nothing, screams diapers when you look at this understated messenger bag. It fits all the baby gear he needs, plus his electronics.

Every new parent is terrified of germs. But every new parent wants to snap endless photos of their infant. Therefore, you need this sanitizer.

Your phone is a nasty petri dish of germs. Not only does this gadget kill 99 percent of bacteria with its UV light, but it also fits all phones, including the iPhone 8 Plus. You’re welcome.

No, new dads don't have time for elaborate grooming routines. Yes, new dads want to look groomed. So get him this set to help him shave with total confidence.

The packaging had us sold from the get-to. But the kit itself packs a major punch. He gets a safety razor, shave brush, oil, shaving cream, and restoring balm.

Keep your drinks cold with these six handcrafted chilling stones made from natural granite.

You also get two monogrammed glasses, plus a serving tray. We love these stones because they’re non-porous and resistant to both odor and flavor absorption, so your drinks taste totally smooth.

Lugging a kid around isn't easy on his back. This new baby carrier makes it less cumbersome. It's got shoulder and waist straps that ensure proper load distribution and extra lumbar support, and a detachable pole that installs easily and alleviates back, neck and shoulder stress when he's standing around for long periods of time.

The perfect baby carrier for dads with back backs, the Mamapod has a support pole that weighs less than .9 pounds, stows in a seat pocket and can be installed in seconds to provide complete back relief when he’s standing still. It fits babies 12 pounds to 44 pounds.

Every new dad needs a new diaper bag, preferably one that doesn't look like a diaper bag. This is it.

We dig this diaper bag because of its backpack design. The interior includes a padded laptop pocket, mesh pocket organizers, and other organization essentials. Plus, there’s an insulated side pocket, and a mesh diaper organizer. It comes with stroller straps, too.

You need coffee. You need hot coffee. You need coffee that won't spill on you or your baby. Hello, Stanley.

You push the stroller with one hand, and you use your other one to open and close the push button lid on this mug, which keeps drinks hot for six hours, and cold for 24 hours.

Your dogs won't bark anymore after you roll them on this handy massager.

So you’re tired after wheeling your kid around in the stroller? We’ve got you covered with this foot massager, which gives tired, sore, achy feet new life.

Dad can rock out to his favorites, and teach his newborn music appreciation, with this sick turntable.

It comes in a slew of vibrant colors, and it’s got Bluetooth compatibility. And it plays 33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM records. Plus, it’s just stunning.

Yes, it might seem a little odd at first, but this shirt promotes skin-to-skin bonding.

A perfect gift for the dad of a newborn, so he can bond with his tot by having easy, seamless skin-to-skin contact. Just beware of the velcro.

This digital frame has a 1024 x 768 pixel IPS display (4:3). Dad can showcase thousands of photos of his little darling.

The great new dad gift comes with a remote control and lets you play HD videos and photos in the same slideshow. The resolution is spot-on, and the design is understated. After all, you want the kid to take center stage.

Speaking of photos, don't you want to print them out directly from your phone? Why, yes you do.

This tiny printer fits right into his pocket, and delivers 2-by-3-inch sticky-backed photos of his new baby.

It's part co-sleeper, part play mat, all genius.

This brilliant docking station is suitable for babies up to 8 months old. Your baby can hang out, play, sleep, cuddle, and spend QT there with dad.

Jimmy Kimmel has become the prince of pancakes. He customizes them for his kids. But step back, Jimmy, because there's a new chef in town.

Before you know it, a baby will start eating solids. And that’s when dad can impress him or her with glorious, fun, delicious breakfast treats.

In the age of digital-everything, it's nice to go old-school, and look sleek while doing it.

This retro-styled instant camera has a 60-mm lens that lets you get up close and personal shots and automatic exposure control to ensure your images aren’t blown out or too dark. It’s the perfect way to instantly take photos that a new dad can put in his wallet, frame or pin to a board at work.

Nothing smells as sweet as a baby. But nothing smells quite as pungent as what comes out of the baby. Now, dad can smell good, too.

This classic scent has notes of moss, geranium, and sandalwood, plus warm notes of amber, cedar wood, and tonka for an all-around smoothness for a new dad.

Dad can pack all his, and baby's, essentials in this gorgeous leather backpack.

It’s handmade from vegetable-tanned leather in an ethical factory in León, Mexico.

It's easy to misplace stuff when you're concerned with a new life at home. And that's why Tile is crucial.

It will save dad’s possessions, and his sanity. The Tile Pro Combo has a range of 300 feet and pairs with Alexa and Google assistant to always help you locate your phone, keys, water bottle, wallet, what have you.

Now, dad can enjoy a glass of merlot, without the possibility of dropping his glass and having shards of the stuff everywhere.

Not only does this Hydro Flask tumbler have a slip-free grip (essential if you’re dealing with a child), it’s made from food-grade stainless steel. It has an elegant shape and comes in tons of great colors.

With a new baby in the house, self-care goes out the window. So give dad some much-needed tools in this handy set.

You can take care of dad’s face, head, nose, ears, and toes all in one place. He gets 23 pieces for all his grooming needs, including two stubble trimming guards, two body trimming guards, an eyebrow trimming guard, a storage bag and a cleaning brush. 

Dad can take the baby for a stroll, and still get sports scores and the latest on the 2020 election, thanks to this handy phone mount.

A simple accessory that snaps to a stroller’s handlebars, this adjustable mount fits a variety of phones. It’s a great new dad gift because it’s good for hands-free screen access and, if a new dad finds himself on a solo walk in the park with a sleeping baby, he can catch up on some TV.

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