Finding the perfect gift for a new dad or a first-time father seems straightforward enough. If this is their first leap into fatherhood, they’ll need all the dad stuff, right? But fathers-to-be and their partners have likely been showered with lots of baby gear already: baby carriers, car seat covers, baby monitors, strollers… which is why when it comes to new dad gifts, he might especially appreciate something entirely different and even left-of-field, whether that means totally practical or designed for nothing but fun.
So what are the best new-dad gifts? First-time fathers tend to be stressed-out and sleep-deprived kinds of people. Just like new moms, they could do with something that makes them feel a bit special. The best gifts for new fathers should be one of two things: something useful that makes his life a little easier or something unexpected that helps him relax during rare moments of downtime. We’ve hunted far and wide, and found the best of both.
The Best Gifts for New Dads
It's damn annoying when he can't find a charger or a cable. Or a power bank. This handsome organizer, from the swanky Aussie brand, has a place for everything. It has a magnetic slip pocket that fits a power bank, stretch mesh pockets for extra chargers and a floating wall with an elastic cable organizer inside.
This Bluetooth speaker connects in seconds, and has 10 hours of battery life. He can zen out in the shower and listen to some tunes; the speaker is not only waterproof but can be immersed in up to three feet of aqua.
This has the refreshing smell of tea tree oil and orange. And because it's a two-for-one, he can speed up his shower, without cutting back on the quality of the products used.
Because dad head is real, and there's no such thing as too many perfect hats.
This 10-in-1 multi-tool means he's prepared for everything. And we do mean everything. It's a carabiner, a box cutter, Philips screwdriver, a flathead screwdriver, a keychain, a hex wrench, a wire cutter, a ruler, a bottle opener and a bicycle tool. No matter what happens en route to the playground or the park, he's always ready to tackle it.
Speaking of being prepared, get him this kit because leaving home with a newborn is nerve-wracking. Each packet includes a diaper, hand sanitizer, face mask, pack of wipes, and disposable changing pad.
When he has a minute or two to spare, he can jot down his thoughts, dreams, ideas, motivations, and notable moments in this smart journal. The embedded technology lets him transfer freehand notes from page to screen in real time using the Moleskine Notes app.
There's that thing called baby brain, in which previously functioning adults leave their keys in the fridge and the milk in the closet. This Tile tracker makes sure he always knows where his stuff happens to be on any given day. He just uses the Tile app to ring the tracker from up to 400 feet away.
A photostream is great. An actual photo is even better. Every dad will appreciate this handy printer, which connects via Bluetooth and churns out 2x3 business card-sized prints he can stick anywhere.
Every parent needs an excellent digital photo frame, and with this one, he can showcase thousands of photos of his adorable offspring. The resolution is 1280 x 800, and it has a stunning 10 inch display.
A gentle way to wake up, for this diaper changes, and an equally gentle way to fall asleep. This lovely and understated light Glow is self-dimming, with a warm glow.
A full-size heavy-duty hammer with a polished steel head and wood handle engraved with his name. What's more dad than that?
Portland-based Olympia Provisions doesn't cut corners. The company's cured meats are held in natural casings and kept in the organic white mold that protects them. Each month, he'll get one salami (approximately 4.5 ounces) along with detailed tasting notes, as befits a carnivore gourmand.
The sleek aluminum cylinder is not his grandfather's tired old flask. Inside, there's room for nine ounces of his preferred drink, two collapsible shot glasses, a 200-lumen light, compass, and bottle opener. Its compact size (2 by 9.375 inches) means it's easy to take on every single outdoor outing.
Every parent needs coffee. It's a necessary food group. This brilliant mug is app-controlled and keeps his drink perfectly hot for up to three hours on a single charge. Or all day if he uses the charging coaster. He just taps the mug to make the drink hotter or colder.
When he wants to travel light, this is the answer. It fits around his waist, and is spacious enough to hold 20 wipes, changing pad, credits cards and cash, and even has a hook for a pacifier.
Speaking of diaper bags, these stroller clips attach to anything and are a practical, eminently usable way to transfer stuff from home to stroller and back again.
These sand-filled walking weights give his arms a workout when he's pushing his kid around in the stroller. Or going for a quick jog.
He forgot to lock the door? Left his keys at home? No biggie. He can lock and unlock the door using the PIN pad, the key fob, or his phone. And the system syncs up with Alexa and Google Assistant.
Pregnancy brain doesn't just apply to moms. It's pretty much universal. Help him stay organized with this handy accessory, which lets him use the entire organizer or remove the magnetic pouch as needed for quick outings. It has room for IDs, passports, money, and documents he needs to have on hand. And even room for his tech.
Handsome and stately, this double-walled, vacuum-insulated chiller keeps a bottle cold for a whopping four hours. Which is about the length of your average Chris Nolan movie, which he can watch with you while sipping a cold one.
With a well-made portable speaker, he can play everything from soothing sounds for the baby when his lips are tired to music or podcasts when he's cleaning bottles and breast pumps. The Bose SoundLink sounds great, delivers 6 hours playback, and has a strap he can hook up to a stroller bar.
So he's a dad. Doesn't mean he needs to look like a schlub. This sleek, fitted hoodie is as handsome as it is comfortable. It's made from fabric that is designed with integrated mesh ventilation; it has zippered pockets to store his phone and cards and bonded eyelets for ventilation, so he doesn't overheat.
So he loves toast. He's a fiend for toast. He's particular about his toast. Dammit, give him the best toaster money can buy. This machine toasts breads, bagels, English muffins, frozen waffles, and toaster pastries so they're golden on the outside and moist on the inside. It has 63 settings. He'll thank you.
Sometimes, you need to open a beer or soda when holding a baby. This one from Areaware, made from sustainably harvested walnut, not only allows for one-handed use but also brings some class to popping the top.
Allbirds' winter shoes are made with ZQ Merino wool and a bio-based water-repellent shield, so his feet stay dry and warm and comfortable, no matter what Mother Nature has in store.
With this meat thermometer, he can stay up-to-date on the temperature of his meat without having to lift the lid. Fit the metal probes into proteins and they'll beam accurate temperature information directly to a phone.
Sounds cheesy, but it's true: Memories are priceless. But digitizing old family and college photos and home movies is a major time suck. So get him a service that does it for him. He packs up his home movies and pictures, and gets everything back on a thumb drive, the cloud, or labeled DVDs. So every single time he wants to relive epic childhood moments and share them with his kid, it's right there.
He's not leaving the house much, so it's the little luxuries that matter. Like this fragrance. It's got citrus and fruity tones, and somehow smells bright and uplifting. With hints of vanilla.
This ultra-compact blanket stuffs into a smaller-than-a-smartphone pouch but expands into a 66 x 44-inch waterproof tarp that can fit 2-4 adults. Translation: It’s ideal for trips to the park and even impromptu baby changings.
No, this isn’t a very (very) deep V. The shirt, with its large Velcro opening, is made to seamlessly promote skin-to-skin bonding between father and newborn. It’s also very comfortable.
This easy three-piece set makes mornings manageable. The body wash is invigorating and refreshing. The face wash, with hints of peppermint, wakes him up and clears up his skin, prepping it for shaving. And the face lotion, also with notes of peppermint and citrus, is lightweight. All the products are vegan and made without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, silicones or aluminum.
Here's a genius concept: Self-cleaning earbuds. Because who has time to clean them with a new baby at home? These come with a UV Nano charging case that kills 99.9 percent of bacteria in 10 minutes while also charging them. The earbuds themselves have dope sound and built-in, high-performance dual microphones for maximum call clarity.
There's never a wrong time, or way, to wear this classic cashmere sweater, which looks great with everything and on everyone. Everlane sources its cashmere from Inner Mongolia; it's superior quality and barely pills.
This phone mount is meant for a bike. It works just as well on a stroller, because it mounts to any handlebar. It has a cradle-free design that gives him one-handed access, and it is compatible with most smartphones.
Three pockets. That's all you need to know. This apron is a hero in the kitchen, to be sure. But it's equally handy when he's toting around dipes and wipes. It has crossback straps that provide all-day support, and comes in a ton of cool colors.
Funky, upbeat, and left-of-center, these socks are meant to be the opposite of staid and boring. The Swedish brand's socks keep his feet warm and comfortable, and put a smile on his face. Win-win.
Nothing looks as good as sleep feels. Get him a customized foam pillow made to his specific sleep preferences. You choose the sleep position, the size and heft of the ideal pillow, and Pluto does the rest.
A bottle that cleans itself using non-toxic mercury-free UV-C LED technology, in 60 seconds? Hell yes. It keeps his water cold for 24 hours and coffee hot for 12, and is USB-powered. It's just one less thing for him to think about.
Sometimes all he needs is that one perfect cup of coffee. Just one. To get him going. To get the day started. This is that coffee maker. It looks like a design showpiece: It's made from matte stoneware and features three drip holes for perfectly timed drinks. You can make one big cup, or two smaller cups.
Is a latte or concentrated shot more his style? This semi-automatic espresso machine is ideal for the espresso lover who wants to pull good shots without the neurotic knowhow required of some other machines. It has a built-in burr grinder that conveniently holds a half pound of beans in a sealed hopper on top. With the push of a button, it delivers freshly ground coffee into the portafilter; the tank holds half a gallon of water and heats it with a Thermocoil system that delivers consistent steam every time.
Not only does this phone cleaner kill 99.99 percent of germs on the device, but it also charges it while sanitizing it.
Chances are pretty high that he'll be drinking a lot of coffee in that first year. With help from this compact electric milk frother from Bodum, he can create lattes, cortados, and whatever other caffeinated creations he chooses to keep him on alert.
Whether it’s coffee, cola, or craft brew, this large-handled growler will keep 32 ounces of cold beverages cold (for 45 hours), hot beverages hot (for 25 hours), and carbonated beverages carbonated (its vacuum sealed lid holds 60psi).
When he's on the go with the kiddo, he'll appreciate having this YETI waterproof gear case along for the ride. The seams are tight enough that no wetness seeps though, and the Hopper uses powerful magnets to create a waterproof shield.
Teva has been engineering some of the best waterproof sandals and river shoes for years. These slip-ons have all that lightweight, moisture-managing tech intact, but look sharp back in civilization. It's the perfect transitional shoe for beach adventure to backyard hang.
The best massager on the market, period. It has three speed settings that deliver up to 3200 percussions per minute. It's quiet enough to not wake the baby. And it's powerful enough to give his sore muscles a break.
The Stargaze is half hammock, half chair, with a mellow swinging arc that lets you lean back, relax and study the night sky. And it works just as well in the backyard, at a rocky campsite or on a sandy beach. Made with aircraft-grade aluminum, so it's tough and durable, but lightweight and collapsible (comes with its own carrying case).
One thing he doesn't have time for: Setting up and controlling an elaborate smart home system. This does the work for him. It has touchscreen panels with built-in Alexa so it's simple to control lighting, cameras, speakers, locks, thermostats, the intercom, and anything else. He can play music with Sonos speakers, see who’s at the door with a Ring doorbell, and eliminate the millions of remote controls that operate each system.
When he is able to get some sleep, he'll appreciate conking out wrapped in some top-tier sheets. This set of linen bedsheets from Parachute are soft and breathable — a reward he'll certainly enjoy after many, many nightly awakenings.
Fatherhood renews one's efforts to stay in shape — or just lose that sympathy weight. This smart scale from Withings is for anyone who wants a maximally neurotic understanding of their fitness. Step on board and it begins and displays a full body composition analysis that it beams to your phone. It tells you your BMI, total body fat, water percentage, muscle, bone mass, and standing heart rate. Oh, and the scale, which has a beautiful aluminum base, can track up to eight different individuals, has a pregnancy tracker, and can pair with an Apple watch and Amazon Alexa.
This is a great backcountry camping hammock that works just as well between two trees in the backyard. It holds up to 400 pounds but is ultralight and collapses down into a carrying pouch the size of a softball. It's especially great for those moments when 'he just needs to close his eyes for a minute' and sleeps for two hours.
It's hard to overstate the difference that simple luxuries can make to a new parent — such as scrubbing your back with this Scandinavian shower brush. Finnish company Iris Hantverk has been handcrafting its products for a century or so. Made of hardwood with hand-wired natural bristles.
Everything he needs to make the morning shave feel just that little bit more elevated. The kit includes a safety razor, badger hair brush, dopp kit, a stainless steel shave bowl, and a shave soap. From the brand that set out to making wet shaving a ritual, not an ordeal, because how he looks reflects how he feels.
The multipurpose cooler pouch keeps milk cold on the go. A spacious interior offers plenty of room for snacks, while dual mesh pockets hold ice packs.
This ruggedized phone case not only keeps devices from overheating in the sun, but is water-resistant, splash-proof, and floats if dropped in the water.
With a new baby at home, he won't have much time to hit the barber every time his hair needs a trim. Enter this beard trimmer, which can deftly handle stubble, as well as short, medium and long beards, body grooming, and ear and nose trimming. It comes with 4 combs for 13 precision length settings from 0.5-21mm.
This canvas tote will last until his newborn is in college. Seriously. Treated well, it can survive pretty much anything. It can also haul up to 500 pounds' worth of baby gear, and can be customized with a name or initials that mean something to him.
This insulated mug keeps coffee hot and water cold. Nothing new there. But, as always, Yeti nails the nice touches: It’s made of stainless steel; it’s lid actually locks in place; the handle is wide-enough for even the chubbiest fingers (or gloved hands); and the exterior won’t chip, fade, or scratch.
Consider this multitool a modern version of pocketknives of yore. It has 19 tools (including, yes, tiny scissors, tweezers, a blade and multiple screwdrivers) but, best of all, doesn’t require you to flick the needed tool out with a fingernail. Blades pop-open with a thumb push, while a magnetic closure system keeps everything in its place.
This adjustable mount attaches securely to a stroller's handlebars, fits a variety of phones, and allows dad to watch TV or squeeze in a Facetime with grandma when the baby is asleep in the stroller.
Slim enough to slip into a back pocket or briefcase, this portable charger features a 20,100 mAh battery, packs enough juice to refuel a dead iPhone seven times.
It's not a practical gift, which is what makes it great. Its sole purpose is to literally whittle away the hours in the yard. Morakniv knives have been crafted in Mora, Sweden, by carpenters and carvers for well over a century. The blade is laminated steel, and the handle is oiled birch wood.
This contoured sleep mask effectively blocks out light, so exhausted new dads can grab a few moments of shuteye.
Speaking of sleep, this best-in-class sound machine produces soothing ambient sounds of rushing air to help him get some rest. And it looks fine while doing it.
Whether he sits all day or is simply sore from the gym, this foam roller can ease his muscles back into shape when he stretches. Just make sure he doesn’t neglect his IT band.
Fatherhood is stressful and busy, but slipping in a round (or two) of Super Smash Bros. is fine. The new Nintendo Switch Lite is cheaper and lighter than the original, which means fewer bells and whistles. It’s a portable escape from reality.
Whether he likes to say self-care or not, this sheet mask is like a cold shower for his face and is ideal for making him look like he actually got sleep last night.
Keep his drinks cold with these six handcrafted chilling stones made from natural granite. The set comes with two monogrammed glasses and a serving tray.
This nine ounce camp fire is ultra-portable and can be used while camping, or camping out in the backyard.
He can charge his Apple devices insanely fast with this cable, which wraps up neatly when he's done.
We're not fans of overly-cute, gimmicky T-shirts, especially T-shirt combos, but this set is actually pretty great. 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. 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.
Newborns can’t eat solids for a while. But that’ll give him plenty of time to practice his pancaking making skills with this new set.
Quite possibly the softest robe he'll put on (and refuse to take off), this one is perfect for midnight diaper changes, or just cuddling the baby on the couch. It's gender-neutral and has two two hip pockets, a folded collar, and waist tie.
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