What are the best gifts for new dads? The man became a father this year, which means he and his partner were likely showered with bibs and bassinets, diaper pails and baby shushers. But that doesn’t mean he won’t appreciate something else. First-time dads are stressed out and sleep deprived, so they could feel a bit special. Whatever he receives should make him excited, while also serving a practical purpose and making his life a little bit easier. And more fun. Because becoming a parent doesn’t mean that suddenly, you’re a weirdo shut-in. Here, then are some first-time dad gifts father will appreciate.
Best New Dad Gifts
The most dope cooler for bottles, snacks, and other baby essentials.
The multipurpose cooler pouch keeps milk cold on the go. And it’s got a nicely spacious interior and dual mesh pockets for ice packs.
A tiny pocket blanket is handy for those impromptu park outings with the kiddo.
This blanket is water-resistant and has built-in stakes so it stays put. It folds out into a 63″ by 44″ blanket.
Simply the most dope bottle opener we've spotted. In maybe ever.
This gorgeously simple and simply gorgeous bottle opener, crafted from sustainably harvested walnut, makes cocktail hour that much more, well, elegant.
Why is this the best diaper bag and worth every penny? Because it was designed by two dads and has the most awesome roll-out changing pad/portable table we've seen.
Not only does this bad boy have four big zip-up compartments, along with seven pockets and a side bottle holder. It’s also made of the equivalent of 51 recycled water bottles. And its unique roll-out changing mat makes diaper changes easy.
He just had a baby. So what better gift than a sweatshirt featuring baby Yoda?
Our favorite breakout star from The Mandalorian makes his proud appearance on this cozy hoodie.
Is this hokey? Sure. Will he love this apron full of diapers and wipes, plastic tongs, safety glasses and travel-sized baby products? Hell, yes.
Because dad will be knee-deep in baby poop, get him this tool-belt style apron loaded with much-needed baby gear and space for diapers.
A sock that's also a slipper? Perfect for those midnight diaper changes and feeds.
He’ll never take off these pull-on slipper socks featuring a ribbed wool upper and leather midsole with double-needle stitching.
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, even the biggest ones from Samsung. And it charges them.
This awesome retro jumprope lets him get in a quick workout, anytime.
He won’t have time for four-hour long hikes. Get him this eight-foot long jumprope instead.
Once he's done jumping rope, he can give his muscles some TLC with this badass massager.
This thing is great. Make that really, really great. Toting a kid around is work. And the Theragun helps to relieve pain, release tightness, and reduce knots and spasms.
Every tired new dad needs a workhorse phone case that prevents overheating and extends battery life.
This phone case not only keeps his phone from overheating in the sun, but is water-resistant, splash-proof, and it floats if dropped in the water.
When he finally finds the time to go on an outing, make it that much more special with this gorgeous blanket.
This stunning wool blanket is perfect for lounging around, or for picnics in the park. It’s made from 100 percent pure virgin wool.
Coffee will be dad's go-to libation, so get him this best-in-class portable mug.
This thing keep coffee hot, water cold, won’t ever crack or break, and has no cheesy sayings announcing that he’s the world’s best dad.
Dad will be plenty busy, so give him the world's best multi-purpose tool he can use one-handed.
The tool pops open with a simple thumb push. And this tiny little gadget has 12 tools and a magnetic closure. This way, dad has easy access to a pocket knife, plus spring-action scissors, tweezers, and multiple screwdrivers.
He'll be shocked by just how much crap he'll be toting around, so keep it classy with this stroller organizer.
This well-made stroller organizer is compatible with any stroller and attaches to either the handlebar or behind the seat. And it converts into a diaper bag tote.
At just 14 grams, this one of the lightest, yet most durable, carabiners you can buy for dad.
He’ll use this carabiner daily, whether he’s attaching his keys to his belt loops, or an extra bag to the stroller handles.
Simplicity is the goal here, and you can't get much sleeker than this men's wallet, which is made from a single piece of aluminum.
This wallet cuts out all the extras that bring on the bulge. It does not block RFID, which means you can use it to quickly access cards. There are no screws, hinges, snaps, magnets, straps or rubber bands to break apart. And it’s gorgeous.
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.
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 tablets and phones. Plus, it weighs as much as a can of soup.
Dads need sweats. And sweats get a major upgrade when you get a cashmere pair.
Who needs cashmere sweats? Not a damn person. Who will cherish cashmere and cotton-blend sweats? Every dude we know.
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.
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 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.
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 shower 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 is another standout because it has an external USB port to charge your devices, an insulated thermal pack, and a pull-out caddy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This portable campfire, which you can use in your yard, burns twigs, pinecones, and sticks.
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 portable speaker delivers 13 hours of nonstop sound and hooks right up to the stroller.
This portable speaker is drop-proof, waterproof, and dustproof. Meaning, it’s ready for kid-inspired park adventures and cookouts.
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.
Help him simplify and minimize with this Ridge metal wallet, which protects cards from even the most powerful RFID chip readers.
Another great option is this wallet, which 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.
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.
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 showcase thousands of photos of his little darling.
He can share photos with his network, and revel in the clarity and detail of every grin, cuddle, and nap.
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.
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.
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