Finding a cool gift for a new dad may sound straightforward. If this is the first time they’re becoming a dad, they’ll need all the dad stuff, right? But fathers-to-be and first-time dads and their partners have likely been showered with lots of baby gear already: bibs, bassinets, baby monitors, strollers… which is why he might especially appreciate something entirely different and even left-of-field.
So what are the best new-dad gifts? First-time dads and fathers to be are stressed out and sleep-deprived, so they could do with something that makes them feel a bit special. The best gifts for new fathers should then be one of two things: something that serves a practical purpose to make his life a little easier or something fun and unexpected that can help him relax during his rare moments of downtime. We’ve hunted far and wide, and found the best of both. With that in mind, here’s a collection of the best gifts for new dads.
The Best Gifts for New Dads
Many new parents run on caffeine. This drip machine is a fantastic delivery system. The beautiful nine-cup drip machine features a rainmaker shower head that evenly disperses water over coffee grounds to make uniformly delicious as well as an intuitive LED interface that displays the freshness of the coffee.
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.
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).
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).
Fatherhood comes with a lot of stuff. This stroller organizer, compatible with pretty much every model, attaches to either the handlebar or behind the seat and provides pockets for everything he needs to bring on daily walks. Outside of the stroller, it converts into a diaper bag tote.
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.
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 Wonderboom sounds great, delivers 13 hours playback, and can hook right up a shower rod or stroller bar.
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.
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.
Not only does this phone cleaner kill 99.99 percent of germs on the device, but it also charges it while sanitizing it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks to its genius system of internal dividers, this sleek backpack helps keep everything organized. And it has ample room for tech, baby bottles, and books. Plus it has 4 hidden straps for carrying items on the outside of the bag.
It's not a practical gift, which is what makes it great. It's 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.
He'll have some rough hair days. Nip them in the bud with this sleek baseball cap, which weighs 4.2 ounces and is made of breathable cotton poplin.
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 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.
Now that he's a dad, he can start wearing a dad's watch. Why not this classic, so he can lull his kid to sleep with the same reassuring Timex tick that once lulled him to sleep. This 1979 reissue has every detail exactingly re-created from the woven stainless-steel bracelet to the electric blue dial.
Keep your drinks cold with these six handcrafted chilling stones made from natural granite. The set comes with two monogrammed glasses and a serving tray.
When he's on the go with the kiddo, he'll appreciate having this YETI waterproof gear case along for the ride.
This 9 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.
Every parent needs a frame. With this excellent digital photo frame, he can showcase thousands of photos without having to head to CVS to print them out.
Speaking of photos this tiny printer fits right into his pocket, and delivers 2-by-3-inch sticky-backed picture.
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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