What are the best gifts for a new dad? It’s a tricky question. Fathers-to-be and first-time-dads and their partner were likely showered with lots of baby gear: bibs, bassinets, baby monitors, baby shushers. But that doesn’t mean he won’t appreciate something else. But first-time dads are stressed out and sleep deprived, so they could feel a bit special. New dad gifts should then be one of two things: something that serves a practical purpose to make his life a little easier, or something fun that can help him relax during his rare free time. With that in mind, here’s a collection of the best gifts for new dads.
Best New Dad Gifts
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.
A quality bottle opener always comes in handy. This one from Areaware, made from sustainably harvested walnut, brings some class to popping the top.
This diaper bag has four large zip-up compartments, seven pockets, and a side bottle holder. It’s also made of 51 recycled water bottles. But the real selling point is its unique roll-out changing mat, which unfurls for easy access. It’s one of the best we’ve tested.
Don’t overthink it. He just had a baby. So why not get him this rad sweatshirt featuring the one and only tea-sipping, knob-playing, Yoda-adjacent child?
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.
A sock that's also a slipper? Perfect for those midnight diaper changes and feedings.
Every new parent is terrified of germs. But every new parent wants to snap endless photos of their infant. This case zaps a phone with UV light to clean it of 99.9 percent of all germs. Fits phones of all sizes.
Workouts are harder to schedule for the first year of fatherhood. This classic 8-foot-long jump rope lets him get in a quick workout, anytime.
Whether from general stress or contorting himself into various positions to accommodate his child, his muscles will likely ache. This device — a favorite of physical therapists and athletes — allows him to relieve pain, release tightness, and stimulate blood flow.
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.
Maybe he’s an outdoorsy guy. Maybe he’s an indoor guy that thinks he’s an outdoorsy guy. Maybe he just likes comfort. In any case, this wool blanket from legendary company Pendleton and made to honor Glacier National park, is an excellent gift. It will last until his baby has grandbabies.
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 12 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.
Fatherhood comes with a lot of stuff. This stroller organizer, compatible with any 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.
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.
These are sweatpants made of a cotton-cashmere blend. Yeah, that cashmere. Wear them and even the laziest couch days will feel luxurious.
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.
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.
Tucked into this diaper bag is an external battery for device-revival. But that’s only one of its slick features. It stands upright without toppling over, features more than 10 pockets (both mesh and standard), and has an internal — and removable — caddy system that makes organization easy. Best of all it looks like something you’d carry to the gym, not a standard diaper bag.
A 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.
We get it. Fanny packs seem like hipster paraphernalia. And they are. But even for non-scenesters they also provide a very crucial hands-free benefit. Bandicoot's medium-sized waist pack fits all his everyday essentials.
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.
Velomacchi sets the gold standard in tech-protection gear. 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 smoke-free portable campfire, which you can use in your yard, burns twigs, pinecones, and sticks.
He can charge his Apple devices insanely fast with this cable, which wraps up neatly when he's done.
This portable speaker delivers 13 hours of sound and hook right up to the stroller.
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.
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