The 21 Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Dads: Our 2021 Picks
Because everything changes once you have kids.
When a man becomes a father, his identity can become subsumed by the tiny human he’s helping to raise. Hey, it happens to the best of us. And that’s why picking out considered, thoughtful gifts for dad takes more effort than ordering a hackneyed mug online or grabbing a ridiculous drugstore card. When it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts for dads, think function ahead of form. Or in a perfect world, a seamless combination of both.
You want gifts that make him feel seen. Feel appreciated. Feel understood. Things like multi-faceted briefcases that double as diaper bags in a pinch, backpacks that allow dads to bring their kids camping with them, and headphones that can help them make the most of very rare workouts. Here are new dad gifts, ranging from pithy to practical, that any guy would be happy to open this Valentine’s Day.
Now that he's got a kid, going out to eat remains a distant pipe dream. Make sure his steaks, chops, and chickens are perfect every time with this ingenious Bluetooth meat thermometer. He can monitor his cooking using the app, and it even does the thinking for him, letting him know how long to cook and rest his food.
The upscale Aussie brand delivers, yet again. This kit is perfection, because tangled cords and missing charges are annoying at the best of times. It zips out flat for easy access, has a magnetic slip pocket that fits a power bank, mesh pockets for random items, and a floating wall with an elastic cable organizer. Meaning, everything he needs, at his fingertips, new dad exhaustion be damned.
The newest launch from the Hatch family of products is all about adult sleep. He can create a personalized sleep routine; and if he doesn't wake to the sounds of his kid crying, he can gently open to his eyes while listening to soothing sounds. When he's going to bed, this turns into a relaxing reading lamp. He controls it using the app.
There's no wrong time for a great slice of pie. And Roberta's make some damn fine pies. These pizzas are wood-fired and frozen, and shipped straight to him. Because even when we're not in a pandemic, going out to eat as a new dad is a pipe dream, at best.
We love this brand because of its commitment to sustainability, and the superior quality of its products. This kit contains everything he needs on hand to get through the day: Deodorant, hand sanitizer, mouthwash, and floss. And when he runs out, he keeps the containers and get refills, thereby vastly reducing landfill waste.
Not only is Marshall's newest speaker a work of art. But its appeal is more than skin deep. It delivers 20 hours of playtime. The sound quality is spectacular. And it's water-resistant. Because mishaps happen, especially when you're sleep-deprived.
Once you have a kid, dinners out become mostly a thing of the past. The very distant past. But meals at home can be just as delectable, with this hand-harvested, sustainable Icelandic salt has been a kitchen staple since 2011. And this particular set includes flaky sea salt, Arctic thyme salt, birch-smoked salt, and lava salt. In other words, everything he needs to add bursts of flavor to meats, salads, and cocktails.
Remember Nokia Health? It's rebranded itself as Withings, but the quality remains the same. This smartwatch has continuous heart rate and in-depth reporting plus daily and overnight HR, up to 25 days of battery life, and 24/7 workout, sleep, and activity traacking. It's a great no-frills watch that gives him all the info he needs, without anything extraneous.
Anker's new earbuds have a whopping 26 hours of playtime on a single charge. Plus, they have active noise cancellation, meaning he can take calls, even when the baby is being loud. Plus they have a very cool feature called HearID, which analyses his unique hearing profile and creates a tailor-made sound setup specifically for him.
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