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.
Yes, this is a bit twee. We get it. But it also serves a major purpose. This shirt, created by the dad of a newborn daughter, will help him bond with his infant via beneficial skin to skin contact.
Listen, sleep is elusive when you have a baby. He needs all the help he can get. So get him sleep mask, which is adjustable and is a soft blackout curtain for his eyes. The weighted aspect of it can also be soothing and help him fall asleep.
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.
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.
The ultimate, rugged, portable blanket weighs as much as a deck of cards and is perfect for impromptu trips to the playground, the park, or the campsite; it has its own stakes to keep it in place.
His skin needs some love, too. One of our go-to men's skincare brands makes it easy with this set, which includes a face wash, a hair and body wash, and a moisturizer with 20 SPF. Which is a must. All packaged in a handy tin.
An indispensable tool for attaching everything from diaper bags to portable speakers to the stroller, this one weighs all of 12 grams and doubles as a bottle opener.
CBD is said to have soothing properties, and there's no better CBD lotion out there than this one, from Lord Jones. The luxury CBD brand's cream feels great, has hints of sage, mint and green citrus, and is exactly what he needs after a long day with a newborn.
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.
Think of this as an elevated koozie. It's the stainless steel enemy of nasty, warm beer. It's double-wall vacuum sealed to keep his microbrews chilled for hours, and won't sweat, period.
Preparedness is key for dads. And this multitool belongs in every man's EDC: It's a knife, pliers, a screwdriver, a wire cutter, a wire stripper, scissors, a package opener, bottle and can openers, a file, and a ruler.
Sleek and streamlined, this crossbody has enough room for diapers, wipes, and a bottle, plus zippered pockets with an interior mesh drop-in pockets, and a key hook strap. It can be worn over his shoulder or across your body, or even layered under a coat. Bulk, be gone.
Picture this: He's at the park, the baby is napping in the stroller, and he needs a break from doom-scrolling the news. So get him a paper airplane that he can control from his phone. It has an 180 foot range. That's a lot.
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.
Because there's no excuse for looking a slob, even when he has a newborn. These buttery-soft, stretchy, moisture-wicking pants have a straight-leg fit and look at home on the couch, or outdoors.
Maybe someday it'll be safe to hit the gym, and he'll have time to go. For now, that's not happening. So bring the gym to him with this best in class set of resistance bands. From the brand co-created by Tom Brady, this set has everything he needs to build strength and conditioning.
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