Whether it’s his first Father’s day, holiday or a gift to say “congratulations on fatherhood”, here are some of the most unique and thoughtful gifts for a guy becoming a dad.
Great Gifts for New Dads (or Dads-to-Be):
Minted is known for their gorgeous cards but they also make incredible prints. You can create a custom piece – right down to size and color theme – to make the perfect art for home or office. You can check them out on Minted here. (Use the code PC15 for 15% off.)
Upload your favorite pictures and customize the text with large, easy-to-read type. You can find them on Pinhole Press. (Use the code PREGNANTCHICKEN for 10% off.)
Pop it on keys, diaper bags strollers, kids (just kidding) or anything else that’s easy to lose when you’re sleep deprived. The Tile Pro has a 300 ft. range – that’s 2X Tile Mate. This durable, water-resistant tracker is also twice as loud, making it easier to find everything. You can find it here.
I will take 10 of these, please. They have the car playmat t-shirt as well. You can find them on Etsy.
This a sweet story that both dads and kids will enjoy. It’s a beautifully illustrated book that takes a warm look at the joys, fears, and responsibilities of being a dad over the years. You can find it here.
These father baby matching sets will never get old for me. Never! I like the ones that still work when they aren’t side-by-side. You can buy them here.
I’m all for anything burrito related when it comes to baby swaddles. There are quick a few with different patterns so pick the one that matches with your personal taste. I found this one on Etsy.
I think we all know a few phone scrolling bathroom hibernators who could use this. A subtle way to say, “shit or get off the pot, sir.” You can shop them here.
I love seeing dads babywearing. Keeping comfort and street cred in mind, an Omni Breeze is a great product that tends to work well for both mom and dad. Some guys tend to run hot (insert dad joke here) so I’ve picked the most breathable carrier on the market. You can find them here.
These are screen printed by hand on soft tees. I thought they looked really unique. You can buy them here.
Wonderbly makes personalized hardcover keepsake books that can be customized with both the child’s name and dad’s (or grandpa’s ) handle. These 34 page books are really gorgeous and do a great job of incorporating the names into the story. The picture here doesn’t do them justice. Wonderbly.
It’s like a diaper bag you wear. This super soft hoodie comes equipped with six mesh, stretchy pockets for his wallet and phone, sippy cups, bottle, diapers, wipes and more. I feel like you could also easily tuck a beer and a sandwich in there if you were so inclined. 😉 They’ve come out with a vest version too! You can shop the Dad Hoodie here.
Get a custom pair of socks with your baby’s face on them. You can get up to three faces so keep that in mind if you have quadruplets. 😉 Leave yourself at least 10 days for ordering. You can find them here.
If you’re looking for a REALLY nice diaper bag, I highly recommend Paperclip. Their bags do not skimp on quality or features – it even has an integrated change station. Check out our post on them to get more details. You can buy them here.
Related: Best Gender Neutral Diaper Bags
These made to order prints feature the night sky on the date your children were born. I’ve shown the version that has three dates, but you can choose from a variety of set up. You have to print this yourself (they just send the .jpeg) but you can pop over to an office supply store to run off the bigger version and you don’t have to worry about it getting squished in the mail. You can shop all the options here.
The Lalabu Dad Shirt is the first babywearing shirt designed exclusively for dads. It’s a sporty V-neck t-shirt where you slide baby into a cozy pouch. You’re ready to roll with no learning curve — nothing to tie or wrap. You can find them here. Note: these are knocked off on Amazon so be careful what brand you buy – poor craftsmanship could be pretty scary on something like this.
Funny but subtle so it will go over the heads of most prude relatives. You can find them here.
This little jar contains tokens like “read our favorite storybook”, “bubble blowing”, etc. to spark some ideas for daddy and baby. Might be fun to pair it with some of the props needs for the activities too. Here’s where to find them on Etsy.
I can’t even handle how adorable these t-shirts are. The little dipper comes in sizes as small as 3-6 months and goes up to whatever fits a 12 year old, making it the perfect gift for new dads and old dads alike. You can find them here.
Just to be clear, this isn’t a dads-are-so-dumb-ha-ha suggestion. If you are formula feeding, scooping and measuring is a giant pain-in-the-butt and if you aren’t the one that is usually scooping and measuring, you have to ask the usual scooper and measurer. This person may be asleep (and should hopefully stay that way) but with this Brezza, any rockstar getting up in the middle of the night just has to hit a button to make the bottle. You can find the formula dispenser here.
For those itty bitty hipsters in training. You can find them on Etsy.
Great for opening a cold one when you’re pinned under a sleeping baby. You can shop them here.
I also love the Little House on the Prairie reference that some people may or may not get. Either way, this set is a great gift for a new dad. You can find them on Etsy.
This bad boy of the stroller world has a bunch of pros for new dads, like the super-smooth ride thanks to a state-of-the-art suspension system, the fact that it steers easily with one hand and has a great stride distance (you won’t kick the tires as you walk). But one of the best features is the handlebar – it’s got nine different adjustable positions for all kinds of heights. You can find them here. (You can see my review on the Pro here.)
The Cruiser is cool because you can push it like a high-end stroller or pull it like a wagon – it can even be used with an Infant Car Seat Adaptor. It is rugged yet lightweight, crafted from aircraft grade aluminum, and can accommodate up to 150 pounds, all while weighing less than most double strollers. You can shop the cruiser here or you can read more about it in our review.
These boxes are hand-packed with 5-8 of the coolest tech, home goods, fitness and lifestyle products. I like it for new dads because they are typically filled with items that are used for a little adventure at home instead of needing a 7 hour day trip to try out his new spelunking gear. I received the box shown above and my husband is already obsessed with the PhoneSoap PRO and the SPREADTHAT! II Self-Warming Butter Knife. You can buy a subscription or a single box, but beware – they sell out quickly. Check out Breo Boxes here.
If you’re looking for a gift that gives back, you can buy two birth registrations from Unicef. (I give these as birthday gifts too.) They are only $18 and are a great gift for a new dad – you can buy them here.
“My anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns, hun!” All kidding aside, charities are a wonderful gift for the guy that has everything. $55 WWF.
Let me know your great gifts for a new dad!
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