gifts for new dads

Perfect Gifts for New Dads (That They’ll Actually Use!)

Becoming a parent is one of life’s most exciting adventures. It’s a complicated journey full of love and more than a few sleepless nights but is always something to be celebrated. 

If you’re here looking to find something for your friends who haven’t made a baby registry, I wrote a more general guide to the best gifts for new parents, but if you’re looking for something a little more specific, you’re in the right place!

Let’s talk about some perfect gift ideas to celebrate the new dads out there and make their transition into fatherhood as smooth and joyful as possible.

1. Tech Gadgets for Dads

For the tech-savvy new dad, there are a few great tech gifts that will give them a helping hand with their newborn as well as some peace just for them. 

A smart baby monitor is a great way to keep an eye on the little one while going about your day. These nifty devices come with all sorts of cool features like HD video, temperature alerts, and even two-way audio. It’s like having an extra set of eyes and ears, which, let’s face it, every parent could use.

For those times when he needs a break, noise-canceling headphones are a lifesaver. Whether it’s to enjoy some music, catch up on a podcast, or just grab a few moments of peace, a pair of good noise-canceling headphones can be a new dad’s best friend. Plus, they’re perfect for those late-night rocking sessions when you don’t want to wake the baby!

And let’s not forget a high-quality camera to capture those precious first moments, plus with easy sharing options, it’s a breeze to send those adorable snaps straight to family and friends!

2. Practical Gifts

Practicality is key for a new dad and when it comes to picking out something for a new dad, useful yet individualized gifts are often the most appreciated

I’m not talking about embroidering their initials on anything, but a stylish diaper bag that doesn’t scream “I’m a diaper bag” is often something that new dads may not buy for themselves but would really appreciate owning. 

These stylish diaper bags designed specifically for dads come with all the compartments he’ll need, and they’re easy to clean – a must for any parent making it the perfect gift for a dad who wants to be prepared for anything while looking good and there are plenty more choices if you prefer something different.

Then there’s the baby carrier, a lifesaver for dads who are always on the go. These aren’t the clunky carriers of the past, modern carriers are designed to be comfortable and can be very masculine, perfect for a dad who’s not afraid to take on his share of baby duties whether he’s running errands, enjoying a day out, or simply doing chores around the house.

Dad shaving with son using pretend shaving kit

3. Personal Care and Wellness

Self-care is important, even for dads and a grooming kit can be a thoughtful gift that gives a little luxury amidst the chaos of new parenthood. Opt for one that’s tailored for the busy dad, with quick and easy-to-use products for dads that can still be used with very little time each morning. Plus, you can get a little toy grooming kit for a little boy which my dudes love to do together.

Then, there’s the gift of relaxation, something every new dad will deeply appreciate. A voucher might seem simple, but whether it’s a traditional massage, a spa day, or even a home massage service, it offers a chance for him to recharge, unwind, and feel revitalized. 

If neither of those options feels like him, you could also consider wellness-oriented gifts like a subscription to a meditation app or a fitness tracker. These can help new dads find a moment of peace in their day or encourage them to keep active which is super important for anyone who might find themselves with new baby tunnel vision. 

4. Sports and Outdoor Gifts

If your dad-to-be is a big sports fan, gifts that combine his favorite sports with his new role as a dad are sure to be a hit. 

Imagine him sporting a jersey or cap with his favorite team’s logo and a little touch like “Dad” or the baby’s birth year. It’s a great way to make him feel special and connected to his favorite pastime. If you want a great gift for the new addition, a tiny baby jersey is always going to go down well (as long as you pick the right team)!

For those dads who love the great outdoors, consider a portable grill. It’s perfect for family picnics or backyard barbecues as well as future family camping trips! Another great option is a high-quality backpack or baby carrier for hiking. Look for one with plenty of compartments and a comfortable fit that lets him bring his little one along on his adventures. 

5. Books and Resources

Everyone knows that the parenting journey is quite a steep learning curve so books and other resources specifically for new dads are a fantastic gift choice. 

You can pick books, online courses, or subscriptions that focus on practical tips and advice for fatherhood or even something that they can read to the baby

There are plenty of options out there that range from lighthearted reads filled with dad jokes and relatable anecdotes to more in-depth guides on developmental milestones and parenting strategies so I’m sure you can find something they’ll love. 

6. Sentimental Gifts

Sentimental gifts have a special way of touching the heart, making them a perfect choice for new dads who want to celebrate the emotional journey of fatherhood and create lasting memories.

Customized photo frames or albums are a classic yet impactful choice as they can be filled with pictures and momentos that capture the priceless moments of early fatherhood. Personalize them with the baby’s name, birthdate, or a meaningful message to make them even more special.

Handprint or footprint keepsake kits are another wonderful idea. These kits often come with everything needed to create a plaster or ink imprint, creating a lasting memory that can be proudly displayed at home.

7. Entertainment

Amid the beautiful chaos that is new fatherhood, a bit of entertainment can be a welcome respite. If your new dad is a gamer, new games are an obvious choice. But for something a little more special, a classic console is a great way for them to be able to share a little nostalgia with their kids in the future.

Alternatively, streaming service subscriptions like Netflix, Spotify, or Amazon Prime Video are another great option. Make sure to pair it with those wireless headphones though so he doesn’t wake up the baby! 

8. Clothing for Dads

A new Dad-bod is going to need a new style of course. When I say that, think comfortable but stylish home wear, perfect for those days spent at home with the baby

Soft fabrics, relaxed fits, and easy-to-care-for materials are key for busy new parents, and if you can master the sweet spot between comfort for those long, sleep-deprived nights while being presentable enough for a quick run to the store, you’ve got a winner gift. 

While I don’t recommend buying tonnes of baby clothes for new parents as they are likely to have unique preferences, if you’re a mum buying for your partner, matching dad and baby outfits is an adorable and fun gift choice. There are so many choices from coordinated t-shirts to matching pajama sets that make for special photo ops. 

9. Gift Cards and Subscriptions

When it comes to choosing gifts for a new dad, sometimes the best option is to let him pick what he really wants or needs. That’s where gift cards and subscriptions come in.

Giving a gift card to their favorite store is a great way for them to treat themselves to something special or something they might not have splurged on otherwise. 

Alternatively, if he is a reader, a fitness enthusiast, or maybe a budding chef, a magazine subscription tailored to his interests or a membership to a related club can be a great monthly dose of enjoyment. 

10. New Dad Hospital Essentials

Last but certainly not least, let’s talk about the countless hours he is potentially about to spend at the hospital. While it’s true the mom certainly has a much harder job in the crucial time of childbirth, there are some simple things that you can give to help dad support a new mom through this incredible time

Thoughtful items for the hospital bag can make his stay more comfortable and help him feel more involved in the experience. Start with the basics like comfortable clothing that’s easy to relax in during those potentially long hours. A pair of soft sweatpants, a cozy hoodie, fuzzy socks, and a comfortable T-shirt (preferably with a daggy dad joke) are great choices. 

Include a travel-sized pillow or a blanket to make the hospital stay a bit more comfortable. It may not seem like the most obvious gift but something like this will allow him to go for a bathroom or coffee break without worrying that they are missing a big moment

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