Most new fathers can be described with one word: clueless. But finding a Father’s Day gift to get the new dad in your life on track can leave you equally clueless. The best Father’s Day gifts for a new father will help him take on his new dad duties with style.
And while you probably know best what the new dad in your life needs to succeed, we’ve got some additional ideas to get you started. Check out the best Father’s Day gifts for new dads below, and get your young one off to the right start.
1. His Dudeness Diaper Bag
Many diaper bags out there have distinctly feminine designs, which though stylish, create the perception that it is mom’s job to change the baby’s diapers. This Chris Pegula-designed messenger style diaper bag, however, flips the tables, offering a masculine and modern look.
With 6 exterior and 3 interior pockets, this bag has enough storage for infant care necessities as well as all of dad’s gadgets. There is even a handy checklist printed on the inside flap lining, to make sure no essentials are left behind.
Price: $28.95 (36 percent off MSRP)
2. BRICA Phone Pod Phone Holder
The BRICA Phone Pod Phone Holder is another great gift for the techie dad, as it allows him to keep both hands on the stroller while using his phone. This means that on busy days, stroller walks can become an opportunity to take calls, map walking routes, or check messages.
This gift benefits anyone who shares the duty of pushing the stroller, and if that includes you, it is just as easy to write this off as a gift for yourself!
Price: $11.59 (23 percent off MSRP)
3. Handyman’s Toolbox Gift Basket
For the handyman in our lives, the Art of Appreciation offers its Handyman’s Toolbox of Treats. This box celebrates the man who can fix anything, and will make living easy for his new child.
The gift basket includes Savory Summer Sausage, Camembert Cheese Spread, Chocolate Raspberry Cake, Heavenly Gourmet Cookies, Beth’s Gourmet Cookies, Roasted Nuts, Sonoma Cheese Straws, Premium Columbian Coffee, Gourmet Salted Caramel Popcorn, Three Pepper Blend Water Crackers,Silk Crunch Cookie, Handyman’s Candy Filled Tool, and the Tool Box Shaped Gift Box.
This gift is both a token of appreciation for all the things dad has done around the house, and an advance payment for all the future responsibilities he will take on in the year to come.
4. Willow Tree New Dad Figurine
This touching 6-inch decoration is handmade by artist Susan Lordi and arrives in a gift box with an enclosure card. The carving depicts a man with his child, expressing awe and wonder of what’s to come.
This figurine will serve as a reminder to the new father in your life of the most special Father’s Day gift of all, his child. And even as that child grows up, it will bring him back to those first few days getting to meet him/her.
5. Be Prepared by Gary Greenberg and Jeannie Hayden
Be Prepared is a modern fatherhood survival manual by Gary Greenberg and Jeannie Hayden that is chock full of MacGuyver-esque methods of handling dirty diapers, babyproofing a hotel room, and more.
This humorous guide cuts out the guesswork with helpful illustrations and diagrams, and covers from newborn to one year over five general sections. A mother may know best, but a father can always figure it out eventually. Giving him the resources to be prepared is just another way dad can figure it out.
6. Daddy’s Tools of the Trade Diaper Changing Toolbelt
The simple fact of the matter is that nobody is ever ready for their first diaper change. Daddy’s Tools of the Trade Diaper Changing Toolbelt hopes to even the score by offering dad some handy tools, some useful and some humorous.
Goggles, a clothespin and gloves are among the more comical inclusions, the kit also includes useful items like a disposable changing pad, wipes, diapers, powder, diaper cream, hand sanitizer and a toy to distract the baby. All of the goods that come included in the pouch make for a good value, but the true value will come from the priceless look on dad’s face.
Price: $29.99 (44 percent off MSRP)
7. Mute Button Pacifier
Pacifiers can be a magical tool, and this pacifier in particular sports a humorous connection to the power of your own home couch commando. If the new father in your life is a remote hog, he’ll appreciate this real life mute button for newborns up to 6 months.
This pacifier has a BPA-Free plastic shield with silicone nipple, and complies with US 16 CFR 1511 requirements for pacifiers. Like all pacifiers, it soothes teething pains by promoting tooth development.
There is also a set that features this design and one other in a less colorful design, but the blue design is quite nice.
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8. Daddy’s First Father’s Day Baby Onesie
This baby onesie is yet another reminder of the unforgettable gift that is dad’s son or daughter. There really is no gift more special than that, and sometimes all you need for a special Father’s Day gift is a simple reminder of that.
The design, however, conveys this message in a less serious way than suggested. The playful design beckons an important piece of advice: just keep calm.
Price: $18.99 (5 percent off MSRP)
9. New Dad’s Survival Kit Gourmet Gift Basket
In an effort to give a fighting chance to the new fathers facing a mountain of responsibility, Basket Affair offers their New Dad’s Survival Kit Gourmet Gift Basket. There are no mini-snacks in this basket, just full-size treats for a man with a full-size duty to his new family.
This gift basket is focused on keeping dad sated and energized with nutritious and invigorating snacks, included Dad’s Root beer, foam earplugs, Aleve pain medication, Sour Patch Kids, Cliff Bar energy bars, and more all wrapped up in a black paperboard box with lid.
10. Experimenting with Babies by Shaun Gallagher
Playing with your newborn is a crucial way for him/her to learn about specific behaviors, but is also an opportunity for you and dad to learn about the fascinating development of a human mind.
Shaun Gallagher’s Experimenting with Babies walks you through landmark studies on the mental development of infants, as you recreate studies on cognitive, motor, language, and behavioral development. These mini experiments make certain parenting behaviors more obvious as well, like why we play peek-a-boo and give them words to mimic.
Not only is the book incredibly interesting, but it makes for a new way to interact with a young child, who otherwise offers little entertainment value during the day-in, day-out routine. Consider this a way to make parenting more fun.
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