The Best Gifts for New Dads

Donna Freydkin

Having a child is a momentous occasion, one that should be celebrated. And Dad, too, needs to feel special. That’s where gifts for new dads come in. Whatever you get him when his newborn arrives should spark joy, for sure, while also serving a practical purpose and making his life a little bit easier. And more fun.

Here are some unique, memorable, and useful gifts for new dads that will help him navigate the early days of fatherhood while reminding him that he’s still cool.

VIJA Men’s Skin-to-Skin Kangaroo Care T-shirt Black

This skin-to-skin shirt has adjustable head support for the baby, is made from cotton and spandex, and lets dad snuggle with his infant.

Buy Now $83.00

It’s a simple yet brilliant concept: You wear your baby next to your skin, to promote bonding. Plus, you free your hands up to do other stuff. He’ll love it. This specific shirt is for babies up to 15 pounds.

Baby Shusher

Babies need sleep. New parents need sleep. And dad needs this soother, which lulls a baby to sleep with a calming sound that uses a real human voice.

Buy Now $34.99

The Baby Shusher helps calm a baby using a technique popularized by Dr. Harvey Karp. As its name suggests, the shusher emits rhythmic shushing noises to help babies sleep. And give dads (and moms) a break.

Putt-A-Bout Grassroots Par Three Putting Green (9-feet x 3-feet)

Daylong golf outings are a thing of the past with a new baby in the house. So bring the putting green to him with this handy set.

Buy Now $35.99

This nicely-sized putting green has a smooth surface, and built-in sand trap cutouts to catch any errant balls. It’s a nice way to get a break, relieve stress, and get his golf on.

Outerknown Men's Sojourn Pocket Tee, Medium, Mushroom

Every dad needs that one perfect go-to shirt, the one that is timeless and rugged. This is that shirt. It's made from organic pima cotton and is pigment-dyed for a washed-out, lived-in look and feel. It has rib trim at the neck, chest pocket, and sleeve hem.

Buy Now $48.00

Being a parent means caring about the planet. And Outerknown fully embraces sustainable fashion. Plus all that aside, this shirt is just badass.

Pai Skincare Organic Fragonia & Sea Buckthorn Moisturizing Hand Cream

Dads want soft hands when they're holding their baby. And washing them after every diaper change tends to rough them up. So get him this vegan hand cream, made with ingredients he can actually recognize, and which won't irritate delicate baby skin.

Buy Now $22.50

This hand cream, which is vegan and 70 percent organic, was created for ultra-dry and sensitive skin. But the thing is, it leaves hands soft, without making them nasty or greasy. A win-win for parents.

BERYL Pixel Front and Rear in-one Light

If dad wants to go for a quick run, or bike ride, this light is for him. This bike (or stroller) light attaches anywhere. It has a multi-attach clip, switches between red or white, and makes sure he's visible from every angle.

Buy Now $28.98

This versatile and lightweight light holds 10 hours of power on a single charge, lights up in red or white, and attaches anywhere he needs.

Genuine Crazy Horse Leather Electronics Organizer Roll Bag

Help dad stay organized with this stupidly handy roll-up charger travel case.

Buy Now $43.21

He’ll never leave home without this roll-up case, which has three mesh pockets for a USB, SD card, SIM card or other small items, two mesh zipper compartment for his phone, mouse, power bank, two leather compartments to store passports, plus of course, Velcro for the chargers.

Wireless Qi-Certified Fast Charger with Mug Warmer

This charger is nothing short of brilliant. It warms his java, or cools his beer, and powers up 7.5W and 10W compatible phones.

Buy Now $79.99

Dead devices are a total buzzkill. So is a lack of needed caffeine. Avoid that at all costs with this charging stand, which ensures he has hot coffee and a fully charged phone. It works with Apple and Android devices.

Helikon-Tex Urban Line, Bandicoot Waist Pack

Fanny packs are tacky, but they do provide a very crucial hands-free benefit. This one is next level. Bandicoot's medium-sized waist pack fits all his everyday essentials.

Buy Now $34.90

This waist pack has a roomy main chamber, and a detachable organizer with three flat pockets and five elastic bands. It has a two-way zipper that allows easy access to the main chamber from either side of the bag. Plus it can be used as a chest bandoleer.

MORPHEUS LABS M4s iPhone X Bike Mount

This phone mount is for bikes, but works just as well on strollers. It has a magnetic quick lock that securely holds your phone wherever you mount it, and 360 degree rotation so you can see it from every angle.

Buy Now $49.99

This rugged phone mount attaches to his bike or stroller in seconds, offers 360 degree views, and fits handlebars from Ø 7/8″ (22mm) to 1-1/4” (32mm). Meaning, it’s fantastic for playground outings. It’s solid, and easy to use. Which is what a new dad needs.  

10000mAh 2-Port Power Bank

Never run out of power again with this portable phone charger, which attaches to your stroller.

Buy Now $29.99

This charger attaches to your stroller and charges your device while you’re on the go. Handy, right?

YETI SideKick Dry

When he's on the go with the kiddo, he'll appreciate having this YETI waterproof gear case along for the ride.

Buy Now $44.50

The YETI The SideKick Dry keeps his wallet, phone, keys and everything else essential dry and protected from the elements. It’s waterproof and has rugged seams to keep out wetness.

Velomacchi Speedway Tablet Sleeve Black

Velomacchi sets the gold standard in protecting tech gear. And this laptop sleeve is no exception. It has a reinforced 1680D ballistic shell with a quilted front panel for extra protection, should he drop his iPad.

Buy Now $45.00

This particular tablet sleeve fits 8-10 inch devices, and protects them every which way, thanks to its ballistic shell. It also has foam padding around all surfaces for extra oomph.

Radiate Portable Campfire

You get three hours of burn time with this portable campfire, which uses recycled soy wax. That means no smoky smell.

Buy Now $27.99

Light his fire with this portable campfire, which you can set up anywhere, from the backyard to the beach, for some smoke-free vibes. It’s a mini vacation without leaving your yard.

Native Union Belt Cable

He can charge his Apple devices insanely fast with this cable, which wraps up neatly when he's done.

Buy Now $25.00

No more messy, tangled cables. The four-foot braided cable is wrapped up and secured with an integrated leather belt so it’s always ready to charge. Which means his phone never runs out of juice.

JBL Clip 3 Portable Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

This JBL wireless bluetooth speaker has 10 hours of playtime, is waterproof, and comes with an integrated carabiner so it can attach to your stroller.

Buy Now $59.95

Get your tunes on the go with this JBL clip 3 portable, ultra-rugged and waterproof Bluetooth speaker, which delivers 10 hours of sound on a single charge.

Threadrock Taco & Taquito Infant Bodysuit & Men's T-Shirt Matching Set

We're not fans of overly-cute, gimmicky T-shirts, especially T-shirt combos, but this set is actually, well, sort of delicious.

Buy Now $19.95

We love that this set is entirely gender-neutral. Plus, as taco fans, we approve of the messaging. The infant bodysuit is made of 100 percent ringspun cotton, and the men’s T-shirt is also made of preshrunk cotton and a seamless rib collar.

TBG Tactical Baby Carrier

One of the biggest frustrations with baby carriers is that you need an army of people to help you actually put it on. This rugged carrier is eminently easy to use and wear.

Buy Now $125.00

This baby carrier is no joke. The front-harness baby carrier gives dad hands-free parenting power, and can be paired with the brand’s compatible pouches and carabiners. It’s got a removable, washable cotton liner and is suitable for babies eight to 33 pounds.

Vivora Luno Sitting Ball

Not only does this ball look like a work of art, but it also activates back and core support muscles, which promotes good posture. Meaning, it'll give his back a break after toting the kid around.

Buy Now $49.99

You can choose from a slew of colors. And because most new dads don’t have time to go to yoga classes or the gym, he can get a nice stretch at home. Just note, this does need to be inflated.

The Ridge Authentic Minimalist Metal RFID Blocking Wallet

Help him simplify and minimize with this Ridge metal wallet, which protects cards from even the most powerful RFID chip readers.

Buy Now $75.00

This metal wallet has a cash strap, and holds up to 12 cards without stretching out. And it helps keep his info under wraps. It’s slim, it’s sleek, it gets him out the door.

Melin Men’s A-Game Snapback Hat

This is a brilliant cap with a hidden interior pocket for stashing cash or a key. It's a dad win.

Buy Now $69.00

There’s a time and a place for dad-head. But sometimes, he’s just not in the mood. So get him this cap, which has a heathered jersey crown with laser perforated side and rear panels for breathability and less sweat.

OLUKAI Men’s Nohea Moku Shoe

Because when you're holding a baby, you don't have enough hands left to tie your shoes. So get him these stylish slip-ons, which look like a sneaker but work just as well in water.

Buy Now $89.99

No more sweaty, nasty feet. These slip-on sneakers have a lightweight breathable mesh upper with a stretch air-mesh tongue and gusset. They’re crazy comfortable, to boot, for all the strolls to the park.

EcoFlow Portable Power Pack

Never lose power again with the niftiest charger we've ever seen.

Buy Now $49.99

Dads have a ton of things on their minds. Keeping their devices charged shouldn’t be one of them. Get him the smallest and most efficient charger you can buy, to power up laptops, phones, and cameras.

Skip Hop Messenger Diaper Bag with Matching Changing Pad, Duo Signature

We love the look of this bag. But it's also got everything a new dad needs, including 10 total pockets with two mesh side bottles, a front zip pocket, an easy access pocket and a machine washable cushioned changing pad.

Buy Now $46.90

Nothing, and we do mean nothing, screams diapers when you look at this understated messenger bag. It fits all the baby gear he needs, plus his electronics.

PhoneSoap 3.0 UV Sanitizer and Universal Phone Charger

Every new parent is terrified of germs. But every new parent wants to snap endless photos of their infant. Therefore, you need this sanitizer.

Buy Now $79.95

Your phone is a nasty petri dish of germs. Not only does this gadget kill 99 percent of bacteria with its UV light, but it also fits all phones, including the iPhone 8 Plus. You’re welcome.

Bevel Shave System

No, new dads don't have time for elaborate grooming routines. Yes, new dads want to look groomed. So get him this set to help him shave with total confidence.

Buy Now $62.95

The packaging had us sold from the get-to. But the kit itself packs a major punch. He gets a safety razor, shave brush, oil, shaving cream, and restoring balm.

Sea Stones on the Rocks

Keep your drinks cold with these six handcrafted chilling stones made from natural granite.

Buy Now $34.99

You also get two monogrammed glasses, plus a serving tray. We love these stones because they’re non-porous and resistant to both odor and flavor absorption, so your drinks taste totally smooth.

Mamapod Baby Carrier with Support Pole

Lugging a kid around isn't easy on his back. This new baby carrier makes it less cumbersome. It's got shoulder and waist straps that ensure proper load distribution and extra lumbar support, and a detachable pole that installs easily and alleviates back, neck and shoulder stress when he's standing around for long periods of time.

Buy Now $139.00

The perfect baby carrier for dads with back backs, the Mamapod has a support pole that weighs less than .9 pounds, stows in a seat pocket and can be installed in seconds to provide complete back relief when he’s standing still. It fits babies 12 pounds to 44 pounds.

Parker Baby Diaper Backpack

Every new dad needs a new diaper bag, preferably one that doesn't look like a diaper bag. This is it.

Buy Now $69.95

We dig this diaper bag because of its backpack design. The interior includes a padded laptop pocket, mesh pocket organizers, and other organization essentials. Plus, there’s an insulated side pocket, and a mesh diaper organizer. It comes with stroller straps, too.

Stanley Classic One Hand Vacuum Mug

You need coffee. You need hot coffee. You need coffee that won't spill on you or your baby. Hello, Stanley.

Buy Now $36.99

You push the stroller with one hand, and you use your other one to open and close the push button lid on this mug, which keeps drinks hot for six hours, and cold for 24 hours.

TheraFlow Dual Foot Massager Roller

Your dogs won't bark anymore after you roll them on this handy massager.

Buy Now $16.95

So you’re tired after wheeling your kid around in the stroller? We’ve got you covered with this foot massager, which gives tired, sore, achy feet new life.

Crosley Cruiser Deluxe Vintage 3-Speed Bluetooth Suitcase Turntable

Dad can rock out to his favorites, and teach his newborn music appreciation, with this sick turntable.

Buy Now $59.99

It comes in a slew of vibrant colors, and it’s got Bluetooth compatibility. And it plays 33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM records. Plus, it’s just stunning.

DadWare Cotton Bondaroo

Yes, it might seem a little odd at first, but this shirt promotes skin-to-skin bonding.

Buy Now $39.99

A perfect gift for the dad of a newborn, so he can bond with his tot by having easy, seamless skin-to-skin contact. Just beware of the velcro.

NIX Advance Digital Photo Frame 8 inch

This digital frame has a 1024 x 768 pixel IPS display (4:3). Dad can showcase thousands of photos of his little darling.

Buy Now $69.99

The great new dad gift comes with a remote control and lets you play HD videos and photos in the same slideshow. The resolution is spot-on, and the design is understated. After all, you want the kid to take center stage.

HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer

Speaking of photos, don't you want to print them out directly from your phone? Why, yes you do.

Buy Now $129.85

This tiny printer fits right into his pocket, and delivers 2-by-3-inch sticky-backed photos of his new baby.

DockATot Deluxe+ Dock

It's part co-sleeper, part play mat, all genius.

Buy Now $164.49

This brilliant docking station is suitable for babies up to 8 months old. Your baby can hang out, play, sleep, cuddle, and spend QT there with dad.

Whiskware Pancake Art Kit with Batter Mixer

Jimmy Kimmel has become the prince of pancakes. He customizes them for his kids. But step back, Jimmy, because there's a new chef in town.

Buy Now $24.89

Before you know it, a baby will start eating solids. And that’s when dad can impress him or her with glorious, fun, delicious breakfast treats.

Fujifilm X-A5 Mirrorless Digital Camera

In the age of digital-everything, it's nice to go old-school, and look sleek while doing it.

Buy Now $499.00

This retro-styled instant camera has a 60-mm lens that lets you get up close and personal shots and automatic exposure control to ensure your images aren’t blown out or too dark. It’s the perfect way to instantly take photos that a new dad can put in his wallet, frame or pin to a board at work.

BURBERRY Men’s Classic Eau de Toilette

Nothing smells as sweet as a baby. But nothing smells quite as pungent as what comes out of the baby. Now, dad can smell good, too.

Buy Now $77.00

This classic scent has notes of moss, geranium, and sandalwood, plus warm notes of amber, cedar wood, and tonka for an all-around smoothness for a new dad.

Nisolo Cordoba Backpack

Dad can pack all his, and baby's, essentials in this gorgeous leather backpack.

Buy Now $268.00

It’s handmade from vegetable-tanned leather in an ethical factory in León, Mexico.

Tile Pro Combo

It's easy to misplace stuff when you're concerned with a new life at home. And that's why Tile is crucial.

Buy Now $60.00

It will save dad’s possessions, and his sanity. The Tile Pro Combo has a range of 300 feet and pairs with Alexa and Google assistant to always help you locate your phone, keys, water bottle, wallet, what have you.

Hydro Flask Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Stemless Wine Tumbler

Now, dad can enjoy a glass of merlot, without the possibility of dropping his glass and having shards of the stuff everywhere.

Buy Now $29.95

Not only does this Hydro Flask tumbler have a slip-free grip (essential if you’re dealing with a child), it’s made from food-grade stainless steel. It has an elegant shape and comes in tons of great colors.

Philips Norelco Multi Groomer

With a new baby in the house, self-care goes out the window. So give dad some much-needed tools in this handy set.

Buy Now $54.90

You can take care of dad’s face, head, nose, ears, and toes all in one place. He gets 23 pieces for all his grooming needs, including two stubble trimming guards, two body trimming guards, an eyebrow trimming guard, a storage bag and a cleaning brush. 

WizGear Multifunctional Phone Mount

Dad can take the baby for a stroll, and still get sports scores and the latest on the 2020 election, thanks to this handy phone mount.

Buy Now $19.99

A simple accessory that snaps to a stroller’s handlebars, this adjustable mount fits a variety of phones. It’s a great new dad gift because it’s good for hands-free screen access and, if a new dad finds himself on a solo walk in the park with a sleeping baby, he can catch up on some TV.

UGG Men’s Ascot Slipper

This is made from water-resistant suede and is fully lined with natural wool. He can wear it during diaper changes, and while grabbing the diaper bag from the car.

Buy Now $109.95

They’re classic, timeless, and so comfortable any dad will never want to take them off.

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