32 Must-Have Gifts For First Time Dads | Best Ideas For New Fathers

Help make first-time fatherhood a little easier with the help these daddy-centric items.

New mothers get the lion’s share of attention when it comes to pre-baby gifting but impending fathers need love too! Every new dad knows that fatherhood is intimidating, but keeping a stiff upper lip is crucial – mom needs someone to depend on! But spoiler alert: papa also needs something to depend on too (besides whiskey and cool gadgets for men). Despite the unpredictable future new parents are facing, these gifts stand to help daddy ease into fatherhood relatively easily. Relatively.

Be Prepared New Dad Handbook

1) Be Prepared New Dad Handbook

This clever handbook is full of anecdotes, tips, games and advice for the new father. It’s laid out much like a boy scout’s handbook, making it a great gift for the outdoorsy, woodsy type of new father. Badges not included.

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World’s Okayest Dad T-shirt

2) World’s Okayest Dad T-shirt

Let’s be honest, a “best dad” title is earned from children, not baby shower attendees. Be real with the father-to-be, but let him know it’s just a temporary title…hopefully.

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Classic Baby Bjorn

3) Classic Baby Bjorn

The classic Baby Bjorn has been the baby carrier of choice for decades. While many mothers opt for the womb-like comfort of a wrap, the Bjorn has a structure that many men find most comfortable.

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Baby Bullet Baby Food System

4) Baby Bullet Baby Food System

When mom is tuckered out, it’s nice for dad to take the lead on feeding the baby. The Baby Bullet is great for quickly blending up formula, soft cereals, and eventually, baby first solid foods.

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Portable Diaper Changing Station

5) Portable Diaper Changing Station

Sometimes a bulky diaper bag is just overkill. When all you need to do change a diaper, digging through spare bottles, socks, sunscreen and all the other diaper bag necessities is just a waste of energy. Keep this portable station either in or adjacent to the bag and avoid the hassle.

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Breaking Dad Sweatshirt

6) Breaking Dad Sweatshirt

They don’t know it yet, but the new baby will break them. Remind him of the time in his life when he had the freedom to watch whatever he wanted, including sagas featuring shady dads, because once baby arrives, that era is over.

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Baby Carrier Sweater

7) Baby Carrier Sweater

This clever sweater allows dad to forgo the baby carrier all together! Bonus – it’s actually quite stylish as well!

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Hand-Carved Father and Baby Figure

8) Hand-Carved Father and Baby Figure

Fathers and their babies share a different bond than mothers and babies. This delicate, hand-carved figure reminds dad that even though he’s not mom, he’s still an important part of his child’s life.

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Cordless Screwdriver

9) Cordless Screwdriver

For the first few years of their new baby’s life, dad will be assembling various pieces of miniature furniture and baby-proofing his house. DeWalt’s cordless screwdriver will make those tasks a little easier on his wrists.

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Baby Bum Diaper Cream Brush

10) Baby Bum Diaper Cream Brush

This ingenious device allows for the smooth application of diaper cream to baby’s bum. It’s so simple, yet totally indispensable. The days of fumbling with dirty diapers and greasy, cream covered fingers is over!

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#Dadlife Coloring Book

11) #Dadlife Coloring Book

Coloring in the hilarious pages of this “manly” coloring book is a constructive, soothing way to decompress after a long day (or night) of fatherly activities.

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Daddy’s First Dad Mug

12) Daddy’s First Dad Mug

If he’s going to need a lot of coffee, or bourbon disguised as coffee, or bourbon and coffee he might as well be drinking from an official Dad mug. Maybe later he can level up to a “Best Dad Ever” mug but that’s really up to the kid.

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I love You Daddy Board Book

13) I love You Daddy Board Book

Board books are great for introducing little ones to the joys of reading, with the added perk of chewable, non-toxic pages. This particular book promotes father-baby bonding, good reading habits and when inscribed, is a great alternative to a “Congratulations” card.

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Diaper Dude Diaper Bag

14) Diaper Dude Diaper Bag

Mom may have her own polka dot, sparkle, hot pink bag – and dad might be into it – but it’s nice to have a subdued, masculine option for diaper toting as well.

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Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects

15) Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects

Over 25 rainy day, weekend and summer vacation project ideas that’ll get any impending father excited for all the fun the future holds. His first project can be making matching super-hero capes for daddy and baby!

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Dad’s Playbook

16) Dad’s Playbook

Shopping for the ultimate sports-fan/dad-to-be who can’t wait to start spending Sundays watching football with the kiddo? Not any parenting guide is going to work for this guy. Dad’s Playbook is full of fatherly wisdom from the all time greatest coaches; a perfect gift for the sports enthusiast father to be.

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Darth Vader and Son

17) Darth Vader and Son

In the alternate reality created by famed graphic novelist Jeffery Brown, Darth Vader gets to be Luke’s (and in a connecting book, Princess Leia’s) doting father. It’s a cute nod to dad’s childhood and a great way to introduce a new baby to the world of Star Wars.

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Convertible Bike/Stroller

18) Convertible Bike/Stroller

Based on the design of the popular Dutch bakfiets, or box/cargo bikes, Taga created a travel system that easily converts from jogging stroller to baby carrying bike. Dad can strap baby in, cruise to the farmer’s market, convert the bike to a stroller and even store his shopping bags beneath the baby’s seat.

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El Grande Y La Pequena Shirt + Onsesie

19) El Grande Y La Pequena Shirt + Onsesie

Para pronto a ser el padre de una niña , una camisa conjunto hija papá juego adorable. (For the soon to be father of a baby girl, an adorable matching daddy/daughter shirt set.)

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Grassy Drying Rack

20) Grassy Drying Rack

When mom has her hands full, a task that daddy can easily handle is bottle patrol. Cleaning and drying bottles can be a cute task with this astro-turf style, miniature drying rack.

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Sweatpants Dresspants

21) Sweatpants Dresspants

New parents spend a considerable amount of their time in sweats, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish. These french terry sweatpants are as soft and cozy as his favorite pajamas with a cut that makes them office appropriate.

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Handsome Like Dad Outfit

22) Handsome Like Dad Outfit

Babies arrive in this world looking remarkably similar – smooshed faces, puffy eyes and puckered mouths – but daddy-to-be doesn’t know that yet. Regardless of who the new baby takes after, this cute-as-heck design will be totally relevant.

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Hiking Carrier w/ Sunshade

23) Hiking Carrier w/ Sunshade

Woodsy dads can expose their kids to an outdoorsy lifestyle early with this hiking carrier. The sunshade shields baby’s head and the height gives them a clear view of the trail ahead. The carrier’s ergonomic design also keeps pressure evenly distributed over the parent’s upper body and torso.

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Matching Daddy and Baby Hipster Slippers

24) Matching Daddy and Baby Hipster Slippers

Hipster slippers for daddy and baby – because the family that lounges together stays together. Plus, the soft soles of daddy’s slippers will come in handy when it’s time for rocking that newborn back to sleep in the middle of the night.

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Instant Date Nights

25) Instant Date Nights

It can be close to impossible for new parents get time to themselves. A four pack of movie ticket gift cards will take the effort out of planning a date night, something Dad will likely appreciate.

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A Visual Journey Through Fatherhood Art Print

26) A Visual Journey Through Fatherhood Art Print

This art print by Veronica Dearly is a hilarious representation life with children. It’s a stylish addition to a study, office or even a nursery.

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Portable Photo Printer

27) Portable Photo Printer

Dads take tons of pictures. It’s in the job description. Make the job that much easier with this portable printer but be prepared for framed prints of all their best baby shots when it’s their turn to gift you.

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New Dad Tactical Bag

28) New Dad Tactical Bag

A masculine diaper bag complete with everything a new dad needs, including a camouflage receiving blanket, three different caffeinated snacks, and earplugs. Yep, that’s everything!

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Men’s Teething Necklace

29) Men’s Teething Necklace

This masculine take on the established teething necklace style will keep a young teether occupied when being held. This is a great gift for dads-to-be who enjoy throwing on the occasional necklace.

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The Happiest Baby on the Block

30) The Happiest Baby on the Block

The Happiest Baby on the Block is required reading for every new parent. It’s this generation’s Dr Spock’s Baby and Child Care. Make sure it lands in the new dad’s library and he’ll make sure you land on the Christmas card list.

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Waxed Canvas Baby Bag

31) Waxed Canvas Baby Bag

This slick bag is ample enough for all his baby needs but simple enough to not scream, “diapers coming through!” It’s clean, masculine cut is perfect for the dad who maybe doesn’t want to carry a loud, candy colored diaper bag. Bonus – waxed canvas wipes clean easily.

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The Walking Dad Mug

32) The Walking Dad Mug

Gift a new dad with a mug that’ll simultaneously remind him that he will never again have a satisfying nights rest and it will be years before he can binge watch his fave zombie show.

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