There’s no Father’s Day quite like his first. Taking on the most crucial role of his life has likely been filled with tons of special moments, but there have probably been a fair few difficult ones too.
Help him celebrate the start of a new chapter, as well as all he’s accomplished on his first Father’s Day with one of these gifts for new dads.
14 Best Gifts for New Dads
So, what are the best new dad gifts? What should you look for when picking out his first Father’s Day present? Here are a couple of things you should pay attention to.
In general, the spirit of the first time he celebrates this holiday should be about acknowledging how well he’s handled taking on the role of a lifetime. To that end, we’ve included some sentimental new dad gifts that will help commemorate the occasion.
On the other hand, Dad life can also be pretty tiring, and he may be grateful for something that helps him get a little rest. We’ve also included some gift ideas to help him do just that.
1. Customized Wallet
If you want to tug at his heartstrings on his first Father’s Day, there’s no better way than with a personalized leather wallet. The personalized wallet is a favorite for its sentimental value. It makes the perfect gift for a new dad because not only is it practical, but you can also commemorate the birth of his firstborn with a special message on the inside.
Dad will smile every time he goes to open his wallet and sees a message from his newborn baby and their photo. He’ll love carrying this special gift with him everywhere he goes and knowing how much he means to his new baby. You can’t go wrong with this gift on Father’s Day.
2. Luxurious Pajamas
With an infant in the house, every second of sleep is precious. Help him make the most of those limited Zs with a pair of luxurious pajamas he won’t be able to wait to get into at night. It’s high time he stopped sleeping in that old t-shirt anyway, so take advantage of the holiday to upgrade his sleepwear wardrobe.
3. Heating Pad
Anyone who has an infant knows that the baby spends the first several months of its life in your arms. While this physical contact is great for baby, it’s not always so great for Dad’s neck and shoulders. A heating pad designed for this area is a fantastic new dad gift idea that will help him avoid trips to the physical therapist. It’ll probably help him relax, too, which is always a great thing.
A showerhead may seem like a strange gift for a first-time dad, but trust us on this one. With the demands of dad life piling up around him, sometimes the only alone time he can get is his daily shower. Make that time the best five minutes of his day, and get him a shower head with various massage options and pressure settings.
It’s the little things that matter. Dad will be eternally grateful for a quick neck massage before getting back to his new dad duties.
5. Whiskey Decanter Set
Another one of our favorite gifts for a new dad is a gorgeous whiskey decanter set, which will make a fantastic addition to his home bar. Sometimes a hard day calls for a nice glass of whiskey, and there’s no classier way to enjoy his favorite drink than pouring it from a beautiful decanter.
The best part about this gift is that you can personalize it with the family name and year. You can both commemorate and toast your new arrival all with one present. He’ll be touched when he opens it and will display this gift for years to come.
And if he’s still a whiskey beginner, refer him to the how to drink whiskey like a boss guide.
6. A Customized Printout of His Baby’s Footprints
Nothing is more sentimental than receiving a customized printout of his baby’s footprints on his first Father’s Day. Make sure to frame them and include the date of birth, as well as both parents’ names. This present makes a great addition to the baby’s nursery and is a keepsake the whole family will treasure for years to come.
7. Digital Photo Frame
If you’re looking for cool tech gifts for new dads, get him a digital photo frame. What we love about this present is that it lets proud daddies display not just one photo of his newborn, but as many as he wants! Lots of beautiful yet understated digital photo frames will keep all the focus where it should be: on the memories it displays.
8. Slow Cooker or Instant Pot
If you’re looking for practical new dad gift ideas, something to help him maximize his time--and minimize his effort--in the kitchen can go a long way. His time is at a premium these days, so he’ll thank you for the gift of being able to cook easy, delicious meals he doesn’t have to tend to.
Both slow cookers and instant pots are popular, useful kitchen items. Slow cookers are great for people who like to throw dinner together in the morning and have it ready when they arrive from work, and instant pots are for people who want fantastic meals on the fly. Whatever you choose, his tired dad brain will be grateful.
9. Grocery Delivery Service
When it comes to practical gift ideas for new dads, nothing beats a grocery delivery service subscription. Help him cook healthy meals at home by allowing him to order all the essentials online--without ever setting foot in a grocery store. Services and subscriptions vary, so check around for the option best suited to his needs.
10. Milk Frother
Sleep deprivation is part of being a new parent. Help him stay awake and bring his espresso to the next level with a frother that will warm and foam his milk.
If he’s not a big espresso drinker, never fear--there are lots of other coffee-related gifts you can get him. Help keep his summer mornings cool by getting him a cold press coffee maker, or if he’s looking to expand outside the realm of drip coffee, get him a French press and a bag of ground beans to get him started.
11. Bluetooth Tracking Device
Having to keep track of a million things--including the life of someone entirely dependent on you--is another big part of becoming a father. If he’s forgetful or tends to lose things, a tracker tile is another one of those practical gifts for a new dad that will be much appreciated.
What is it? A tracker tile is a Bluetooth device that attaches to easy-to-lose things like car keys, remotes, and wallets and connects to your phone. If you lose these things, all you have to do is use your phone to activate the tracking device, which will ring. The quicker dad finds his lost car keys, the faster he can get back to whatever he was doing.
12. Weighted Sleep Mask
Help the new dad in your life get some much-needed rest with a weighted sleep mask. Weighted sleep masks have been shown to help people fall asleep faster and improve sleep quality. Dad will appreciate anything that’ll make him sleep better.
13. Robot Vacuum
With a new baby, it can get pretty tricky to get around to all the household tasks that need doing. Take one of them off his to-do list by gifting him a robot vacuum that will leave the floors squeaky clean.
Dad wants to be comfortable when he’s hanging out at home or running errands, and no article of clothing’s more comfortable--or more stylish--than a pair of joggers. He’ll love slipping these on in the evenings, and they may even just become his go-to pants on the weekends.
Commemorate this Milestone
Becoming a father is a life-changing event, which is why his first Father’s Day requires a gift that reflects that, either by making his job as a dad easier or by making him feel more relaxed and rested. Any present that fulfills either of these two requirements will be a hit and show him how much he’s appreciated.
Commemorate the magnitude of his first Father’s Day with a Swanky Badger product. Swanky Badger is an expert when it comes to sentimental gifts for new dads. Tell him what a great job he’s doing with any one of our customizable gifts, from watches to phone cases to pocket journals.