Are you still trying to come up with the perfect first Father’s Day gift for your favorite new daddy? Few days are more monumental in a new dad’s life than his very first Father’s Day, whether it’s a year after he earned the title of “dad,” or just shy of a few weeks. It’s a major milestone worth celebrating with a meaningful gift, or two!
If he’s like most new dads, he’s probably tough to shop for in general, which makes it extra hard to “mind read” what he might be hoping for as his first Father’s Day approaches. There are plenty of first Father’s Day gifts that will remind him of his precious baby and, if you’re lucky, can even help you both out with this parenting thing. So, scroll through this list of first Father’s Day gift ideas and snag him something he’ll truly love!
FOR THE FESTIVE DAD
Fill this first Father’s Day mug with dad’s favorite candies. After he chows down on the candy, he’ll sip out of the mug all day long on Father’s Day! The mug appropriately features a cheersing beer bottle and baby bottle, and it’s microwave- and dishwasher-safe. It might not seem like much this year, but as time goes on he’ll love having this as a reminder of such an important moment in his life.
FOR THE DAD WHO ROCKS THE BABYWEARING THING
If he’s not into strapping a baby carrier on, but is still open to “babywearing” in general, consider gifting him the a classic kangaroo shirt — with an easy-to-use pouch that’ll calm a newborn baby in no time. It’s totally foolproof — no wrapping, adjusting, strapping, or tying. He can just slip baby right in the pouch and carry on with his day. (Pun intended.)
FOR THE DAD WHO LOVES TO LAUGH
In this hysterical book by comedy God Jimmy Fallon, all the dad animals try to teach their babies to say “Dada” first. Unfortunately, all the babies just respond with their animal sounds! It’s cute and silly, and dads will get a kick out of annoying wifey with this read. Write a sweet note inside, and it’s ready to go.
FOR THE DAD WHO’S A KID AT HEART
The best way to convince a new dad to take the night shift while you score much-needed beauty sleep, is to give him some quality entertainment he can enjoy mid-rocking session. The Nintendo Switch is every gamer dad’s dream: You can use it in handheld mode from anywhere, be it the recliner in your living room or the rocker in baby’s nursery. Simply pop out the console portion and attach the controllers to either side. Boom — you just scored an extra hour of sleep at 3 a.m.
FOR THE DAD WHO’S PROUD
Dads are flipping their sh*t over this Hawaiian shirt that features grills, beer, and beyond when you look close enough. Plus, what daddy doesn’t get a kick out of sporting a fresh Hawaiian shirt at the start of the summer season?! A new daddy will get a kick out of rocking this as he steps (or stumbles) into fatherhood.
FOR THE OVER-PROTECTIVE DAD
Give a new dad the ability to see and hear the baby from absolutely anywhere, even from his cubicle at work. This monitor by Owlet is one of the smartest baby monitors out there. It streams HD video (with night vision and two-way audio) to your smartphone over a secure Wi-Fi connection.
FOR THE DAD WHO LOVES HIS SIMBA
With the release of The Lion King remake this July, there’s no better set of matching clothes for the new dad and his cub than this sweet pair. One order comes with both the adult t-shirt and the onesie. Just be sure to size accordingly (and remember how fast your little lion grows).
FOR THE DAD WITH THE MOST BASIC DAD HOBBY
He might not have as much time (or free hands) to tend the grill as he did last year, but there’s no better time of year to surprise him with a new stainless steel barbecue set than Father’s Day — just as summer’s getting heated up. The soft, insulated handles look just like golf grips, making it easy for him to whip up a hole-in-one-worthy meal.
FOR THE TECH-SAVVY DAD
New dads are running short on time (not to mention sleep) in every category of their life, which is why they deserve the latest and greatest smartwatch that streamlines pretty much everything for them, from keeping tabs on their health and workout goals to enabling them to take calls and texts from anywhere. Dad can even listen to his favorite podcast while putting his baby to sleep with this watch!
FOR THE DAD WHOSE FIRST LANGUAGE IS “SPORTS”
He might not be keen on reading the stack of “baby books” you’ve not-so-subtly pestered him about over the last nine months or so, but here’s one that might catch his eye — a book for new dads, full of quotes and insights, from dozens of sports’ greatest coaches. Fair warning: It’s not going to teach him about the cry-it-out method, but it will give him some pointers on how to be a good role model!
FOR THE OLD-SCHOOL DAD WHO NEEDS TO GO NEW SCHOOL
If the new dad in your life is still sipping coffee from an old-school coffee maker, there’s no time like the present (aka with a new baby in the house) to push the need for an automatic, programmable one. Keurig’s perennial best-seller, the Keurig K-Classic, brews a rich, smooth, and delicious cup with the press of a button,. This way dad can still use his other arm to hold his crying baby.
FOR THE SCOTCH-SIPPIN’ DAD
If the dad you’re shopping for is a fan of Scotch, these ice spheres provide a classy version of his favorite pour on the rocks. They melt slower and keep his drink cold without watering it down as fast as ice cubes would. Plus, they look cool. Dads love to look cool.
FOR THE DAD WHO’S A BOOKWORM
It feels impossible to keep electronics out of spillage zones with a baby around. And it’s only going to get worse when said baby becomes a tot. That’s why waterproof is key when it comes to expensive products like your e-reader (especially in the summer). It’s Amazon’s thinnest and lightest Kindle, yet with glare-free display that you can read clearly even in the brightest sunlight.
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