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Father's Day Gift Ideas for New Dads

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Marissa is the writer of ThePracticalMommy and the blog Mommy Knows What's Best. She is a stay-at-home mom to four and was a teacher.

Gift Ideas for New Dads

Gift Ideas for New or Expectant Dads

Gift Ideas for New or Expectant Dads

First Time Dads Gift Ideas

Becoming a father for the first time can be an exciting yet scary time for men. They will share for the first time the responsibility of taking care of a child while at the same time trying to figure out their new roles as fathers in their already busy lives. Why not give them a gift to welcome them into their new role as a dad and provide them with some useful items to make the transition into fatherhood a bit easier?

Here you'll find great gift ideas for new dads, including:

  • must-have baby items for new dads
  • car gifts for new dads
  • personalized gifts for new dads
  • books for new dads
  • and more!

Gifts for New Dads

Must Have Baby Items for Dads

Baby items tend to be made for moms, from the cute diaper bags to the maternity or nursing pajamas for their stay in the hospital. Believe it or not, there are items out there made just for new dads who want to be included in all the fun of caring for the new baby!

Here are some must have baby items for new dads:

  • Diaper bag for men. Many diaper bag companies are now recognizing that men may have to tote around a diaper bag and may not want to carry a flowery or trendy diaper bag that the moms carry. These diaper bags made for men tend to have more of a tool belt functionality to them and come in styles and colors that men can appreciate.
  • Baby clothes from favorite sport, team, hobby, or musician. Baby clothes come in all sorts of designs now destined to make dads proud. Why not buy the baby some clothes that support the new dad's favorite things, like a sport, team, musician, hobby, etc.?
  • Strollers made for taller people. It can be hard to use an average stroller when you're a tall man. Many of the handles are the perfect length for people of average height, but not for taller people like my husband. Buy the new dad a stroller made for taller people so he can go on walks with baby too!
  • Clothes for delivery day. Women have the opportunity to buy some new clothing to wear in the hospital for delivery, but why not men? There are now clothing options out there for new dads, like the "I'm the Daddy" scrubs for the hospital.
  • Backpack Carrier. A back pack carrier would be an awesome baby gear item for new dads who like to go on walks or hikes and don't want to bring along a stroller!

DaddyScrubs I'm the Daddy Scrubs

Gift Sets for New Dads

Daddy & Co. make some awesome gift sets for new dads, like the Daddy Swag Gift Set I reviewed on my blog Mommy Knows What's Best. It includes a t-shirt, their ever-popular DaddyScrubs, sunglasses, a hat, and more!

Gifts for New Dads

The Daddy Swag Gift Set from Daddy & Co. as featured on Mommy Knows What's Best.

The Daddy Swag Gift Set from Daddy & Co. as featured on Mommy Knows What's Best.

Books for Expectant Fathers

Car Gifts for Men

A car or truck can be one of a man's greatest possessions, especially if he works hard to keep it clean and looking great. When a baby comes into his world, he may feel a bit nervous about putting that adorable yet messy baby in his car or truck along with all of the baby's necessary gear, like the car seat, strollers, etc.

Here are a few car gifts you can buy for a new dad to help him keep his car clean and looking great:

  • Car Seat Protectors. Baby car seats can create indents the the back seats of a car. A car seat protector creates a barrier between the baby seat and the cloth or leather of the back seat, reducing the indents and other possible issues that can happen from the baby car seats moving around.
  • Kick Mats. The new recommendation for babies in car seats is that they are rear facing until they reach two years of age. This means that the baby's legs, as they grow, may have the tendency to reach the car's seats, making marks or dirty smudges on the cloth or leather. Also, when the child is old enough to be forward facing, the same can happen on the back of the driver or passenger seats. Kick mats prevent those marks or dirty smudges from making a mess of the interior of the car.
  • Trunk or Cargo Liner. A trunk or cargo liner is a handy item for a car or truck, especially when a new dad is placing a stroller with dirty wheels in the back of his car or truck!

How to Clean Cloth Seats in a Car

Personalized Gifts for Dad

Personalized gifts for new dads can be fun to find since there's so many things that can be personalized to fit the personality and lifestyle of men. Plus, personalized gifts can be either bought from a store or website, or even handmade for that special personal touch.

Here are a few ideas for personalized gifts for new dads:

  • Hand painted mugs
  • Photo frame with baby's picture and name
  • Monogrammed wallet, bag, or clothing item
  • Customized ornament for a new dad
  • Customized key chain
  • Personalized toiletry bag

How to Make a Personalized Mug

Photo Gift Ideas for New Dads

Photo gifts are very popular for new dad gifts, ranging from simple framed photos to office supplies with photos on them.

Here are a few ideas for photo gifts for new dads:

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  • Tie with the baby's photo on it
  • Pen/pencil holder or desk organizer with photo
  • Mug or cup with photo
  • Photo memory book
  • Cell phone case with photo
  • Blanket with names and photos
  • Photo magnet
  • Mouse pad with photo
  • Playing cards with photos
  • Paper weight with photos

Lawn Care Services

Give the new dad some extra time with the baby by signing up for a lawn care service.

Give the new dad some extra time with the baby by signing up for a lawn care service.

Unique Gift Ideas for New Dads

Some gift ideas for new dads can simply be to give them something they enjoy or something that would give them more time to spend with the new baby.

Some of these gift ideas include:

  • Lawn care services or equipment
  • Car care services
  • Coupon book (days off from doing the garbage, mowing the lawn, washing the car, etc.)
  • Beer of the month club
  • A night out with the guys, guilt free
  • Tickets to a sporting event
  • Tickets to a concert

Gift for a New Dad

When choosing one of these gifts for a new dad, try to pick something that you know fits his personality or lifestyle. But, no matter what you choose, know that the new dad will be appreciative that you took the time to remember him during the special occasion of his son or daughter's birth.


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Amber ludwig on February 04, 2016:

I love personalized gifts!! Especially now that my son is older and we can work on them together!! I know my hubby loves them too!! I did a follow in your footsteps print for my hubbys first fathers day and he loooves it!!

Lara C. on September 13, 2015:

Manly diaper bags are a great idea! I know my husband will not want to walk around with something too frilly haha.

Dandi Daffyhill on September 08, 2015:

These are some great ideas! My husband became a father for the first time right around Father's Day.

Jennifer Odom on September 07, 2015:

Great gift ideas! Thanks!

Alison Gibb on September 05, 2015:

Wow, there is a lot of ideas for Dads. I like the idea of his own diaperbag and the scrubs are adorable!!

jilliann m on July 11, 2015:

These are some great gift ideas for new dads. I always like the personalized mugs.

Julie Wood on July 03, 2015:

These are such great gift ideas for Dad, and getting a stroller for a taller person is something I never thought of. This is such a great tip. Also getting them there own guy diaper bag it one that is a must!

Jo-Ann Brightman on June 21, 2015:

These are good ideas and I shall remember them for next year after my son has become a dad.

Plantasticone on June 01, 2015:

These are very unique ideas! Here is another one to consider

Dad can grow a real house plant that closes its leaves when you Tickle it!

just search TickleMe Plant.

Marissa (author) from United States on December 15, 2013:

JRScarbrough, glad you like my ideas! Dad is a very important part of any family. It's important to remember him too. :)

JRs from United States on December 14, 2013:

Great ideas. I love how you include dad in your hubs! Fan!

Marissa (author) from United States on December 12, 2013:

VVanNess, glad you liked the ideas! Thanks for reading!

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on December 12, 2013:

This was simply perfect timing! We have a new father in the family and I had no idea what to get him for Christmas. This gave me some amazing ideas that I feel like should have been common sense.

Thank you so much for the perfect article just in time to get him the perfect gifts! Great job! Voted up, useful and interesting!

Bo on June 07, 2013:

A back pack carrier is a great idea - great for hikes as well as running errands on foot in a busy area. You're so much more mobile!

Gianna on June 07, 2013:

Gifts that relate to his favorite team, music, etc.

Marissa (author) from United States on June 06, 2013:

Chrisalejandro, my husband really liked the one I made him. In fact, I just made him an updated one for this Father's Day! (Shh. Don't tell him!). Thanks for reading!

Marissa (author) from United States on June 06, 2013:

Lori W, I haven't seen the Harley Davidson bag, but I bet many men would appreciate one! Thanks for reading, :)

Marissa (author) from United States on June 06, 2013:

kathy Peterson, yeah, not too many dads enjoy bags with cute bunnies.. :) Thanks for reading!

Chrisalejandro from Sacramento, California on June 06, 2013:

I liked the photo mug idea. It's really neat and personalized.

Lori W on June 05, 2013:

I think sports team items like diaper bags would be great. I also like Harley Davidson they have a really nice one that's leather for men.

kathy Peterson on June 05, 2013:

Daddy Diaper Bag for men. This is a great idea because sometimes the dad has the baby when going someplace, and I really doubt it that they like caring the cute pink bag with bunnies on it. Great Idea.

Michelle elizondo on May 31, 2013:

I love strollers for taller people.

Marissa (author) from United States on May 28, 2013:

Natalie Nichols, many dads do like when their kids support their favorite teams. Thanks for reading!

Natalie Nichols on May 27, 2013:

I like the idea of favorite sports teams.

Elissa Indoe on May 24, 2013:

I love the idea of having the taller dad stroller.very wise idea!

Marissa (author) from United States on May 06, 2013:

Bill, glad you liked it! Thanks for reading!

Bill Elliott on May 06, 2013:

Great gift ideas, I will have to put some hits into my son lol

Marissa (author) from United States on May 06, 2013:

claudia ellis, dads love when their kids can show support for their favorite teams! :) Thanks for reading!

claudia ellis on May 06, 2013:

I love the idea of getting the baby some gear with dad's favorite sports team!

Marissa (author) from United States on April 20, 2013:

MaryWithrowNC@gmail.comthanks for reading! Yes, dads should take equal responsibility, and many of these gifts help them to do just that. :) on April 20, 2013:

This is cute and I totally agree that mens diaper bags and adjustable stroller handles are a must. I feel men should take equal responsibility when both parents have to work

Marissa (author) from United States on March 20, 2013:

DIYmommy, what a great idea for a diaper bag for dads! I bet your husband loved it. Thanks for reading and sharing that idea! :)

Julie on March 16, 2013:

With 13 years in the Army, a friend of ours actually got my husband a nice Army-camo inspired diaper bag. Not only does it have a shoulder strap for wear across the shoulder, but it also has two straps that allow it to be worn akin to a bookbag. It's very spacious, somewhat stylish, and has come in handy for him.

Marissa (author) from United States on February 27, 2013:

randomcreative , glad you like it! Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 27, 2013:

You have a great range of options here. There is something for every dad. Thanks for the great resource!

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on February 27, 2013:

I agree PracticalMommy. We learned that the hard way!

Marissa (author) from United States on February 27, 2013:

Careermommy , the kick mats and car seat protectors are really lifesavers when you have kids in the car. :) Thanks for reading!

Marissa (author) from United States on February 27, 2013:

twoseven , what a cute idea to get matching shirts! I bet that is something your husband will always remember. :) Thanks for reading!

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on February 26, 2013:

I see why you call yourself ThePracticalMommy. The kick mats and car seat protectors would have been something my husband would have loved. Thank you for the useful information.

twoseven from Madison, Wisconsin on February 26, 2013:

All great ideas! My husband's first year as a dad I got him and our son matching tshirt and onesie from a local business that made shirts of local landmarks. It will always be fun to look back at that photo even though the gift only fits one of them now! :)

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