20 First Father's Day Gift Ideas for New Dads

Lack of sleep, skipped workouts, minimal grooming - new dads experience a big lifestyle change when baby arrives. Show them that their hard work and sacrifices are appreciated with these thoughtful gifts.

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May 21, 2019

Photo By: Jessica Delaney Photography

Portable Hammock

Let Dad and baby enjoy some downtime together in this outdoor hammock. Babies will love nuzzling up to Dad in the ENO hammock's cozy cocoon shape and Dad will love its breathable, portable design. Bring the hammock along for family camping trips, picnics and backyard hangs.

Buy It: DICK's Sporting Goods, $69.95

Insulated Mug

New dads probably don't remember what hot coffee tastes like. This mug will keep their coffee nice and warm until they get a chance to sit down and enjoy it.

Buy It: Amazon, $57

All-Purpose Backpack

With lots of interior compartments and a durable, water-repellent exterior, this stylish backpack works as diaper bag, travel bag or commuter bag - perfect on-the-go dads.

Buy It: L.L.Bean, $80

Portable Charger

Between snapping photos, Googling baby questions and checking the monitor, phone batteries drain fast when you're a new parent. Busy dads won't have to wait long for a full charge, though, with this portable charger. It restores phones to full battery life in less than an hour.

Buy It: Walmart, $39.99

"Shower Beer" Cup Holder

Dad deserves a break too. (Even if it's just a 10-minute shower.) With this clever beer holder, he can freshen up and enjoy his favorite brew in peace. Multi-tasking is an essential parenting skill, after all.

Buy It: UncommonGoods, $15

Burr Coffee Grinder

First-time parents go through coffee faster than college students studying for finals. This commercial-grade bean grinder delivers perfectly sized grounds for Dad's favorite brewing method.

Buy It: Amazon, $76

Two-Seat Bike Trailer

Pulling two kids on a bike absolutely counts as working out. Help Dad keep up his fitness routine with this bike trailer. He can exercise and entertain the kids all at once.

Buy It: Walmart, $79

Beard Comb

It's understandable if Dad is sporting a new beard these days. (Who has time to shave with a newborn?) Help him keep his facial hair looking polished not ragged with a nice beard comb. Bonus: This one is made from sandalwood so it smells nice, too!

Buy It: Amazon, $11.95

Wi-Fi Baby Monitor

Dads love a good gadget, and for first-time fathers, a monitor is the ultimate gadget. We recommend one that can be used for home security (or pet monitoring) when it's no longer needed for baby. This Arlo monitor has wi-fi capability so Dad can check-in while he's away.

Buy It: Amazon, $137.54 (originally $200)

Stylish Sneaks

Between daycare drop-off, errand-running and family outings, new dads are almost always on their feet. Give him a new pair of comfortable tennis shoes that go with everything from athletic shorts to chinos.

Buy It: Zappos, $42.99

Comical Onesie

Moms have likely already spotted similarities between Dad and baby - notably that they both like to drink. First-time dads will love seeing their pride-and-joy in this punny onesie. (There's even a matching adult-size shirt!)

Buy It: Etsy, $36

Skincare Set

Treat a tired dad to some pampering. This set of organic skincare comes with a face mask (that moms can use too!), beard balm, after-shave and bar soap.

Buy It: Kaufmann Mercantile, $110

Backpack Carrier

This top-rated hiking backpack carrier allows Dad to keep up his hiking hobby even with a little one in tow. It's great for urban adventures, too.

Buy It: Amazon, $249.98

Photo Calendar

Spruce up Dad's desk with a sentimental photo calendar. Even during a stressful work day, one glance at this family photo calendar will cheer him up.

Buy It: Minted, $29

Pocket Knife

You can't go wrong gifting a multi-purpose item. From slicing apples to cutting fishing line, this carbon steel pocket knife will quickly become Dad's go-to tool. Plus, it will patina nicely, making it a great heirloom gift to pass down one day.

Buy It: Amazon, $10.78

Digital Camera

Sure, this is a splurge gift, but it's one that Dad will use for years to come. With so many milestones ahead, Dad needs a camera that will capture crystal clear photos of the most special moments. Sometimes, cell phone photos just don't cut it.

Buy It: Amazon, $399 (originally $529.99)

Audiobook Subscription

Cute as they are, babies demand every ounce of a new parent's attention. Audible makes it easy to catch up on new reads in the car, at the gym or while mowing the lawn. For dads who miss quiet time, an audiobook subscription allows them to keep up their "reading" habit on-the-go.

Buy It: Amazon, $15 for one month

Smart Thermostat

Hands-off technology is a dream-come-true for busy parents. Give a new dad peace-of-mind with Nest's smart thermostat. It learns your habits and adjusts the temperature accordingly to save money and energy. Dad will never have to worry whether baby is too cold or too hot.

Buy It: Amazon, starting at $207.99

Premium Pillow

Sleep-deprived new dads will appreciate an upgraded pillow. This one from Brooklyn Bedding has a cooling gel infusion and deconstructed foam for premium, personalized comfort.

Buy It: Brooklyn Bedding, $44-49

Bedtime Board Book

Give Dad a sweet bedtime book that he can read with his new little one to encourage bonding and snuggles. We love "Daddy Hugs" by Karen Katz that counts up all the hugs dad gives during the day.

Our Pick: Target, $7.19

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