20 First Father's Day Gifts for New Dads

His life changed forever the day he became a father. Celebrate the new dad with a gift that he'll gladly use throughout the first year.

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May 18, 2021

From lack of sleep to skipped workouts and minimal grooming, new dads experience a big lifestyle change when the baby arrives. Show him that his hard work and sacrifices are greatly appreciated with a present that he'll get a ton of use out of. It'll make his first Father's Day even more special and leave him feeling oh-so-loved.

Shop our favorite gift ideas for a new dad, from the sentimental to the practical, at a price point that fits your budget.

$20 or Less

Give Dad a sweet bedtime book that he can read with his new buddy to encourage bonding and snuggles. We especially love "My Dad Is Amazing" by Sabrina Moyle, as it pairs hilarious illustrations with a heartfelt story that celebrates Dad in all his glory.

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$12

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 double-sized one is made from sandalwood, so it smells nice, too.

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$15

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

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Turn an everyday kitchen essential into a sweet keepsake by adding a customized message for Dad. Choose from walnut, cherry or maple wood and provide the exact message you want to be engraved. We suggest skipping a Father's Day mention in favor of something more timeless, like your last name.

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Moms have likely already spotted certain similarities between Dad and baby — notably that they both like to drink. First-time dads will get a huge kick out of seeing their pride and joy in this punny onesie. (There's even a matching adult-size shirt. Think of the photo ops!)

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Make a basic hat more meaningful by gifting Dad a cap embroidered with the coordinates of the hometown where your child was born. You can opt for text on the front or back and choose from 13 different colors.

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$20

Cement his new status as Dad with the ultimate #DadStyle must-have: a Hawaiian shirt. This lightweight button-down is the perfect throw-on and go-to for quick runs to the store or a day at the park.

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$50 or Less

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Spruce up Dad's workspace with a special, sentimental photo calendar featuring everything from your maternity shoot to baby's first portraits. Even during a stressful workday, one glance at this will lift his spirits.

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$30

New dads probably don't remember what hot coffee tastes like. With its stainless-steel and double-insulated design, this YETI mug will keep his coffee nice and warm until he gets a chance to sit down and enjoy it.

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Sleep-deprived new dads will greatly appreciate an upgraded pillow. Special cooling gel technology and deconstructed memory foam will help draw heat away from his head, while a moisture-wicking, antimicrobial cover will protect his skin. It's a win-win.

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Three makes a team! Let Dad show his family team pride with this football jersey-inspired tee. Choose any text, color and number you want to show Dad that baby will always have his back, and vice versa.

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Show your appreciation for everything the father of your child does by treating to him to a one-of-a-kind vintage rocks glass. Etsy is a treasure trove of unique finds, but I love that this pair is weighty and petite. On a personal note, anything related to whiskey is always a hit with my husband. I gift him a new cut crystal lowball glass for special holidays to build up his eclectic collection.

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$45

From bouncing the baby to running errands to family outings, new dads are almost always on their feet. Give him a new pair of comfortable sneakers that go with everything from athletic shorts to chinos. They're even vegan, so he can feel really good about his new look.

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$70 or More

Encourage Dad and baby to enjoy some downtime together in this comfortable outdoor hammock. Babies will love nuzzling up to Dad in the ENO's cozy cocoon, while Dad will enjoy the breathable, portable design that he can use anywhere. You could even surprise him by setting it up in the backyard or on the patio and letting him find it (and test it) first thing in the morning.

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For the dad who likes choices and instant satisfaction, this coffee maker is compatible with K-Cups and Nespresso pods. We all know that for new parents, caffeine is fuel.

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And, if he's more of a make-it-myself kind of guy, this OXO adjustable conical burr grinder will give him the freshest-tasting brew. Using special steel burrs, it grinds beans efficiently for enhanced flavor and aroma.

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Mom's not the only one who could use a new bag. With lots of roomy interior compartments, including a laptop sleeve, a pocket for electronics and a durable, water-repellent exterior, this stylin' pack works as a diaper bag or even a hiking bag. It's perfect for on-the-go dads.

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$200

With this convenient handheld massage gun, Dad can work out all the kinks from rocking, bouncing and carrying baby. This lightweight percussion massager helps relieve muscle tension and soreness from physical activity or stress.

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$290

This comfortable, lightweight and well-ventilated child carrier allows Dad to enjoy his hiking hobby while towing his little buddy along for the ride. It's also great for urban adventures in case Dad needs an excuse to stretch his legs around the neighborhood.

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New dads aren't always first-time dads. Surprise a recently minted father of two (or more!) to a foldable bike trailer so he can keep up with his fitness routine. Pulling two kids on a bike absolutely counts as working out. Tinted windows keep the sun out, while extra storage space lets him haul extra cargo.

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