55 First Father’s Day Gifts That Will Make Him Smile
May 24, 2019
Becoming a father for the first time is a momentous occasion in any man’s life. And with Father’s Day right around the corner, you’ve got the perfect opportunity to send a little love and appreciation his way. There are many ways to mark this special day, but first off you’re going to need a wow-worthy present for the new dad in your life, and stat! Not a problem. We’ve scoured the internet to bring you the best first Father’s Day gifts that are sure to bring a smile to his face.
From diaper changes to 3 a.m. feedings, pre-bedtime baths and so much more, dads have a whole lot on their plate. That’s why our first Father’s Day gift guide is chockablock with extra-special gift ideas that celebrate new dads and all that they do. Whether you’re looking for a present that’s personalized, high-tech or something that’s totally awesome and equally affordable (think: under $30!), scroll to see our top picks for Father’s Day gifts for new dads. Pro tip: For added “aw-factor,” why not address the gifts from baby to Daddy!
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For the cool dude who’s into his tech gadgets, stylin’ looks, gourmet coffee and bumpin’ tunes, these first Father’s Day gift ideas are sure to be a big hit.
Beard grooming kit
Whether your partner’s been growing a quarantine beard or is simply too busy as a new dad for frequent shaves, this styling set will help keep his facial hair in check.
Buy it: Jack Black Beard Grooming Set, $35, Nordstorm.com
The Dad Hoodie
This super-soft hoodie was specifically designed with new dads in mind. For times when he doesn’t feel like carrying around a diaper bag, he can simply wear this zip-up, which has expandable mesh pockets for bottles, wipes, hand sanitizer and more, without adding extra bulk.
Buy it: The Dad Hoodie, $98, TheDadHoodie.com
For the dad who likes to binge-watch Netflix, gift him this flexible tablet stand, designed to be used while your guy lounges in bed (hopefully with a snack, as all good binge-watching sessions demand).
Buy it: Tablift Flexible Tablet Stand, $40, TheGrommet.com
As a new dad, he’s likely not getting in as many workouts or stretches these days. This popular muscle massaging device now comes in a more compact—and more affordable—mini version, yet still packs a powerful punch to relieve cramps, knots and tension.
Buy it: Theragun Mini, $199, Therabody.com
Looking for a cool first Father’s Day gift that works with his new dad style? He’ll look forward to using this simple-yet-stylish neoprene backpack when he’s with baby and on his own. The versatile design has plenty of pockets for all baby’s necessities, but it also has a separate interior laptop carrier and an exterior luggage sleeve for Dad’s own gear.
Buy it: Dagne Dover Indi Diaper Backpack, starting from $155, DagneDover.com
These lightweight, soft cotton pants are perfect for lounging with baby but are just as practical for running errands outside the home.
Buy it: Polo Ralph Lauren Relaxed Fit Lounge Jogger Pants, $38, Nordstrom.com
If your man’s got style, trendy sunglasses should be on any list of cool first Father’s Day gifts. You can’t go wrong with Ray-Ban. These retro-cool frames are a classic style with polarized anti-glare lenses.
Buy it: Ray Ban Standard Classic Wayfarer 50mm Polarized Sunglasses, $211, Nordstrom.com
White sneaks are so on-trend, earning them a spot on our list of best first Father’s Day gifts for stylish dads. These woolen Allbirds have a contemporary look and come in a range of color options.
Buy it: Allbirds Men’s Wool Runners, $95, AllBirds.com
Retro vibes are back in style. For cool dads who appreciate unbeatable sound quality, this 70s-style mini-amp speaker is just the thing. Combining vintage design with modern-day features, the speaker is portable, rechargeable (with 20 hours of play time!) and boasts Bluetooth connectivity.
Buy it: Marshall Emberton Portable Bluetooth Speaker in Black, $150, Amazon.com
With the plush shearling and soft wool that UGG is known for, this particular slip-on style is perfect for pacing around the house to rock baby to sleep and running out for an urgent diaper restock.
Buy it: UGG Ascot Slipper, $110, Zappos.com
Nintendo gaming system
If Dad is just a big kid at heart, a gaming system is a first Father’s Day gift he’s sure to appreciate. The handheld Nintendo Switch lets him play whenever and wherever the mood strikes.
Buy it: Nintendo Switch Console with Neon Blue & Red Joy-Con, $344, Walmart.com
New dads are always on the go—ensure he stays hydrated with this slick water bottle. The Hydro Flask features double-walled TempShield insulation, meaning it’ll keep beverages icy-cold for up to 24 hours or hot for up to 12 hours. Better yet, this stainless steel bottle is BPA-free and dishwasher safe.
Buy it: Hydro Flask Timberline Standard Mouth 21 oz Water Bottle, $43, UrbanOutfitters.com
Specialty coffee maker
Truth: Parenting is tiring work. Give your partner a much-needed caffeine boost this Father’s Day with a top-of-the-line coffee maker. This one zips out stellar cups of espresso and coffee (hot and cold!) in six brew sizes—all at the touch of a button.
Buy it: Ninja CM407 Specialty Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe, $209, Amazon.com
A great Father’s Day gift for new dads? A sleeping baby. He’ll love this doorbell upgrade that allows you to see, hear and speak to anyone at your doorstep from a smartphone or Echo-enabled device—so no more loud doorbell sounds whenever a package is delivered or a visitor arrives.
Buy it: Ring Video Doorbell 3, $188, Walmart.com
Amazon smart speaker and clock
This compact smart speaker has a digital clock, can play music, make calls, give you the headlines, set alarms and more. And the best part? It’s voice-activated so he doesn’t have to lift a finger, making it the perfect first Father’s day gift for perpetually exhausted parents.
Buy it: Amazon Echo Dot with Clock, $30, Amazon.com
This gadget is the perfect combo of classic-meets-modern. The three-speed turntable can play all of his favorite vinyls, while the built-in Bluetooth capability can wirelessly connect compatible devices to play tunes through the speaker system.
Buy it: Victrola 3-Speed Bluetooth Portable Suitcase Record Player, $55, BedBathandBeyond.com
Looking to take your first Father’s Day gifts to the next level? Try giving them an extra-personal touch. From customized puzzles and books to engraved gifts, check out our pick of the best personalized Father’s Day gifts for new dads.
Watches are classic first Father’s Day gifts—and if you can have one engraved with a personalized message, all the better. This sleek stainless steel watch, which you can have engraved at no additional charge, will take him from desk to dinner and beyond.
Buy it: Fossil Neutra Chronograph Stainless Steel Watch, $149, Fossil.com
Make storytime even sweeter this Father’s Day with a personalized book all about Dad. He may not be able to leap tall buildings or shoot webs from his wrists, but he’s a hero in plenty of other ways. Customize this first Father’s Day gift by adding Dad’s name, photo and a special dedication message.
Buy it: My Dad, My Hero Personalized Book by Ethan Long, $35, PutMeInTheStory.com
Searching for personalized first Father’s Day gifts for a tech-savvy papa? Check out this cool wireless multi-charging device by Courant. It’s made from premium pebble-grain Italian leather and can be personalized with Dad’s initials in gold or silver print.
Buy it: Courant Catch 2 Multi-Device Wireless Charging, $150, StayCourant.com
Looking for sentimental first Father’s Day gift ideas? Puzzles are all the rage these days, and Dad will be excited to complete a collage of memorable photos with him and baby.
Buy it: Best Dad Collage Puzzle, starting from $33, Shutterfly.com
Engraved whiskey decanter
Raise a glass to Dad this Father’s Day with a personalized whiskey decanter. The set comes with two tumblers and a decanter that you can engrave with Dad’s name and title (think: Best Dad) and a date.
Buy it: Magic Woodshop Personalized Whiskey Decanter, starting at $58, Etsy.com
For the dad that has an office, give him a wall calendar that can be customized with special dates and occasions he can look at all year long. The best part? The photos have perforated edges so you can hold on to them to hang or frame elsewhere after each month ends.
Buy it: Artifact Uprising Modern Wall Calendar, $39, ArtifactUprising.com
Is Dad king of the BBQ in your house? Fire up your Father’s Day gift-giving with this “Grill Master” wood cutting board, engraved with the text of your choice, like his name or a sweet Father’s Day note.
Buy it: CDShardwoods Grill Master Cutting Board, starting at $39, Etsy.com
Night sky print
Your family’s love for Dad burns as bright as the stars—which is why this customized print, depicting the night sky the day baby was born, is such a perfect first Father’s Day gift idea. Provide the date and location of their birth, add a personalized message, pick out the color and frame and Twinkle in Time will design a fully personalized print.
Buy it: Twinkle in Time Custom Star Map, starting from $55, TwinkleinTime.com
AirPods case cover
In search of first Father’s Day gift ideas for a music or podcast lover? Help Dad protect his AirPods with a stylish leather case cover engraved with his name or initials. It can charge AirPods without him having to remove the case, and it even comes with a keychain clip he can attach to his briefcase or diaper bag.
Buy it: AprilandKiwi Personalized AirPods Leather Case Cover, starting from $23, Etsy.com
Here’s a twist on a classic gift—a bouquet of exotic meats presented in a personalized beer glass. This unique first Father’s Day gift comes with three tasty salami chubs and four jerky sticks, including tantalizing flavors like a Wild Boar Honey Bourbon Stick and an Elk Garlic Stick. Customize the accompanying Pilsner glass with Dad’s name alongside a cool artistic design.
Buy it: Man Crate Exotic Meats Grand Bouquet, $80, ManCrates.com
Baby board book
Whether he’s been a dad for a month or 11 months, you no doubt have tons of photos of Dad with baby. Take the best and transform them into a custom board book he can read with baby for storytime. It’s a first Father’s Day gift he’ll treasure for years to come.
Buy it: Artifact Uprising Baby Board Book, starting from $40, ArtifactUprising.com
Ties and money clips may be classic choices, but if you really want to knock Dad’s socks off, go for unique first Father’s Day gift ideas he’ll truly appreciate. From outdoor pizza ovens to edible arrangements and cooling sheets, these unexpected finds are the perfect surprise for brand-new dads.
For the dad who loves (and misses) his baseball, Uncommon Goods prints blueprints of the stadium of your choice—a first Father’s Day gift that’s sure to knock it out of the park.
Buy it: Uncommon Goods Baseball Stadium Blueprints, $185, Uncommongoods.com
Dads with a sweet tooth will go wild for this cookie gift box. Each freshly baked cookie is hand-decorated with fun road sign-inspired quips that celebrate new dads. Unique first Father’s Day gifts that taste as good as they look? Yes, please!
Buy it: Cookies by Design Dad Appreciation Highway Cookie Bouquet, starting from $21, CookiesbyDesign.com
From making to-do lists to Googling baby questions in the middle of the night, new parents are constantly on their phones. This sanitizing station zaps 99.99 percent of germs while also charging the phone. Plus, it works as an amplifier so Dad can listen to music (or the baby monitor) while his phone’s getting a deep-clean.
Buy it: PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer, starting from $80, UncommonGoods.com
When you’re a parent, a good night’s sleep can feel like a faraway dream—so any first Father’s Day gifts that can make it a reality are worth their weight in gold. These Egyptian cotton percale bed sheets are lightweight and durable, keeping new parents cool and comfy all night long.
Buy it: Parachute Percale Sheet Set, starting from $109, Parachute.com
Child carrier backpack
Your sense of adventure doesn’t have to end when you become parents. Active dads will love to use this lightweight yet sturdy carrier for a family hike. It even has an integrated day pack so you can keep baby’s gear separate. Talk about a practical first Father’s Day gift!
Buy it: Deuter Kid Comfort Pro Carrier, $340, Backcountry.com
A dead phone battery equals every parent’s nightmare. Keep Dad connected at all times with this heavy-duty power bank that doubles as a stroller hook and holds up to 25 pounds. This is a cool first Father’s Day gift that doesn’t skimp on performance.
Buy it: Mommy Power Stroller Hook, $40, Nordstrom.com
DIY hot sauce kit
Looking to spice things up with your first Father’s Day gifts? A make-your-own hot sauce kit is the perfect gift idea for new dads. Baby can can even help with this one—dip their little fingers in paint and denote how spicy the sauce is by how many fingerprints they leave on the label.
Buy it: Uncommon Goods Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit, $40, UncommonGoods.com
Memory foam eye pillow
What do all parents wish they had more of? You guessed it—sleep. And the best first Father’s Day gifts help him get as much shuteye as possible. The gentle pressure of this memory foam eye mask is profoundly calming and naturally stress-reducing.
Buy it: MZOO Store Sleep Eye Mask, $14, Amazon.com
Camping hammock and blanket
If you’re in need of first Father’s Day gift ideas for an outdoorsy dad, a hammock and blanket set is sure to please without breaking the bank. This set from Bespoke Post includes a heavy-duty nylon hammock plus a water-, dirt- and odor-resistant travel blanket that’ll double as a picnic blanket for excursions to the park with baby.
Buy it: Bespoke Post Retreat Box, $55, BespokePost.com
Illustrated pint glasses
Adjusting to parenthood is no mean feat—help the new dad in your life see the funny side with these hilarious glasses that celebrate the “sport” of parenting. The set of four glasses, illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist Kendra Allenby, depict the trials and tribulations of everyday family life.
Buy it: Uncommon Goods Parenting Championship Pint Glasses, $35, UncommonGoods.com
If the papa in your life is passionate about fresh produce but doesn’t have time (or space) to grow his own, he’ll be overjoyed to receive this low-maintenance smart garden. Choose from over 60 pre-seeded plant pots and set up a herb garden in three simple steps: insert the plant pods, add water, plug it in and enjoy. Talk about blooming-good first Father’s Day gifts!
Buy it: Click and Grow The “I’ll try anything once” Kit, $124, ClickandGrow.com
Portable pizza oven
You’re probably going out to eat a bit less these days, but that doesn’t mean Dad should have to settle for mediocre pizza. This portable oven replicates a professional wood-fired brick oven and can cook pies to perfection in only 15 minutes.
Buy it: Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven, $400, Amazon.com
While every Father’s Day is special, the first one is particularly important. Whether you want those first Father’s Day gifts to come from you or baby, we’ve got budget-friendly options that’ll mark the milestone in a meaningful way.
One of the best first Father’s Day gifts, hands-down? Coffee–the perfect pick-me-up for new parents. Blue Bottle Coffee offers an affordable subscription service, so he can relax knowing the house is always fully stocked. Choose the coffee, delivery frequency and the number of shipments you want.
Buy it: Blue Bottle Coffee Gift Subscription, starting from $22, BlueBottleCoffee.com
Beer bottle labels
For a unique first Father’s Day gift, present him with a few bottles of his favorite brew, wrapped in these special labels. From his first dirty diaper change to the first time baby spits up on him, there’ll be a beer waiting in the fridge to mark the milestone.
Buy it: Paprika Paperie First Time Dad Beer Bottle Labels, starting from $12, Etsy.com
A common new parent struggle: finishing that much-needed cup of coffee before it gets cold. This double-insulated (and dishwasher-safe!) oversized mug traps heat so Dad’s coffee will stay warm for longer.
Buy it: Yeti Rambler Mug 14 oz, $25, Backcountry.com
Affordable Father’s Day gifts for new dads can still pack a punch. Case in point: This four-piece hot sauce set from the cult-brand TRUFF. Dads that douse every meal with hot sauce are sure to appreciate the handy travel-sized bottles—the perfect accompaniment for meals on the go.
Buy it: TRUFF Mini TRUFF Hotter Sauce, $26, TRUFF.com
Book of quotes
Sports fans will be delighted with this motivational Father’s Day gift for new dads. The playbook, designed for rookie parents, is jam-packed with advice, quotes and insights from dozens of leading sports coaches that’ll put some pep into any new father’s step.
Buy it: Uncommon Goods Dad’s Playbook, $13, UncommonGoods.com
What better way to honor a new dad than with a first Father’s Day gift celebrating his love for baby? This framed set of photos can be personalized with a date and your child’s name, and you can choose the frame color, mating and type of glass to boot.
Buy it: Minted Elegant Simplicity Custom Photo Art, starting from $24, Minted.com
New dad mug
This mug is an ideal gift for the father who’s eager to announce his new dad status—and is in desperate need of caffeine. Bonus: It also features a customized illustration of your growing family.
Buy it: Her2ndChance First Father’s Day Customizable Coffee Mug, starting from $20, Etsy.com
T-shirt and onesie set
When it comes to funny first Father’s Day gifts, what’s more apropos than Dad matching his outfit (and go-to-beverage) with baby?
Buy it: Tstars Pint & Half Pint Baby Bodysuit and Men’s Shirt Matching Set Father & Child Outfit, starting from $16, Amazon.com
Socks are a classic gift for dads, but that doesn’t mean you should buy him any old pair. As it’s his very first Father’s Day gift, treat him to this funky, pop art-inspired gift set from Happy Socks.
Buy it: Happy Socks The Pop Art Gift Box 2-Pack, $28, HappySocks.com
Custom photo frame
If you’re looking for a memento of the newborn days, this frame would make a wonderful first Father’s Day gift. It’s fully customizable: Choose your preferred background and wording, then add the name of Dad and baby plus the year for a truly special family keepsake.
Buy it: PeachwikDecor Happy First Father’s Day Frame, $29, Etsy.com
If the new dad in your life is a big fan of “The Rock,” this is the funny first Father’s Day card for you. Purchase a blank card or add a custom message and have it shipped straight to their door.
Buy it: The Good Snail Dad, You Rock, $6, TheGoodSnail.com
A hip pack
Guys that prefer to travel light will be smitten with this trendy fanny pack (seriously, they’re having a moment) from The North Face. It has a key fob loop, plenty of pockets and holds up to 3 liters in capacity—meaning he’ll have plenty of room for his keys, phone and a spare diaper (of course!).
Buy it: The North Face Explore Hip Pack, $30, TheNorthFace.com
Dad survival guide
Help your partner feel ready for his new parenting role with The New Dad’s Guide to Baby’s First Year—a must-have book that offers fast, fun and helpful tips to ace fatherhood.
Buy it: We’re Parents! The New Dad’s Guide to Baby’s First Year: Everything You Need to Know to Survive and Thrive by Adrian Kulp, $11, Amazon.com
Sure, there are loads of shoppable first Father’s Day gifts that Dad will love, but perhaps the most meaningful gifts are those you (and baby) make with your very own hands. DIY Father’s Day gifts are the perfect presents for new dads—all that’s required is time, imagination and a little bit of love.
Breakfast in bed
Even if it’s just cereal in a bowl and freshly poured OJ, breakfast in bed never gets old (but you get bonus points for bacon).
Decorated gardening gloves
A DIY first Father’s Day gift that’s also practical? Gardening gloves, embellished with the handprints of Daddy’s favorite little gardener-in-training. All you need is a pair of gardening gloves and a different color of paint for each child.
Another DIY Father’s Day gift for new dads that involves paint: a handprint platter. It could be Dad’s grill plate or just a general cooking platter. Whatever he uses it for, it’s sure to be the only plate he cooks with.
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