55 First Father’s Day Gifts That Will Make Him Smile
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 options 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 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 plates. 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-rated picks. Pro tip: For added “aw-factor,” address the gifts from baby to Daddy!
Don’t forget, Father’s Day falls on the third Sunday in June. Left your gift hunt to the last moment? Check out our last-minute Father’s Day gift guide for even more shopping inspiration.
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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 beard or is simply too busy as a new dad for frequent shaves, this styling set will help keep his facial hair in check. It comes with a beard wash, conditioner, oil and a styling comb.
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
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
Cool first Father’s Day gift ideas aren’t limited to gadgets and trendy gear. We love this custom, watercolor portrait. Simply send in a family photo, pick your preferred size and choose a color scheme to create a fully personalized work of art.
Buy it: HomeHaps Watercolor Portrait for Dad, starting from $40, Etsy.com
White kicks 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, $110, AllBirds.com
Is Dad perpetually looking for his misplaced car keys? This clever device is the answer to frazzled parents’ prayers. Designed with Bluetooth-tracking technology, the organizer has space for 10 keys and links with the Tile app on your phone. Simply click “find” on the app and the Keysmart will start ringing, helping you track down your keys in no time at all. Bonus: The alert works both ways: by double clicking a button on your Keysmart, you can find your phone too—genius.
Buy it: Keysmart Tile Smart Location Key Organizer, $50, TheGrommet.com
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, $299, Walmart.com
Looking for a cool first Father’s Day gift that’s practical to boot? This backpack is a gamechanger. Made from recycled water bottles, it boasts a simple-yet-stylish design, a padded laptop compartment and a travel-friendly luggage sleeve. The best part? The dad-designed integrated changing station with sidewalls provides privacy and security in restrooms that lack an adequate changing station for baby.
Buy it: Willow Recycled Ocean Plastic Convertible Backpack Diaper Bag, $199, Nordstrom.com
Body care gift set
Hard-working dads need hard-grafting skin care. This sustainable set by The Body Shop includes a moisturizing body butter, a foaming shower oil and a rich hand cream. Presented in a jute gift bag, each product is made using hemp seed oil, which is ultra-hydrating and nourishing.
Buy it: The Body Shop Hydrating & Protecting Hemp Gift Set, $44, TheBodyShop.com
If your man’s got style, trendy sunglasses make a great first Father’s Day gift. And 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, $213, Nordstrom.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
Dad will appreciate the ergonomic design features that went into this first Father’s Day gift. The Nuna CUDL keeps baby snuggled close, with an integrated booster seat for newborns, which easily unzips as your child grows. Other features include adjustable shoulder straps, a padded waist belt and magnetic buckles.
Buy it: Nuna Cudl 4-in-1 Baby Carrier, $220, Nordstrom.com
Retro vibes are back in style. For cool dads who appreciate unbeatable sound quality, this 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
These lightweight, moisture-wicking joggers are perfect for lounging with baby but are just as practical for running errands outside the home. Plus, multiple zip pockets are perfect for storing keys, binkies or whatever else Dad needs close at hand.
Buy it: Vuori Sunday Performance Jogger Sweatpants, $89, Nordstrom.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 bed sheets are lightweight and durable, keeping new parents comfy and cool all night long.
Buy it: Parachute Percale Sheet Set, starting from $129, Parachute.com
Smart speaker and clock
This compact smart speaker plays music, makes calls, displays news headlines, tells the time, sets 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 exhausted parents.
Buy it: Amazon Echo Dot with Clock, $50, Amazon.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
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 Standard Mouth Flex Straw Cap 24oz Water Bottle, $40, UrbanOutfitters.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.
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 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 family photos.
Buy it: Best Dad Collage Puzzle, starting from $33, Shutterfly.com
Make storytime even sweeter 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
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, $180, Fossil.com
What better way to honor a new dad than a first Father’s Day gift celebrating his love for baby? Personalize this framed set of photos with a date plus your child’s name, and then choose the frame color, matting and type of glass to match your decor.
Buy it: Minted Elegant Simplicity Custom Photo Art, starting from $24, Minted.com
How about a wall calendar customized with special dates and occasions? It’s a handy reminder for forgetful dads. Plus, the photos have perforated edges so you can hold on to them to hang elsewhere after each month ends.
Buy it: Artifact Uprising Modern Wall Calendar, starting from $42, ArtifactUprising.com
Is Dad the 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 note.
Buy it: CDShardwoods Grill Master Cutting Board, starting from $40 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 a perfect first Father’s Day gift idea. Provide the date and location, add a personalized message and pick out the color and frame, and Twinkle in Time will take care of the rest.
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
Baby board book
Whether he’s been a dad for a month or 11 months, you probably 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 $45, ArtifactUprising.com
Swanky Badger is home to tons of personalized first Father’s Day gifts. Our top pick? This pocket-size leather journal. Add Dad’s monogram to the front and a meaningful message inside. The compact design boasts a stash pocket in front plus two card slots on the back cover, meaning it functions as a wallet too. With 200 lined pages, Dad’s unlikely to run out of space any time soon, but if he does you can pick up a refill paper pack.
Buy it: Swanky Badger Pocket Journal: Father’s Day, $50, SwankyBadger.com
3D photo art
Immortalize your favorite photo of Dad and baby inside a 3D crystal. Simply choose a size and submit your photo, a devoted designer will take care of the rest. For an extra sentimental touch, you can add an engraving at no additional cost.
Buy it: The 3D Gift Father’s Day Landscape, starting from $99, the3dgift.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 edible arrangements to cooling sheets, these unexpected finds are the perfect surprises for brand-new dads.
An edible arrangement
Here’s a twist on a classic gift—a bouquet of meats presented in a beer glass. This unique first Father’s Day gift comes with eight “stems” of delicious beef jerky.
Buy it: Manly Man Co Beef Jerky Flower Bouquet, $59, ManlyManCo.cm
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 an 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, $160, ClickandGrow.com
For the dad who loves baseball, Uncommon Goods creates 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
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 his name and title (think: World’s Best Daddy) plus the date.
Buy it: Magic Woodshop Personalized Whiskey Decanter, starting at $58, Etsy.com
The best first Father’s Day gift ideas focus on his favorite things. If Dad is a Star Wars mega-fan treat him to these cool PJs along with a matching swaddle set for baby. Cue cute photo opportunities! And, if science-fiction isn’t his thing, Little Sleepies has tons of other daddy-and-me styles.
Buy it: Little Sleepies May the Force Be With You Men’s Short Sleeve Bamboo Viscose Pajama Top, $35, LittleSleepies.com; May the Force Be With You Men’s Bamboo Viscose Pajama Pants, $35, LittleSleepies.com
DIY hot sauce kit
Looking to spice things up for his first Father’s Day? A make-your-own hot sauce kit is the perfect gift idea for new dads. Kids 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, $42, 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, $30, Amazon.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
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. 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 simple 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, depicts the trials and tribulations of everyday family life.
Buy it: Uncommon Goods Parenting Championship Pint Glasses, $38, UncommonGoods.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 gifts to come from you or baby, we’ve got budget-friendly options that’ll mark the milestone in a meaningful way. Here, find books, socks and tasty treats all under $30.
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 pop’s step.
Buy it: Uncommon Goods Dad’s Playbook, $13, UncommonGoods.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 fun, beer-themed gift set from Happy Socks.
Buy it: Happy Socks Beer Socks Gift Box 2-Pack, $26, HappySocks.com
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 $26, BlueBottleCoffee.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 and plenty of pockets—meaning he’ll have sufficient room for his keys, phone and a spare diaper (of course!).
Buy it: The North Face Explore Hip Pack, $30, TheNorthFace.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
Affordable Father’s Day gifts for new dads can still pack a punch. Case in point: This four-piece hot sauce set from 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
This car cleaning caddy is an ideal gift for folks that like to keep their vehicle neat and tidy (no simple feat with a baby on board!). Thanks to adjustable straps it attaches to the back of any headrest, and comes complete with pockets for hand sanitizer, wet wipes and a collapsible trash bag holder.
Buy it: Skip Hop Keep Clean Car Sanitizing Station, $20, SkipHop.com
New dad mug
This mug is an ideal gift for a man that’s eager to announce his new-dad status—and is in desperate need of caffeine. It features a sweet message and 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 favorite beverage) with baby?
Buy it: Tstars Pint & Half Pint Baby Bodysuit and Men’s Shirt Matching Set Father & Child Outfit, starting from $17, Amazon.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, $28, Etsy.com
If the new dad in your life is a big fan of Dwayne The Rock Johnson, 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 Dad’s door.
Buy it: The Good Snail Dad, You Rock, $8, TheGoodSnail.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 warmer for longer.
Buy it: Yeti Rambler 14 oz Mug, $30, Yeti.com
How sweet is this custom keychain? Add a family photo to one side and a sweet message from baby on the reverse. It’s fade-proof, meaning Dad can carry a memento of his first Father’s Day with him forever.
Buy it: Ilove2stamp Custom Daddy Keychain, $20, Etsy.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
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