The Best Gifts for New Dads to Suit Any Budget

Practical, sentimental or funny—take your pick. These new dad gifts are sure to be a hit.
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By Martina Garvey, Associate E-Commerce Editor
Updated November 14, 2022
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During pregnancy, moms tend to get a lot of attention, including a literal shower of gifts. But new dads deserve the spotlight and some major love too. No doubt, he’ll appreciate a thoughtful gift to celebrate his first foray into fatherhood.

The best gifts for new dads can be practical presents to help him navigate the early days of parenthood, sweet keepsakes to mark this major life event or even luxury gifts that appeal to his unique sense of style. Whether you’re shopping for a first Father’s Day gift, a birthday, holiday present or just want to send him a little something to celebrate the new arrival, there are options to suit every type of event and father-to-be. Unsure of where to begin your search? We’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up the best new dad gifts that are sure to hit the right note.

New dad gift box

Bump Boxes The Dad Box
Bump Boxes The New Dad Gift Box
Image: Bump Boxes

The best dad-to-be gifts help him get excited for baby’s imminent arrival. And Bump Boxes special new father edition does just that. Filled with men's care products and baby essentials, Daddy will have everything he needs to rock his new role.

Babywearing hoodie

Seraphine Men’s Hoodie with Baby Pouch
Seraphine Men’s Hoodie with Baby Pouch New Dad Gift
Image: Seraphine
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Seraphine | $125

Babywearing works wonders for lots of families—it keeps baby close and your arms free. Dads that like to stay cozy while wearing a baby carrier without the added bulk of a jacket will be delighted with this gift. On its own, it’s a sporty men’s hoodie. But add the zip-on pouch, designed to fit comfortably over a carrier, and it’s a way for Dad to keep warm while on the go. First-time dad gifts that help him bond with baby? Yes, please.

Personalized book

Wonderbly I Love Daddy This Much
Wonderbly I Love Daddy This Much New Dad Gift Book
Image: Wonderbly
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Wonderbly | $39.99

Customized gifts for new dads are extra special. That’s why we’re besotted with this personalized storybook by Wonderbly. Add up to four names to this precious tale, told from the perspective of a child explaining just how much they love their Daddy. He can read it to baby at bedtime for years to come.

Hiking carrier

Osprey Poco LT Child Carrier
Osprey Poco LT Child Carrier for New Dads
Image: Osprey

The best gifts for new dads play to their interests. So if you’re shopping for an outdoorsy dad, why not treat him to a sturdy child carrier, so he can share his passion for hiking with his kid? This fold-away style from Osprey is suitable for a range of activities, comes with a built-in UPF 50 sunshade and can be adjusted to suit all body types. Bonus: It weighs just 5 lbs., making it one of the lightest structured carriers on the market.

Towel bundle

Parachute Classic Turkish Cotton Towels
Parachute Classic Turkish Cotton Towels
Image: Parachute

Parachute is known for making some of the softest sheets and linens around, and these luxurious, quick-drying, 100 percent Turkish cotton towels are no exception. It’s the perfect gift for new dads to wrap around themselves after unwinding with a long hot shower.

New dad gameplan

The New Dad's Playbook: Gearing Up for the Biggest Game of Your Life by Benjamin Watson
The New Dad's Playbook
Image: Barnes and Noble

First-time parents have a lot to learn. Fortunately, Super Bowl champion Benjamin Watson is here to help. Written with dads in mind, The New Dad’s Playbook has tips on how to navigate those early days of fatherhood—from pregnancy (pre-season) to birth (competition time) and bringing baby home (post-season). It’s a winner in our book!

Hoodie with plenty of pockets

The Dad Hoodie
The Dad Hoodie First Father's Day Gift
Image: The Dad Hoodie

Introducing the best gift for new dads that like to be prepared: The Dad Hoodie. The super-soft sweatshirt has a breathable mesh lining and built-in pockets to hold must-have parenting gear, including baby bottles!

“I love Dad” onesie

Finn & Emma Graphic Bodysuit
Finn & Emma I Love Dad Graphic Bodysuit
Image: Finn & Emma
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Finn & Emma | $22

Okay, so technically this is a present for baby, but a first-time father is sure to well up when he sees his little one wearing this onesie that reads: “I love Dad.” Trust us, sentimental gifts for new or expecting dads don’t get better than this.

Lounge pants

Tommy John Second Skin Lounge Pants
Tommy John Second Skin Lounge Pants New Dad Gifts
Image: Tommy John

Some of the best new father gifts are ones they won’t want to stop using, and loungewear definitely fits the bill. After all, having a new baby means spending way more time at home. This pair of sleep pants by Tommy John are supremely soft and silky, plus the non-pilling modal fabric will withstand the test of time.

Dad jokes

Uncommon Goods Word Teasers Dad Jokes
Uncommon Goods Word Teasers Dad Jokes
Image: Uncommonn Goods

Help Dad brush up on his parenting-based comedy routine with this bumper box of dad jokes. Yes, they may be cringe-worthy—but puns and one-liners are part of every parent's playbook.

Instant camera

Polaroid Now+ Gift Set
Polaroid Now+ Gift Set
Image: Polaroid
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Polaroid | $174.99

New parents with a passion for photography will be delighted with this polaroid camera gift set. The vintage-style model boasts a simple point-and-shoot design that’ll allow him to capture treasured family moments in an instant.

Sports archive

The New York Times Custom Sports Book
The New York Times Custom Sports Book
Image: Uncommon Goods

Is Pops a mega football fan? Huddle up and enjoy this sporty gift for new dads. The personalized book is filled with reprinted coverage from The New York Times sports journalism archive, documenting the history of his favorite NFL team.

Sleep mask

Infinity Pillow Bamboo Sleep Mask 2
Infinity Pillow Bamboo Sleep Mask
Image: Infinity Pillow

The ultimate gift for new dads? An uninterrupted night of sleep, of course. While we can’t guarantee he’ll get a full eight hours of shut-eye, this sleep mask will definitely help matters. It’s made from a cloud-soft bamboo fabric that’s breathable and gentle on skin. Plus, the 360 wraparound design fully blocks out light and reduces ambient noise.

Beer subscription

Craft Beer Club
Craft Beer Club Subscription
Image: Craft Beer Club

Another great gift for new dads? A craft beer subscription, of course! Each monthly box showcases two breweries from different regions in the US, and includes four types of beer, plus beer tasting notes and bonus swag.

Indoor-outdoor slippers

The North Face ThermoBall Traction Water Resistant Slipper

If Dad bundled up baby and got to the car only to realize he’s still in his slippers, he wouldn’t be the first—which is why outdoor slippers make for excellent new dad gifts. This pair by The North Face has a durable ripstop upper and treaded rubber soles, meaning they can be worn indoors and out.

UV sanitizer

PhoneSoap 3 UV Phone Sanitizer & Charger
PhoneSoap 3 Smartphone UV Sanitizer
Image: PhoneSoap

Now more than ever, it’s important to keep everyday objects clean and sanitized. And while we won’t go into just how many germs are lingering on phones, we’ll simply recommend this innovative and compact smartphone charger as a great gift for new dads. It zaps away 99.99 percent of germs, acts as a charger and also works as an amplifier.

Memory book

The Met Store Baby Book: A Special Book of Memories and Milestones
The Met Store Baby Book: A Special Book of Memories and Milestones
Image: The Met Store
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Met Museum | $35

Artsy parents will adore this unique memory book that can be used to document all of baby’s milestones. The front cover and interior pages feature artwork inspired by a woodblock-printed book from Japan's Edo period—how cool!

Photo printer

Kodak Step Instant Mobile Photo Printer
Kodak Step Instant Mobile Photo Printer
Image: Kodak Photo Plus

We’re all guilty of taking photos on our phone that we never do anything with. A printer that can whip out high-quality photos straight from a smartphone is one of the most thoughtful first-time dad gifts.

Bottle warmer

Baby Brezza Bottle Warmer
Baby Brezza Safe + Smart Baby Bottle Warmer
Image: Amazon

If Dad plans on tackling those 3 a.m. feeds, this nifty device is sure to come in clutch. The Best of Baby award-winning bottle warmer has two warming modes and can be operated remotely from a smartphone. Genius!

Custom keychain

Lovey la Vie Daddy Keychain
Lovey la Vie Daddy Keychain
Image: LoveylaVie | Etsy

Searching for sentimental gifts for expecting dads? Check out this custom keychain from Etsy. Add your ultrasound image plus a sweet message on the back for a truly heartwarming present he’ll treasure forever.

Coffee subscription

Atlas Coffee Club
Atlas Coffee Club Starter Pack Last Minute Gift
Image: Atlas Coffee Club

Get Papa’s caffeine fix delivered straight to his home with Atlas Coffee Club. Each month he’ll receive 12 ounces of freshly-roasted coffee from a micro-lot and a postcard from the country of origin, plus flavor notes and brewing tips.


Promptly Childhood History Journal
Promptly Childhood History Journal
Image: Promptly
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Promptly | $36

This beautiful, linen-bound journal, makes it easy to record your child’s major milestones. It spans their entire childhood (from 0 to 18) and is filled with helpful writing prompts for parents. Talk about a thoughtful new dad gift!

Water bottle

Hydro Flask 32-Ounce Wide Mouth Cap Water Bottle
Hydro Flask 32-Ounce Wide Mouth Cap Water Bottle
Image: Hydro Flask

Parenting is thirsty work, which is why a water bottle makes a great gift for new dads.This pick is big enough to keep him hydrated throughout the day and is dishwasher-safe. The best part? The insulated bottle keeps drinks ice cold for up to 24 hours.

Car organizer

SkipHop Style Driven Car Backseat Organizer
SkipHop Style Driven Car Backseat Organizer
Image: SkipHop
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SkipHop | $22.10

Men that pride themselves on a tidy car will appreciate this backseat organizer. Perfectly sized to securely fit behind most front seats, this car organizer is as smart as it looks. It has a spot for everything you need to hit the road with baby, including two insulated bottle pockets, a toy clip and a clear slip pocket that holds a tablet for hands-free entertainment.

Daddy-and-me outfits

Threadrock Full and Low Battery Infant Bodysuit & Men's T-Shirt Matching Set
Threadrock Full and Low Battery Infant Bodysuit & Men’s T-Shirt Matching Set New Dad Gift
Image: Threadrock
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Etsy | $24.95

For first-time dad gifts with a sense of humor, you can’t go wrong with a funny matching shirt set. These battery-charged, battery-drained T-shirts say it all. Made of 100 percent cotton, they’ll keep them comfy, even when Dad’s ready for bed and his mini is raring to go.

Weighted robe

Gravity Fleece Weighted Robe
Gravity X Modernist Fleece Weighted Robe
Image: Gravity Blankets

Gravity blankets have received a lot of buzz over the last few years for their stress-reducing and sleep-promoting benefits. Less anxiety and more shut-eye? No wonder we think the cozy robe version is one of the best gifts for new dads. The weighted collar is designed to reduce stress and boost calmness—just what first-time dads need.

Travel mug

Yeti Rambler 14 oz Mug
YETI Rambler 14 oz Mug with Magslider Lid
Image: Yeti

Coffee is the elixir of life for sleep-deprived new parents, so any new dad gifts that make it easier to enjoy a morning beverage are pure genius. Case in point: This stainless steel, dishwasher-safe travel mug, which uses double-wall vacuum insulation to keep drinks warm. So even if he gets distracted by baby’s cries, a warm cup of joe will always be waiting for him.

Keys Finder and Item Locator

Tile Pro
Tile Pro Keys Finder and Item Locator
Image: Tile
Buying Options
Amazon | $24.99

It happens to the best of dads: He’s ready to walk out the door, thinking, “we’re going to get to the pediatrician on time for once,” and then, uh-oh, he can’t find his keys. (Or phone. Or wallet.) The dilemma is real, but the solution is easy. Clip the Tile Pro to your phone, keys or other objects, and use the Tile app to call and locate what you’re looking for. New dad gifts that help him find his stuff? Priceless!

Portable speaker

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 Speaker
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 Speaker
Image: Amazon

As experienced dads can tell you, it’s hard to get uninterrupted “me time” with a newborn on the scene. But with this lightweight portable speaker, he can listen to his favorite tunes wherever baby's schedule takes him, whether it’s attached to the stroller for a walk, floating in the tub during bathtime (yes, it’s waterproof!) or outside on the porch while baby’s down for a nap. When it comes to new father gifts, this speaker will be a big hit.

Photo calendar

Artifact Uprising Wood Calendar
Artifact Uprising Wood Calendar
Image: Artifact Uprising

Help a new dad remember what day—or even month it is—with a calendar that doubles as a picture frame. He’ll never get tired of looking at pictures of baby, and you can order a new refill pack each year making it a sustainable gift to boot.

Classic sneakers

Nike Air Force 1 '07 Sneaker
Nike Air Force 1 '07 Sneaker
Image: Nike

Chances are Dad is going to spend a lot of time racing around after baby, especially once they hit the toddler stage. So why not treat him to a new pair of kicks? Nike Air Force 1 sneakers have a classic design that never goes out of style. Plus, the cushioned soles make this shoe incredibly comfortable too.


The Burnt Roseshop DILF Candle
The Burnt Roseshop DILF Candle Gift for New Dads
Image: TheBurntRoseshop | Etsy

Searching for funny gifts for new dads? Check out this cheeky “DILF” candle. The hand-poured soy candle comes in a range of scents including: sandalwood rose, vanilla woods and lavender driftwood.

Smart sleep assistant

Hatch Restore
Hatch Restore
Image: Hatch

Here’s one more sleep-related gift for new dads: The Hatch Restore. This ultra-smart sleep assistant combines a sound machine, meditation app, ambient light and alarm clock into one device. Now the only midnight distraction you’ll have is baby.

Bath soak

Pursoma Unplug Bath Salts
Pursoma Unplug Bath Salts
Image: Maisonette

New moms are often encouraged to take a little “me-time,” but the men in our life deserve a little pampering too. This all-natural bath soak is infused with lemon verbena and French clay, to help relax the mind and rejuvenate the body. As gifts for new dads go, this is a good one.

Baby bag

Paperclip Willow Recycled Ocean Plastic Convertible Backpack Diaper Bag
Paperclip Willow Recycled Ocean Plastic Convertible Backpack Diaper Bag
Image: Courtesy Paperclip
Buying Options
Nordstrom | $199

Every father needs something to haul baby’s stuff in, making a diaper backpack a great gift for new dads. This cool option has a built-in changing station for times when he doesn’t have access to baby changing facilities (it happens). The best part? This man bag is made from recycled plastic bottles, making it an ideal pick for eco-conscious papas. Plus, with a look this sharp, no one will guess he’s packing baby gear.

Diaper changing kit

Safety 1st Oh Sh\*t Kit
Safety 1st Oh Shit Kit
Image: Amazon
Buying Options
Amazon | $26.99

Caring for a newborn can be a messy business. That’s where this comical kit—filled with a pair of disposable gloves, hand sanitizer, a face mask, a spare diaper and changing pads—comes in. It’s the perfect fallback plan for folks that like to be prepared. Funny gifts for first-time dads that are practical to boot? Win-win.

Baby carrier

Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier
Ergobaby Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh
Image: Ergobaby

Getting out of the house with baby in tow is no walk in the park. Aside from toys, snacks and a spare outfit, he’ll need something to transport baby in. While a stroller is best for longer journeys, a baby carrier is great if you want to travel light (relatively speaking, of course). The Omni 360 by Ergobaby can be used from week one to 48 months and offers a perfect fit for all parents. Talk about a practical gift for new dads!


'Ooni: Cooking with Fire' Cookbook

Ooni pizza ovens are the stuff of legend, but you don’t need fancy equipment to enjoy this cookbook. It’s packed full of inspiration for outdoor cooking over an open fire. From pizza to grilled fish and freshly baked bread, this recipe collection is a new dad gift that’ll make his mouth water.

Phone holder

Courant Mag 2 Essentials
Courant Mag 2 Essentials
Image: Courant

A new dad is likely using his phone even more these days—as a baby monitor, noise machine, feeding tracker and more—so a wireless power bank is one of the most practical first-time dad gifts. This one functions as a stand and even has a spot to charge your AirPods on the base.

Custom portrait

VINUSLLC New Dad Portrait
VINUSLLC New Dad Portrait
Image: VINUSLLC | Etsy

The best gifts for new dads celebrate the parent-baby bond. And this custom portrait certainly fits the bill. Simply send the Etsy seller a family photo and choose between a digital file or a high-quality art print.

Flash cards

Jimmy Fallon Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada Flash Cards
Jimmy Fallon Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada Flash Cards
Image: Amazon

Make sure baby’s first word is “dada” with the help of this cute flash card set. The double-sided flash cards feature adorable illustrations of daddy and baby cows, sheep, ducks, frogs and more.

Keepsake tray

Knox Keepsakes Valet Tray for Dad
Knox Keepsakes Valet Tray for Dad
Image: KnoxKeepsakes | Etsy

This laser engraved keepsake tray makes the perfect gift for new dads. The faux leather piece has a sweet message and can be personalized with your little one’s name.


Ray Ban Standard Classic Wayfarer 50mm Polarized Sunglasses
Ray Ban Standard Classic Wayfarer 50mm Polarized Sunglasses
Image: Ray Ban

Sleepless nights go hand-and-hand with parenthood. While under-eye bags are pretty much unavoidable, new dads can cover them up with a super-cool pair of shades. Ray Ban Wayfarers are a classic unisex style that never falls out of fashion.

Bottle holder

Ingenuity Bokee Baby Bottle Holder
Ingenuity Bokee Baby Bottle Holder
Image: Amazon
Buying Options
Amazon | $14.99

Next up is a gift for new dads created by two fathers: The Bokee Baby Bottle Holder. This ingenious device makes one-handed bottle prep possible. The silicone holder suctions onto any flat surface and allows you to nestle baby’s bottle inside.

Foam roller

Lululemon Double Roller Mini
Lululemon Double Roller Mini
Image: Lululemon
Buying Options
Lululemon | $38

We’re not going to lie and say that life with a newborn won’t be stressful. Thankfully, a massage roller can help work out aches and pains. This two-in-one tool has an internal roller to release tension in your back and an external roller designed to massage your arms and legs.

Sound machine

Baby Shusher: The Sleep Miracle
Baby Shusher: The Sleep Miracle
Image: buybuyBABY

Save his voice (and his sanity) with this clever sound machine. Unlike other options on the market, the Baby Shusher uses a real human voice to lull baby back to sleep. A celebrity favorite, this soother is one of the best gifts for new dads.

Soap set

Duke Cannon Victory Box
Duke Cannon Victory Box
Image: Duke Cannon
Buying Options
Duke Cannon | $78

Shopping for an old-fashioned gentleman? Treat him to this vintage-inspired set of self-care goodies. Inside a neatly packaged ammunition tin he’ll find a solid cologne, hand salve and three different types of soap scented with oak, sandalwood and seagrass.


Sense Gifts Store Cool Dads Club Sweatshirt
Sense Gifts Store Cool Dads Club Sweatshirt
Image: SenseGiftsStore | Etsy
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Etsy | $27.07

He’s not a regular dad, he’s a cool dad—at least, he will be with this sweatshirt. Made from a soft cotton blend, this sweater boasts a slightly oversized fit and bold, colorful text.

Acupressure mat and pillow

WTHN Acupressure Mat Set
WTHN Acupressure Mat Set
Image: Nordstrom
Buying Options
Nordstrom | $78

New or expectant dads that struggle with back pain will thank you for this acupressure set. It includes a memory foam mat and pillow covered in discs that stimulate the body’s pressure points.

Kid-proof underwear

Fridababy FridaBalls Kid-Proof Underwear
Image: Fridababy
Buying Options
Frida | $27.99

In the midst of all the joyous first-time dad moments, there are painful ones too. And we’re not speaking metaphorically. Baby head butts and toddler kicks can all pose risks to the family jewels. So as hilarious as these boxer briefs are, this gift for new dads just may come in handy.l. Each pair of these FridaBalls boxer briefs is made with a reinforced protective pouch to soften the blows.

Outdoor rocking chair

GCI Outdoor FirePit Rocker Low Rocking Chair & Outdoor Camping Chair

A nursery glider is every parent’s new BFF, and now you can keep the good times rolling with this camping chair. It has a sturdy steel frame and gently rocks back-and-forth, plus it folds flat for easy storage. Trust us, it’ll be happy campers all around with this new dad gift.

Pen knife

Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Classic Colors
Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Classic Colors
Image: Swiss Army
Buying Options
Swiss Army | $21.99

When you have a little kid, one thing is certain: Anything can happen. Guys who pride themselves on being prepared will love having a Swiss Army Knife on hand. It’s a multi-purpose tool with seven functions, including tweezers, scissors and a screwdriver. And with all the newborn gear to unbox and assemble, it’s a dad-to-be gift that’s sure to get plenty of use.

Smart watch

Apple Watch Series 3 GPS
Apple Watch Series 3 GPS
Image: Walmart
Buying Options
Walmart | $199

Sure, the Apple Watch Series 3 offers daily motivational tips, a heart and stress monitor and even sleep tracking (for that time in the misty future when sleep is part of Dad’s life again). But what makes this smart watch a standout is the fact that it’s water-resistant, so he can wear it on trips to the beach or pool. Plus, he’ll also be able to automatically sync his favorite playlists via Apple Music, meaning he can play the one song that magically lulls baby to sleep, anytime, anywhere.

Phone case

Otterbox Defender Series Case
Otterbox Defender Series Case
Image: Otterbox
Buying Options
Otterbox | $59.95

Dad will need his phone more than ever—and protecting it will be harder than ever. (Nothing fascinates an inquisitive baby quite like a phone.) That’s why protective phone cases are great new dad gifts. The Otterbox Defender Series Case protects phones in three ways—with an inner shell, an outer cover and a touch-screen protector. Because babies become mischievous toddlers quicker than he can say, “Honey, have you seen my phone?”

Dog tag necklace

Isabelle Grace Men’s Tall Tags Necklace
Isabelle Grace Men’s Tall Tags Necklace
Image: Isabelle Grace Jewelry

These dog tags by Isabelle Grace make one of the best gifts for new dads. The handmade sterling silver charm is personalized on the front and back with baby’s name and birthday, and texturized for an edgy, modern look. You can order it on a chain or leather cord.

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