During pregnancy, a lot of focus is on the expectant mother, but dads deserve their moment in the spotlight too. Becoming a dad is exciting, but it can be overwhelming and have a steep learning curve.
Finding gifts for a new dad can help them through the newborn stage. Perhaps it’s a diaper duty bundle or a whiskey glass for those rough nights.
What gift will best suit the new dad in your life? We’ll give you some inspiration and ideas.
Finding Great Gifts for New Dads
Make a List
Start by making a list of all the things the new dad likes, enjoys or finds interesting. It doesn’t matter how long the list is. Brainstorm each point, and think of an item that would go with it.
That may be enough to help you nail down a gift the dad will love. If not, try the other tips we mention.
Look to the past — is there something from their childhood you can recreate? Maybe a baby photo you can get copied onto a mug with personalized writing?
Gifts that bring out emotions are always a hit with new parents. We’re already high on a blend of stress, exhaustion, and overwhelming love (1).
What Do They Need?
This list can be long — think about a gift that’ll help them through the newborn stage. This could be a diaper kit, a manly-looking diaper bag, or a helpful book.
Try a Gag Gift
Gag gifts, like a hilarious dad joke book, work well for new fathers. If the new dad has a good sense of humor, you can take this idea in any direction. You might be able to find funny dad and baby outfits.
The Best Gifts for New Dads of 2020
We conducted an exhaustive search to find the best 30 gifts for new dads. Some are useful, some sentimental, and others are fun.
1. Est. 2019 Whiskey Glasses
For the new dad who loves a glass of whiskey, this personalized glass from 1st Legal may be a hit. It’s an old-fashioned glass with “Dad, est. 2019” engraved into it.
The glass can hold 10.25 ounces and is dishwasher safe. You can customize the writing to suit the new dad by changing the date.
2. Willow Tree New Dad
If you’re looking for something with a sentimental touch, we highly recommend this wooden figure. It’s handmade and displays a new dad holding his new baby. It’s a good pick for display at his office or at home.
The figure expresses love, courage, closeness, and healing. Measuring just 6 inches in height, it fits well in almost all settings. It arrives in a box with an enclosure card that says, “In awe and wonder of what’s to come.”
3. HSD Diaper Bag Backpack for Dad
The outside pocket is specially designed to hold standard baby wipe packets. It allows easy access while still concealing it. At the bottom, there are more pockets for small essentials like pacifiers, phones, keys, and more.
You can also easily mount the bag onto a stroller, thanks to the stroller straps. The bag is available in several colors and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
4. Why a Daughter Needs a Dad
For the dad who’s expecting a girl, this book should be cherished. Why a Daughter Needs a Dad will be a book dad and daughter can look back on in the future. The book is full of charming and heartwarming illustrations and rhymes.
It’s a picture book displaying a touching story, showing all the ways a dad helps his daughter grow. Once your daughter is older, it will remind her of the special bond she has with her dad.
5. Blue Q Men's Novelty Crew Socks
For the coolest dad-to-be, we found these funny socks from Blue Q. They’re made from a blend of nylon, cotton, and spandex, giving them a good texture that fits well on the feet. They’ll fit men’s shoe sizes from 7 to 12.
6. A Daily Dose of Dad Jokes
You can’t be a dad without cheesy dad jokes — they’re some of the funniest. This book is packed with 365 dad jokes, which the expectant father can read every day.
The jokes include some of the best groan-inducing puns, one-liners, quips, and made-up stories. It’s one of the funniest books we were able to find.
7. Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife
Whether the new dad is handy or outdoorsy, a Swiss Army knife is always useful. This Victorinox pocket knife has all the functions needed. This includes a 1.25-inch blade, scissors, tweezers, toothpick, nail file, and screwdriver — it’s ready for any adventure.
It’s durable, too, made from stainless steel and is encased in polished ABS scales. There are many colors to choose from, including a sapphire one we love. The knife is small enough to be a key chain and weighs a mere 0.75 ounces.
8. Whiskey Decanter Globe Set
For the dads who like a little class, consider this hand-blown whiskey decanter dispenser by Godinger. It features an etched globe with a ship within the bottle — it’s an eye-catching piece that makes a bold statement. Just keep the drinking for when the baby’s asleep.
The dispenser can be used for other beverages, as well, while still having that stylish feel. Along with the decanter, you’ll receive two matching whiskey glasses.
9. Drinking for Three
A fun way to announce your pregnancy with your partner is to have him wear a laugh-inspiring t-shirt like this one. It’s a gray shirt with a phrase that says, “She’s Eating For Two, I’m Drinking For Three.”
It’s made in the U.S., by artists and printers from Michigan. The fabric is 90 percent jersey knit, making it soft and comfy to wear. It’s available in several sizes, suitable for small and large men.
Life as a new dad can get hectic, especially if you’ve taken on cooking and diaper duty. This instant pot incorporates elements from seven appliances by combining them into one ultimate kitchen tool. It works as a pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, and warmer.
It saves a lot of time and cleaning. With more than 10 safety features, including overheat protection and safety lid lock, it will take some of the worry out of cooking when you’re caring for a baby.
Because life with a newborn can get hectic, sometimes we need a little help from technology. Smartwatches are fantastic at keeping our lives on track, and what’s better than an Apple Watch? With this, the new dad can get everything done without taking his phone out of the pocket.
The watch comes with a built-in GPS and cellular as well as an optical heart sensor. It lasts up to 18 hours between charges, so dad can keep his focus on the little one. He can answer calls and watch text messages while still having both hands free.
Becoming a first-time dad begins with the positive pregnancy test, and this book will guide any dad-to-be through it all. It teaches an important point — that being a great dad doesn’t mean you have to be perfect. This book discusses everything prenatal — from what happens in the belly to helping the mother create a birthing plan.
It features in-depth suggestions on how to offer good support and what needs to be prepared for the baby’s arrival. It’s a big help for the expectant dad who feels a little unsure about the process.
Babies grow fast, and it’s not easy for the new dad to watch his precious newborn get so big. To remember those newborn days, this hand and footprint kit can help make a lasting memory of those tiny tootsies.
The kit includes baby-safe, non-toxic clay, a roller, double-sided tape, table stand, wall brackets, and a stencil kit. There’s also a photo frame for newborn pictures or a photo with the new dad and baby.
For the dad who likes some bling on his arm, this titanium bracelet may be a good choice. It’s made for dads, with “Dad” engraved on the front, and on the back, it says, “Best Dad Ever.”
The bracelet is made from pure titanium and is coated in a black IP plating. It measures approximately 8.5 inches in length and is 0.47 inches wide. It also comes with a size adjusting tool to find the perfect fit.
When dad is out and about with his new buddy, a baby carrier is a godsend. It keeps the baby safe and close, while dad has both hands free.
This carrier from Infantino can grow with the little one. It can carry the baby in four ways, and is suitable for newborns and beyond, up to 32 pounds. It provides ample support for infants, and there’s a 2-in-1 bib for keeping clothes safe from spit ups.
The New Dad’s Playbook is a dad-to-be guide to pregnancy and the first months with an infant. It lays out all the information, creating a football “game plan” for when the baby arrives. The pre-season is pregnancy, the Super Bowl is the birth, and post-season is after baby.
The book tells it like it is. It talks about what women are going through during this time and what men should expect. It also helps the dad-to-be understand what to do when something unexpected occurs.
Let this gift be just for dad and the new baby. It’s two small photo frames that are attached and open like a book. On the left side, there’s a poem for dad, and on the other, it can hold a 4-inch by 6-inch photo.
The poem is sweet and will make a sentimental gift, which you can all look back on and cherish. Each frame has a glass front with a brushed silver cover.
How does a new dad survive diaper duty? With the best diaper duty device. This set from Big Dot of Happiness has included everything dad needs for changing a baby’s diaper.
This tool belt or fanny pack comes with pockets for diapers, wipes, baby lotion, and powder. There’s also room for baby shampoo and wash. To protect the dad on duty, you’ll find plastic tongs and safety glasses.
To protect dad’s phone, this case from OtterBox is worth a look. It’s compatible with iPhone 8 and 7, but not the Plus series.
It’s a heavy-duty casing, made from polycarbonate. It offers three layers of defense — an outer and inner shell, plus a screen protector. Included is also a belt clip holster, which doubles as a kickstand.
It will come in handy when the dad is constantly using his phone to snap adorable baby pictures.
Don’t worry about forgetting to lock the doors — this alarm system from Ring does all the thinking. The Ring Alarm allows the new dad to control the whole-home security system from his smartphone. It sends alerts about open windows and doors or motion detection.
It’s easy to set up and gives some peace of mind during those tiring newborn days. The system is also compatible with Alexa.
Coffee is a new parent’s best friend, and now the new dad can have it to go. This travel mug from Contigo features Autoseal Technology, making it both leak and spill-proof.
It will keep the contents hot for up to five hours or cold for 12 hours with its Thermalock Vacuum insulation.
This onesie is made from 100 percent cotton and is the ideal solution for a dad’s onesie confusion. It includes directions as to where the arms and legs go. Then at the center, it says, “You Can Do This Dad.”
It’s available in colors suited for both girls and boys.
For the dad who’s ready to take on diaper duty, we found this full-sized, soil-resistant apron. It’s a bit of a gag gift, but it should be a hit, particularly at joint baby showers.
With the apron, you’ll get rubber gloves, disposable diapers, and colorful clothespins.
Just because there’s a baby, it doesn’t mean that dads should entirely give up their beer. With this opener, the new dad can crack open a cold one while holding the baby with the other hand.
It’s made of anodized aluminum, making it magnetic, so they can hang it on the fridge.
It never seems to fail — when dad is running on low, baby’s energy is high. This set of a matching t-shirt and onesie is incredibly cute and funny. The material is soft and stretchy, and the print expresses how it is to be a new dad.
This Shh… I’m Watching The Game With Dad onesie for a newborn is great for new dads who love sports and want to share that with their baby. It’s made of 100 percent cotton and is mild for the skin.
The onesie is available in white, suitable for any gender. It comes in various sizes and goes up to 18 months.
For the new dad who’s feeling attached to his baby, this t-shirt is quite fitting. It features a pouch at the front to carry a newborn, much like a kangaroo. The pouch has head support, which keeps your little one safely in the pocket.
Tile Mate will help new, sleep-deprived dads never lose their keys or phone again. The pack consists of four small tiles, which they can attach to easily mislaid objects.
Connect to the app, and they’ll be able to locate the missing items. It’s also compatible with Alexa.
This massage roller can provide instant relief to tired and sore dads. It’s made of plastic and measures 18 inches in length.
There are four independently spinning tubes and sure-grip handles that can perform deep tissue massages and relieve tightness and stress. It’ll feel great on a dad’s muscles after a long day of holding and carrying a baby around.
To ensure a dad’s phone never dies, this charge dock from iBolt is fantastic. It’s an Apple MFI certified charger compatible with iPhone XS, XS Max, X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 6, 6 Plus, SE and iPhone 5. They can place it in the car to charge on the go.
Becoming a parent is exciting, although we tend to forget what new dads go through. Showing how much we appreciate them, and not just the baby’s mama, is an awesome idea. However, when trying to find a suitable gift for new dads, you’ve got a vast selection to choose from.
We recommend making a list, narrowing it down, and deciding which direction to take it. Should the gift be useful, meaningful, or just funny? We hope we’ve given you some inspiration today when it comes to honoring the new dad you know.