What are the best new dad gifts? It’s a tricky question

Fathers-to-be and first-time-dads and their partners were likely showered with lots of baby gear: bibs, bassinets, baby monitors, and strollers. However, that doesn’t mean he won’t appreciate something entirely different and left-of-field. First-time dads are stressed out and sleep-deprived, so they could do with something that makes them feel a bit special. The best new dad gifts should then be one of two things: something that serves a practical purpose to make his life a little easier, or something fun and unexpected that can help him relax during his rare free time. With that in mind, here’s a collection of the best gifts for new dads.
Best New Dad Gifts Tactical Baby Gear Tactical Cooler Pouch
The multipurpose cooler pouch keeps milk cold on the go. A spacious interior offers plenty of room for snacks, while dual mesh pockets hold ice packs.
Buy Now $25.99 Areaware Bottle Opener
A quality bottle opener always comes in handy. This one from Areaware, made from sustainably harvested walnut, brings some class to popping the top.
Buy Now $17.36 PAPERCLIP Diaper Bag
This diaper bag has four large zip-up compartments, seven pockets, and a side bottle holder. It’s also made of 51 recycled water bottles. But the real selling point is its unique roll-out changing mat, which unfurls for easy access. It’s one of the best we’ve tested.
Buy Now $175.00 Star Wars The Mandalorian Baby Yoda Pullover Hoodie
Don’t overthink it. He just had a baby. So why not get him this rad sweatshirt featuring the one and only tea-sipping, knob-playing, Yoda-adjacent child?
Buy Now $37.50 Matador Pocket Blanket
This ultra-compact blanket stuffs into a smaller-than-a-smartphone pouch but expands into a 66 x 44-inch waterproof tarp that can fit 2-4 adults. Translation: It’s ideal for trips to the park and even impromptu baby changings.
Buy Now $29.99 ACORN Slipper Sock
A sock that's also a slipper? Perfect for those midnight diaper changes and feedings.
Everlast Leather Non-Weighted Jump Rope
Workouts are harder to schedule for the first year of fatherhood. This classic 8-foot-long jump rope lets him get in a quick workout, anytime.
Buy Now $37.38 Theragun G3 Percussive Therapy Device
Whether from general stress or contorting himself into various positions to accommodate his child, his muscles will likely ache. This device — a favorite of physical therapists and athletes — allows him to relieve pain, release tightness, and stimulate blood flow.
Buy Now $449.00 PHOOZY Thermal Phone Case
This ruggedized phone case not only keeps devices from overheating in the sun, but is water-resistant, splash-proof, and floats if dropped in the water.
Buy Now $29.99 Ember Travel Mug
Coffee is to new parents what diapers are to babies. He'll appreciate this travel coffee mug, which he can control from his phone. It keeps java hot for two hours on a single charge. And he can set his ideal drinking temp, from 120 to 145 degrees.
BUY NOW $149.95 L.L. Bean Boat and Tote
This canvas tote will last forever. No, seriously, it can survive pretty much anything. It can haul up to 500 pounds' worth of baby gear, and you can customize it with a name or initials that mean something to him.
BUY NOW $39.95 YETI Rambler Mug
This insulated mug keeps coffee hot and water cold. Nothing new there. But, as always, Yeti nails the nice touches: It’s made of stainless steel; it’s lid actually locks in place; the handle is wide-enough for even the chubbiest fingers (or gloved hands); and the exterior won’t chip, fade, or scratch.
Leatherman Free T4 Multitool
Consider this multitool a modern version of pocketknives of yore. It has 12 tools (including, yes, tiny scissors, tweezers, a blade and multiple screwdrivers) but, best of all, doesn’t require you to flick the needed tool out with a fingernail. Blades pop-open with a thumb push, while a magnetic closure system keeps everything in its place.
Buy Now $59.95 Bugaboo Stroller Organizer
Fatherhood comes with a lot of stuff. This stroller organizer, compatible with any model, attaches to either the handlebar or behind the seat and provides pockets for everything he needs to bring on daily walks. Outside of the stroller, it converts into a diaper bag tote.
Buy Now $39.95 WizGear Multifunctional Phone Mount
This adjustable mount attaches securely to a stroller's handlebars, fits a variety of phones, and allows dad to watch TV or squeeze in a Facetime with grandma when the baby is asleep in the stroller.
Buy Now $24.99 Anker PowerCore 20100 mAh
Slim enough to slip into a back pocket or briefcase, this portable charger features a 20,100 mAh battery, packs enough juice to refuel a dead iPhone seven times.
Buy Now $45.99 Splendid Cashmere Sweatpants
These are sweatpants made of a cotton-cashmere blend. Yeah, that cashmere. Wear them and even the laziest couch days will feel luxurious.
Buy Now $187.29 Everlane Baseball Cap
He'll have some rough hair days. Nip them in the bud with this sleek baseball cap, which weighs 4.2 ounces and is made of breathable cotton poplin.
BUY NOW $22.00 DadWare Cotton Bondaroo
No, this isn’t a very (very) deep V. The shirt, with its large Velcro opening, is made to seamlessly promote skin-to-skin bonding between father and newborn. It’s also very comfortable.
Buy Now $39.99 MZOO Sleep Eye Mask for Men
This contoured sleep mask effectively blocks out light, so exhausted new dads can grab a few moments of shuteye.
Buy Now $17.99 TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller
Whether he sits all day or is simply sore from the gym, this foam roller can ease his muscles back into shape when he stretches. Just make sure he doesn’t neglect his IT band.
Buy Now $34.95 Nintendo Switch Lite
Fatherhood is stressful and busy, but slipping in a round (or two) of Super Smash Bros. is fine. The new Nintendo Switch Lite is cheaper and lighter than the original, which means fewer bells and whistles. It’s a portable escape from reality.
Buy Now $197.99 Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-aging Facial Mask
Whether he likes to say “self-care or not, this sheet mask is like a cold shower for his face and is ideal for making him look like he actually got sleep last night.
Buy Now $8.49 Wireless Qi-Certified Fast Charger with Mug Warmer
A dead devices are a total buzzkill. So is a lack of needed caffeine. Avoid that at all costs with this charging stand, which ensures he has hot coffee and a fully charged phone. It works with Apple and Android devices.
Buy Now $79.99 Helikon-Tex Urban Line Bandicoot Waist Pack
We get it. Fanny packs seem like hipster paraphernalia. And they are. But even for non-scenesters they also provide a very crucial hands-free benefit. Bandicoot's medium-sized waist pack fits all his everyday essentials.
Buy Now $39.00 Sea Stones on the Rocks
Keep your drinks cold with these six handcrafted chilling stones made from natural granite. The set comes with two monogrammed glasses and a serving tray.
Buy Now $34.99 YETI Hopper SideKick Dry
When he's on the go with the kiddo, he'll appreciate having this YETI waterproof gear case along for the ride.
Buy Now $49.99 Solo Stove Campfire
This smoke-free portable campfire, which you can use in your yard, burns twigs, pinecones, and sticks.
Buy Now $109.99 Native Union Belt Cable
He can charge his Apple devices insanely fast with this cable, which wraps up neatly when he's done.
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom
This portable speaker delivers 13 hours of sound and hooks right up to the stroller.
Buy Now $97.99 Threadrock Taco & Taquito Infant Bodysuit & Men's T-Shirt Matching Set
We're not fans of overly-cute, gimmicky T-shirts, especially T-shirt combos, but this set is actually pretty great. The infant bodysuit is made of 100 percent ringspun cotton, and the men's T-shirt is also made of preshrunk cotton and a seamless rib collar.
Buy Now $19.95 TBG Tactical Baby Carrier
One of the biggest frustrations with baby carriers is that you need an army of people to help you actually put it on. This rugged carrier is eminently easy to use and wear. The front-harness baby carrier gives dad hands-free parenting power, and can be paired with the brand's compatible pouches and carabiners. It’s got a removable, washable cotton liner and is suitable for babies eight to 33 pounds.
Buy Now $125.00 NIX Advance Digital Photo Frame
Every parent needs a frame. With this excellent digital photo frame, he can showcase thousands of photos without having to head to CVS to print them out.
Buy Now $158.04 HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer
Speaking of photos this tiny printer fits right into his pocket, and delivers 2-by-3-inch sticky-backed picture.
Buy Now $129.85 Whiskware Pancake Batter Mixer
Newborns can’t eat solids for a while. But that’ll give him plenty of time to practice his pancaking making skills with this new set.
Parachute Waffle Robe
Quite possibly the softest robe he'll put on (and refuse to take off), this one is perfect for midnight diaper changes, or just cuddling the baby on the couch. It's gender-neutral and has two two hip pockets, a folded collar, and waist tie.
BUY NOW $119.00
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