14 Best Holiday Gifts for New Dads

Best Holiday Gifts for New Dads

October 25, 2019

Best Holiday Gifts for New Dads

Best Holiday Gifts for New Dads
Best Holiday Gifts for New Dads

Dads of all types will appreciate these meaningful mementos and totally awesome gadgets to celebrate their first forays into fatherhood. From coffee enthusiasts to fitness nuts, these thoughtful gifts cover all the bases and let dad know that he’s doing a great job, every day of the year.

Word of Mouth

Encourage a little tongue-in-cheek competition, and even give dad a leg up in the race for baby’s first word. This new classic from comedian Jimmy Fallon is full of cute and colorful illustrations, simple animal sounds and just one primary word: Dada. Buy the companion book, “Everything is Mama,” if you really want to step up the household games.

Show Off

This virtual assistant will make life infinitely easier for any dad. Whether he’s trying to entertain baby (nursery rhymes on demand!), make hands-free video calls to grandparents for advice, or just check sports scores while he’s warming bottles, the new Amazon Echo Show 8 is like a portable parenting hack. Noteworthy features include on-screen lyrics with Amazon Music (for sweet sing alongs), weather and traffic updates, step-by-step cooking instructions, smart home device management and, of course, easy nursery restocking with Amazon Prime and Alexa.

S Is for Socks

If anything in parenthood is certain, it’s that your child will grow to love the world of Sesame Street. Embrace the nostalgia by outfitting dad in color-blocked Cookie Monster, Big Bird or Elmo socks. Pick up a matching pair of toddler socks for a “Dad & Me” moment that will soften even the grouchiest heart. Plus, for every purchase, the socially conscious company donates a pair of socks to organizations that support families experiencing homelessness. Note: You can also purchase individual socks.

Key to His Heart

If the dad in your family isn’t the jewelry-wearing type, that doesn’t mean he can’t carry a meaningful memento of his family, everywhere he goes. The Henry pocket piece from keepsake company The Locket Sisters is an elegant way to hold onto a favorite photo. Made of leather and brass with a hand-set picture, it’s a handsome addition to any keychain and gives dad ample opportunity to brag about his baby. Order early to ensure holiday arrival.

For the Love of Coffee

Parents need coffee like peanut butter needs jelly. It’s just a fact. So, make that much-needed cup of Joe a more joyful experience with Fellow’s new Carter Everywhere Mug. Design-minded coffee connoisseurs will appreciate to-go cup innovations like an aromatic wide mouth and ceramic interior to keep brews tasting true. New dads will love the 12-hour heat insulation and twist lock lid with leak-proof seal––because other things may spill in the diaper bag, but his drink definitely shouldn’t. Add a creative coffee subscription, and he’ll never run out of fuel.

All the Memories

Create your own narrative with this adorable customizable book from Pinhole Press. Choose up to 21 photos to include in your spiral-bound story. Highlight favorite moments from dad and baby’s first months together and write simple passages (“My daddy loves playing peekaboo with me,” “First camping trip together”) for a special gift that will bring big smiles every time it’s opened.

Got His Back

Set dad up for success with his own fully stocked diaper bag. Product of the North’s cool and comfortable carrier packs all the functionality of a traditional diaper bag into a lightweight design. The water-resistant interior easily wipes clean, large pockets organize essentials, and there’s even a padded laptop compartment, removable changing pad and key clip. Throw bottles into the exterior pockets, and he’ll be off and running with baby.

Work Wear

Going back to work after baby is hard for everyone. Let dad know he’s loved and supported during the transition by giving him a gorgeous leather folio to carry his devices to and from the office. This classic design, with an optional foil-debossed monogram, is sure to boost his confidence and may even inspire ideas when he’s missing his baby.

Warming Trend

For rugged, relaxed dads who also want to feel pulled together when they venture out, the Patagonia Fjord jacket is a perfect fit. Insulated organic cotton flannel keeps the topper warm, while button-front detailing allows it to also act as an over-shirt, making it ideal for everything from weekend jaunts to winter date nights. Time to take advantage of those visiting babysitters…er, family members.

Groom to Grow

Being a new father sometimes means sacrificing shaving time. A sleek all-in-one electric trimmer will keep dad looking well-groomed, no matter the length of his stubble. This 8-in-1 kit from Braun accommodates varying beard lengths, nose and ear trimming, hair clipping, contouring and shaving for total body care, whenever he can sneak it in.

Self-Care Splurge

If his old workout routine meant hours at the gym, it may be a thing of the past after baby. Thankfully, with fitness innovation The Mirror, he can still prioritize his health at home and squeeze in sweat sessions during naps. The slim-profile device acts like a virtual trainer and features a wide range of workouts, from boxing to yoga, and even pre- and postnatal classes for mom. Plus, its active community of members will help keep dad moving and motivated.

Kick Starter

Pretty much guaranteed to please, this best-selling sneaker nails the modern-retro vibe. The cool collaboration between Nike and J. Crew will elevate any dad’s look and keep him feeling good on stroller walks and coffee runs.

DIY Dad

Home improvement projects are endless with little ones. From hanging pictures to building cribs, the list is long but full of fun. For dads who love to tackle all the tasks themselves, a cordless screwdriver comes in handy. Keep it in a safe spot inside the house and he’ll be able to fix anything in a flash.

Top Chef

Make the amateur chef in your life feel like a pro with the same Hedley & Bennett aprons used by culinary stars from Martha Stewart to Nobu Matsuhisa. Made from handcrafted Italian cotton chambray, the apron is designed for durability and comfort. With three reinforced pockets and option monogramming, your gourmet guy may want to start cooking dinner for you every night.

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