Welcoming a new addition into your life can be a scary and transformative process. Luckily, you can help lighten the load for new fathers with a thoughtful and functional gift they'll actually use and cherish.
When shopping for a gift for new or first-time fathers, be sure to find something that will make their life easier or promote self care during a very busy time. Also, while buying a present for the new baby is extremely generous, don't forget to spoil the dad as well, giving him a reminder to take some time for himself.
We researched the best gifts on the market for new dads or dads celebrating their first Father's Day, from self-care packages that spoil them with some much-needed relaxation to functional kitchen gadgets that make their mornings a little less chaotic.
Dearfoams Men's Papa Bear Slipper
Celebrate dad's new title of "papa bear" with these adorable and cozy slippers from Dearfoams. We love the classic plaid design, but there are also more neutral colorways if that's what dad prefers. The slip-on design makes it easy for him to slide these on during late-night feedings or daily chores. They feature a memory foam insole for ultimate comfort all day long.
Price at time of publish: $36
Uncommon Goods Our Nest Personalized Family Art
A personalized piece of art for his home is an extremely thoughtful gift, especially this option from Uncommon Goods. Artist Wendy Pound portrays the dad, the new little one, and a partner, if applicable, in the style of birds in a nest with the option to add a family name and year. It arrives in a beautiful wooden frame, ready to display as a sweet reminder of this time in his life.
Price at time of publish: $98
Roku Streaming Stick 4K
When enjoying some much-needed me-time, ensure dad has access to all of his favorite movies and TV shows with a Roku streaming stick. The stick plugs right into your television and gives you access to all of your favorite streaming services instantly with easy controls on the included Roku remote. Just sign into your apps and start watching.
Price at time of publish: $50
Horti Edible Herbs Grow Kit
Giving plants as a gift to new parents is a wonderful idea, as they can observe the growth of their baby and plants side by side. For a functional edge, buy dad an edible herbs grow kit, like this option from Horti, an AAPI-owned online plant shop. The kit comes with Thai basil, chives, and mint seeds with three planters with soil and peat moss. Not only do they look gorgeous on a windowsill, but they also make delicious additions to meals and cocktails.
Price at time of publish: $60
FarmSteady Soft Pretzel & Beer Cheese Making Kit
FarmSteady's food kits make for a super cute and fun date night at home when going out for dinner isn't an option. It also gives dad a chance to get his mind off daily stresses and simply enjoy cooking and trying something new. The soft pretzel and beer cheese kit comes with everything you need to make 12 hearty pretzels and gooey cheese to dip them in.
Price at time of publish: $30
If dad loves seltzer, he needs a SodaStream. The E-Terra turns tap water into delicious sparkling water in just seconds with one touch, so you don't have to waste time at the supermarket. You can choose between three carbonation levels, and the bottles are dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup. Now, dad can always have his favorite drink on hand, while saving time and money.
Price at time of publish: $180
Cozy Earth Ultra-Soft Bamboo Jogger Sweatpants
Comfy clothes are a must for first-time fathers, and we love these joggers from Cozy Earth for lounging around the house with the new baby. Made from bamboo, these sweatpants are undeniably soft while still feeling cool and wicking moisture, so you won't overheat. Plus, they're stylish enough to wear out on walks, park days, or grocery store runs.
Price at time of publish: $165
Factor Gift Card
The last thing on dad's mind when adjusting to having a new baby in the house is dinner. Make his life a little easier around mealtime with a subscription to a meal service, like Factor. Factor provides healthy, dietician-approved meals every week that you just heat up and enjoy with minimal time and effort. With 35 meals to choose from every week, dad is guaranteed to find a new recipe he loves.
Price at time of publish: $90+
Google Nest Audio
A smart speaker makes it easy to listen to your favorite songs, podcasts, and more completely hands-free. With Google Nest Audio, he can set alarms and reminders, ask about the weather, and even turn off lights and devices if connected to other smart products. Now, dad can help organize his life and entertain the baby with songs and stories. Plus, it comes in tons of cute colors.
Price at time of publish: $100
Cardon Essentials Skincare Set
A men's grooming brand rooted in Korean innovation, the AAPI women-owned brand Cardon simplifies your skincare routine with just a few hassle-free products. Help dad take a little extra time for himself every morning and night with the essentials skincare set, which includes everything he needs to look and feel his best, including a gel moisturizer, SPF, and purifying clay cleanser.
Price at time of publish: $71
Made In Cookware Pizza Set
Enjoy an at-home pizza night, no delivery fees included, with this pizza set from Made In Cookware. The set comes with a carbon pizza steel, olive oil from Graza, a 28-ounce can of tomatoes, and a box of pizza flour. Mix up your dough, add your favorite toppings, and bake. Invite some friends and family members for a fun night in with delicious food and good company.
Price at time of publish: $95
ESPRO P0 Ultralight Stainless Steel French Press
For delicious coffee on the go, dad needs this stainless steel French press from ESPRO. The lightweight travel press doubles as a travel mug. All dad has to do is add his favorite ground coffee beans and hot water, press, and get on with his day. The double-insulated stainless steel will keep your favorite brew hot for hours without worrying about breaking or spilling.
Price at time of publish: $50
Sleep Number True Temp Weighted Eye Mask
Odds are, dad is not getting a lot of sleep during this time, so anything geared toward him or baby getting more sleep is a great gift. This weighted eye mask from Sleep Number helps reduce stress and promote relaxation at bedtime. Plus, the true temp technology keeps you cool all night long. The best part? The cover is removable and machine-washable.
Price at time of publish: $40
A Dozen Cousins All Seasoning Sauce Variety Pack
For dads that love to grill and try out new recipes, gift a sauce or seasoning pack like this collection from A Dozen Cousins. Inspired by founder Ibraheem Basir's childhood eating traditional Black and Latino dishes, the brand attempts to make Creole, Caribbean, and Latin American dishes more convenient and accessible for home cooks. This 10-pack comes with six seasoning sauces from Mexican red rice to Jamaican jerk seasoning for chicken and other meats and veggies.
Price at time of publish: $35
Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells
While dad may not have time to go to the gym every day, now he can get a good workout in at home with these adjustable dumbbells from Bowflex, founded by the late Ethiopian American entrepreneur, Tessema Dosho Shifferaw. This single pair of dumbbells replaces 15 sets of weights in your home gym by turning the weight selection dial, so dad can move his body in the comfort of his own home and on his own time.
Price at time of publish: $549
Lululemon New Parent Backpack
Aptly named the "New Parent Backpack," this bag from Lululemon is a must-have for first-time dads. The 15.7-inch water-repellent backpack includes side pockets for easy access, a removable pouch that can be worn as a crossbody, straps that clip onto a stroller, and tons of interior, hidden, and zippered pockets to hold diapers, snacks, toys, and other essentials while on the go.
Price at time of publish: $198
Rituals Invigorating Routine
Ensure dad starts his day off right with this invigorating routine set from Rituals. He is guaranteed to feel refreshed with the foaming shower gel, hydrating body lotion, 2-in-1 shampoo and body wash, and cologne featuring notes of patchouli and sandalwood. He'll look, feel, and smell his best for a simplified shower and after-care routine that he won't have to stress about.
Price at time of publish: $46
Delysia Chocolates Gentleman’s collection chocolate truffles
You can never go wrong with chocolate as a present for any occasion. For a chocolate gift designed for him, look to the gentlemen's chocolate truffle collection from Delysia Chocolates from founder Nicole Patel, who was just named 2023's Best Chocolatier in America. The bundle comes with three of each scotch, dark chocolate, and cigar chocolate truffles for a bit of indulgence on an ordinary day.
Price at time of publish: $29
Theragun Mini 1st Generation
Promote relaxation for the new father in your life with the Theragun mini massager. The pocket-sized massager has three-speed settings and a 150-minute battery life for relieving tired and sore muscles from anywhere. During testing, we loved the original Thergun for its intense massage, percussion motion, and ergonomic design.
Price at time of publish: $199
Better Every Day Journal
Black-owned brand Inside Then Out encourages you to become a better version of yourself through journaling and self-reflecting. Encourage dad to take some time for himself during busy days to utilize the Better Every Day journal, which includes 365 prompts designed for reflection, self-love, and growth. Guided journals are a simple form of self-care for busy parents that takes just a few minutes of your day and makes a huge impact.
Price at time of publish: $40
MYKA Navigator Braided Brown Leather Bracelet with Custom Beads
We love the idea of gifting a customized piece of jewelry that commemorates the new addition to the family, and this leather bracelet from MYKA is perfect. The attractive black or brown leather bracelet matches any outfit or other jewelry pieces and comes adorned with silver or gold charms that can be customized with the name of the new bundle of joy, so he can always keep them close.
Price at time of publish: $100
Salt & Stone Candle
Founded by former professional snowboarder Nima Jalali, Salt & Stone combines the power of scent with nature-derived ingredients to create gorgeous products for your skin and your home, including this best-selling candle. With notes of saffron, neroli, and sugarcane, it effectively creates a serene, comforting environment in your space.
Price at time of publish: $49
The Dad Hoodie
Say goodbye to bulky diaper bags thanks to the Dad Hoodie. The attractive hoodie is made from soft, stretchy fabric, comes in five sizes and four colors, and features pockets for everything you could need when on the go. Dad remains completely hands-free when running errands or taking the baby to the park and instead keeps wipes, bottles, snacks, and more on his body in interior pockets. There's even a pouch that stretches to keep bottles in place.
Price at time of publish: $108
BlendJet 2 Portable Blender
Don't sacrifice morning smoothies with the portable BlendJet2. In just 20 seconds, you can blend anything from juices to nut milks to milkshakes. Just charge it with the USB, and it will last 15 blends, so you can use it anywhere. The best part—it's super quiet, so dad can still make his favorite breakfasts and sweet treats without waking up the baby.
Price at time of publish: $50
Eberjey Henry TENCEL™ Modal Long PJ Set
Dad deserves to lounge (and sleep) in luxury with this soft-to-the-touch pajama set from Eberjey. The Hispanic-women-owned brand prides itself on its ultra-comfortable and sustainable fabrics and this is no exception. The Tencel modal fabric is breathable for cool nights and machine-washable, so there's no extra stress. They're also cute enough to wear around the house or when running errands.
Price at time of publish: $158
Threshold Microplush Weighted Blanket
Help dad relax or sleep better at night with a weighted blanket, like this option we tested from Threshold. There are two sizes and three color options available, but our favorite part was the undeniably soft plush cover that's also machine washable. It's also extremely affordable compared to competitors and uses Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX certified materials.
Price at time of publish: $69
Your Baby's First Word Will Be DADA
A fun gift for dad and baby, Jimmy Fallon's hilarious children's book is intended to make sure your baby's first word is "dada." We love the idea of gifting books to build your child's library to collect and read for years to come. Plus, it makes way for dad and baby to spend quality time together reading, laughing, and learning new words.
Price at time of publish: $8
Vermont Wagyu Dad's Dream
Dr. Sheila Patinkin is a trained pediatrician who decided to return to her Vermont roots to breed cattle and sell gorgeous Wagyu beef. Appropriately named Dad's Dream, this features three cuts of marbled meat for dad to enjoy in his own home for a special gourmet dinner without the restaurant visit because he deserves a bit of spoiling every once in a while.
Price at time of publish: $222
Artifact Uprising Baby Book The Story of You
Guarantee dad remembers this amazing time in his life with a baby book from Artifact Uprising. The Story of You is an interactive journal with prompts to help document the first year of a baby's life. Add in funny anecdotes, important milestones, and family photos for the best keepsake from such a special time. Every purchase also comes with a free set of photo prints so you can kickstart the scrapbook.
Price at time of publish: $99
Hot Ones Season 20 Warmup Pack
If dad loves adding spice to his recipes, gift him a hot sauce variety pack like this one from Hot Ones. The Season 20 Warmup Pack comes with three mild hot sauces seen in the show, Hot Ones. The three sauces are Canejo from Donis, ghost pepper hot sauce from AAPI-owned Brooklyn Dehli, and banjee ranch hot pepper sauce from LGBTQ+-owned brand, Shaquanda Will Feed You.
Price at time of publish: $40
Other Gift Options
During such a stressful and transformative time, be sure to keep the happiness and mental health of the new dad in mind when shopping for a gift. Oftentimes, they just need someone to check in and ask how they're doing when all eyes are focused on the baby. Because of this, a great gift could be a night of babysitting or a fun at-home date night once the baby goes to sleep to unwind and relax. Another great idea is gifting a certificate to their favorite local restaurant for a night away. Other great ideas include a diapers subscription, an Amazon Prime subscription, or delivering a home-cooked meal so dad doesn't have to worry about dinner one night.
Tips on Choosing a Gift for a New Dad
Take a second to think about what a new dad could need at that moment. A functional approach to gifting during this time is extremely thoughtful and appropriate. For example, for dads on the go, a new diaper bag, like the New Parent Backpack from Lululemon may be a great option. Consider what could make dad's life easier on him day to day.
Another great tip for gifting to a new dad is finding something sentimental to commemorate the amazing milestone. Whether that's a keepsake box for a baby blanket and pacifiers, a customized painting or piece of jewelry with the new baby's name or initial, or a baby book like The Story of You from Artifact Uprising.
As with any gifts you purchase, always keep a budget in mind. You don't want to go over budget, even if it means getting a gift that you feel your recipient will like more. Luckily, there are plenty of options for every price range, and you don't have to spend a lot of money (or any at all) to make the new father in your life feel special. Our favorite budget pick is this hilarious kids' book written by Jimmy Fallon.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was written by Julia Fields, an associate editor for The Spruce, covering all things surrounding toys, gifts, crafts, and the holidays. She's also covered similar topics in other roles, including toy reviews, product roundups, expert-focused articles, and more. To compile this list, she researched best-selling products and brands that all new dads would love receiving as a gift, considering functional and sentimental options.