Being initiated into the fatherhood club for the first time is a thrilling and frightening experience. New dads need to learn on the fly but having the right gear makes the lives of first-time fathers and dads-to-be much easier to handle.
It’s an absolute must for new dads to have all of the essential baby gear on hand and more than a few items for dad’s personal use.
While traditional baby gear is often ridiculous — and explicitly made with new moms in mind — items created with the new dad in mind do exist.
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From a practical and quick coffee pot to a handheld vacuum that’ll suck up any massive mess (and there will be MANY) here are 14 essential new dad gifts you need to get your friend, brother or brother-in-law to welcome him into the fraternity of fatherhood.
GIFTS FOR NEW DADS (UNDER $100)
Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller
The 3D Lite Stroller from Summer Infant features an innovative air-light aluminum frame which makes it super lightweight to carry and push – yet durable enough to stand the test of time.
Why It’s A Perfect Gift For New Dads: Mom will have the massive stroller that seats 10 and has enough cargo storage under the seat for luggage and the living room couch. Dad needs a compact stroller that fits into the trunk and gets the kid from point A to B-ack before nap.
Black & Decker 20-Volt Max Lithium Cordless Hand Vacuum
This sleek Black & Decker vacuum features a rotating slim nozzle with a built-in crevice tool and flip-up brush and is ideal for everyday cleanup of dust, pet hair and crumbs. The triple layer, cyclonic action filtration system helps keep dirt off the filter so users can blast through large messes with long-lasting suction power.
Why It’s A Perfect Gift For New Dads: There will be messes. So many messes that pulling out the regular vacuum every time will get exhausting just to think about. The new dad will need a powerful handheld vacuum to suck up the biggest of the small messes.
The HELM Core Fitness Strength Training System
Is dad looking for a way to target his core while training chest, shoulders, and arms? The Helm can solve his problem in half the time, allowing new fathers in a time crunch to upper body for strength, stability, and endurance while simultaneously working the core.
Why It’s A Perfect Gift For New Dads: Avoid the Dad Bod!!! And because getting to the gym isn’t always possible.
GIFTS FOR DADS TO BE (UNDER $50)
Mpow Bluetooth Over-Ear Wireless Headphones
Designed for an excellent listening experience, Mpow Bluetooth headset with CSR chip and around-ear cushion design can provide robust, immersive and Hi-fidelity sound.
Why It’s A Perfect Gift For New Dads: Oh was the baby crying? He couldn’t hear because he’s blasting dad rap. Give him a couple more minutes.
Cuisinart 4 Cup Coffeemaker with Stainless Steel Carafe
The compact design of the Cuisinart 4 cup coffee maker is small enough to use for a small household or second home, without sacrificing the features users love. The Brew Pause allows people to pour a cup before the brewing cycle has finished and the automatic shutoff so you never have to worry about leaving the house in a hurry.
Why It’s A Perfect Gift For New Dads: The dad to be and every new father will need caffeine but brewing an entire pot isn’t always practical and K-cups are expensive, wasteful and usually tastes like hot dirt. A four-cup pot is perfect.
Tile Mate Bluetooth Key Finder
The world’s best-selling Bluetooth tracker just got 25% smaller. The Tile Mate easily loops onto keychains or attaches to anything you don’t want to lose so you can find it fast.
Why It’s A Perfect Gift For New Dads: Dad isn’t allowed to lose two things — the kid or the keys. Both are incredibly important. Especially if the kid gets lost first. How can dad drive around the neighborhood looking for the baby without his car kids?!?!
All-in-One Multifunctional Phone Mount For Strollers
This multifunctional smartphone mount can be mounted on a variety of locations and surfaces including car air vents bike handlebars, office desks, tables, refrigerators, shelves, air vents and many more edge-defined surfaces.
Why It’s A Perfect Gift For New Dads: Long walks are every new dad’s ace in the hole. The kid dozes off to sleep but dad can’t stop because the motion is calming the ocean. Time to do a couple laps around the block while binging on Netflix or listening to his favorite podcast.
Bag Nation Diaper Bag Backpack with Stroller Straps & Changing Pad
Wouldn’t it be great if you could organize ALL of your baby care accessories in just one diaper bag – while keeping BOTH of your hands-free… while not having to worry about the bag falling apart? Bag Nation thought so too.
Why It’s A Perfect Gift For New Dads: Dad will need a diaper bag, his own bag, filled with all of the accessories for taking care of the baby and a few everyday carry items for himself.
GIFTS FOR DADS TO BE UNDER $25
Gentleman’s Hardware 10-in-1 Pocket Multi-Tool
Gentlemen’s Hardware presents its handy and stylish pocket multitools. In a bit of a tight spot, this brass-style tool combines an array of handy tools in one credit-card-sized solution. From a ruler to a bottle opener, dad will always have what you need for the job.
Why It’s A Perfect Gift For New Dads: New dads are forced to be a Mr. Fix-It whether they want the gig or not. Get the dad-to-be a handy multi-purpose tool that’ll handle most jobs. If this tool doesn’t get the job done, his father-in-law probably will.
‘The Bump Maker’ Mug
The coffee mug that makes a statement. A funny statement, but a statement.
Why It’s A Perfect Gift For New Dads: He’s going to need a mug for the hundred cups of coffee he consumes every day.
The New Dad Dictionary
Are you ready for cluster feedings and cradle cap? How about meconium and jaundice? With The New Dad Dictionary, new dads no longer have to page through parenting tomes to understand common terms.
Why It’s A Perfect Gift For New Dads: The dad-to-be will have plenty of questions about fatherhood, the baby, and the numerous terms he’ll hear during doctor visits, playdates and binging on daytime TV. This book breaks every term down into regular guy speak with a humorous twist because no one wants to actually learn anything while parenting.
For Sanity’s Sake Parenting Post-It Notes 2019 Calendar
This hilarious desk calendar is filled with funny and relatable messages for parents.
Why It’s A Perfect Gift For New Dads: The calendar is a 365-day reminder that there are dads much worse at parenting.
Threadrock Full and Low Battery Matching Shirts
Why It’s A Perfect Gift For New Dads: New dads don’t have the energy to be funny. They’ll need some help. Funny shirts will do the trick, especially if the kid plays along with the joke. Actually, the baby has little choice.
Daddy’s First Milestone Beer Labels
Daddy’s First Milestone beer labels are the perfect way to celebrate the incoming a new dad into the club. These waterproof beer bottle labels and carrier make a unique gift for dads-to-be and even work on soda bottles for the dads who don’t partake in the sauce.
Why It’s A Perfect Gift For New Dads: Umm..because beer?