By Lyz Lenz
One thing’s for sure: There’s no shortage of ideas for gifts for new moms. But new dads deserve some recognition too—and picking out gifts for them can actually be easier than shopping for guys who don’t have kids. Don’t believe us? Click through to see our top 10 new dad gifts.
New dad gift #1: A subscription to Hulu Plus
Between feedings and diapers and tummy time, new dads don’t have much time to catch their favorite shows. The solution? A year of streaming service from Hulu Plus. For a bargain $7.99 a month, he’ll get the season’s best television shows archived and ready to stream from his TV or laptop. (Plus, it’s cheaper than cable or that Netflix subscription you aren’t using anymore.)
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New dad gift #2: A manly diaper bag
Remember that lovely Vera Bradley diaper bag you got? Yeah, well, your partner doesn’t want to carry it. In fact, he thinks it sucks. Get him his own diaper bag (or backpack) and pack it with his own set of diapers, wipes, toys and other baby essentials. We love bags from Diaper Dude because they look like messenger bags or backpacks and will hold up forever.
New dad gift #3: Board games
From Hi-Ho Cherry-O to Risk, dads have been the keeper of board games since the beginning of time. Give your partner the gift of memories and buy him board games to play with your baby when she gets a little older (Candy Land never fails!). You can also pick up some games for after the baby goes to bed, like Bananagrams. It sound might sound silly, but it can be a fun way to chill out and reconnect during those crazy early months of parenthood.
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New dad gift #4: A night together, alone
You’re tired and probably haven’t showered in three days. You don’t feel sexy and frankly, you’re a little preoccupied. Give your partner the gift that you know he really wants this year—a sexy night in with you and no babies. You can keep it simple and have your parents take the baby for the night or go all out and get a sitter and a hotel room. Might sound like a lot of work at first, but trust us, this is one gift you’ll both enjoy.
New dad gift #5: Baby sports apparel
A pint-sized Packers jersey might seem like it’s for the baby, but let’s be honest—dad is the one who’ll enjoy this outfit the most. seems like it’s for your child, but let’s be honest—dad is the one who will enjoy these outfits the most. Plus, he can teach your baby how to properly spike a couch pillow and do a little touchdown dance. Adorbs!
Updated for 2019: 10 Best Gifts For New Dads
New dad gift #6: An awesome camera
For capturing perfect shots of all your baby’s cute and silly moments (plus all those action shots once she’s a toddler), a camera phone just won’t do. Whether you opt for a video camera, point-and-shoot, or a full-fledged digital SLR is up to you—just make sure it has a great battery and tons of memory.
Updated for 2019: 10 Best Gifts For New Dads
New dad gift #7: An external hard drive
Because once he’s snapped all those memories, your guy will want to store them somewhere safe. An external hard drive can store pictures, videos, important documents, and even your child’s scanned artwork—and won’t crash when your baby accidentally spills juice all over dad’s laptop.
New dad gift #8: Photos for the office
Print out your favorite pictures of your new family and frame them for his office. Go inexpensive low-tech with 10-cent prints from the drug store and thrift store frames, or try high-end with a digital picture frame. Either way, he’ll smile whenever he sees it, making it one gift that’ll keep on giving.
New dad gift #9: Sporting equipment for him and baby
Does your partner golf? Play baseball? Or is he an avid biker? This year, give him some new sporting equipment with a baby twist. Buy him some new clubs along with a set for your child, a new glove and ball with a matching miniature set or a bike seat for your baby. Just remember this is a gift for him, so make sure he gets new gear as well as the baby.
New dad gift #10: A guys’ night out
Every parent wants some free time to spend with friends. Give the new dad in your life just that, plus the funds to do so with a gift card. He’ll come back refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to play babysitter the next time you want to grab dinner with the girls.
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