Father’s Day Gifts – For the first-time new dad


You never forget your first Father’s Day. Which is why we wanted to launch our Father’s Day Gifts series with gift ideas for that guy who’s one part sentimental, one part exhausted, and all parts awesome–the first time new dad.

A big gesture doesn’t have cost a fortune–or anything at all. The We Love You Daddy printable garland (at top) from Happyshop Printshop is absolutely free.

daddy and me tees

We’re a little picky about Daddy and Me Tee Sets, but the ones from UK’s Twisted Twee are just fabulous, whether you’re spending the day at the pub together or not. (£32 from Twisted Twee)

custom silhouette prints

Silhouettes can be a little grandmotherly, but the custom silhouettes from Pretty Faces open up the options. If you’ve got a full-body photo of the new dad wearing the baby in Bjorn or holding the baby in the hospital, that would make a pretty darn cool gift. ($30 from Pretty Faces)

diaper dude diaper bag
biplane diaper bag

Real men change diapers. And carry around their own diaper bags so they don’t have to borrow yours. We love the new navy plaid diaper bag from LA’s always hip Diaper Dude ($65). Or for something really different, try the swanky biplane diaper bag by Allen Ave ($100 at Babybot)

nikon D3011 SLR

Prepare to take more photos than you ever have in your life. Grab the new dad a shiny new DSLR for all those memorable moments, like the Nikon D3100 14.2 Megapixel Digital SLR on sale now at Best Buy. Think of it as his own push present. Nice touch: it comes with a free photo book from Shutterfly for a limited time. (Camera $649 at Best Buy.)

daddy pillow

New daddies new their for special places too. While you can personalize it with a name, we think the Reserved for Dad pillow says it all. Perfect for the man cave–or what’s left of it, now. ($33 from shannspishak)

father's day gift guide

More Father’s Day gift ideas from Cool Mom Picks:

Father’s Day Gift Guide: Custom Gifts for Dads
Father’s Day Gift Guide: Gifts for Grandfathers
Father’s Day Gift Guide: Gifts for the Manly Man
Father’s Day Gift Guide: Gifts for the Gourmet

Cool Mom Staff

We spend our time looking for cool stuff so you don't have to. Hope this one fits the bill.


  • Reply June 1, 2011

    Anne-Claire Regan

    This is sweet! really cool picks for cool dads, thanks for sharing… I need to get shopping :) Maybe I should actually make something though, I’m a crafter after all 😉

  • Reply June 1, 2011

    Molly R.

    Love, love, love the printable garland and the biplane diaper bag (Daddy is a pilot after all)! Great ideas. I look forward to all of your posts every day!

  • Reply June 1, 2011

    Elizabeth P.

    Such rad ideas! Thank you so much!

  • Reply June 1, 2011

    MANvsGEORGE on Etsy

    LOVE that biplane diaper bag!! There are so many cute finds for new dads out there… Happy Father’s Day, everybody! :-)

  • Reply June 2, 2011


    I love the printable garland too but the link isn’t working for me. Any suggestions?

  • Cool Mom Picks
    Reply June 2, 2011

    Cool Mom Picks

    The link to the garland is fixed!

  • Reply June 2, 2011


    I just have to have the pint and half pint t-shirts! If anyone find them in the us please post it here!

    Thank you!

  • Reply June 2, 2011


    ok I found the pint and half pint on cafe press and ordered them – they had no cool colors for toddlers but still cute baby blue and yellow

  • Reply June 7, 2011

    Jen Hayes

    Great stuff! I have a custom silhouette from PrettyFaces…It was such a hit!! They do a beautiful job! Her use of color is FAR from “grandmotherly”, sooo cute! Oh! the frames she uses are beautiful too!

  • Reply June 16, 2011


    I just found Tyler Florence’s new baby cookbook Start Fresh: Your Child’s Jump Start to Lifelong Healthy Eating, which just came out and would be an amazing gift for any new dad!
    (includes Sprout baby food recipes and they work for parents, too!)

  • Reply May 15, 2012


    I made my husband a book on snapfish.com and made it all about dadd and me. I found poems and quotes online and used only pictures of our son with his father for the book. I just ordered it today and they had a coupon for 50% off. It will be a great gift and my husband will love it!

  • Reply May 24, 2012


    I think a lot of men (at least the ones
    in my life), can be difficult to buy for!
    Your ideas always are very helpful to me…
    Many thanks, Cindi

  • Reply July 14, 2012


    I found the daddy and me pint and half pint shirts from Twisted Twee on cool moms. I ordered them from Twisted Twee May 24 and never received my order. I contacted Suzi in June and was told my items would be sent immediately. It’s mid-July and I still have not gotten my stuff and no reply to my last emails. Be careful about ordering to the States from this website!!!!

  • Reply June 10, 2013

    Kristen M

    A masculine diaper bag was always a must for my husband. I love the biplane design featured here.

  • Reply December 8, 2015


    I love the pillow: reserved for dad… I think that was really special for my dad

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