Father’s Day gift ideas for new dads: Father’s Day Gift Guide 2014

Cool gift ideas for new dads - Cool Mom Picks Father's Day Gift Guide 2014

A dad’s first Father’s Day may be the most special of all–if he can even remember it through the whirlwind of those early months. So for them, we present these Father’s Day gift ideas for new dads as part of our 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide. They range from the sweet and sentimental to the “Wow, you got me what?” Just don’t forget a great card. First rule of Father’s Day: There always, always has to be a great card. (Because it’s totally fine to talk about Father’s Day.)

And because we all adore the dads, granddads and stepdads in our lives so much, be sure to check out our massive Father’s Day giveaway below, valued at over $900. We’ve put it together to include some of our very favorite Father’s Day gifts and made it really easy to win.

All our picks are determined solely by the editorial team; there has been no compensation in exchange for recommendations. Some products may include affiliate links.  

Father's Day gifts for new dads: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Let’s be honest, when you’re a new parent of any kind, you will be taking photos. Lots of photos. Millions of photos. And that’s before breakfast on some days. To thank him for sharing the sleepless nights, a really thoughtful gift is a fantastic camera like the highly-rated Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100. Yeah it’s a splurge but one you’ll all benefit from for decades to come. ($698, Amazon … and you might want to add a drops and spills warranty for $64.99)   father's day gift: Personalized money clip| cool mom picks We already covered fun ideas for personalized Father’s Day gifts, but it’s getting down to the wire! Try this nicely crafted personalized money clip on Etsy. Nice typography, and very nice pricing. ($29-39, Sierra Metal Design)

father's day gift: Camo changing station | cool mom picks Because yes, real men do change diapers, we always find fun gifts for new dads at Diaper Dude, probably because it’s run by a cool dad himself. Right now, we’re liking this affordable (and decidedly macho) camo changing station. ($12, Diaper Dude)   father's day gift: Family portrait sesssion | cool mom picks If you want something more keepsake-sentimental than straightforward practical, you can never go wrong with a gift of a family portrait sesssion from a professional photographer. This one hails from Justin Hackworth who is simply amazing at bringing out the best in everyone; but if you’re not in the Salt Lake City area, look for someone great near you. ($ varies)

- Don’t miss our big Father’s Day giveaway below. Entering is easy! - 

    father's day gift: Waxwear Leather Dad Bag | cool mom picks A more sophisticated accessory for parenting duty: The Jack Spade Waxwear Leather Dad Bag. It doesn’t even look like a bag made to tote diapers and wipes and pacifiers that fell in the sandbox then wiped on our jeans and may just give back to the kid but we’re not sure yet–and that’s the whole point.  ($298, Jack Spade)   father's day gift: Personalized keepsake bowl | cool mom picks Lisa Leonard is a go-to artist of ours for sentimental gifts (did you see her beautiful personalized dad key chain?) and another lovely option for a cool dad from her shop is this personalized keepsake bowl. We could see it on the bedside, next to the sure-to-grow collection of photos, scribbled drawings, and other mementos of the joys of fatherhood. ($54, Lisa Leonard)

father's day gift: Daddy and me t-shirt set | cool mom picks We’re not always so into daddy and me sets, but recently we’ve found a few that are just irreverent enough to be cool and not trying-too-hard. At least we think so. Another to add to the list: The volume goes to 11 daddy and me set. Because it’s never too early for baby’s first Spinal Tap reference. ($38, Baby Wit)

Gift ideas for new dads: Origami Stroller

If he’s a gear guy, he’ll love the Origami Stroller from 4 Moms which may be the first stroller we’ve ever tried that even brings men without kids rushing out from the sidelines to play with it. The headlights, the iPhone connectivity, and especially that one-touch open and close absolutely make this a stroller he’ll love as much as the baby. ($721, Amazon)

father's day gift: Mini photo book of dad’s first year | cool mom pickscustom photo book can be just as appreciated as something that costs ten times more. Pinhole Press always does a terrific job, and we’ve got lots of Father’s Day photo book ideas for you, should you want to give one to all the dads and grandpas in your life.  ($29.99, Pinhole Press, and  save 15% through 6/15/14 with code CoolMomPicks)

father's day gift: Wisdom leather journal | cool mom picks How stunning is this Wisdom leather journal? No doubt any cool dad or grandpa will have many words to fill it with as the years go on. It even makes a thoughtful Father’s Day gift from a new dad to his own father. What was that Mark Twain quote about how the older he got, the smarter his dad got? Yeah, that.  ($95, Monica Rich Kosann)  

EXTRA COOL: WIN IT! We’re so excited to give away one massive Father’s Day prize pack valued at more than $900, filled with some of our favorite gifts for dads. In fact, we want to steal them all.   Cool Mom Picks Father's Day gift guide giveaway 2014

PRIZE INCLUDES:
•Collection of 10 Dove Men+Care skin products including dual-sided shower tool, 2 bottles of Body+Face Wash, 2 Body Bars, Thickening Shampoo, 2 in 1 Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner, Cool Silver Antiperspirant, Clinical Protection Antiperspirant, Hydrate Face Wash, and Hydrate Face Lotion
Beats By Dre Solo Headphones available at Target
Custom keychain with your child’s artwork from Metalmorphosis
Dad’s Gotta Eat gourmet collection from MOUTH
Moleskine myCloud Messenger Bag
Duck Island Dopp Kit from Zady (to keep all those cool Dove products)
J Press York Street fine corded tie from ZadyDad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments by Mike Adamick

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post, telling us one of the very best things about babies. (How hard is that?) You may enter one time per post on our Father’s Day Gift Guide series. Be sure to include your email so we can contact you. One winner will be drawn at random on or around Father’s Day, 2014. You must be a legal resident of the US, 18+. Contest ends midnight PST on June 15, 2014. Void where prohibited. Any taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. If you don’t follow the contest rules you will be disqualified and we will feel bad for you. Don’t cheat. Eat leafy green vegetables. Be nice to puppies.

Other 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide posts:
Personalized Gifts for Dad
Gourmet Gifts for Dad
Gifts for the Stylish Dad
13 Cool Gifts for Dad Under $20
Best Books for Dads
Gifts for the Dad who has Everything
10 Cool DIY Gifts from the Kids

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112 Comments

  • Reply June 5, 2014

    Alexandria C.

    My husband and I are new parents and we just can’t get enough of our baby girl Sofia! :) I must admit the nights are long and hard but when she looks at us and gives us one of her big gummy smiles it makes being up at 11,1,3,and 4:30 in the morning a little easier.

  • Reply June 5, 2014

    Amy

    Love all these ideas! http://www.thebabyburp.com

  • Reply June 5, 2014

    Gina

    Best thing about babies? Chubby legs!

  • Reply June 5, 2014

    Nancy

    Baby giggles are the best!

  • Reply June 5, 2014

    Yarikza Alexander

    The very best thing about babies is all the ‘”firsts” first giggles, first time holding their feet, first word, first stare, first smile, first snuggle, first feed, all the firsts are my favorite thing about babies.

  • Reply June 5, 2014

    Natalie S

    The best thing about babies is their wonderful scent and the slobbery kisses! My email is nlevdan3 at yahoo dot com

  • Reply June 5, 2014

    Kevin

    Milestones!

  • Reply June 5, 2014

    Lauren

    Babies? It’s just magic when they laugh. It’s just pure, unadulterated joy. There’s nothing better!

  • Reply June 5, 2014

    Brittany Korst

    Baby smiles =-)

  • Reply June 5, 2014

    Maura Cox

    Softest skin!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Grace Telles

    Best thing about babies is the happiness they bring to everyone around them.

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Vidya ramdin

    The best thing about my 4 babies were their gaze of love. For the first time I knew the meaning of true love and I didn’t want to let them go!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Elaine

    i love the folds and creases and newborn baby smell. I love it when they reach 6-9 months of age and are round and interactive and smiley!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    MJ

    Baby smiles and laughs are my absolute favorite.

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    debbie

    I love how little babies just mush into you… so yummy

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Jenelle

    Chunky baby thighs!!!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    beka

    one of the best things about babies is cuddling with them and having them just stare in your eyes like you’re the most fascinating thing they’ve ever seen. true love right there!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    ElysaG

    Best thing? The new baby smell!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Delfina Simon

    One of the very best things about babies is the way they smell :)

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Jody Long

    Best Things About Babies: Tiny Hands, Toothless Smiles, Baby Laughs, Baby Smell

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Amy

    Best thing about babies is the chubby cheeks!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    monet

    the best part about babies – how cozy they are.

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Courtney

    The best thing about babies is the new baby smell!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Julie U

    Baby snuggles…

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Stefanie Page

    The best thing about babies is how they make you look at the world in a whole new way. Wonderment. Appreciation. Joy. It can’t be measured!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Kate Myers

    The best thing about babies.. Everything!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Lisa W

    Babies remind us what’s important!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Kristin C

    Baby giggles are the best!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Marissa

    The best thing about babies is when they snuggle into your arms.

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Rebecca Haders.

    Lying with her head on my chest snuggling!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Sara

    Those baby giggles, big cheeks and that baby smell are just the best.

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Sramana Sil

    Best thing about babies….every day is a new adventure to share as a family!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Maria A.

    One of the very best things about babies is the way they smell – so new and fresh and unique “baby” smell – I LOVE it!

  • Somebody beat me to the punch – baby giggles are the best! Although their tiny heinies are pretty darn cute, too.

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Jeff Logan

    To me, the best thing about babies was their bath time ritual. (and now, it seems so far away in the past). The joy in their faces, the fun with bubbles, sticking foam letters and shapes on the wall, each bath time was a new, sweet-smelling discovery!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Charissa

    Their sweet baby smell!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Jessi

    The endless snuggles, chubby thighs, and giggles!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    efrat

    their spastic air-punches :)

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Susan

    Baby giggles are the absolute best! Even kids love hearing babies laugh. Just magical!!!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Denise L

    Babies are beyond cute, but thing I love most about babies is how they do something new or learn something new every day. It’s so amazing to watch.

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Andrea Frazer

    They transform people you think are hard into soft piles of mush. Human redemption at its finest!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Amorette

    Has to be the ecstatic smile they give their parents when they see them. So special, and just for us! Love it

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Shea Dean

    As a parent of teens and looking back to when my precious ones were babies, the best and most amazing feeling was knowing that they depended on you for everything and the love they showed in their own way, such as a smile, a giggle, and even whispers of gas, to remind you how equally special you were in their lives. Babies are just awesome!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Lynette

    Adorable giggles!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Natalie

    Baby smiles and laughs make the world go ’round!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Kirsten

    how proud he is when he’s learned something new (and his rolly, chubby legs!)

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Katie

    The best thing about babies is when they fall asleep in your arms!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    andrea

    morning grins are the best!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    sharon

    The best thing about babies are the way they smell …and also the promise they hold for dreams of the future.

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Elizabeth

    A baby laugh can make even the toughest days seem not so tough :)

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    AustinMochi

    The first kisses babies know how to give — all of them open-mouthed and lots of slobber and full of love!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Melissa Chavira

    The best thing about babies are when they snuggle and smile up at you.

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    jessica

    chunky lil baby feet!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Sabrina

    I love that babies provide the perfect opportunity to give gag gifts for newbie dads and grandpas!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Erastos

    I love the way babies smell

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Claire

    Best thing about babies – when they are curled up like a little lump of love – snuggled in against your chest. scrumptious.

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Melissa

    The best thing about babies is that they help you to see the world through their eyes!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Geneva

    The best thing about babies? Before they roll over, before they crawl, you can set them anywhere!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Allie

    The best thing about babies is that they tear walls down without even trying–everyone (almost) loves to connect with a baby so you find yourself interacting with people old, young, black, white, etc. everywhere you go that you might not have had the opportunity to talk to without them in you arms!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Carla

    New baby smell!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Michelle M

    I love how babies smell!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Sybille Colomb

    The best thing about babies is their contagious toothless smile and endless cuddles.

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Cindy Downey

    Babies! They keep you awake so much so that you can live life to the fullest instead of just sleeping it away! Sleep is overrated anyway!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Wehaf

    One of the best things about babies is that they give those wonderful open-mouth kisses on the cheek!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Juliet

    I love the sound of babies breathing while they sleep-so soothing!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Jenny

    Their perseverance. They have so much to learn (sitting up, eating, crawling, walking, etc) and they don’t give up until they get it. And they are darn cute while they’re at it!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Sara Sitler-Vermilya

    I love that babies remind us to slow down and see the world from their perspective. Everything is brand new again.

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Melissa

    What’s not to love about babies? I love their soft skin and toothless grins.

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Lisa Bruckner

    This is the best Father’s Day gift list I’ve seen so far. Thank you!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Erin

    The smell of their heads. I miss it!

  • Reply June 6, 2014

    Robin

    The best thing about babies is their laugh.

  • Reply June 7, 2014

    Cecilia

    Their eyes that don’t blink and stares that talk.

  • Reply June 7, 2014

    K.C.

    The best thing about babies is definitely the sweet baby smell :) And the first smile!

  • Reply June 7, 2014

    Jen

    My partner and I are expecting our first baby in a few weeks. Seeing as I was told I’d never be able to conceive, this is a huge gift to us. So for me, the best thing about babies is their ability to defy the odds and remind us that miracles really can happen!

  • Reply June 7, 2014

    Barbara

    The best thing about babies are their belly laughs, the BEST sound in the world!

  • Reply June 7, 2014

    Leanne

    Other than all the general wonderful things about babies, the best thing about babies is mine is coming in August 2014!

  • Reply June 7, 2014

    Kelli

    Those knees! Babies have the best little legs.

  • Reply June 7, 2014

    Jessica

    I love it when babies smile when they’re sleeping. It’s so beautiful. I also love to hear them coo and laugh. :)

  • Reply June 7, 2014

    Theresa B

    Snuggles. Absolutely snuggles.

  • Reply June 7, 2014

    Amy

    The best thing about babies is their innocence .. A blank slate to fill with love and wisdom :-)

  • Reply June 7, 2014

    Michelle C

    The very best things about babies is that they are in the “flower pot” stage of leaving them where you put them. :)

  • Reply June 7, 2014

    Sarah Q

    Babies allow you to see the world again through a brand new view and perspective!

  • Reply June 7, 2014

    courtney tucker

    One of the best things about babies is how they depend on you completely and truly can’t live without you.

  • Reply June 7, 2014

    Jenn Stolder

    The best thing about babies is that they show you a new level of love and a capacity for happiness you didn’t even know you had. Every smile opens your heart a little wider.

  • Reply June 7, 2014

    Kristin Foley

    I love those sweet, chubby cheeks:) Just cannot stop kissing them!

  • Reply June 7, 2014

    jodifur

    All the firsts!

  • Reply June 7, 2014

    Diane Compton

    One of best things about babies is all the new joy they bring into your home. And their smell, the best!

  • Reply June 8, 2014

    Christina C

    When they fall asleep on your chest!

  • Reply June 8, 2014

    Elaine Jackson

    The best things about babies are those chubby little legs, their infectious laughter, and the joy that they spread.

  • Reply June 8, 2014

    Valerie Good

    The one thing I love about my baby is the way he makes my heart melt. I still can’t believe I made such an amazing little man.

  • Reply June 8, 2014

    Allison K

    When they fall asleep after nursing in your arms.

  • Reply June 8, 2014

    ashleigh phillips

    Baby Smiles!

  • Reply June 9, 2014

    E.J.

    Loooove all the snuggles and smiley kisses! I am on my third baby now!

  • Reply June 9, 2014

    Beth W

    Best thing about our babies is their laugh. I love to when babies laugh names you laugh along with them.

  • Reply June 9, 2014

    Jenn mccallum

    When babies sleep they look like angels from heaven.

  • Reply June 9, 2014

    Sharon W.

    The best thing about babies would have to be chubby legs! And of course their smell…

  • Reply June 10, 2014

    theresa J

    The best thing about babies is their innocence

  • Reply June 10, 2014

    Amanda Alvarado

    I love the way a fresh washed baby smells!

  • Reply June 10, 2014

    Lindsay

    Their noises

  • Reply June 10, 2014

    Shelagh Baird

    The best thing about our babies are all the shared laughs my husband and I have over their weird antics. Everyday we get to add another small story to our own family lore.

  • Reply June 10, 2014

    Amber K

    I love baby smiles and giggles!

  • Reply June 10, 2014

    Sparrow

    Best thing about babies are the new things they learn everyday ☺️ It doesn’t matter how many kids you have, seeing them learn and discover every day.. That’s it.

  • Reply June 10, 2014

    Alicia

    Toothless smiles!

  • Reply June 10, 2014

    RachelJ

    Their baby smell.

  • Reply June 10, 2014

    Heather McMechan

    I miss those first baby smiles. Weepy!

  • Reply June 11, 2014

    Chaundra

    Chubby Smiles!

  • Reply June 11, 2014

    Whitney A

    It’s so easy to make them laugh!

  • Reply June 13, 2014

    michelle r

    their smile

  • Reply June 14, 2014

    Laura

    They recognize daddy’s voice from across the room.

  • Reply June 14, 2014

    Benjamin Jung

    The look of excitement when they are handed to you or when they wake up because they are happy to see you

  • Reply June 14, 2014

    Sarah

    Baby laughs and giggles!

  • Reply June 14, 2014

    RICHARD HICKS

    The best thing about babies are them being so darn adorable.

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