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.
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) 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)
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. ($12, Diaper Dude) If you want something more keepsake-sentimental than straightforward practical, you can never go wrong with a gift of a family portrait sesssion from a professional photographer. This one hails from Justin Hackworth who is simply amazing at bringing out the best in everyone; but if you’re not in the Salt Lake City area, look for someone great near you. ($ varies)
– Don’t miss our big Father’s Day giveaway below. Entering is easy! –
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) 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)
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)
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)
A custom 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)
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.
•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 Zady •Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments by Mike Adamick
TO ENTER: THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED, CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS!
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
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.
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Babies? It’s just magic when they laugh. It’s just pure, unadulterated joy. There’s nothing better!
Baby smiles =-)
Best thing about babies is the happiness they bring to everyone around them.
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!
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!
Baby smiles and laughs are my absolute favorite.
I love how little babies just mush into you… so yummy
Chunky baby thighs!!!
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!
Best thing? The new baby smell!
One of the very best things about babies is the way they smell 🙂
Best Things About Babies: Tiny Hands, Toothless Smiles, Baby Laughs, Baby Smell
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the best part about babies – how cozy they are.
The best thing about babies is the new baby smell!
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Babies remind us what’s important!
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The best thing about babies is when they snuggle into your arms.
Lying with her head on my chest snuggling!
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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.
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!
Their sweet baby smell!
The endless snuggles, chubby thighs, and giggles!
their spastic air-punches 🙂
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They transform people you think are hard into soft piles of mush. Human redemption at its finest!
Has to be the ecstatic smile they give their parents when they see them. So special, and just for us! Love it
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!
Baby smiles and laughs make the world go ’round!
how proud he is when he’s learned something new (and his rolly, chubby legs!)
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morning grins are the best!
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chunky lil baby feet!
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New baby smell!
I love how babies smell!
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The smell of their heads. I miss it!
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Their eyes that don’t blink and stares that talk.
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Those knees! Babies have the best little legs.
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All the firsts!
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When they fall asleep on your chest!
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When they fall asleep after nursing in your arms.
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Best thing about our babies is their laugh. I love to when babies laugh names you laugh along with them.
When babies sleep they look like angels from heaven.
The best thing about babies would have to be chubby legs! And of course their smell…
The best thing about babies is their innocence
I love the way a fresh washed baby smells!
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I love baby smiles and giggles!
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Their baby smell.
I miss those first baby smiles. Weepy!
It’s so easy to make them laugh!
They recognize daddy’s voice from across the room.
The look of excitement when they are handed to you or when they wake up because they are happy to see you
Baby laughs and giggles!
The best thing about babies are them being so darn adorable.
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