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The 30 Best Gifts for New Dads, From Espresso Machines to Robot Vacuums

Celebrate—and help ease—his transition into fatherhood with these excellent finds.

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Let’s be real, the best gift you can give a new dad is a full, uninterrupted night of sleep. But unless you’re adept in the artistry of night nursing, you’ll have to settle for some strong runner-up options that’ll help ease and celebrate his transition into parenthood. For those not yet acquainted with the act, bringing a new human into the world changes your life in pretty much every way possible—the good, the challenging, the depleting. And while wearing the badge of “new dad” will indeed mean less sleep, there are innumerable positives to outweigh those tiring first few months. This is where you and your thoughtful present come into the picture.

When finding a gift idea for the new dad in your life, you could settle with some socks or a grilling kit if you wanted to go the predictable route, but this is your chance to make a real difference in how his day-to-day unfolds. Lingering on the theme of sleep a bit longer, there are several gifts for new dads that elevate the snoozing experience—think: customized pillows, high-tech alarm clocks with built-in sound machines and so forth. For those waking hours when it feels like a feat to keep your eyes open, a luxury espresso machine or temperature-controlled smart mug might make it easier to stay awake, no?

What we’re getting at here is: Opt for gifts that not only make his life less stressful but also add a bit of elegance to his newfound journey into fatherhood. Ahead, 30 ideas to kickstart your search.

Best Overall Gift

Bugaboo Donkey 5 Mono Bassinet and Seat Stroller


The Tom Brady, the Muhammad Ali, the GOAT of strollers is Bugaboo’s Donkey. Just ask the toast of Tinseltown or the British royal family, many of whom have been snapped pushing their babies in this choice item. It’s a stroller that not only has an incredibly polished design, but it’s one of the safest and highest-rated in the market—a fabulous gift for any new dad.

Buy Now on Bugaboo: $1,499

Best Gift for Sneakerheads

New Balance 990v6 Core Sneakers

The ultimate signifier of fatherhood—even over a stroller and diaper bag—is a pair of New Balance sneakers. The brand is essentially the be-all and end-all of the phrase “dad shoes,” footwear denoted for a silhouette that features a whole lot of paneling. The most notable of New Balance’s lot is the 990, a style introduced in 1982 that has since been revived to much fanfare. Other labels are now following in NB’s footsteps, but the real deal is this pair right here.

Buy Now on New Balance: $200

Best Gift for Watch Collectors 

Panerai Submersible Luminor Watch

Most men of stature are watch fiends. And if there is any moment to buy him a timepiece, it’s after the birth of a newborn. Consider it a push present, but for him—even if his wife was the one doing all the work. And one that truly captures la dolce vita is Panerai’s Submersible Luminor, a watch inspired by members of the Italian Navy and worn by some of the most noteworthy adventurers since the 1950s. 

Buy Now on Watches of Switzerland: $10,700

Best Gift for Dealing with Leftovers 

Caraway Food Storage Set 

Eating out and ordering in are practices that often fall by the wayside when children are home. This is why Caraway’s streamlined 14-piece food storage set, made of non-toxic ceramic-coated glass, makes for the ultimate gift for new dads who spend hours whipping up a healthy feast only to have half-eaten plates after a feast.

Buy Now on Caraway: $305

Best Gift for Going Hands-Free

Lululemon Wunderlust Belt Bag

Like the ubiquitous dad shoe (see above), the fanny pack (or belt bag) is another signifier of fatherhood. It makes sense, considering how the bag allows people to pack the essentials in an easily accessible case. Admittedly, the accessory, for too long, has received a not-so-stellar reputation, reaching the highest highs in the 90s before unceremoniously losing favor in fashion circles. But things have changed. Fanny packs, especially when worn across the chest, are now categorically cool. And if you know a new dad that needs an option that blends form and function, look no further than this one from Lululemon. 

Buy Now on Lululemon: $58

Best Gift for Cyclists  

Trek Fetch+ 4 Cargo Box E-Bike 

An e-bike is already a stellar gift for any man, but the one offered by Trek is even better for new dads. Why? The front of the vehicle features a cargo box, complete with child seats, that can fit up to five little ones. Factor in the amazing stability and handling, and you have an item that’s perfect for growing families. 

Buy Now on Trek Bikes: $8,500

Best Gift for Carrying Children

Artipoppe Zeitgeist Arrow Zorro Baby Carrier

Here’s an adjustable baby carrier that can work with newborns and toddlers, a stylish item that’s received rave reviews for carrying babes effortlessly. It’ll match perfectly with his favorite pair of dark denim or, let’s be real, a stylist set of sweats. 

Buy Now on Saks Fifth Avenue: $370

Best Gift for Sleeping Soundly

Loftie Digital Alarm Clock

This tech-savvy alarm clock eliminates the need for keeping your phone beside his bed with its two-phase alarm. It also has a built-in sound machine that lets him choose between nature sounds, white noise, breath work, and sound baths.

Buy Now on Huckberry: $149

Best Gift for Sore Muscles

Therabody Theragun Pro


It doesn’t matter how in shape he is, because holding a baby for hours on end works a different set of muscles that are bound to feel sore. The solution? This satisfying therapy tool, which stimulates muscle recovery and releases tension.

Buy Now on Therabody: $599

Best Gift for Dealing with the Unexpected 

Victorinox Outrider Pocket Knife 

Always expect the unexpected when dealing with kids. From tangles to separating Legos to peeling off stickers, having a pocket knife on hand is a godsend for new dads. And one of the best around, a device that has garnered amazing reviews throughout the decade, is Victorinox’s Outrider, a tool that has a myriad of potential uses. 

Buy Now on Victorinox: $84

Best Gift for Newly-Minted Handymen

Hoto 12V Brushless Drill

Not to feed into gender stereotypes here, but there is something about becoming a new dad that encourages developing some handy skills. Plus, with bassinets, cradles and strollers in need of assembly, this drill will go to good use.

Buy Now on Bespoke Post: $150

Best Gift for Stylish Sleepers

Sleepy Jones Henry Pajama Set

The best gifts are often the things you wouldn’t buy for yourself, which is why a coordinated pair of pajamas is the perfect pick for a new dad. He’s got other things to worry about, like diapers and onesies, so give him a luxe pair of PJs to make getting into bed feel extra enjoyable.

Buy Now on Brooklinen: $198

Best Gift for Running Errands

Shinola Parent Pack


Crafted from hard-wearing cotton canvas, leather lining, and a water-resistant recycled inner lining, this backpack-meets-diaper-bag is an essential. Aside from the slew of strategically placed compartments for diapers, baby bottles and keys, our favorite part is the changing mat pocket that can easily be removed with a single hand.

Buy Now on Shinola: $795

Best Gift for Stiff Necks

Pluto Pillow


Every minute of sleep counts when you’re a new dad, and a pillow that’s been handcrafted based on sleep style and preferences is a great way to make sure he snoozes luxuriously. When you gift a pillow from Pluto, the brand will ask questions like if your head gets hot while you’re sleeping or what position you fall asleep in, making the process easy and, dare we say, fun?

Buy Now on Pluto Pillow: $125

Best Gift for Javaphiles

Terra Kaffe TK-02

The correlation between new dad and caffeine doesn’t need to be explained. Make his coffee experience a work of art with this advanced automatic espresso machine. He can even program it to memorize custom drinks, so whipping up “dad’s latte” is as simple as pushing a button.

Buy Now on Terra Kaffe: $995

Best Gift for Self-Care

Le Domaine The Serum


Taking care of a newborn is bound to cause a wrinkle or two, so why not encourage self-care with Brad Pitt’s new much-buzzed-about skin care line? The serum is made from patented active compounds that are intended to slow down the signs of aging.

Buy Now on Le Domaine: $275

Best Gift for Documenting Memories

Leica D-Lux 7 Digital Camera


Give him something to document the early days of fatherhood with this cult-favorite camera. It fits perfectly in your pocket but also packs a punch with its large sensor design and versatile lens.

Buy Now on B&H Photo: $1,395

Best Gift for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Thule Cadence Bicycle Trailer


One of the best parts of raising a kid is introducing them to new experiences. So if the new dad in your life loved biking pre-parenthood, this attachment will feel especially meaningful.

Buy Now on Bergdorf Goodman: $450

Best Gift for a Close Watch

Wyze Cam v3 Pro


Sure, most of us were raised without the aid of baby cams, but once a parent integrates this into their daily routine, it’s hard to go back. This parent-favorite pick from Wyze makes it easy to check in on your little one while they nap and has two-way audio if you need to talk to them.

Buy Now on Wyze: $50

Best Gift for Readers

The MR PORTER Guide to a Better Day


Here’s a well-designed guide to everything from cultivating a morning routine to prioritizing his mental health. Aside from looking stylish in a stack, this book is a nice reminder to a new dad that taking care of oneself is also important.

Buy Now on Mr Porter: $40

Best Gift for Lounging

Loro Piana Horsey Cotton Fleece Sweatpants


There is perhaps no better time in life to justify a pair of luxury sweatpants then when he becomes a new parent, because he’ll unavoidably be living in sweatpants for the foreseeable future. And this lightweight pair, made from 100 percent cotton in Italy, is the best of the best.

Buy Now on Mytheresa: $945

Best Gift for Cozy Feedings

Overland Australian Merino Shearling-Lined Scuff Slippers


A pair of slippers inevitably lands on just about every gift guide for men every year, but in the case of the new dad, this cozy footwear staple especially makes sense. Make those 2 a.m. wakeup calls slightly less jarring with a pair of soft Australian shearling-lined slippers.

Buy Now on Overland: $89

Best Gift for Multitaskers

Courant The Catch 2 Wireless Charger


As mentioned earlier, devices that make day-to-day life easier will always be a good pick for new dads, which means this sleek wireless charger is a natural fit. It has two charging stations, so both parents can charge at the same time. Or he can pop in his phone and AirPods on for a battery re-up.

Buy Now on Goop: $120

Best Gift for a Quick Laugh

Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada


If you need a cheap and cheerful gift, this book by Jimmy Fallon is a favorite. Good for laughs and great for the bookshelf, it will quickly become a story-time staple.

Buy Now on Amazon: $12

Best Gift for Coffee Lovers

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug


This coffee mug is perfect for new dads who pour a cup of coffee with the intention of finishing it in a timely fashion, but get swept up in fatherly duties. Ensure they’ll never have a cup of lukewarm coffee again with this innovative pick.

Buy Now on Ember: $130

Best Gift for a Clean House

iRobot Roomba Combo j7+ Robot Vacuum and Mop


There’s little time for cleaning the house when you’re a parent—that’s a given. Help him stay on top of chores with this powerful Roomba that vacuums and mops simultaneously, while also avoiding carpeted surfaces entirely.

Buy Now on iRobot: $1,100

Best Gift for Aesthetes

The Sill ZZ Plant


For the first few months, new parents will spend more time in the house than usual. This low-effort, high-yielding plant is the perfect way to bring a bit of outdoors inside—without giving them something else to take care of.

Buy Now on the Sill: $88

Best Gift for R&R

L.L.Bean Quilted Sunbrella Hammock


Babies aren’t the only ones that need some cradling. A proactive new dad should take breaks, unwind, and clear his thoughts for a moment or two. And if he’s lucky enough to have a backyard, we can think of no better way to get some R&R than reclining on a hammock, rocking side to side under the summer sun. And this sizable, mildew- and rust-resistant option from L.L.Bean is one of the best around.

Buy Now on L.L.Bean: $379

Best Gift for Gamers

Sony PlayStation PS5 Video Game Console


When it comes to relaxing, some like to recline on a hammock (see above), while others like to take leisurely strolls. But for gamers, nothing beats holding a controller, putting on a headset, and playing Firewatch, Call of Duty, or whatever strikes his fancy. Admittedly, giving a game console is a highly contentious gift; new dads are supposed to face reality, not escape to a virtual one. But, as mentioned, taking a moment to do something for oneself should be practiced. And if you’re, well, game, consider yourself the wife, friend or relative of the year, because you’re basically allowing him to act like a child for an hour or two. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Buy Now on Walmart: $490

Best Gift for Staying Healthy

Flamingo Estate The Regenerative Farm Box


Yes, a whisky subscription would be more fun here. But new dads need to stay healthy and alert, so go for this box of fresh produce, seeds, spices, and baked goods instead. You can buy it once or, if he lives in Los Angeles, sign him up for a subscription.

Buy Now on Flamingo Estate: $99

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