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The 25 Best Gifts for New Dads, From Alarm Clocks 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 holiday 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, 21 ideas to kickstart your search.


Best Overall Gift

Bugaboo Donkey 5 Mono Bassinet and Seat Stroller

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The Tom Brady, the Muhammad Ali, the GOAT of strollers is Bugaboo’s Donkey. Just ask the toast of Tinseltown or the English 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 990v5 Core Sneakers

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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 “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 first 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: $185


Best Gift for Running Errands

Shinola Parent Pack

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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

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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: $110


British Heart Foundation

Evelyn was born with a life-threatening heart condition called Brugada Syndrome. But thanks to groundbreaking research, she’s now been fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)—a tiny gift that’s helping to keep her alive today. Find out how you could help power the next lifesaving breakthrough.

Discover Now on BHF.org


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

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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: $385


Best Gift for Documenting Memories

Leica D-Lux 7 Digital Camera

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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

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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 Going Hands-Free

Artipoppe Zeitgeist Denim Baby Carrier

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Here’s an adjustable baby carrier that can work with newborns to toddlers. It’ll also match perfectly with his favorite pair of 501 jeans.

Buy Now on Harrods: $356


Best Gift for iPhone Addicts

Loftie Digital Alarm Clock

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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 Ssense: $149


Best Gift for a Close Watch

Wyze Cam v3 Pro

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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 Sore Muscles

Therabody + (RED) Theragun PRO Massager

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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 Mr Porter: $600


Best Gift for Readers

The MR PORTER Guide to a Better Day

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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

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There is perhaps no better time in life to justify a pair of luxury sweatpants than 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Newly-Minted Handymen

Hoto 12V Brushless Drill

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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

Buy Now on Hoto: $150


Best Gift for R&R

L.L.Bean Quilted Sunbrella Hammock

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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

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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 and 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

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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 them up for a subscription.

Buy Now on Flamingo Estate: $99


Best Gift for Stylish Sleepers

Sleepy Jones Henry Pajama Set

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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 Sleepy Jones: $198

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