March 1, 2024

Every great dad deserves to be celebrated on Father’s Day, but for a new parent, the holiday is especially poignant. Any guy who’s recently welcomed a little one is running on little sleep, and he could definitely use some extra love in his state of blissful parental exhaustion (and, perhaps, a nap). Of course, to mark this major milestone in his life, he could also use a few of the best Father’s Day gifts for new dads.

There are many ways to go about finding the perfect present for a new parent, of course. You could buy him some specific baby-related gear, like a great diaper bag that doesn’t actually look like a diaper bag. You could spoil him with his all-time favorite things, like his go-to bottle of tequila (or whiskey, should that be his drink of choice) or some self-care essentials that he’d probably never think to buy himself. And you could never go wrong by getting him something practical for this time spent hibernating, like comfy sweats or a gadget that will make life easier so he can focus on what’s really important: family time.

No matter what you choose, there’s something for every type of new parent out there—and we’ve rounded up the best Father’s Day gifts for new dads to help you land on the right one. Here are 29 thoughtful presents that will make him feel all kinds of special on June 18. Looking for even more gifting inspiration? Check out our guides to the best Father’s Day gifts for grandpas, the best Father’s Day gifts for husbands and the best Father’s Day gifts for sons.

This Dagne Dover carryall will hold all of his parenting essentials—and from the looks of it, you’d never know that it’s actually a diaper bag. It counts a mini changing mat, extra pouches, stroller clips, a luggage sleeve and a bottle holder among its features. The backpack style is great for the dad who shuns totes or just simply likes to be hands-free.


Take a lesson from Cookie Monster and treat your favorite new dad to some of the best chocolate chip cookies on the market, courtesy of New York City’s legendary Levain Bakery. This special package includes four cookies, a bag of Devoción coffee (which he will absolutely also need) and the cutest “Freshly Baked” onesie for the family’s new addition. There’s also a vegan and gluten-free option for the dad with dietary restrictions.


Whether he tunes into Real Housewives drama religiously or catches the occasional episode of Watch What Happens Live, any new dad who enjoys a night of Bravo (perhaps more than he cares to admit) will tear through Andy Cohen’s latest book about how fatherhood has changed his life. As its title—The Daddy Diaries: The Year I Grew Up—implies, it’s witty, candid and heartwarming.


If he’s been wearing the same uninspired pair of slippers for years, Father’s Day is the perfect time for an upgrade. He’ll feel like he’s walking on clouds as he pads around the house in full-on dad mode, thanks to these suede slip-ons from UGG. Their soft wool lining is unbeatable, plus they come in four neutral shades that are bound to match his loungewear.


Welcome him to the dads’ club with—what else?—some corny dad jokes and delectable treats. This gift box from Harry & David has snacks like popcorn, hickory-smoked sausage, trail mix, cheddar cheese, licorice and cookies hidden in secret compartments that are, naturally, labeled with silly one-liners.


Flecha Azul Blanco Tequila

At the end of a long day, he likely wants nothing more than to kick back and relax. If he’s a fan of tequila, treat him to a bottle of Flecha Azul’s premium Blanco expression. Made in Jalisco, Mexico, from 100% blue weber agave, it tastes great and has the cool factor of being backed by actor and producer Mark Wahlberg.


This Lalabu t-shirt will be a godsend for the busy new dad who needs to be hands-free. The first baby-wearing design of its kind to be made specifically for dads, it can hold newborns up to 15 pounds without the complication of buckles, snaps or swaddling. All he has to do is tuck the baby into the supportive front pouch and continue on with his daily activities.


Even when he has a chance to get some rest, it can be hard for a new dad to actually wind down—and by the time he does, the baby monitor might not let him. A sleep mask can help him shut out the world (or at least the light) for a bit, and this padded silk version from Lunya will absolutely lead to sweet dreams.


With so much time spent at home, any new parent will welcome a cookware upgrade—especially one that doesn’t require much clean-up. He can use this no-fuss, nonstick copper pan from Material to make any meal his heart desires without the mess since it can be popped right into the dishwasher after dinner.


With GCI’s folding outdoor rocking chair, there’s no reason for him to stay cooped up in the nursery on a nice summer night. Padded armrests and mesh backrests will have him feeling comfy and cool as the smooth rocking motion lulls the baby to sleep. There’s even a built-in beverage holder, which is quite convenient for that bedtime bottle.


This Aviator Nation hoodie is so soft, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more comfortable sweatshirt. And what better gift for a new dad who’s spending most of his time at home? It’s bound to become his new go-to from the moment he zips it up. Plenty of great naps ahead, guaranteed.


Father’s Day is a great time to step up a new dad’s coffee routine. He can’t run out to his favorite café every time he needs a latte anymore, and if he’s going to play barista at home, he might as well do it right. Nespresso’s new Vertuo Pop+ machine is compact but mighty, taking up minimal counter space despite the fact that it can brew a whopping five sizes of hot or iced coffee.


Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Vitamin C Lactic Firm & Bright Eye Treatment

Skincare can easily fall by the wayside for any new parent—but that doesn’t mean it should. If the new dad in your life is currently battling dark circles and puffiness thanks to a lack of sleep, perhaps it’s time to add an eye cream to his regimen. This one from Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare combines vitamin C and lactic acid to visibly brighten tired eyes, and then some.


This is more than just your average dad hat; it also happens to double as a dog dad hat. Perfect for the new father in your life who was a fur parent first, or who just can’t walk past a pup without saying hello, this bright blue Smathers and Branson cap—which features a yellow lab, hand-stitched in needlepoint—is sure to make him smile.


There may be no way around the interrupted sleep patterns that come with new parenthood, but there are ways to make the best of the situation—and this Loftie clock is one of them. Much more sophisticated than its minimalistic design lets on, it’ll help him get as much quality rest as possible thanks to a gentle two-phase alarm that mimics the body’s natural waking process. And the bedtime story, sound bath and guided meditation options aren’t to be overlooked, either.


Just because he’s a dad now doesn’t mean that he has to spend less time in the great outdoors. This Deuter hiking pack will comfortably and securely carry the most precious cargo—a toddler, of course—when he hits the trail, thanks to its adjustable shoulder straps, fitted waist belt, roomy storage pockets and a sunshade.


With a new bundle of joy at home, a summer getaway might not be in this year’s cards—which is all the more reason to inspire a vacation-loving dad’s future destinations. This gift from Assouline does just that: Inspired by the publisher’s beloved travel book series, the new travel candle collection can give him a taste (or, technically, a whiff) of Mykonos right from the couch.


Great Jones Distilling Co. Straight Bourbon Whiskey

If he’d rather cheers with whiskey, this one is the way to go. Manhattan’s first and only legal whiskey distillery since prohibition, Great Jones Distilling Co. crafts its spirits from 100% New York-sourced grain, resulting in a light-medium bodied blend that packs creamy notes of vanilla and a peppery finish.


He’s surely been paying for additional iCloud photo storage since the baby’s arrival, but nothing compares to having physical mementos that capture this special time. Thanks to its top performance and speed—plus the ease of a single shutter button—this instant-print Fujifilm camera will let him document precious moments and look back on them fondly within a matter of minutes.


If he’s not a big fan of taking baths, he’s certainly about to be. There’s no better way to unwind after a long day of parenting than a nice soak in the tub—and with this magnesium-fueled blend of bath flakes from Barker Wellness (launched by the ultimate cool dad himself, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker), he can put his body and mind at ease.


No matter how much he loves his BBQ, it can be hard to find the time for some beloved backyard cooking with a newborn. With Our Place’s new cast iron grill pan, he can get the best of both worlds, grilling anything his heart desires—and he can do it indoors, right on the stovetop. If you’re feeling generous, pair it with the brand’s Cast Iron Perfect Pot; the pieces work in tandem to create some true culinary magic.


Whether he sleeps on his side, back or stomach, Sleep Number’s heat-resistant, hypoallergenic True Temp Pillow will help him make the most of those hours when he’s out like a light. Available in three versions—Classic, Contour, and Ultimate—you can choose which one will suit him best based on his individual sleep preferences. You can’t go wrong with the Ultimate version, which has foam inserts that can be added or removed to his liking.


Just because he’s been spending more time at home in sweats doesn’t mean that he couldn’t use some more real-world clothes. This denim shirt from DL1961 is the perfect gift, since he can throw it on over pretty much anything to look a bit more polished, whether he’s just running errands or heading out for a much-needed date night.


If he’s been looking a bit scruffier than usual—and understandably so—then this Philips shaver will get him cleaned up, stat. It’s specially designed to protect skin from irritation and its larger head delivers a quick and close shave with fewer passes. He can use it wet or dry and will get approximately 20 cordless shaves on a one-hour charge.


Sure, he has less time to meet his buddies at the golf course these days. But that doesn’t mean he can’t practice his swing at home. This portable non-skid putting mat has a slight incline at the end and multiple cup targets, so he can keep working on his short game even while he’s on parenting duty.


Whether he works remotely or is just sending out the occasional email amid paternity leave, this convenient laptop stand from Moft will be a lifesaver for his posture. All he has to do is prop it up on a table, fold it to the angle of his choice (there are four options, including one that will allow him to stand) and get down to business. He’ll be grateful for the chance to multitask from any room while keeping an eye on the little one—and for fewer trips to the chiropractor. 


Even in the haze of midnight feedings and diaper duty, there’s no way a new father won’t take the time to laugh about having his very own “sippy cup.” This dishwasher-safe lowball glass from Daddy Factory presents the perfect opportunity to cheers to his first Father’s Day.


When a new dad finally finds some time to clean up, the last thing he needs is a machine that only partially gets the job done. With Dyson’s newest Gen5detect cordless vacuum, he’ll have the house looking spotless—and fast. With up to 70 minutes of run time, the just-released model features unrivaled suction power and a savvy HEPA filtration system that captures the smallest particles, as well as viruses. A sparkling, healthy home? Now that’s a great gift worth the splurge.


A great Father’s Day gift for any foodie, Breville’s innovative sous vide will have him making the most of meals at home. The wifi- and bluetooth-enabled immersion circulator heats up quickly and cooks meat in half the time. Even better, it’ll work with the Joule app (which has a cool feature called “Visual Doneness” to help decide on preparation time) to notify him when dinner is ready and keep the food warm until it’s time to be served.

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