Look around - you won’t have a hard time finding gifts that are earmarked and handcrafted for pregnant women. There is no shortage of great gifts and gift ideas when it comes to mom. Mom is with baby, and honestly, it’s a lot more overt.
However, it can be difficult to come up with the perfect gift for an expecting father. How do you strike the balance between thoughtful, practical, and personal when shopping for this special dad-to-be?
Here are our picks for the best 9 gift ideas for expectant dads:
1. Coffee mug
There’s no such thing as too many coffee mugs. With all the sleep deprivation ahead of him, a coffee mug or tumbler makes a cute gift that’s practical-first, cost-effective, and has the potential to be personal, too.
What could be cuter than a byte-sized baseball onesie repping dad’s favorite team? Pay homage to his college with some miniature swag.
You can be sure that this gift will put a smile on his face every time he picks up his little guy. And give yourself a pat on the back for strengthening the bond between this father-child duo.
3. Matching shirts with baby
When it comes to gifts for a new dad, it doesn’t get more classic. Simply put, matching sets are adorable.
We’re not sure which part is cuter: dad wearing the same clothing as his little baby, or baby wearing the same clothing as his big dad. One thing is sure - if you’re looking to melt mom’s heart then invest in this Instagrammable gift.
4. Dad books
Put that deep voice and ample lap of his to use. Dads reading to children play a particularly instrumental role for their language and communication development - even as newborns! Plus there’s something super cute and funny about reading stories to newborn babies. We dare you not to smile.
But seriously, books that specifically reinforce the father-child relationship are even better for the child to learn how lucky he or she is to have a loving father who’s always there for them. Dad will be thrilled to cuddle on the couch with his little one and this thoughtful gift.
5. Picture frame
A place to put daddy and daughter’s treasured memories, this is a gift that will get used as soon as that special photo is printed. If you want to get fancy, you can even make it a digital frame.
God knows he’ll be shooting tons of selfies with his beautiful little child. Now those photos will be put to good use, not just sitting in the cloud. Dad, however, will be on cloud nine with his sweet, framed memories.
6. Diaper bag backpack
Moms and dads will both appreciate this gift immensely. A convenient and inconspicuous way to carry your baby’s accessories in style - what’s not to like?
Practicality is key in this gift. Get a color that’s muted, a black, grey, or khaki will do the trick. Make sure it’s spacious, but not too bulky. No one wants to advertise where their diaper wipes are at.
7. Home security system
This gift is particularly thoughtful, especially for the techie dads out there. Every dad is protective by nature, and with a little one on the way those paternal instincts will be heightened.
Having a home security system will give dad that peace of mind as an antidote to the overwhelming responsibility of giving his family a safe home. What a gift that is.
8. Baby carrier
I’m sure you’ve seen a dad with his baby strapped onto his chest. And I’m sure you thought, “Hey, this guy is beyond adorable!”, and no, you were not referring to the child (though more often than not it applies equally to both).
When looking for a baby carrier you want to find two basic things: comfort, and support. Comfort: for both dad and his baby; and support: to keep baby safe and secure. Make sure to find these two qualities in ratings or recommendations, because chances are you won’t be able to test it out yourself!
Since dad doesn’t have the luxury of milk on tap, he’s left to employing the bottle to feed his little newcomer. Why not get something that both dad and baby can enjoy together (not to mention wary mom, too)?
With your gift, this expectant father can be a critical part of his child’s growth and development. Snuggling with his baby, dad is going to form a close bond using this special and practical medium.
Make sure to wrap your gift up (literally, and figuratively) with a hand-written card to express the thought you put into it. Sometimes it’s the card that matters more than the gift itself. After all, the purpose of getting him a gift is to show that you support this dad, you care about him, and you’re celebrating the new life he’s bringing to the world.
Whether it’s for the baby shower, Father’s Day, or the occasion is just right, any of these gifts will do to mark this joyous time in dad’s life. Remember: the more personal you make it, the more it will be appreciated. So customize those coffee mugs!