So your friend/brother/co-worker/life partner recently became a father, and you’re trying to figure out what to buy him this holiday season. First of all, congrats — especially if you’re the person who actually birthed the baby in question. And second, don’t despair. While traditional baby gear is often hideous (and aimed at women), there are plenty of gifts you can give a new dad that will acknowledge both his change in status and his impeccable taste. Read on for our list, including an eye-catching coffee pot, the best affordable dadcore sneakers, and a sweatshirt that will look good even when it’s covered in spit-up.
A Cool Diaper Bag
A Warm Jacket
Inevitably, he’ll find himself walking endless miles around the neighborhood trying to soothe a baby who just won’t sleep. Here’s where a zippered jacket is key — it’ll fit nicely over a baby carrier.
A Sleek Baby Carrier
Anecdotally, the dads we know all prefer the Bjorn to other carriers for its ergonomic fit and black-on-black styling.
For gripping the stroller handle in the freezing cold.
A Cool Hat
A Nice Coffee Pot
An Equally Cool Sweatshirt
Appropriate for when cabin fever sets in.
Sunglasses to Hide Tired Eyes
Can’t go wrong with a classic black Wayfarer style.
An Easy Dinner Option
A Discreet Notebook
To jot down the names of the new dad friends he’s meeting at the playground.
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