12 Gift Ideas for a New Dad

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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

Snow Peak Pocketable Daypack
$85, Amazon

Made from nylon (so you can wipe it down!) and roomy enough for everything from diapers to swaddling blankets, this backpack folds up into a tiny square.

A Warm Jacket

Patagonia Water Repellent Down Jacket
$229, Nordstrom

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

BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier
$60, Jet

Anecdotally, the dads we know all prefer the Bjorn to other carriers for its ergonomic fit and black-on-black styling.

Soft Gloves

Dents Guildford Mélange Flannel And Leather Gloves
$70, Mr. Porter

For gripping the stroller handle in the freezing cold.

A Cool Hat

Carhartt Men’s Acrylic Watch Hat
$10, Amazon

He can pop this on when there’s no time to shower.

A Nice Coffee Pot

Toast Living H.A.N.D Copper-Tone Coffee Carafe And Dripper Set
$120, Mr. Porter

Here’s a gift that benefits both of you. Bonus points if you give it with a bag of fancy coffee beans.

Stylish Sweatpants

adidas Men’s Condivo 16 Training Pants
From $27 Amazon

These are Hypebeast-y enough that he’ll look stylish even when he’s too tired for real pants.

An Equally Cool Sweatshirt

The North Face hoodie
$45, The North Face

Appropriate for when cabin fever sets in.

Sunglasses to Hide Tired Eyes

Warby Parker Fletcher Sunglasses
$95, Warby Parker

Can’t go wrong with a classic black Wayfarer style.

An Easy Dinner Option

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker
From $66 Amazon

Because he’s too tired to cook and you can’t subsist off of takeout forever.

Dadcore Sneakers

Saucony Originals Shadow Original
$70, Zappos

They might not be Balenciaga but they have the same ugly cool appeal.

A Discreet Notebook

Smythson Notebook
$48, MATCHESFASHION

To jot down the names of the new dad friends he’s meeting at the playground.

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12 Gift Ideas for a New Dad