The Best Gifts for New Dads Roundup

I know, I know, it’s only mid-October. Why am I writing a post about holiday gifts? Well, as all my Instagram friends keep reminding me there are only four Fridays left until Black Friday, and only nine more weeks until Christmas. Also, I hate shopping at the last minute. I much prefer to figure out what I want to get and then look for the best deals. This post includes the best gifts for new dads plus promo codes to help save some money.

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Even though this year will technically be Aiden’s second Christmas. I don’t think either Dan or I remember much about last Christmas because Aiden was only three weeks old. We spent Christmas in RI and Aiden was so upset the day before we left we almost didn’t go! Not to mention I did my Christmas shopping on Black Friday which was the day before I went into labor, so I didn’t know what Dan would need as a new dad. Needless to say, after 10.5 months I have a pretty good idea of what a new dad could really use this time around.

Here are some gift ideas for the new dad in your life.

1. A great pillow: Here’s the thing. With a new baby, you are not going to get much sleep. When you do sleep you want it to be good! Invest in a nice pillow for the hubby. Brookstone has some amazing BioSense pillows. I actually had one before I was pregnant and it makes a huge difference.

Right now, Brookstone has a promo code for $20 off $100 — use “NOV20” at checkout to save.

2. A Watch: You may have caught my last post Gift Idea for New Dad: JORD Watch. If you didn’t you will definitely want to go back and read it. A watch is essential if you are a new dad. Everything revolves around time. You live your life in cycles around your baby’s needs. I love the Jord watches but if you like a sportier look the G Shock watches are really sturdy and is shock resistent.

3. Hulu Plus and/or Netflix Subscription: During the first few months of Aiden’s life we watched so much Hulu and Netflix! There is a lot of downtime where you can’t really leave the house and you need to find something to do. Thankfully, the original programming on both Netflix and Hulu are really good so we got to watch some really great shows. (Definitely check out the Marvel series on Netflix and The Mindy Project on Hulu! Plus, Gilmore Girls is coming back on Netflix mamas!) With a new baby you are up at all hours of the day and night so it’s helpful to have something to do. Another great reason to sign up for these is that they have apps so you can watch anywhere.

Hulu is currently offering Hulu Plus plans for $5.99 per month for a year, plus if you use this link you can get two weeks free. There is no date for when it ends so sign up soon. Netflix offers the first month free to new subscribers.

4. PhotoCubes: Many parents take monthly photos for the first 12-months of their baby’s life, but what do you do with them? I love the idea of putting them on these Photocubes from PhotoBarn. There are six sides available for the photos so if you buy two you can fit all twelve months. If your baby isn’t a year old yet, you can always do one block and put the first six months.Ā  Or, check out these PhotoBlocks. I like the blocks because they hold two photos but you can also add patterns on the other sides. I envision this as one of the best gifts for new dads who work in an office because they can be put on a desk. Plus, Photobarn always has great deals going on.

5. Blue Apron: If you have a new baby around the holidays, set your husband up for success by getting a few months worth of Blue Apron food delivery. Even if your husband can cook, it is not going to be easy with a baby around! Aiden was born just three weeks before Christmas and there were nights that we struggled to cook something.

6. Headphones: Dan used headphones a ton when Aiden was first born (and not for the obvious reason you’re thinking of blocking out the cries!) He did a lot of the night shifts with Aiden in the early days and he would use the headphones to watch Hulu/Netflix on his phone or listen to music. Plus if he has a new iPhone, he’s going to need these anyway!

To summarize, here is a roundup of the best gifts for a new dad:

Need more ideas? Check out this post on the Best Father’s Day Gifts.

Have you started your shopping list yet? What is on your list for the best gifts for new dads?

This post includes the best gifts for new dads plus promo codes to help save some money.

This post includes a round-up of the best gifts for new dads plus promo codes to help save some money for the budget loving mama.





About Melissa

Hi, Iā€™m Melissa! I am a mama to my baby Aiden Milo (born November 2015), and a police wife to my husband Dan. I started this blog because, after having Aiden, I quickly learned that exhaustion and baby brain causes you to forget some of the er-lovely (sometimes horrible and sometimes wonderful) details related to the first several months of raising a baby. Considering we may have more kids in the future, I want to document everything we do, so we remember what worked the first time around, and hopefully help other first time mamas along the way!
  • Crystal Gareau

    Great list of ideas for dad. Sometimes we forget that dads also need time and love after a new baby.

    • Melissa

      Thank you! Yes, they really do!

  • Celeste Wright

    I am seriously all for a new pillow! I always get that for a gift for the men in my life. (hubs, dad, bro) such a good gift that they use everyday

    • Melissa

      So true! It’s not something that is often thought about but a good pillow makes such a difference.

  • Maria

    Oh those JORD watches…I’m thinking about getting him one for Christmas!

    • Melissa

      The JORD doesn’t disappoint. I am sure your husband would be very happy with one šŸ™‚

  • Ashley Freligh

    Love the idea of a watch or headphones! My husband is a big fan of both šŸ™‚

    • Melissa

      It’s a very practical gift, but guys are usually pretty practical! I highly recommend the JORD!

  • The Hulu/Netflix and pillow ideas are great ones! Both would be very appreciated by a new dad.

  • Luz Tijerina

    Great list. A great pillow is probably at the top of my list.

  • Tineke F

    Yess, xmas will be here before we know it! I love the pillow idea!

  • Lindsay Katherine

    These are SUCH great suggestions! Dads are important too, and I absolutely love JORD watches.

  • Leigh Carol

    Great Tips! I am 39 weeks pregnant and with our little one coming very very soon I am stressing more and more about who is going to cook! The Blue Apron Subscription is an awesome idea! So is Netflix =)

  • Krissie Aguilar

    GREAT ideas! I have always had a difficult time brainstorming gift ideas for dads… now I have some ideas! Thank you for sharing!

  • I love the good headphones idea! I laughed at your comment about blocking out the cries because that’s what I immediately thought of when I saw “headphones.” šŸ™‚

  • Oh yeah, headphones are a great idea.

  • Belle Bermudez-Tubel

    These are really great ideas!

    One Awesome Momma

  • Samantha

    These are great ideas! I love the pillow idea! When you become a parent your pillow time gets severely limited, so you might as well have a great pillow! šŸ™‚

  • Melissa

    Love this!!! I have bookmarked for when we become parents so I have a go-to list for my hubs šŸ˜‰

  • Candy Kage

    The headphones would be a perfect gift for several men in my family.

  • Michelle Lynn

    Great ideas! And what an adorable baby!

  • Casey Fossett Powers

    Those are all great ideas, but I love the headphones idea best!

  • Tori | The Nurture Collective

    Love these ideas. I’m definitely at a loss as to what to get my husband for Christmas!

  • Shannon Marie

    These are GREAT ideas!

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