Holiday Gifts for the New Dad

November 17, 2019

holiday gifts for the new dad


It’s his first Christmas as a new father, and probably the last Christmas before he stays up all night building things, wrapping things, and generally devoting himself to everyone else’s comfort and joy.

Here are a few suggestions to give the new dad the holiday he deserves, from budget-conscious options to the splurge-worthy items.

  1. IKEA Raskog Utility Cart

    Father's Day gift idea - Ikea Cart
    Who doesn’t love a rolling cart? The IKEA Raskog is versatile enough for almost any use and ideal for the sleep-deprived new dad. It holds all baby’s essentials and glides from room to room without the need for higher-order thinking. It’s basically a modern-day camel without the interspecies exploitation.

    About $30 at you know where.

  2. Experiential Gifts

    Holiday gift ideas for new dad - museum
    All sorts of memories are forming around the baby-parent experience. Maybe it’s time to cement a few new associations in that receptive male brain. The experiential gift is one of the best ways to create memories. It’s also tailored to his general interests, and it might even allow for further refinement.

    Dad’s a book lover? Get him a subscription to an audiobook service and let him choose his own books. An art lover? Get him a museum membership and let him dream of that transcendent day when the kid first accompanies him. Other possibilities include a magazine subscription, an environmental getaway, a yoga membership, or a walking tour of your city.

    Prices vary, with some very affordable options.

  3. Yoshihiro Japanese Nakiri Vegetable knife

    dera design blog post on holiday gifts ideas knife image
    From mild-mannered Diaper Dad to fierce Samurai Swordsman in the flick of a knife. Pander to his need for adventure—when he’s off parent duty—with a Japanese Nakiri vegetable knife. This one was forged in Japan from 46 layers of hammered carbon steel in the Damascus tradition, the knife has a Shitan Rosewood handle and all the makings of a modern classic.

    About $165

  4. Dera Design Organic Cotton Canvas Diaper Bags

    dera design GOTS-certified organic diaper bags
    Get him his very own diaper bag, certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard. He’ll love its generous size, gender-neutral styling, and organic status. The bag features two separate compartments with tons of pockets. Plus, it comes with bonus accessories, including a matching change mat, stroller straps, and a padded shoulder strap. Healthy baby, happy father.

    About $85

  5. Bees, Chickens, & Goats

    Holiday gifts for new dad - best gift ever
    It’s the gift that keeps on giving. All provide nutrition and possible income, and the bees are an added bonus for the environment. And it doesn’t have to be an animal. Giving a gift to a non-profit organization in his name is a thoughtful way to support his interests. It’s also a great holiday tradition to establish and continue as your child grows. Nurturing a generous spirit is a gift that enriches everyone. So, let the enrichment begin!

    About $55 for bees, $25 for a chicken, and $75 for a goat.

  6. Laguiole Corkscrew


    The Laguiole waiter’s style corkscrew is definitely a splurge item. But on the upside, it’s slow fashion at its best, sure to be appreciated for many years by wine-lovers and aspiring sommeliers alike. A marvel of design and function, the corkscrew is fashioned from brushed stainless steel and polished olivewood.

    About $190, but lots of less expensive options.

  7. Popcorn Maker

    Holiday Gifts for the New Dad – Popcorn maker

    Family-bonding night wouldn’t be complete without the smell of fresh popcorn wafting through the air. It’s guaranteed to conjure images of cozy fires & big-screen blockbusters, and this one makes mouth-watering popcorn without the chemicals, right on the stovetop. For immediate gratification, get him a bag of non-GMO popping corn to go with it.

    About $45

  8. Cast-Iron Skillet
    Holiday gifts for new dad – cast iron skillet
    The tired new dad will appreciate a pre-seasoned pan that’s ready for action right out of the box. It’s versatile, too, going from stovetop to campfire to oven with equal ease, and will last for generations with proper care.

    About $27.00

  9. Slow Coffee Style Brewer Stand Set
    Kinto brewer at Kaufmann-Mercantile
    Yup, he’ll need coffee. You both will. The Kinto brass and walnut pour-over coffee brewer looks spectacular on the counter, and the adjustable stand allows him to channel his inner chemist as he brews coffee in virtually any vessel. Save on wasteful pods and paper filters while treating him to an ol’ fashioned cup of slow-brewed Joe.

    About $190.00, and lots of other slow coffee options available.

  10. Breville Milk Café Milk Frother
    Breville frother
    If lattes and cappuccinos are more his style, go for this over-sized milk frother by Breville. The stainless-steel cup is dishwasher safe, although it’s so easy to rinse clean, it may never make it to the dishwasher rack. The stainless steel interior is free of the harmful anti-stick coatings found in most frothers, so no fear of accidentally turning it into a chemical delivery system. 

    About $130

  11. Lounging Around Pants
    joggers from Loomstate
    You couldn’t live without your yoga pants, right? Give him the same comfort during nighttime feeding sessions (the baby’s) with a pair of sweatpants or joggers. They look great indoors and he won’t look like he’s wearing pyjamas when he dashes out for provisions. For bonus points, choose 100% organic cotton from a GOTS certified factory.

    About $120, but prices vary with brand.

  12. Travel Pillows with Organic Pillowcases
    holiday gifts for dad – travel pillowcases
    He may not be ready to hit the open road just yet, but a travel pillow is good for all sorts of occasions, like short car trips, business flights, and making sure he’s comfortable while trying to balance a laptop with one hand and baby with the other. Our GOTS-certified pillowcases are soft and safe, and come in a pair for quick changes.

    $21.99 for a pair of pillowcases

  13. Camo Shoelaces
    Camo shoelaces
    The new father is a teeming mass of contradictions, excited about his new role yet fearful of losing his identity in a pile of dirty diapers. Give him an outlet for his individuality with these shoelaces from Stolen Riches. They look great with everything from dress shoes to hiking boots, and they’re guaranteed not to break—what could be greener?

    About $17.50

  14. Micro-Green Kit
    Uncommon Goods Micro-Green Kit
    A sure bet for the new dad with a green thumb! This kit comes with the whole caboodle: a soilless medium, two full crops of seeds, and directions for sowing, sprouting, and growing. The modern recycled steel box has a bamboo wooden tray that doubles as a lid and fits with just about any kitchen decor. In a couple of weeks, he could be ready to harvest a mini field of salad-ready, USDA-certified organic sprouts.

    About $65

  15. Shaving Cream
    Nurture My Body Shave Cream
    Guys need pampering, too! The best gifts are those he secretly covets but wouldn’t dream of buying for himself—like organic, non-foaming shave cream that makes his skin smooth enough to rival your baby’s bottom. All without the use of harmful chemicals or toxins. Find one that's USDA organic and cruelty-free. 

    About $30

  16. Beard Oil
    Lovely Beards Bourbon Beard Oil
    Alternatively, for the bearded dad there’s bottled oil, specifically designed to make his beard supple and soft, and keep him looking well-groomed even after a grueling night of parent duty. This one is from Lovely Beards and has an unscented option to keep Dad and his beard-pulling offspring happy and safe. 

    About $20

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