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The 20 best Father's Day gifts for new dads in 2024

Personalized books, practical gadgets and sentimental Father's Day gift ideas that'll make Sunday one to remember.

green background with white wirelesss headphones, personalized picture book and smart mug
New dads deserve some love — whether it's with a personalized picture book or coffee subscription to help them get through the early days. (Amazon, Wonderbly)

His life became all the sweeter when his built-in buddy arrived. Gone are the days of spontaneity and silence, but he's slowly (but surely) adjusting to this new era of his life. It's hard not to when each day ushers in an exciting milestone — the first diaper change, first car ride and in a few days time, his first Father's Day as a dad. (FYI, Father's Day falls on Sunday, June 16 this year.) This once-in-a-lifetime moment deserves to be celebrated, which is why I'm here with standout gift ideas for your husband, son, brother or another first-time dad.

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If he's still in the trenches of the newborn stage, gift him something that can lighten the load — emotionally or otherwise. Consider this sleep aid doodad from Dodow, created by insomniacs to get people to sleep in just eight minutes or less. Or give him a new fluffy bathrobe and comfy slides that he can throw on in the middle of the night for diaper changes and feeds. If he's the sentimental type, you can't go wrong with a personalized picture book written from his baby's point of view.

My two cents: You're always safe going with a Father's Day gift that reminds him of the joys of fatherhood — whether it's a digital picture frame highlighting all the good times or a dad joke button that'll keep him laughing. Although you're a little late in the game (shh, I won't tell), there are still plenty of solid last-minute options to choose from, but double-check the delivery estimates to ensure it'll arrive by Sunday.

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The more he reads to his baby, the more his little one will be able to recognize his voice. This picture book, which also comes in a version for fathers and daughters, will keep even the littlest ones engaged — and maybe it'll even bring a few tears to Dad's eyes.

$7 at Amazon

Gone are the days when he'd pour himself a cup of coffee and be able to drink it in peace — or while it's still hot. Hardworking dads shouldn't settle for lukewarm coffee, which is exactly why this smart mug exists. He can brew his coffee or tea into this mug and enjoy it at his ideal drinking temperature for up to 80 minutes on a full charge, or all day if it's sitting on the charging coaster (which, let's face it, is probably what he needs).

$104 at Wayfair
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$104 at Amazon$104 at Target

In the early days, there's (understandably) a lot of emphasis on the relationship between Mom and baby. This babywearing shirt will help Dad bond with his baby anytime, anywhere — no wrapping, buckling or cumbersome carriers required. It's just as much a gift for the baby as it is for Dad: "Our son doesn’t like the swing, bouncer or regular baby carrier but loves this shirt. He almost immediately falls asleep and my husband gets to bond with the baby while working, doing the dishes or lounging," one five-star reviewer wrote.

Note: Select 2-day shipping to guarantee arrival by Father's Day.

$68 at Lalabu

No one appreciates a good night's rest quite like a new parent. And since time is precious, he can use this light system to fall asleep even faster. Choose between eight- and 20-minute sessions — just inhale as the light gets brighter and exhale as it dims.

$60 at Amazon
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$56 at Sharper Image

Rocking a baby in the wee hours of the morning is much easier when you have some tunes to jam out to. Wireless headphones are key — they'll be a godsend during late-night feedings or when he's tending to a colicky baby in the middle of the workday. You can always go with the tried-and-true AirPods Pro, but tech editor Rick Broida calls these affordable alternatives "just about perfect."

$85 at Amazon

In the beginning, he needs a diaper bag stocked with all the supplies — diaper cream, extra onesies, pacifiers and the whole dang kitchen sink — but as his baby gets older, he’ll need less and less. When the time comes, he’ll be happy to have this vegan leather pack, complete with a waterproof pocket for wipes, a detachable changing pad and built-in pacifier hook.

Note: Select expedited shipping to guarantee Father's Day arrival. 

$98 at Kibou

How can you possibly sum up the experience of fatherhood in a single photo? Get him a digital picture frame so he can cycle through his favorite moments and add more as the years go on. Plus, if you buy one for the grandparents (hint, hint), you can set up a "family circle" playlist for easy sharing between frames.

$146 at Amazon

Because he needs to work smarter, not harder. Instead of juggling a baby and a phone, he can dedicate both hands to his pride and joy (I’m talking about his baby, obviously) and mount his phone nearby. He can clamp it to any stable surface — a desk, end table, bedframe, you name it — and adjust the neck to his liking.

$14 at Amazon

You have two options here: Simply give the doting dad the redemption code to customize his own reel, or you can handpick seven of your favorite snapshots and surprise him. Over the years, he can celebrate his child’s milestones with a new reel — the viewer comes with a wooden holder big enough to hold 10 reels.

$35 at Uncommon Goods

Now, this might be the sweetest LEGO build ever. Turn one of his baby’s photos into a mosaic made up of more than 4,500 bricks in five colors — white, light gray, dark gray, black and yellow. Once he’s done assembling it, he can proudly put it on display for all to see.

Note: Standard shipping takes 3-5 business days. Select express shipping for Father's Day arrival. 

$80 at Lego

This moment only happens once, so mark the occasion with a personalized picture book that he can read to his new bundle of joy. It's told from the baby's point of view (cue the tears) and covers all of the firsts that the two will experience together — first steps, first songs sung and so much more. Tailor it by adding their names and choosing from an array of skin tones, hair colors and styles.

Note: Books are printed and shipping in 2-4 business days, which means it may not arrive in time. 

$45 at Wonderbly

At this point, he's barely functioning if coffee isn't pumping through his veins. Sign him up for a monthly coffee subscription for the next three ($60), six ($120) or 12 months ($240) and he’ll get a fresh bag tailored to his tastebuds. When he redeems it, he’ll take a quick quiz about his preferences — ground or whole bean, dark or light — and Trade will tackle the rest.

$60 at Trade

I'm normally against giving mugs as gifts, but then again, it kind of feels like a rite of passage for dads, don’t ya think? This color-changing mug is actually cool: It reads "Cool Dad" when it's empty and changes to "Hot Dad" when something warm is poured inside.

Note: This item is backordered and expected to ship in late June. 

$28 at Uncommon Goods

It's only a matter of time until the dad jokes start flowing. But when he needs a helping hand, he can press this button and it'll spit out a corny, Dad-approved one-liner.

$18 at Amazon

He doesn't need an excuse to wear matching outfits with his mini me, but his first Father's Day is a pretty good one. He'll wear this T-shirt as a badge of honor, while his little will be the ultimate hype (wo)man. Shirts are sold separately — onesies go for $23 and the adult T-shirts start at $30. 

$23 at Etsy

That new glider he convinced you to buy ahead of your little one's arrival? Well, it has his name on it — but actually. Not only will this pillow give him a little extra back support, but it'll ensure that he has just what he needs — snacks and unlimited entertainment — within reach when he's up with the baby.

Note: Select expedited shipping at checkout to guarantee that it'll arrive by Father's Day.

$24 at Personalization Mall

One way to make the baby's witching hour a little more bearable? A comfy 'fit that can be thrown on without any work or thought. This beloved bathrobe from Brooklinen is your best bet — it's incredibly plush and durable. As one reviewer put it, it's "like your favorite towel giving you a big hug." Pick from 11 colors, including everything from classic neutrals to seasonal hues.

$99 at Brooklinen

Every new parent faces growing pains — sometimes, literally. Between all the lifting and holding, he’s bound to feel a few aches and pains in his neck, back and shoulders. When he has a moment to spare, he can drape this heated massager over his shoulders and adjust between three speeds to work out any annoying kinks.

$50 at Amazon

Chances are, he's spending more time at home than ever before. A trusty pair of house shoes, like these comfy cushioned slides from Lululemon, will give him the support he needs. Most reviewers say they run big, so consider sizing down if he's between sizes.

$58 at Lululemon

The right pair of joggers is a staple for walks around the neighborhood, errands or even the laziest of Sundays at home. Vuori gets it right — this pair is soft and stretchy but has all the technical details (like a zip pocket and reflective accents) for when he's on the move.

$98 at Vuori

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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