The Best Gifts For Expecting Dads

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The best gifts for expecting dads! Do expectant fathers celebrate Father’s Day?  They absolutely should!  In my opinion, a man steps into his role as a father from the very beginning.  It’s an achievement and one of life’s greatest accomplishments.  That bond that’s established between mother and unborn baby, the soon-to-be dad is a part of that bond as well.

But for the calendar day, we often wonder what Father’s Day gifts for expecting dads we should even buy.

So often once a couple finds out they are expecting all the attention usually goes to mom and dads is often left out.  From the very beginning, we should celebrate the expectant father in the same way we do mom.  Every day should be Father’s Day for the hardworking dad.

These gifts are exceptional for Father’s Day, birthdays, Christmas, and any other time you want to put a smile on his face.

Here’s a list of some of the best gift ideas for expecting dads. You can also follow along on LTK for more gift ideas.

Expecting Dad Gift Box

Man CrateThis is a pretty funny gift box to give as a gift for expecting dads.  The Man Crate has a variety of options from Beer Can Chicken Crate, Moscow Mule Crate, to a Pit Master Barbecue Crate.  The best part is the crates need to be opened with a crowbar.

Expectant Daddy Gift Box– This daddy gift box includes a water bottle, What to Expect When Your Wife is Expanding book, “Hello My New Name is Daddy” Socks, Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada by Jimmy Fallon, and Nivea Men hand cream. You can also purchase gift wrapping for the expectant dad. All of dad’s necessities are in this expecting dad gift box.

Expectant Daddy Gift Box image
Photo credit: Etsy Shop

New Dad-To-Be Gift BoxThis is a great gift box for dads-to-be to get them started.   Within the gift box, you get Jimmy Fallon’s “Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA” baby book, a koozie, a notepad to track it all, and hand lotion.

New dad-to-be gift box with your baby's first word will be DADA book, a notepad and a koozie.

Useful Expecting Dad Gifts

We all know as new parents, we are exhausted in the beginning stages. We are functioning on very little sleep and surviving on coffee.

Now and again, we very well may forget where we placed our keys. The Airtags can help keep us all on track and find what we are looking for. If the Airtags are attached to your phone or even your wallet, the Find My app can take you right to it.

You can play a sound to lead you right to your keys and the app will show you the exact distance and what direction to head in.

Works well with iPhone 11 to iPhone 13 Pro Max. To attach your Airtags to your phone, the Airtag Loop is one of the best options. The OtterBox Rugged case provides better protection for your AirTag.

Yeti Rambler- Another useful expecting dad gift is a Yeti cup. We have a few different Yeti cups and they are by far my husband’s favorite!

They keep your drinks hot or cold at the perfect temperature for hours. This is important when it’s taking you hours to finish that one cup of coffee. LOL, The lid stays secure so the chances of you losing your drink are slim.

Dad will appreciate this gift.

Cool Gifts For Expectant Dads

Promoted To Daddy Whiskey GlassYou’ve created a little one and now it’s time to let everyone know when his role as dad was established, with a whiskey glass for the expectant father.

Engraved Spoon- Dad’s Cereal Killer Spoon– This is a great funny gift for dads.  There are other sweet and cool engraved statements for the expecting dad.

Shiny silver dad's cereal killer spoon for the dad-to-be.

Dad Life Hat

Grey Dad life hat
Photo Credit: Etsy Shop

Best Dad Father’s Day Slippers

Dad’s Sippy Cup

Daddy's sippy cup whisky glass is a funny gift for expectant dads.

Cigar Whiskey Glass

whiskey glass with indention for to rest a cigar serves as a good gift for dads-to-be

Whiskey Decanter Globe Set

globe whiskey decanter set of 4 for as a gift for expecting dads who may need a drink.

Adulting is hard!  Parenting is hard, and every now and again a spirit is needed.

These are also the best gifts for expectant dads who want nothing and dads who have everything!

Best Books For Soon To Be Dads

The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide For Dads-to-Be

The Expectant Father covers everything from what your partner is going through both physically and emotionally, the development of your baby to delivery, your transition into fatherhood, and how you as the dad-to-be can get involved and stay involved.

The expectant father: The Ultimate guide for dads-to-be. A great gifts for expecting dads to get them started.

We’re Pregnant! The First Time Dad’s Pregnancy Handbook.

We’re Pregnant takes you through the entire nine months to set you up for success from the very beginning.  It’s an easy read and provides details of what to expect each week and during the postpartum period, with a touch of humor.

We're pregnant! The First-time Dad's pregnancy Handbook.

Best Diaper Bag for Dad

Active Doodie Dad Diaper Bag Macho diaper bag, anyone?  This diaper bag has it all!  The bag includes a changing mat, an insulated bottle holder, stroller straps, and plenty of compartment space for toys, snacks, and all the extras babies need. The expectant dad would be proud to carry this diaper bag around!

Active Doodie Dad Diaper bag in black
Photo Credit: Etsy

The Dad Hoodie

If you think dad wouldn’t be interested in carrying around a diaper bag, The Dad Hoodie is the next best thing! It provides 6 inside pockets with mesh lining to carry items such as a few diapers, a pacifier, a small snack, a toy or 2, and a sippy cup.  

Father’s Day Gifts For Expecting Dads

Dad Fuel Glass Coffee Mug

"Dad Fuel" glass mug.

Minipresso NS, Portable Espresso Machine

Black minipresso portable espresso machine

Portable Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Copper portable cold brew coffee maker

When you become a parent, the days are long, and the nights are even longer!

If you’re a coffee drinker, having that fresh cup of coffee to start your day is one of the most important things you need to get going after a long night.  When you have to leave the home, you’ll have your “dad fuel” coffee mug and portable coffee maker cold or hot to keep you going.

He’s Got Jokes

Dad Jokes: Terribly Good Dad Jokes

Terribly good dad jokes book.

A Daily Dose of Dad Jokes

A daily dose of dad jokes book for the expecting dad.

If you think the expecting dad enjoys telling corny dad jokes, this is the gift for him.  I have to admit, “A Daily Dose of Dad Jokes” is full of cheesy dad jokes that actually make you chuckle.

Funny Gifts For Expectant Dads

The best funny gift for expectant dads is this can cooler which reads, “It’s Not A Dad Bod, It’s A Father Figure”. This can cooler is hilarious and a great way for dad to have a good laugh.

New Parent Decision Coin- Flip a coin to decide if it’s daddy’s turn or mummy’s turn to do the next diaper change, feed, or who’s going to burp the baby. 

Dadvil– You can order a box or a bottle and fill it with dad’s favorite candy. Fill the Dadvil bottle with candy that resembles medicine.

Dad Gift from Daughter or Son: Dadvil Box or Bottle  Get Dad image 0
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Daddy’s Tools of The Trade Diaper Changing Tool Belt

Daddy's tool of the trade diaper changing belt.

Daddy’s Diaper Duty Apron

Daddy's diaper duty apron soon to be dads.

One of the most helpful things a new dad can do is learn to change diapers and be in control of diaper duty.  These are some hilarious and creative gift options that have everything he needs.

Some items included:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Butt cream

Best Books For Expecting Dads & Child

One of the sweetest, bonding moments for a new dad and his new child is storytime.  It’s an unforgettable time spent that will eventually turn into a nightly routine that your child will grow to look forward to.

I Love You, Daddy

I love you, daddy children's book, gifts for expectant dads.

Just Me and My Dad

Just me and my dad children's book.

My Dad is Amazing!

My Dad Is Amazing children's book.  Children's books are great gifts for expecting dads.

Daddy’s Arm

Daddy's Arm children's book for gifts for expecting dads

Expecting Dad Shirts

Turntable & Speakers Matching Set

You Can Do This Dad Onesie

White with black writing you can do this dad onesie.

Baby and Papa Bear Matching Set

Baby and papa bear matching men's t-shirt and baby bodysuit outfit.

Baby Daddy T-shirt

Navy blue baby daddy t-shirt.

Looking for a gift for your baby daddy or even a matching set for the father to be.  These are some great options for long-term and multiple-use items that you can’t go wrong with.  There are plenty to choose from, like a matching set of dad’s favorite food, a onesie full of words to boost dad’s confidence, or a simple tee for dad to claim his role as baby daddy. Lol

We purchased a onesie for our son to leave the hospital in, Ty’s favorite college football team.  Auburn Tigers! This is another great option for gifts for expecting dads to make dad smile.

Skin to Skin Kangaroo T-shirts

A father doing skin to skin in blue kangaroo shirt.

For dads who want to take part in skin-to-skin bonding time.  The Banderoo comes with a velcro strap that allows you to easily make adjustments for skin-to-skin contact and keep your baby warm.

Best Budget Friendly Baby Carrier For Dads

baby carrier in black
Photo Credit: Walmart

As new parents, you will quickly learn the importance of having your hands free.  The Infantino Baby Carrier is affordable with multiple ways to wear it.

The weight range is 8-32 lbs.  It’s also washable.  The downside to this carrier, our son was a butterball, he outgrew this one rather quickly.

Gift From Unborn Baby To Dad

White sonogram picture frame as a gift for the expectant dad.

Baby Sonogram Photo Frame– A photo the proud father can place within his workplace to show off his new bundle. Makes a great sentimental gift for the expecting dad.

Expecting Father’s Day Card

Letters to my baby is a sweet gifts for expecting dads. 12 letters each including a prompt.

Letters to My BabyWith letters to my baby dad-to-be can write a sweet message and later add memories to give to your child at a later date.  All 12 letters begin with a sweet prompt such as “my wishes for you are”,  dad can fill in the rest! One of the best gifts for expecting dads that is sure to make them smile.

Cards For the Expectant Father- Purchase or make sweet cards as a Happy Father’s Day or congratulations cards from you and your growing baby.

Christmas Gifts For Expecting Dads

The perfect gift for a father to be from their wife is the boyfriend, fiance, husband, and dad mug

With each milestone of your relationship, they can place the established date on the mug.

  • 11 oz white ceramic mug.
  • Microwave and dishwasher safe.

The best personalized expectant father gift from Etsy!

Another personalized pregnancy gift for dad is a baby ultrasound ornament. It’s ceramic, 3 inches wide and 3 inches tall.

Dad Sweatshirt- The Established Dad sweatshirt is available as a crewneck or hoodie. Just add the year your partner became a dad. A simple but meaningful dad-to-be Father’s Day gift or Christmas gift for expectant fathers.

What To Get A New Dad After Birth

Face Pajama Pants

Another way to congratulate the expecting dad is by gifting him a pair of pj’s with mom’s face on them or once the baby is born use a photo of their new bundle.

Face Mug The face mug is one of the ultimate gifts for expecting dads to serve as your reminder to keep going!

Face Socks My husband loves these socks and tells anyone who will listen they should get a pair.  These divvyup socks come in a variety of colors and they are of outstanding quality.  You simply upload a photo of your choice, this can be done from your mobile too and the rest is taken care of.

A grey pair of divvy up custom face socks as a cool personalized gift for fathers.

Some Extras

All of these items make the perfect dad to be Father’s Day gift. I hope you find this gift guide helpful.

Best Gifts For Expecting Parents

Gourmet Gift Baskets– Shower the new parents with a gourmet gift basket filled with treats they love!

Home Chef Meal Delivery Gift Card– You can purchase a gift card for the parents to be. The last thing exhausted parents want to have to worry about is cooking meals.

Gift cards can be purchased in the amounts of $65, $125, and $250. The most popular amount is $65, which covers 3 meals for 2 people!

Prime Membership/Amazon Fresh

Prime membership is a wonderful gift to give to new parents especially with having the option to grocery shop via Amazon fresh. Never having to leave the house with 2-hour delivery. Convenience is a lifesaver for new parents and anything that can help make the adjustment as new parents a little easier is needed.  Not only is shopping for everyday items an option but you can also stream movies and t.v. shows with your prime membership.

You can choose 3 months or a 12-month plan for the expectant parents. 

Wine Subscription– Gift a wine subscription for 1, 2, or 3 months!

Phone Sanitizer- Phone soap 3 UV Smartphone

Black phone sanitizer to keep everything clean as a gift for expecting parents.

The phone soap is another significant item to have considering the times we are in dealing with a health crisis.  We wash our hands, Clorox every item in our home why not sanitize our phones too?!

  • sanitizes all smart phones
  • cleans smart watches and headphones too
  • USB port and USB C port for charging.

Canon PowerShot SX530 Digital Camera

Black Cannon camera as a gift for expecting parents to take all the photos they would ever need.

As new parents, you’re going to want to take photos of every single thing.  To you, every little thing will be photo-worthy.  First bath at home, picture!  New facial expression, wait I need a picture! The Canon is a great option to document life and capture all the beautiful moments.  It will all fly by so quickly.  Capture all those adorable moments you don’t want to forget!

Expecting Parents FAQs

How does Amazon Fresh work?

  • grocery delivery and pickup service in select cities
  • shop groceries and essentials
  • exclusive to prime members by invitation only (you can requested an invite)
  • local 2hr delivery
  • many brands to choose from for food items including 365 by Whole Foods.

What should you stock up on before having a baby?

  1. Meals- We didn’t do this and boy do I wish we had.  Make meals that you can freeze to eat later.  You are exhausted most days, the last thing you want to do is spend time cooking
  2. Stock up on your favorite foods
  3. Kitchen stables
  4. Baby wipes
  5. Burp clothes

How can a father prepare for his first child?

  1. Attend birthing classes– You will learn a variety of labor techniques and how to support your partner through the labor and delivery.
  2. Attend parenting classes– In parenting classes you will learn the basics of caring for a newborn such as changing diapers, feeding and bathing.
  3. Breastfeeding classes-Are a great opportunity for parents to ask questions about breastfeeding and try to prepare for.  Things you may learn-nursing positions, feeding cues, diaper count, when to seek for help and plenty more.
  4. Attend as many appointments as you can.  This will keep dad in the know, and he will be able to see what baby is doing in the womb on ultrasound and mom will feel supported.
  5. Learn how dads can support breastfeeding
  6. Help determine your child’s pediatrician
  7. You may also enjoy 7 things no one tells you before having kids

What do you get expecting parents for Christmas?

These are some of the best gifts for expecting parents for Christmas! Full details of each item are listed above.

What to get an expecting father?

  • Letters for dad to write to his baby.
  • Sonogram photo frame.
  • A whiskey decanter globe set.
  • A cigar whiskey glass.
  • Dad’s own personal sippy cup.
  • One-handed grab opener.
  • A budget friendly baby carrier.
  • A Kangaroo shirt for skin to skin.
  • Matching t-shirt and onesie.
  • Books for dad to read at bedtime.
  • Diaper duty apron.
  • Daddy’s diaper duty tool belt.
  • Face socks with a photo of he his new bundle.
  • A man crate.

What should be in a daddy survival kit?

  1. All his favorite snacks
  2. A red bull
  3. A cigar
  4. A message of motivation
  5. Small bottle of hand sanitizer
  6. Small bottle of lotion
  7. An extra diaper
  8. An extra pacifier
  9. A notepad
  10. Dad’s pregnancy handbook.

Do the fathers go to the baby shower?

Fathers can absolutely go to the baby shower. Co-ed baby showers are a great way to include dad in the joys of becoming a new parent. It is also a great way for the expecting dad to thank guests for their generosity.

I hope you find this list of gifts for expecting dads helpful! Dads deserve more than a tie. 😉 Enjoy!

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