Sometimes it’s hard to come up with gifts for new dads at the hospital because we primarily think of mom, what gifts we can give the expecting mom, and how we can provide support. Yes, moms do the work and it’s certainly hard work that deserves all the praise.
But then there’s the dad who deserves some praise as well. Dad is your support system. He’s your right-hand man who should be there with you every step of the way, just as exhausted as you are.
Some of the best gifts for a new dad are ones that new dads can use at the hospital and beyond. These gifts are perfect for a daddy hospital bag, Father’s Day gift for dad-to-be, and new dad Christmas gifts.
And if you are looking for gifts for new dads that aren’t for the baby, you are in the right place.
Gift Ideas For New Dads At Hospital
Herschel Duffle Bag- What dad couldn’t use a duffle bag as a gift for new dads at the hospital? It’s one of the better gifts for new dads from his wife because who else is going to make sure he at least has a bag packed with everything he needs. LOL.
The Novel duffle can make the perfect dad hospital bag.
Comes in a variety of colors.
- Nice size main compartment.
- A compartment for a pair of shoes.
- Removable shoulder straps.
Packing Cubes- A great amazon gift for new dads at the hospital is a 7 set of packing cubes. Another gift that new dads can use long-term. I love a good set of packing cubes because they can be shared with the whole family.
This set includes:
- Large packing cube.
- Medium packing cube.
- Underwear bag.
- Grooming/makeup bag.
- Shoe bag.
- Flat bag for extra accessories like sanitizing wipes or tissues.
- Dirty laundry bag.
Dude Wipes- When thinking about gifts to give a new dad at the hospital, remember, the days are long and exhausting. If things aren’t going exactly as planned, the last thing the new dad is thinking about is taking a shower.
Give the gift of self-care with Dude wipes! They are unscented and made with Aloe Vera and vitamin E.
Tommy John Sleepwear- If dad is planning on staying overnight with mom then the best gifts for new dads at the hospital are comfortable sleepwear.
Tommy John’s sleep set. Both top and shorts are soft and breathable. We all know it’s very difficult to sleep in a hospital. The new father will thank you for gifting him something comfortable and holds its shape.
Or a pair of Amazon pajama pants.
Comfortable T-shirts- Simple but useful presents for daddies are a few good quality t-shirts. Comes in a variety of colors and a pack of 2.
Loungewear Set- For first-time parents’ labor and delivery can take hours and those hours can feel like days. Birth for a first-time mom can take 12 hours or longer. Some first-time moms surprise us and deliver rather quickly.
Related: Gifts For Expecting Dads
A thoughtful gift for first-time dads is a comfortable loungewear set. Make sure the new dad is good and comfortable to cheer mom on and take care of her needs while she’s working hard to bring their beautiful baby into the world.
These Athletic Works joggers come in a few different colors and sizes small to 3XL.
Blanket- If dad doesn’t want to use the hospital’s blanket and pillow, then a gift for first-time dad at the hospital would be a nice, cozy blanket and a plush pillow.
This sherpa flannel blanket will do the trick and keep dad nice and homey. The blanket comes in six different sizes, so there is plenty of room to play with to make sure dad is comfortable.
Pillow- The Beckham Hotel pillow collection comes as a set of 2, so if dad wants to share, mom will have her own too.
Slippers- Who doesn’t love a pair of UGGs? These UGG slippers are just as comfortable as UGG boots we know and love. While at the hospital, dad will need some comfortable foot attire. They’re the perfect gift for the dad-to-be.
Nike Slides- If the new father isn’t a fan of slippers, then Nike slides are a suitable alternative for first-time daddy gifts.
If you’ve ever watched a single Instagram story of mine, you know my husband lives in a pair of Nike slides. These were definitely in his hospital bag.
- They are lightweight.
- 7 colors to choose from.
- Provides support and cushioning.
Amazon Fire 7 Tablet- Another new dad gift idea is an Amazon tablet. If mom plans to get an epidural and is happy and comfy once given, there may be some time for dad to check emails or even view some downloaded shows while mom is resting.
- 16 or 32 GB of internal storage.
- Up to 7 hours of battery life.
- Camera with video recording.
- Dad can view apps and download videos from Netflix, Prime Video, Starz, Instagram, and others.
YETI Coolers- I’ve been a labor and delivery nurse for a very long time. I’ve seen many families get creative to make sure dad remains at the bedside with mom and doesn’t have to leave very often. One of the best ideas I’ve seen to help do this for new dads at the hospital is when families bring coolers filled with snacks and food for dad.
A Yeti cooler is a meaningful new dad gift from mom and, like all gift ideas listed, it can be used for delivery and beyond.
- Compact cooler.
- Easy to clean.
- Keeps items cold.
- It’s great for a day trip too.
Food- Whether purchased or a home-cooked meal, bring the new dad food or a few gift cards to his favorite restaurant to order from Uber.
Watch- A gift daddy will thank you for years to come is an Apple watch, talk about upgrading! This watch can do just about everything.
The new dad at the hospital can use his new watch to help mom keep track of the last feeding, diaper changes, and how long naps are.
What does the Apple watch do?
- Keep track of exercise.
- Listen to music.
- Call and text! Yes, make calls and text from a watch.
- The new father can even use Apple pay with his watch.
- You’re able to make emergency calls.
- And more.
Camera- The best new dad gifts are a camera and camera bag to capture all of those sweet memories. From the first few hours of birth and beyond. Dad can be the family’s photographer.
AirPods- An excellent gift for new dads from his wife or partner is a set of AirPods. As I mentioned, if the expecting mom is getting an epidural, she should be nice and relaxed and even may take a nap. That’s the perfect time for dad to either rest too or listen to music or watch a t.v. show or two.
In our household, my husband was the first to get a pair of AirPods pros while I had a pair of Bose wireless headphones. Let’s just say I was super jealous of the sound and quality of his AirPods.
- The charging case provides over 24 hours of battery life.
- Amazing audio quality.
- Noise cancellation.
- Can set up with other Apple devices.
- A host of other outstanding features.
Hospital Bag For Dad During Covid
When preparing a bag for delivery you can’t forget a hospital bag for dad. I mentioned a few items for dad in realistic c section hospital bag, but this post is dedicated to gifts for new dads at the hospital, so I will add a complete dad hospital bag list here.
Hospital Bag For Dad Checklist
- Identification card and insurance card.
- Wallet single dollar bills (for the vending machine) and credit card.
- Extra clothes
- Blanket and pillow
- Shower shoes
- Water bottle
- Copies of birth plan and contacts.
- Mama’s gift
Travel Size Hand Sanitizer- Don’t forget to add hand sanitizer in dad’s hospital bag. This set is a trio and they are great because each is compact and slim.
The Noshinku trio comes in scents of Lavender, Bergamot, and Eucalyptus. Yes, there are hand sanitizer units all around the hospitals and on each unit, but it’s always best to have your own.
Mask- We all know the type of times we are in and while the hospital may give you a mask if you need one. Pack a few in the hospital bag for dad.
Moisturizing Balm- Make sure the new dad packs some Trader Joe’s Head to Toe moisturizing balm into his hospital bag. He can keep his hands nice and moisturized and any other body parts including chapped lips.
Dad can also have this on hand for the expecting mom who needs back rubs as she progresses through labor.
Portable Charger- It’s good to pack a portable charger that might take care of all of dad’s electronic needs.
This portable charger is slim, so easy to slide into a pocket or a bag for dad.
- USB charging cable
- AC plug
- Micro USB charging cable
- Micro USB input port
- USB output port
- Charging cable
Charging Cable- A 3 pack 6 foot USB charging cable may come in handy while at the hospital with mom.
Related: Gifts For New Mom At The Hospital
Personalized Gifts For Dad From Baby
Toiletry Bag- You can’t go wrong with a nice leather monogrammed Dopp kit as a present for dads. It’s a classy gift to give a new dad at the hospital that he can use for years to come, including weekend getaways with the new baby.
They can personalize this leather toiletry bag with dad’s initials or his name. You can add up to 10 letters either embroidered or firebrand.
- 3 Different sizing options from minimalist to X-large.
- 6 Color options.
- Water-resistant liner.
- Lifetime warranty on your purchase.
Personalized Stamped Stack Books- One of the sweetest gifts for dad from the baby is a set of personalized decorative books. They can stamp each book with a family member’s name on it, including the pet dog or cat.
You can add your personal touches by adding a new phrase, a few twine options, and burlap or buffalo check ribbon options.
Personalized Keychain- A gift for dad from the baby can be given on Father’s Day or as a Christmas gift for new dads is a personalized keychain.
You can add a photo to have placed on the inside of the key chain with dad and his new bundle or dad and the whole family. Eight color options with “DAD” written on the front.
Personalized Wallet- The first thing that usually comes to mind when thinking about gifts for new fathers is a wallet. For starters, they always need a new one or they usually want nothing at all.
This wallet is a little more special than what we normally run out and grab. With this one, you can have a sweet message engraved on the inside and dad’s initials placed on the outside.
Both the wallet and keychain would make nice Valentine’s day gifts for an expecting dad and new dads.
Christmas Gifts For New Dads
Bombas Slippers For Dad & Baby- A sentimental present for daddy is a pair of gripper slippers for dad and baby. They are half slipper, half sock to keep the new father and baby’s feet nice and cozy.
- For babies of 6-12 months.
- You can just throw them in the washer to clean.
- Comes with a travel bag.
- With each purpose, they donate a pair to a shelter.
First Christmas Ornament- Surprise the new dad with a “First Christmas As Dad” ornament. It would be a special first-time dad gift to celebrate his first Christmas as a new dad.
Nespresso Coffe Machine- Once home, the sleepless nights begin, and for a while, everyone is surviving on coffee. A fantastic Christmas gift for new dads is the Nespresso coffee machine.
We are avid coffee drinkers in our house. My husband and I equally love this machine and feel like we were completely missing out when we didn’t have it. You can see ours here along with the draw organizer we use for our coffee pods.
What makes this coffee machine so great?
- It’s super easy to use.
- You can make coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, and espresso.
- Many flavors to choose from.
- Barcodes on each capsule for the machine to read how many ounces the pod makes.
- The Nespresso VertuoPlus comes with a frother.
- Easy to keep clean.
Ember Coffee Cup- The smart coffee mug to keep dad’s coffee nice and hot.
- You can set an exact temperature with the app.
- Your set temperature will remain for up to 1.5 hours.
- It’s also ok to wash.
Face Mug- One of my husband and I’s favorite mugs is the face mug of our little one. If your baby is born before Christmas a thoughtful baby gift for dad is a face mug with dad’s favorite photo of the baby.
You can see them here.
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I hope you enjoy this list of gifts for new dads at the hospital.