30 Special Gifts To Get The Dad-To-Be This Father's Day (2023)

Father's Day

30 Special Gifts To Get The Dad-To-Be This Father's Day (1)

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Because your guy deserves a gift on his special day, too.

by Jennifer Parris


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So much is made of moms-to-be on Mother’s Day. There are entire card sections dedicated to pregnant women who are about to celebrate their first-ever special day, and gifts galore that honor the fact that you’re about to become a momma. And it makes total sense, since you’re the one rocking the bump, (and he’s, well, not). But dads deserve some acknowledgement, too. And that’s why these 25 Father's Day gifts for the dad-to-be can give you some inspiration when you're shopping.

If you're struggling to find a gift for your significant other, it’s absolutely understandable. Guys can be somewhat challenging to shop for as it is, and then having to purchase a present that highlights the fact that he’s going to be a dad is even more difficult. Add onto that the challenge in buying something that is sentimental enough to underscore the importance of his foray into fatherhood, but will be something he actually wants as well. (Even though he may want an item for his car, fancy hubcaps don’t exactly express the fact that he’s going to have a car seat soon inside his vehicle.) And that’s where these Father’s Day presents can be a perfect mix of the two.

So if you’re planning to purchase a present for the expectant dad, these gifts (which range from sentimental and sweet, to practical and funny) might make him even more excited to become a father.

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A Book For The Nursery

It’s never too early to start reading to your baby. So let your sweetie read Jimmy Fallon’s hilarious board book, Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA, to your tummy. He’ll be poring through the pages and hoping that when the baby does come, it’ll say Dada (but it might not).


A Shaving Kit To Tame The 5 o’ Clock Shadow

Sure, some stubble is sexy on your guy, but not when it comes into contact with a baby’s precious newborn skin. The heated razor offers safe, consistent warmth, and the flexdisc technology can adapt to the contours of his face without nicking it, achieving a close, clean shave. The temperature is adjustable and it comes with a charging travel case and a wireless charger that allows for up to six shaves.


A Kangaroo Shirt To Bond With Baby

Skin to skin contact is ideal when Baby is first born. That’s why dad can get in on all the bonding action with this DadWare Bondaroo Skin to Skin Kangaroo Care Shirt. It’s not a carrier, but allows easy access to Dad’s chest at the hospital after birth and at home. It’s made from super soft poly/rayon/spandex French terry, so it won’t be scratchy to your guy or baby’s skin.


Matching Father & Son Shirts So They’ll Be Twinning

There’s nothing like a newborn to come along to make you realize how much you took sleeping for granted. This father and son matching shirt set features poor Papa on very low battery, while Baby is fully charged. Hopefully, your little one isn’t wide awake at 3:00 a.m.


A New Daddy Coffee Mug To Keep Him Awake

For the dad who loves his coffee (or hot beverages,) a new dad mug will be the perfect gift that he will use over and over again. The mug is available in 11 oz. or 15 oz. sizes, and is dishwasher and microwave safe. Daddy will be glad to have it when he has to stay awake for those midnight bottle feedings.

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A Personalized Daddy-To-Be Book

Even if Baby isn’t here yet, that shouldn’t stop the dad-to-be from reading to them. Your partner can bond with your belly when he reads this personalized book to your unborn baby. It’s full of milestone moments (think riding a bike or a precious bedtime routine) that are sure to make him emotional, in a beautiful way.


Daddy’s Sippy Cup

Listen, kids can’t be the only ones who get a sippy cup. The glass beer pint from Amazon has a handmade laser design etched into it, so that the words will be permanently engraved in the glass. It holds 16 oz. of water, juice, soft drinks, or, you know, the good stuff to help him unwind.


A Daddy Diaper Backpack

The Deuce 2.0 Tactical Diaper Bag is water resistant and offers plenty of space to store all of Baby’s essentials, like diapers, wipes, balm, and more. Extra pockets mean more space for pacis, and there’s even a changing mat included.


A Book To Learn The Basics

It can be daunting to know how to “be” a dad. That’s why the book, We’re Pregnant! The First-Time Dad’s Pregnancy Handbook, by Adrian Kulp, can take some of the fear away from becoming a father. Your partner will learn how to create a birthing plan, how to be supportive, and what it means to approach pregnancy with empathy and understanding.


Sunglasses To Protect His Peepers

All night feeding sessions means big bags under the eyes — for everyone. Help your partner look his best by getting him a pair of stylish sunnies.


Comfy PJs To Lounge In

Listen, it’s going to be a while before anyone feels like Date Night. So if Saturday nights are spent on the sofa, give your guy something comfy to relax in. These Men’s Organic Cotton Pajama Set from L.L. Bean are made from organic cotton, and offer a traditional relaxed fit. The pants have an elastic waist with a drawstring, so that he won’t have to worry about buttons…since he’ll be too bleary-eyed to see them, anyway.


A New Dad Tee

Even the Dad-to-be is expecting with this cute shirt from givethxdesigns on Etsy. The shirt comes in a variety of colors (think black, navy or royal blue, and military green, as pictured), and shows what it can feel like to patiently wait until Baby’s arrival.


Something To Snack On

If you thought you were the only one who was constantly stalking the fridge, think again. This Snack Box set from Harry & David has everything your partner might want to munch on. Crackers, sharp white cheddar cheese, hickory-smoked sausage, and honey hot mustard make for a magnificent meal — or just a midnight snack. There are even mixed nuts and Classic Caramel Moose Munch Premium Popcorn to chow down on, too.


A Robe To Take The Garbage Out In

This plush robe from Bed Bath & Beyond, is comfy, cozy, and stylish. Choose from an assortment of colors, and when it gets dirty, simply toss it in the washing machine


A Candle To Quell The Chaos

Nerves can easily become frayed when you’re fraught about taking care of a newborn. So light your way to some serious calm with this Ginger & Sandalwood candle from Etsy seller NaturalAnniEssential. It comes in either 4 or 9 oz. of hand poured goodness, and is infused with natural ginger, cedarwood, geranium, and patchouli essential oils, which are 100% vegan, eco-friendly, and recyclable.


Pants That Are Easy To Put On

Your partner will feel the love even more when he wears these super soft joggers from MmmmByCSpringer. The pattern, a sky full of hearts, should make you feel even more in love, and your partner will appreciate the practical pockets, and brushed fleece fabric inside.


An Organizer For All Those Cables

It’s important to (try to) get organized before Baby’s arrival. This cord wrap set keeps chargers and wires equally in place. It can hold up to three cables and two chargers, and is portable, too, which is perfect in case you get down to 10% in the hospital delivery room.


A Frame To Show Off Their First Photo Together

Slip a sonogram photo into this sweet Father’s Day frame from Etsy seller BrandonScottAD. It can be personalized with your partner’s last name or even custom wording, along with your due date. The wood frame measures 8'' x 8'' with a 3.5'' x 3.5" photo opening, ideal for an ultrasound pic.


An Air Fryer To Make Meals Faster

If your partner is a chef de cuisine (or just likes to make nachos in the microwave), he just might love this PowerXL 5qt Single Basket Air Fryer. You can create crisp, tasty better-for-you meals sans any unhealthy frying oil. And once Baby comes, you’ll be thankful for the automatic shut-off, in case you accidentally forget to turn it off.


Slip On Shoes To Soothe Sore Feet

Is it a moccasin, or is it a slipper? It’s a bit of both. The slip on shoe has a suede upper and a round moc toe. The faux fur lining will make him feel like he’s walking on a cloud, especially since that cushioned footbed will be caressing his tootsies every step of the way.


A Scent So He Smells Nice

For those newborn hazy days when bathing is not an option, your guy can spritz himself with this cologne from Dior. It has keynotes of vanilla, bergamot, and nutmeg, which should make him smell sweet, even when fatherhood leaves him smelling funky.


A Journal So He Can Write It All Down

Fatherhood can evoke a lot of emotions. Help him put pen to paper with this journal from Amazon. It’s handcrafted from genuine leather and has 144 pages so that he can write down everything he’s feeling to remember it all when Baby isn’t a baby anymore.


Daddy’s Day Off Coupons

If you’re looking for a way to reward your parter for pitching in so much with prepping for Baby, these coupon cards can do the trick. You can fill in the blank with any item that he might need, be it a break from those future 3:00 a.m. bottle feedings, a massage, or whatever his heart desires.

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A Tool Set For Building Baby’s Crib

Because that crib isn’t going to build itself, your partner can pitch in when he uses this 23-Piece Household Tool Set with Soft Case from Lowe’s. It comes with everything from pliers and a wrench, to a hammer and a measuring tape. It all fits easily into a lovely lavender bag after your partner has completed his DIY projects.


A Bottle Warmer For Those 3:00 AM Feedings

For those times when you just need to sleep, your partner can get Baby’s bottle ready in a flash with the Philips Avent Baby Bottle Warmer. It ensures even heating (woot, no hot spots!), and it can heat four ounces of milk in under three minutes. It even has an option that allows you to defrost frozen breast milk, making the bottle ready for Baby’s breakfast come morning.


A Travel Mug To Keep Him Caffeinated

Sleepless nights are no match for the Contigo Autoseal West Loop Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug. The leak and spill-proof mug means that he won’t have to worry if he accidentally knocks it over. A simple push of a button allows him to safely slurp his drinks, which can stay hot for up to seven hours straight, or cold up to 18.


A Dry Erase Calendar To Ensure Baby Never Misses His Pediatrician Visits

Days, weeks, and months can go by in a blur when you have a baby. This large dry erase board will ensure that everyone’s appointments are penciled in perfectly. There are even sections for to-dos and priorities. The calendar can be personalized with your family’s name, as well as the color of the font, too.


An External Hard Drive For Storing All Those Baby Selfies

0Between apps and pics, eventually you’re going to run out of room on your phone. Enter the WD Easystore 5TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive. It comes with tons of room to store photos and videos of your newborn, and its portable design allows you to take it anywhere.


A Toner To Keep His Skin Supple

Having a newborn can be stressful for both you and your partner. The Tonique Confort Re-Hydrating Comforting Toner with Acacia Honey from Lancôme will keep his skin smooth. It helps to hydrate and softly cleanse his skin to help him look like he got a full eight hours of sleep — when he only managed 4.5. It works for all skin types, and is made with hyaluronic acid to keep his skin healthy.


A Men’s Bracelet To Commemorate Baby’s Birth

When you want to give your partner a piece of jewelry to show off his newfound Daddy status, this new dad bracelet from Etsy seller GiftStable is an excellent option. It’s made from faux leather and can be personalized to include your baby’s name, date of birth — even time of birth and weight.

Although it’s easy for the focus to be on the mom and baby (or baby to be!), make sure to celebrate Dad too for his first Father’s Day. And that way, he’ll feel like a pivotal part of the whole parenting process — even if it’s only asking him to assemble the crib.

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What do most dads want for Father's Day? ›

What dad really wants for Father's Day. Want to give dad a Father's Day he'll really enjoy? Turns out, it's pretty simple: the top things dads say they want are a card (28%) and a special day with the family (28%).

What do you buy a soon to be dad? ›

We've done the hard work for you and rounded up the best new dad gifts that are sure to hit the right note.
  • New dad gift box. Bump Boxes The Dad Box. ...
  • Babywearing hoodie. Seraphine Men's Hoodie with Baby Pouch. ...
  • Personalized book. ...
  • Hiking carrier. ...
  • Towel bundle. ...
  • New dad gameplan. ...
  • Hoodie with plenty of pockets. ...
  • “I love Dad” onesie.

Do you celebrate Father's Day while pregnant? ›

Just because the baby is still inside the womb doesn't mean you're not parents yet. If your partner has been preparing for the baby and helping you throughout pregnancy, you may want to surprise him with his first Father's Day gift.

What does every father need? ›

And to merely keep our head above water there are vital items every dad should own. This is a collection of the things we need.
Don't miss a thing
  • A pocket knife. Just a standard. ...
  • Duct Tape. ...
  • WD-40. ...
  • A cordless drill. ...
  • A claw hammer. ...
  • A leather shoulder bag. ...
  • A pocket grooming kit. ...
  • A card holder.

What does a father want for his child? ›

He wants his son to understand him and give him love and respect.

What is the most popular gift category for dads? ›

Perhaps that's why special outings and clothing are among the top four categories people look to for Father's Day presents, along with gift cards and electronics, according to research by digital commerce firm SUMO Heavy. As Dad taught us, money doesn't go on trees.

What should Expecting parents buy? ›

Nursery Basics
  • Baby monitor.
  • Crib, bassinet, or play yard.
  • Crib bedding.
  • Crib mattress.
  • Diaper changing table.
  • Diaper pail or trash can.
  • Dresser or bins for clothing storage.
  • Glider or rocking chair.
Jun 14, 2021

Do you give gifts for Fathers Day? ›

Gift giving is not an obligation, and it is certainly not mandatory to buy gifts for your adult sons on Father's Day. However, if you are inclined to buy them something special, or take them out to dinner in honor of “fatherhood,” by all means do so.

Are you considered a mom if you are pregnant? ›

The words 'mother' and 'pregnant woman' are used interchangeably as if their meaning is identical, although the Oxford English Dictionary defines mother as a female parent, one who has borne a child. The term therefore does not apply to a pregnant woman.

Who decides father's day? ›

In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed an executive order that the holiday be celebrated on the third Sunday in June. Under President Richard Nixon, in 1972, Congress passed an act officially making Father's Day a national holiday.

Can expecting dads celebrate fathers day? ›

Expectant dads may not have a baby to care for just yet, but we can still celebrate them on Father's Day. Get the prospective papa in your life something fun or something useful to get him into the spirit of parenthood.

At what age does a boy need his father? ›

6-14 years: The Dad Stage

It's at this age that boys turn to their fathers as the primary parent. They watch and learn how a man behaves and responds in the adult world.

What is the rule of a father? ›

Answer. Through almost every studied culture, fathers have assumed three primary roles: the protector, the provider, and the disciplinarian. Before we discuss each of these roles, it is important to note that in many two-parent families today, mothers are fulfilling these three roles as much as fathers.

Is every man a father? ›

It comes with a lot of responsibilities though. But I always say that it is not every man who has the capacity to give birth to a son or daughter that is a father. A father is that man who has children and lives up to his responsibilities; he deserves to be called a father. To be called a father is an honourable title.

What is the best age for a man to have his first child? ›

The age where a man is most fertile is between the ages of 22 and 25 years. It is suggested that you attempt to have children before the age of 35. After this age, men's fertility begins to worsen with age.

Do babies know their dad? ›

When do babies recognize their father or mother? Babies can recognize their parents pretty early actually – as young as 4 days old. By making eye contact with your baby during feeding times, cuddle sessions and throughout the day, you're helping your child memorize your face and learn to trust you.

What is the most babies fathered by one man? ›

The man who is thought to have fathered the most children of all time is Moroccan Sultan Ismail Ibn Sharif (1645 to 1727) with a total of more than 1,000, according to Guinness World Records.

What's the first thing you should buy when expecting a baby? ›

Diaper bag.

It's one of the most important baby essentials, and you'll be thankful you have a diaper bag that fits all the things you need when you're away from home with your little one.

Who is the hardest person to get a gift for? ›

Particularly if it's for the one you bunk up with, apparently. A new Google survey of 1,012 people found that 34.9% of people think their significant other is the hardest person to shop for. Meanwhile, 24.2% find their parents the toughest while 16.6% have the most trouble buying for the in-laws (makes sense).

What is the most given gift? ›

Gifts, according to respondents, are most frequently given to the kids (42%), adult family members (20%), and significant others (16%) in their lives. For adults, the most common gifts are money or gift cards (63%), clothing (57%), food or beverages (43%), jewelry (39%), electronics (34%) and home goods (33%).

What are the four types of gift? ›

Parents pledge to give their offspring just four presents: Something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read.

What do babies wear right after birth? ›

Clothes should be comfortable, soft and easy to take care of. Stretchy jumpsuits that fasten at the front are best, as well as tops with envelope necks, which are easier to get over your baby's head. Jumpsuits with zips can make dressing your baby quick and easy too. Clothes made from cotton are a good choice.

How much does it cost to have a baby? ›

Average Cost of Childbirth in the US

Giving birth costs $18,865 on average, including pregnancy, delivery and postpartum care, according to the Peterson-Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) Health System Tracker. Health insurance can cover most of that cost.

How to get free stuff for your baby? ›

10 Ways to Get Free Baby Stuff
  1. Set Up a Baby Registry. Chris Tobin / Getty Images. ...
  2. Check With Friends and Family. Ryan McVay / Getty Images. ...
  3. Sign Up for Diaper Freebies. ...
  4. Ask for Baby Formula Samples. ...
  5. Request Free Samples of Baby Items. ...
  6. Search for Baby Product Coupons. ...
  7. Try Marketplace Sites. ...
  8. Ask a Friend to Host a Baby Shower.
Oct 28, 2022

What is something special I can do for my dad? ›

50 Father's Day Ideas
  • Have an indoor picnic. Rearrange the furniture in your living room to create an outdoor picnic, indoors! ...
  • Fly a kite in your backyard. ...
  • Have fondue for dinner. ...
  • Create an At-Home Wine Tasting. ...
  • Go bird watching. ...
  • Spoil him with breakfast in bed. ...
  • Tackle a task together. ...
  • Go on a bike ride.
Jun 19, 2022

How much do people spend on Father's Day gifts? ›

The percentage of Gen Xers who get ideas from retailers is only 26%, with Baby Boomers floating between 18% and 12%. Men are spending a bit more than women on dad. According to NRF, the average man is expected to spend $199.84 for Father's Day, with women averaging $145.13.

Does Father's Day Change date? ›

This year, Father's Day lands on June 19. Although the date changes every year, an easy way to remember when the celebration will happen is by keeping in mind it always falls on the third Sunday in June. So, in 2021, it was on June 20.

Are you still a mother if you miscarry? ›

Even though you lost your child during pregnancy or soon after, you are still a parent.

What is being pregnant called? ›

Gravid. This synonym of pregnant is appropriate especially when it feels like gravity has taken on new and specifically perinatal meaning. Like the word gravity, gravid comes from the Latin word gravis, meaning "heavy."

What is it called when you're pregnant but not pregnant? ›

Pseudocyesis, or false pregnancy, is when a person believes they are pregnant. Physical symptoms like weight gain and morning sickness may trick the body into believing conception occurred. Despite feeling pregnant, there's no fetus.

Are they changing fathers Day name? ›

BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, in accordance with a joint resolution of the Congress approved April 24, 1972, as amended (36 U.S.C. 109) do hereby proclaim June 19, 2022, as Father's Day.

What does the Bible say about father's Day? ›

Psalm 103:13: "As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him." Proverbs 22:6: "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." 2 Samuel 7:14-15: "I will be a father to him, and he'll be a son to me.

How old is father's Day? ›

The nation's first Father's Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972—58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother's Day official—that the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States. Father's Day 2023 will occur on Sunday, June 18.

How do you celebrate a soon to be dad? ›

Creative Ways to Celebrate a New Dad
  1. Give him quality time with baby… “I'm planning an entire day of just daddy and baby,” says ennlovesrandy05*. ...
  2. … Or if he's overworked, give him the day off. ...
  3. Schedule date night. ...
  4. Plan a sweet story time. ...
  5. Make a personalized present. ...
  6. Pamper him. ...
  7. Plan a family day. ...
  8. Go old school.

Do you celebrate father's day if pregnant? ›

Just because the baby is still inside the womb doesn't mean you're not parents yet. If your partner has been preparing for the baby and helping you throughout pregnancy, you may want to surprise him with his first Father's Day gift.

Are there 2 fathers days? ›

U.S. Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June every year.

What do dads like to eat on Fathers Day? ›

57 Father's Day Dinner Ideas Your Dad Will Love
  • Grilled Jerk Chicken Cutlets With Mango Salsa. ...
  • Grilled Flank Steak With Lemon-herb Sauce. ...
  • Grilled Cheese Crostini. ...
  • Salmon Burgers. ...
  • Grilled Sticky Honey-sriracha Drumsticks With Slaw. ...
  • The Ultimate Grilled Chicken Sandwich. ...
  • Mini Lobster Rolls. ...
  • Honey-lime Chicken And Veggies In Foil.
Apr 5, 2021

What do fathers eat on Fathers Day? ›

Father's Day Grill Recipes
  • Easy Greek Chicken Souvlaki Skewers.
  • Easy Grilled Shrimp Boil.
  • Souvlaki Beef Shish Kebabs.
  • Teriyaki Chicken Skewers with Pineapple.
  • Grilled Orange Chicken Skewers.
  • Greek Souvlaki Lamb Skewers.
  • The Best Ribeye Steak.
  • Easy Chicken Parmesan (Parmigiana)

Should I father a child at 50? ›

In short, yes (Harris 2019, NICE 2013). Although most men are able to have children well into their 50s and beyond, it becomes gradually more difficult after the age of 40 . There are many reasons for this, including: Sperm quality tends to decrease with age.

What makes father happy? ›

Show affection.

Show your dad that you love him. Speak to him in caring words, in a warm tone of voice, or show him affection through hugs and kisses. Some dads don't like being too affectionate and even you might find it strange to be physically affectionate. Know that caring human touch is a basic need.

What husbands want for Father's Day? ›

Top 10 gifts dads want for Father's Day this year
Phone call from my kid(s)47%
Peace and quiet38%
Taking in a ball game with the family38%
An ice cold beer or two35%
A cheaper, practical gift (socks, tie, etc.)35%
5 more rows
Jun 10, 2019

What is traditional on Fathers Day? ›

The day is observed as a time for family reunion, as children who live away from families take time out to celebrate the day with their father. Indulging dad with breakfast in bed and gifts like cards, flowers, chocolates and neckties is the traditional way of celebrating.

What is National dad day? ›

Today, the day honoring fathers is celebrated in the United States on the third Sunday of June: Father's Day 2021 occurs on June 20. In other countries–especially in Europe and Latin America–fathers are honored on St. Joseph's Day, a traditional Catholic holiday that falls on March 19.


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