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The Best Father’s Day Gifts for New Dads

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As much as new moms deserve gifts of gratitude on Mother’s Day, so, too, do new dads who (we hope and expect) are splitting diaper and baby duty this Father’s Day. Seeing as every new dad is different — yet likely facing common struggles — we’ve rounded up a range of first Father’s Day gifts that we think will help a time- and sleep-starved new parent rediscover some of his sanity, whether he’s a golf dad, wine dad, fitness dad, or more. While almost all of the things on this list are available on Amazon, we’ve found many of them elsewhere, too, for those who like to shop around.

For the new dad who relies on coffee even more now

Even if his favorite café has reopened, he might just not have the minutes required to run out and grab his morning coffee. This machine can save a new dad precious time in the morning while also giving him a bean-to-cup brew because it has a built-in grinder. And not just any grinder but a burr grinder (the style preferred by every barista we consulted for our roundup on the best coffee grinders). According to Kat Odell, the author of Day Drinking, “the Capresso drip machine yields the cleanest-tasting cup.”

For the new dad who’s sleep deprived

His old pillows might have worked fine before the baby’s cries started to wake him nightly, but now your new dad might need something even more comfortable to ensure he catches whatever zzz’s he can. These cheaper-than-Casper gel pillows are the best-rated on Amazon: According to one reviewer, who says they tried dozens of pillows to find one that didn’t “jack my neck up at a funny angle,” the Beckham Hotel Collection pillows are “soft, but have volume” and “give but don’t feel flat at all.”

For the new dad who wants to hide his under-eye bags on Zoom calls

Dermatologists we spoke to about the best products for under-eye bags all told us that caffeine is the “No. 1 ingredient” for making skin look more awake. This eye cream that those same doctors recommend is “chock-full of caffeine and ginseng,” two ingredients that “will reduce puffiness and make eyes look less tired.” It’s also simply packaged, so it doesn’t necessarily look like an under-eye treatment.

For the new dad whose shirts are stained

If his clean T-shirt supply has become nonexistent since the baby came home, many of the cool men we’ve spoken to about the best T-shirts say Gildan’s affordable version is the only one you need. According to New York Times music critic Jon Caramanica, they are “durable, cut wide, but not in any way boxy” and boast “an unflappable crew neck.” Caramanica is specifically a fan of Gildan’s black tees, and we imagine any stain-wary new dad would be, too.

For the new dad who doesn’t have time to freshen up

Showers are a real luxury to a person who needs to be within earshot of their child at all times. These Bliss wipes are nice for Dad to have on hand when he can’t step away but wants to feel clean.

For the new dad who needs to stash wipes on walks

Between sun hats, tissues, burping cloths, and wipes, going for a walk with a newborn means adding a whole list of items to dad’s previous wallet-phone-keys pocket check. This backpack from hard-wearing-gear brand Topo Designs, which can also be carried by a top handle, has a quick-access external zipper pocket and a spacious interior compartment with a separate sleeve, so there’s basically a place for most everything. Not only should it help dad get out the door sooner, but it’ll surely get him envious looks from other parents carrying overstuffed totes.

For the new dad who wants to get back in shape

If the demands of a new child mean dad has let his fitness regime fade away, a subscription to user-friendly digital-workout platform Obé Fitness will allow him to choose from 4,000 on-demand and 100 live weekly classes in all kinds of categories, from yoga to Pilates, HIIT, and more. All of those classes are just 28 minutes long, and none require more equipment than a gym mat. Subscriptions start at $27 a month.

For the new dad who misses the movies

Baby or not, no one’s really going to the movies right now. But if Dad misses date nights in front of a big screen, a projector can help replicate that experience at home. Amazon reviewers love this relatively affordable model, which they say strikes the perfect balance between quality and price. “Overall, it’s a complete upgrade for less than $500,” writes one satisfied customer. “I am blown away by the picture quality and the color depth it puts out.”

For the new dad who wants to stay on-trend

If the new dad in your life is determined to stay fashionable, gift him the Chris Black–approved “slipper” of the summer from running brand Hoka One One. It’s the perfect twofer: Cool enough to strike up conversation on the street, yet supportive enough in the sole to make the actual reality of his day-to-day commitments that much more comfortable.

For the new dad who misses the outdoors

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If dad would be on a camping trip this summer were it not for his newborn (or a global pandemic), this outdoor rocking chair will at least allow him to simulate that escape from his own backyard (or balcony). Four camping experts we spoke to about the best outdoor chairs recommend GCI’s rocking chairs, and 50 Campfires editor Clint Carlson told us that this specific model is his favorite because it’s lower to the ground, which he finds to be “even more relaxing.”

For the new dad who’s working from the kitchen table

If he’s missing the ergonomic comforts of his office, this affordable stand that sticks to the bottom of a laptop has two height levels and also collapses to lie flat. Sarah Weingust, a travel industry CEO who works from home, told us the stand is most useful “for my posture and comfort, but also can be really helpful at keeping my computer cool if I’m running a lot of programs.” And the stand never moves, she promises, even when she’s “typing up a storm.”

For the new dad who’s working from all over the house

Perhaps his home office is wherever the baby is. If so, these linked Wi-Fi routers will help ensure your new dad can get online wherever in the house he and baby may be. Strategist contributor (and former tech columnist) David Pogue swears by the Eero system, which he uses at his own home, telling us that not only does it do what it promises from day one, but there’s also a “roughly monthly” software update to ensure that smooth service never lets up. As a bonus, he also says the gadgets themselves are “smaller, sleeker, and less technoid-looking than other companies’ base stations.” For more tech gifts for a new (or any) dad, click here.

For the new dad who wants to educate himself (so he can educate his child)

$15

In speaking to scholars and experts about the best books on black feminism, five of them recommended this recent release. While focused on black women specifically, the book explains the struggles faced by black Americans to this day. One professor who recommends it noted the book’s powerful “crossover energy” between academia and the general public: “I’ve had discussions about this book in college classrooms and over dinner with friends,” Regina Duthely told us.

For the new dad who needs to declutter

A stylish, unassuming basket like this one will provide a home for the mountain of dirty laundry and odds and ends that are piling up everywhere.

For the new dad who’s also a cat dad

If his new baby is joining a home that already includes a couple of fur babies, the SureFlap automated pet feeder will relieve some of the stress of tending to his multiple cats and human child at the same time. The gadget is compatible with microchipped pets or can be synced up to RFID collars and, once synced, will open or close when a cat approaches to eat or moves away. (If he’s a dog dad, it also works with those.)

For the new dad who wants a break from cleaning

Eufy RoboVac 11S
$218

If new-dad duty includes household chores, his life may be permanently changed by the best-rated robot vacuum on Amazon. One happy customer says its suction power is “much stronger than Roombas I’ve had,” while other customers are pleased by its slim design that allows the Eufy to get under beds and dressers and its quiet volume when switched on.

For the new dad who wants to get better at meal prepping

And if new-dad duty includes putting meals on the table, this slow cooker would more or less allow him to simply pop in a roast in the morning and forget about it until it’s ready to be served for dinner.

For the new dad who wants to get better at grilling

$25

This nifty tool combines seven different grilling accessories into one, resulting in a very handy doodad that contributor Steven John calls “the Swiss Army knife of grilling equipment.” (It also has a built-in bottle opener.) For more gifts for new (or any) dads who love to grill, click here.

For the new dad who wants to take the edge off

Sommeliers told us about this affordable monthly wine-delivery club, which offers hundreds of wines tailored to the taste preferences of each customer. And Dad doesn’t need to know the difference between tannins and ullage to enroll — Winc uses a short quiz that asks questions about how you take your coffee and whether you prefer salty or earthy flavors to figure out what to start you off with.

For the new dad who’s looking a little rough around the edges

After consulting with experts, we named this the best overall electric razor for most people because its rotary mechanism means it can handle both stubble and the fuller beard that a new father may have grown in isolation. What’s more, the larger surface area of rotary razors like this means they take less time to pass over your face, making it an especially great idea for the new dad who’s looking a little scruffy but doesn’t have time for a luxurious five minutes in front of the mirror.

For the new dad who’s not shaving, period

If he hasn’t been shaving at all, this beard shampoo cleanses without stripping your face and prevents itchy beards in the process.

For the new dad who thinks he’s Anne Geddes

He can still send most of his baby photos to the group thread, but this instant camera will allow him to capture the most special moments and print them out for the fridge right away.

For the new dad who wants to be more on top of it