10 Must Have Items For A New Dad Gift Basket

New Dad Gift Basket

Mom deserves most of the adulation, right?

After all, she has just been through the ordeal of childbirth, so you have to respect that.

BUT Dads have been through it too. Albeit in a much, much less painful way.

What better way of showing Dad how great life is going to be now by kicking the next chapter off with a new Dad gift basket!

During my wife’s childbirth, she definitely went through a whole world of pain and suffering.

For a start, she didn’t get any sleep for 3 days. Then, right at the end, she had to push a baby through erm…well if you don’t know by now, I guess you never will.

But what about me?

No, I did not have to squeeze a baby out BUT I also did not get any sleep for 3 days. I WAS there all of the time, at Mom’s disposal for anything.

Time for Dad treats, surely!

Becoming a Father for the first time is tough, so let’s take a look at the must-have items for a new Dad gift basket

10 Items for a new Dad gift basket

Lets have a closer look at these 10 dad gift basket ideas…

new dad gift basket

A Card

card for new Dad, white card with heart on it
A card is a cheap and sentimental item for a gift basket!

Yes – the card! Do not forget the card!

A card is the first item that should be in a new Dad gift basket because if he is like me, he will keep this card because of the sentimental value it holds.

The type of card depends entirely on the type of person he is. Does he like to have a joke (who doesn’t!). Is he straight-laced?

Think about the type of person that Dad is and buy a card that reflects his personality.

If you have a photograph of the baby scan then why not stick that in his card too? It is the first of many photographs.


Candy and sweets for new Dad gift basket
If, like me, Dad has a sweet tooth, be sure to add some Candy into his gift basket!

God yes, candy!

For a start, we need the sugar hit. After potential sleep deprivation (if the birth is anything like my sons) and knowing that he is heading straight into MORE sleep deprivation, sugar can be a friend.

What is his favorite candy?

It is such a simple present, but you know us Dads – we do love our candy…unless we are diabetic of course!

Soft Toy

soft toy, teddy bear inside luggage
A soft toy will help to build a bond between Baby and Dad!

When you become a Dad, the bond between baby and Dad is immediate and sometimes overwhelming. Suddenly, you are responsible for a new person. It is your job to keep them safe, and you will do anything on this planet to protect them. All of that for someone you have literally just met!

A soft toy is a great gift that Dad has been given that now belongs to the baby. It will strengthen the bond. Bonding has shown significant benefits for long term mental health, so Dad needs to begin creating, and strengthening the bond with his new baby even before birth!

What is Dads favorite animal? Have a think and get a toy the reflects him as a person.

Book For Dad

book, heard shaped pages
Arm Dad with some excellent knowledge for the long, arduous journey he has ahead of him!

A Dad instruction manual goes a long, long way! I have already put together a list of top books for first-time Dads, so feel free to head on over there and take a look.

The top option in that post is called We Are Pregnant! the First Time Dads Pregnancy Handbook, and it also covers surviving pregnancy, so if you are looking for a good book AFTER becoming a Dad then I would go for Pocket Commando Dad: Advice for New Recruits to Fatherhood: From Birth to 12 months.

Being a Dad can be overwhelming, and it is a good idea to give him a helping hand to help to lower his stress levels.

Knowledge is power, so arm him with the right advice straight off the bat!

Book For Baby

new Dad reading a book to a Baby
Help build a bond with a book about Dad. He can read this to his new baby!

Now that you have sorted the book that will give him all the advice he needs as a new Dad, it is time for some more Dad bonding material.

Reading to your newborn baby is a great way to strengthen an already tight bond. Add it the fact that Dad is reading a story written ABOUT Dad will increase the bond even more!

There are many books available that tell a story about Dad, so why not choose one that you think he will love to read to his new son or daughter.

Oh, and a study by the clever folks at Harvard has shown that your child will develop a better imagination if Dad reads to them at night. You can’t argue with that, right?

Letter From Baby

envelope with a red heard inside
The cheapest gift of all! A letter from his unborn baby!

This item is going to be the tearjerker in an already emotional time for Dad!

Before birth, write a letter to Dad from the baby letting him know how important and loved he is going to be when they enter the world. Not only will this strengthen the bond between Dad and baby, but it will also reduce the possibility of Dad feeling useless when the baby arrives.

Tell him what the baby is looking forward to doing with Dad, let him know that the baby is going to be testing his patience. Use this letter to apologize for keeping him awake, and for making him go to work too tired to even stand up straight. Tell him how much your baby already adores him and is looking forward to meeting him.

At the end of the letter, apologize for spending his money for the next 30 years too.

A letter from baby is one of the best (and free) items you can add to a new Dad gift basket!

Photo Frame

photo frame for new Dad gift basket
A photo frame is an awesome item for the new Dad gift basket! It will help him when he has to go back to work!

When I went back to work after my son was born, it was tough!

I was tired, I couldn’t think straight, but most of all I wanted to me back home caring for my son.

Before my son was born, I went to work to cover the bill payments at home. After my son was born I went to work so I could buy him things that he needed.

Every time I lost motivation at work I would glance over at the picture frame present that was bought for me. Immediately, I would regain focus and carry on until I could leave!

When Dad is at work and he misses his newborn, it is awesome to have a picture with at his desk.

Dad Baby Outfit

Baby with blanket, wearing trousers, braces
Ensure the baby and Dad look smart, by adding some matching clothes to the gift basket!

Does Dad like sports? Who is his favorite music artist/band? There are many choices when looking at new baby clothes, which is fantastic!

Buy a piece of baby clothing with one of Dads favorite things on, or buy an item that lets Dad know how much he is cared for.

There are so many options available! While I am on the subject of clothing, why not add in matching clothes for Dad and the baby? This is an awesome gift that will also help to build a bond.


vitamin tablets spelling health
Ensure Dad gets all the help he needs by adding some multivitamins!

Lack of sleep can lead to a reduction in certain minerals and vitamins inside your body and Dads body is no different.

Not only that, but a lack of certain vitamins and mineral can cause insomnia, and when you have time to sleep, you need to get straight down to it!

Sometimes, when you are busy looking after a new baby, your eating habits descend into chaos, eating whatever you can whenever you can. This can lead to some poor eating choices. Where before you may have carefully considered what you are eating, you are now on the hunt for convenience food! This can impact the Dads intake of the important vitamins and minerals that he needs in order to function well.

Why not add some multi-vitamins to a new Dad gift basket?

A good multi-vitamin will keep him loaded with everything that he needs to function. Dad needs to keep healthy and alert, especially if he has already returned to work!


Beer with a new Dad giving thumbs up
…because he will need it!

If Dad likes to have a drink to relax then why not treat him to a bottle of his favorite tipple.

Mine’s a JD please!

You have two options here, you could either buy him favorite alcoholic drink, or you could buy him a bottle of something that was bottled that year. That way, he can keep it for a special occasion, like graduation.

Personally, I pretty much stopped drinking when my son was born. All of a sudden I realized that I needed to remain active.

If Dad does not drink much alcohol, then buy a bottle of his favorite non-alcoholic drink. I would have happily settled for a few bottles of root beer in my new Dad gift basket!


Like a survival kit, a new Dad gift basket is a very welcoming sight when you return home after becoming a new Dad!

The 10 items on this page are awesome dad gift basket ideas that you should consider!

One of the most important things about becoming a Father is that your time is no longer your own. Having a newborn is very tiring for both parents, and time is a gift that we can give for free.

Think about what you can do to help the parents of a newborn settle into a new life as parents. Really think about what you can do for them that will help.

Finally, look out for both new parents in the early stages. As I said above it can be tough, but it can be too tough for some. If you think that Mom or Dad is finding the task of being new parents too tough then do not feel bad about discussing it with them, and helping them to seek guidance and assistance.

Oh, and do not forget the basket to put the perfect gifts in!

Good luck!

10 Awesome Expectant Father Gifts

Expectant father gifts

Dad is nervous.

He doesn’t know what is about to hit him. But it will hit him, like a steam train of noise, emotions, and cost.

He needs a gift, big time. With that in mind, in this post, I am going to take a look at 10 awesome expectant Father gifts!

I’ve been there before, the expectant Father. And although I was pretty cool and laid back about the whole thing (sure), I still wanted to be showered with gifts.

I am only human!

Gifts Ideas For An Expectant Father


Expectant Father = Stressful Times

You have to look at the situation they are in, and then find gifts that will help him out.

I have already covered a few gifts in the new Dad survival kit. The gift ideas in that post and more for AFTER the birth. This is specifically for a Man, who is just about to be promoted from being a Man to being a Father!


What is an expectant Father going to need?

Before you say it, time machines do not exist. Nor do buttons that when you press them, time is paused and you can go to sleep for hours without affecting ‘normal’ time. I know it sucks, but I am dealing with reality here. A harsh reality.


What has an expectant Father got to deal with?

Emotional Wife? False alarms? Shopping for baby stuff? Worry?

When you are buying a gift for a soon-to-be Father, you need to bear the above in mind. Having been there, done that…I believe I am in the best position to pass on some advice!

Let’s crack on with the list…..here are the 10 items that I would love to receive when I was an expectant Dad!

10 Awesome Expectant Father Gifts


1. Learning Material

Expectant father gifts reading material

Make sure he gets some reading in before the big day!

I mention the following book in my new Dad survival kit post, and it also gets a mention in my post about surviving the terrible two’s.

The reason it gets so many mentions is that it truly is a fantastic book for preparing yourself for being a Dad!

The book is called Pocket Commando Dad and it is written with Dad’s in mind. The writing style resonates with me and my daily challenges of not messing up.

Neil Sinclair (The Author) also has a book out to help prepare new Dad’s for the build-up to the birth. This book is called Commando Dad: Advice for Raw Recruits: From pregnancy to birth. I must admit, I have not read this book but if Pocket Commando Dad is anything to go by, it is well worth a read!


2. Vouchers

Expectant father gifts vouchers

The only time I love shopping is when I am buying something for myself. Selfish, I know!

Even then, I know what I want and I know where to go to get it. I’m in the shop, I pick it up, I pay for it, I leave the shop. It is too easy.

When shopping for baby things, none of the above applies.

You kind of know what you want, you kind of know where to get it. When you get there, there are too many options. Not only that, the marketing material is designed to pull at the heartstrings! You’ve lost the battle before you get in the car.

Give him a hand and get him some vouchers. Pick a store where you can buy items for babies and get some vouchers.

At least then he knows where he is going and he knows that he has to spend them in that shop.

Even online, check out stores that sell equipment for babies (strollers, monitors, thermometers, etc) and get him some vouchers for that. Then he will not have to spend days looking around baby shops AND he can buy what he needs from home!


3. A Neck Pillow

Expectant father gifts neck pillow

During the childbirth, I spent around 15 minutes asleep on a hospital chair. It was not the most comfortable, or the most refreshing sleep that I have ever had!

It was uncomfortable, it was too short….and all I could hear was my Wife dragging away on the Nitrous Oxide!

After the childbirth, my wife and son spent 8 days in the hospital. I spent my nights swapping between the chair and the cold, hard floor.

A neck pillow would have made it so much easier!

Not only for the birth itself but afterward, when we were back at home. When you have a newborn baby, you will need to get some sleep when and where you can. A neck pillow will be the reason why he wakes up without a sore neck!


4. Medication

Expectant father gifts medication

Yeh OK, it may sound strange but trust a Dad!

He will need to be stocking up on medication for home when the new baby is here.

Lack of sleep and a little additional stress might result in a few more headaches for him. The next 2 years of his life will also be full of colds/sick bugs, you name it!

The type of medication I am talking about here is regular, over the counter painkillers. The type that you take if you have a headache or the flu, not the strong stuff that can be addictive!


5. Multi-Vitamins


Keep him topped up with essential vitamins, because having a newborn baby can result in erratic eating patterns and even skipping a meal!

It is really important to keep him functioning and keep him healthy because now he has a baby to bring up!

By giving him a long supply of multi-vitamins, he will not be missing out of his daily dosage of important vitamins, like:

Vitamin C – for a healthy immune system.

Zinc – for improved memory.

Magnesium – for a healthy heart.


6. Tools

Expectant father gifts tools

The build-up of having a baby is a flat-pack, DIY nightmare!

I absolutely hate putting furniture up, but having the right tools would have made the job a hell of a lot easier!

Sure, you can blame me for having a screwdriver set that my Dad gave me (probably from the ’70s), but it would have been an awesome gift to receive a brand new electric screwdriver.

A cordless drill is also worth considering, but not as much as the electric screwdriver.

If it means he can get the furniture up quickly, it will result in a much happier partner too, so everyone is a winner!


7. Coffee Maker

Expectant father gifts coffee

My coffee maker is one of my very best friends!

It greets me in the AM with a fresh coffee and keeps me topped up until I leave for work.

I am a bit of a coffee snob and ensure I prep only fresh coffee….that includes grinding the coffee beans right before it brews!

All he needs is a basic coffee maker! One that can take ground coffee beans, take the water and brew enough to last him the morning.

If he is a coffee snob like me, then you might want to get him a Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker. It is cheaper than the machine options, and it is the correct way to make a decent coffee….when you have time!


8. Baby Carrier FOR DAD

Expectant father gifts baby carrier

We are Men! I find that regular Baby carriers are ok, but they are not that manly.

We love spending time with the kids, even when they are babies….they need to feel close to us too.

Kids need to have a close bond with their Dad.

So many times I have heard Mothers complaining that their baby ‘only wants me, not their Dad’ and I personally think that bonding with the baby when they are small will mean the load can be shared between both parents.

Having a baby carrier that Dad likes will mean he doesn’t feel emasculated, and it means his partner can take a break while they go for a walk together.



9. Alcohol Bottled This Year

Expectant father gifts bottle

A bottle of something alcoholic!

If you are able to get a bottle of his favorite alcohol, bottled the year his child will be born, he can keep that for a special occasion (marriage, graduation).

Bear in mind, some alcohol will not keep for that long, but the best ones do!

Find out what his favorite alcohol is (spirits or Champagne works best for this) and get him a bottle.


10. Man Bag

Expectant father gifts man bag

Again, like the baby carrier, it will be cool if we could get a baby bag that doesn’t make us want to leave it at home….the bag, not the baby!

Think functional, think Man.

A baby bag with various pockets and definitely one that has a built-in or additional changing pad!

Seriously, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to take a changing pad wherever you go with the baby. You never know when they are going to spring am emergency change on you!

If you can get a baby bag with changing pad, then it is a perfect choice and one that he will be grateful for, even if he doesn’t know it yet!



So, there are the 10 gift ideas for the expectant Father! There are some options in there that suit all budgets.

I urge you again to think of the situation he is just about to find himself in and think about what you can buy to help him out as soon as he becomes a Dad.

He may not know it yet, but the gift ideas above will definitely help him in his journey.

By the way, I am not suggesting here that he has the most difficult job in the parental partnership! We know that giving birth is easily the worst bit, and we certainly appreciate the fact that it isn’t us that has to do it!

During my time as an expectant Father, I had a vague idea of what to expect from being a Dad, but nothing can really prepare you 100% for when it happens.

It is a journey and a learning curve that only experience will give you the answers for.

I am sure you will find some inspiration on this list, but if you are still stuck, you can always ask him what he needs.

I am sure he can whip up a quick list of a hundred things he needs to buy!

Make sure you check with him first if you decide to buy something like a baby monitor, medical devices (If you need some inspiration for the best digital ear thermometer, check here.), strollers or car seats.

When I was looking for these items, I wanted to only buy the ones my Wife and I wanted.

Also – the build-up to becoming a new Dad will definitely come with added pressure, both financially and mentally.

Please keep an eye on BOTH parents in the build-up to the childbirth (and after). If they look like they are struggling, please offer some help, it is a lot more useful than any gift you can buy them.

If you can think of anything that would be on this list, or you have had a good or bad experience with any of the gifts above, please get in touch!

Good luck to you, and good luck to all of you ‘expecting Dads’!