14 Best - New Father Gifts From Wife and Friends
Ah yes, the gifts. Get ready guys, the holiday and birthday gifts that you will start to get are going to change a little. The gifts that will start coming your way are the socks, the ties, and everyone's favorite underwear, will be plentiful. Yes, even though you will learn to appreciate these gifts later (trust me you will), they are not what you are used to getting. The days of spoiling oneself with the next accessory needed for your car, or the next piece of electronics to go with your big-screen television are going to be few and far between.
But guys, when it comes to gifts it is much better to receive a gift that you can use than it is to get something that will possibly be collecting dust at some point. Guys as you approach fatherhood for the last time, the gifts that you should start receiving, should in some way shape and form, help you adjust to parenthood. So here it is. A list of gifts that will be perfect to get you through the first couple of months, or years, of fatherhood.
Funny Gifts That Are Useful
This is interesting because all gifts that are geared toward parenthood should be of some use, but you can still have fun. Here is a list of gifts that are useful, which is important, but should definitely create a laugh.
1. Diaper Tool Belt
Sounds silly. How can I truly appreciate this gag gift? Well, you will and very quickly, especially when it comes to changing a diaper. When changing a diaper, one must move like they were working the Pit Area at a Nascar Race. The change needs to be quick, efficient, and clean. Nothing causes more anxiety than trying to change a diaper, and not having everything ready where you need it, and a baby is fully exposed. With the diaper tool belt, everything will be within reach to make the change a successful one. So yeah you may get a few laughs with this gift, but better to be laughed at now than peed on later.
2. Coffee Mug
Nothing is funny about coffee, especially to a parent. But why this made the list is because the sayings you can put on here are endless. A coffee mug with a funny saying has a way of making a very tired dad smile. The coffee mug should be one of those gifts that a first -time dad gets, after the cigars, of course.
3. Sweat Pants
Well guys, yes its time to put away your tracksuit and grab a pair of sweatpants. Nothing says fatherhood apparel like a pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt, ( well when you are at home of course, but there is no shame in wearing it outdoors either). When one needs to find something to put on quickly and still be comfortable a pair of sweatpants does the trick.
- Spring up out of a sleep-deprived state and need to put something on quickly - Check
- Need to make a quick trip to the store - Check
- Need something to wear that you are not afraid to get spit-up on - check
And yes pajama pants can do the same thing, but if you find yourself enjoying wearing pajama pants to run errands, that is a topic for another article.
4. One-Handed Bottle Opener
Well, this one is pretty obvious, and no it is not for baby bottles. Your hands are going to be a lot fuller from now on. With carrying a baby, feeding the baby, burping the baby, and changing the baby, get the point. So on the rare occasion that you will have one hand available, utilize it without having to empty the other hand. Believe me guys its the little things that count. Maybe there is an extra slot on that baby tool belt that can be of better use.
5. Beer Burp Cloths
Burping and beer usually go together, so why not. This gift will be the envy of every other father at the restaurant when it is time to burb your baby.And hey maybe when baby is done using them, you can use them as part of your kitchen decor, of course if your partner allows.
Cool Gifts That Are Practical
Nothing makes a gift better than something that can make your day a little easier. Here are a few gifts that are not only nice to have, but will be very useful.
6. A Carrier
Definitely, a useful gift especially if you are out running errands. Nothing will make your arms more tired than holding your baby constantly while out an about and a stroller may not be an option.
7. A Diaper Bag
Little different than the diaper belt because you will be outside the home. (Again a topic for another article) Maintain your respectability by getting a diaper bag that doesn't look like a diaper bag. There are numerous options to choose from that are both stylish and practical. It also helps to have a separate bag from mom because let's face it if something is missing from the house, keys, chapstick, the remote for the tv, it is probably in mom's diaper bag.
8. GYM Membership
If and when you can find time this is a great reason to leave the house, and yes you can even wear your sweatpants. Not only will it help you to stay in shape, but it is also a great way to get out and do something for yourself, that does not involve going to work.
9. Stroller Mount
Why a stroller mount, you ask? It is going to happen guys. The game will be on and then the question comes up "Would you like to take the baby out for a walk?" or even better " Let's go shopping." With all the options available to be able to stream games live, there will be no hesitation in your answer. You can now go out and about and still keep up with the game, with your smartphone safely attached to the stroller. And sorry dads, if you have an older child than this argument is void because it will be used for their viewing pleasure.
10. An Instant Pot
This crock pot on steroids will make dinner in a snap. Ribs in 30 minutes? Why not. You can even bake a cake. Anything and everything can be made in an Instant Pot and rather quickly. So on the rare occasion ( yeah right!) that you forget to take something out for dinner, the Instant Pot will bail you out every time.
Good Gifts That Can Stand the Test of Time
Ok, it is time to get a little sentimental. Your baby is only going to be a baby for so long. So it is best to find a way to cherish those memories. That way when they get older, and you don't like them as much (the teenage years), you can always look back and remember the days that you did.
11. Their First Book
Their first book. It can be the one listed above or one of the many that are available to you. This is a book that gives you that opportunity for the one-on-one time that you will really remember and cherish. Start by reading it to your child and as they grow, they will start to read it to you, and when they are gone and out of the house, you can look back at it with fond memories, that I gurantee will bring a tear to your eye.
12. Interactive Photobook
Physical photos unfortunately wear and deteriorate over the years. And that doesn't include any kind of risk of being destroyed either by accident or worse, like a natural disaster. Now with modern technology and the capability of storing files and pictures on a USB, which are small and can be used a number of different ways, pictures can be transferred from a digital frame, digital photo book, to even your computer at work.
13. Custom Print of Baby's Foot Print
Get it in plaster, clay, even on paper. If you receive a kit as a gift then make sure to get it done as soon as you can, because dad, this is something that you can only get done once. As you watch your child grow up and get a little older and a little taller, you will always have that memory when their foot could fit into the palm of your hand.
14. Start A College Fund
This is always something that is always missed by new parents, but it is the best time to start one because the contributions will be smaller. Create a college fund early so in 18 years, dad will shed a tear because college may be paid for.
When a father is expecting a child, so much is going through his mind, that it is hard to know what he wants, much less what he needs. So next time you go to pick out a gift for a father to be, remember to try to find a more practical and useful gift.