Gift Guide for New Dads

All of the ideas below I have given to my husband for various occasions: Christmas, birthday, Valentine’s Day, anniversary, Father’s Day, etc. (giving gifts is so much easier now that we have a baby!)

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3 Pictures of Baby That Spell Out “DAD”

I bought a wooden “A” and “D” then took a bunch of pictures of my baby holding them. Then I chose two favorite “D” pictures and one favorite “A” picture, printed them out, and put them into a frame that holds 3 pictures.


A Framed Imprint of Baby’s Handprint and/or Footprint.

The one I ended up framing for Daddy was from me dipping her hand and foot in washable fingerpaint. I sat Baby in her diaper in my lap on our wooden floor to minimize cleanup and it worked surprisingly well. For her memory book, we also used the kit below and it works as promised – no mess! We got about three strong imprints then the ink ran out and they became faint. It is just the size of a baby foot, though, so it might not work for older toddlers.

Baby’s First Piece of Art

After I dipped her hands and feet into paint and placed the imprint on paper, I let her just play with another piece of paper. She drew her hand back and forth before crumpling the paper. I uncrumpled it, and voila! Baby’s first artwork.

I Love You, Daddy book

A cute boardbook about a little bear and their daddy. It’s safe for baby, my daughter doesn’t find it too wordy, and the pictures are cute. It’s super cute when I hear daddy and baby reading it together.

Thank You God For Daddy book

It’s another boardbook so she can read it and play with it as much as she likes. It has a cute rhyme on each page which she currently finds a little too long, but the pictures, this time of a daddy lion and his cub, are really cute.

A Digital Photo Frame for Daddy’s desk at work

Can’t have Daddy forgetting what he’s missing at home! This frame is on the cheaper side and requires a USB with pictures to be plugged in; other frames have touchscreens, remotes, built-in memory, and more. But this is a budget-friendly option, so Daddy can have more gifts! I did not give this to my husband, but he doesn’t have a desk at work so what would he do with it?

Matching Shirts

I bought my husband a shirt that says “Gamer Dad” and a onesie that says “Future Gamer” I can’t remember where I got them from (yay mom brain!) but there’s lots of matching shirt options on etsy and amazon. What is your husband’s hobby? See if there are cute matching shirts about it.


This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Samantha

    Such cute ideas, I especially like the matching shirts! Great gift ideas for dad!

    1. admin

      The matching shirts came out super cute! Definitely a favorite picture of them together 🙂

  2. Cendu

    Oh my! I absolutely LOVE these ideas. Especially the DAD letter photo idea. Custom gifts are the BEST! Such a memorable keepsake

    1. admin

      Yeah, I love making him custom gifts because he loves anything to do with her. She’s got daddy wrapped around her little finger 🙂

  3. Kristen

    Great ideas! I gave my husband a digital picture frame last Christmas for him to take to work and have on his desk!

    1. admin

      They’re so cool, we’re going to give one to my mom this Christmas!

  4. Amy Gougler

    I love these ideas! The first one is actually my favorite. I may make something like that for my husband this Christmas!

    1. admin

      Yeah we did this for Valentine’s Day and it turned out super cute and hangs by our bed now!

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