Gifts For First Time Dads

Becoming a dad for the first time is one of the most exciting experiences most men will have in their lifetime. If you have a male friend or family member who is expecting their first child, a congratulatory gift is a nice gesture.

However, knowing what to get a first-time dad can be a little difficult, since the gift should be somewhat related to the birth of a child. If you’re stumped with what to get the soon-to-be dad in your life, there are a few options that are pretty much failsafe, depending on how much you want to spend.

Manly Dad Accessories

Most of the accessories on the market designed for new parents are not exactly the most masculine. While most men probably don’t care what color their new child’s stroller is, they may not want to be seen with a pink diaper bag.

That’s why gifts, like manly diaper bags – think dark leather or military-style canvas – make a great gift for a new dad who wants to take care of his newborn, but without looking silly in the process.

A New Camera

A camera is a great way for a new father to document the birth of his child and take pictures of the early years of his child’s life. If you know the man you’re buying for already has a camera, choose one that’s small and easy to put in a jacket pocket, but still takes decent pictures.

Make sure you grab a case for that camera too – it’s bound to take some abuse with a young child around.

A Guys’ Night Out

If you’re a guy and one of your friends is going to be a first-time dad, getting a gift like a diaper bag or camera may not really be your style-- that doesn’t mean a congratulatory pat on the back is all you can do.

One of the best things you can do for a new dad is to simply plan a guys’ night out with a group of mutual friends. You don’t have to do anything crazy, but a decent dinner and a concert, sporting event or even a good beer at a local bar is a great way to say celebrate.

Tickets to a professional sporting event are perfect for a guys’ night out gift.

Matching Sports Apparel

If the father-to-be you’re buying for is a big sports fan, there really isn’t a more adorable (but still manly) gift that you can buy for a dad and his baby than matching sports apparel. Chances are you’ve never looked for sports jerseys in baby sizes, but, believe it or not, they’re out there, and it shouldn’t be too difficult to find dad’s favorite team.

Cuff Links

When you’re not sure what to get a prospective father, you really can’t go wrong with a pair of nice cuff links. Why? Because they’re a gift you give to a mature man – a man with responsibilities and a family.

Cuff links might not seem particularly personal, but the person you give them to will remember where they came from and why every time he puts them on. If you’d like, you can make this particular type of gift more personal with a decorative, yet masculine, gift box.

Having a baby for the first time can be a scary experience for many men. After all, while you may think you know what to expect, it’s hard to be sure if you’re prepared until the moment actually arrives!

While that feeling of uncertainty is normal, having a child is also an incredibly joyous experience. If you know a man that’s expecting his first child, a small gift or gesture, even if it doesn’t seem like much, means a lot, and it really shows your support as a friend or family member when it counts.
 About The Author : Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer from Southern California whose writing covers a range of industries, including health, fitness, travel and technology. As a mother of three, she understands that dads need recognition too, and these gift ideas are a great place to start!

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