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 needs his coffee even more now
If he doesn’t have the time (or an open shop nearby) to pick up his usual order, he can save precious energy in the mornings with this coffee maker, which has a built-in grinder, reducing the need for any other gadgets or steps to the process. According to Kat Odell, the author of Day Drinking, “The Capresso drip machine yields the cleanest-tasting cup.” And we should note, too, that burr grinders like the one built in here are the grinder style preferred by every barista we consulted for our roundup on the best coffee grinders.
For the new dad who wants to hide his eye bags on Zoom
Dermatologists we spoke to about the best products for under-eye bags all told us that caffeine is the “No. 1 ingredient” not just for waking a person up in the morning, but also for making their skin look more awake. That’s the reason they also recommended this eye cream, which is “chock-full of caffeine and ginseng,” two ingredients that “will reduce puffiness and make eyes look less tired.”
For the new dad whose shirts are stained
If dad’s clean-tee supply has been dwindling since he brought the baby home, many of the cool men we’ve spoken to about the best basic T-shirts recommend this affordable multipack from Gildan, whose shirts, in the words of New York Times music critic Jon Caramanica, are “durable, cut wide, but not in any way boxy” and also boast “an unflappable crew neck.”
For the new dad who doesn’t have time to freshen up
For the new dad who never gets out anymore
For obvious reasons, no one’s really going to the movies right now. But if dad was missing date nights in front of the big screen even before the pandemic, a home projector will go some way toward replicating that experience. Amazon reviewers love this projector, which they say strikes the perfect balance between quality and affordability. “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 misses the outdoors
If dad’s an active guy whose hikes and climbs have been put on hold by the baby (or just a regular guy who needs an olfactory pick-me-up) a nature-inspired candle will help. When we asked eight candle obsessives about the best-smelling options on the market right now, this was the winner in the woodsy category. With notes of “fir trees, evergreen, grass, and cedar,” it was designed to smell like “rain water in eucalyptus groves off Highway 1.”
For the new dad who needs to declutter
For the new dad who’s also a cat dad
This SureFlap automated pet feeder relieves some of the stress of babysitting multiple pets who like to steal each other’s food at the same time you’re meant to be paying attention to your (human) child. It’s compatible with microchipped pets or can be synced up to RFID collars to open and close when one designated pet approaches to eat or moves away.
For the new dad who wants a break from cleaning
If both mom and dad have grown tired of sweeping at the end of already exhausting days, their lives may be 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, which gets under beds and dressers, and its quiet volume when switched on.
For the new dad who wants to get better at meal prepping
If dad isn’t particularly interested in spending money on delivery right now, he can just pop a roast in here in the morning and forget about it until it’s ready to be served for dinner.
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 unique wines tailored to the taste preferences of the customer. Not that dad will 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 thinks he’s Anne Geddes
For the new dad who’s looking a little rough around the edges
Former Strategist deputy editor Jason Chen is a big fan of the “lift-and-cut action” of this electric razor, which he says catches more hairs on the first pass than any other he’s tried. He considers it “the smoothest, most effortless shave” he’s experienced, so it might be a good gift option for the dad who’s looking a little scruffy, but doesn’t have the time to go back over missed spots.
For the new dad who’s not shaving, period
For the new dad who wants to be more on top of it
For the new dad who could use some peace and quiet
You can only hear PAW Patrol so many times before losing your mind, so a little noise-canceling action might help him find a quiet moment to himself. We’ve covered these Cowin headphones as some of the best under $100 for the cushy, breathable ear bands and the crisp sound quality.
For the new dad who really wants to zone out
For the dad who needs a little help centering himself, this brain-sensing meditation headband allowed us to find our inner peace when we tested it out. It helps you tune in to your breathing and shut out distraction by using real-time sensors to give feedback on your heart rate, focus, and breath, so you can pinpoint the direction you need to go in to reach a point of calm.
For the new dad who works from home
Kids’ messes tend to get into everything, so this handy dust and lint remover, from our guide on how to clean your tech, according to experts, will help keep his work station and laptop free of crumbs and debris.
For the new dad who gets the sweats
For the new dad who’s a little tense
For the new dad who’s always on his feet
For the new dad who misses the gym
Strategist writer Jason Stewart told us that a jump rope is essential for building a basic (but respectable) home-gym setup. He likes this Everlast one, because it comes with removable handle weights, so you can “increase the resistance as you progress.”