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The Best First Father’s Day Gifts for New Dads

From an instant camera to a kombucha brewing kit.

Assorted gifts for fathers.

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

Capresso 464.05 CoffeeTeam GS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder

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

Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream

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

Gildan Men’s Crew T-Shirt, 6-pack

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

Bliss Lemon & Sage Refreshing Body Wipes

Private showers are a real luxury to a person who needs to be within earshot of their child at all times. These Bliss wipes are nice for dad to have on hand when he can’t step away, but also wants to feel clean.

For the new dad who never gets out anymore

ViewSonic 3600 WXGA High Brightness Projector

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

D.S. & Durga Big Sur After Rain Candle

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

Yamazaki Home Tosca Laundry Basket, Large

A stylish, unassuming basket like this one will provide a home for the mountain of dirty laundry and odds and ends that are piling up everywhere.

For the new dad who’s also a cat dad

SureFlap - SureFeed - Microchip Pet Feeder

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

Eufy RoboVac 11S

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

Hamilton Beach 33473 Programmable Slow Cooker, 7-Quart

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

Winc Monthly Wine Club

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

Lomography Lomo’Instant Camera Black

Everyone in the group thread is getting all of the baby-photo updates, but this instant camera will give him the chance to print out some of his portraits to go on the fridge immediately.

For the new dad who’s looking a little rough around the edges

Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 5550

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

Professor Fuzzworthy’s Beard Shampoo

If he hasn’t been shaving at all, but could still use a good clean, this beard shampoo cleanses without stripping your face, and prevents itchy beards in the process.

For the new dad who wants to be more on top of it

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband

An all-in-one fitness and activity tracker so he can measure his hours of sleep (or lack thereof), and much more.

For the new dad who could use some peace and quiet

Cowin E7 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones

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

Muse 2: The Brain Sensing Headband

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

Falcon Dust-Off Compressed Gas Disposable Cleaning Duster

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

Google Nest Learning Thermostat

With one of these smart thermostats, he can adjust the temperature to an optimal 65 degrees (or whatever his happy medium is) with his phone.

For the new dad who’s a little tense

Viktor Jurgen Shiatsu Neck Massage Pillow

If his shoulders and back are tense from rocking a baby for hours, he might need some shiatsu chops around his shoulder blades and neck.

For the new dad who’s always on his feet

Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager

This foot massager is a perennial Father’s Day best seller for a reason.

For the new dad who misses the gym

Everlast Weighted & Adjustable Jump Rope, 11 Feet

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.”

For the new dad who doesn’t have time to hit the green

Putt-A-Bout Par Three Putting Green

With this portable putting green, he can practice his swing from the living room.

For the new dad who likes to keep a routine

The Miracle TimeCube Timer

A productivity timer that’s useful if you hate the grating sound of an oven timer, like to workout at home, or are maximizing your productivity.

For the new dad who could use a cold one

MiiR Stainless Steel Beer Growler

A colorful growler for the dad who home-brews, or just loves a cold one in summer.

For the new dad who could use a chilled cocktail

Corkcicle Men’s Invisiball Ice Maker

Not one of those fancy gold ice-ball-makers, but a pretty close (budget-friendly) second.

For the new dad who’s into kombucha now

The Kombucha Shop Kombucha Brewing Kit

Here’s a handy at-home kombucha kit so he doesn’t have to keep running out to the nearest health-food store every time he wants to get his fix.