Top 12 gifts for expecting dads

Gifts for expecting dads - our top gift ideas for expecting dad - gifts for new dads that they will love

Nothing changes a man’s life quite so profoundly as the moment they become a dad. 

It’s the start of a brand new adventure – full of magical moments as they head into the unknown. From that very first time when they get to see and get to hold their newborn baby in their arms – life will never be quite the same again. 

To celebrate that moment we’ve put together some of the best gifts for expecting dads to mark and to prepare them for this momentous occasion.


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Commando dad: basic training manual

A new dad’s survival guide

This was the book that Prince William used when he first became a dad. And if it’s good enough for royalty…

It’s one of the best gift ideas for expecting dad as it’s one of the top new dad books around.

Packed full of no nonsense advice to survive everything from the first 24 hours right up to age 3. 

It will teach prospective fathers, in no-nonsense terms, how to survive the first 24 hours; how to Prepare and Plan to Prevent Poor Parental Performance; how to maintain morale in the ranks; how to feed, clothe, transport, and entertain your troops; how to transport the troops successfully on maneuvers; how to increase your “flash to bang” time and “square away” tasks along the way; and much more. Let training commence.



Matching dad and baby tees

There’s nothing cuter than a matching set of tees for a new dad and his baby to wear.

There are loads of stylish and funny designs available.
We love this cute Captain and First mate matching set.

And this finger pointing design for answers for when dad and baby get in trouble!




Daddy’s nappy changing tool belt

One job any new dad might not be looking forward to is changing all those smelly nappies.

This nappy kit arms them with everything they’ll need for the task in hand in a fun apron tool belt.

But, for a bit of added fun, there’s not only nappies and wipes, there’s also a pair of nappy lifting tongs and safety goggles too.



Precious moment hand moulds

One of the greatest first parenting moment is getting to hold hands with your baby. With these DIY kits you can freeze that moment in time as it creates a cast of your hands.

We liked this kit: Darice Impressions Memory Hands Keepsake Kit

It can be baby’s hands alone, or Daddy’s hand holding baby’s hand.

You can take impressions and make it into a clay model or even turn it into a bronzed sculpture to keep forever.

Hand model kits are a great gift idea for expecting dad. They can hold tight to the memory of those tiny hands in theirs. 



Kangaroo care – skin-to-skin bonding T-shirt

We love these t-shirts, which have a special pouch for holding baby in. They’re the perfect way for newborns to get skin-to-skin cuddles with Daddy.

Brilliant to wear in hospital for cuddles right after birth but also perfect for snuggle time with dad back at home.



Science experiments to perform on your baby: Experimenting with babies

This great book shows you how to do creative studies of your baby’s development in an engaging and fun way. You can understand how your baby’s mind is working and how they are learning new skills.

A great book for all inquisitive dads-to-be!




Read to me – Daddy baby book bundle

There are so many story books aimed at mum reading to their babies. But there are also loads focused on the magical relationship between daddies and babies.

They celebrate this special bond and can help dads have beautiful moments snuggling up to their little ones at bedtime while reading to them.

Here are our top 4 Daddy-baby books for bedtime reads:

I love you to the moon and back

A bear and cub spend the day together from sunrise to sunset. Celebrating the incredible love between a parent and their little one.



Baby Touch: Hello Daddy

With bright pictures on the left hand side, and touchy-feely pages on the right, you can talk baby through all the different animal babies and daddies with this interactive book.



The Dinosaur that pooped Daddy

Enjoy this funny board book and count down from 10 at the same time with this great little story. Daddy and Dino set off looking for Daddy until they hear some rumbling in Dino’s tummy.



I love you Daddy

Little baby bear sets out for some grown up adventures but Daddy and baby soon realise that he needs a little help. Daddy bear is more than happy to give baby a helping hand.



Stylish baby carrier

A baby carrier is an essential bit of kit for new babies and a great way for Dads to go out and about with baby.

There are a large range out there.  Our favourite is the classic Baby Bjorn Original Baby Carrier.

This one comes in neutral colours and a stylish design that dads will love to wear.

The reason why we love this one so much is that it allows you to carry your baby or toddler in 4 ways- facing both inwards and outwards or riding backpack style when they are older.



Dad-friendly rucksack changing bag

Pipi bear diaper bag travel backpack with insulated pockets and waterproof fabric.

So many nappy bags are designed more with mums in mind. So why not get one that dad will feel happy to carry around too? 

It’s so versatile it can be worn as a rucksack, hooked onto a pram, or carried by the handle.

Designed in a unisex style and comes in neutral colours and is packed full of features to make nappy changing on the go a doddle.

Because it’s got such a stylish design, it can take you way past the baby stage and into the older years. Since it works as a backpack it can be used for carrying all the caboodle they need as a toddler too.



Engraved new dad bracelet

These titanium bracelets are stylish and look great so they make a fab gift for dads-to-be.

They have ‘dad’ engraved on the front and ‘Best dad ever’ on the back. They even come with extra links that you can add with the kit provided so you don’t have to worry that they won’t fit.



Dad whisky glass

Every dad needs a stylish tumbler to wet the baby’s head.

By getting them one which is engraved and with your baby’s estimated year of birth, it will make it one to treasure.



“You can do this dad” baby vest

Nothing spells out more clearly how to put on baby’s first vests than this great little baby outfit.

Complete with a message to cheer them on.

A great new dad gift can help fathers-to-be feel prepared for this life-changing event!

Better still they will actually use them as they embark on the exciting journey of fatherhood.