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Father's Day: The best gifts for first time fathers

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Father's Day is special no matter how many times you've celebrated, but there's nothing like that first ever recognition of the invaluable role a father holds. 

Unlike later on in life, first time Father's Day gifts are all on you, given that the person who should be doing the gifting is a little pre-occupied with, you know, napping, feeding and babbling away. 

The good (and bad) news is that when it comes to buying gifts, the options are endless; you can go for practical gifts like a good book on parenting, a more personalised senimental gift, or even the classic good old pair of socks. 

We've rounded up a variety of presents that tick all the boxes, to help find the perfect gift for first time fathers, step-fathers, or dad-to-be's.

The best first Father's Day Gifts

Hilariously formatted, this book is the ultimate guide to parenting, especially if the father in mind is a car fanatic. Based on the classic auto manual stripdown, this will take new dads through the four major stages of life: from babies to teenagers, marriage and pension, teaching them what to do in certain situations and how to get the basics, such as changing nappies, done and dusted.

Review: "This book made a great baby shower gift for a car enthusiast! His wife informed us it is the only baby book she could get him to read."

Remember when we talked about practical gifts? This is what we meant. This changing bag is perfect for those busy days out, but the smart design ensures dad will be looking sleek and suave on the go. Designed for convenience, durable and with a pocket for just about everything, any new dad will be delighted with this gift, no question about it.

Review: "I honestly am surprised how fantastic this bag is. Ordered based on other reviews and was still pleasantly surprised. I've tried a fair few different changing bags before but this one is so much better. Deceptively spacious, looks super smart and stays upright when you put it down. Plus really well thought out pockets so I've got entertainment, snacks and changing all nicely organised for toddler with loads of room to spare. Can't recommend enough."

Amazon Kindle

£59.99 - RRP: £69.99

Buying for a book lover? Whether it's first time dad books or other pleasure reads, a Kindle allows you to choose from millions of books, newspapers or audiobooks to delve in to. The adjustable front light ensures hours of comfortable reading, and with all books in one place? You'll be thankful for the lack of house clutter - especially with a new baby.

Review: "Absolutely love this kindle! My new little pocket rocket! I’ve upgraded from an 8 year old kindle keyboard and couldn’t be happier. It’s light weight and easy to use. The light is a massive win for me! The battery life has been great too. I’ve had this a week and put on flight mode when not downloading and the battery is at 63% after using every evening and playing around with it. Can’t wait to use on our little holiday soon!!"
 

With a long future of late nights and dark circles ahead, it's important that dads take care of their skin and indulge in a little pamper night of their own. This kit includes a serum for dark circles and anti-aging blends, to help restore youthfulness and promote skin health. 

Review: "Absolutely love this set! Works so well around the eyes, feels like I’ve got cosmetic scaffolding! Certainly lifts the eyes & smooths the lines out giving a youthful & glowing look!"
 

Based on the Instagram sensation that is the 'Day Says Joke' page, this book includes a range of dad jokes that were submitted by followers and hand-picked by the team. You'll be rolling your eyes at the amount of dad jokes they'll be spewing out, but on the inside you'll be feeling warm and fuzzy - we promise. 

Review: "Purchased as present for my husband. Dad jokes are usually terrible but these are quite hilarious. He now thinks he's a comedian!"
 

These hand-iced biscuits are ideal for the dad who is king of DIY. The keepsake tin consists of 16 delicious chocolate biscuits in the shape of paint, drills, screwdrivers and more. They'll last a month too so there's no rush to eat them either. 

Are you really a dad yet if you don't have a smart watch? This 1.3 inch touch screen watch will help monitor heart rate, blood pressure and sleep, and is equipped with a staggering 24 sports modes. With a battery power of up to seven days, this is the ultimate new dad gadget to get your hands on.

 

Review: "This watch has everything you need in a smart watch. The touch screen is big and sensitive to control in a perfect resolution, and it's very easy to operate and switch among the range of applications. This watch is very practical, very pretty and smart."
 

Whether they enjoy going on the occasional run or hit the gym on a daily, you can never go wrong with a pair of trainers. These Under Armour ones have an engineered mesh upper to provide the most lightweight and breathable feel, foam padding for extra comfort and are available in a range of colours.

Review: "Really great running trainers, really lightweight and comfortable. Have used for both indoor and outdoor running and a yeat later they are still going strong with no issues."
 

This beautiful customisable family illustration is the ideal gift if you're sharing the special day with your partner or hubby. You can choose a different size to fit your preferences, and a personalised image will only take three to five days to ship.

Review: "I cannot express enough how happy I was with my custom work. The picture was exactly what we wanted and Noe was a dream to work with. Everything was done quick and the minor changes I asked for were completed super fast and the end work far exceeded my expectations. Do not hesitate to get something done from this artist. I know I will be getting another piece in the future!!!!"

A gift sure to be appreciated by all the sentimental dads out there, this personalised star map print will display exactly what the stars looked like on the day they assumed their greatest role in life.

Review: "Absolutely beautiful print and such quick delivery too! Stephanie was so lovely and helpful with my order! Would definitely recommend the Star Map Print! 10/10"

 

Surprise the dad-to-be with this thoughtful picture frame with a baby scan. They might be feeling a lot of nerves in the run up to the due date too, so what better way to remind them how much you and bump love them?

Review: "This frame met my vision and far exceeded it! My partner was absolutely stunned by it and rightly so!"

Is it really a Father's Day gift guide if we don't include a Scotch? Whether they're a first, second or third-time father, this 12-year old award-winning Scotch whisky will never go amiss. With sweet, fruity notes of pear, butterscotch, cream and oak, this is a whisky drinker's perfect gift.

Review: "This is my favourite malt whisky of all time. I like the smooth warmth this liquid releases as it slides down my throat. I am a fair old age and have tried other malts, but the Glenfiddich is the one I always end up buying."

When you have a newborn, all you want to do is capture each moment to cherish and look back on in the future. This Polaroid camera will bring back the magic of original hard copy photographs, snapping all the important milestones and collating them in a baby book that they'll treasure for life. 

Review: "Well first of all delivery was very quick :) it was quite easy to set up and use, I love the look of Polaroids, you can’t expect a 4K quality but that’s the beauty of it I think. The film size is really good as well and just overall I’m so happy with the product! The ONLY thing I could say is the film is a bit pricey."

 
  • Author: Marina Avraam Marina Avraam
  • Job Title: Storytelling Executive

Marina Avraam is a Storytelling Executive for Mother&Baby, and she also works on WhatsTheBest.co.uk. She has a passion for psychology, reading and fashion writing.

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