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

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by Hannah James |

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. Becoming a father is a huge milestone in any man's life. We know how hard it is to be a parent. One day a year is not enough to celebrate all of the work that goes into parenting, but it is a great time to let your loved ones know they are appreciated. Between juggling all of the day-to-day demands it can be difficult to find the tell your parenting partner how wonderful they are. So we have handpicked the best gifts for first-time fathers that will fill their hearts with joy.

This year, unlike later on in life, first time Father's Day gifts are all on you as the other parent. Unfortunately, given that the person who should be doing the gifting is a little preoccupied with, you know, napping, feeding and babbling away, you must step up to the plate.

Related: The best Father’s Day presents to treat Dad with this year

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 sentimental 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 dads-to-be.

How to pick the perfect present

There is no correct way to pick a present for someone. It is a good idea to think about the recipient's likes and needs. Before choosing a present think about the practicality of the gift - is this something they would enjoy? If the answer is yes the present will probably be a success. Gifts do not need to be expensive or break the bank. This is a token of your appreciation. As long as you pick something from the heart, we are sure the man in your life will love it.

Top tips for picking a gift

• Stay within your budget

• Choose something you think they will like

• Do not give a gift that will create more problems

• Pick something practical

• Presentation of a gift is key

Our favourite first Father's Day gifts 2022

Personalised Father's Day Photo Frame

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This engraved wooden photo frame is perfect for adding a cute photo of daddy and his little girl/or boy and will make a lovely keepsake in years to come. It’s available in four different colours and you can personalise it with your baby’s name too.

Tool Kit Luxe Biscuit Tin

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These hand-iced biscuits are ideal for the dad who is the 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.

Writers' review: "These biscuits are luxurious. The way they are presented is beautiful and you can tell they have been created with love. They tasted absolutely phenomenal. Each biscuit was iced with perfection. I cannot fault them. This is a perfect purchase for any Dad who has a sweet tooth."

My First Fathers Day Premium T-Shirt

My First Fathers Day Premium T-Shirt

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We love this premium quality Father's Day T-shirt. Any father would be proud to add this to their wardrobe. We love the bottle toasting the beer glass. This is a T-shirt dads can treasure forever. This size-inclusive T-shirt is available in sizes small to 3XL.

Crossip Dandy Smoke

Crossip Dandy Smoke

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As most parents find out the hard way. Hangovers and small children do not mix. Why not give this 100 per cent alcohol-free spirit from Crossip instead. It is made of lapsang, pine, orange, ginger, and even liquid smoke essence. This is perfect with some cola or within in a cocktail.

Infantino’s Flip 4-in-1 Baby Carrier

 Infantino’s Flip 4-in-1 Baby Carrier
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Infantino’s Flip 4-in-1 Light & Airy Convertible Carrier is the perfect gift for any new father. After nine long months of carrying your infant, it's time to hand over the reins to dad. This easy-to-clean, babywearing carrier offers a comfy and adaptable way for your parenting partner go outside to exploring with your baby. Hopefully, also give you a little rest. Thanks to the ergonomic seat that grows with you from infancy to toddler years, adjustable padded straps.

Review: "This is such an amazing product for safely carrying our little one around. Our 7 week old absolutely loves it! It's so soft and comfy for her, she was sleeping in under five minutes of being in it. My husband said it is extremely comfortable to wear! We are over the moon with our purchase!"

Dear Daddy Enjoy Your Last Father's Day In Peace And Quiet Mug

Dear Daddy Enjoy Your Last Father's Day In Peace And Quiet Mug

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We adore this mug with a message straight from the womb. Just because your baby isn't here yet doesn't mean that you cant get your partner gift. This is the perfect gift for dads-to-be.

Personalised Polaroid Photo Style 1st Father's Day Card

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A card may be simple, but it can also be a special way to say ‘thank you’. This one allows you to add a picture of your baby and their daddy, as well as add their name at the bottom. It’ll be a card he’ll cherish in years to come.

Personalised First Fathers Day Box

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A perfect gift for filling with lots of goodies that daddy will love. He can then reuse the box to fill with whatever he pleases.

Dad Keyring

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A small gift with a loving message and something daddy can attach to his keys or rucksack so it's with him always. There's also a little boy version here.

Unisex Baby Vest

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Perfect for celebrating two daddy families, this vest from PrettyPersonalMakes is super cute.


Babies - Haynes Explains (Owners' Workshop Manual)

Babies - Haynes Explains
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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."

Changing Bag Backpack

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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, durability 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

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Buying for a book lover? Whether it's for first-time dad books or other pleasure reads, a Kindle allows you to choose from millions of books, newspapers or audiobooks to delve into. 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 lightweight 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!!"

Super Dad Jolly Ginger

Super Dad Jolly Ginger

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Show your dad or papa-to-be that he is about to become someone's superhero with this sweet treat. This gingerbread man is handcrafted. The lovely simple detailed gingerbread man tastes delicious and arrive in a hand-illustrated gift box. So you can simply gift it as it comes.

Skin Care Gift Set for Men

Skin Care Gift Set for Men
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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-ageing 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 u0026 smooths the lines out giving a youthful u0026 glowing look!"

All New Dad Jokes

All New Dad Jokes
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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 a present for my husband. Dad jokes are usually terrible but these are quite hilarious. He now thinks he's a comedian!"

Star Map Print

Star Map Print

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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"

Glenfiddich 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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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."

Personalised Baby Scan Photo Frame For Dad To Be

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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!"

Polaroid Now I-Type Instant Camera

Polaroid Now I-Type Instant Camera
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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."

When is Father's Day?

Father's Day is celebrated annually on the third Sunday in June in the UK. This year Father's Day celebrations will take place on Sunday, 19 June.

Why father's day is important?

Father's Day is a day we set aside to acknowledge and celebrates the contribution of fathers make to their family. We know not everyone has a Father but you can still celebrate a father figure, stepfather or even somebody else's Father. On this day, it is a chance to take the time to appreciate and thank the males who have played a vital role in your life. If your child is not of an age to celebrate their Father, why not show your appreciation of them as a partner and on behalf of your little one.

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