10 Gift ideas for new and expectant dads

When it comes to shopping for a pregnant friend, new mom or the new baby, there are plenty of great gift ideas. But what do you get for the expectant or new dad? With Father’s Day just around the corner, we thought we’d put together a list of ideas to make hunting for the perfect gift easier.

1. A new digital camera

Canon EOS M

Now Dad can turn into a paparazzo during the birth and capture all those memories you’ll want to treasure forever with a brand new digital camera. What’s so great about the Canon EOS M is that it’s easy to operate. You can point, zoom in, shoot and then instantly share with your friends and family. (Canon, $500)

2. Baby backpack

Baby backpack

The addition of a new baby doesn’t mean all of Dad’s favourite hobbies — like fishing and hiking — have to be put on the shelf. With a baby carrier backpack, life doesn’t have to change at all; Dad can just take Bubs along for the ride. The Happy Trails child carrier backpack is geared toward kids up to 23 kilograms and even comes with a diaper bag. (Mec, $119)

3. A survival guide

The New Dad's Survival Guide: Man-to-Man Advice for First Time Fathers

No man can survive fatherhood without a little advice from an experienced dad. The New Dad’s Survival Guide: Man-to-Man Advice for First-Time Fathers is not full of airy-fairy warm fuzzies. It provides practical tips in man-speak on a whole range of important topics, like relieving stress without booze and everything he needs to know about pee, poo, spew and snot. (amazon.com, $14)

4. Noise-cancelling headphones

Noise-cancelling headphones

This gift probably won’t be popular with any new mom, but these Beats Studio over-ear headphones will be a big hit with any first-time dad. When the noise gets too much or when Dad wants to tune out the world with crystal clear music, he can’t get better than Beat by Dre headphones. (Indigo, $330)

5. Personalized T-shirts

Personalised T-shirts

Any proud daddy will be thrilled to get a personalized T-shirt that allows him to advertise his new status as a father. Choose from lots of fun slogans, like “Real men change diapers” and “I make twins,” or customize a tee to suit the new dad’s personality. (zazzle.co.nz, $37)

6. Locket cufflinks

Locket cuff links

These gorgeous sterling silver cufflinks make a great gift for the man who has to suit up each day to go to work. With photos of his loved ones inserted behind the clear glass dome, Dad can now take his family with him everywhere he goes. (cufflinksdepot.com, $395)

7. Personalized photo frames

Personalised photo frames

Personalized photo frames are a beautiful way to commemorate his first Father’s Day with a heartfelt gift he will treasure forever. The frames can be customized with any two names and include the “I love you quote.” (personalizationmall.com, $22)

8. Beer gift basket

Beer gift basket

For the dad who prefers practical stress-relieving methods, a gift basket of beer will most likely rank up there with receiving a large sum of cash he doesn’t have to share. You can tailor the basket to suit your budget. Prices start from around $50 up to $750, and delivery is free when you spend over $100. (hazeltons.ca, prices vary)

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9. Taga bike

Taga Bike

If Dad enjoys bike riding, then when you give him a Taga bike, he has no reason to not take Junior with him and give Mom some much-needed rest and relaxation for a few hours. It’s all the practical aspects of a stroller combined into a fun bike. (tagabikes.com, $1,495)

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10. M&M’s dispenser

M&M dispenser

With sleep deprivation and needing to get up and still function on the job, every new dad will be appreciative of his own M&M’s dispenser. He’ll be able to grab a quick, personalized chocolate pick-me-up when the 3 p.m. slump kicks in. (mymms.com, from $35)

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