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With Father's Day fast approaching, we've already come up quite a few gift guides to ease the shopping process. From this exhaustive list of unique Father's Day gifts for the dads who are particularly hard to shop for to the personalized gifts for those who appreciate sentimental mementos and even a brunch menu to make at home for the dad who simply wants to enjoy a day of good eating at home, we've got you covered. But there's another cool dad we've yet to highlight: the one with a baby on the way.
To show this special set of dads some love and inaugurate them into a lifetime of Father's Day family traditions, we curated 18 dad-to-be Father's Day gifts. We've broken them down into six different themes with three gift ideas each, so you can pick and choose your favorites to create a custom survival kit–meets–goodie bag for new dads and expectant fathers (any father figure would love them). Scroll through to start celebrating Dad.
For the Coffee Connoisseur
Isn't this card sweet? If you want to give him a subtle Father's Day gift, we recommend opting for something like this that simply expresses your love for him.
To accompany the card: Though new babies typically result in less sleep, we found a silver lining for any amateur baristas: More fatigue means opportunities for coffee. If your dad fancies himself a coffee connoisseur, then a cool cold-brew machine is the perfect gift. It's also seasonally appropriate. We suggest getting him a travel mug so he can take his homemade elixir with him on the go.
For the Funny Fashion Guru
If you and the father figure you're gifting have a playful, teasing relationship, then he'll get a laugh out of this funny card. Fill it with a personalized message about how much you love him and how cool his dad style is.
To accompany the card: What style-obsessed person wouldn't gladly accept a nice, fresh set of fashionable tees? He'll love the hip presentation of the Maison Margiela vacuum-sealed sleeve, but he'll love the three tees with subtle tonal variations and signature exposed sticking even more. Then get him a set of chic colognes to switch up his routine and adorn his bathroom vanity. Toss the goodies in a cheeky tote like this Larry David version, which will likely resonate with him.
For the Busy Chef
This card states says it all, plain and simple. If you want to continue showering him in love and his greatest love (aside from you, of course) is food, then consider getting him a cooking surprise that will last beyond the day's festivities.
To accompany the card: As we previously reminded you, things are about to get a lot more busy for this dad-to-be. So if he loves to cook extravagant meals but is worried about having less time to prep and go shopping for the ingredients, surprise him with a subscription to a meal-planning service. Perhaps order him a meal kit in advance that you know he'll love. Our favorite service at the moment is Chef'd, which just partnered with Munchies and also offers a few Father's Day specials. Or simply print out a gift card and whet his appetite with a few of his favorite artisanal condiments.
The Bartender Dad
Fill this card with words of encouragement and excitement for his next chapter. Of if he's already your number one dad, then tell him all the reasons why, or at least as many that you can fit in these pages.
To accompany the card: The dad who loves tending the bar will appreciate a gift that allows him to experiment with his craft. This DIY gourmet bitters kit is a fun activity that you can enjoy together. An accompanying container for his concoction will bring in a nice touch, so opt for a fun set of tumblers or a Moscow mule mug with a trendy twist, depending on your style and barware needs.
For the Music Man and Gadget Guy
Give your father figure all the classic dad gifts in illustrated form so you can splurge on other items he'll cherish.
To accompany the card: If he spends a lot of time listening to music and has an extensive collection of records (or he simply has a soft spot for nostalgic keepsakes), he'll love a record player. Fixed inside a portable leather briefcase, you can bring it with you on picnics or romantic weekend getaways. Or if he's more of a Spotify and smartphone kind of person, get him a stylish case and high-quality headphones to enhance his listening experience.
For the outdoorsy Adventurer
For a traditional Father's Day card, you can't go wrong with a classic bold plaid print. It's the perfect backdrop to write a note to any first-time and expectant dad to set the pace for many more Father's Days to come.
To accompany the card: If the dad-to-be in your life loves the outdoors, then take him out for an action-packed beach day. Enjoy a long stroll along the shore, go cave jumping or swimming, play some paddle ball, or hike around the area if he wants to do something active. But don't forget to bring a towel so you can lounge and relax after.
Let us know which gifts you're most excited to give, and then share your Father's Day gift guides in the comment section below.