Great Gift Ideas for Dad's First Father's Day

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by: Erin Dower
Every dad's first Father's Day is a special one. Honor Daddy's important new role with a memorable, heartfelt, or just plain fun gift from you and your baby. Also, here's a perfect printable Father's Day card for a first-time dad.
First Fathers Day gift ideas, youth baseball gloves
Pair of Baseball Gloves
Dad probably has years of father/son or father/daughter games of catch in his future. Even though your child is too young to play ball these days, a pair of baseball mitts — an adult size and a youth size — are a sentimental and practical gift for down the road.

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First Fathers Day gift ideas, Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer children's book
Dad's Favorite Children's Book
If you can research this on the down-low, find out what book your guy loved as a child and give it to him on Father's Day. Some of these classic children's books are a safe bet. A dad-themed book is even better! Dad will love cuddling up with your little one and reading a beloved story.

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First Fathers Day gift ideas, Baby Bjorn infant carrier
BabyBjorn or Infant Carrier
If it wasn't already cool enough, rocking the BabyBjorn became super trendy among men after a main character in The Hangover wore one around Vegas. If you don't already have an infant carrier or baby backpack for hiking, dad's first Father's Day is the perfect time to buy one.

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First Fathers Day gift ideas, Red Sox baseball team onesie
Sports Tickets and Team Gear
There's no question that Dad wants to raise your baby as a super-fan of his own favorite sports team. Get him a new team jersey or T-shirt and a matching onesie for baby. If it's feasible, buy tickets to take your tot to his or her first game. Tip: Get the cheap seats in case you can't stay long!

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First Fathers Day gift ideas, Packers diaper bag for dad
Manly Baby Bag
Does Dad look a little sheepish carrying your floral diaper bag? Invest in a more masculine bag for him to tote diapers, toys, and more for your little one. It doesn't have to be an official diaper bag — a messenger bag branded with his college logo or favorite sports team will do. He'll thank you!

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First Fathers Day gift ideas, baby bath toy fishing pole
Pair of Fishing Poles
If Dad is a fisherman — and hopes your baby will be someday, too — pick out a new fishing pole or any gear he needs. Get a toddler fishing rod, or even a baby bath toy that is fishing-themed, to round out Dad's gift and make his day.

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First Fathers Day gift ideas, baby handprint footprint frame
Baby Footprint or Handprint Gift
Capture your baby's tiny handprint or footprint for eternity with a clay-casting kit, or even with just ink and paper. Dad can proudly display the framed or mounted keepsake on his desk for years to come.

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First Fathers Day gift ideas, I Love Dad baby onesie
"I Love Dad" Baby Gear
He probably won't admit it, but Dad secretly loves it when your baby wears "I Love Daddy" clothes and bibs. So balance out the "I Heart Mommy" wardrobe you acquired at your baby shower with some onesies that give props to Pops.

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First Fathers Day gift ideas, affectionate married couple
Date Night with Mom
New parents rarely splurge on a night out. If you're ready to leave your baby with a grandparent or sitter, plan a relaxing and much-needed date night with Dad. Go to his favorite restaurant or bar and live it up a little — like the (not-so-long-ago) good old days! Order his favorite takeout if you'd prefer to stay in with your munchkin.
First Fathers Day gift ideas, leather beer holster
Beer Holster
Busy dads deserve the occasional cold one. But parents always seem to have their hands full, so a beer holster is funny and practical solution. Say farewell to the days of Dad's beer getting spilled on the coffee table by your tot! Complete the gift with a six pack of his favorite brew.

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Family Photo books, Gift
Photo Album or Gift
A photo album filled with memories of Dad and baby's first months together would touch any father's heart. You might also consider a custom photo book, calendar, T-shirt, or other personalized photo gift for Dad to treasure.