Think of it like a really fancy I-O-U, and make sure to add some things in there that have nothing to do with the baby. Download free printables or create your own and fill in the blanks with back massages, a night out, a day off from diaper duty, and anything else that will make a new dad smile.
This isn't your average dad mug. Family-run shop Bray and Co Printing can customize a keep-your-coffee-hut stainless tumbler ($39.99) with anything from your own artwork to baby's handprint! Freeze this moment in time forever and give him that warm daily reminder of the sweet hug that's waiting for him at the end of the day.
Buy It: Bray + Co
You're welcome! Think of this adorable Father's Day baby t-shirt ($10) as a "gift with purchase"!
Buy It: Etsy.com/DoodleMouseCreations
Photos are cool, but a handmade silhouette to capture a special moment is even more meaningful. I love this fun Etsy shop Three Little Buddies where the work is done in vibrant colors and unexpected styles ($45 and up). Your amazing portrait will convey everything you want to on his first Father's Day, without saying a word.
Buy It: Etsy.com/ThreeLittleBuddies
What new dad doesn't need something comfy and fun to wear while lounging around the house? From beer to tacos to ice cream, there's a pair of cute custom socks ($9.95) for your baby daddy.
Buy It: Etsy.com/JCTakeover
As a total coffee snob, my husband loves having a cup (or several) of the gourmet stuff, especially after we've been up all night with the baby. But diapers aren't cheap, and neither are runs to the coffee shop. The Chemex ($36 and up) brings a little something special to the morning routine and saves major cash on your gourmet brews.
Buy It: Williams-Sonoma
How sweet would a collection of his favorite things be? Treat dad to snacks, trinkets, and more as he muddles through these first baby days. The slippers are a great vessel, but you can do anything that appeals to him. If he's into gardening, a planter is good. If he (like my husband) is country music-obsessed, cowboy boots would take this to the next level.
Photo: Pretty Providence
...But if you do want to go the traditional route with a framed photo, I make these every year and my husband still loves them.
A little bit of swag goes a long way. Put together a collection of fun small-shop dad items like a mug, "Slaying Fatherhood" tee, and beanie and finish it off with a cute craft from baby. Use the printable on this blog post to decorate the box.
Photo: Nicole Banuelos
Sturdy, affordable, and earth-friendly, these handmade handkerchiefs ($12 and up) double as everything-in-one Dad Cloths he can use to wipe noses, spot-treat spilled baby food, clean off his steering wheel, and so much more. After use, just toss them in the washing machine.
Buy It: Etsy.com/TeenyBugCreations
These easy-to-make keychains are a perfect way to capture the moment and let him hold onto that tiny hand even when they're apart. To be honest, I wouldn't be able to resist making a second set for myself while I'm at it.
Photo: Craft Box Girls