It’s definitely more acceptable (and expected) now for dads to be more involved in taking care of new babies than in previous generations. We think this is awesome! Dad’s involvement doesn’t start right when his baby is born, however. Dads love getting ready for a new baby, and a baby shower celebrating Dad is a great way to offer him some encouragement and advice.
If you know someone who’s becoming a new father, help him celebrate this exciting milestone with these baby shower gifts for men.
25 Creative Baby Shower Gift Ideas for Men
Here are 25 baby shower gifts for men to help him with caring for his baby, or to make life a little easier for a new dad.
Filberry Messenger Diaper Bag
This unisex messenger bag is a cool way to tote along diapers, wipes, rash cream, and all the other accouterments babies need! It has a top zipper so he can open the bag and grab what he needs fast and 11 pockets for storing all the different baby products. He’ll be ready for any stinky emergency.
Best Dad Ever Travel Coffee Mug
He’s going to need a lot of coffee to deal with late-night feedings and early morning diaper changes! Travel coffee mugs make great baby shower gifts for men – get him one that will remind him he’s doing a great job. He probably needs the encouragement.
You're Killin' Me Smalls Matching Shirts
These matching and unique father-son shirts are 1.) adorable and 2.) hilarious. Dad’s shirt reads, “You’re killin’ me, Smalls,” while Baby’s shirt reads simply, “Smalls.” They’re sure to get plenty of laughs when they’re out together.
Brookstone PhotoShare Frame
Photo frames make great baby shower gifts for men! He will, after all, have a ton of pictures and need somewhere to display them. This digital photo frame can take pictures straight from a smartphone, email, or social media, and the internal memory can hold over 5,000 photos.
He can also send the pictures to family members who have the same frame, so they can display pictures of the new baby too.
A Cool Baby Carrier
Sure, there are neutral, subdued baby carriers that moms and dads can share. And then there’s this Mission Critical baby carrier that makes them feel like they’re suiting up for battle. (And let’s face it – aren’t they?)
The army green harness carrier is cool. All the buckles and straps are cool. The carrier is designed for babies to be carried facing inward when they’re very little or facing outward when they get older.
Baby Book Subscription Box
Nothing is more rewarding at the end of a long day than Daddy Storytime! Studies show babies benefit from being read to pretty much from birth on up. Get him a book subscription box with 3-4 board books chosen just for babies. It’s a great way for him to spend quality time with his baby.
Customized Chocolate Cigars
It’s an old cliche that dads pass out cigars when their baby is born…but everyone will enjoy these chocolate cigars! The labels can be personalized, so you can have the baby’s name or a custom wish added to the cigar. Then, let him pass them out and everyone can chomp away.
These would also make great prizes or favors at the shower itself or for guests who win the games. (Yes. Of course you have to play games.)
All-Star Cigar Sampler
Of course, if he’d rather have a real cigar, get him a few of those, too! This cigar sampler pack is great for guys who like a nice celebratory smoke. It comes with 5 cigars from great brands – he can smoke them himself or share with friends who are there with him on this journey through fatherhood.
Mute Button Pacifier Set
He’ll get a kick out of this pacifier set. It includes two binkies, one that reads, “Mute button,” and one that says, “Pull to sound alarm.” They’re BPA-free, and contoured to fit baby mouths…and he’ll discover soon enough how true those sayings are.
A Sparkling Wine
From Baby’s trip home from the hospital to their first word or first steps, there are a lot of milestones to celebrate in the first year or so! Bottles of wine make great baby shower gifts for men. They can pop one open that night or save it for a special occasion with their partner and toast their parenting accomplishments together.
Papa Bear Shirt
He can proudly announce his father status with this shirt! It has a bear silhouette with the word “Papa” in the middle…and it’s a fair warning to anyone who might come between this dad and his cub.
Sony Alpha A6100 Mirrorless Camera
Cell phones work great for candid shots of babies, but if you’re looking for baby shower gift ideas for men who know a little about photography, a quality camera is going to be an awesome present. It has a superfast autofocus and object tracking, which is key for snapping pix of wiggly babies and quick kids. This camera will up his game from cell phone candids to professional-level photography.
Snacks For The Delivery Room
Some babies pop right out into the world, while others mosey along and take their sweet time being born. Help him be ready for the second scenario with some delivery room snacks he can have while he waits. Just also give him a warning – if you’re in that delivery room with a laboring woman, do not eat them in front of her.
Daddy's Diaper Duty Apron
This diaper duty apron is a gag gift that comes complete with a face mask, rubber gloves, clothespins, and a soil-resistant apron. The apron also has some decoy nipples on the front, in case the baby needs a distraction. It’s all funny and silly…but a diaper-changing apron actually makes a lot of sense.
The Baby Owner's Manual
Every good product comes with an owner’s manual. Now that he’s figured out how to fix his car, program his microwave, and hook up his computer, he needs a manual for the most puzzling contraption out there. A baby.
This book combines humor with real, practical advice on swaddling a baby, helping him sleep through the night, and when to bring in a service expert like a doctor.
You almost can’t buy too many diapers for a new baby. They go through a lot. Diaper cakes are a fun way to package all those diapers, and this one comes unadorned, so you can decorate it however you want. Diaper cakes make great baby shower gifts for dad – you’re saving him several emergency trips to the store in the middle of the night!
Daddy's First Milestones Beer Bottle Labels
Create another great way for him to celebrate milestones with these beer labels. Get him a six-pack of his favorite beer, and slap these labels on for things like “Dad’s First Guys Night Out” and “Dad’s First Time He Gets Peed On.” Actually, he might as well drink that one at the hospital. It doesn’t take long.
The Ultimate Dad Joke Book
He’s going to have a lot of responsibilities as a new dad. But there is one responsibility that lies far above the rest – his new job as chief Dad Joke Teller. This Ultimate Dad Joke Book will get him started with a repertoire of clean, cheesy jokes he can start learning now for years of eye-rolling fun down the road.
Aprons make wonderful baby shower gifts for men! Whether he’s the family master chef, or he wants to make a few things with his baby when they get older, this apron comes in muted, neutral patterns that anyone will love. It can also be customized.
The best part? There are matching kids’ aprons. Get one for him and one for his mini-me!
“Bring My Dad A Beer” Baby Socks
These baby socks are both cute…and cheap! They say, “If you can read this, bring my dad a beer” with a cartoon drawing of a beer mug. They’d be hilarious to pop on Baby’s feet before heading to a barbeque with friends. These baby shower gifts for dad are sure to get a good laugh.
Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover
We know he probably doesn’t have Tide To Go on his baby registry. But his first time out in public, when his bundle of joy leaves a bundle of…something…on his shirt, he’ll be very thankful he has it!
Stain remover could also be part of a bigger “New Dad Survival Kit.” Include this with a lot of other small items new parents need, like bath supplies and diaper-changing products.
My First Baseball Board Book
Baby board books about their favorite sport or hobby make great baby shower gift ideas for men! If baseball is his passion, this “My First Baseball” board book is a great present to give Dad to read with his baby. They can read it together, and then Dad can spend some time lovingly instructing his child on which teams they are supposed to love and which they are expected to loathe. It’s called bonding.
Dad Juice Whiskey Glass
These make funny, creative baby shower gifts for men who like a nice glass of whiskey. The glass reads “Dad Juice,” and he can use it for bourbon, scotch, or other spirits. He can also mix up any drink that would be served in a lowball glass to drink from this one. For an excellent present, pair it with a nice bottle of whiskey to go in the glass!
Baby Handprint & Footprint Keepsake Photo Frame
Help him preserve the memory of those tiny hands and feet with this photo frame! The frame has spots for two pictures, along with a place for a hand and foot imprint. He can display it proudly at home, or in his office, or somewhere else where he can see it often. These are sentimental, sweet baby shower gifts for dad!
Prank Box “My First Fire”
Whatever you choose to get him as a present, wrap it in this prank box that reads “My First Fire,” with pictures of children playing happily with flames. It will generate some laughs and probably a few raised eyebrows from people whose sense of humor isn’t as twisted as his.
Baby Shower Gift FAQs
What Are Baby Showers For Dads Called?
Baby showers including Dad are becoming increasingly more popular. It makes sense when you realize that men are generally a lot more involved in caring for their new baby than in previous generations. This is an exciting time for him! If you want to throw a baby shower and include the father, you have a few choices. You can throw a couples shower, where both parents attend and are celebrated.
You can also throw a shower just for Dad! In fact, knowing his friends are helping him celebrate and will be there for him as a new dad is a wonderful feeling for him. Dad baby showers are often called Manshowers or Dad-chelor parties.
You can do sports-themed parties where the men play shower games that are a twist on various sports. You could also bring out their competitive side with games where everyone races to change diapers or other new-baby jobs. You could even arrange a trip away.
Then again, many guys don’t want a huge fuss. A meal and time to hang out with good friends may be exactly what he needs before the baby arrives.
Do Fathers Go To Baby Showers?
Fathers can definitely attend baby showers! As dads have gotten more involved in the day-to-day parts of raising kids, it only seems fair that they are there for the parties celebrating those kids.
If a father will be at the baby shower for his child, it makes sense to invite men to the shower as well. Men who are close friends of the parents-to-be can definitely come. Also, men that the parents want to be a positive influence in their child’s life may enjoy attending the baby shower.
Attending the baby shower can be a whole lot of fun, but it can also be a meaningful time for people who are important to the parents.
How Do You Make A Father Survival Kit?
Father Survival Kits can make great baby shower gifts for men! You can include a lot of different items that will help a guy out while he’s navigating this New-Dad Life. You could also ask each shower guest to contribute something to a survival kit.
Here are a few ideas to include in a Father Survival Kit:
- Disposable dishes and a gift card for takeout for those nights when everyone’s too exhausted to worry about dinner
- Laundry soap, stain remover, or nice soap and shower gel since fatherhood is a messy job
- Baby bathtime shampoo, towels, washcloths, and a rubber ducky so he can keep the baby clean as well!
- Snacks like granola bars, trail mix, water bottles, a good book, and other things he may want in the hospital while he’s waiting