Ask Design Mom: First Father’s Day Gift

May 22, 2007

Ask-Design-Mom-Question:
Hi Gabrielle, I have a question requiring your great taste and advice. With our first child due this summer, I’d like to get my husband a very special “first” Father’s Day gift. Any ideas? Thanks!
— Michelle

Design Mom Answer:
Great question, Michelle. How exciting to be expecting your first. A special Father’s Day gift is a really lovely thought. I don’t know if your husband is really sentimental, slightly sentimental of completely lacking in sentiment. So I’ll just make a variety of suggestions.

1) The book I reviewed a few weeks ago The Dangerous Book for Boys would make a great gift for any father. Whether he is a father of sons or daughters. The book has the effect of helping men remember the best of their childhood and desiring a wonderful childhood for their own offspring. I highly recommend inscribing it of course. An alternative to this would be to give him books that he loved as a child — maybe the Chronicles of Narnia in hardcover. Someday, in the not too distant future, he’ll be able to share his favorite stories with this new child.


2) I like this engraved keychain from Little Jules. Beautiful. Not too flashy. Potential to be handed down, but not so expensive that if it gets lost, you cry.


3) An engraved yoyo. A symbol of the fun that will come as the baby ages.


4) This Baby Owners Starter Kit (which I first noticed on Goody Blog) looks delightful. The packaging is great and I think the concept is clever. I have no idea if the contents are any good. . .

5) A really good camera or videocamera. New Dads often find themselves behind the lense as Mom holds/feeds/baths the baby. Plus, lots of men like new toys.


6) If he’s confident, a World’s Greatest Dad tee is going to get a lot of wear. Not so cool when he actually has some parenting under his belt. But down right charming when he’s got a 2 week old newborn.

7) For an outdoorsy Dad, you could purchase a baby accessory that will encourage him to keep up his favorite outdoor activities — but with the new baby in tow. Like a baby trailer that connects to a bike. Or a baby carrier backpack for hiking.

Hopefully those ideas (and the fabulous Design Mom Reader ideas) will get your imagination going. . .

Congratulations! And Good Luck!!

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1 GrowingRopers May 22, 2007 at 9:09 am

i framed a picture of my husband and our son for his first fathers day, and hung it in the house. i honestly cant even remember the other things i did…but i remember the picture bec he liked it a lot.

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2 Liz May 22, 2007 at 11:28 am

I don’t know what your budget is, but I blew the bank and bought my husband a very expensive watch and had the back engraved with the baby’s name and “First Father’s Day, 2006.” I told my husband that the watch was his only until he felt the time was right to pass it on to our son. I’m hoping it will become a family heirloom.

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3 Anonymous May 22, 2007 at 2:54 pm

I don’t know a dad who doesn’t like toys. How about two father-son sized footballs or basketballs or fishing rods, etc.

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4 Amanda Conley May 22, 2007 at 3:41 pm

The baby owner’s starter kit is hilarious (and full of useful information.) A friend of mine had one and I couldn’t put it down! It’s like an equipment users manual but it’s about how to take care of your baby. PERFECT for an expecting father! (Wait, do men actually ever READ the manuals?)

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