Ask Design Mom Week: Daddy-to-be Gift

June 5, 2008

Ask Design Mom Question:
Dear Gabrielle: I wanted to ask if you could post something that would make a unique/thoughtful/creative present for a daddy-to-be. My husband (like myself) is a graphic designer, and I’d love to find something to show him how thankful I am for all his support throughout my pregnancy. He’s been amazing, super-caring and just wonderful all around! Any ideas? Love, Sabrina

Design Mom Answer:
Perfect timing on this question, Sabrina! Father’s Day is just around the corner. I’ve got a couple of suggestions for a Daddy-to-Be, keeping in mind you’re both super-cool graphic designers.

You could get him the
Photographing Your Family book produced by National Geographic. Your husband may not know it, but taking photographs of his beautiful baby is about to become his new obsession. And this book goes a long way to taking the mystery out of capturing a great shot. If he already uses a good camera, you could also include a new lens with the book. Or. If he doesn’t own a good camera, now would be a smart time to invest. Sometimes, when a new baby arrives and Mom is busy nursing on the sofa, Dad doesn’t quite know how to get involved. A camera in his hand becomes very empowering.

For something more fun-loving, consider these very cool tin wind-up toys designed by Jesco von Puttkamer, hand-made in Nuremberg, Germany. Although not designed for children (watch for sharp edges) they are the sort of item that can make your workspace both sophisticated and welcoming-to-kids at the same time. A collection of these is sure to make you the coolest Dad in town. Available at Unica Home.

For an heirloom gift — something your husband can hand down to this forthcoming child of his — a vintage Rolex would be ideal. Thousands less than the price of a new one, and somehow much more young and cool than the latest editions. A few of my hippest friends sport refurbished originals from the 1970′s with re-painted faces in orange and green — beautiful timepieces that I fully covet.

If you’re in New York, you can find a selection at Bergdorf Mens. If you’re not in New York, Travis, my friend and vintage Rolex connoisseur, recommended doing a search on ebay. The four watches pictured were found with a “Rolex California” search. Travis also mentioned that he’d found Samson328 to be reliable — and that Samson would probably be willing to locate a timepiece if I had something specific in mind.

How about you, Design Mom Readers? What are your best Daddy-To-Be Gift Ideas?

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1 Jo-Ann June 5, 2008 at 12:14 pm

I’m really excited about our father’s day gift this year! I took my children to the beach to find two special pieces of sea glass. We are using them to make cuff links for my husband, and since he doesn’t have many french cuffed shirts (only one, actually), we are giving him one of those as well. Now, he’ll have to take us all out someplace fancy to sport his new gift!

P.S. Thanks for the book rec. I think I *need* that book.


2 maryleeowens June 5, 2008 at 12:48 pm

What absolutely FABULOUS out-of-the-ordinary ideas! And you are absolutely right about the picture-taking. I wish I had officially given my husband that job with each of our children. We’d probably have a lot more great photographs!


3 simply kris June 5, 2008 at 1:29 pm

The watches are classic! Wil would feel terribly hip sporting this wrist wear and I am sure he would love telling me that we’re late!


4 CC June 5, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Here’s a great store (in Los Angeles) and website for vintage watches, mainly, but also other vintage jewelry:


5 Becki June 5, 2008 at 10:13 pm

One of the best things I did while I was pregnant with our first was buy plane tickets and tickets to a show to see one of my husband’s favorite musicians play and gave them to him for Father’s Day. It was a wonderful experience, and our last carefree trip as a couple before becoming parents.


6 Rachel H June 6, 2008 at 7:05 am

Well, my Dh is a HUGE watch guy, and his latest fave brand is called Zodiac

He loves them for these reasons-
*They have a saphhire crystal
*They have a rich history
* They are 100% SWISS made
*They have some great retro styles
* While they compare in every way quality wise to other swiss brands, they are schockingly affordable.

My hubby has a growing collection of them…they are carried by Saks, but we have purchased most of ours from Fossil Outlet Stores (who usually carry them) for even LESS than the retail price. Ebay is also a good place to check.


7 KJ June 6, 2008 at 4:48 pm

I saw a fun daddy gift at a shower once: a fishing vest with lots of little pockets, all filled with baby things like rattles, teethers, soft toys, pacifiers, and burp cloths. What about a first edition copy of his favorite childhood story book? Or a new one if a first ed isn’t available. My hubby totally loves story time with our little one, especially when the stories are some of his own favorites.


8 June October 29, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Here is another great place to find a vintage Rolex….I got my dad one last year. He loved it :)


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