28 Best Father’s Day Gifts for New Dads

Shop gourmet snacks, heirloom cookware and meal delivery kits for new dads and dads-to-be on their first Father's Day.

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June 05, 2023

Becoming a parent changes everything, but that doesn’t mean that food-loving fathers have to abandon their taste for gourmet snacks and restaurant-worthy meals — or forgo cooking all together. For new dads, finding their footing in the kitchen while caring for a little one can be a challenge, so this Father's Day make it easier for them with a thoughtful gift. Whether he'd benefit from a meal delivery service or something more fun like gourmet chocolate, these are the best gifts to get new dads for their first Father's Day.

Save on cooking and clean-up time with a low lift yet delectable brunch box from Wolferman’s Bakery. Start dad out with a cup of the Tiffin blend coffee paired with a dark chocolate chunk scone, then make a simple breakfast board arranged with Wolferman’s signature, super-thick San Francisco-style sourdough English muffins and slices of chocolate swirl loaf cake. Augment the spread with pre-cut fruit and jam, and you’ve got a breakfast of champions that’ll make dad feel like a king. The gift box also includes a cinnamon roll with DIY icing, and there’s an option to add extras such as top-notch preserves, kitchen accessories or beverages.

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If Dad is used to cooking eggs and searing steaks in a peeling non-stick skillet, it’s time to upgrade his frying pan. We’re a fan of Caraway’s line of non-toxic cookware, which features a mineral-based coating that doesn’t leach toxic materials into food. Their 10.5-inch fry pan makes for a versatile addition to any home kitchen, ideal for quick-cooking dishes like sautéed veggies, stir-fries, pan-seared proteins or fried eggs (which totally counts as dinner). The non-stick coating means needing less oil or butter for cooking, and it makes clean-up a cinch. The pan is oven-safe up to 550 degrees F, making it easy to sear proteins and finish ‘em in the oven. It comes in six different colors, but we’re partial to classic cream or marigold, guaranteed to bring a sunny pop of color to your stovetop.

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For the new dad who seems to have it all, give the gift of choice with an Instacart gift card. The card goes way beyond groceries, so Dad can peruse Instacart’s Gifts Hub and get same-day delivery from more than 750 retailers. He could scoop up a new pair of headphones from Best Buy for listening to his favorite podcast while cooking, a pair of stylish sweats from Dick’s Sporting Goods or his favorite adult beverage from BevMo!. If Dad’s snack game is strong, he can stock up on his favorite gourmet treats delivered from fan-favorite stores like Costco, Publix, Wegmans or ALDI, plus emergency groceries or baby necessities.

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Whether Dad already considers himself a snack aficionado or he’s looking for ways to keep his energy levels stable, the snacks of the month subscription from Mouth.com delivers ample snacking inspiration. Every month, Dad will receive a gift box of premium goodies, like an irresistible granola bar to tide him over till baby’s bedtime, containers of gourmet trail mix to stash in his desk, or savory popcorn to fuel him through nighttime feedings or a movie night. Subscription plans include pay-as-you-go or prepaid 3-, 6- or 12-month options.

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These days, Dad’s energy levels might not match his passion for grilling, but this Le Creuset skinny grill (a Williams Sonoma exclusive) allows him to get his low-key grilling game on. The slim profile fits over a single burner on the stove (or an outdoor grill), the cast iron construction yields even heat distribution and retention, and the high ridges create seriously impressive grill marks. The easy-to-grasp wide handles and colorful shades makes the pan ideal for going from stovetop to table. Just like dad, this pan gets better with age. It develops a patina that enhances cooking performance, making this a piece of cookware that’s destined for heirloom status. Oh, and did we mention it’s dishwasher safe?

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Dad can still flex his cooking skills even if he has less time to spend in the kitchen. This three-cup food processor makes whizzing up salsas, dressings, dips and sauces a snap, so he can easily spruce up a quick bowl of pasta, ramen or rice (or hey, chips and dips for dinner are totally acceptable). And when he’s ready to start introducing baby to solid food, he can whip up a variety of fruit and vegetable purees at the press of a button.

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Dad might be short on sleep, but this is a wholesome breakfast worth getting out of bed for. Blue Stripes Urban Cacao puts cacao’s super food status front and center. Their Whole Cacao Granola is crafted with upcycled cacao shell flour, cacao nibs, rolled oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds. Plus, the granolas are vegan, gluten-free, and have no sugar added. We especially love the dark chocolate granola, though the maple pecan is a close runner-up. For wholesome on the-go-snacking or to combat a midafternoon energy slump, try their Whole Cacao Trail Mix. It’s chockful of whole nuts, dried goji berries, cacao fruit, chocolate covered whole cacao beans and dark chocolate chips. You can also find Blue Stripes in Whole Foods and select locations via Amazon online shopping, with nationwide availability rolling out soon.

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House slippers have never been so comfortable. This summer, set dad up with a shoe that is just as comfortable as the brand's iconic sneakers. Dad’s feet will be comfortably supported while working in the kitchen, whether he’s prepping dinner for mom or a bottle for baby. The construction features air flow channels for better breathability and the sole will cradle his foot for extra comfort.

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This easy-to-wear baby carrier lets Dad bond with baby in the kitchen even in their earliest days, whether he's washing dishes, making dinner or meal prepping lunches. It’s comfortable for both Dad and baby, with padded back straps and the ability to carry baby facing in or out. It also easy to clean and machine washable, and we’re a fan of the wallet-friendly price tag, too. Since morning restaurant hangs are likely dad’s new prime reservation preference, this carrier is ideal for toting baby to brunch, too.

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For the dad who ritualizes his daily cup of Joe, The Caffeine Fiend Gift Set delivers morning magic. The package includes a bag of Good Citizen Coffee Co’s Stay Golden, an African blend that boasts a dark chocolate, fruity and floral flavor profile. We love the accompanying clip and scoop set to ensure the beans stay fresh once the bag is open — and the scoop even clips to the bag so there’s no bleary-eyed, early morning fumbling searching for the scoop. The accompanying stylish Corkcicle mug keeps coffee hot for hours (as dad will soon learn, if he drinks from a mug without a lid his hot coffee sips are numbered). And for an afternoon pick-me-up, there’s a tin of Sugarfina Cold Brew Cordials that are snackable on their own or make an excellent pairing with a handful of trail mix.

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If Dad can’t cook without a kitchen soundtrack or he loves listening to his favorite podcast while chopping, gift him a pair of top-notch wireless headphones. He won’t be able to blast the Rolling Stones from his Bluetooth stereo with baby napping nearby, but these budget-friendly earbuds still deliver superior sound. And Dad can opt to use one earbud at a time, so he can still keep an ear out for baby. The earbuds charge fast — a single charge yields 7 hours of listening, while the charging case extends playtime to 40 hours. Even a 10-minute charge gets you 1 hour of listening. The wireless earbuds are also waterproof, in case dad encounters any kitchen spills or unexpected liquid mishaps.

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New parents eat a lot of sandwiches, but that doesn’t mean Dad has to settle for a sad sub or plain PB&J. This gourmet box is the stuff sandwich dreams are made of and is packed with gourmet meats and cheeses, classic condiments, hearty bread, potato chips and a reusable bamboo cheeseboard ready for sandwich assembly. We recommend stacking mortadella, mozzarella, and peppadew peppers on hearty slabs of German bread slicked with Kewpie Japanese mayo and whole grain mustard. The box also includes an antipasto platter that’s practically a party in a package that includes a variety of salamis, Italian prosciutto and provolone. Serve it alongside sandwich fixings or as a standalone charcuterie board for a festive yet relaxed Father’s Day supper.

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This printed kitchen towel set is bound to spark a moment of cooking genius, whether dad is tackling weekend meal prep or desperately seeking last-minute supper inspiration. Simply select your main ingredient, then follow the grid for a choose-your-own adventure that ends with a perfect pairing. The towels also include freshness tips, cooking pointers and storage advice to maximize your herbs and spices. The towels are 100% cotton, machine washable, and come in herbaceous greens and autumnal tones that blend into your current kitchen-scape.

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It might be a while before Dad gets a restaurant date night and his patience for trying to snag reservations at A-lister hotspots like Carbone will probably wane as sleep deprivation sets in. But he can eat like a star at home any old weeknight thanks to Carbone’s line of tomato sauces developed by Michelin chefs Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi. The lineup includes staples such as Marinara, Arrabbiata, Tomato Basil and Roasted Garlic. Try employing the roasted garlic to transforms a Tupperware of leftover roasted veggies into a trattoria-inspired supper or use the marinara on a naan bread pizza or bowl of penne. Snag 2-packs of a couple different flavors or opt for the variety pack to stock Dad’s pantry.

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Take the guess work out of finding winning wines for Dad by gifting him a personalized box of bottles. Whether Dad considers himself a wine snob or a newbie interested in pairing food with wine, Firstleaf provides a way to discover new favorites without the gamble of plucking a bottle at random from the shelf. Firstleaf Wines was founded by wine industry veteran Philip James, who developed a quiz to determine flavor and style preferences that help build each customer’s unique “Wineprint.” Dad can review the curated choices, making swaps as needed. Each shipment comes with tasting and pairing cards and the club’s newsletter.

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As far as Baby’s concerned, their dad is the world’s best. And the world’s best dad deserves the world’s best chocolate. Goodnow Farms Father’s Day gift set is packed with its exceptionally smooth chocolate and award-winning creations. There’s a special reserve whiskey-infused bar made with Boston Harbor Distillery’s Putnam Rye Whiskey; Lawley's Rum bar, a molasses-esque bar that’s an Academy of Chocolate gold-winner; and Maple Sugar bar, an International Chocolate Awards World Finals winner that pairs Guatemala Asochivite cacao with local maple sugar. The box also includes a bottle of Runamok maple orange bitters (an excellent addition to a Father’s Day brunch cocktail), a limited-edition chocolate bar crafted with Burlap and Barrel’s caramelized onions, and a jar of Burlap and Barrel caramelized onions, which spruce up everything from salads to grilled cheese to a bowl of noodles.

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The first few months of being a parent often pass by in a blur of cold leftovers and takeout. For easy access to plant-based meals, create a custom box packed with Splendid Spoon’s delicious smoothies, grain and noodle bowls, nutrient-rich soups, and immunity-boosting wellness shots. The curated collection goes way beyond quinoa with a roster of vegan meals that read like a comfort food tasting menu: think, kabocha congee, carrot lentil curry soup, lemon wild rice and broccoli bowl, and Dan Dan noodles. Ready-to-drink smoothies make for an excellent on-the-go breakfast and come in summer-ready flavors like pineapple passion fruit and raspberry cacao. Not sure what to pick? A gift card is always a solid choice.

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If Dad is looking to moderate his alcohol consumption, but still wants to relish in the ritual of a beer or two in the evening, look to a craft beer that packs a flavor punch, sans the alcohol. This seasonal six-pack from fan-favorite Athletic Brewing features a variety of palate pleasing beers, including Cerveza Atletica, a refreshing, light copper hued Mexican-inspired brew. Its flavor profile balances yeasty sweetness with light and floral notes, making it perfect for summer sipping.

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We love multi-purpose cooking gadgets, and this combo grill and griddle delivers on its versatility promise with a performance-backed non-stick coating. Use each function separately or lay it flat so that you can use both the grill and griddle at the same time. That means you can fry eggs and flip pancakes for weekend brunch or grill proteins and sear veggies for an easy supper. The reversible, dishwasher-safe plates turn the unit into a waffle maker, too; down the line, making waffles and pancakes with your kiddo makes for a fun, family-friendly cooking project.

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For the dad who’s excited to introduce his kid to a lifetime of kitchen adventure, pick up a copy of Kalamata's Kitchen: Taste Buds in Harmony. It’s never too early to start reading to baby, and the adventures of Kalamata and her trusty sidekick Al Dente, penned by sommelier-turned-author Sarah Thomas, are a delight for all ages. The Father’s Day gift bundle also includes a signature “Mind Open Fork Ready” apron, crafted by the folks at chef-favorite Hedley & Bennett. Plus, $10 from each bundle sale will be donated to No Kid Hungry, a non-profit that is working to end child hunger in America.

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If Dad loves noodles, the flavorful plant-based ramen from immi is a must-have. The soft, slurpable noodles cook up in minutes so they’re ideal for an easy lunch or a quick supper, plus they pack a nutrition punch with 21 grams of protein and 6 grams of net carbs. The variety pack incorporates three fan-favorites, including spicy beef, black garlic chicken and tom yum shrimp, all made with 100% plant-based ingredients. For the dad who loves extra variety, pick up a couple six-packs of the brand’s newly launched flavors: spicy red miso, with a funky heat redolent of garlic and cayenne, and creamy “chicken,” a supremely savory number with a luscious texture.

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New dads need all the help they can get. For a quick and easy caffeine boost without the crash, there’s Clevr’s line of SuperLattes. The latte flavors include matcha, coffee, mocha, golden, chai, and there’s even a sleeptime blend to help Dad unwind in the evening. All blends incorporate adaptogens, mushrooms and a creamer blend that yields an ultra-creamy, plush texture. Opt for the starter kit which contains your choice of two bags of latte blends, plus a wooden scoop for perfect portioning and a rechargeable, portable frother for a barista-worthy finish.

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We can’t get enough of McConnell’s velvety smooth ice cream and line-up of fantastic flavors. Order the Father’s Day collection and set up a sundae bar for the whole family or clear out a spot in the freezer for Dad to keep his secret stash. The bundle comprises five best-selling pints, including Salted Caramel Chip, with melted bittersweet chocolate chips and notes of caramelized toffee; Sea Salt Cream and Cookies, chockful of chewy, chocolate chunk cookies; and Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate, made with Guittard cocoa, house-made chocolate ganache, and melted bittersweet chocolate chips. Toasted Coconut Almond Chip and Coffee, made with espresso and cold brew, round out the mix.

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Whether dad likes to stay hydrated at home, on the job, at the gym or at the playground, RTIC's stainless-steel water bottles are tops. They hold ice and keep beverages cold for up to 24 hours but can also keep beverages hot, so it doubles as a coffee thermos too. The air-tight seal keeps spills and leaks at bay and the finish keeps the exterior sweat-free. Order on their website to choose from over two dozen colors and a variety of finishes or to personalize the bottle. If Dad is more a travel coffee mug kind of guy, RTIC also offers a durable, sleek travel mug that keeps beverages hot (or cold, for iced coffee devotees) and is beloved by Amazon reviewers, to the tune of 28,000 reviews and counting.

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Stock dad’s pantry and upgrade his usual protein bar routine with this stellar pantry pack from Big Spoon Roasters. The bundle features three jars of small-batch nut butters that’ll make dad excited to eat a PB&J during midnight feedings and naptime wake-up calls. The classic nut butter flavors include Peanut Butter with Wildflower Honey, Almond Butter with Wildflower Honey and Cashew Butter with Coconut Nectar. Plus, the dozen handcrafted peanut butter bars will set dad up for snacking success with delectable options such as Apricot Pepita, Cherry Chocolate, Cranberry Cashew and Figgy Chai.

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Does the dad in your life consider himself a connoisseur of all things dried meat? The Jerky Snob gift subscription box delights the most discerning carnivore with a selection of premium, nitrate-free jerkies. Choose either a month or multi-month subscription and opt for 2, 4 or 8 bags. The assortment features different jerky makers and flavors each month, showcasing a variety of meats, textures and unique profiles. Past features have included Kalahari Snack’s garlic beef biltong, whose thin, air-dried strips eat like a cross between jerky, slow-roasted and beef prosciutto, and Two Chicks’ habanero beef jerky, made with 100% grass-fed beef.

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Meet Dad’s new breakfast of champions or late-night bowl of cereal go-to. Magic Spoon’s nostalgia-inspired flavors – think cinnamon bun, fruity, cocoa, frosted and blueberry muffin – are reimagined with health-conscious adults in mind. Boxes boast between 12 to 14 grams of protein, 4 to 5 grams of net carbs per serving and no sugar (the cereal is sweetened with monk fruit extract and allulose, a naturally occurring sweetener found in things like raisins, figs, maple syrup and molasses). The cereals are also grain-free, gluten-free, soy-free and wheat-free, making it allergen-friendly too. Put together your own variety pack or scoop up limited-edition boxes (think chocolate chip cookie or oatmeal cookie) before they sell out.

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Treat Dad to grill-fired burgers from New York meat institution Peter Luger Steakhouse. The burgers, which are only available for lunch at the Brooklyn restaurant, can now be shipped to your door and enjoyed anytime. The burger bundle features 18 patties, each crafted with a signature blend of USDA Prime ground chuck, dry-aged sirloin and tenderloin. It’s enough for a small family cookout with plenty of leftovers to stash in the freezer for those last-minute, what-are-we-having-for-dinner emergencies. There’s also an optional, but highly recommended bacon add-on. The extra thick-cut pieces make a fine burger topper or a crave worthy upgrade to weekend brunch at home.

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