First Father’s Day gifts that every dad will love

We have rounded up some of the best heartfelt and handy Father's Day gifts to remember the baby's precious first year.

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by Hannah Carroll |
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Becoming a father for the first time is an exciting and exhausting time in life. With Father’s Day around the corner, what better way to celebrate the occasion, than with a first Father’s Day gift?

When it comes to buying gifts for dads, it can be quite a task. Especially, if it's a first Father's Day gift. However, gifting them something sentimental and meaningful for Father's Day is always a good way to go. Who wouldn't want a present that captures their child's first memories or something to remember them by? Even the perfect Dad mug could bring a smile to the man in your life's face.

Father's Day gift ideas 2023 shortlist:

Best keepsake: Baby Hand And Foot Inkless Print Kit**
Best practical gift:** Coffee Mug WarmerBest innovative gift: Cooling Pint GlassesBest wearable gift: Pure Cotton Hawaiian ShirtBest fragrance to gift first time Fathers: BOSS Bottled Pacific for Him Eau de Toilette 100ml

Whether you are looking for a sentimental present to treasure this momentous occasion or a new gadget to capture these extraordinary memories, we have picked out some of the best gift ideas to show how much dads are appreciated. In this roundup, we have focused on gifts that are great to give first-time Dads. However, there are lots of presents that would be suitable for friends who are fathers, long-serving dads and even gifts for grandpas.

20 of the best first Father's Day gift ideas 2023

Take a look at some of the best gifts for their first Father's Day that will ensure their day will be one to remember.

Best keepsake

There won't be a single dry eye when Dad gets given this gift for his first Father's Day, with beautiful sentimental prints of his little ones' hands and feet to treasure forever.

Customer review: "Lovely set. I used this on my newborn and the results were excellent. Love that it doesn't use ink so it is not messy to do. I'm looking forward to framing this and displaying it in my home."

Pros

  • Lovely sentimental gift
  • Great keepsake
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Only comes with one wipe

Best personalised wooden frame

If this is your first time celebrating Father's Day as parents, or if you want to gift a present to a new dad, then why not get them a gift for them to remember their first Father's Day?
This attractive dark wood landscape photo frame reads 'Daddy Our First Father's Day' on the top of the frame, accompanied by engraved stars. You can also customise it with a message at the bottom.

Pros

  • Personalised
  • Wooden frame
  • Great keepsake

Cons

  • No online reviews

Best personalised Father's Day book

What child doesn't love a bedtime story read by dad? It's even better if Dad is in it. You can personalise this book by adding the name of dad and child for an adorable unique gift. It can also include up to four children's names and characters, so anyone else can be involved too.

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Customer review:** "A special book that makes reading time all that much more personal!! A keepsake book for life."

Pros

  • Encourages quality time
  • Printed and shipped in 48 hours
  • Thick, high-quality paper

Cons

  • Limited characters on names

Best print gift

First Father's Day Gifts: Personalised Photo Poster with DefinitionFirebox
Price: £19.99

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We cannot get enough of this personalised photo poster in a dictionary definition style. It is the perfect gift for dads to hang in their office or around the home. We love that it is sentimental whilst not being so naff that the recipient doesn't want to hang it up.

Pros

  • Printed on 230g semi-gloss paper (thicker than standard paper).
  • Large picture - Approx dimensions: 42 x 60 (A2)
  • Personalised 

Cons

  • Frame costs extra

Best practical gift

Here is something we could all use, but especially new parents. This coffee mug warmer keeps your drinks warm, so when you get distracted and forget to drink your morning coffee, you know a hot cup is still waiting for you when you get back. It has a high-strength glass surface and aluminium plate, which wipes clean in a flash and a light indicator that shows if it's switched on or off.

Customer review: "If like me you always forget your tea or coffee letting it get cold, we’ll this amazing device is the answer. Keeps them hot until you’ve had enough. It’s truly worth the price."

Pros

  • Temperature control system
  • Suitable for all types of flat bottom mugs
  • Touch sensitive ring button switch

Cons

  • Drinks can become too hot

Best gift for Dad's in a relationship

Father's Day doesn't have to be all about your newborn. With this New Parents Date Box, you and your partner can enjoy date night with no decision-making! Isn't that what we all want? The box comes with 26 date ideas to give new parents the chance to spend time together. An example of some of the dates are 'Make a playlist' and 'Learn a card game.' No money needs to change hands, but maybe the winner gets a lie-in?

Customer review: "This product looks amazing, we bought it as a Christmas gift for my sister-in-law and her partner after having their baby girl six months ago. We know they're going to love it as both of them being back at work and juggling a baby leaves little time for dates and there are only five dates that require a babysitter makes it so much easier as you don't have to rely on family to look after your little one."

Pros

  • Great for encouraging partners to make time for each other
  • Thoughtful
  • Looks great

Cons

  • Not suitable for single parents

This stylish men's leather bracelet can be personalised on the right- and left-hand sides of the clasp with a message to create a sentimental gift for Father's Day. It comes in black or brown and you can also customise the font and gift packaging.

Customer review: "The bracelet is fab quality and looks great! I'm very pleased with it and my husband is so happy with it, he wears it all the time! The bracelet arrived quickly and exceeded expectations. Thank you."

Pros

  • Personalised
  • Leather
  • Suits most styles

Cons

  • Max 18 characters

Best humorous gift

First Father's Day Gifts: Knock Knock What I Love About Dad Fill In Book

Rrp: $11.80

Price: $10.62

This fun little activity book contains fill-in-the-blank line pages. You can make it sweet, silly, or cringy as you want.

Customer review: "Really nice gift, get a lot for the price. 50 personalised questions to answer, made a great fathers day present."

Pros

  • Thoughtful
  • Personal
  • Memorable

Cons

  • Pocket-sized gift

Best skincare gift

First Father's Day Gifts: Neal’s Yard Remedies Men's CollectionNeal’s Yard Remedies

When you have just had a baby, it is really easy to neglect yourself- especially skincare. But good skincare products will leave you feeling and looking great. We love this men's skincare collection because it is gentle enough for all skin types. This skincare bundle will leave the man in your life feeling hydrated and nourished.

Customer reviews: "The scent is gorgeous and such good value for money I’m hooked on Neal's Yard products."

Pros

  • Dermatologically tested
  • Vegan approved
  • Certified organic

Cons

  • Scented

Best matching pyjamas

It doesn't get cuter than this! These personalised Dinosaur Family Pyjamas can be a gift for all the family this Father's Day. You can add your names to this personalised set, and the children's pyjamas are available in sizes 0-3 months up to 9-10 years.

Customer reviews: "Lovely pyjamas - soft, comfy, cute design and perfect for all the family."

Pros

  • Pyjamas for the whole family
  • Personalised
  • Multiple size options

Cons

  • No newborn size

Best smart gift

First Father's Day Gifts: Aura Carver WiFi Digital Picture Frame
Price: $149.00
Alternative retailers
Best Buy$149.00View offer
Bloomingdale's$149.00View offer
Target$149.99View offer
Walmart$149.99View offer

Kids nowadays have a million photos of them growing up, but which ones do you choose to frame? Now you don't have to choose favourites with this digital smart frame. We love that you can send pictures and videos directly from your phone, computer or smart device.

Our review: " I cannot recommend this frame highly enough. Since having my three boys I have so many photographs (40,000 according to my apple storage). Any time they do something new or sweet I snap a picture. Then they get forgotten about. Since I have had this frame I make a point of instantly uploading them to the device. The frame sits pride of place on the dining room table and the boys squeal with delight when their photos come up. It has become one of the biggest features in our living room. I love that it is ever-changing and that you can set how long each photograph stays on the frame."

Best camera gift

First Father's Day Gifts: Fujifilm Instax Mini 12 Instant Camera
Price: $79.99
Alternative retailers
Adorama$79.95View offer
Target$79.99View offer
Urban Outfitters$80.00View offer

Take nostalgic photos of your child's first memories with this Fujifilm Instax Mini 12 Instant Camera. The mini 12 features automatic exposure and flash control, so you can simply aim and click. We love that the distinctive white frame around the photo gives you the opportunity to write a personalised message. We think this makes the Fujifilm the perfect way to capture those first milestones.

Our review: " When you have children capturing moments is one of the best thing you can do. Just blink and that newborn baby is up and taking their first steps. I love this camera because it is light weight and really simple to use. You do not need to be a photographer to get a brilliant shot."

Pros

  • Great colour choices
  • Good quality
  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Photographic paper sold separately

Best gift for watching home movies

Watch home videos just like in your childhood with this projector from YABER. You can either connect it to Wi-Fi or with an HDMI cable, and it is compatible with iOS and Android systems, so you directly display all your child's videos straight from your smartphone. In addition, it comes with a Bluetooth Projector, power, AV and HDMI cables; a remote control and a manual. Not to mention this projector will make movie nights all the more special.

Our review: "I love that this projector is fully portable. I use it as an alternative to television in my bedroom. It is very easy to use. The intelligent screen adaption means that you have a perfect picture without having to try and angle the machine yourself. I love that it has smart apps for the children to enjoy. Nothing beats watching those first precious moments on a super bright crystal clear image."

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Brilliant picture quality
  • Portable
  • Distortion-free Hi-Fi sound
  • 5000+ apps like Disney+, HBO Max, and Prime Video.

Cons

  • No table stand

Best card

First Father's Day Gifts: Modern Photo Collage Father's Day CardMoonpig
Price: £0.99 - £8.99

www.moonpig.com

Show Dad how appreciated he is by sending a personalised collage card with Moonpig. There are different versions from e-cards, and standard cards to giant cards and different designs you can customise.

Pros

  • Personalised
  • Multiple size options
  • Can be delivered directly

Cons

  • Just a card

Best mug for Father's Day

First Father's Day Gifts: Personalised First Father's Day MugNot On The Highsteet

Sleepless nights will be made a whole lot easier if you have this lovely ceramic mug to wake up to. You can personalise this mug to include your own message on the front and back for a gift you will use for years.

Customer review: "Nice clean simple non-naff personalised mug."

Pros

  • Can be personalised
  • Understated
  • Practical

Cons

  • No gift packaging options

Best gift for beer lovers

First Father's Day Gifts: Core Craft Beer BundleBeavertown

Being a parent is tiring work. Any beer-loving Father will love this craft beer bundle. It is the perfect way to chill out after a long day of parenting. We love that this bundle includes: American pale ales, Lager and alcohol-free beer, as well as, a cool tumbler or pint glass.

Pros

  • Multiple types of beer
  • Cool designs
  • Glass included

Cons

  • Alcohol based bundle

Best king ring

The keyring makes the perfect gift for first dads or grandfathers. Place their favourite photo into the stainless-steel insert enclosed in a leather case. This keyring is a subtle yet stylish sentimental gift that can be taken with you wherever you go. The keyring case can be personalised with your choice of text - or choose from a list of popular options.

Customer review: "The perfect Father's Day gift."

Pros

  • The leather case is available in two colourways
  • Your photo is directly printed onto the stainless steel insert
  • Can be engraved at an added cost

Cons

  • Not suitable for Vegans

Best innovative gift

First Father's Day Gifts: Cooling Pint Glasses
Price: $30.94

There is nothing better to take the edge off than a nice cold beer. This gift is perfect for busy new dads that deserve a nice ice-cold beer in the garden, and this cooling pint glass will do just that every time. Just pop the glass into the freezer, pour your beer, and sit down and relax.

Customer review: "It keeps the beer lovely and cold for over an hour."

Pros

  • Holder keeps your hands from becoming cold
  • Keeps drinks chilled for two hours
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Some customers found that the packaging wasn't of a high standard

Best fragrance to gift first time Fathers

First Father's Day Gifts: BOSS Bottled Pacific for Him Eau de Toilette 100mlBoots
Price: £61.60 (Was £77.00)

www.boots.com

BOSS Bottled Pacific Eau de Toilette for Men is an aromatic, woody scent with a fresh aroma inspired by clear blue waters and laid-back beach vibes. We love this scent for new Dads because it is youthful and will have them feeling their best.

Customer review: "My husband is a cologne connoisseur but he has never tried anything like this. It smells like coconut, suntan oil, and man. It definitely has tropical vacation vibes. Highly recommend!"

Pros

  • Attractive packaging
  • Smells clean and light
  • Good value

Cons

  • Scent is not long lasting

Best wearable gift

Are you really a Dad if you don't have a Hawaiian t-shirt? We love this shirt because it can be paired with a range of children's outfits in the same pattern. This shirt is 100 per cent cotton. It is easy to iron, as well as being cool in the summer months.

Matching items: Boys’ ShirtBoys’ ShirtGirls’ DressGirls’ DressBucket Hat and Shorts

Pros

  • Inclusive sizing
  • Matching items for the whole family
  • 100 per cent cotton

Cons

  • Only regular fit available

FAQs

When is Father's Day UK 2023?

Father's Day falls on Sunday 18 June, which means there is still time to buy some great gifts for their first Father's Day. Personalised gifts and sentimental keepsakes that he can treasure forever are sure to make the day extremely special to him.

Where to shop for the perfect Father's Day present

Finding the perfect present is a real talent. You need to consider the recipient. Are they the type of person who loves the sentimental or are they more practical-minded? We have included a small roundup of our favourite stores to shop for Dads.

John Lewis & Partners

Marks and Spencer

Boots

Not On The High Street

Etsy

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Hannah James is a Senior Home, Parenting and Lifestyle Product writer for Yours, specialising in product testing and reviews. As a mother of three, Hannah loves finding clothes that makes her feel fabulous and products that are great for large families.

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