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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for First Time Dad that You Can Personalize

Here are just some gift ideas for first time dad on Father’s Day that you can personalize to make his day extra special.

It’s difficult to match the happiness of becoming a dad for the first time. I still remember how happy my husband was after I gave birth to our first born. Although it is exceptionally joyous, the pressure of responsibilities and a new routine with the baby felt overwhelming. A great way to de-stress a new dad is by giving him a unique and memorable gift that creates a bond between father and child. 

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Personalized Gift Ideas for First-Time Dad on Father's Day


How happy the dad would be to put up pictures of him and the baby in the frame. You can even get the name of the baby/dad-to-be written on it. 

First Father’s Day Wooden Frame

Made from 100% natural wood material, daddy and baby's name will be laser engraved on this personalized picture frame.  Available in 4R, 5R and 8R photo sizes.

3D Photo Crystal

If you’re looking for a non-traditional personalized photo frame, you may want to try this laser engraved 3D photo crystal. Turn your 2D photo to a realistic 3D image from front to back.  Available in various sizes and orientation.

Basketball Picture Frame

If the dad-to-be in your near and dear ones is a basketball player or fan, this Basketball Picture Frame by Gift Works Plus will be a great gift for him. The frame comes in two sizes with vertical and horizontal orientation options and has the shape of a basketball cut into it. How happy the dad would be to put up pictures of him and the baby in the frame. You can even get the name of the baby/dad-to-be written on it. 


Whether the dad-to-be is working from his office or remotely from home, the workplace must have a canvas displayed on the wall. Instead of going for a landscape or abstract art, get him a canvas with a customized quote printed on it. Here are some of my favorite quotes you can get printed for the man who will be a dad soon.

“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.”

“Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn.”

“I must have done something so right in the past to deserve the title of being a dad.”

“I’m proud of many things in life, but nothing beats being a father.”

If you are good with words, you can come up with your own quotes and surprise the dad-to-be.  


Books are a great way to connect with children. For the first time dad in your life, give him a customized book as a way to bond with his newborn.

“My Daddy, the Superhero” by Wonderbly, can be customized with dad’s name, 3 of his parenting powers, and name/names of children. This book will help the new dad build a habit of reading a bedtime story with his newborn. 


When a couple is pregnant, it’s the mom who gets all the attention. Why not help the dad-to-be get the much-needed attention?

Personalized Dad Shirt

Walmart Photo offers T-shirt customization, and you can avail yourself of the opportunity by offering a witty gift to the first-time dad. A T-shirt with a witty quote will help drop down the burden of responsibility and give a good laugh. 

  • 2021 Forecast – Dirty diapers, sleepless nights, lots of love
  • The man behind the bump
  • She is eating for two – I am drinking for three

T-shirts are available in small to XXL sizes. You can add pictures, images, and customized text on the T-shirts for a personalized touch.

Dad and Baby Matching Outfits

Let’s not forget how cute a baby and daddy would be when they wear matching outfits. You can choose from a wide variety of designs with dad and baby’s printed names. Here are some shirt gift options for first time dad.


Men can’t live without their phones. Smartphones have become the man’s best companion. For a person who will become a dad for the first time, fiddling with the phone will become problematic. Daddy duties aren’t that easy, but they will surely take time out for their beloved phone, and that’s where a customized phone cover comes into the picture.

Give the first-time dad a custom phone cover by Walmart Photo .  You can choose the type of phone (iPhone 6/6s, iPhone7/7plus), choose a layout, upload a photo (family photo, artwork, illustration), and add text of your choice on the photo case. A phone case with a personalized message is a great way to remind the dad-to-be of his duties other than playing games or talking to friends.


It may seem daunting at first, but once you take your child in your arms, everything starts to make sense. You want to enjoy every moment and save every memory. Preserved memories in the form of a photo book can be kept as a family heirloom. For the dad-to-be in your life, give him the gift that he will cherish in years to come.

Customized photo book by Mimeo Photos comes in 4 different sizes and has the glossiest finish. Collect memories throughout the pregnancy and get them printed for the dad-to-be. 

Printique and Walmart Photo also offer photobooks that you can customize.


Whether it is car keys or keys to the home, men usually misplace them and keep looking in the wrong places. Becoming a father can be very stressful and another significant reason to misplace keys. Make the experience less stressful by giving a gift that is not only thoughtful but looks fantastic as well.

If the couple has finalized the baby's name, you can get the name engraved on the wooden keychain from If they have not finalized the name, a simple “Hi Dad” would be good enough. By selecting a gender, you can choose a background pattern as well (floral for women and plaids for men). 

Other Personalized Keychains to Choose From

Made from quality leather, this keychain is 4.5in long x .75in wide.

2-disc metal keychain stamped with customized name and message. The package includes a box and ribbon ready to give as a gift.

Laser etched crystal keychain that lights up. Available in 3 shapes, heart, round and rectangle.


Men and their gadgets! Inseparable. Juggling between daddy duties and office work won’t be easy, but the mere thought of this joyful experience of becoming a dad will be unparalleled. Get a mouse pad custom printed for the dad-to-be and present it to him on the baby shower. Walmart Photo custom designs mouse pads for any occasion. Select a type, color, and number of photos and get a unique mouse pad printed for the first-time dad.


While looking after the newborn baby, the new dad will need some me time as well. Give him this much-needed “me time” by offering a pastime activity. Customized rosewood chess set by GiftWorksPlus is an excellent gift for the first-time dad because you can get an appropriate message engraved on the set. Select a font of your choice and a message that is just right for the dad-to-be. The chessboard and all the pieces come in a beautiful box that does not require fancy packaging. 


Keep your family photo anywhere he goes with this personalized photo wallet. Not only for photos, you can also engrave names and quotes to go one with it. You can choose from for different colors, black, blue, light and dark brow. Who says a wallet only contains cards and keep-sakes? A man's wallet tells him how caring and loving dad he is.

Being a parent is the most beautiful and stressful job at the same time. From giggles to dirty diapers and cute smiles to sleepless nights, being a daddy is as demanding as being a mom. Select a gift from the list and help the man in your life transition into a dad.       

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18 thoughts on “Father’s Day Gift Ideas for First Time Dad that You Can Personalize

  1. Thank you for sharing this list of Father’s Day gifts for new dads or dads-to-be! We have a 2.5-year-old and my husband would love some of these gifts! It’s so hard to think of gifts for dads, so this post is very helpful. I love the idea of the customized t-shirt for the dad-to-be. It’s so true, that the mom-to-be gets all the attention. What a cute idea!

  2. What a great list of ideas! I love the personalized story book! I bought personalized socks with my daughter’s face on them for the past three Father’s Days. I may need to switch things up and do a shirt or story book this year. Thanks for the ideas!

  3. love the ideas; have done couple of personalized photo books but the wallet idea sounds good as my DH’s wallet does have really old photos now 🙂 so both wallet and photos need a replacement

  4. Such a thoughtful idea. One rarely finds posts on gift ideas for dads, talk more of first time dads. This is an amazing gift list. Nice post.

  5. Love all of these precious gift ideas! It’s very helpful to see how thought can make a gift really meaningful. Well done!

  6. I love the story book and story wallet ideas. This is my first time seeing the story wallet idea, my husband would love that for fathers day.

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