New moms deserve the world for their sacrifices, but sometimes dads in the equation don’t get enough credit. The best first Father’s Day gifts, accordingly, should be a celebration. A nod to his newly minted dad status (complete with fly dad shoes and a dad bag to usher him into a new era of fatherhood) plus a show of support to help him optimize the hours of the day that he spends in a total funk, perhaps running on fumes and just a few hours of sleep. After all, diaper changes, putting the baby to bed, and getting meals together should be a team effort for new parents. When in doubt, a gift card for takeout to lighten the load on cooking, or a thoughtful hand-written note go a long way. But to really get the wheels turning, we’ve also compiled a short list of the best first Father’s Day gifts that will offer some temporary relief in the form of caffeine, aromatherapy, relaxation, white noise, and a little recreation. With these gifts that say alternately “mazel” and “thank you,” hopefully he’ll be feeling like a champ and a truly upstanding dad.
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