Everyone else will buy them a baby grow, toy or book, and they’re great. But here are some dad-centric, left field is that may bring a laugh or at least a curious look out of him.
His kid will have a lot of things that go beep and flash. They all need batteries! Mostly AA or AAA and they need a little Phillips head screwdriver to put them in. Before the baby I only ever needed batteries for remotes, now I have so many of them I have a constant charger going.
For the baby. The best gift we got was an emergency kit from my sister of things that people don’t realise they may need. It saved me a trip to the 24hr Tesco more than once! It consisted of Infant Calpol and Infacol importantly, as well as Lanolin Cream and some less nice Mumthings, maternity pads and such. I think there was also baby shampoo and baby bath.
Soon, drinking instant coffee will be as useful as putting an Elastoplast on a leg amputation. Buy him beans, or ground and something to make it in! Aeropresses are an amazingly cheap way to make good home coffee.
A Box / Cup
Dad’s get kicked in the nuts more often than chance would suggest is reasonable. Babies kick and wriggle and so many of those flailing legs land uncomfortably. Especially when changing the kid on the floor.
Graeco-Roman Wrestling lessons
Babies are strong mother-knackerers. Seriously! I can imagine that having some wrestling training would be really useful when trying to put a nappy on an 8-month-old who’s determined to roll off the changing station and hit the floor 4ft below.