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16 great holiday gifts that will earn you brownie points with new dads

From gear he can enjoy with baby to stuff he'll want to keep just for himself, see our picks.

16 great holiday gifts that will earn you brownie points with new dads

Stumped about what to get the new dad in your life this holiday season? From gear he can enjoy with baby to stuff he'll want to keep just for himself, we've found inspiring ideas for the favorite man in your life this year.

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1. iBert Child Bicycle Safe-T-Seat

Turn dad's cruiser into a bicycle built for two. This cool seat puts a spin on the usual child bike seat—it's mounted up front, providing a better center of gravity and increased mobility for the rider.

iBert Child Bicycle Safe-T-Seat, Amazon, $129.97

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2. B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Much like your new baby, this speaker is teeny tiny but packs a big punch. It's super portable, splash-resistant, dust-resistant and is accessible with a quick shake or a tap.

B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, Amazon, $169.00

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3. VEER Cruiser

It's part stroller, part wagon, part head-turner and ALL AWESOME. It's a *major* splurge, but dad will đź’śyou forever for this all-terrain cruiser that doubles as a stroller and a wagon and seamlessly grows with your family from infant to toddlers and beyond.

VEER Cruiser, Amazon, $599.00

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4. Google Daydream View VR Headset

All new dads need an escape every now and then. This VR headset is affordable, high quality, and most importantly, really fun.

Google Daydream View VR Headset, Amazon, $41.00

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5. Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Keep dad hydrated and looking cool. This water bottle is one of our faves for its simple, slip-free design, insulated functionality (keeps cold for 24 hours and hot for six), and interchangeable tops.

Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle, Amazon, $29.95

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6. Ergobaby Omni 360 Carrier

You've carried baby around for nine months—now it's dad's turn. The custom fit options means this carrier will fit any body type, from petite to larger, and with multiple carry positions available, you'll be able to carry your little one from day one, no insert needed.

Ergobaby Omni 360 Carrier, Amazon, $169.00

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7. Trianium iPhone Battery Extender and Portable Charging Case

A new baby means lots and lots of photos, and lots and lots of photos mean a faster dying phone battery. This awesome case boasts a battery extender and portable charging capabilities, so you'll never miss the next photo-worthy moment.

Trianium iPhone Battery Extender and Portable Charging Case, Amazon, $35.99

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8. Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription Service

Coffee. Really good coffee. Really good coffee filled with caffeine, friend to new parents everywhere. Delivered to your door. Yup.

Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription Service, Blue Bottle Coffee, starts at $24.00

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9. Peg and Awl Waxed Canvas Bags

From duffels to diaper bags, these handmade bags are beautifully crafted and perfect for any stylish dad. We love the attention to detail like the leather straps and brass rivets, the durability of the waxed canvas, and the vintage look cool factor.

Peg and Awl Waxed Canvas Bags, Etsy, starting at $44.00

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10. Patagonia Pullover

This pullover is sure to be a favorite with its fleece-lined interior and moisture-wicking fabric. Plus, it looks good on just about anyone so you can bet it'll be a staple in his closet for the next few months.

Patagonia Quarter Zip Pullover, Nordstrom, $99.00

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11. Adidas Iniki Runners

These retro sneakers will keep dad comfy while chasing after the newest addition. They're available in a few great colors and will definitely up his sneaker game.

Adidas Iniki Runners, Amazon, $93.88-$223.00

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12. Lululemon ABC Jogger

You'll have to look up what the "ABC" in these cool joggers stands for, but let's just say that certain, um, important parts will have lots of room to breathe here. We like them because they're super comfy—they're made from stretchy, sweat-wicking material—and they look great with just about anything.

Lululemon ABC Jogger, Lululemon, $128.00

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13. Welcome: A Mo Willems Book for New Arrivals

This board book from children's book icon Mo Willems makes a perfect first addition to any library and a perfect gift for any new dad.

Welcome: A Mo Willems Book for New Arrivals, Amazon, $11.19

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14. Being a Dad Is Weird: Lessons in Fatherhood from My Family to Yours

Being a dad is weird... but also funny, complicated, and amazing. This memoir from actor/writer/director and husband of Melissa McCarthy takes a poignant look at fatherhood.

Being a Dad Is Weird: Lessons in Fatherhood from My Family to Yours, Amazon, $7.49

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15. Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada

Join the worldwide secret campaign to ensure your baby's first word will be, of course, DADA.

Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada, Amazon, $5.59

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