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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 💜you 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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Create a school-ready capsule wardrobe for your kids

Dress for success whether virtual learning or in the classroom!

Tina Meeks

Going "back to school" this year may be less of a literal statement than in years past—but there is just as much reason for your kids to celebrate moving on to new grades. Just like in every new school year, a big part of the fun is refreshing your kids' wardrobe with clothes that allow them to express themselves.

Even if finding back to school clothes this year doesn't include a trip to the mall, you can still make an event of it by shopping H&M's kids collection from your computer. Pull up another chair for your shopping buddy and get the cart started with these fave capsule wardrobe options we've already scouted.

Here are our favorite picks:

A t-shirt made for play

H&M t-shirt

Call them essentials, not basics. A graphic t-shirt aces the test when it comes to being perfect for school. And because your little student will probably want to wear something that expresses their personal style as often as possible, it's great to know the shirts can stand up to school time, playtime, downtime and everything in between!

$4.99

Dressed-up casual shorts for total comfort

H&M boy shorts

Whether pulling up a chair for a virtual meeting with the class or heading back to the school for in-person learning, some comfortable, yet stylish, shorts will help your kid focus on the real tasks at hand: learning—and having fun while doing it!

$19.99

Layers for when seasons change

H&M sweatshirt

When it comes to feeling comfortable at school, layers are the MVPs. Whether the AC is blasting or the day started off cool and is warming up quickly, having a unique sweatshirt to shed or add will help your kid look cool while staying warm.

$9.99

A bit of flair with distressed denim

H&M distressed jeans

A school staple for generations, denim is both classic and continually fashionable with updates like distressing and new wash colors. If you're shopping online for jeans this year, take note of H&M's generous return policy—your kids can try on the orders at home and return anything that doesn't fit without a trip to the store.

$24.99

A fashion statement piece

H&M girls skirt

What's better than expressing yourself through a stylish outfit when school is back in session? Still feeling perfectly comfortable and ready to tackle anything the day holds while looking so good. With so many fashion-forward looks available at budget-friendly prices, H&M's children's collection means every kid can find an outfit that speaks to them.

$14.99

Some comfy kicks

H&M boys shoes

A sure way to put a little pep in your child's step this year, cool and cozy shoes are a staple on all back-to-school shopping lists for good reason. (Plus, it's fun to compare them to last year's shoes to see how much your kid has grown!)

$19.99

Anything-but-basic blouses

H&M girls blouse

Whether in the classroom or showing up for a video call with the class, a styling blouse or button-down shirt is a great way for your student to comfortably dress up the day. Better yet? Style doesn't have to come at the expense of comfort with so many made-to-move tops designed just for kids.

$14.99

A shirt ready to go whatever the day holds

H&M boys shirt

With "going to school" meaning anything from showing up in the classroom to doing a virtual session, it's important to have clothes that are perfect for anything the day holds. A classic, cotton shirt with a fashion-forward design is a great way to keep your student feeling ready to start the year with an A+ attitude.

$9.99

This article was sponsored by H&M. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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5 brilliant products that encourage toddler independence

Help your little one help themselves.

One of our main goals as mothers is to encourage our children to learn, grow and play. They start out as our tiny, adorable babies who need us for everything, and somehow, before you know it, they grow into toddlers with ideas and opinions and desires of their own.

You may be hearing a lot more of "I do it!" or maybe they're pushing your hand away as a signal to let you know, I don't need your help, Mama. That's okay. They're just telling you they're ready for more independence. They want to be in charge of their bodies, and any little bit of control their lives and abilities allow.

So, instead of challenging your toddler's desire for autonomy, we found five of our favorite products to help encourage independence—and eliminate frustration in the process.

EKOBO Bamboo 4-piece kid set

EKOBO bamboo 4-piece kid set

This colorful set includes a plate, cup, bowl and spoon and is just right for your child's meal experience. Keep them in an easy-to-reach cabinet so they'll feel encouraged (and excited!) to get their own place setting each time they eat.

$25

Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Before you know it, your little one will be asking (okay, maybe demanding) to fill their own water cups. This amazing 4-pack of cups attaches directly to the fridge (or any glass, metal, tile or fiberglass surface) making it easier for your child to grab a cup themselves. Just be sure a water pitcher or dispenser is nearby, and—boom!—one task off your plate.

$29

Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

These beautiful blocks, made from sustainably-sourced wood and water-based, non-toxic, lead-free paint, will keep your little one focused on their creation while they're also busy working on their fine-motor skills. The puzzle design will encourage patience as your kiddo creates their own building, fitting one block in after the next.

$18

Lorena Canals basket

Lorena Canals Basket

This *gorgeous* braided cotton basket is the perfect, accessible home for their blocks (and whatever else you want to hide away!) so your kiddo can grab them (and clean them up) whenever their heart desires.

$29

BABYBJÖRN step stool

BABYBJ\u00d6RN Step Stool

Your kiddo might be ready to take on the world, but they might need an extra boost to do so—cue, a step stool! An easy-to-move lightweight stool is the must-have confidence-boosting tool you need in your home so your growing tot can reach, well... the world.

$20

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