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Ideas for an awesome birthday present for soon-to-be new dad
June 29, 2014 10:13 PM   Subscribe

Mr Robin's birthday is coming up, and I'd love to get him something really nifty this time around. I don't really have a knack for selecting gifts - I do okay and occasionally nail it. I'd like to really nail it this time!

I need recommendations. Current ideas include:
- best water bottle ever. He drinks tons of water and carries one around with him everywhere. His most recent favourite was glass and he broke it a few weeks ago.
- T-shirts: he's tall and broad-chested. Nerdy, funny, t-shirts that fit well (and not like a tent - longer, leaner cut) would be great. Funny cats, dinosaurs spewing rainbows, "Move over coffee, this is a job for alcohol" type stuff is good. Good fit is better.

Baby bird is due to arrive 4-6 weeks post birthday. Funny or useful dad stuff would be good too - anything fun you wish you'd had as a new dad with an infant? He'll be home on parental leave when baby is 6-12 mo old.


He doesn't drink beer or smoke. He's played around with homebrewing mead, baking sourdough, etc off and on, currently off. Reads a lot, gardens a bit (all in containers - we rent). Double honours in history + english, social worker, likes long walks/hiking, travel, very mild mannered. The last thing I got him that was a big hit was this illustrated poster on evolution showing on one side the decline of the dinosaurs and on the other the rise of mammals. (These things don't need to be incorporated, just trying to present some sort of idea of what sort of dude he is.) Think beards, cords, and plaid cowboy-cut shirts...

He's rapidly balding, so if you have a favorite hat to recommend that might work too.

Other (more predictable) options include chocolate, books, itunes certificate... but I want to do better!

Thanks!
posted by jrobin276 to Shopping (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
I bought a Contigo water bottle about a year ago, and it's just the best. The one I linked fits in a standard bike bottle cage with a bit of wiggling, and there's 32oz. version if that wouldn't be a concern. The clip is great for belt loops or backpack straps, it never spills, and I've dropped it I don't even know how many times without any major damage. I don't even drink water from glasses during meals at home anymore, I like it so much.
posted by teremala at 10:37 PM on June 29 [1 favorite]


- T-shirts: he's tall and broad-chested. Nerdy, funny, t-shirts that fit well (and not like a tent - longer, leaner cut) would be great. Funny cats, dinosaurs spewing rainbows, "Move over coffee, this is a job for alcohol" type stuff is good. Good fit is better.

Threadless is your friend for cool t-shirts, including ones with coffee puns.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 11:21 PM on June 29


Pop Chart Lab makes cool and nicely designed data-driven posters and t-shirts that are popular with nerdy peeps of my acquaintance, such as this poster setting out the many varieties of beer.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 11:25 PM on June 29


If he's big into hiking, maybe a good pocket knife or multitool? A Leatherman Wave would be my go to.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 11:27 PM on June 29


I need recommendations. Current ideas include:
- best water bottle ever. He drinks tons of water and carries one around with him everywhere. His most recent favourite was glass and he broke it a few weeks ago.


The Wirecutter on the best water bottles. They recommend a Klean Kanteen - steel, so no more broken glass.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 11:30 PM on June 29


OK, I'm done now.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 11:31 PM on June 29


Out Of Print Clothing Does well fitting tshirts with book cover graphics. They just added Hitchhikers guide and Sherlock Holmes which are awesome. So a combo geeky tshirt and book loving gift?

( they also have baby onesies that are adorable as a side note for the soon to come Baby Bird)
posted by Suffocating Kitty at 4:09 AM on June 30


A balding man needs a hat. Perhaps an Australian bush type.
posted by SemiSalt at 7:26 AM on June 30


When I was pregnant, I bought this book at a hospital book fair as a joke for my spouse. It turned out to be the only what-to-expect type book that we both read from cover to cover, and we still refer to certain aspects of it many years later.
posted by 41swans at 7:23 AM on July 2


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