Diaper bags and caps that say “Daddy in training,” how much can the man in your life really want such things when he learns that he is about to be a father, particularly for the first time. While sort of cute and shower-friendly, any real man would look to these gifts as largely something that no man should be seen wearing. While baby gifts are meant to make life easier, they aren’t necessarily much fun, and they sort of smack in the face of a man’s need to provide something to his children which is slightly more enduring than a “daddy’s diaper dootie tool belt.” With that in mind, ladies, here are a few gifts for your dad to be that are just a bit more special.
Every child wants their father to read them a bedtime story. Not only does it allow father and child to be close with each other after a long day apart, but to spend a little time together escaping into a world of dreams and fantasy. Also, reading to a child during the first years of its life fosters a love of learning which the child never forgets, even long into adulthood. Until recently, The Franklin Mint produced a series of classic books which are now available through Ebay. You can start with the fables of Hans Christian Anderson, then the Jungle books by Kipling, and Alice in Wonderland. While a baby, the sound of your voice is more important by far than the pictures in a book. Begin buying the classics one per month and until your baby is ready to start pointing out pictures and naming things, give them a taste of the best stories ever told.
Give him a watch the day the baby is born. Make it a classic. Rather than a battery-powered watch, a watch as special as this should have a special movement. Citizen watches makes some of the most beautiful watches available on the market today, and you can get watches with power sources as diverse as solar power and motion powered. The $475 Citizen Calibre 3100 is as beautifully crafted a watch as it is possible to have for under a thousand dollars, and will certainly make for a great wedding gift for a son a few years down the road Too much emphasis is placed on the replacability of everything in our lives, from watches to books to spouses. While it may not always be possible to make everything last a lifetime and make for a treasured heirloom, it can be possible to have just one or two things which can be passed down to children or grandchildren. The gifts you give to the father of your children should be given with the love of knowing that what you give will be cherished for a lifetime. Make it worthwhile; make it more than a diaper bag. Make it a lifetime.