If you’ve ever been pregnant, you know that you get a TON of gifts for your impending baby. During my pregnancy, I also found that I got a fair number of “mommy” gifts to pamper myself or make it through pregnancy (which, I actually really enjoyed – both the pregnancy AND the gifts).
The one person who seems to be forgotten in the gift giving occasion is the dad (although my hubs did get one gift solely for him at our shower). So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make him a little Daddy Kit. The goal: stock him up with snacks and treats for the hospital, along with a few other essentials and fun things to make him feel special.
Here’s what I put in my kit:
- Snacks / treats – I decided to go a little overboard with this (shocking, I know) and themed the snacks as a rainbow; I chose 1 healthy snack and 1 less healthy snack for each color of the rainbow. This could be a fun gift idea in itself for anyone in your life!
- Red: trail mix and cheese crisps
- Orange: almonds and kinder joy
- Yellow: Sunsweet dried mangoes and peanut M&Ms
- Green: chia seed bars and Mountain Dew
- Blue: coconut water and gummy worms
- Indigo: nut & dried fruit mix and truffles
- Violet: oatmeal and Double Bubble gum
- Tylenol – for any headaches from sleep deprivation or a crying baby
- 5 hour energy – ’nuff said
- Hand sanitizer
- Ear plugs
- Mini pack of Tissues
- Matching Daddy/baby shirts – there are lots of cute ideas for this on Pinterest. I opted to do copy/paste as my husband is a software developer and would appreciate this. I used my Cricut to cut the design out of iron-on vinyl and applied it to a white tee for Dad and white onesie for baby.
- I assembled the kit in a handy tool box/bag with structure and lots of pockets. It gave it a great look and also gave him a cool new tool storage solution.
Other ideas you could consider including are:
- Mini bottle of alcohol (a “shot”)
- Cigar to celebrate
- Reusable water bottle (and you could customize it with permanent vinyl!)
- Coffee / coffee drink
He really loved it and the snacks were great for him to pack in his hospital bag. Plus, it was fun for me to pick out snacks I knew he’d enjoy and put it all together. Win, win!