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Raves: Great gifts for new (or gently used!) dads

DadGear diaper vest Vested interest

Just try to pry this cool urban dad vest off your man! Not since Seinfeld’s “man purse” has a guy’s accessory been so thoroughly useful. The DadGear Diaper Vest is literally a wearable diaper bag, with pockets for diapers, wipes, bottles — and even a changing pad hidden in the back. Leaves Dad hands-free for kid wrangling; looks cool, too. Genius! $79; dadgear.com.

Hip haulerRick Steves' Drop-Botttom Duffel

The ultimate dad duffel for a day at the beach — or a long weekend: It’s Rick Steves’ Drop-Bottom Duffel. The separate “drop bottom” compartment keeps wet stuff separate from the rest; there’s a nifty wallet/cell phone pocket, too. I love the grab-and-go handles on either end. Great size, great looking, supersturdy and destined to become his fave bag. $79.95; ricksteves.com.

SmartLab Remote Control Rocket Rocket man

Sure, it’s designed for kids, but what dad wouldn’t love to launch one of these babies? Those whiz kids at SmartLabs really got it right with this Remote Control Rocket kit. Assemble the rocket (cinchy!), pop batteries into the remote control and load that sucker up with baking soda and vinegar. Goes up to 30 feet! Fun factor, on a scale of 1 to 10? Toy-tester Aidan sez, “Is there anything higher than a 10?” $19.19; smartlabtoys.com.

Belch squelchersLil Darlins burpees

Here’s a manly accessory for the hands-on dad in your life: Burp clothes with boy-themed trim and cutaway sides, so they fit against Dad’s neck. No more drool on his dress shirts (or Dead tee). $10; lildarlins.org.

Memo onesies

Word up!
Dress ‘em funny while they’re still too young to talk back! MeMo Baby has onesies that’ll have Dad in stitches with sayings like “Who’s My Daddy?” and “Hair Club President.” We have some to give away, in size 6–12 months; we’ll pick the design. Just email us at giveaway@parentmap.com; don’t forget to put MeMo in the subject line.



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