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What Exactly Should You Get A New Father?

August 2016Words by Mr Adam Welch

Illustration by Mr Giordano Poloni

We were, of course, completely thrilled when a male member of the MR PORTER team recently announced the birth of his second child to the rest of of us via email. (As well as on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and WeChat, as is the way of the world these days.) But the happy occasion quickly caused something of a stand-off in the office. One faction decreed we should send him flowers as a congratulatory gift, as you might do a new mother. The other faction was of the opinion that flowers were not appropriate at all. After a brief back-and-forth, it transpired that nobody really had a good idea of what we should send instead. And this, from a cabal of people who spend all day sifting through more than 400 brands from all over the globe. Pathetic really. So we instantly huddled together and got to work on the below guide, comprising a series of perfect gifts should one of your friends or acquaintances be fortunate enough to call themselves a new dad in the near future. Just don’t be hurt if they say, “This is lovely, thanks, but all I really want is my life back!” They’ll get over it eventually.


Oliver Spencer Loungewear
Striped Cotton Pyjama Shirt
Club Monaco
Cropped Cotton-Twill Drawstring Trousers