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Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 20th, and before you know it it’ll be time to celebrate your old man. It can be hard to find the perfect gift for your dad, especially if he’s not a guy who’s shy about treating himself. Most men buy themselves what they want — a new lawnmower, the latest Apple gadget or a new skincare regimen. So what’s left to surprise them with on a special day? If they’re enthusiastic about the latest in food and beverage, and identify as a “foodie,” the options are plentiful.
This Father’s Day, we recommend gifting dad the latest in culinary luxury, whether it be in the form of the latest bottle of whiskey, a meat subscription box or the latest must-have kitchen appliance that’s hit the market. The world of gastronomic splendor contains many options when it comes to surprising your pops with something special, and the best part is it can double as a bonding experience for you both when he inevitably shares it with you (we hope). Here are the best gifts for foodie dads for Father’s Day 2021.
1. Gotham Steel Smokeless Indoor Grill
Does your pops love to grill? Give him the gift of delicious grilled food year-round with this indoor, smokeless grill that’s designed to be used anywhere. It has a nonstick ceramic cooking surface that cooks food to perfection every time, and it has cool-touch handles for safe adjustment of the temperature from warm to low, medium and high heat. It has a removable grease catcher that’s super easy to clean and the grill grates come off so you can rinse them in the sink easily. Both of these components are also dishwasher safe. The whole apparatus runs on electricity so you can set it up anywhere and grill right in the kitchen! A great gift for a dad who lives to see grill marks on anything and everything.
2. Charcoal Companion Himalayan Salt Plate
Speaking of grilling, this Himalayan salt plate adds a salty touch to any grilled item naturally, and creates a rich, tasty flavor. This set includes both the 8″ x 12″ salt plate and a porcelain-coated sleep holder for it. You can heat it up on the grill and use it to cook food or chill it and use it to keep food cold. It makes for great presentation of the final product, and is very simple to use.
Gift your dad the highest quality meat, chicken, poultry and fish being delivered to his door every month! ButcherBox sources all of their meat sustainably and makes it super easy to customize each box on their website. All of the meat ships frozen so he can thaw and use it whenever he likes, and they’ve got pre-selected box options as well if he prefers to let someone else do the choosing. Make sure he never runs out of his favorites and rest assured knowing he’s only consuming the highest quality meat and seafood available.
4. Anova Culinary Sous Vide
If your dad is truly adopting the foodie lifestyle, he must have a sous vide. These handy kitchen devices use water and temperature regulation to cook meat slowly, resulting in perfectly-cooked dinner every time. This one from Anova Culinary circulates water with precision so your food is not over or undercooked and syncs up with an app where you can control the quick heat up and monitor your dinner’s progress. It has a small, water resistant durable body and can attach to nearly any pot in your dad’s kitchen with an adjustable clamp.
5. Asobu Coldbrew Coffee Maker
This portable cold brew maker comes with its own insulated carafe, so you can enjoy that smooth, cold brew coffee taste, so beloved of foodies and coffee snobs, wherever your adventurous father and son time takes you. It’s got a copper-insulated steel design and a Tritan plastic brewing carafe that can brew hot or cold, coffee or tea, whichever you prefer. It’s lightweight, leakproof and versatile. It’s also available in black, silver, white and copper.
6. Whiskey FREEZE Cooling Cups
A meltwater-free way of keeping your whiskey chilled, which every man knows is essential to enjoying whiskey the way it was meant to be drank. These are made of BPA-free plastic and include a silicone band so they’re comfortable to hold despite the chilly temperatures. They each hold a solid 9 ounce drink and are a great addition to your dad’s bar collection. Pair this with a great bourbon or whiskey for a gift set dad will really enjoy.
7. Farmer’s Market Hot Sauce Set
Most foodies like things spicy and with plenty of flavor, this hot sauce set ensures your dad never goes without the little heat most meals need to be tasty. The set contains four hot sauces made by culinary artist Sarah Marshall who only uses farm-fresh ingredients to create this small-batch set. The flavors range wildly from Habanero Carrot Curry that combines citrus with powerful peppers to Serrano Ginger Lemongrass that’s got a slow fuse that builds. There’s also Red Chili Lime that contains sweet honey for a delicious finish, and Smoked Habanero Barbecue which contains the usual flavors you’re used to with tangy BBQ.
8. Gourmet BBQ Rubs
This set of 6 small batch BBQ rubs consists of carefully-chosen artisanal spices packaged in neat, minimalist metallic containers with glass tops so dad can show off his culinary genius. They’re packed for maximum freshness and and come in a glossy black box that’s designed for gift giving. The set includes flavors like tropical citrus, a Moroccan spice rub, a Jamaican jerk rub and Memphis BBQ flavors. If your dad is a BBQ freak and loves experimenting with new flavors, this gift is a no-brainer.
9. Damascus Chef Knife and Fork Set
Since any cooking show worth its salt will tell you presentation is half the battle, this beautiful knife and grilling fork set is sure to many any foodie dad feel like he has an “edge” on the competition. Both tools have a twist Damascus steel design and a buffalo horn handle for decoration. The steel hardness for both is between 55-60 and the set comes with a genuine cow leather sheath to wrap around for safe keeping.
10. W&P Craft Cocktail Kit
This handy little cocktail kit will ensure your pops is never without his Saturday bloody mary when he needs it. It contains everything he needs to create two drinks, all he needs to do is add the spirit. It contains premium ingredients like horseradish, tamarind, shallots and pepper. It comes in a TSA-approved portable tin with neat packaging and tools like a mini bar spoon, instructions, rimming salt and more.
11. Steak Plate
These skillet-styled dishes allow for some extra verve and panache when it comes to presenting dad’s latest foray into Iron Chef territory. It’s a great serving plate for everyday use or special occasions when he’s entertaining, and makes for a polished presentation every time with the ceramic plate and wooden handle. It’s safe for both the oven and the dishwasher, and comes in four different colors so he can mix and match.
12. Flavored Mustard Sampler
I’ve never met a man who didn’t love mustard in one form or another, and now your dad can try a whole variety of them and decide what he likes. This set includes five different mustards with flavors like black truffle, honey curry and chipotle that’ll go great on burgers, sandwiches and even in salad dressings. Each one is handmade in small batches without the long, hard-to-pronounce unnecessary ingredient list, and the kit comes with recipe ideas for kicking things up a notch.
13. Carnivore Club Membership
The Carnivore Club is a meat subscription service specifically for charcuterie meats like prosciutto, salami and bacon. Each box contains 4-6 premium cured meats from artisans all over the country so everything he’ll receive won’t be found in a grocery store. If he goes nuts for a good appetizer plate, loves the best of the best and is a snacker, this is a great gift.
14. Vosges Haut-Chocolat Chocolates
While chocolates might seem more suitable for Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day, if your dad has a sweet tooth Vosges chocolates are a great option. They’ve got all sorts of options from Scotch-infused chocolates to their Exotic Truffle Collection that includes a wide range of spices, flavors and botanicals from around the world. Your pops can take a trip around the world within this chocolate box that comes with a tasting guide so he knows exactly what he’s trying with each bite.