While a nice bottle of whiskey is always a great Father’s Day gift idea, there are also many different gift sets and booze-related items to choose from. Distilleries collaborate with craftspeople, chocolate makers, and bakeries, and offer special edition bottles around Father’s Day, opening up a whole world of gifting options that are unique and appealing to the spirits-loving fathers out there.
So if you want to make your old man’s day, then here are ten of the best new boozy gift ideas to consider for your dad this year. We’ve got everything from llimited-edition designer clothing to dark chocolate whiskey cake to a wallet made from used whiskey barrels. If your dad loves whiskey as much as we do, there’s sure to be something he loves in the gift guide below.
1. Frey Ranch/Tahoe Timber Whiskey Barrel Wallet + Flight/Cigar Tray Bundle
Nevada grain-to-bottle distillery Frey Ranch, which produces some excellent craft bourbon and rye, collaborated with Tahoe Timber on this gift set. Frey Ranch co-founder Colby Frey has been friends with Tahoe Timber’s Mike Wilhelm since childhood, making this partnership a no-brainer for the pair. Both the wallet and cigar tray are made from the same oak barrels used to mature the distillery’s whiskey, putting these casks to good use after their whiskey life cycle is complete. The cigar tray can also be used to hold glasses for a tasting flight if you are a nonsmoker.
2. Lady M x Iwai Tradition Whisky Dark Chocolate Cake
When you think of Japanese whisky, cake might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But a bite of this decadent dessert might change your mind about that. Lady M Confections partnered up with Japan’s Mars Whisky to create this rich chocolate cake. It’s layered with dark and milk chocolate mousse, chocolate sponge, orange, and a layer of Mars whisky-infused jelly, with a crunchy feuilletine bottom for texture. This is a perfect gift for the spirited dad with a sweet tooth.
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3. The Sexton Ghost Tumbler Set
These glasses were created by Maximilian Eicke specifically with the bottle design of Irish whiskey brand The Sexton in mind. The dark amber glass and eye-catching shape matches the whiskey, which doesn’t actually come with the glasses, but is an affordable sherry cask-matured single malt that you can easily find online. Use these for any cocktail you can think of, or just pour a dram of whiskey neat or with some ice, and enjoy. They are dishwasher-safe and stackable, so cleaning and storing is easy.
4. Aberfeldy Single Malt Gold-Dipped Bottle
A bottle of whisky, particularly a good single malt, is always a great gift idea, but it’s an even better one when it’s personalized. Aberfeldy is an excellent Highlands scotch whisky, and the bottle can be given the royal treatment for a limited time this year when ordering online. You can have it hand-dipped in gold wax, personally monogrammed, and even add a drawstring bag to complete the presentation. This might be a bottle your dad decides to hold onto for a while.
5. Highland Park Whisky Kringle
If you are unfamiliar with a kringle, it’s a ring-shaped pastry with Danish origins. Scotch whisky distillery Highland Park is located in the Orkney Islands, so it shares a Viking heritage with the Danes, which lead to this collaboration with Wisconsin bakery O&H. The pastry has whisky-infused caramel and honey-whisky glaze, bringing together the malt and smoke notes of Highland Park and the sweetness of this traditional pastry. Order this before 6/20, as it’s only available for a limited time.
6. Todd Snyder X Legent Bourbon Jacket
Designer Todd Snyder worked with Legent Bourbon, produced by Jim Beam, to create this attractive, high-end Japanese denim jacket. It’s meticulously crafted, as is the companion bourbon that was created by Beam’s Fred Noe and Suntory blender Shinji Fukuyo. And this year’s jacket release (the first came out in 2020) will help the AAPI community, with 50 percent of the profits going to Stop AAPI Hate, an organization dedicated to combat hate crimes. For a limited time you can purchase both the jacket and the bourbon online as a set.
7. The Japanese Art of the Cocktail
If your dad is interested in mixing up some fancy drinks at home, this book by NYC bar Katana Kitten’s Masahiro Urushido and freelance writer Michael Anstendig would make a great gift. The Japanese Art of the Cocktail provides insight into Urushido’s biography and admirable skills behind the bar, and features 90 recipes from him and other top bartenders utilizing ingredients like Japanese whisky, sake, and shochu.
8. Teeling Whiskey Gift Set
Teeling was the first Irish whiskey distillery to operate in Dublin for over a century when it opened in 2015. Nowadays it’s releasing its own whiskey, in addition to aged liquid sourced from the Cooley distillery, matured in different cask types. This gift set is a classy introduction to the brand for your dad, complete with a bottle of Teeling Single Malt (aged in port, sherry, madeira, and wine casks), two rocks tumblers, and a set of whiskey stones.
9. Andrés Confiserie Suisse J. Rieger & Co. Collection
Two Kansas City institutions meet here, one a fine chocolate maker, the other a whiskey distillery. André’s Confiserie Suisse incorporated the whiskey from J. Rieger & Co. into this gift set of chocolates and sweets, including Chocolate Shots, Kansas City Whiskey Caramel Bar, and KC Whiskey Caramel Sauce. The shots and gift box are only available for pickup, but you can order the bar and caramel sauce online if you don’t live in Kansas City.
10. Nelson’s Mini Barrel
Nelson’s Green Brier is a distillery making delicious small batch Tennessee whiskey in Nashville. In addition to the whiskey, there are some gifts you can order online like this mini two-liter barrel. It’s made from the same wood used to mature the whiskey, and can be used to either further age your own whiskey at home, or barrel age a cocktail of your choice. Try mixing up a bunch of Manhattans, pour it in the hole at the top, and let it sit for a few weeks to see how the flavors develop.