30 Father's Day Gifts for Every Kind of Food-Loving Dad
Our picks for the grilling guy, meat lover, cocktail fan and more.
Forget the ties, the golf balls, the novelty socks. When it comes to finding the ideal gift for dad this Father’s Day, think food. Whether the dad in your life loves to grill, prides himself on having the latest kitchen gadget, is the type to make his own cheese, or just wants to eat, we’ve got the best foodie gifts for Father’s Day.
For the Dad Who Loves to Cook
For the aspiring pizzaiolo, this countertop pizza maker delivers brick-oven-inspired pizzas in 10 minutes. Whether dad prefers thin-crust or hearty thick-crust pies, the heating element on top and built-in baking stone beneath ensures perfectly cooked toppings and a crispy, golden crust. There’s even a viewing window to monitor the baking process without disrupting the heat conduction. A handy keep-warm setting keeps the fresh-baked pie at the ideal serving temperature and maintains the baking stone’s heat in between firing pizzas. Bonus points if you make dad a pie or two on his special day!
If your dad loves fried food but wants to nix the deep-fryer, this 4-in-1 air fryer delivers crisp, golden fare sans the oil and grease. We love the six-quart size, which comes with an air fryer basket large enough to fit a two-pound bag of fries or a four-pound butterflied chicken. With a super-easy interface, dad can whip up Air Fryer Chicken Wings and Air Fryer French Fries at the touch of a button. This nifty countertop appliance can also roast, bake and reheat food, sparing dad the pre-heating time on the oven and keeping your kitchen from heating up, too.
This fry pan won a spot in our Best Nonstick Frying Pans test for its eco-friendly, ceramic nonstick coating. Dad can flip, sear and scramble without worrying about the release of toxic fumes and will appreciate the superior nonstick easy-release performance. The pan is beautiful too and is available with either a slate blue or white interior. Did we mention it’s also dishwasher safe?
Talk about a moveable feast. With the summer months upon us, the pizza party goes al fresco with this handsome pizza oven. The company touts the oven’s capability to reach temperatures upwards of 900 degrees F and cook pies in under a minute, so you can turn your backyard into a Neapolitan-style pizza paradise. Now the only difficult decision is choosing which toppings you want to bake with first. (The Ooni also comes in a gas-powered version, perfect for weeknight pies.)
For the Grilling Guy
Award-winning pitmaster Rodney Scott built his reputation on whole hog barbecue and with his debut cookbook, he’s spilling his hard-won secrets and time-honored traditions. If Dad’s not quite ready to build his own pit, pore over the From the Grill chapter, which is devoted to grilling on a traditional grill. Here, dad can pick up techniques on maintaining temperature and airflow (and the importance of cleaning your grill) as well as master recipes like Rodney’s wings and smoked prime rib. We’ve got the BBQ bacon burgers earmarked for our next backyard get together, paired with Southern classics like pimento cheese and coleslaw from the ample Snacks, Salads, and Vegetables chapter. Oh, and there’s also a fabulous recipe for banana pudding to round out your spread.
This pan makes for a pleasurable grilling experience year-round, whether dad is at the stove or behind the grill. We love that pan is designed to prevent juices from escaping between the grates, resulting in super-tender meat that still captures the smoky flavors from the flame. Plus, dad can fit smaller veggies and proteins on the grill without worrying about them falling in. Dad can take this pan indoors to recreate the grilling experience year-round; plus, the grill marks make it look like real-deal grilling. The pan comes in a variety of colors, including classic hues such as red, flame and lapis, and newer shades like agave.
Get dad fired up for grilling season with this three-pack of blends from specialty spice purveyor Spicewalla. There’s a spicy-fruity Piri Piri blend, crafted with paprika, birds eye chili, coriander and ginger, ideal for roasted chicken or cauliflower steaks. The Blackening Rub, made with paprika, cayenne, basil and marjoram, is an excellent all-purpose rub that delivers a spicy-smoky hit. The Jerk Seasoning hits the smoky-spicy-herbaceous trifecta with a medley of paprika, cayenne, rosemary and thyme, plus a handful of fragrant aromatics like allspice. Use it to liven up all manner of proteins (like these Jerk Chicken and Pineapple Skewers) and in out-of-the-box preparations like guacamole. Your father will also earn cool-dad points with the included limited-edition Spice Daddy apron, tested and approved by founder, resident chef and Dad, Meherwan Irani, and rapper and producer T-Pain.
For the Meat Lover
For meat eaters, nothing says "I love you" like the smell of bacon sizzling in the skillet. Omaha Steaks' steak-cut bacon is cured and smoked over applewood then sliced super thick — each uncooked slice weighs in at two ounces. These juicy bacon strips make a supreme addition to a Father’s Day brunch spread or to take burgers and BLTs next level. For Dad’s next party trick, have him try the bacon out in our Candied Bacon recipe.
Wow dad with a truly exceptional steak dinner this Father’s Day. When it comes to splurging on premium steak, it’s important to know what you’re getting. Dr. Sheila Patinkin, who owns Vermont Wagyu and is considered one of the country’s top Wagyu breeders, raises her certified 100% Wagyu beef cattle on her 350-acre, 230-year-old Vermont farm. The 100% Wagyu beef cattle represents only around five percent of all Wagyu sold in the U.S., and now you can get top-notch Wagyu directly from her farm to your table. The proof is in the rich taste, with a beautifully marbled, buttery and tender texture. Opt for the Celebrate Dad with Wagyu Bundle and you’ll get two large New York Strip steaks (which serve 1 to 2 people each) and one large chuck eye steak (which serves 1 to 2 people). The steaks ship frozen in vacuum sealed packages; we highly recommend stashing one in the freezer to extend the celebration a little longer.
Wagyu hot dogs? Yes, please. KC Cattle Company, founded by veteran Patrick Montgomery, has earned a reputation for its premium hot dogs and bratwurst. We especially love the super juicy and savory bacon cheeseburger bratwurst, and the family crowd-pleasing "world-famous: gourmet wagyu beef hot dogs. Order the Pa’s Picks Bundle to get packs of each, plus a Wagyu Kansas City strip steak and a jar of KC Cattle Company’s bourbon barrel smoked salt. As you’d guess, the salt is excellent for finishing steaks, but also ace mixed into potato salad and sprinkled on avocado toast. To continue serving his community, Montgomery employs and mentors veterans and donates proceeds from sales to various veterans' foundations.
Even dads who are trying to eat more plant-based don’t have to forgo their meaty cravings. Cara Nicoletti, a fourth-generation butcher, launched SeeMore Meats in February 2020 with a mission to pack more veggies — up to 35% — into her sustainable sausages, all without sacrificing flavor. We can’t get enough of the inventive flavor combinations like Chicken Parm, made with chicken, roasted tomatoes, basil, cheese and toasty breadcrumbs, or Loaded Baked Potato, a pork sausage with potatoes, cheddar, bacon bits and chives. The sleeper hit of the bunch is La Dolce Beet-a, made with pork, fresh beets and a heady mix of garlic and fennel. Order dad the Sausage Party Pack which comes with all those flavors, plus Broccoli Melt and Bubbe’s Chicken Soup. Fire up the grill!
For the King of Cocktail Hour
For the bourbon loving guy, this Kentucky-distilled bourbon hits the mark. Woodford Reserve’s texture is at once rich, smooth and balanced, making it equally suited to straight sipping or cocktail mixing. The more you sip, the more you pick up on the array of flavors (there are over 200 flavor notes!), including sweet aromatics, spice, and fruit and floral characteristics. And because dad deserves better than that old juice glass he’s been sipping from, this gift set also comes with two Dartington crystal tumblers. To ensure dad savors the bottle long after he finishes the bourbon, add on the optional engraving to create a customized engraved bottle with a personal message.
This elegant rum, distilled at Diplomatico’s distillery at the foot of the Andes Mountains in Venezuela, is as delicious sipped solo as it is in cocktails. Serve it neat or over a large ice cube to appreciate the nuance in tasting notes, which include orange peel, maple syrup and licorice on the nose, and toffee fudge on the palate for a honeyed finish. If your dad loves classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned or Manhattan, try making it with rum for a supremely flavorful twist on the traditionally whiskey-based classics. We know it’s what’s inside that counts, but we also love the brooding, handsome look of the bottle, which we predict will quickly take pride of place on dad’s cocktail set-up.
When five o'clock rolls around, it’s margarita time. And who doesn’t want to drink like George Clooney? Williams Sonoma partnered with Casamigos — creators of the award-winning ultra-premium tequila and mezcal from George Clooney, Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman — on this line of mixers inspired by the brand’s house cocktails. This gift set has everything you need to whip up a stellar craft margarita for dad on Father’s Day (and all summer long), including two bottles of cocktail mixers like the all-new Blackberry Basil Smash, a sweet-tart blend of juicy blackberries, lemon and basil, and the Signature Margarita, a vibrant, zippy mix with a hint of sweetness. It also contains two salts for rimming the glass, a pink Himalyan salt and a salty-sweet medley of extra-coarse Oregon sea salt and orange peel. We love how the mixers aren’t too sweet and taste just as delicious mixed with seltzer as they do with tequila.
Whether your dad fancies himself a master mixologist or a budding at-home bartender, Avec’s line of better-for-you canned cocktail mixers satisfies beverage connoisseurs of all stripes. When cocktail-loving friends Denetrias "Dee" Charlemagne and Alex Doman realized that what they were mixing into their drinks were loaded with sugar and additives (and not all that flavorful), they developed their own line of naturally sweetened mixers in bold-yet-balanced flavors. (Although they’re so good, you could actually drink them on their own.) Try the hibiscus-pomegranate, which gets a beautiful sweet-spicy boost from Ceylon cinnamon and makes a perfect pairing for vodka or rum, or the jalapeno-blood orange, crafted with fresh blood orange and calamansi juices, jalapeno, agave and smoked salt, making it an ideal match for tequila and mezcal. Opt for a sampler pack, and you’ll get three cans of each of the five flavors (other flavors include ginger, yuzu and lime, and grapefruit and pomelo).
For the Coffee Lover
This coffee maker is a favorite of coffee snobs and baristas alike. Using a rapid immersion brewing process, the AeroPress makes one to three cups per press of smooth, full-flavored coffee in about a minute, which means dad gets his custom brewed cup in record time. It also yields a low acidity brew minus the bitterness that you sometimes get from using a French press, which requires a longer steep time. And unlike the French press, the AeroPress can also make espresso style coffee to use in lattes, cappuccinos and other espresso-based drinks. It’s great for using at home, but it’s lightweight and compact design makes it ideal for travel, too. Now dad won’t have to forgo his favorite brew on his next camping or fishing trip.
Christened the internet’s favorite mug, East Fork’s The Mug has certainly earned its own hashtag. The mugs are handcrafted in East Fork’s Asheville studio and come in a variety of ever-changing, gorgeous glazes in hues like Amaro, panna cotta, eggshell and taro. (Check the Last Chance section of the site to see if there are any past-season shades still in stock.) The mugs are as functional as they are beautiful. They’re designed to comfortably fit 10 ounces of liquid (12 ounces if you fill it to the brim) and fit AeroPress coffee makers as well. It’s destined to be your dad’s everyday mug, no matter his beverage ritual of choice. And we have a feeling your gift might incite mug-envy, so order one or two for the house, too.
This Brooklyn-based specialty coffee company has earned a following for its thoughtfully sourced and freshly roasted coffee beans. The coffee line-up includes single-origin beans as well as blends, including the fan-favorite Brooklyn, featuring Columbian, Honduran, and Guatemalan beans that boast notes of milk chocolate, toffee and dried fruit. Give dad peace of mind when it comes to his caffeine fix and sign him up for Partners’ coffee subscription. All subscriptions are customizable based on taste preferences, like ground or whole beans, and brew method, such as cold brew, French press, drip or pour-over. Besides getting roasted-to-order coffee delivered to your doorstep, subscribers also receive perks such as early access to new roasts, monthly webinars, discounts and promotions.
For the Dad Who Just Wants to Eat
For the ultimate seaside feast minus the road trip, serve dad a taste of New England with McLoons Lobster Roll Kit. McLoons Lobster Shack, a family-owned joint located on a lobster wharf on Sprucehead Island, as earned a reputation for having Maine’s best lobster rolls, and their kits include everything you need to recreate the experience at home. You’ll get containers of claw and knuckle lobster meat, New England-style split top rolls, mayonnaise, Casco Bay Artisan Sea Salt Butter, roll sleeves and a handy instruction card. (For true McLoons style, go half-and-half — that is, half mayo and half butter — on your roll). The kit even comes with their famous blueberry bread pudding, made with locally grown wild Maine blueberries, white chocolate chips and homemade vanilla custard, to cap off your meal.
With a mix of premium fruit and tempting snacks, this gift box from lauded gourmet purveyor Harry & David will satisfy all of dad’s cravings. The line-up includes their signature sweet-and-juicy Royal Verano pears and seasonal apples, along with savory snacks like sharp white cheddar, three-seed crackers, mixed nuts and hickory-smoked summer sausage. To satisfy dad’s sweet tooth, there are milk chocolate Moose Munch popcorn, raspberry galettes and milk chocolate-covered cherries. Make the gourmet snack session complete and add on a bottle of wine or sparkling juice.
If you’ve got a curd-loving guy in your life, Jasper Hill Farm is tops. The Vermonter gift box comes with three of the award-winning Vermont creamery’s favorites cheeses, including a wedge of Alpha Tolman, a mountain-style, raw milk cheese that’s excellent for snacking or in a grilled cheese; a wheel of Harbison, a sought-after, spreadable bloomy-rind cheese wrapped in spruce bark; and a wedge of Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, a crumbly, nutty number with a slightly tangy-sweet finish. This collection also includes pairing accoutrements such as hearty spent grain crackers and a bag of can’t-put-'em-down maple roasted nuts from Squirrel Stash Nuts. Round out the taste of Vermont with an optional add-on, Runamok Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup. It makes for an excellent pairing with Jasper Hill’s cave-aged cheeses, but we bet dad would love it with a stack of pancakes for Father’s Day brunch, too. For a gift that keeps on giving, sign dad up for Jasper Hill’s Cheese Club.
Treat dad to a BBQ-inspired snack whether he’s looking for an afternoon pick-me-up, tending his own grill or settling in on the couch for movie night. Asheville’s Poppy has earned a loyal following for its tender kernels and inventive flavors, but this collection of regional barbecue flavors takes the cake (or the brisket?). The flavor roster includes Smoky Texas BBQ, a spiced-rubbed popcorn with a touch of molasses, redolent of brisket cooked low-and-slow over an open flame; Spicy Kansas City BBQ, which boasts a savory-spicy hit from hickory and cayenne and finishes sweet; Tangy Carolina BBQ, a tangy-smoky nod to Poppy’s home state’s vinegar-based barbecue sauce; and Sweet Honey BBQ, which marries smoky spices and sweet honey for an irresistible combination. Purchase individual flavors by the bag or opt for a bundle of all four flavors to send dad on a regional barbecue tour.
For the DIY Dad
This ready-to-go gift box includes everything dad needs to craft his own mozzarella, feta, cream cheese, ricotta and more. The beginner kit includes everything you need to get started including the culture, lipase and an instant-read thermometer, plus easy to follow instructions and a recipe booklet to make hundreds of different cow, goat and sheep milk cheeses. Unlike other kits, which contain tablets, this set includes liquid rennet to ensure consistent quality. Dad will perfect his burrata making just in time for summer tomato salad and caprese salad season.
For the hot sauce aficionado, nothing beats getting to brew your own spicy sauce. This DIY kit includes cayenne, ancho, curry and chili spice packs for dad to mix with the included peppers, vinegars and garlic to make his own small batch condiments. It also includes easy-to-follow instruction booklet with recipes, a funnel, gloves and six glass bottles with customizable labels so dad can add some flair to his packaging too. The best part? You’ll get to sample and try 'em out to add fiery flavor to tacos, pizza, stir-fries and more. Get ready for a season of sizzle.
Clear out the garage and create a home brewing set-up for dad. Whether your dad’s a home brewing novice or a full-on hop head, this at-home beer brewing kit turns your dad into a master brewer. This kit includes all the ingredients needed to make Brooklyn Brew Shop’s well-balanced citrusy IPA, including the Everyday IPA all-grain mix, Cascade and Columbus hops, and beermaking yeast. Dad will also receive all the necessary equipment, including a glass fermentation jug, thermometer, racking cane, tubing and more. Plus, all the equipment is reusable, so all dad needs to brew his next batch is another beer making mix and packet of no-rinse sanitizer.
If your dad’s the type who relishes a new weekend cooking, project, he’ll love bringing restaurant-quality sushi to his own kitchen with this DIY sushi-making kit from MakiMaki, a modern sushi restaurant in New York City. Each kit provides all the tools and ingredients for an at-home sushi feast, starting with sushi rice, vinegar, and a special paddle to make your own perfect rice. Choose your kit preference, either maki or sashimi, and serving size (for two or four people), and you’ll get a variety of flash-frozen sashimi-grade fish (like salmon, Hamachi and yellow fin), fresh produce (including a perfectly ripe avocado), seasonings, seaweed sheets, plastic gloves and a bamboo rolling mat.
For the Dad with a Sweet Tooth
With their buttery crumb, chewy texture and over-the-top flavor, you’d never guess that these cookies are vegan. The Father’s Day collection features six large individually wrapped cookies in a reusable silver tin. Flavors include classics like chocolate chip, snickerdoodle and birthday cake, plus wholly original creations like the Kona, a brown sugar cookie studded with white chocolate and macadamia nuts and shot through with finely ground espresso, and the all-new Big Poppa, a chocolate cookie with white chocolate chunks, mint chocolate chips and walnuts. We hate to play favorites, but the "Everything" is famous for a reason. Founder Maya Madsen calls this her "b-l-d" cookie, or the breakfast, lunch and dinner cookie. No matter when you eat it, the sweet-salty mash-up hits the spot with a dizzying mix of chocolate chips, pretzels, oatmeal, pecans, butterscotch chips and marshmallows.
This collection is chockful of luxurious handmade chocolates by award-winning chocolatier and chef Nicole Patel, who was named 2020’s Best Chocolatier in the Americas. This Father’s-Day-ready gift box has a little bit of everything, including a collection of chocolate truffles in flavors such as whiskey, dark chocolate and cigar. It also contains two bars of chocolate bark, including the nostalgia-inducing S’mores, and pecan-cayenne, which delivers a one-two hit of crunch and creeping heat. We also love the idea of capping off a Father’s Day to remember by pairing one of the cigar-shaped molded chocolates, which come in white, milk or dark, with a tumbler of dad’s favorite spirit.
For the gluten-free dad with a serious sweet tooth, this beautiful wooden tray features gluten-free treats that don’t compromise on taste. William James Gifts’ founder, Calli McPherson, personally tries and approves of each product in her curated gift collections. Favorites in this collection include Big Picture Farm’s super creamy, small-batch maple cream caramels; wild blueberry and mint chocolate bars from Goodio, a Finnish company that turns out vegan and organic treats; and Hudson Valley Marshmallow Company's 'chocolate, chocolate chip marshmallows'. The 'mallows double down on the chocolate factor, and are delectable to snack on, but make an excellent s'mores upgrade, too. To keep dad from slipping into a sugar coma, whip up a batch of buttermilk pancakes from the included gluten-free mix and serve him a short stack alongside a steaming cup of coffee, served in the gift set’s papa bear mug.
For the dad with a sweet tooth whose cravings are best sated by nostalgia, Seattle Chocolate’s Summer Scoops collection hits the spot. The collection includes two-bite truffles and truffle bars in flavors such as mint chip, a green, a 60% dark chocolate bar with a mint center and micro chocolate chips; Neapolitan, a three-layer bar crafted with dark chocolate, white chocolate, and strawberry white chocolate; and vanilla orange cream, with an orange-infused white chocolate center. Pick up a truffle pint or a truffle bar trio, or go all out with the Everything but the Cone Care Package, which includes all three new truffle bar flavors, a Truffles on Top Bag (which includes mint chip truffles as well as perennial favorites like salted almond and peanut butter), and a limited edition postcard by designer Kendra Dandy, who also designed the bright, cheeky wrappers and packaging.