Finding the right gift for a dad who loves to cook can be tricky. You want a Father’s Day gift that’ll be useful yet unique, not something he already owns. That’s a tall order if your dad’s the kind of home cook who has everything, and it’s even more challenging if you’re not well-versed in the kitchen yourself. But don’t fret. Below, we’ve rounded up 27 Father’s Day gift ideas for every type of foodie dad, from the fine-dining aficionados who appreciate a malted Scotch to the ones who are gassed up for summertime grilling and chilling.
For the dad who’s serious about grilling
Pitmaster John Stage of New York City’s Dinosaur Bar-B-Que tipped us off to this four-piece stainless-steel barbecue tool set from All-Clad, which contains everything dad might need to tend to the grill.
For the dad who’s not-so-serious about grilling
A beer-can chicken roaster looks a little silly-looking, sure, but pitmaster Nick Pihakis of Jim ‘N Nicks Bar-B-Q in Birmingham, Alabama, assured us that cooking this is “one of the best ways to cook a chicken. Not only is upright roasting the optimal position to roast a chicken (fat drips away, heat surrounds the chicken 360 degrees, skin crisps up better), this cooking method allows the steam and vapors to flavor the chicken from the inside cavity out, helping it to stay moist.”
For the dad who doesn’t know anything about grilling
Author and Grub Street columnist Mark Bittman has written the definitive book on grilling, with over 1,000 recipes and tips on how to grill anything from steaks to pound cake.
For the dad who needs a new kitchen knife
This luxury chef knife is a bit flashier than a more utilitarian Wüsthof or Global, with a super-polished wooden handle, but according to Justin Devillier, of La Petite Grocery in New Orleans, “it’s a total everything-you-do type of chef’s knife.”
For the dad who loves his kitchen knives
If your dad already has a sizable collection of kitchen knives, give him a honing steel, so he can keep his blades in good shape between annual sharpening sessions, done by a professional.
For the dad who could eat tacos for every meal
This cookbook dives deep into Austin’s “major food groups,” including, of course, tacos — with recipes for breakfast tacos, chicken tinga, even wild-boar carnitas.
For the dad on a summer health kick
For the dad who starts his morning with a cappuccino
This bundle features Grub Street editor Alan Sytsma’s favorite Nespresso machine, which was a hit with his parents, along with a milk frother and a few Nespresso capsules to get your dad started.
For the dad who starts his morning with a drip coffee
For the dad who’s a total coffee nerd (or wants to pretend to be one)
Several serious coffee nerds I’ve interviewed keep this conical burr grinder on their countertops. As writer Ashley Mason explained, “Unlike regular grinders that simply blitz the coffee into a coarse meal, the Breville Smart Grinder Pro lets me adjust the fineness based on popular brew methods like French press, espresso, stovetop percolator, and drip. This is a game changer because your typical $20 coffee grinder really only grinds for a drip coffee machine.”
For the dad who’s more of a tea person
For the dad who’s a regular at his local brewery
Give him a growler so he can fill it up and bring his favorite brewery’s fresh beer home. (And if your dad is a serious beer lover, we’ve got a Father’s Day gift guide for him, too.)
For the dad who forgets to put his six-pack in the fridge
We’ve written about the Corkcicle before, which chills a bottle of wine in a matter of minutes, and the Chillsner is basically the same thing — but for bottles of beer.
For the dad who likes to host wine tastings
This handsome yet affordable marble wine cooler will keep a bottle of chilled wine cold throughout a dinner party.
For the dad who only drinks one glass of wine with dinner
The Vacu Vin is a sommelier-approved wine stopper that’ll keep an open bottle of wine fresh overnight. “Their vacuum seal really does help preserve delicate aromatics and flavors that are otherwise lost,” says Victoria James, sommelier and beverage director at Cote.
For the dad who ends the day with a cocktail
This cocktail shaker is nice for the lazy drinker, since it comes with a built-in jigger for measuring, meaning you have less gadgets to dirty up. The stainless steel is also easy to clean.
For the dad who drinks his whiskey neat
If you’re going to splurge on one cocktail glass, make it a rocks glass. This one, from Match Pewter, has a sturdy base that’ll feel balanced in your dad’s hand.
For the dad who wants to learn how to make ramen
Written by Nancy Singleton Hachisu, who lives on a farm in Japan, this cookbook has over 400 traditional Japanese recipes that are geared for home cooks.
For the dad who makes a mean chili
For the dad who loves his local farmers’ market
For the dad who cooks with fresh herbs
For the dad who’s trying to eat more vegetables
This veggie-forward cookbook from the chef, creative director, and co-owner of Brooklyn grocery R&D Foods has over 100 recipes for vibrant, seasonal salads.
For the dad who likes to picnic
For the dad who has a fully stocked kitchen
The Thermapen Mk4 is the best gift to give the home cook who has it all. It’s easy to use and gives superaccurate readings in a matter of milliseconds.
For the dad who always has leftovers
These glass-and-plastic food storage containers are microwave-, dishwasher- and freezer-safe.
For the dad who likes his straws
If your dad’s worried about the possible ban on plastic drinking straws, set him up with some reusable stainless-steel ones.
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