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The 27 Best Father’s Day Gifts for Every Type of Foodie Dad

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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

All-Clad 4-Piece Stainless Steel Barbecue Tool Set with Storage Case

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

Just Grillin’ Beer Can Chicken Roaster

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

How to Grill Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Flame-Cooked Food

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

Miyabi Birchwood 8-Inch Chef 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

Wüsthof Classic 10-Inch Sharpening Steel

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

The Austin Cookbook: Recipes and Stories From Deep in the Heart of Texas

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

Ninja Blender 1200

This high-powered blender will pulverize even the most stubborn kale leaves into a smooth juice.

For the dad who starts his morning with a cappuccino

Nespresso by Breville Pixie Espresso Maker Bundle With Aeroccino Frother in Titanium

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

Hario V60 Pour-Over Kit

This all-in-one pour-over coffee kit from Hario comes with a carafe and some filters, meaning it’s easy to approach for a beginner yet high-quality enough to use for years.

For the dad who’s a total coffee nerd (or wants to pretend to be one)

Breville the Smart Grinder Pro

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

KitchenAid 1.25-Liter Electric Kettle

This handsome electric kettle boils water in minutes and is made of easy-to-clean stainless steel.

For the dad who’s a regular at his local brewery

Stanley Classic 64 oz. Vacuum Growler in Navy

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

Artisanal Kitchen Supply Marble Utensil Crock in White

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

Vacu Vin Wine Saver Gift Set

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

OXO SteeL 16-Ounce Cocktail Shaker

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

Match Pewter Crystal Rocks Glass

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

Japan: The Cookbook

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

Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6 qt. Programmable Slow Cooker

This slow cooker has an automatic timer, so your dad doesn’t have to worry about accidentally burning the house down as his chili simmers.

For the dad who loves his local farmers’ market

Filet Large Net Bag — Natural

A reusable bag, so he can take his wares home in style.

For the dad who cooks with fresh herbs

Cole & Mason Self-Watering Potted Herb Keeper

If your dad already has some herbs in his kitchen, this keeper will make caring for them a little easier, since it’s self-watering.

For the dad who’s trying to eat more vegetables

Saladish: A Crunchier, Grainier, Herbier, Heartier, Tastier Way With 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

Arctic Zone 1523AMPR0423 Insulated Picnic Carrier, Gray

This picnic basket (though it looks like more of a tote) is perfect for the dad who jumps on any excuse to eat outside or is planning on heading to a bunch of outdoor concerts or movie nights this summer.

For the dad who has a fully stocked kitchen

Thermapen Mk4

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

Snapware 8-Piece Total Solution Food Storage Set, Glass

These glass-and-plastic food storage containers are microwave-, dishwasher- and freezer-safe.

For the dad who likes his straws

Stainless Steel Drinking Straws With Cleaning Brush

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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The Best Father’s Day Gifts for Every Type of Foodie Dad