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The Best Gift Sets for Every Type of Dad This Father’s Day (That You Can Buy on Amazon)

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The great thing about gift sets for dads is that an assortment of little bits and bobs means the chances are high that he’ll find at least one of them useful. Ahead of Father’s Day (which falls on Sunday, June 18, this year), we’ve rounded up more than two dozen of the best gift sets for a whole range of fussy dads — whether they’re wine lovers, gourmands, Wall Street guys, or partial to a white sneaker. Many of these contain products we’ve written about before, and they’re all available on Amazon for your shopping convenience (though you can purchase some of them elsewhere as well). And to help you stay on budget, we’ve organized the whole list by price.

Under $25

For the dad who likes to veg out

This kit has everything your dad will need to grow unique produce he won’t necessarily find at the grocery store — think purple carrots, yellow courgettes, and red delicious Brussels sprouts.

For the dad who’s serious about the three R’s …

So he never has to even think about using a set of plastic utensils on the go.

… and avoids plastic bags at all costs

Chris Black recommends this 12-pack of reusable grocery totes, which come in “nice, simple colors (black, blue, and green)” and have helped him “safely carry a case of Oatly home from Whole Foods.”

For the dad who keeps his hands clean

This tools in this manicure set are made of stainless steel and come in a nice-looking leather pouch.

For the car-obsessed dad

Armor All is a go-to for keeping your car spic and span, and this kit includes anything your dad might need: wash and wax, tire foam, a general surface protectant, and glass wipes.

For the dad who owns more vinyls than books

The cleaning and maintenance supplies he needs to keep his old Cream records playing without a hitch.

For the dad who swirls his wine

Get him a Vacu Vin wine pump, which creates an airtight seal to help preserve already opened bottles of wine. “Their vacuum seal really does help preserve delicate aromatics and flavors that are otherwise lost,” says Victoria James, certified sommelier and beverage director at Cote. This set comes with the pump and two stoppers to save a couple of bottles at once.

For the dad who puts hot sauce on just about everything

Lao Gan Ma chile crisp is an undisputed pantry staple beloved by both Top Chef contestant Buddha Lo and former Strategist newsletter editor Mia Leimkuhler. “When it comes to Asian food, there’s probably hardly any dish that you wouldn’t want to pair with this,” Lo told us. Leimkuhler agrees: “I’ve made whole meals out of spicy chile crisp on rice or spicy chile crisp on scrambled eggs.” This set of two jars even comes with a cute pig-shaped spoon.

For the dad who’s been meaning to visit

This cozy setup will make any window seat feel that much more comfortable.

For the dad who loves his English Breakfast tea

For the tea person who’s not scared of a wild herbal blend, this set offers a range of fruity flavors like cherry Cosmo, apricot Amaretto, and blueberry Merlot.

Under $50

For the dad who wants to up his grill game

For any grill master: Spritz them with oil, pop some vegetables in, and, baby, you’ve got a kebab going.

For the dad with a decked-out bar cart

A fancy-looking decanter to display his single-barrel whiskey and some handblown glasses to go with it.

For the dad whose hero is Monty Don

A stainless-steel Japanese blade that will take the strain off his hands, whether he’s weeding or pruning. It comes with a sharpening stone, so it can keep its edge, too.

For the dad who always orders extra pickles

Frankie’s Fine Brine gin pickles are Paul Feig–approved. “I plowed through that jar so fast,” Feig told us, calling them “unbelievable” with “a bit of gin essence” and the perfect amount of crunch and snap. This sampler pack includes one jar of the brand’s classic deli pickles, a jar of gin pickles, and one of whiskey pickles.

For the sneakerhead dad

The Jason Markk starter kit is “the most complete care system as far as consumers taking care of their sneakers at home,” says Darryl Blanding, co-founders of Clean Sneaker Care. It comes with two cleaning brushes, a microfiber cloth, the brand’s foaming cleanser, and a water-repelling spray.

For the dad who can’t resist a game of table tennis

If he’s a ping-pong enthusiast, give him this to-go set that we deemed the best portable table-tennis set. With two paddles, a retractable net, and a handy drawstring bag, he’ll be able to rig any old table for an impromptu game.

For the dad who likes to entertain

This sturdy bamboo charcuterie board has a sliding drawer that holds cheese knives and a wine opener.

For the dad who started baking bread during the pandemic

He’s not one to brag, but he’s actually making his own IPAs now too.

For the dad who can eat his own weight in pasta

Actor Max Greenfield told us that the marinara sauce from Carbone is so good that he sometimes finds himself drinking it. “When you’re tired and sort of like, I can’t make myself something right now, you can just dip stuff in it,” he says. “You take a piece of toast, dip it in there, and think, This is kind of the best thing that I’ve had all day.” This three-jar variety pack includes arrabbiata and tomato-basil flavors.

For the dad who washes his face with bar soap

Here’s the all-star cast of Malin + Goetz skin-care goodies (including our favorite lightweight conditioner) to upgrade his routine.

For the well-kempt dad

Even the most meticulous of groomers will be delighted to receive this beard-maintenance kit that’s vouched for by Lenny Kravitz: He’s been using the trimmer and its array of attachments since junior high. “I can shave with them and look like I got a real close shave, as if I used a razor,” he told us.

Under $75

For the dad who cooks

This Burlap & Barrel spice set is bound to give his taste buds a workout, with flavors ranging from Black Lime to Wild Mountain Cumin.

For the dad whose desk could use some zhuzhing

A very sleek, stylish Areaware desk setup for the dad who has an M.D. and a stuffy campus office.

For the dad who organizes game night

This good-looking backgammon set has a very retro, ’70s living-room aesthetic.

For the jet-setting dad

This set of compression cubes from Eagle Creek — the brand that makes our best-in-class packing cubes — will allow him to keep everything from toiletries to T-shirts neatly stacked and organized.

$75 and up

For the dad who ends every day with a cocktail

This bartender-approved five-piece set includes a shaker, muddler, strainer, and jigger — everything he’ll need for crafting negronis and whiskey sours at home.

For the doomsday-prepper dad

If he’s got a stockpile of toilet paper and canned tuna in the garage, he’ll appreciate this emergency-preparedness kit that Tamron Hall likes. “This has it all, anything you can think of,” she says, including hand warmers, water pouches, and wet wipes.

For the dad who’s trying to cut back on coffee

A less jittery approach to caffeine that will suit someone who doesn’t mind getting more hands-on with whisking and stirring. Ally Maki told us that this Ippodo kit has “become part of my morning ritual,” replacing her daily Starbucks run.

For the dad who’s your personal TaskRabbit

Every drill bit, wrench, and screwdriver he needs to complete fixer-upper jobs around the house.

For the dad who spends his weekends on the mountain

DMM Wallnut Set

A variety of nuts as added protection for the dad who’s a thrill-seeking climber.

Additional reporting by Tembe Denton-Hurst

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The Best Gift Sets for Every Type of Dad on Father’s Day