The best Father’s Day gifts—for your dad or any father figure in your life—are the ones he’ll really use. If yours likes to spend time in the kitchen, forget the World’s Best Dad license plate frame (even if he is!) and stick to something special with a practical side as well. The gift ideas below include durable kitchen tools, specialty condiments, coffee counter and bar cart upgrades, and more—things we think will brighten his day on Father's Day and most days after that.
Kitchen gear that’ll last
My dad is a quality over quantity type of guy; at an early age he taught me to calculate the “cost per use ratio” of every purchase, an equation that got absolutely destroyed by my prom dress (sorry, never wearing that again) but I nailed when I brought home a Le Creuset Dutch oven. Give the gift of a kitchen product that is built to last a long time and produce impeccable food all the while, like our product review–winning cast-iron skillet or the best waffle maker in the game.
A morning beverage upgrade
Accessories for a breakfast beverage ritual make great gifts because the recipient (in this case, your very sleepy dad or father figure) will think of you every morning. A few ideas for enhancing his tea or coffee setup: a precision kettle, so his tea is always brewed to perfection; the king of drip coffee makers to take the fuss out of the process; or a subscription for the good stuff so he’ll always have a few tea varieties or a bag of beans on hand.
$13.00, Trade Coffee
Fast tracks to flavor
Cooks of every skill level could use a bottle or two that’s a dinner ace in the hole, an ingredient that can transform anything into a flavorful meal with just a drop or drizzle. Specialty condiments and sauces make ideal Father’s Day gifts because they’re a level up from what your dad might buy for himself and will quickly become his go-to staples—you might even find that he requests a restocking next year around this time. Opt for a bottle of small-batch vinegar for salad dressings or flavor-boosted curry ketchup for grilling season.
$12.00, American Vinegar Works
$10.00, Yun Hai
A new hobby + all the accessories
Dads? They like gadgets. If yours is interested in trying something new in the kitchen and will award extra points if he can connect his new hobby to his phone, a sous vide wand is the perfect gift. Perfectly cooked meat, eggs, and more are minutes away with a tool like a Joule—especially if you pair it with a cookbook that will set him up for success and a few resealable bags as well.
An evening beverage upgrade
Booze is a common direction to go when shopping for dads, with one major drawback: per digital director and drinks expert Maggie Hoffman, alcohol-related gifts can get really expensive. Thankfully, her pick for the best whisky to give this year tastes much pricier than it is. “The Compass Box Glasgow Blend is a sipper with rich, luscious flavors, thanks to its blend of buttery oloroso Sherry cask-aged whisky and a bit of peaty Islay single malt. Drinking it is like tasting a spoonful of toffee pudding while sitting next to the dying coals of a grill, in the best possible way.” Snag a bottle—or a set of fancy-feeling wine glasses or a beautiful amaro—to zhuzh up Dad’s after-dinner drink.
$38.00, Reserve Bar
Originally Appeared on Epicurious