23 Perfect Father's Day Gifts Dad Will Actually Use
Finding a thoughtful gift for Father's Day is sometimes a challenge, but if you're buying for someone with cooking ambitions, we're here to help. These gift ideas are perfect for grilling, smoking, decanting, and even brewing at home in 2020. Surprise Dad with a high-tech meat thermometer for getting his go-to rib recipe exactly right, or a Yeti cooler that will stand the test of time (and summer heat). Read on for some of our favorite Father's Day ideas, priced in order from lowest to highest.
Truff Hot Sauce
If you know someone who is the king of condiments, Truff hot sauce is the ultimate gift. With red chili peppers, truffle, organic agave nectar, and savory spices, Truff adds heat and complexity to everything from pizza to scrambled eggs.
TRUFF Hot Sauce Variety Pack, $70 at amazon.com
Whether it's cold beer or hot coffee, these smart glasses from Zwilling are perfect for insulating drinks while looking stylish all at once. The high-quality borosilicate glass can withstand the pour of hot water for tea, as well as the microwave and dishwasher for cleanup.
Sorrento Double-wall Beer Glasses, 14 Oz., Set Of 2, $25 at surlatable.com
Quality Bar Tools
Give Dad the tools to be his own bartender at home with a great cocktail set from Fortessa. Pair it with a great spirit like Tanqueray as well as the right ice cube molds and he'll be serving up the perfect G&Ts, negronis, or martinis all summer long.
Crafthouse By Fortessa 4-Piece Cocktail Shaker Set, $100 at surlatable.com
Home Brewing Kit
If Dad has always wanted to try brewing his own beer, this is the perfect kit to try it out. The step-by-step instructions make it easy to brew an American-style IPA, enough for 10 12-ounce bottles.
Williams Sonoma IPA Craft Beer Kit, $50 at williams-sonoma.com
Get fresh biscuits on demand without having to clean the whole kitchen with Callie's Hot Little Biscuit. Get the combo pack and keep it in the freezer until you need it. Flavors include buttermilk, cheese and chive, cinnamon, iced blueberry, and sharp cheddar biscuits.
Callie's Hot Little Combo Pack, $49 at calliesbiscuits.com
For the home bartender, the best glasses for cocktails are ones designed with the classics in mind. Mixologist Zane Harris worked with Riedel to do exactly that. The drink-specific glasses are based on traditional cocktails: Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Daiquiri, Sour, Peasant, Buck and Julep. Choose according to your favorites, or buy multiple sets to have them all.
Riedel Drink Specific Glassware, Set of 2:
Highball Glass, $30 at macys.com
Rocks Glass, $30 at macys.com
Neat Glass, $30 at macys.com
Sour Glass, $30 at macys.com
Fizz Glass, $30 at macys.com
Nick & Nora Glass, $30 at macys.com
Treat Dad and the rest of the family to the best beef you've ever had. Snake River Farms has every cut of Waygu you can think of, and it ships nationally.
American Wagyu Gold Grade Traditional Ribeye - 1.5" Thick, $75 at snakeriverfarms.com
Cold Brew Coffee Maker
This machine makes up to 7 cups of ready-to-drink cold-brew coffee in as little as 25 minutes. You can select the strength for mild, medium, or rich, and the glass carafe can be stored in the fridge to keep the coffee on hand for up to two weeks (though we're sure it won't last more than a few days).
For any father figure who loves fresh juice, this is the ultimate appliance. Breville's quiet cold-spin tech extracts all the juice you need without heating up the ingredients. The 70-ounce jug means there can be plenty for the whole family.
Wine Tasting Pack
For the wine-loving dad, this tasting pack is the ideal treat. Six bottles of reds and whites, all disguised and ready for a sip exploration (with directions and tasting notes to be revealed at the end). SommSelect is offering the gift as a special pre-sale through June 3rd, and customers who order now will get free shipping with guaranteed delivery by Father's Day.
Father's Day "Blind Six" Tasting Pack, $199 at sommselect.com
Nothing makes you better equipped for the summer than a Yeti, and while we're not hosting many parties, the utility of these coolers still stands. Keep cold drinks nearby while relaxing or grilling in the backyard, use the Tundra as a makeshift freezer extension when you buy extra frozen goods on a grocery run, or tote it to the park to have a socially distanced picnic.
Wüsthof Knife Set
Easily the best deal on this list, Wüsthof's iconic and durable knives are a steal for a 16-piece knife block set. If your knives are looking tired and you need an upgrade that will last, this is an essential purchase and even smarter gift to give.
Help support your local breweries and buy a high-quality growler. This one will keep beer fresh and carbonated for two weeks, the vacuum insulation will keep it cold all day long, and the dispenser will make every last drop worth it.
If he isn't a sous vide devotee yet, Dad certainly will be. Cook meat and fish to the perfect temperature and doneness every time with this tool that makes it as easy as plugging in, sealing the food, and letting it circulate without having to babysit it at all.
Wine Preservation System
The Coravin is the best method of opening and preserving a bottle of wine without an ounce of oxidation. The needle simply goes through the cork, helps pour a glass of wine, and allows the cork to reseal itself without exposing the wine inside to the air. For the dad who treasures his finest bottles and wants to savor every drop, this is the ideal gift. As a bonus, multiple models are 30% off right now at Williams Sonoma.
Coravin Model Two Elite Pro Wine Preservation System, $280 (was $400) at williams-sonoma.com
Coravin Model One Wine Preservation System, $140 (was $200) at williams-sonoma.com
Air Fryer Toaster Oven
This Cuisinart appliance does it all, and it's on sale right now. Fully equipped for baking, broiling, toasting, and air frying, this tool can run from 80 to 450 degrees and complete just about any task. Crispy bacon, chicken wings, and fresh tortilla chips are a press of a button away.
Smithey Cast Iron
If you're looking for heirloom-worthy cookware, Smithey is the ultimate investment. This Dutch oven can bake, braise, and stew any meal you desire, and the pre-seasoned interior wipes clean with barely a scrub needed. Their cast iron skillet set is one sale, too.
Smithey 5.5 Quart Dutch Oven, $295 at smithey.com
Smithey Essential Three-Piece Set, $400 (was $460) at smithey.com
The Moccamaster is one of the best drip coffee makers on the market. It's able to grind the beans, brew and steep for a 10-cup carafe in mere minutes. The hot plate will keep the coffee at the perfect serving temperature, and it can pause midway through the cycle if Dad needs a cup right away.
Hestan pots and pans have long been a favorite in our test kitchens. Highly conductive copper combines with durable stainless steel for a fast-heating and long-lasting pan that is as functional as it is beautiful. A sauté pan is the most versatile option, great for everything from searing to simmering on the stovetop.
Hestan CopperBond Sauté Pan, $350 (was $500) at williams-sonoma.com
With 650 square inches of cooking space, this grill and smoker combo is the ultimate investment for the backyard. The exhaust system on the state-of-the-art Traeger Ironwood keeps the heat consistent and steady while your meats are smoking. The grill can even be monitored using an app on your phone, so Dad can relax and enjoy his time outside.