You know we’re all about gourmet gifts for Father’s Day around here. Because know what’s almost better than a picture frame made out of macaroni for Father’s Day? Steak! Well, and whiskey.
Sure, dads and grandpas are going to love all of those sweet homemade gifts, but they just can’t throw that macaroni frame on the grill, and it can’t quite mellow him out like a nice glass of bourbon.
Here are some great gourmet gifts for Father’s Day that the dad in your life will love, from an espresso maker he can take on a bike ride to a fig tree for eventually making his own jam.
And yes – steak and whiskey.
– Updated for 2021 –
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Cocktail Subscription Box (From $39.99, Saloon Box)
Dad will love getting this gourmet box every month that contains everything he’ll need to make two unique, seasonal cocktails. I’ve actually received this gift myself and given it several times, and it’s always a huge hit. Each kit contains top shelf spirits and all of the ingredients – like small batch syrups, bitters and garnishes – plus instructions and insight into the mixologist, drink and technique behind your concoctions. Get ready to be invited over to Dad’s for happy hour. A lot.
Philip Ashley Gourmet Chocolates ($49+, Phillip Ashley)
Chocolates are certainly not just for Mother’s Day! At least if you are shopping for dads like the ones in our lives. As pretty as gemstones, Philip Ashley Chocolates are exquisite on both the outside and the inside — just like Dad, right? Developed by designer chocolatier Chef Phillip Ashley Rix and shipped from Tennessee, we featured it in last year’s wonderful roundup of 15 delicious Father’s Day food gifts supporting black-owned businesses. Flavors may include such outrageous combos as Browned Butter Bourbon Pecan, Nutella Espresso, and Blue Note Joint Whisky Caramel Hickory Salt. Just be sure they’re picked up as soon as they’re delivered to keep them cool and fresh.
Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit ($40, Uncommon Goods)
We were so impressed with the Homemade Kimchi Kit that we featured last year as a great gourmet Father’s Day gift, and we’re just as excited about this kit for making your own hot sauce. Dad will be throwing out all of the store-bought stuff once he makes his own with this DIY kit that comes with everything he’ll need to make his own fiery creation. They even provide the bottles and customizable labels so he can put his own “Made By Dad” stamp on it.
MiniPresso Portable Espresso Maker ($49, Amazon)
If your dad loves espresso and likes it to go, he’ll adore this mini, handheld portable espresso maker. No batteries or electricity needed, so he can take it on a bike ride, car trip or just for making espresso in bed, if that’s his thing. Amazing gourmet gift for Father’s Day, especially for under $50. And bet he does’t have one yet.
PS Be sure to check out the coffee subscriptions from Trade Coffee, if you really want to up the ante — they customize every bag of beans around his own preferences, and because they’re a recent partner, we have a swell discount for you on your first order!
7X Steaks (From $50, 7X Beef)
If the dad in your life is a fan of Kobe and Wagyu beef, this is the closest he’ll come to the real deal, at least in the U.S. Most Kobe and Wagyu served in restaurants is actually a diluted version of the exclusive product from Japan, but 7X is pure Japanese beef, raised from their own cattle that has a 100-percent-pure bloodline. It’s obviously pricier than your average grocery-store steak, but isn’t Dad worth it?
Stainless Steel BBQ Tool Set ($44.95, Sur la Table)
Once Dad has his delicious steaks, he’ll need some tools to grill them with. This set of stainless steel BBQ tools comes with its own canvas roll so he can take his favorite tongs, spatula and brush with him to all of the family barbecues to show everyone what a badass he is when it comes to grilling. Because dads and BBQ may be a cliché, but only because it’s true.
Mantry Food Subscription Box (From $59, Mantry)
We’re big fans of Mantry over here when it comes to awesome gourmet Father’s Day gift ideas and it’s obvious why: Handpicked, full-sized items from top artisan food makers around the country, all curated around some of our favorite foodie themes like “Bacon” and “Bourbon BBQ.” Plus, it’s got “man” right there in the name so you know it’s good for, uh, men. (But we like it too.) And subscription food gifts or food boxes always make brilliant Father’s Day gifts — especially if you’re uh, a little last minute with your ordering.
Hibiki 17 Whiskey ($ you don’t want to know… Drizzly)
Anyone who’s into whiskey will tell you that Japanese whiskies are among the best. Hibiki 17 would be near the top of that list, and with news that they’ll soon stop selling this popular brand because of the whiskey shortage in Japan, this bottle will soon be extremely hard to find. (In fact, the price has tripled over the past few years and it’s already sold out at my usual spots.) If you’re able to score one of these for Dad through Drizzly, he’ll feel like he’s just been gifted with a unicorn. A smooth, smoky, tasty unicorn.
Schott Zwiesel Double Old-Fashioned Whiskey Glasses ($40/ea, West Elm)
Tvolo Sphere Ice Molds ($6.99/2, Amazon)
If you’re serving Dad premium whiskey, isn’t it time he stopped drinking it out of your kids’ Pokémon cups? Put together your own classy whiskey set to let him start drinking his booze like the grown-ass man he is.
Of course you don’t have to spend quite so much on the glasses — or skip them entirely and just grab him a pair of Tavolo’s genius sphere-shaped ice molds, so Dad can feel like he’s totally legit. Serious bourbon and whiskey drinkers will take their ice no other way.
Toadfish Outfitters Oyster Knife ($38, Amazon)
Of course if you want to throw in some fresh oysters from NYC’s famous Fulton Fish Market, you’ll be quite the amazing Father’s Day gift-giver.
Fig Balsamic Crate ($99.95, Williams Sonoma)
We’re pretty sure your dad will be the only one who gets a fig tree for Father’s Day if you sport for this cool gourmet Father’s Day gift idea.. Ideal for the dad who likes to garden — and also likes a good fig jam — this gorgeous crate contains a potted one-year-old fig tree, a bottle of balsamic vinegar and a jar of mission fig jam. Soon, everyone in the family will be getting homemade fig products from Dad, and that’s a good thing.
Note: this is no longer available, but they do have a gourmet cheese crate that includes balsamic and fig spreads and WOW is it amazing.