We always love helping you all out with great last minute gifts for Dad, Grandpa, your stepdad, or anyone you’re celebrating this Father’s Day. Because it helps us out too! While Father’s Day gifts have been on our minds — and our shopping lists — for weeks now, some of us right here still have, um, a little bit of work to do before Sunday, too.
They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. We’re not sure that’s entirely true, but we’re willing to test out the proverb with a wonderful last minute food gift for Dad.
Top: Father’s Day french toast recipe from Glitter and Bubbles
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-This list of 16 fabulous gourmet gift boxes for dads allow you to give him a totally worth-it IOU while he waits for his goodies to arrive. Maybe even every month! We love this hot sauce subscription from Food52, but there are so many ideas from savory to sweet,
-A gourmet ice cream delivery is also a great last-minute gift for dad, since it generally ships overnight to keep everything fresh and icy cold. A few favorites: Jeni’s Splendid, Salt & Straw Ice Cream, and eCreamery which will even allow you to personalize the labels.
-Subscriptions aren’t just food! this knife sharpening subscription that Anne just tried is a nice indulgence for the Dad who can’t live without razor-sharp knives.
DIY Food Gifts
-We’ve got 10 DIY food gifts the kids can help make, some with fun Father’s Day printables. We’re big fans of theDIY Father’s Day SuperDad Snack Pack you can make with the free printables from Pizzazzerie, above.
-Is he a Star Wars fan? These Star Wars-themed treats say “Yoda best, Dad.” (Ha, dad jokes.)
-Our roundup of sweet and savory Father’s Day treats the kids can help make has so many cute ideas. Like the adorable Father’s Day sugar cookie sandwiches at BHG, above, the perfect finish to any Father’s Day lunch, brunch or dinner.
-Of course he has to eat past noon, right? Check out this full-on Father’s Day meal plan that’s super flexible.
-We’ve also got a professional butcher’s tips for selecting the best cuts of beef if you want to serve up his favorite steak or burger for dinner. Here are 5 amazing steak recipes to spur some inspiration.
-You can also go semi-homemade: Buy a favorite food gift, then add one of these sweet homemade Father’s Day gift ideas from the kids.
Breakfast in Bed
– Pancakes are always a hit, or try the Father’s Day french toast from Glitter and Bubbles (above) that we shared as a great food gift for Dad the kids can help with. It’s stuffed with bacon and maple cream cheese!
-Be sure to try our favorite bacon recipe of all time
-Or you can build him the perfect Father’s Day breakfast sandwich.
–Heart-shaped food ideas aren’t just for Valentine’s Day!
-If he wants a heartier brunch, check out these favorite recipes from our favorite dad food bloggers, including a bacon mac ‘n’ cheese melt and a brilliant Fritaffle — a fritata-waffle mashup. Yum.
A restaurant-quality food gadget from Amazon
Lucky you, Prime members who are also procrastinators. (Raising my hand here.) So many last-minute food gifts for Dad to choose from, that he is coveting but wouldn’t necessarily buy himself. Just don’t stall much longer!
-If he’s into wine, grab a bottle of his favorite and amp it up with a great new goodie like a professional waiter’s wine key like this affordable one from HiCoup.
-For something really special, we were recently sent the Coravin Advanced Wine Bottle Opener and Preservation System to try (above), and WOW. It lets you preserve wine if you’re only having a glass or two at a time, then pour it again without even removing the cork. It’s even used by high-volume restaurants like Capital Grill, Morton’s, DelFrisco’s, and the Clos du Val winery.
-Is he the chef of the family? We love this article from Men’s Journal on the best chef’s knives according to chefs like Eric Ripert, Daniel Boulud and José Garces. (What, no women’s chefs to weigh in? It’s Men’s Journal so I’ll give them a break this one time.) You can find Ripert’s choice, the Mac Knife 8″ chef’s knife on Amazon — but it costs almost as much as dinner at Le Bernadin. Almost.
-If he already has favorite knives, a gorgeous leather knife roll bag to let him store them and transport them safely. (Can’t rent a summer home without bringing your own knives, amirite?)
-This professional chef’s apron is pretty swanky — pinstripes, ooh. And great price!
A cookbook or book about food
There are so many wonderful books about food, and not just cookbooks either. Think about biographies, historical books, or even a book to honor his heritage through food. You know what gets great reviews? The soul food recipes in Snoop Dogg’s From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen
A gourmet experience
-We love the Masterclass online courses (above) are the most amazing gift for a foodie dad who has everything — he can take an extensive online course with Alice Waters, Thomas Keller, Wolfgang Puck, Dominique Ansel and more.
–Cloud9 Living has a ton of food/wine-themed experience gifts, from walking tours through foodie neighborhoods, to beer-tasting sails, to private sushi lessons. (Save 15% right now on orders $199+ with code BESTDAD)
-Recently discovered: Tesla custom winery tours in Oregon, which are 100% sustainable. Wut.
-There’s always the big splurge: A foodie trip like these 8 food tours in Europe, that Jetsetter put together. Also look for week-long adventures like Italian cooking classes in Tuscany, a walking food tour around Buenos Ares for authentic empanadas, or a Vinho Verde wine tour through Portugal — which has been on all of our wishlists since we started working with the wines of Vinho Verde this year!
Grilling stuff. Of course.
Yes, it’s kind of cliché but hey, guys love to play with fire .
Try a grilling gadget he doesn’t have like a cast iron garlic roaster, a new grill brush, or a smoker box for wood chips. Or hey, up his game with a brand new, top-rated grilling set of tools like this one from Cuisinart. Nice price.
Or there are so many great books about grilling! Christian Stevenson’s DJ BBQ Fire Food, the Ultimate BBQ Cookbook is one of the latest releases.
A gourmet gift card
-If he wants to pick out his own goodies, try a gift card to Sur La Table, Williams-Sonoma, or Dean & DeLuca. Plenty of restaurants offer them too. (My dad would never turn down a gift card to The Palm.)
-If he’s adventurous, Goldbelly offers gift cards so he can choose any food delivery from around the US — from black-and-white cookies from Zabar’s, to Pat’s Philly Cheesesteaks, to Bay Shore Chowders from Boston.
-You can also support his favorite local restaurant, coffee shop or café with a gift card — if they don’t make one, ask! They’ll probably make one for you.
His favorite treats from a local store
We’re all for honoring our pops by supporting our neighborhood mom-and-pops and shopping for great gourmet gifts for dad locally. So think about what’s nearby — chocolates? His favorite coffee beans? Jams and jellies? A great bottle of bourbon? A fabulous new chef’s knife? A dozen oysters? A pizza stone? You name it!
You even assemble a few favorites into a DIY gourmet gift basket. Try a theme like Sweet Tooth, Chocoholic, Caffeine-Addict, Grillmaster, or Whiskey Connoisseur to inspire you.
And of course, there are always the mall stores and chains.
Either way, we guarantee you can find a fabulous last-minute gift for dad without too much sweat or too much travel.