Dads can be notoriously difficult to shop for, but where there’s a will, there’s a way—most reliably through the stomach.
Here are some cooking, eating, and drinking gift ideas for treating Dad this Father’s Day, on June 21.
Gourmet Burgers for the Grill
Set Dad up for the burger of his dreams with a pack of patties from legendary meat purveyor Pat LaFrieda. Their Gold Label burger blend, inspired by their Black Label blend for Minetta Tavern in Manhattan, is a mix of American Black Angus short rib, flat iron, and dry-aged rib steak, available shipped fresh via online food marketplace Goldbelly. $69 for eight 6-ounce patties at Goldbelly.com
A Spice Rack Refresher
Spicewalla’s chef-curated spices are sourced from around the world, roasted, and ground in small batches for maximum freshness. Customize a gift set for Dad’s pantry, or choose a themed collection. The Grill & Roast Collections, which come in packs of 3, 6, or 10 and include blends like Carolina Pork Rub and Tandoori Masala, are sure to level up his summer cooking game. $14.99 for a 3-pack; $28.99 for a 6-pack; $44.99 for a 10-pack at SpicewallaBrand.com
A Texas Barbecue Feast
If Dad would rather skip straight to the eating, how about a whole smoked brisket from the top barbecue joint in Texas? Snow’s BBQ, crowned the state’s best by Texas Monthly magazine—by editors in 2008 and 2017, and again by readers in 2019—will ship its famed briskets straight to Dad’s door. $189 at Goldbelly.com
Make sure Dad never goes without his morning cup of joe with a gift subscription to Trade, a personalized coffee subscription service. A short online quiz will match his coffee habits and preferences to the perfect bag of freshly roasted beans, picked from among 400-plus coffees from 50 roasters around the country. Each future delivery will be a new bag, curated based on his feedback. $20 per 12-ounce bag, with gift subscription plans from 2–24 bags, at TradeCoffee.com
Denver-based Stranahan’s, Colorado’s first legal whiskey distillery since Prohibition and a pioneer in the budding American single-malt category, makes its Original American single malt whiskey from 100 percent malted barley and water sourced from the Rocky Mountains, aged in new charred American oak barrels for a minimum of two years. A bottle would make a fine gift for a whiskey-loving dad who wants to try something new. $60 at ReserveBar.com
Introduction to Home Brewing
For the craft beer enthusiast, consider a six-pack from Dad’s favorite local brewery; many are offering home delivery. Or, if he’s looking for a new project, Craft a Brew’s home brewing kits will give him all the equipment and ingredients he needs to brew his first gallon of beer, whether a crisp, hoppy American Pale Ale or rich, semi-sweet Chocolate Milk Stout. An included guide to craft brewing will walk him through the process. $45 for a 1-gallon brewing kit; $74.99 for a gift set including a 1-gallon brewing kit and a bottling kit at CraftABrew.com