Father’s Day is coming up, falling on June 16 this year. Here are six edible and drinkable gift ideas for Dad to help celebrate the occasion.
Will Work for Food
Put Dad to work for his gift by sending him a Man Crate. Each of these curated, made-for-guys gift boxes comes in a sealed wooden crate with no instructions—just a crowbar. The process of breaking it open, a test of both problem-solving and a healthy dose of brute force, makes the experience all the more satisfying.
Then, of course, there are the goodies to be found inside. Man Crates has options to suit any dad, from the Cow-apocalypse Crate ($129.99), stuffed with an impressive stash of beef jerky from various companies, all tasty; to the Grill Master Crate ($109.99), stocked with an arsenal of all things grilling, including a brass-knuckle meat tenderizer, cast iron smoker box, and sauces and rubs; to a Whiskey Appreciation Crate ($179.99), featuring a monogrammed glass decanter and matching pair of personalized rocks tumblers. ManCrates.com
Hot Sauce With a Sweet Side
For the dad who puts hot sauce on everything, add something different to his collection: Brooklyn-based Bushwick Kitchen’s Threes Knees Spicy Trio, a set of three handcrafted sauces that straddle spicy and sweet. The trio includes a 13.5-ounce bottle of Bees Knees Spicy Honey, wildflower honey from the Hudson Valley shot through with tongue-tingling chile peppers; a 13.5-ounce bottle of Trees Knees Spicy Maple, pure organic maple syrup from the Catskills, infused with just a hint of spice; and a 10-ounce bottle of Weak Knees Gochujang Sriracha, a why-didn’t-I-think-of-that hybrid with a powerful punch, tempered by notes of sweetness and fermented tang. $34.99 at BushwickKitchen.com.
A Year’s Supply of Salami
If a year’s worth of meat delivered to your doorstep sounds like something out of Dad’s wildest food dreams, look no further than Olympia Provisions’ Salami of the Month Club. The Portland, Oregon-based charcuterie company uses northwest American pork to handcraft 12 types of salami, from Greek loukanika, flavored with garlic, cumin, and a touch of orange zest; to northern Spanish chorizo Navarre, enlivened with sweet paprika and cayenne; to classic Italian sopressata, fragrant with clove, oregano, garlic, and chili flakes. Their Salami of the Month Club delivers one (or two, or three, depending on the option you choose) each month, along with tasting notes and pairing recommendations from owner and “salumist” Elias Cairo. Clubs start at $160 for one salami per month, including shipping, at OlympiaProvisions.com.
Coffee With a Cause
Coffee-drinking dads in need of extra-strong morning fuel will find Black Rifle Coffee Company’s beans a worthy match. Even the lighter roasts are unusually strong—they take their caffeine seriously. The veteran-owned and -operated business doesn’t shy away from its military background: its roasts come with names like “Freedom Fuel,” “AK-47,” and “Coffee, or Die,” and a portion of all profits go toward veteran, law enforcement, fire, and first responder causes. Their beans are sourced from Colombia and Brazil, then blended and roasted to order in-house in small batches.
The Complete Mission Fuel Kit ($48 for four 12-ounce bags) offers a taste across the roasting spectrum, including Silencer Smooth, their lightest roast; Just Black, their flagship medium roast; AK-47, a medium-dark espresso blend; and Beyond Black, a dark roast. For extra patriot points, opt for the medium-roast Freedom Roast ($14.99 for a 12-ounce bag), which comes in a bag emblazoned with the American flag. BlackRifleCoffee.com
A Whole New World of Beer
With the world of craft beer ever-expanding, give Dad a peek into an unexplored corner. For an experiential gift, City Brew Tours organizes brewery tours that offer a behind-the-scenes look into a city’s local craft beer scene, including 12–16 samples of beer across a number of top breweries, plus a meal of beer paired with food. Public and private tours are offered in nine cities across North America: New York City; Washington; Baltimore; Boston; Burlington, Vermont; Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Cleveland; and Montreal, Canada. CityBrewTours.com
If Dad would rather enjoy his beer in the comfort of his own couch, consider a beer subscription and delivery service. Chris Walowski, head brewer at Trustworthy Brewing Co. in Burbank, California, and Las Vegas, recommends Tavour. The online retailer works through a phone app, where members can browse a curated selection of craft beers—two new brews are added every day—and select which option and quantity to purchase. Gift cards and curated gift boxes ($99) are available for gifting at Tavour.com.
Dads have sweet tooths, too, and Hilliards Chocolates’ Almond Toffee Crunch is a delightful remedy. The classic confection features a buttery-sweet layer of crisp, crunchy toffee—the kind that snaps without snapping your teeth, too, and then sticks to them just the right amount—enrobed in dark chocolate and topped with crushed almonds. $13.95 for 7.5 ounces, $27.95 for 15 ounces, or $29.95 for 10 ounces in a keepsake wooden box, complete with a ribbon, at HilliardsCandy.com.