Father's Day Gift Guide: What to Get for the Home Chef, the Outdoorsman and Every Other Type of Dad
Celebrate father figures everywhere with the best gifts for his personality type
For the Whiskey Aficionado
The Man Crate is an awesome gift for your Whiskey-loving dad. Not only does it come with a personalized decanter and high ball glasses, there are snacks, ice cube molds and coasters, making the kit a thoughtful, well-rounded one. Plus, you get to watch your dad pry open a crate to find his gift, which beats wrapping one yourself any day!
Buy It! The Whiskey Appreciation Crate, $159.99
For the Foodie Dad
Fab Slab cutting boards are not only aesthetically beautiful, they are also naturally antibacterial. Made of high-quality sustainable Australian Camphor Laurel trees, they’re durable and clean.
Buy It! Fab Slabs Antibacterial Cutting Board, $59.99
For the Outdoorsman
Even as states begin to lift coronavirus restrictions, social distancing continues to be advised — and what better way to enjoy some solo time outdoors than by paddling around in a kayak? This sit-inside model is ideal for lakes, bays and slow-moving creeks, and customers love it for its affordability and lightweight structure.
Buy It! Dick's Sporting Goods Lifetime Payette 98 Kayak, $249.99
For the Master Chef
There’s nothing worse than a dull knife when you’re trying to cook up a storm in the kitchen. The Fibrox Pro Chef’s knife rarely requires sharpening, has a no-slip grip (no accidents in the kitchen for dad!) and is an Amazon bestseller and has more than 4,000 five-star reviews! If that’s not proof enough that people love it, have your dad try for himself.
Buy It! The Fibrox Pro Chef’s Knife, $47.99
For the Dad Who Loves His Screen Time
Not only does this ultra-hydrating cream feel like a luxurious way to feed your skin, it also protects against blue light, which my dad (and pretty much everyone I know) is soaking up far too much of while we’re all glued to our screens at home for the time being. This rich moisturizer is a great way to combat those effects while nourishing your skin.
Buy It! AHAVA Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate Supreme Hydration Cream, $75
For the Dad Who’s Tech Savvy
Nowadays, you need a specific charger for every single gadget you have in the house. Simplify your collection of wires by combining your Apple and Android needs into one. This three-tipped cable will be your go-to hotspot for your phone, iPad, laptop — everything. The sturdy, woven cotton fabric is also super cute and durable, so you won’t have to worry about your wires breaking.
Buy It! Triple Header Maxi Woven USB Cable, $31.99
For the Grill Master Dad
If grilling out is your dad’s specialty, you probably think that you’ve maxed out on grill accessories for him. Enter: Made In’s Blue Carbon Steel Grill Frying Pan. This grill pan is specially made for roasting over a grill or even campfire, is lightweight and easy to use and season. Think of all the aluminum foil your dad will save!
Buy It! Blue Carbon Steel Grill Frying Pan, $75
For the Dad Who Likes to Carry Photos in His Wallet
Most of us have hundreds of photos on our phones that we’ve been meaning to print, but haven’t had the chance to. Make life a lot easier by gifting your dad this portable, lightweight Smartphone printer he can take with him wherever he goes. The mini Link not only prints photos, but it also offers a number of creative features, like printing from videos, zooming in on images and printing with friends through the mini Link app.
Buy It! Instax mini Link, starting at 89.85
For the Dad Who Wants to Prioritize Clean Air
It's more important than ever to make sure your home is equip with an air purifier that can help filter out harmful allergens and reduce certain airborne viruses, bacteria and mold. This one is Honeywell's latest model, which has an automatic cleaning mode that automatically adjusts cleaning level based on indoor air quality reading and touch screen LED controls, so you can choose from four cleaning levels: germ, general clean, allergen and turbo.
Buy It! Honeywell PowerPlus, $269
For the Dad Who Likes to Stay Caffeinated
Turn your dad into a barista with Nespresso’s versatile Vertuo Next. The Vertuo Next lets your dad choose his own adventure when it comes to coffee or espresso, cup size and more. The machine is also Nespresso’s most sustainable and made out of 54 percent recycled plastic. There’s currently a 25 percent off sale on all Vertuo machines, so it’s the perfect time to buy one for dad without breaking the bank.
Buy It! Vertuo Next, Orig. $159.99, On Sale For $119.99
For the Straight-Sipper
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson worked with a family-owned distillery in Jalisco, Mexico, to craft his small-batch sipping tequila. (Don't worry, he's okayed it for margaritas too!). The name combines the word "terra," meaning earth, and "mana," which is Polynesian for "spirit."
Buy it! Teremana Tequila, $30 for Blanco, $33 for Reposado
For the Dad Who Loves to Test His Tastebuds
Keep the Father’s Day celebrations going all year long with a subscription to one of Murray’s Cheese’s monthly clubs. The beloved New York institution offers everything from a Cheesemonger’s Picks of the Month — featuring three to four different cheeses sure to delight the palate — to a Perfect Pair of the Month, which includes 2 cheeses alongside accompaniments like chutneys or nuts to help curate an expert-level cheese plate.
Buy It! Murray’s Cheese Perfect Pair of the Month Club, $85
For the Dad Who Loves Everyday Elegance
"Elevate your every day" is Pearl Street Caviar's motto, and their sustainably sourced caviar is sure to turn any occasion into a celebration. The brand is on a mission to make the superfood attainable to everyone, offering their high-quality product for an affordable price tag. We won’t judge you if you eat it straight from the tin — just don’t forget the fancy spoon!
Buy It! Pearl Street Ossetra Caviar, starting at $25
For the Classic Cocktail Lover
Move over, Aperol! Brooklyn-based spirits company Faccia Brutto is spearheaded by Patrick Miller, a former chef with two decades’ experience in the hospitality industry, who’s bringing classic Italian spirits back to the states. With a carefully crafted aperitivo and a fernet, these flavorful spirits are a staple for any cocktail connoisseur.
Buy It! Faccia Brutto Aperitivo, $35
For the Toastmaster
You can't have a Spritz without a popping open a bottle of Prosecco! I’m a firm believer that no celebration is complete without a little bubbly. This Father’s Day, I’m going to be popping the cork on this Cartizze, which I’ve been saving for a special occasion. As an Aperol Spritz aficionado I’m a huge Mionetto fan — and this bottle just feels like a celebration (I might even save some for Dad)!
Buy It! Mionetto Luxury Superiore di Cartizze, $29
For the King of the Kitchen
Upgrade Dad’s kitchen game with HexClad’s raved-about stainless steel cookware set. The 7-piece set — which includes a wok and an 8”, 10” and 12” pan with lids — is a hybrid of stainless steel and non-stick, bringing the best of both worlds to every meal. It’s dishwasher safe, oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and works on all cooktops — basically, there’s nothing it can’t do! And while the brand’s popular pans have all sold out individually, this set is currently on sale.
Buy It! HexClad 7 Piece Hybrid Cookware Set, Originally $539; On Sale for $499
For the Dad Who Needs a Glassware Upgrade
What’s better than a gift that’s both aesthetically appealing and functional? These unique, hand-blown glasses by Cheryl Saban are sure to enhance whatever Dad’s sipping, whether it’s whiskey, wine or water. Available in a wide range of colors, they’re works of art in and of themselves — and a great way to brighten up any meal.
Buy It! Saban Sheer Whiskey Glasses, $60
For the 'Chill' Dad
Breezy summer nights are on the horizon, and these cozy blankets are the perfect accessory for a dad that loves to relax outdoors. Machine-washable (and dryable!) with a super-soft cotton blend, these reversible blankets can be taken from the couch to the beach to the boat and everywhere in between. Plus, they offer a variety of masculine, New England-inspired prints for Dad, like “Sea Watch Plaid” and “Fair Winds Navy.”
Buy It! Sea Watch Plaid Blue Blanket, $135
For the Minimalist
Forget the “World’s Best Dad” mugs and get the man what he really wants this year — a set of something sleek and streamlined that he can enjoy his beverage of choice in. Hudson Wilder’s minimalist line of coffee/tea cups are designed with durable, thermal shock resistant glass, making them perfect for hot and cold drinks alike.
Buy It! Lotta White Jade Coffee/Tea Cup, $16
For the Campfire Lover
Whether you're camping out for the weekend or just picnicking in the backyard, Solo Stove's lightweight, portable fire pit brings the bonfire with you wherever you go. Just grab some hotdogs or marshmallows — whatever dad prefers — and you're set to make some memories!
Buy It! Solo Stove Ranger, originally $269.99; on sale for $204.99;
For the Seafood Lover
After months of cooking for himself during quarantine, my dad needs a break from the kitchen — which is why I’m treating him to a seafood smörgåsbord, courtesy of Get Maine Lobster. With a variety of mouth-watering package options including surf & turf, lobster rolls, clam chowder and more, it’s never been so easy to get sustainably sourced seafood straight from Maine. The best part? They deliver within 24 hours, which is perfect for last-minute gift givers like myself.
Buy It! Get Maine Lobster Black Tie Lobster Roll 4-Pack, $124.99
For the Dad Who Wants to Sharpen His Skills
From private cooking classes with Gordon Ramsey to acting lessons with Samuel L. Jackson or photography courses with Annie Leibovitz, an all-access MasterClass subscription is the perfect last-minute gift for any kind of dad. Each course offers the opportunity to learn trade secrets and behind-the-scenes stories from world-famous writers, chefs, athletes, musicians and more — and an annual subscription means dad can dive into new subjects all year long.
Buy It! MasterClass All-Access Pass, $15/month (billed annually)
For the Dad Who's Basically Mr. Clean
For most families across the U.S., this Father’s Day will be a socially distanced one, as many are choosing to stay at home in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. That said, I can’t think of a better way to bolster dad’s Father’s Day gift than with some essentials for staying germ-free during these crazy times. Some of my favorite hand soaps and hand sanitizers are from Bath and Body Works, and lucky for dad, they have a variety that come in scents just for men (though I have to admit, I love them as well). Because as much as we all love heading into BBW for ourselves, dads deserve to smell nice too!
For the Dad Who Wishes He Owned a Brewery
Brew up something special with your dad this Father’s Day with an at-home brewing kit! Each Brewferm kit comes with everything you need to clean, ferment and cap your pints, and pre-measured ingredients, taking the guesswork out of getting your brew on. Plus, beer just tastes better when you brewed it yourself, right?
Buy It! Brewferm, $89.99
For the Organized Dad
Cadence Capsules are a must-have for any dad who loves (or needs) to label and organize his products. Whether he's filling them with SPF for a day at the beach, hair and body wash for a weekend camping getaway, or even just his daily vitamins, these sustainably made capsules (made with recycled ocean-bound plastic) are a game changer when it comes to keeping all his favorite goodies in one spot. In addition to being magnetic, they're dishwasher safe and absolutely leak-proof — not to mention the customizable labels!
Buy It! Cadence Capsule, $14 each