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A Father’s Day gift is a nice way of saying "thank you" for everything—whether that's guitar lessons, freezing in the soccer stands, or just doing his best to teach you everything he knows. Your dad may claim a gift is unnecessary—you already have his heart—but you still might want to try to warm it a little. So send him something delicious. One of the most sincere ways we show our love is with food and drink. Providing sustenance or refreshment demonstrates how much you care. So this Father’s Day we humbly suggest you consider forgoing the traditional necktie (where is he going to wear it, anyway?) and pick out something that will please his palate.
Best for Wine Lovers: 90 Point Perfect Pair Wine Gift Set
Two bottles of highly-rated wine—one Cabernet Sauvignon and one chardonnay from Aerena by Blackbird Vineyards—plus more than a pound of snacks make a fantastic gift for the oenophile father. This selection lets dad pair a glass of red or white wine with a copious variety of sweet or savory bites including Sonoma Jacks Gourmet Swiss Cheese Wedges, Omaha Steaks Salame, Blue Star Farms Organic Wheat Crackers, olives, and chocolate chip cookies. It all comes neatly packaged in a wood crate for nice presentation points, too.
Best for the Whiskey Drinker: Reserve Bar Whisk(e)y Around The World Collection
You remember all the hooch you pilfered from your dad’s bar when you were younger. It’s time to pay him back and re-stock his liquor cabinet. This Reserve Bar selection of whiskies from around the world rolls seven deep and features some great examples of styles from Japan to Tennessee. The massive package will include 750-milliliter bottles of Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old, Balcones Texas Pot Still Bourbon, Kikori Japanese Rice Whiskey, Lagavulin 16-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Westward American Single Malt Whiskey, George Dickel No. 8, and Crown Royal Deluxe.
Best for BBQ Fans: Arthur Bryant's Barbeque Sampler for 8
Arthur Bryant's is legendary for kicking out some of the finest BBQ Kansas City has to offer. So if dad likes his meat cooked slow and low with a sweet heat that tickles the taste buds, this sampler package is sure to slap a smile on his BBQ-loving face. The sampler serves eight, with one rack of spare ribs, one rack of baby back, a pound of pulled pork, and a pound of burnt ends. So hopefully your father feels like sharing when it arrives.
Best for Brunch Aficionados: Russ and Daughters New York Brunch
The easiest brunch to host is a "build your own bagel" and for anyone who has passed through their doors on Houston Street, just the thought of Russ and Daughters' Nova lox and schmear leaves them with their mouth watering. This selection comes with a full pound of sliced smoked salmon, a pound of cream cheese, a half dozen bagels, a pound of coffee, a branded mug, and a tote bag, so dad can keep on keeping on.
Best for Steak Cravers: Snake River Farms 6-Ounce Ribeye Filet Provision Pack
Mmmmmmmm! Steak! For the carnivorous dad, this 12 pack of 6-ounce American Wagyu gold grade ribeye filets will satisfy even the most powerful hankering for beef. The meat is of high-end restaurant quality with a dreamy marbling that releases intense flavor as the steak cooks and renders.
Best for Hot Sauce Addicts: Marie Sharp's 6-Pack Hot Sauce Variety Set
If your father likes the spice … bring the heat. Marie Sharp’s makes its amazingly flavorful hot sauces in the foothills of Belize’s Mayan Mountain from locally sourced ingredients including both green and red habaneros. While all the sauces in this selection are both delicious and pack a kick, the spiciest variety is “Beware — Comatose Heat Level” and we would recommend dad go easy the first time unless his palate is actually made from Nomex.
Best for Coffee Drinkers: Stumptown Coffee Roasters Passport Trio
If your father likes his coffee strong and full of flavor, we’d send him a trio of coffees from Stumptown. The selection highlights the brand’s direct trade relationships with farmers around the globe and features half-pound bags each of the sweeter Guatemala El Injerto Bourbon, a full-bodied Indonesia Bies Penatan, and a poppy Ethiopia Suke Quto.
Best Vegetarian Dinners: Williams Sonoma Three Days of Vegetarian Entrées
For the dad trying to cut back on meat for health or for the planet, send him three vegetarian entrées. This delicious combination of Polenta Dolcetta, Zuni Stew, and Vegetable Lasagna are all made by Portland’s Elephants Delicatessen from all-natural, locally sourced ingredients. He’ll appreciate not only the flavorful meals but also barely having to lift a finger to make them.
Best Cake: Junior's Carrot Cake Cheesecake
Can you even celebrate Father’s Day without a cake? We think not, and this delicious treat takes the cake. It’s basically a cheesecake sandwiched between two layers of carrot cake with cream cheese icing from Junior’s, the Brooklyn institution. Sure, a single slice is a massive indulgence, but Father’s Day only comes once a year, and dad has probably earned it.
Best Charcuterie: Lady & Larder Medium Cheese Board
The Los Angeles-based Lady & Larder cheese shop curated this collection with the goal of supporting domestic and sustainable food culture. The charcuterie includes two organic meats (uncured Italian Salami and Prosciutto Americano), two organic cheeses (a triple creme brie-style variety and a blue), and a selection of nuts, dried fruits, and crackers all presented on a red-oak serving board.
Best for the Beer Lover: Beer of the Month Club The Rare Beer Club Membership
Of course, it was a wise person who invented beer, so we suggest showing your dad you possess similar wisdom, and get him some. The Rare Beer Club package from the Beer of the Month Club will ship your patriarch two, four, or six, large format bottles from at least two different brewers and styles (depending on what you select), along with tasting notes and information on the breweries.
Best for Chocolate Lovers: La Maison du Chocolat Coffret Maison Dark Chocolate Box
Pops got a sweet tooth? La Maison du Chocolat offers sumptuous dark chocolate ganaches and pralinés in boxes of 24, 40, 60, or 84. Each box can be a little different but the ganaches are flavored with bourbon vanilla, mint, coffee, or fruity flavors. This is the kind of decadent chocolate treat that would make Willy Wonka proud.
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Nicholas McClelland is a dad and an expert on a few things some dads really love, like grills, whiskey, and golf. He'd personally enjoy any of the food and drink items on this list for his special day. He graduated from The Missouri School of Journalism and has been testing products and writing for The Spruce Eats since April 2019. He has also written about spirits for Men’s Journal, Fatherly, and Inside Hook.