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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.
One of the most sincere ways we show our love is with food and drink, so this Father’s Day, we humbly suggest forgoing the traditional necktie in place of something that will please his palate.
Best Wine: 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.
Includes: Pinot noir, chardonnay, Omaha Steaks salami, whole grain mustard, wheat crackers, olives, chocolate chip cookies, hyacinth basket
Best Whiskey: Heaven's Door Whiskey Trilogy Collection
Like many dads, whiskey is a drink full of interesting history and tall tales. If your dad loves a good drink, consider stocking his bar this Father’s Day. Reserve Bar has a fantastic Heaven’s Door Trilogy that features an array of styles, flavors, and proofs of whiskey. The Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey is aged in oak barrels and has a smooth taste. The Double Barrel Whiskey is a blend of three whiskeys that contain notes of citrus, caramel, and spice. Last, but certainly not least, the Straight Rye Whiskey is an approachable drink aged in French hand-toasted oak cigar barrels.
Includes: Straight bourbon whiskey, double barrel whiskey, straight rye whiskey
Best Barbecue: 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.
Includes: Spare ribs, baby back ribs, pulled pork, burnt ends, choice of bbq sauce (original, rich and spicy, or sweet heat)
Best Brunch: 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.
Includes: Smoked salmon, 6 assorted bagels, plain cream cheese, chocolate babka, private blend coffee, Russ & Daughters insulated tote bag
Best Steak: Snake River Farms Steak Lovers Collection
For the carnivorous dad, this 11-piece Steak Lovers Collection is a culinary dream come true. Half of the collection is sourced from the finest quality beef in the States, the incredibly well-marbled American wagyu. There are eight American wagyu steaks–four sirloins and four tender filet mignons. The two ribeyes and cowboy steak are equally top-notch USDA Prime and Choice cuts. It’s a collection that celebrates decadence, quality, and taste—a perfect gift to celebrate a good father.
Includes: 4 American wagyu black grade top sirloins, 2 USDA choice ribeyes, 1 USDA prime cowboy steak, 4 American wagyu black grade filet mignons
Best Hot Sauce: 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 habanero peppers. 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.
Includes: Hot habanero pepper sauce, fiery habanero pepper sauce, green habanero pepper sauce, mild habanero pepper sauce, Belizean Heat hot sauce, Beware Comatose Heat Level habanero pepper sauce
Best Coffee: Bean Box Deluxe Coffee & Chocolate Tasting Sampler
There’s an ongoing joke that most dads prefer a plain black coffee, however, many dads consider themselves coffee connoisseurs. If your father loves a good cup of morning joe, then he’ll love this gift set from Bean Box. The Deluxe Coffee + Chocolate Tasting Box features eight coffees from around the world. The flavors rotate on a regular basis, but all are sourced from award-winning roasters.
As a bonus, the box also comes with eight artisan chocolate bars to pair with a brew. Bean Box includes tasting notes to highlight which chocolates go best with certain coffees. You can select between whole bean or freshly ground coffee.
Includes: 8 artisan coffees, 8 culinary-inspired chocolate bars, tasting notes, optional personal note
Best Vegetarian: 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 locally sourced ingredients. He’ll appreciate not only the flavorful meals but also barely having to lift a finger to make them.
Includes: Polenta dolcetta, Zuni stew, vegetable lasagna
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.
Includes: 3-pound carrot cake with New York-style cheesecake layer
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.
Includes: Salami, prosciutto, trillium, blue cheese, roasted pistachios, dried cherries, dried apricots, flame raisins, dates, raw honey, wheat crackers
Best Beer: 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.
Includes: Monthly deliveries of 2, 4, or 6 artisanal beers
Best Chocolate: 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.
Includes: An assortment of dark chocolate; flavors can include bourbon vanilla dark chocolate ganache, dark chocolate praline with roasted hazelnuts, dark chocolate with sweet almond paste, and more
What to Look for in a Father’s Day Food Gift
First and foremost, look for something you know he’ll enjoy. Food gifts are incredibly popular for many reasons. Does your dad have a sweet tooth? Send some baked goods or a candy variety pack. Is he a big sports fan that likes cracking open a beer or munching on bar snacks? There are plenty of gift sets that include both. Review any potential gifts and make sure they align with his palate or interests.
When sending food, you need to ensure it’s freshly made and ships quickly. Most companies will note when their batches are made or what their average shipping time is. If you want to send something and really ensure it’s in peak condition, consider overnight shipping or next-day delivery options.
If you’re sending a gift box or basket, does it include a bunch of different goodies? Discovering the treats within is half the fun of digging into a present. Many gift baskets include items like summer sausage, crackers, cheese, olives, cookies, mixed nuts, etc. Even if the gift you’re sending focuses on one type of item, do they have multiple flavors? For example, if you’re sending your dad a beef jerky-themed gift, try to find a box that contains multiple flavors, types of meat, or even styles of cut. Variety is the spice of life, after all.
What is a good Father’s Day gift?
There’s no one “type” of gift that’s best for Father’s Day, as each dad is unique. What really makes a good gift is something with a personalized touch. If you send your dad something you know he really loves, it shows you pay attention to his interests and preferences. You can also send something to celebrate a certain memory or inside family joke. Any personal touch you can add shows effort and affection.
When should I order a Father’s Day gift?
Though the exact date changes each year, Father’s Day always falls on the third Sunday of June. Most companies will ship food-related gifts within three to five business days after ordering, though some will have overnight or same-day delivery options available. If you can preorder early and select a delivery date during checkout, even better.
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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.
Allison Wignall, who updated this article, is a writer who focuses on food and travel. She also prides herself on gift-giving and works hard to personalize each present. Given her slight obsession with charcuterie boards, her dad is usually happy with his Father’s Day gifts of local salami and hot pepper cheeses. Her work has been featured in publications, such as Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living.