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Father’s Day is a lovely occasion to let the fatherly figures in your life know how important they are to you. If you live nearby, you may be baking your dad a batch of chocolate chip cookies or preparing a cheese board for brunch. You may even be buying him a grill or his favorite whiskey.
But, some dads are hard to shop for, and some live more than a hop, skip, and jump away. You can seldom go wrong with a gift basket, though, so we researched the best that the internet has to offer for every budget. Whether dad’s a chocolate enthusiast, beer lover, grill fanatic, or connoisseur of all the finer things, we've got you covered with something to make him smile on his special day.
Here are the best Father's Day gift baskets.
Best Budget: Nut Cravings Gourmet Nut Gift Basket in Wooden Tray
Not packaged as beautifully as some others
This American-made gourmet nut assortment is a grand slam for the dad who loves to snack. In the wooden tray, you’ll find fresh-packed Brazil nuts, almonds, pistachios, peanuts, cashews, honey-glazed pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, pretzel bar snack mix, blanched hazelnuts, salted peanuts, and mixed nuts—quite the selection. The nuts are BDMC Kosher Certified (Beth Din Minchas Chinuch Tartikov).
Some reviewers note that the spread doesn’t look all that fancy in person, but most say that it's fresh, delicious, and thoroughly enjoyable. If you’re on a budget and know that Dad likes a savory snack, look no further. You can even send a customized note with your package, available at checkout.
What's Included: Brazil nuts, almonds, pistachios, peanuts, cashews, honey-glazed pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, pretzel bar snack mix, blanched hazelnuts, salted peanuts, mixed nuts
Best for Grilling: Martha Stewart Sausages and Spreads
Less exciting if he’s not a Martha fan
If there’s anyone who we can all trust for food, gifts, and otherwise, it’s Martha Stewart. Lo and behold her collaboration with iGourmet: Martha Stewart Sausages and Spreads. It’s really something—a delicious variety made by artisans— featuring chicken andouille sausage by Les Trois Petits Cochons; Polish kielbasa ring and Plymouth brats by Schaller & Weber; merguez sausage (lamb) by Les Trois Petits Cochina; sauerkraut and Bavarian sweet and spicy mustard by Schaller & Weber; and sweet beet horseradish mustard by Terrapin Ridge.
To top it off, a whole year’s subscription to Martha Stewart Living is also included. For the dad who loves a gourmet meal, this grilling spread is top-notch.
What's Included: Chicken andouille sausage, Polish kielbasa ring, merguez sausage, Plymouth brats, sauerkraut, sweet beet horseradish mustard, Bavarian sweet and spicy mustard, one-year subscription to Martha Stewart Living (10 issues)
Best Beer: Gourmet Gift Baskets Craft Beer Gift Basket Select
Six beers to try, plus snacks
A little pricey for what's included
If Dad is an IPA hound who is always in line at the latest brewery release, this may be a bit too general for him, but if he is simply enjoys good beer without being too particular about what it is, this is the basket for him. It features six 12-ounce micro-brews (granted, one of them is Sam Adams, which is pretty big for a “micro-brew”) paired with tasty snacks, such as peppered beef jerky and two flavors of popcorn. He’ll probably have tried a few of the beers, but some will likely be new to him, as well. In other words, it’s a chance to revisit old favorites and find new ones, too.
What's Included: Sam Adams, Shed Mountain Brown Ale, Fat Tire Belgian Amber, Smuttynose Old Brown Dog, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Cisco Whale's Tale Pale Ale, cheddar popcorn, sea salt and cracked pepper kettle corn, roasted almonds and cashews, roasted pistachios, peppered beef jerky, 10-quart metal bucket
Best Beef Jerky: Harry & David Deluxe Jerky Gift Box
Lots of dried and cured meat
A good assortment of flavors
Mostly cured meat, not jerky
If dad loves jerky and cured meat, he’ll love the Deluxe Jerky Gift Box from Harry & David. It features Pork Barrel BBQ old-fashioned maple bacon jerky, Burgers' Smokehouse beef sausage sticks, Taylor's Sausage smoked beef strips, and Creminelli Fine Meats black pepper and whiskey salami minis. It’s a true standout thanks to the mix of different styles and flavors—jerky, sausage sticks, smoked beef strips, and excellent salami. It also comes with savory snacks to pair, like Buffalo Blue olives (Greek olives stuffed with spicy Buffalo blue cheese), mustard, and cornichons.
What's Included: Black pepper salami minis, whiskey salami minis, smoked beef strips, beef sausage sticks, uncured old-fashioned maple bacon jerky, hot honey mustard, Buffalo blue cheese-stuffed olives, sweet and sour cornichons
Best Cookies: Monica’s Gourmet Cookies Mixed Cookie Dozen Gift Box
Soft, decadent cookies
Classic flavor offerings
Not for fans of crunchy cookies
If Dad is a crunchy cookie fan, this is not the basket for him, but if he's a fan of the soft, sliiiiiightly underbaked, melt-in-your-mouth kind, he’ll quickly fall for the Mixed Cookie Dozen Gift Box from Monica’s Gourmet Cookies. The assorted dozen is comprised of three flavors: peanut butter dipped in chocolate, Monica's signature chocolate chip, and Caramel Rock, which features toffee bits, chocolate chunks, chocolate chips, peanut butter, and caramel icing.
Reviewers rave about these, with more than one person saying that these are the best cookies they’ve ever had. If your dad is a fan of sports, rumor has it these sweets are even a favorite of the New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Orlando Magic.
What's Included: 12 assorted cookies (peanut butter dipped in chocolate, Monica's signature chocolate chip, Caramel Rock)
Best Chocolate: Mouth Chocolate-Covered Deliciousness Box
Lots of fun chocolate-covered goodies
Supporting small producers
No bars of plain chocolate
For the father with a sweet tooth: the Chocolate-Covered Deliciousness basket at Mouth is a charming assortment of small-batch treats, such as puffed quinoa, Cheerios, animal crackers, graham crackers, and more. There are even small-batch chocolate-covered malt balls. These snacks feel nostalgic, but are made by small, artisanal producers. Dad will feel like a kid again.
What's Included: Chocolate-covered animal crackers, chocolate-covered Cheerios, organic dark chocolate-covered sea salt caramels, dark chocolate covered malt balls, milk chocolate-covered quinoa and currants, dark chocolate-covered caramelized graham crackers
Best Gourmet: iGourmet Everything for Him Premier Gift Box
Wide assortment of goodies
Quality and quantity
On the pricier side
If you really want to "wow" him, you’ve arrived at your destination. Among other things, this box includes extra-aged Gouda, venison jerky, Manchego, Greek olives, chorizo, a chocolate and bacon candy bar, and more. This is the priciest option on the list, but it’s also the most impressive and bountiful. The only thing he needs to top it off is a nice bottle of his favorite wine or whiskey.
What's Included: Extra-aged Gouda, Manchego, smoked Ammerlander, Welsh cheddar, Provolone picante, mini toasts, water crackers, stuffed Greek olives, venison jerky, dry-cured salami, serrano ham, chorizo, French mustard, chocolate-covered almonds, chocolate and bacon candy bar
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Writer and professional eater Christine Clark is an avid sharer and enjoyer of all things delicious. Her love languages are food and gift-giving. She has a cheese podcast, a fridge that is always too full, and a very lived-in kitchen. For Father’s Day, she is sending her dad a parcel of her favorite cheeses.