Father’s Day Gifts for Dads Who Love to Cook
We suspect it isn’t a coincidence that Father’s Day occurs right around the time grilling season kicks into high gear. The universe is telling all the wives, partners, sons, and daughters that Dad doesn’t really want another tie or keychain. Instead, gifts for dads should focus on something a lot of them really and truly enjoy — cooking!
This year, we’re highlighting gifts for dads that we know from experience they’ll love. We hope you’ll take us up on one of our ideas. Don’t forget to include some ingredients (a favorite cut of beef) or fortification (a bottle of scotch) in the package. That way, Dad really will love you best.
Gifts for Dads: All-Clad Stir Fry Pan
Stir fry is a quintessential Dad dish to make because there aren’t any rules. Toss together all of your favorite ingredients with some oil and the Asian sauce of your choice, and you’ve got a delicious meal.
If you’ve ever tried to stir fry in a regular skillet (or you’ve cleaned up after someone who did), you’ll understand why we recommend the All-Clad Stir Fry pan. The high sloping sides of this pan keep those ingredients from flying all over the stovetop.
Gifts for Dads: Shun Cutlery Sets
Obviously Dad needs a way to chop up all the meat and veggies he’s going to stir fry. We love Shun cutlery because it’s thoughtfully made, no matter what the price point of the collection you choose.
If you’re buying for a guy who is new to Japanese cutlery, start him off with the Shun Sora 2-Piece Set which includes a 6-inch chef’s knife and a 3.5-inch paring knife. The Shun Sora collection is economical because of the composite blade. But these knives perform well because the highest quality steel is used for the cutting edge of the blade.
On the other hand, for a dad who’s been around the knife block, take a step up to the Shun Classic 3-Piece Set (above). This set includes an 8-inch chef’s knife, a 6-inch utility knife, and a 3.5-inch paring knife. Each blade consists of a steel core clad with 34 layers of steel on each side. The metals in this steel alloy make Shun Classic knives sharper, stronger, and more durable than others. Plus, they’re beautiful. Dad will be impressed.
Gifts for Dads: Epicurean Cutting Boards
Since we don’t want Dad using that gorgeous Shun cutlery directly on the kitchen counter, check out the cutting boards from Epicurean.
Not only are they both eco-friendly and knife-friendly (meaning they won’t dull your knife blades), the company got its start by creating skate parks out of wood composites. Soon, they began making cutting boards and kitchen utensils out of the scraps left over from their skate park projects. We’re sure most dads would think that bit of trivia is pretty cool.
Gifts for Dads: Picnic Time BBQ Tool Set
We couldn’t leave out a recommendation for the dads who just love to grill. Some guys love nothing more than to hover over the grill, making sure every last burger, dog, and chicken wing are perfectly done.
For these dads, we suggest the Picnic Time Fiero BBQ Tool Set. We love this elegant set that includes all the utensils you need to grill meat and veggies all summer long. While he may not use the carrying case to take his tools on the road, we can hope he might put them away in the case after the coals are out.