25 Genius Gifts for Dads Who Love to Cook
Does he really need another tie?
Getting the perfect gift for dad can be a more difficult proposition than it seems; a man can only own so many ties and novelty mugs, after all. However, for the dad who loves cooking—whether his concoctions are worthy of the Michelin List or he just makes a mean grilled cheese—there are tons of amazing gifts to add to his cooking arsenal this year. Look no further for the perfect presents for the guardian of the grill, the master of the microwave, or the commander of the kitchen. And for more great gifts, don’t miss these 100 Amazing Summer Buys Under $100!
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#1 Fan Oven Mitt
$16; buy now at The Grommet
If the only thing your dad loves as much as manning the grill is his favorite sports team, this oven mitt is sure to be a hit. This mitt is an easy way to show off his fandom, with versions available for NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB teams, as well as ones for military branches and certain colleges. And for more perfect presents, discover these 20 Subscription Boxes That Will Make Your Life So Much Easier.
Veggie Ricer Tool
$15; buy now at Uncommon Goods
If dad’s trying to get a bit healthier this year, this veggie ricer is the perfect addition to his culinary toolkit. From making turnip rice to pulverizing cauliflower for the perfect pizza crust, this little tool can is a must-have for anyone eager to add some vegetables to their meals.
Digital Folding Scale
$30; buy now at Joseph Joseph
Whether he’s an avid baker or tends to overestimate portion sizes, this kitchen scale can help solve a whole host of problems in the kitchen. Better yet, it folds up neatly, meaning it won’t crowd your cabinets. And if your dad is cooking up a feast this summer, make sure to snag him one of these 23 Red, White, and Blue Accessories You Need This Fourth of July.
Fast Slow Pro
$250; buy now at Breville
For the dad who loves to prepare meals but can rarely find the time, this Breville Fast Slow Pro is sure to be a hit. This six-quart cooker can slow cook, pressure cook, steam, sauté, reduce, sear, or just keep your food warm, and when you’re done with it, you can pop its interior bowl in the dishwasher.
Bamboo Spice Rack
$45; buy now at Uncommon Goods
An overflowing spice cabinet isn’t just an eyesore, it also makes it nearly impossible to find what you’re looking for. This year, commit to sprucing up dad’s spice array with this beautiful bamboo rack, which puts all of his favorite seasonings front and center.
Ooni Koda Outdoor Gas Pizza Oven
$299; buy now at The Grommet
Who says you need to order takeout to have a delicious pizza at home? With this outdoor gas pizza oven from Ooni, you can make a perfectly-cooked pizza faster than you can say “let’s order Domino’s.”
Easy Grinder Clear Herb Grinder
$50; buy now at Urban Outfitters
Those fresh herbs in your family’s garden may be delicious, but cutting them fine enough to use in recipes can be a hassle. Luckily, this herb grinder pen can pulverize your favorite flavorings in seconds, making them easy to add to any dish.
Molcajete and Tortilla Basket
$60; buy now at Uncommon Goods
Does anything say summertime like chips and guacamole? With this molcajete and tortilla basket, your dad can impress guests to your backyard barbecue with his greatest guacs.
Hello, Is it Me You’re Cooking For Cutting Board
From $20; buy now at Etsy
If your dad loves cooking and bad jokes in equal measure, he’ll be sure to get a kick out of this whimsical cutting board with Lionel Richie’s face etched into it. And for more silly bits he’ll really love, here are 50 Dad Jokes So Bad They’re Actually Hilarious.
Juice Fountain Elite
$300; buy now at Breville
If your dad loves green juice, treat him to this amazing juicer from Breville. In just seconds, he’ll have a glass of ready-to-drink green juice, all without the hassle of waiting in line at your local natural market. And when you want to treat yourself, start with these 50 Gifts So Great You’ll Want to Buy Them For Yourself.
Indoor Tabletop Raclette Grill
$99; buy now at The Grommet
Who says that grilling season has to end when summer does? With this tabletop grill, your dad can keep those burgers, hot dogs, and grilled veggies coming all year long.
$50$35 for 3; buy now at Le Creuset
Beautiful, functional, and perfect for either making small plate at home or serving snacks at a party, these Le Creuset tapas dishes are sure to be a hit.
Cat Salt and Pepper Shakers
$30; buy now at Uncommon Goods
While coming into a home overwhelmed with cat décor can be more than a little off-putting, these cat salt and pepper shakers are a charming—and subtle—way to acknowledge dad’s feline friends (if, y’know, he has them). With tabby, black-and-white, and ginger cat options, there’s bound to be a set that looks similar to your dad’s furry friend.
Travel Cooking Herb Kit
$14; buy now at Etsy
Just because your dad is away from home doesn’t mean he has to suffer through bland meals. With this travel spice kit, he can make even something as dull as airline food taste like a four-star dish. (Okay, maybe not airplane food—but anything else, definitely.)
Boska Fondue Set
$80$60; buy now at Williams Sonoma
Your parents may not have time to enjoy date night as often as they’d like, but with this stylish fondue pot from Boska, they can have a romantic meal for two right at home.
Himalayan Rock Salt and Grater
$25; buy now at Urban Outfitters
If your dad is particular about his seasonings, he’ll love this Himalayan rock salt and grater kit, which allows him to get the perfect pinch of salt for culinary concoctions.
$84; buy now at Uncommon Goods
Your dad’s a master of the grill—and he should have the tools befitting a chef of his caliber. Luckily, this barbecue briefcase has everything he needs when grilling season rolls around, all housed in this stylish attaché.
Best Dad Personalized Cutting Board
From $24; buy now at Etsy
Looking for a personalized present that will make your dad melt? This personalized cutting board will serve as a sweet reminder of just how great you think he is—and not just because he still brings you pancakes in bed when you visit over the holidays.
Monogram Silicone Spatula
$14; buy now at Williams Sonoma
Your love for your dad may know no bounds, but your budget certainly does. So, what to do? With this monogrammed Williams Sonoma spatula, you can deliver a thoughtful and personalized gift to your own Master Chef without breaking the bank.
Oyster Mushroom Log Kit
$30; buy now at Uncommon Goods
The only thing better than delicious oyster mushrooms? Oyster mushrooms you grew yourself. And luckily, with this mushroom growing log, your dad (a fun guy!) can have fresh fungi at the ready for any dish.
Cheese Board Set
$95; buy now at Snowe Home
If your dad’s the life of the party, get him the tools he needs to entertain. This stately cheese board comes in either a walnut or oxidized walnut finish, and you can choose from three different materials for your serving tools: brushed gold, black satin, and stainless.
Automatic Pan Stirrer
$25; buy now at Uncommon Goods
If your dad’s a major multitasker in the kitchen, make life easier with him with this automatic pan stirrer, which will keep those delicate dishes at the perfect consistency.
Black Leather Apron
$159; buy now at Nordstrom
Who says that aprons can’t be fashionable? For the dad who’s as captivated by couture as he is the culinary arts, this apron makes cooking a far more fashionable activity. (Call it blacksmith-chic.)
Dash Milkshake Maker
$40; buy now at Urban Outfitters
Any dad with a soft spot for ice cream will go bananas for this retro-inspired milkshake machine. And yes, if you give him this as a gift, he is obligated to share.
Cocktail Smoking Kit Dome Gift Set
$75; buy now at Etsy
If your dad loves a well-made drink, this cocktail smoker kit is sure to blow him away. The kit comes complete with a butane torch, whiskey barrel smoking chips, a cocktail glass, oak smoking platform, and glass dome, perfect for infusing even a run-of-the-mill whiskey with a delicious oak-infused flavor. And if your mother could use a present, too (which: she could), check out these 30 Genius Last-Minute Gifts for Mom.
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