We’re sure he really loves that perilous stack of “#1 DAD” mugs that threatens to tumble out of the cupboard every morning, but you can do better than that for Father’s Day this year. Just like us not-dads out there, fathers run the whole gamut of interests and hobbies. Our advice? Stick with what he loves.
Shaving sets and boardroom-statement-piece neckties are a thing of the past; our editors have come up with a whole list of amazing gifts that will have Dad feeling like your number one, even if it’s not emblazoned across the side. Whether he’s a coffee fiend, a die-hard griller, a bread baker, or a tinned fish aficionado, he deserves something special—check out our favorite gifts to give Dad this Father’s Day.
We’ve already talked at length about our obsession with canned seafood. For sardine-loving dads, consider this curated tour of Europe’s finest tinned fish from Ann Arbor’s specialty food superstar, Zingerman’s. –Kat Craddock, test kitchen manager Monika Stawowy
This proof box is the ultimate gift for the aspiring bread-baking and pizza-making dads of the world. It maintains a steamy, even temperature ranging from 70 to 195 degrees, so he can ferment artisan doughs with precision. It’s also handy for slow-cooking and for making fermented foods like yogurt, cheese, kimchi, and kombucha, and the whole thing even folds down into a flat, compact parcel for easy storage. –K.C. Williams-Sonoma
Grilling is a classic dad activity. A high-quality instant-read thermometer will instantly up your dad’s grill game, and the Thermapen is the best one on the market. It’s also equipped with an infrared thermometer, which can ferret out hot spots on a pan or plancha, or even drafty zones in the winter to save on that heating bill—another classic Dad activity. –Chris Cohen, senior editor Thermoworks
These funky carbon-steel skillets are forged by hand by blacksmith Matt Gilbert in Philadelphia, PA. Similar to cast iron, carbon steel is a bit more ductile and significantly lighter, and the characteristic design (formed by pressing octagonal sheets of steel into a circular shape) makes for a great conversation starter. –Alex Testere, senior associate editor M2B Art Metals
My dad’s recently taken up a smoking habit (meat, not cigarettes), and Paula Disbrowe’s new book is full of smart instruction, riffable formulas, and colorful inspiration. There’s a whole chapter on smoking nuts and seeds, which I can already see him proudly displaying in a bowl on his home bar. –A.T. Amazon
On a recent vacation, my dad found one of these in our Airbnb host’s drawer of barbecue tools and hasn’t stopped thinking about it since. The corkscrew ‘pigtail’ end works well for flipping bacon, ribs, steaks, and anything else you might otherwise throw on the grill. –A.T. Amazon