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Gift Ideas for Every Type of Father

Whether he's a coffee fanatic, a die-hard griller, a cocktail aficionado, or a man who loves quality snacks, we've compiled the perfect gifts for every type of dad.

For the Dad Who Loves Cocktails

Gold Cocktail Shaker, Strainer, & Jigger
With an 800 ml capacity, this gold-plated, Japanese-style shaker turns out two drinks at a time in style. For a truly extravagant gift, add in a set of gold collection cocktail picks, a trident bar spoon for making stirred drinks, and 1-2 oz. Japanese-style jigger. Usagi Cobbler Shaker, $76.95; Jigger, $16.95; trident bar spoon, $22.95, and cocktail picks, $18.95 at »

For the Dad Who Loves to Travel

The Turk Who Loved Apples (Da Capo Press, April 2013)
In his new memoir, Matt Gross, the peripatetic former “Frugal Traveler” for The New York Times and father of two, writes with uncommon perceptiveness about what it means to cross borders, to break bread with strangers, and to come home again. Full of wonderful stories of his round-the-globe adventures, Gross’s book is a welcome reminder that the best moments as a traveler–like the best parts of being a dad–happen when you set off for parts unknown. The Turk Who Loved Apples, $12.00 at »

For the Dad Who Loves to Snack

World’s Greatest Dad Taster
Potato chips and corn nuts just aren’t going to cut it on Father’s Day, so send the dad who loves to nosh this fully-stocked gift basket that’s packed with artisanal bites such as steak jerky, spicy pickle spears, beer crackers, and cocoa nib brittle. World’s Greatest Dad snack taster, $125 at »

For the Dad Who Loves Bourbon

Widow Jane Bourbon Whiskey
This small-batch bourbon has a bluegrass soul and a hipster pedigree: It’s distilled in Kentucky from a fine mash bill, then shipped to Red Hook, Brooklyn, where it’s cut to strength with water sourced from a former limestone mine in Rosendale, New York. The result is sweet and fiery with a strong mineral spine, beautiful in a Manhattan and even better sipped neat. Widow Jane Bourbon Whiskey, $49.29 at »

For the Dad Who Loves to Grill

Maverick RediFork Pro Rapid Read LCD Matrix Thermometer
Because cooking times for grilled foods can vary widely depending on the heat of your grill, a thermometer is imperative for bigger cuts of meat. Dad will appreciate this high-tech model, which pulls double duty as a meat fork as well as a probe thermometer, with an LCD panel for reading temperatures in the dark. _Maverick RediFork Pro Rapid Read LCD Matrix Thermometer, $20 at

For the Dad Who Loves History (and Food)

A History of Food in 100 Recipes
Sitwell tackles his subject–4,000 years of cooking–in 100 spirited chapters, each devoted to a food obsessive and anchored by a recipe. A History of Food in 100 Recipes, $25.70 at »

For the Dad Who Loves to Cook

Mail-Order Bacon
The bacon from S. Wallace and Edwards & Sons in Surry, Virginia stood out as a favorite when we taste-tasted mail-order bacons. Dad will love the balanced flavor of this hickory-smoked slab. Mail-Order Bacon, $25.95 for 2 ¼ pounds at »

For the Dad Who Homebrews

Beer Making Kit
Save Dad a trip to the bar with this homebrew kit, which includes all the starter equipment and ingredients he’ll need to brew up an IPA, wheat beer, or blonde beer within 30 days. Beer Making Kit, $39.95 at »

For the Dad Who Loves the Outdoors

Camp Grill
This inexpensive but heavy-duty camp grill makes a great addition to an outdoor dad’s camping kit: its 16-by-12-inch surface will allow him to grill up plenty of brats and dogs, or balance a cast-iron skillet for morning pancakes. Camp Grill; $19.99, »

For the Dad Who Loves Coffee

Misto Box Coffee Subscription
When you subscribe Dad to Misto Box, he’ll receive a box of four curated coffees each month. A recent selection included beans from El Salvador, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Honduras. Misto Box Coffee Subscription, $35 per month for four 3.5-ounce bags of coffee at »

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