After a little online brainstorming, one might assume that we’re all still shopping for the same 1960’s sitcom dad. Golf-themed tchotchke? Novelty cufflinks? Who is that guy, exactly? Times (and parenting) have changed, but conventions in Father’s Day gift-giving are really pretty stubborn. Once we move past the macaroni necklace and Crayola phase of life, it can feel challenging to convey affection or admiration with a store-bought Father’s Day present.
Conveniently, though, the holiday falls at the start of summer, so at least for those of us lucky to have food-and-wine-minded fathers in our lives, grill master gear and outdoor cooking gizmos can be found in every retail outlet and every corner of the Internet. Hit all the right Father’s Day notes (without being too on the nose) and get Dad something he’ll love with these easy-to-find picks:
GoVino: These recyclable “glasses” perform like fine crystal, but they’re shatterproof and BPA-free (and some styles are now even dishwasher-safe). Dad can take his Shiraz from picnic to patio to poolside without worrying about breakage, and they’re an attractive alternative to clunky acrylic glassware.
OXO: The workhorse brand for smartly-designed cooking gadgets and kitchen equipment tools, with hundreds of ergonomic options. Stainless barware gives off a modern Bond vibe; OXO’s steel wine sleeve helps keep Rosé chilled and Primitivo at its proper temp, no matter how sweltering the weather outside.
Picnic at Ascot: Take Dad’s wine country rambles or summer concert series to the next level with an insulated, collapsible picnic basket or tote. Downton Abbey enthusiasts might like Ascot’s trad wicker-and-flatware options, but the polycanvas styles are way less granny (and without included dishes and glasses, there’s more room for charcuterie and cheese). Kit one out with a small cutting board, corkscrew and a favorite bottle.
ThermoPop Digital Thermometer: Priced right and available in nine snappy colors, this probe-style thermometer gives a quick, accurate reading and tops tons of “best of” lists. And yes, the grilling thermometer might be an obvious choice for Father’s Day, but it’s a must-have tool for any batterie de cuisine. And who knows? Dad might just flip you some burgers.
And, if you’re one of those last-minute gift buyers, a great bottle of wine (like Layer Cake) is always a good choice. It can turn into an even better gift if you open it together and reminisce about all the ways he’s been the “World’s Best Dad” to you.