If you're over the age of 10, you're probably running out of Father's Day gift ideas. Over the years, you've done the tie thing (you were young and lazy then); and you've given him grilling gadgets (which are still collecting dust in that never-used under-the-grill cabinet); and you've stocked him up with so much paraphernalia from his favorite sports team that he now looks like a walking mascot. This time around, make your picks a little more original, with one of these food-and-drink focused Father's Day gift ideas. Pops will thank you … and mean it this time.
Bratwurst Sausage Making Kit, $50
Your dad may not be the head chef in the family, but he'll probably jump at the chance to take credit for making brats from scratch thanks to this kit, created by Portland, Oregon's beloved butcher and charcuterie spot Olympia Provisions. It comes complete with the requisite spices and super-cool sausage casings along with a cookbook perfect for carnivores. Order it from Olympia Provisions.
Scotch & Stout Truffles, $46
Chocolate or booze? Give him both with this manly spin on traditional truffles. Molded in milk chocolate and bittersweet chocolate shells, some of these truffles are filled with a sought-after 10-year-old Macallan Scotch while others get an injection of Portland's rich Rogue Chocolate Stout beer. And with a box of 20, you can steal a few for yourself while you're over there. Order them from Valerie Confections.
The Mariner Lobster Dinner for Two, $63
If your dad's the kind of guy who balks at spending a lot of money at a nice restaurant (much to mom's chagrin), bring the fancy seafood dinner to him with this mail-order service owned by a real-life Rhode Island lobster boat captain. The Mariner dinner (which can be overnighted) comes with two 1 ¼ pound lobsters (or 1 ½ pound if you want to upgrade); two servings of both lobster bisque and clam chowder; oyster crackers; and two pick sets (with bibs and everything). In addition to the seafood feast, Captain Tim includes a handwritten note to the recipient along with prep and cooking instructions simple enough for even dad to follow. Bonus: You can order as late as Friday morning for Saturday delivery in many places and get 10 percent off by entering coupon code MYDAD for 10% off. Order it from The Lobster Guy.
Exotic Meats Crate, $89.99
If your dad seems stuck in a burgers-or-grilled chicken rut these days, send this box of not-your-everyday jerky his way. There's venison, wild boar, buffalo, duck, and even elk, ostrich and kangaroo. As with all of the Man Crates, the gift comes in a sealed wooden crate secured with a laser-etched crowbar with "no bow, no ribbons, no fluff." And if you want it gift wrapped, they do it the manly way, with duct tape. Order it from Man Crates.
Yeti Tundra Cooler ($299.99 and up)
Whether your father is into fishing, camping, boating or just some occasional tailgating, he'll be way impressed by this top-of-the-line hi-tech cooler. It's virtually unbreakable, lined with polyurethane foam, and has a freezer-quality sealing gasket to keep ice frozen and everything else frosty cold for days and days. Order it from Yeti.
Oak-Aged IPA Brew Kit, $48
Yes, home beer-brewing kits have been around a while, but this one—which allows aspiring beer makers to create their very own IPA in the style of the original English Pale Ale — is a good starter kit that won't take up the entire garage. It allows dad to make an "oak-aged" IPA that tastes like it was crafted in an oak barrel, but with no actual barrel required. The kit is available at Tripli-Kit, the new culinary-focused shop in L.A. from restaurateur couple Brooke Williamson, a Top Chef alum, and her husband Nick Roberts. It comes with everything your pop needs to create his own suds, along with a recipe and a guide to craft brewing … in case he suddenly gets the beer-making bug and wants to keep going. Order it from Tripli-Kit.
Chillin' & Grillin' Tailgate T-Shirt, $29.99
But if he's really into beer, like he-may-crack-one-open-at-any-point-in-the-day-now-that-he's-retired into beer, then get dad this T-shirt that says "Chillin' and Grillin' (with both a bottle of beer and a sausage in place of the letter). Even better, it comes with a wait for it … bottle opener built into the bottom of the shirt. You'll never hear him shout "Where's my opener?" ever again. Order it from Chowdaheadz.com.
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