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Food-Related Gifts for Father’s Day

If you dad is a chowhound or enjoys a good vintage or a great brew often (or even every now and then), there is a host of food- and drink-related gifts you can reward him with when his special day rolls around each June. After all, what dad needs another tie or another tool to help him make repairs around the house? Present him with something he’ll really enjoy. After all, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach....so the old adage proclaims!

Food and food-related gifts come in all shapes and sizes and a variety of price ranges, so even the poor college student or the mom on a budget can give Dad a cool foodie gift on Father’s Day. Here are a few suggestions.

o A grill – If your dad is a grill master and his old barbecue has seen better days, consider rewarding him with a new one this year. If your father prefers the charcoal variety, the cost can be kept to a minimum. If he’s a gas grill fanatic, you may need to get a few siblings to chip in. This is indeed the ultimate Dad’s Day gift and he’ll be forever “grate-ful” (pun intended).

o Grill tools, etc. – Can’t afford the grill? How about some wonderful new tools to help make him barbecuing tasks easier? Sets of tools – including a fork, carving, knife, tongs, and a brush – are often packaged together and can be purchased in a handsome case that makes him look quite official. Or how about a grill basket for small pieces of meat and vegetables or perhaps a sauce mop and some great grilling sauces in a variety of flavors? (Check out Harry and David™ for some unusual options, like Pomegranate Chipotle Sauce.)

o Meat, meat, meat – If your father is a meat lover, purchase a selection of meat from one of the online distributors like Omaha Steaks™. Through companies such as this, you can purchase variety packs that include both steaks and chicken as well as side dishes and dessert. Or you can choose just his favorite cut, like filet mignon or strip steaks. Or why not go for something a little different, like buffalo or elk steaks?

o Food of the Month clubs – Purchase Dad an annual club membership that provides him with a different kind of a particular type of food or drink each month for a year. Some examples of monthly clubs include those that provide cheeses, barbecue sauce, pasta, olive oil, steaks, lobster, gourmet specialties, peanut butter, jams and jellies, salsa, apples and pears, ice cream, coffee, wine, and beer. These vary greatly in price, so there’s bound to be one that fits your budget. And if you can’t afford a year, most of these clubs also offer 3-, 4-, or 6- month options as well. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

o Wine accessories – If your father in a real wine aficionado, consider buying him some personalized wine accessories along with a bottle or two of his favorite vintages. Such wine tools might include engraved cork screws, bottle stoppers, wine bags or boxes, or even custom wine labels for the amateur wine maker. Accompany them with a great book on wine, like the Oxford Companion to Wine by Brad Prescott or The Wall Street Journal Guide to Wine by John Brecher and Dorothy Gaiter.

o Gift baskets – If you know what Dad likes best, thrill him with his favorite foods or food-related items by designing your own gift basket. These are almost always less expensive than the pre-made variety you can buy in a store or online, and because you fill it with the things he likes, you can be sure nothing will go to waste.