With Father’s Day looming, many are still frenetically searching for that perfect item to please and appease the Dads in their life, and droves will spend toward that end. Last year, U.S. consumers spent billions on Father’s Day gifts across key categories, reportedly spending .83 billion dollars on tools and appliances, alone. With precious little time left to procure a suitable present, here’s a roundup of food and beverage-driven ideas that are sure to please.
Guy Harvey Kitchen Merchandise (www.GuyHarvey.com) – Starting at $15.00
Dads who are active both in and out of the water will enjoy stylish, colorful, ocean-inspired Guy Harvey merchandise. Guy Harvey boasts a unique blend of a world-renowned artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist and explorer! His childhood passion for the ocean and its living creatures not only inspired him to draw, but fueled a burning interest that prompted a formal education in marine science. Harvey has continued his relentless pursuit to unravel the mysteries of the sea, traveling the world to better understand the habits and habitats of the marine wildlife he paints and that adorn products like cutting boards and kitchenware, drinkware, tableware and more. Also cause-conscious, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of all official Guy Harvey merchandise benefits the marine conservation research and education work of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF). This group will help ensure that future generations can enjoy and benefit from a naturally balanced ocean ecosystem.
Waerator W2 Electric Wine Aerator and Decanter (www.Waerator.com) – $119.99
Every wine has a body and life of its own and aerating wine after opening is key to maximize flavor, but now there’s no need to wait for this process. The Waerator W2 is an electric wine aerator and decanter, and is a great tech gift for the Dad who is a wine connoisseur, is a foodie, or loves to entertain. The device uses air to instantly soften natural tannins that create bitterness in order to draw out every bottle’s true qualities. Just attach it to the bottle, push the button, and it instantly aerates and dispenses the wine! He won’t have to wait for wine to "breathe" ever again and his wine will stay fresh all night. Waerator also locks to prevent spills and seals the bottle so there’s no need to re-cork. Waerator also acts as a 3-in-1 Electric Wine Opener that will remove the foil, extract the cork and seal the bottle with just the push of a button! It’s a thoughtful and useful gift he’ll get years of enjoyment out of.
Performa's Perfect Shaker (www.PerformaBrand.com) – $16.99
Performa, the world-class fitness accessory company, recently launched an extended line of Avengers-themed shaker bottles that’ll allow Dad to rehydrate and refuel like his favorite hero or villain. The new bottle designs include: Captain America, Hulk, Ironspider, Ant-man, Black Widow, Star Lord, Thanos, War Machine, Iron Man, Groot and Gamora. Every Performa Perfect Shaker is designed with the athlete in mind and built to deliver against the demands it will endure. The lightweight shaker cups have a 100 percent leak free guarantee and use a duraplex shatter resistant plastic. Mix, pour, and store all in the same container with actionrod technology ensuring the smoothest blend. Performa proudly stands behind design, quality, materials and workmanship that goes into every ultra-premium product made.
Protein Energy Power by Protein Plus, LLC (www.Amazon.com) – $24.99 per 20 servings
For Dads who want to build muscle or generally keep their nutrition game on point, consider Protein Energy Power by Protein Plus—a great tasting, all-natural vegan protein powder drink made from peanuts. It can be blended in 30 seconds as part of a smoothie or simply mixed with eight ounces of water or milk. Protein Energy Power contains 17 grams of protein per serving, is high in fiber, low in sodium and to top it all off, is cholesterol free. It is also a great option for people who are allergic to lactose and want a soy-free product. It also contains 25 essential vitamins and minerals, omega three, and a probiotic blend to aid with digestion. It is GMO-free and contains no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or whey. Protein Energy Power comes in four flavors: original, chocolate, honey and banana.
Melora Mānuka Honey (In-Store: Costco San Diego) – Starting at $35.00
For food and health-minded Dads, a thoughtful gift idea is Melora—the only UMF-certified, non-GMO mānuka honey on the market that’s now available in the United States. Celebrated for its antibacterial properties, Melora Mānuka Honey offers a guarantee on quality, purity, and responsible harvesting practices, underscoring the most healing properties of the mānuka superplant. Research shows that, when ingested, mānuka honey can help with stomach problems such as H.Pylori (in in-vitro), which also links with internal health and wellbeing benefits. Additionally, more research is emerging on mānuka’s prebiotic role in promoting beneficial bacteria and gut health. When applied topically, mānuka honey has been shown to have antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and antioxidant properties. Mānuka honey is also a natural humectant for beauty and skin wellbeing, and has been used for its wound healing, acne care and skin infection-fighting capacities. Crucially, there are no reported cases of bacteria developing resistance to honey, nor can mānuka or other honey resistance be generated in the laboratory. The UMF quality trademark is an indication to consumers that they are buying the best, 100% natural, unadulterated mānuka honey.
Little Bird Kitchen (www.LittleBirdKitchen.com) – $3.99-$11.00
Turn the ‘heat’ up for Dad this Father’s Day with Little Bird Kitchen’s candied jalapeño chocolates, syrup and powder. Everything is hot and sweet, with the kicker coming at the end. Each product is handcrafted and uses high-quality ingredients such as local, fresh jalapeños, premium Belgian chocolate and non-GMO cane sugar. Little Bird Kitchen products are kosher certified (dairy and pareve) and never use any preservatives. These delicious candied jalapeños bring an elevation in flavor to whatever you are eating. The current product line includes: Fire Bites–candied jalapeño dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate bites, Fire Syrup–candied jalapeño syrup, Fire Powder–candied jalapeño powder and Hot & Sweet Nuts–candied jalapeño peanuts.
As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern is an internationally-regarded consumer product trends expert and hospitality industry voice of authority—a travel, dining, leisure and lifestyle expert who spotlights noteworthy marketplace innovations, change makers, movers and shakers. She reports on exemplary travel destinations and experiences, extraordinary events and newsworthy products and services across all categories. Reach her online at www.TheLuxeList.com, on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList and on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReviews.
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Photo Courtesy George Schellenger, Guy Harvey Inc.