With last year’s estimate of Father’s Day spending forecasted at a record-high $20.1 billion by the National Retail Federation, one can only assume that fathers, husbands and sons will fare equally as well—if not better—this upcoming June holiday. And, rightfully so, as we collectively adjust to new norms that have made gestures of love, adoration and appreciation carry extra meaning and significance. In an effort to help retail thrive as you strive to please dear ol’ dad, here’s an assortment of gastro gift ideas that’ll dutifully delight.
‘The Donovan’ Endless Summer DualHeat Fire Pit (https://www.outdoormarketplace.com)
With the Endless Summer DualHeat Fire Pit, dad’s outdoor enjoyment can be elevated with both ambiance and heat. “The Donovan” 38-inch Outdoor LP Gas Fire Pit model includes patented DualHeat Technology, which combines a traditional gas firepit with an infrared patio heater below the mantel totaling 41,000 BTUs of heating power (30k BTU upper burner /11k BTU lower burner for the built in patio heater). The additional patio heater element provides true body warmth. The versatile unit is designed to be used in four ways; firepit, patio heater, fire pit plus patio heater or add the insert and use as a table, making it adaptable and built for functionality. The exterior features a UV printed resin mantel in a handsome gray wood look, also with a stamped steel base in black finish. It has a patented Hide-A-Way Door feature as well. The Donovan comes complete with decorative firepit glass for a glistening effect, cover and UV printed steel insert.
Deluxe Series 6-Burner Gas Grill by Nexgrill (https://nexgrill.com)
For dads who love to cook, spend time outdoors, or optimally both, the Deluxe Series 6-Burner Gas Grill from Nexgrill is a great option as a holiday gift—or to celebrate him with a tasty grilled feast. With a spacious cooking area and individual control knobs, this grill is perfect for everyday or large gatherings. It boasts a massive 560 square inch primary grilling area with six stainless steel burners, and is outfitted with porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates that retain heat exceptionally well. An upper-level, 200 square inch porcelain-coated warming rack heats up buns and keeps cooked foods toasty. Perched above the main firebox burners are angled flame tamers that deflect heat, prevent flare-ups and vaporize drippings into flavor infusions that permeate foods with a distinctive smoky taste. Its Even-Heat System distributes consistent and uniform warmth across the entire grill surface, so there aren’t any hot spots. An electronic ignition function allows burners to fire up instantly and the built-in thermometer enables precise temperature regulation. For nighttime grilling, engage the blue LED lighting system to illuminate the front control panel for no-fuss operability. Use the included rotisserie kit to evenly cook chicken, roasts, pork or anything else you want to rotate on a spit. This grill model is also convertible to natural gas and equipped with a ceramic searing side burner that completes steaks to juicy perfection—helping him (or you) craft the perfect outdoor meal!
Connect-It Magnetic BBQ Tool Set from Proud Grill Company (https://www.proudgrill.com)
Whether or not the dad in your life a master on the barbecue, chances are he has way too many grill tools taking up space in the drawer that he’s not super happy with. With Proud Gill Company’s Connect-It Magnetic 2-Piece BBQ Tool Set, he can use the two slim and easy-to-store pieces to make four different tools, allowing him to get rid of others that are redundant or entirely useless. The magnetic handles of the spatula and fork connect to each other, so that it can be used individually as a spatula and fork, or together for tongs and as a server. The 4-in-1 Connect It BBQ Tool set also features magnets allowing him to hang the versatile utensils from his stainless steel grill, metal smoker or ceramic grill side shelf. Beyond the versatile handle system, the tools also have an elegant design and are made from high-quality stainless steel. The set is an ideal Father’s Day gift for the backyard cookout enthusiast, campers or whether these cooking utensils can make grilling great.
Looft Lighter X Battery Powered Charcoal Starter (https://looft.com)
Is the dad in your life a barbecue purist? Does he love to use charcoal for grilling, either at home or while camping? Does he have a wood-burning fireplace that is difficult to light? If the answer is “yes” to any of these, the Looft Lighter X Battery Powered Charcoal Starter will surely be one of his favorite all-time gifts. Never again will food taste like lighter fluid, since the Looft Lighter X will light the charcoal in seconds using only battery power. This igniting game changer offers a safe and easy method to start his grill or fireplace in 60 seconds with clean, superheated air that reaches temperatures of up to 1,200-degrees Fahrenheit. This is an all-electric lighter without any gas or flame—and it lights all fuels such as charcoal, briquettes and logs. One charge will last for multiple uses. This invention came to fruition when inventor Richard Looft was grilling, and his chicken came out tasting like the lighter fluid he used. Yuck! This firelighter is reliable, safe, effective and clean–one that would make lighter fluid a distant smelly memory. Customers also benefit from free shipping and a three-year warranty.
Marine and Coastal Grade Under-Counter Refrigerator from Perlick (https://www.perlick.com/)
For the discerning dad who appreciates quality and beauty, Perlick’s new Marine and Coastal Grade Under-Counter Refrigeration line will help him, and the rest of the gang, enjoy the ultimate in refrigeration wherever he finds paradise. Whether he owns a home in coastal conditions, a saltwater pool or a boat on the open water, the harsh effects of high-salt environments can wreak havoc on outdoor appliances and cause premature aging. These stunning Marine and Coastal Grade Under-Counter Refrigerator units are not only beautiful but they are also built to last. This appliance line features Perlick Armor, which is built to endure the harshest of environments while maintaining consistent functionality and a showroom quality finish. Perlick Armor combines a mix of 316 and 304 stainless steel for food safety and easy cleaning, rather than plastics found in some marine-grade products. Units also come equipped with upgraded stainless steel and zinc plated fasteners to prevent rusting, as well as a protective coated refrigeration system for added durability. The new line is inspired by a conversation Perlick had with a long-time customer residing on the Atlantic Coast who needed a solution for rusting outdoor appliances. This line solves that problem in beautiful form.
AeroGarden ‘Bounty Elite’ Hydroponic Garden with Seed Bundle (https://www.aerogarden.com/ellen.html)
Looking for Father’s Day gifts that hobbyist dads will love? AeroGarden, a leading kitchen grower with more than 35,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, is a great idea for all the home cooks, grilling and gardening aficionados, and craft cocktail lovers out there. This hydroponic garden grows everything from lettuce greens to fresh herbs to hot peppers year-round. AeroGardens come in many different varieties and sizes for any living space. Rather than running to the grocery store at the last minute for expensive boxes of herbs, Dad can simply clip his greens from the AeroGarden, instead. Along with the convenience, there’s the fun and interactive experience of watching nature blossom right before your eyes. The AeroGarden Bounty Elite with Seed Bundle is one fantastic option that can grow up to nine plants to maturity. Or, use it to start up to 50 seedlings for transfer to an outdoor garden, as they’ll grow five times faster than if started in soil. The unit’s powerful 50-watt LED grow lights offer full-spectrum, optimal lighting and include advanced settings like dimming and sunrise/sunset schedules. The grower box adjusts for up to 24-inches of grow height–enough for any tall veggie seeds–and the simple control panels make it easy to keep those plant babies thriving. Celebrity dads like Ravi Patel and Stephen “tWitch” Boss from The Ellen Show reportedly use and love their indoor garden and sharing the experience with loved ones.
Space-Saving aspara Stylist Lite Hydroponic Smart Grower (https://www.asparagarden.com)
Another great way to give your dad the gift of a tiny indoor hydroponic garden for his office or home—or home office all in one—is with the aspara Sylist Lite Smart Grower. Studies have shown that people are happier, healthier and more productive when surrounded by plants, so the aspara Sylist Lite Smart Grower would be a unique, thoughtful gift that shows dad that you care. This is a compact and stackable small greenhouse features eight grow holes, adjustable LED grow lights, auto-watering and built-in smart sensors that detect nutrients, air temperature and humidity. He can grow flowers as well as fresh, healthy-to-eat greens, herbs, radishes and much more. The aspara mobile app will allow him to connect his Stylist Lite to the app so he can monitor and control the unit; get planting guidance and tips; and share his new hobby with his friends and family. Pick the seed kit that he would like best and you can all watch the plants grow and thrive in the aspara hydroponic garden. Aspara offers moms, dads, and graduates a gift that embodies sustainability, healthy living, and fun all in one, as well as the opportunity to grow fruits, vegetables, and herbs faster and better, indoors, regardless of expertise or season. Décor tip: You can also stack and extend these units, which would make a beautiful wall of plants!
Fab Slabs Laurel Cutting Board from Fab Slabs (https://fabslabsusa.com)
For the dad who loves to be the chef or grill master, this is the perfect gift he’ll probably have for a lifetime! The Fab Slabs Laurel Cutting Board is made of one piece of lumber from the Australian Camphor Laurel tree. The best thing about this wood is that it is a durable, environmentally friendly, naturally antibacterial surface. In fact, tests by a NATA-approved laboratory have extensively tested these boards for the four most common bacteria in food-borne illnesses: E. Coli, Salmonella, Staph and Listeria. The tests showed that these bacteria were unable to survive on the board after a short time, and boards used for the past 7-10 years still showed zero bacteria growth! The board is 17.7 inches long, 9-inches wide and 1.18 inches thick, making it the perfect size for assembling a delicious meal or displaying a charcuterie selection. This board also repels water and resists warping due to the natural oils found in the Camphor Laurel tree. Fab Slabs is a family-owned and operated business that hails from the Sunshine Coast of Australia. Their environmentally friendly, permanently antibacterial boards combine utility with beauty for pieces he can enjoy for years to come.
Frost Buddy Portable Beverage Coolers (https://frostbuddy.com)
Your dad will absolutely love either one of these cool Father’s Day gifts—no pun intended. First, absolutely zero people like warm wine on a hot day. But, have you ever tried to carry around ice, wine buckets or chillers for your favorite cold wine? Frost Buddy Universal Wine Buddy is the world’s first and only universal cooler to fit full size, 750-milliliter wine bottles, champagne bottles and some liquor bottles without the hassle and mess of melting ice. It keeps the bottle cold, while being handsome enough to keep on the dinner table. Its patented lid and internal design, along with its double wall vacuum sealed stainless steel look, ensures that dad’s drinks stay cold. It’s perfect for picnics, the pool, sporting events, hunting trips and just hanging out in the back yard. If your dad is more the sporting type, the Sports Buddy would be a great choice for him. This is not your basic sports bottle, since it has a 40-ounce capacity, keeps beverages cold for 24-plus hours, and comes standard with a matching paracord and climbing clip for easy portability. It can also keep his coffee hot for eight hours. There are so many colors and designs available, so you can pick the one that fits your dad’s personality the best. This practical gift will be one he can use every day, all year through.
Broken Top Brands Car Fresheners and Botanical Lemon Citronella Line (https://www.brokentopcandleco.com)
Broken Top Brand’s flagship Botanical artwork adorns their new line of Lemon Citronella products featuring a fresh, summer scent. Perfect for keeping bugs at bay while dad is lounging, playing or watching sports, picnicking or otherwise outdoors. With notes of citrus, lemon and citronella, Broken Top’s Lemon Citronella line is available in four products: 9-ounce Soy Candle, 8-ounce Outdoor Spray, 2-ounce Natural Repellent Stick and Outdoor Incense Cones. The company’s amazing smelling Botanical Car Fresheners are ready to hit the road with dad keeping his car or truck extra fresh. Great for hanging on the rear-view mirror and in other small spaces, these fresheners are now available in Broken Top’s best-selling fragrances: Sea Salt Surf, Saguaro Cactus and Coconut Sandalwood. Heck, get him a few more to hang in his closet, the garage or anywhere that would benefit from a fragrance boost.
Foodie Delights from Zingerman’s Deli (https://www.zingermans.com/)
Zingerman’s Deli offers a number of great Father’s Day gifts for the foodie dads out there. The company’s Georgia Reuben Turkey Sandwich Kit is one of my own personal favorite options. In the early days of Zingerman’s Deli, co-founder Ari Weinzweig created the turkey Reuben and named it the “Georgia Reuben.” It takes all of the classic ingredients of Zingerman’s classic Reuben—the Jewish rye bread, sauerkraut and Emmentaler Swiss cheese—but replaces the corned beef with delectable oven-roasted turkey. The turkey comes from Ferndale Market, a third-generation farm in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, where the birds freely roam on 20 acres of pesticide- and fertilizer-free pasture each summer. The kit includes Jewish rye bread, sliced turkey, sliced Emmentaler Swiss cheese, Zingerman’s potato chips, coleslaw, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, garlicky pickles and Magic Brownie Bites for a sweet finish. It requires some assembly, but that is part of the fun. Instructions are included with the kit. Another great gift for dad is Zingerman’s Charcuterie and Cheese Gift Box that includes Red Bear Provisions Old Kiev Salami, French cornichon pickles, L’amuse Pril Young Gouda, Zingerman’s Nor’easter Cabot Cheddar, Moroccan olives, a loaf of Zingerman’s Sourdough Bread, Tempesta’s ’Nduja Spicy Cured Meat Spread, Zingerman’s Virginia Peanuts, and Rustic Bakery Olive Oil and Sea Salt Flatbreads. It serves ten for snacks and lasts for weeks when refrigerated.
A-Sha Noodles Best Sellers Bundle (https://ashadrynoodle.com/)
Here’s another great way to help dad save time in the kitchen with a savory delight, courtesy of the Best Sellers Bundle from A-Sha Noodles. This is the cult-favorite noodle brand known for its patented, 100-year-old legacy noodle recipe from Tainan, Taiwan. The popular noodles are distinctly air-dried, never fried or frozen, and made with simple, wholesome ingredients. There are zero artificial flavors and each pack boasts 10 grams of plant-based protein to deliver a healthier, nutritious alternative to conventional fried instant noodles. These are most certainly in a different league than the Ramen dad made in his college dorm room! The popular Best Sellers Bundle offers A-Sha’s three most popular noodle and flavor combinations, including packs of Tainan noodles with Sesame sauce, Mandarin noodles with Original sauce and Hakka noodles with Chili sauce. All A-Sha noodles are simply made with wheat, salt and water and receive a unique 18-hour air-drying technique. The noodles cook in five minutes or less and each bowl can be easily topped with just about any ingredient, such as fried or poached eggs, fresh scallions, chili crisp and whatever else you desire. In addition to being available online, A-Sha Noodles are widely offered in national retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Costco Target and H-Mart.
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