Looking for the best Father’s Day gifts 2021? Father’s Day is on Sunday 20 June 2020, and we’ve found the best presents for your foodie dad.
Father’s Day gifts ideas
olive magazine subscription
Of course, we think the best gift for a foodie is a year-long subscription (that’s 13 issues) to olive magazine. That’s a monthly dose of the best tried and tested recipes, foodie weekend projects and restaurant recommendations delivered through their letterbox, so your favourite food lovers can always stay ahead of the game.
Best of Borough brunch box
Make your dad breakfast in bed, or send him a bag of treats to make his own, with Borough Market’s brunch box. He can enjoy the best of the market’s artisan produce, including Oak & Smoke’s smoked salmon, free range eggs to fry and Northfield Farm Butchery’s bacon rashers to grill. There’s homemade fruit jam and Neal’s Yard Dairy Glastonbury butter for spreading onto Artisan Foods’ wheat sourdough bread, plus fresh croissants and freshly squeezed orange juice.
White Mausu chilli oils
If dad is a condiment king, he’ll love this trio of chilli oils from Irish brand White Mausu. Their Peanut Rãyu, inspired by the taberu rãyu (chilli oil) you find on almost every table in Japan’s cafés, restaurants and homes, is a mild, nutty chilli oil packed with peanuts, sesame seeds, tamari and garlic. The Cashew Crunch is a milder, nuttier oil, with chopped cashew nuts, sesame seeds, miso and crispy garlic, while the Black Bean Rayu is a spicier, more intensely salty umami flavour bomb, made with Chinese black beans, sesame, chilli flakes, garlic and more. We can’t get enough of them drizzled over noodle and rice dishes, eggs, grilled broccoli or steamed Asian greens, or mixed with soy sauce and a splash of black vinegar to make a sauce for dumplings.
£31 for 2 jars of each, whitemausu.com
El Sueño tequila
Shopping on a budget? Good quality, affordable tequila can be hard to find, but this one ticks all the boxes. Super smooth and fresh-tasting, it’s sweet and slightly floral on the nose, followed by notes of pepper and citrus. It’s great served chilled for sipping, or try it in a margarita or paloma cocktail.
Join the Greener Revolution: 30 easy ways to live and eat sustainably by Ollie Hunter
In his second book, former MasterChef finalist, chef and co-owner of The Wheatsheaf pub in Chilton Ollie Hunter sets out 30 easy ways to live more sustainably. Full of vibrant illustrations, it’s a gorgeous book to flick through. Pages alternate between those that highlight simple steps, tips and tricks on how we can eat, shop and live more sustainably, and others that share recipes that make the most of seasonal produce and ingredients that might usually go to waste. (Pavilion Books)
Caffarel Piemonte hazelnut chocolate
These deliciously silky soft chocolate and hazelnut squares are studded with Piedmont hazelnuts. Individually covered in gold wrapping, they’re the perfect indulgent treat for dad to enjoy alongside a coffee or after dinner.
Panzer’s Deli Hoptastic hamper
In one of their specially curated Father’s Day hampers, Panzer’s Deli has combined two popular beers from Bermondsey-based The Kernel Brewery with a range of satisfying snacks for Dad to enjoy alongside them. We love the refreshing, easy-drinking Table Beer, which complements the salted Xochitl Mexican tortilla chips and the sweet and slightly smoky Arriba! roasted red salsa dip. There’s also Perello olives, crunchy taralli, Truffle Hunter black truffle popcorn and, for something sweet, some rich chocolate truffles, infused with stout, which provides a slight bitterness and creamy texture.
French retro print tea-towels
We love these fun, graphic printed tea-towels, designed in France. They come in various colourful, foodie designs, including Emmental cheese, ketchup, mustard and French fries, as well as this ‘Happy Sushi’ design.
Garden Trading Brompton cake slice
Is Dad partial to a slice of cake? Give him this sleek-looking, brass slice, so he can serve his bakes in style.
Le Creuset toughened non-stick paella pan
Looking to blow the budget with an impressive, long-lasting piece of kitchen kit that dad will use forever? Not only is this attractive paella pan super non-stick, making it a joy to use, it’s also designed to last. It’s great for making paella or risotto, cooking sausages or making breakfast hashes. As it’s oven-safe, it can be used for a variety of one-pot dishes.
Lakrids by Bülow liquorice selection box
Is dad a liquorice fan? Then this luxe-looking selection box from Danish liquorice aficionados Lakrids by Bülow is the ideal gift. The funky-looking selection box contains five of the company’s most popular chocolate-coated liquorice balls, including original, passion fruit, coffee, salted caramel and white chocolate.
Gift your dad chocolate all the way from Iceland! The stylish packaging, quirky flavour combinations and unique textures of these artisan bars makes Omnom the perfect gift. Try the new cookies + cream variety encased in a geometric panda design, or go for the brand’s other flavours such as swan-adorned liquorice and raspberry, the jet-black barley bar made with white chocolate, or a bit of everything in the super-choco-berry-barley-nibbly-nutty-licious bar.
From £7.95, cocoarunners.com
Pop culture snack box
Get the best of kitsch Japanese snacks and quirky packaging delivered to dad’s door every month. You never know, he might share…
From £25, japancentre.com
On the Pass restaurant-grade meat
On the Pass is a website set up by Philip Warren Butchers and Matt Chatfield (The Cornwall Project), which allows us to get our hands on the top-drawer meat that’s been reared and aged for some of the country’s finest restaurants. This means you can gift the likes of 55-day aged Brat sirloin, whole beef fillet reared for Paul Ainsworth at No 6, The Ledbury’s English guinea fowl and Kiln’s hogget for Father’s Day this year. Winner.
Prices vary, philipwarrenbutchers.co.uk
Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin
Treat your gin-loving dad to this unique Japanese spirit, served in a stylish bottle, perfect for gifting. This Japanese creation is made using a rice spirit base distilled with regional botanicals including yuzu, hinoki wood chips (Japanese cyprus), sansho pepper and gyokuro green tea. A decidedly elegant gin, whose classic juniper notes match well with the unusual local ingredients.
Kiss The Hippo coffee subscription
Ross and Ross XL curing kit
This curing kit for making bacon at home will keep pork-loving dads happy at home this Father’s Day. It includes six different cures, ranging from Maple and Chipotle to Fennel and Juniper, as well as a DIY kit including curing bags, muslin and a butcher’s hook. Just add your own meat.
Gourmet pasta gift subscription
Tonnarelli straight to your door? Bellissimo! Ideal for the dads who love their pasta.
From £51 for three months, pastaevangelists.com
The Cheese Shed subscription
The folk at The Cheese Shed have a flexible cheese subscription service, Culture. Showcasing artisan West Country cheeses – we’re talking everything from ewes’ milk to blue and soft cheeses – this is sure to put a smile on your dad’s face!
From £24.99 (per box), thecheeseshed.com
Now we really love this idea. Every three months the folks at BeerBods will send you 12 beers from small, independent breweries around the world, and the idea is to drink one a week. You’ll also get an email giving a little bit more information about that week’s beer – so it passes as an educational present, too!
In our first delivery we got everything from a London-brewed lime beer to a pilsner from Manchester and a sour gooseberry can from the Magic Rock brewers in Huddersfield. And the subscriptions, which start at six-weeks’ worth, work out at around £3 a beer.
From £24, beerbods.co.uk
A guide to whiskies tea towel
From bourbons to ryes and malts, this tea towel covered with whisky trivia is perfect for those scotch loving dads. It’s almost too useful to use, so hang it on your wall and learn about the differences between Japanese and Canadian whisky before mixing a Manhattan cocktail.
Cocoa Runners subscription
A chocolate subscription from Cocoa Runners – featuring small-batch, single-estate artisan chocolate from around the world – will earn you some serious brownie points with Dad. He’ll get to try four bars each month and share your tasting notes with other chocolate enthusiasts online. Choose between dark and milk, or a mixture.
£19.95 (per box), cocoarunners.com
Tarquin’s Cornish Dry Gin
This well-balanced gin, produced on the South West coast, is a great example of the fantastic regional spirits being made across the country right now. With all the classic botanicals coming through on both the nose and the palate, it keeps the juniper is prevalent (as it should be) and has a hint of lemony coriander which reminds us of a deep pine forest on a hot summer stroll.
Single-origin, hand-blended spices in beautiful tins? Fill a box with nine of your Dads favourite spices this Father’s Day.
Tins from £2.95, rootedspices.com
Bowmore’s Vault Edit1°n Atlantic Sea Salt
If you’re looking for a dram that’s a little different this Father’s Day, and have a generous budget to play with Bowmore’s Vault Edit1°n Atlantic Sea Salt is a good bet.
Aged in ex-bourbon casks in Bowmore’s No.1 Vaults (the oldest scotch maturation warehouse in the world) on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, this whisky highlights Bowmore’s distinctive salty flavour profile with notes of salted honeycomb and Atlantic sea spray balanced with sun-ripened fruits, zingy spiced cocoa and blood orange.
The Snaffling Pig pork crackling
The epitome of melt-in-the-mouth, these jars of pork crackling are super moreish and are coated in flavours such as classic salt and vinegar and slighty spicy habanero. Paired with four bottles of The Snaffling Pig beer, this makes an ideal gift for your dad.
Good grips 3-in-1 avocado slicer
This nifty gadget will have your dad’s avocado skinned and sliced, looking Instagram perfect in a flash and is much safer then digging out that stone yourself.
Luckies lid Sid
A useful kitchen gadget for the man who has it all. Prop “Sid” on the side of your pan and place the lid on top to allow your pan to simmer away and let off some steam.
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