There’s a time and a place for liqueur chocolates and “kiss the chef” aprons, but it sometimes feels like dads bear the brunt of last-minute present dashes. We’ve picked a selection of stylish foodie gifts for discerning, kitchen-dwelling dads.
Our top 10 gifts for Father’s Day 2014
Smoky flavours are hot right now, and this neat piece of kit is a good way to experiment without having to invest in large, expensive outdoor equipment. The cold smoke can be used to flavour cheese, fish, sauces and cocktails. Perfect for dads who have a penchant for cheffy theatrics.
PolyScience® smoking gun, £59.99, sousvidetools.com
Think less novelty bikini-print and more casually flouring a surface in a French boulangerie. This practical, carpentry-style apron embodies all that is brilliant about the “less is more” mantra.
Cotton waist apron with pocket, £32, Labour and Wait
Show us a dad who doesn’t love pizza. This nifty round blade is strong enough to cut through the very thickest crusts, and its safety guard means it doesn’t blunt in the drawer. Earn extra brownie points by letting your dad test out his new gift on a homemade pizza.
Oxo Good Grips Clean Cut pizza wheel, £10, Amazon
A traditional gin with an Eastern touch, this lightly-spiced London dry is mellow enough to drink neat, although if you’re not up for hammering the shots of a Sunday afternoon, serve it over ice with tonic and cucumber slices. The hefty chemistry lab-worthy bottle gives it visual clout too.
Opihr gin, £23, Ocado
Pick dad up a pharmacy-standard porcelain bowl for pummeling herbs and spices into dust. This shiny sphere is a new take on traditional wood or granite bowls, and rather cleverly has two options for grinding – the large bowl is made for large quantities, while the lid can be inverted into a small hand-held mortar.
Orb pestle and mortar, £34, Joseph Joseph
If your dad is a stickler for pontificating at length while holding a dram of iced whisky, make sure his drink doesn’t dilute by picking up some exceptionally clever granite cubes. Made from recycled granite, chill these dinky cubes in the freezer and use in place of traditional ice.
Sagaform whisky stones, £12.50, Red Candy
The football-loving papa will be pleased to know that Father’s Day 2014 coincides with the start of the World Cup, and there’s no better way to toast its arrival than with Brazil’s national spirit. For the unitiated – cachaça is a clear distilled drink made from sugarcane, making it not dissimilar to rum. It’s best put to use in a lime-packed caipirinha.
Cachaça, £39, Leblon
This neat, Italian-designed stainless steel bottle cap remover operates using a satisfying stamp action. Its tactile dome shape and mirror-shiny polish turn a functional object into something beautiful. Pick up a bottle or two of something tasty to go with it – we were taken with Hiver’s award-winning honey beer.
Display some culinary trickery with help from this inventive ice cream ball that turns cream to a frozen dessert in twenty minutes. The novelty shake action and brightly coloured plastic shell make this an ideal present choice for little chefs. We have lots of flavour suggestions to get things going too.
Ice cream ball, £29.99, Firebox
If your dad is an aspiring ‘gastronaut’ and knows his sous vide from his quenelle, pick him up a pot of potion to help in his experiments. These 100% natural pots help to make foams, jellies, crystals and emulsions, meaning you can cancel the restaurant reservation and set your dad a culinary challenge.
Experichef agar agar, xanthan gum and popping candy pots, £4.99 each, Lakeland
Wrap your present up with a day of delicious treats and slap-up meals with help from the recipe ideas and expert guides in our Father’s Day hub.