My husband is a food lover. That’s one of the things that made me fall in love with him. There’s nothing more attractive (to me) than a man who loves food and is willing to try anything. It took me a long time to find someone who can match me in my love for food adventure, which is why I make sure Father’s Day is a special time for him.
My dad is a food lover too, and one of the most impossible to shop for—which is why I send him some sort of unique food gift every year. I’ve shipped him live lobsters, oysters, beef jerky and even clam chowder from Boston.
The good thing about food-related gifts is that they are appreciated by mom AND dad. See how that works? He gets a gift = you both get a gift. That’s because food lovers are all about sharing. We share pictures of what we eat on social media, we share our baked goods at the office, and we trade bites off of each other’s plates in a restaurant.
In honor of food-loving fathers out there, I put together some of the best foodie gifts for Father’s Day (It’s June 15th, so start shopping now). I hope you enjoy this collection of Father’s Day food lover gift ideas. I already know what I’m getting my deserving dads this year. Do you?
We have one of these at home, I gave one to my mom, and I gave one to my Dad. I highly recommended SodaStream for people who like a little fizz in their drinks. We mix the soda water with fresh juices to make delicious homemade soda without the preservatives and extra sugar. Bonus: No more lugging home heavy cans or bottles and better for the environment with reusable bottles.
One-of-a-kind handmade cutting boards made from reclaimed oak and leather make a beautiful, functional gift for dad. They make beatuiful serving platters or just hang on the wall for rustic charm.
Taste Trunk sends a monthly box, beautifully packaged and filled with unique and hard-to-find artisan food products. Choose from Gourmet, Healthy, Sweet or BBQ boxes to surprise your favorite dad with again and again.Save 40% off your first one!
For the grill-loving dad, these hybrid tongs are all you need, replacing multiple tools. It’s a combination BBQ tong and temperature fork with digital display. Made from stainless steel..it’s a manly gift indeed.
Any dad would be proud to own this beautiful charcoal grill from Weber (I really want one too!). It has an easy ignite system, cook timer, and a porcelain enameled bowl. It comes in several different colors, but the copper is every foodie’s dream.
I just discovered Mouth.com and can’t wait to try them out! I’ll be gifting one of their curated foodie collections this year, full of treats from independent and artisanal food products. Gift collections include the Grill Scout, Pickle Town Taster, Coffeelicious Taster, Grin and Beer It and so much more.
Okay, I know this is a little over-the-top, but bacon lovers are always looking for the next bacon-y thing, and the Baconery has it. Whether you want chocolate-covered bacon, chocolate bacon covered with edible gold leaf, bacon cookies, bacon lollipops, bacon caramels, t-shirts or accessories, they have it.
Adorable & customizable sugar cookies decorated in royal icing make a delicious treat for cookie-loving dads. Choose your pattern and colors.
For lobster lovers, there’s nothing like a lobster dinner with all the fixings. It’s even better at home where you can relax and really dig in. Lobster Anywhere ships live whole lobster, lobster tails, steak and sides, along with everything you need to make a gourmet dinner at home.
My husband is a huge tea fan and loves anything tea. Art of Tea offers everything from tea blends to accessories. Check out their tea gift packages, samplers and tea-of-the-month club.
Dads love beer and crafty dads love to make beer. Just imagine how proud he’ll be of his own brew! This kit includes everything he needs in an easy kit complete with buckets, fermenter, beer bottles and other beer-y related paraphernalia. Choose two flavors of beer to pack inside. Each kit makes 2 gallons of beer.
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I’ve searched far and wide for the best Valentine’s Day gifts for food lovers 2014. Of course, there are food gifts in this list, but there are also one-of-a-kind kitchen tools, books and inspirational ideas to get your gift-giving juices flowing. I hope you enjoy this list as much as I enjoyed making it!
If your Valentine is a foodie connoisseur, the Taste Trunk is the ultimate gift. Choose from six “trunks” featuring amazing gourmet products, like the Sweet Trunk, Health Trunk, Gourmet Trunk and BBQ Trunk. Each trunk contains a curated mix of 5-10 products, with coupons, recipes and information about each company. Buy one box, or sign up for monthly deliveries for just $29 a month.
Each box is packed with a group of products from a travel destination, like Rome, Tahiti, or Napa Valley. Once a month, you get a mix of luxury products, including full size bath and spa products, gourmet snacks and treats inspired by the destination, plus a chance to win a vacation. Past boxes have included escapes to Colorado, Italy, Vermont, Hawaii and Oregon. If you don’t want to sign up for monthly deliveries, check out the “Offers” page for their Valentine’s Day “Chocolates of the World” box for $39.95
Some more ideas for surprise lovers:
♥ Tickets to see their favorite band (with dinner)
♥ Reservations to their favorite restaurant
♥ A winery tour
♥ A foodie vacation
I love these handmade pint glasses from Pretentious Beer Glasses. I couldn’t pick just one. The 2-chamber glass, which combines your favorite beers into one perfect sip? Or the pint glass with a mustache? Get one of each ($35) or a set of 4 for $125
If your man is a beer lover, he’ll appreciate this Mr. Beer Gold Edition Beer Kit. It includes a 2-gallon fermenting keg with tap and two refill brew packs, plastic bottles, caps, labels and instructions. The kit makes 4 gallons of home brewed beer. Refill packs include popular beer types like Octoberfest, IPA, Irish stout, Bavarian Weissbier and other favorites. $64.99
Two pennies, each with your lucky penny year (birth year, anniversary), stamped if you choose, with a heart or clover, and attached to a “Lucky Us” bottle opener keychain. What’s more romantic for your favorite beer aficionado? This is an especially good gift if you met in a bar or party! $20.00
Some more ideas for beer lovers:
♥ A beer-of-the-month-club
♥ Tickets to a beer festival
♥ Dinner with beer tasting
Nine small-batch, artisanal chocolate bars freshly made for your sweet. Ingredients are organic and fair trade. Flavors include dark chocolate with spiced rum and coconut, candied ginger and orange, and Fluer De Sel. $42.40
This is my favorite chocolatier right now. Vosges truffles come in some unique flavors, like the Black Pearl, with ginger, wasabi, dark chocolate and sesame seeds, or the coconut ash and banana dark chocolate bar. Impress your foodie with a collection of vegan truffles, champagne truffles, bacon truffles or my favorite, The Hunger Games truffles. Vosges also offers wine and champagne pairings with a box of truffles. $40 for 16 pieces
Some more ideas for chocolate lovers:
♥ A chocolate tasting
♥ A chocolate making class for 2
♥ Chocolate festival tickets
♥ A chocolate spa treatment
From one of the world’s premier chocolatiers for 150 years, San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Chocolate Cook Book contains a revised collection of classic treats. Including beautifully photographed cookies, cakes, bars and drinks, this book is the perfect gift for chocolate lovers. Over 80 recipes, plus a holiday recipe section featuring edible gifts you can make at home, like cake mixes and fudge sauce. Hardcover $17.11
Poundcakes, cheesecakes, pies and cookies from the famous Brown Betty Bakery in Philadelphia. Three generations of women created these old-fashioned recipes with modern twists, like sweet potato poundcake and an Apple Brown Betty with rum sauce and potato crust. The book includes heartwarming and inspiring stories along with extraordinary recipes. Hardcover $17.97 (Kindle edition available).
Stunningly photographed heirloom recipes organized by seasons, from Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell. The book includes old-time favorites like fruitcake, Buche de Noel, coconut layer cake and double-chocolate pudding, plus new ones like Creamsicle Angel Food cake, chocolate Rocky Road potstickers and chocolate-espresso soup. Hardcover $21.61 (Kindle edition available)
Make your foodie giddy with Thomas Keller’s masterful collection of American and French recipes from his famous bakeries. You will find classic brioche, muffins, scones, cakes, tarts and more, on glossy pages with a large format presentation. The instructions are thorough and easy to understand, and the results? You’ll both be in love with this gift. Hardcover $33.24
Some more ideas for book lovers:
♥ Buy a Kindle loaded with cook books
♥ Cook a romantic dinner from a favorite book or film
♥ Write a food-themed poem
Custom, laser engraved cutting boards with monograms, names and dates on walnut cutting boards. Each board is unique, hand selected and sanded to bring out the wood’s natural beauty. Choose from Red Oak, Maple, Cherry or Mahogany finishes. $39.00
Any food lover would appreciate some good music in the kitchen. This modern rustic speaker works with Bluetooth enabled devices to play music in handcrafted style. Each speaker is made with reclaimed redwood from a fence along the central California coast. $249.00
Some people are just nuts about popcorn. For them, I recommend this sampler of 8 seasonings from Dell Cove Spice Co. Choose from 38 flavors or let them send you the most popular. Flavors include caramel, dark chocolate, key lime pie, salt & vinegar, Cajun, pumpkin pie, dill pickle, pizza and white cheddar, shipped in a gift box. $27.95
Made-to-order buttery shortbread cookies with the flavor of freshly picked lavender. Sprinkled with pale purple sanding sugar. These gorgeous cookies will make hearts melt.$15.oo
Some more ideas for one-of-a-kind lovers:
♥ Make a handcrafted gift
♥ Bake a favorite dessert
♥ Adopt or sponsor a zoo animal, tree or wild animal
♥ Put together a memory book of photos
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I know you make the effort to bring you reusable shopping bags when you go grocery shopping, but sometimes you forget. I do on occasion, and I hate that feeling. That’s when I remember I always have one, which is better than none. I love these super lightweight, strong–and cute–Flip and Tumble bags. They fold up into a little ball so you can always keep one (or a few) in the bottom of your purse. $11.20 each. 10 bright colors to choose from.
So let’s just assume you remembered to bring your reusable shopping bags. Doesn’t it seem wrong to put your produce in the plastic bags they give you? It’s one of my pet peeves, and I usually end up sticking my naked produce right in the cart. With Flip and Tumble’s produce bags, this problem is solved! They look cute, too. $11.00 for 5 bags.
I’ve been enjoying these mugs for a few months now and I can’t recommend them enough. They are beautiful, made from mouth-blown glass. The 2-layers keep the outside of the mug cool to the touch, while insulating the liquid. Absolute genius. Winner of the European IF Design Award. $39.99 for a set of 2.
A stocking stuffer every foodie will appreciate, the Silicone Zone airtight lid fits on any glass bowl (square or round), making an instant seal. They are reusable (we like that) and safe to use in the microwave, unlike most plastic wrap. They really work! $18.99, set of 3.
Beautiful and functional, this set includes 6 measuring cups in the shape of traditional Russian dolls. They nest together for storage and ship in a colorful gift box. $7.68
Corkcicle wine chiller keeps your wine bottle cold so it can hang out with you! What a genius idea. Freeze the BPA-free plastic gel and place it into your chilled white wine to keep it cold, or cool down your room temperature red. $24.25, available in traditional cork or 6 bright colors.
Made for both tea and coffee fans, check out this beautifully designed French press from Grosche. Available in 1 liter, 1.5 liter, or 1 cup sizes, it makes a great Secret Santa gift for the office. On sale for $37.67 ($60.00 retail).
I have to include the best-selling cook book from fellow blogger, Deb Perelman (go girl!). Her blog is an inspiration to me, and so is her cookbook. This home cook features simple recipes that are beautifully photographed in her little kitchen. On sale for $12.99 Kindle edition
If you’re like me, you have at least 3 types of salt in your kitchen. If you’re not like me, you have one type of salt and a bunch of other spices you may want to keep handy. This beautifully crafted salt box from Totally Bamboo does the trick and looks good while doing it. $16.82 (sale price).
Stunning charcoal slate is the perfect backdrop for cheese and hors d’oeuvres when you are entertaining. Plus, you can write on it with soap stone to identify what your guests are eating. How chic are you? 16 x 12, $30.00 sale price.