A Tasty Gift Guide: What to Get Your Foodie Dad for Father's Day

It’s hard to shop for the foodies in your life because, well, foodies are picky. If foodies weren’t picky, you could just buy them a Chili’s gift card and be done with it. Dads are even harder to shop for because they’re usually not impressed with a last-minute flower arrangement (love you, mom). But have no fear; we’ve compiled a list of things your foodie father needs yet probably doesn’t even know exist. We’re here to help guide you in the general care and maintenance of your foodie, because we all know who reaps the rewards. We love our foodies because they feed us and let us drink their fancy wines and whiskies. Let’s keep the dream alive, shall we?


Balcones Baby Blue Whisky
Perhaps the simplest Father’s Day gift for a person with a refined palette is a good bottle of whiskey, and while there are many quality bottles at various price points, consider the gift of this scotch-style whisky. Balcones’ award-winning Baby Blue is proudly touted as “the first Texas whisky on the market since Prohibition,” and (depending on where you shop) costs somewhere around $50 a bottle. Though the Waco company’s leadership had a bit of a shake-up the past two years, the quality has not suffered, and this youthful, award-winning whisky is sure to become a quick favorite. Drinking accessories
In addition to a good bottle, many whiskey drinkers will appreciate a step-up in the accouterments department with some fancy new tools. These Whiskey Stones for Dad ($14) might look like alphabet soup in a rocks glass, but the chilled soapstones will cool their drink down without adding unnecessary water. If your whiskey lover needs some fancy glasses for their wet bar, consider a set of the Riedel H20 Whiskey Glasses ($24.95 for a set of two), made by the same crystal company that makes fine wine stemware. The thin and delicate walls make for an elegant rocks glass fit for any beverage, but they turn a well-made old fashioned into a fashion statement.

Ice cube accessories
In case you’re wondering, artisanal ice cubes are a thing, and while we’re not going to comment on where to draw the food-snobbery line, perhaps we can’t all afford pristine, hand-chiseled ice cubes delivered to our door. Beverage ballers who want to up their ice game will appreciate the ability to make those large, fancy-shaped ice cubes at home. Wanna make it rain? Buy them the ridiculously unrealistic Ice Baller for making perfectly spherical, crystal-clear ice cubes. Sorry... make that cube. The Ice Baller ($85) makes a single ice cube at a time. Ridiculous? Perhaps, but for some people, cocktails are a serious business. For a way more affordable option, this kit on amazon costs under $15 and contains everything your foodie needs to make large spherical and square ice cubes that probably won’t turn out crystal clear, but will impress guests nonetheless.


Stanley Vacuum Coffee System
Does your foodie travel? Are they the type to lament the lack of decent beverage options on the road? Have they ever gotten stranded in a small town where the definition of “coffee” is questionable? The French Press Vacuum Coffee System ($44.98) brews an entire bottle of coffee in an integrated press/pot system, has a hidden dry-storage space in the stopper for more coffee and the lid separates to become two travel cups. Your foodie will never be grouchy on the go again.

Leather drink caddies
Do you love a hipster-biking foodie with a palette for good wine? This Leather Wine Caddy ($44.95) is a must for the cycling sommelier. If beer is more their thing, the Leather Six Pack Caddy ($59.95) makes for hands-free beer delivery, and it's sold locally at spots like Local Hub Bicycle Company in Deep Ellum. 

The Stanley Flask
Flasks have come in and out of style over the years, and while the concept of a good hip flask is retro in and of itself, double down on Stanley's old-fashioned inspired insulated flask ($25) that reminds us of the days our grandfathers worked the rail yards and built highways fueled by nothing but coffee and doughnuts. Like most Stanley products, this flask redefines “rugged.” Fill it with rye whiskey and take it to a hockey game or something. ‘Murica. 


Local Eats: Sausages from Jimmy’s Food Store
If you're local to Dallas, you've likely heard of or been to Jimmy's Food Store, the iconic neighborhood Italian deli/specialty grocery store run by Mike and Paul DiCarlo. If you haven't been to the store on Bryan and Fitzhugh, you've probably had their sausage had their sausage anyway, since many Dallas restaurants feature their goods. Make this father's day an excuse to visit the neighborhood store and grab your foodie some of their famous homemade Italian sausages or meatballs — both are considered the best in the city. The sausages are a steal at $5.49/lb., and we'd wager they make a great addition to any weekend grilling plans.

But don’t stop there. Why not treat your foodie to a veritable cornucopia of gourmet and artisan foodstuffs by crafting a gift basket full of goodies? Jimmy’s offers a number of imported specialty products your foodie will appreciate ... and possibly share. Choose from a variety of imported cheeses, homemade cakes and cookies and a wide selections of Italian wines.
Artisinal olive oil
If you live far away from your foodie, have something delivered to their door. Why not treat them to some fancy artisanal olive oil? The Alziari family has been crafting this exceptionally light and fruity extra-virgin Niçoise-style olive oil since 1868 in their shop, Miason Alziiari, on France’s Côte d’Azur. The delicate and flowery oil makes a lovely addition to any summer salad or cheese & bread plate. We’ve been buying ours by the liter from Williams-Sonoma ($44.95) for years; considering we’d have to pay shipping to buy it direct from the Alzieri family and, you know, speak French and stuff, that’s not such a bad deal. Bonus: it comes in a brightly-colored whimsical bottle that's so decorative, it needs no wrapping.

Possibly the best bang for your buck when it comes to the latest fad of monthly food subscriptions, Raw Spice Bar delivers fresh-ground spices and spice blends plus kitchen-tested recipes to your door every month for a mere $6/month. The spices are often globally-inspired, and each month follows a theme developed by an award winning chef inspired by a particular cuisine. Recipients get three single-serve spice packets that correspond to the included recipes (usually a side dish, entrée, and sometimes dessert), that turn dinner into an evening of culinary discovery. A great gift for the experimental foodie who likes to tinker with new dishes and explore global cuisine, or maybe just home cooks obsessed with fresh-ground spices.

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