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The Best Gifts for Dads Who Love to Cook

Finding a gift for the man in your life isn't always an easy task. But if he's an at-home chef (or wants to be) we can help you find something perfect.

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Dad-Friendly Apron

Guys who take cooking seriously need a serious apron. This durable Hudson apron ($35) is 100% cotton, soft and machine washable, plus has pockets for any and all of his cooking gadgets.

Bonus: The aprons are made by a family-owned company.

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cast iron Creuset

Cast Iron Skillet

Every man needs a cast iron skillet for when he wants to fry up eggs, bacon or any of these other satisfying cast iron recipes. The Le Creuset Signature Skillet ($200) is practical because it lasts forever, doesn’t need to be seasoned and he can cook with Le Creuset on the stovetop, oven or grill.

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Pizza Mat

Trying to get something on the table fast can be as simple as homemade pizza (especially when you’re using our all-time best pizza recipes). Silpat Perfect Pizza Mat ($20) has fiberglass mesh and a special coating to provide even cooking and browning, and the pizza slides right off without using non-stick spray or parchment paper.

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Tablet Stand

Watching a demo or how-to for making the perfect family meal on his tablet is easy with the Umbra Udock Tablet Holder ($20). It will keep every Dad’s iPad off the counter and away from messy spills—and sticky fingers. On the gift card, be sure to let Dad know the 10 smartest ways he can use his smartphone (or tablet) while cooking.

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Echo Dot

Having some help in the kitchen can go a long way! The Echo Dot ($40) is great for when his hands are full. He can enjoy music while he slices and dices, plus he can ask Alexa to find and read him his favorite recipes.

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Post-it Extreme Notes

We all use Post-its to remind us of things we need to do. But the Extreme Notes version ($5) is next level! They are water-resistant, great for labeling food in a refrigerator or freezer and can be used indoors or outdoors. It may sound funny, but it’s one of our test kitchens’ must-have products.

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knife Chef by Master Cutlery

Top Chef Knife Set

For any Dad who’s Top Chef at home, this 2-Piece Santoku and Paring Knife Set ($30) has super-sharp stainless steel blades, hollow grounds to reduce sticking and a sleek Top Chef Logos on each blade. This set includes a 5-inch Santoku knife & 3 1/2-inch paring knife.

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Non-Stick Wok

Whipping up Asian-inspired dishes can be made easier with a copper Cate-Maker wok ($60). It’s PFOA-free and designed to cook foods evenly, plus its surface is engineered so that he can make restaurant-quality wok meals that don’t stick to the pan!

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Weber Charcoal Grill

The Weber Premium Charcoal Grill ($149) is sleek-looking, easy-to-clean and has 363 sq. inches of cooking space–enough to hold 13 hamburgers! Its design helps to provide amazing flavor for our best barbecued chicken and meats.

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Backyard Smoker

If a smoker is on his wishlist, then the Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker ($204) is a must-have. This charcoal smoker has built-in lid thermometer so Dad can monitor temperatures, and will keep meats moist and tender.

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(Not in the budget? Here’s how to use your charcoal grill as a smoker.)

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Digital Thermometer

A perfectly cooked meal requires food that’s the perfect temperature! Using the ThermoPro Digital Thermometer ($60) makes checking the temperature of grilled meats a snap. It lets Dad keep an eye on food or grill temps from up to 300 feet away, too.

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Air Fryer

Dads everywhere will love using the Krups Air Fryer ($66) to give foods deep-fried flavor without deep frying. (Here’s how air fryers work.) You can make anything in it, from chicken wings to French fries!

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Barbecue Sauce

Switch up Dad’s sauce routine with Daddy Sam’s Barbecue Sauce ($10). This gourmet sauce is sweet and tangy, made from a family recipe that stretches back to the 1880s. It’s great on ribs, salmon or anything else he grills. Or, you could gift him a homemade sauce from scratch!

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Note: Every product is independently selected by our editors. If you buy something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Cheryl S. Grant
Cheryl S. Grant has reported & written for Reader's Digest, Cosmo, Glamour, Latina, Yoga Journal, MSN, USA Today, Family Circle, Brides, HGTV, Examiner, Details, Beach Body, Spa Weekly, You Beauty, Scoop Post, FitBit, Spice Island, and Health Daily. She investigates trends and targets profiles subjects using a combination of deep background research (database, periodicals, preliminary interviews, social media), write and edit compelling stories in a variety of beats including beauty, health, travel, nutrition, diet, law, medicine, advocacy, entertainment, the military and various social issues.

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