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