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Cooking—although a fun, collaborative, and often unifying task—can also be extremely laborious. How about you buy Dad a three-course dinner from the famed Katz’s Delicatessen, located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, instead? Dishes include delicacies like homemade matzoh ball soup, hand-sliced pastrami, corned beef, and chocolate babka. The soups, meats, and knishes come frozen inside a cooler in the box; the soup is individually portioned and bubble wrapped, and the meats and knishes rest in vacuum-sealed bags. The bread, pickles, babka, and mustard are inside the same package but placed separately from the cooler. Although Katz’s claims the meal serves four people, we think you and your dad can probably finish it off yourselves, if you’re really hungry.
Ask any chef or serious cook: an 8-inch Chef’s Knife is a must-have. This Henckels model is almost universally praised by online shoppers and won our roundup of the best chef’s knives, easily slicing through the competition in our testing. If you want something to go with it, I personally love the $50 Epicurean Gourmet Series cutting board, which is beautiful, functional, excelled in our testing, and is even dishwasher-safe.
We like that it also comes in ceramic and stainless steel versions. Picking one material over another is ultimately a matter of your dad’s preference: Sneak a couple of suggestive questions into casual conversation to decide which might be the best surprise for him. Keep in mind that a full pour-over setup includes a lot more than just the dripper, such as a gooseneck kettle, a good burr grinder, a scale, and a timer.
Danish brewery Mikkeller is renowned not only for its beer, but also for art director Keith Shore’s distinctly funky label design. If your dad misses cracking a beer with friends and playing cards, he might take some delight in Mikkeller’s Henry & Sally Playing Cards featuring Shore’s unique art. Pair a deck with a few cans of Mikkeller beer (we’re partial to its stouts) for all of the brownie points.
Whether it’s game day or just a busy Wednesday, sometimes you just want something quick, easy, and delicious. Air fryers aren’t the most health-conscious products in the world, but they do a good job of providing crispy food without the mess or hassle of frying in oil. This Philips model won our roundup of the best air fryers, excelling in most of our testing.
This Carhartt jacket is a clean and stylishly designed jacket ideal for the contemporary man. The Carhartt Men’s Sherpa Lined Sandstone Sierra jacket is a 100% cotton with awesome cuffs that keep out the wind and weather. There are also two pockets of proper sizing that enable you to store any necessities as you please. The angle of all pockets ensures that you don’t lose any of your valuables as you feel great in this jacket.
While you can't go wrong with classic options (a trusty pair of socks), these unique gift ideas range from personalized picks (Morse code bracelets) to Amazon's best-selling finds (freezable beer glasses). And if for some reason one of these ideas isn't cool enough for the leading man in your life, consider one of these DIY options ... unless you waited until the last minute, of course. If that's the case, browse even more ideas for your golfer, foodie, or beer lover until you find something that they'll love. Don't forget to pick up a few stocking stuffers your man while you're at it!