Gift Edit 2023

25 Thoughtful Gifts for Dads Who Say They Don’t Want Anything

updated May 11, 2023
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It might be hard to believe but Father’s Day is coming up — Jun. 18 to be exact — and while it’s still a couple of weeks away, it’s never too early to start your hunt for the perfect gift. You could treat Dad to an afternoon at the ballpark or celebrate him with brunch at his favorite restaurant, but if you want to get him something tangible, there are plenty of foolproof picks. However, with so many choices out there, it doesn’t hurt to have a little helping hand in picking out the perfect gift. Whether he has an appreciation for fine whiskey, loves getting creative in the kitchen, or is finally ready to embrace technology, we found some of the most thoughtful (and useful!) Father’s Day gifts perfect for unwrapping. Show your day just how much you miss him, appreciate him, and love him with of these stellar, Kitchn-approved Father’s Day gifts.

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Made In

Made In has some pretty slick cookware and kitchen accessories, but their 10-inch carbon steel skillet is an absolute must-have for dads who love to cook. It boasts supreme heat retention and a non-stick surface that ensures a fuss-free experience. And, besides having an affordable price tag, Made In products are incredibly well built and made to last.

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was $116.00

This 8-inch chef’s knife is a consistent favorite among Kitchn editors, and we’re certain it will be a thoughtful and timeless gift for the dad in your life. The German-engineered blade holds an edge incredibly well (making it perfect for those who don’t love to sharpen their knives), and its size works for a wide range of cooking tasks. For under $70, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better everyday knife.

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If Dad enjoys quality spirits, he’s going to adore you for gifting him a subscription to Flaviar. He gets to choose from over 10 types of spirits which arrive in small-batch vials for him to sample and order. The site itself reads like an encyclopedia, so it’s a great place to research, too, before investing in a full bottle. Not much of a spirits fan? Winc’s Wine Club offers a similar service for wine-loving dads!

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was $109.00

When it comes to precision cooking, nothing beats a Thermapen. Dad’s going to love the waterproof design that gives accurate readings in as little as two seconds and features a sharp, stainless steel probe for reaching deep into large cuts of meat or even baked goods. The bonus? You’ll never have to smile through an overly-cooked steak again.

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Bean Box

Let’s face it — running out of coffee is a crisis in and of itself! Introduce Dad to new coffee varieties and roasters while also making sure his daily quota is stocked with a subscription to Bean Box. We love the sampler box that’s packed with four 1.8-ounce pouches of fresh beans, but if you’re feeling a little splurgy, explore the gifts section that includes some very thoughtfully curated boxes.

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Carnivore Club

Treat Dad to the finest cured meats every month with a subscription to Carnivore Club. There are tons of subscription options to choose from, but we love the Classic Box that’s brimming with delicious treats including truffle salami, chorizo snack sticks, soppressata, and more meaty goodness!

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was $49.99

From playing his favorite tunes to helping him keep a check on his to-do list, an Echo Dot is a sweet and affordable gift for tech-savvy (and even not-so-tech-savvy) dads!

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was $199.99

Iced coffee season is just about here (for some of us, it never ends!), and Ninja’s Hot and Cold Brewing system gives Dad the option to brew both hot and iced coffees in varying strengths. There’s even a tea brewing option for days Dad prefers a cup of warm tea over his regular coffee.

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Williams Sonoma

This kit will give Dad everything he needs — two spice mixes and four vintage-style glass bottles — to make his own spicy concoctions in style. A funnel and strainer are also included in the cute gift box.

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West Elm

This sleek decanter and set of four old-fashioned glasses are a perfect addition to Dad’s bar. The design is simple yet elegant and will remind him of his favorite child — aka you! — every single time he pours himself a drink.

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was $35.00

A father of five himself, Jamie Oliver knows a thing or two about feeding a crowd and getting food on the table in record time. Plus, the recipes in this cookbook are easy and delicious, using only five ingredients Dad probably already has in his pantry.

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For dads who love nothing more than quality time spent at the grill, this 16-piece toolset is a thoughtful (and affordable!) upgrade. Complete with a case to keep things neat and organized, it includes skewers, tongs, corn holders, and more!

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We’ll say it again, Amazon gift cards are not a cop-out! In fact, they’re a rather thoughtful gift, giving Dad the option to pick whatever he likes. Fun gadgets, movies, workout gear … the options are truly endless!

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was $30.00

Does Dad have a penchant for propping drinks against the pristine white armrest of the living room couch? This nifty solution instantly converts any armrest into a couch table. There’s room for his evening drink, maybe a snack bowl, and even a designated spot for his smartphone. Plus, we have a feeling Mom is going to love this one a lot more than Dad!

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This is such fun kit for Dads who love beer as well as testing out new experiments at home. The kit includes clear instructions (the whole setup only takes 30 minutes!), and the box has everything needed for fermentation, carbonation, bottling, and labeling of up to two gallons of beer (that's 16 pints!), so he can share the fruits of his labor with his buddies.

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Williams Sonoma

Arguably the sort of thing some people would never splurge on for themselves, the travel mug version of our favorite smart mug would make an amazing Father’s Day gift. Using a magnetic base and a smartphone app, your dad can set and control the temperature of his coffee or tea, and say goodbye to the microwave and hello to always-steamy drinks!

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Fresh savory herbs will always be at the ready when Dad is prepping roasts, sauces, or salads with this garden trio. Coming with mint, rosemary, and oregano, it's the ultimate find for the foodie dad.

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If you want to recreate the experience of your dad’s (or partner’s) favorite craft cocktail spot, ice cube spheres are a must. These molds let you make four frozen spheres (you can add in fruits and herbs too!), bringing cocktail hour at home to the next level! Bonus: They melt a lot slower than conventional ice cubes.

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Uncommon Goods

Want to get him something interactive? This New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle lets you pick a day — maybe Dad's birthday or the day his favorite team won a championship — and turns that day's front page into a fun puzzle he'll love piecing together.

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Made In

Specifically designed to achieve golden, perfectly crisp edges, this Carbon Steel Griddle is meant to handle some serious heat (we’re talking up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit!). Just place the broad, versatile surface over the BBQ, the stove, or open flame (hello camping adventure?), and use the press to press, scrape, or serve. Dad’s famous burgers, coming right up!

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Acid League

Kitchn editors can’t stop raving about this golden do-it-all sauce, and we have a feeling Dad will feel just as strongly. It’s tangy, slightly spicy, and a little funky — he’ll be pouring it over eggs, mixing it into dressings, dipping into it with sausages. He’ll find endless ways to use this magical stuff.

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was $79.90

If Dad’s an espresso fan, we’ve got him covered no matter where he is. This easy-to-use portable espresso maker just requires coffee grinds and hot water to make a creamy, café-worthy, piping-hot shot of espresso.

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Firebelly Tea

Dad more of a tea guy? We've got the perfect gift. Firebelly Tea's Stop-Infusion Travel Mug is the ultimate travel mug for tea lovers. Coming in six fun colors, it lets you steep the perfect mug of tea on the go thanks to its included tea press that also doubles as a ice holder for days he's craving iced tea.

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was $229.95

Help Dad get into the air-fryer game! The TOA-70 doubles as a toaster oven, so he can effortlessly switch between heating up last night's pizza and air-frying crispy chicken drumsticks.

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Give him an excuse to finally throw away those old cooking utensils. These rustic yet sleek acacia wood utensils have ergonomic handles and are safe to use on all sorts of cookware (we’re looking at you, non-stick). Affordable and thoughtful, these beauties are a win-win.