12 Father’s Day Gifts from Williams-Sonoma for Dads Who Love to Cook — Each for Under $100

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If you’re trying to pick out Father’s Day gifts for a dad who likes to cook, it can be difficult to find things they don’t already have. Or, maybe more accurately, the challenge is finding kitchen tools and gadgets that they don’t have and that they consider to be actually useful. Many chef dads are either total gear lovers who want nothing but the absolute best knives, pans, and graters, or they take pride in using conspicuously cheap tools and admonish expensive upgrades. Striking a gifting middle ground can be hard!

Not to worry, though. We curated a thoughtful collection of kitchen items that make excellent Father’s Day gifts — and they all cost less than $100. We went to Williams-Sonoma to gather our goods because we trust their selection and know they only stock quality stuff that’s worth what you pay for it. Check out our favorite picks below and get ready to impress the dad(s) in your life with a gift that they’ll love (and be excited to use to cook you something delicious).

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Everyone needs a reliable thermometer in order to avoid overcooking or undercooking meat, and this digital thermometer from OXO is an excellent budget-friendly choice. It provides an accurate reading in seconds and includes useful temperature recommendations for different kinds of meat printed right on its protective sheath.

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This is the kind of present that Dad may not think much of at first, but as soon as he uses it he'll see how indispensable it is. This set of color-coded grill prep trays — a red one for raw meat and a black one for cooked meat — helps Dad stay organized and sanitary when he's working the grill. No one has to worry about cross-contamination when you have these on hand.

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YETI makes some of our editors' favorite coolers and tumblers, and this water bottle is a great reminder for dad to stay hydrated. It uses double-walled insulation to keep cold drinks cold and keep hot drinks hot, and it has a wide handle that twists off and on quickly to allow access to the spout.

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Flavored salts are a fast and easy way to enhance the flavor of any dish, and this curated set gives Dad plenty of options to play around with. The black garlic and pinot noir salts add great depth, while the lemon zest and habanero bring a lot of brightness (and work great on grilled foods). Check out our full review of Jacobsen's black garlic ginger flavor to see how we like to use these salts.

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was $40.00

For dads who prefer one-pan cooking techniques, a cast-iron skillet is a must. This cast-iron pan from Lodge arrives pre-seasoned so it's ready to go right out of the box. Dad can use it to sear steak or chicken, bake hearty cornbreads, and, best of all, he won't have to spend much time cleaning it (just a quick wipe and rinse is all it needs).

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Dad may have his preferred "recipes" for making himself a drink — some of this, some of that, and it's done — but this simple cocktail kit gives him a few other flavors that are easy to add into the mix. The kit includes a basil mixer, a margarita mixer, and two kinds of rim salts. An excellent gift for tequila drinkers!

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was $155.00

At 60 percent off, this All-Clad nonstick grill pan is a smart buy whether you're getting it for yourself or for Father's Day. This pan lets Dad make his grilled favorites anytime of year because it works on the stovetop and can go in a 500 degree Fahrenheit oven. An excellent choice for dads who love grilling (and appreciate being able to do it at a moment's notice).

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Dad doesn't have to make crème brûlée in order to enjoy having a handheld torch. This mini butane torch is great for adding extra color to steak, chicken, and pork, as well as quickly creating char-grilled flavor on whole tomatoes and peppers. Fire always makes a fun gift.

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Countertop pizza ovens are wonderful, but pricey (and usually quite large). A more convenient and realistic option for making crispy pizza at home is with a pizza stone, and this ceramic model from Emile Henry is a fantastic choice. We especially like that it has easy-to-grab handles on the sides and is made from a clay that's lighter than other pizza stones.

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This clever cutting board was created by a dad, so we're confident yours will make great use of it. Unlike traditional cutting boards that make you scrape up chopped ingredients and carry them over to work bowls or hot pans, this one has a removable catch tray that hangs over the counter so ingredients can easily be swept in and taken where they're needed. It also has grooves around the edges to collect liquid and divert it into the tray — super helpful when Dad's cutting up a juicy steak.

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We're big fans of this KitchenAid stand mixer shave ice attachment, which lets you make your own shave ice concoctions at home. This works with any KitchenAid stand mixer and includes freezer molds that you can fill with water, juice, coffee, or milk depending on which flavor combos you want to try. On a hot summer day, Dad could use a refreshing treat, and this is the perfect solution.

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Give Dad a hand with cleaning the grill by giving him this steam-cleaning brush. It has two sets of sturdy bristles that scrape off burnt food bits, and its handle can be filled with water so that when you use it on a hot grill it easily powers through tough grease. A clean grill makes for better tasting food, too.