We’ve all struggled with standing in a checkout line around Father’s Day and holding a set of whiskey stones or Himalayan shot glasses and wondering if dad will truly appreciate yet one more novelty gift—or hold it against us in his future will. Shopping for pops can make Mother’s Day seem like a breeze, but if you’re finding yourself eternally stuck, might we suggest the always delightful route of an unusual kitchen gadget? We’ve scoured the net for the best and most unusual kitchen gear, which—should any of it end up in dad’s possession—will transform him from Chef Boyardee to Chef Boulud in no time.
For the Wine Snob: Pocket Wine Aerator
If dad considers himself a certified sommelier, he’ll enjoy this pocket wine aerator from Eparé, which can aerate a glass to its maximum potential in just 15 seconds—no fancy snake-shaped decanter necessary. Buy here.
For the Guy Who Likes His Steak Moo’ing: Wireless Meat Thermometer
Pairing with an app, this high-tech thermometer makes sure pops will get that perfect medium rare each time. MEATER’s thermometer has sensors that measure the temperature of the meat and the ambient temperature in your oven or grill, giving you a countdown clock for when to remove your juicy steak from the heat, as well as a guide for how long you should let it rest. Buy here .
For the Guy Who Refuses to Order Dominos: A Portable Wood-Fired Pizza Oven
Admittedly, we’re not sure how a pizza oven that fires up to 932 degrees Fahrenheit and can cook a pie in just 60 seconds can even be legal to buy and ship on Amazon, but we’re certainly not going to be the ones to call the cops here. The Uuni 3—as it’s otherwise known—runs on its own fuel, which means dad won’t even have to find an outlet to slurp down a slice. At $299, its all-around awesomeness is the only reason we’d put this splurge-worthy gift on the list. Buy here.
For Mr. Butterfingers: A Garlic Chopping Vehicle
Whether taking a knife skills class is in his best interest or not, dad will appreciate this handy garlic chopping tool, which quickly minces up the vampire killer with one easy slide across a countertop. The best part: The more he wheels it around, the finer a chop he’ll get. Buy here.
For the Brunch Buff: All-in-One Breakfast Sandwich Maker
Imagine a morning at dad’s place, sipping coffee and frying up the ultimate hangover breakfast sandwich with this baby. It even has a timer to let you know when your breakfast creation has been cooked to peak perfection. Face it: This is basically a gift for you, too. Buy here.
For the Bespoke Bartender: Whale-Shaped Ice Cube Set
Any master mixologist probably already has a set that can make ice spheres or clear ice, but little whale-shaped ice cubes from one of his favorite weekend clothing brands? Yeah, that’ll be a killer addition to his bar game. Buy here.
For the Man Who (Rightfully So) Thinks Blue Cheese Belongs in a Cocktail
It’s perhaps the cheapest thrill here at under $8, but will pack a lot of impact in dad’s cocktail game. After all, what really is better than a blue cheese-stuffed olive in an ice-cold martini? Absolutely nothing, which is why we bet he’ll get fascinated by this olive stuffer pretty quickly. Buy here.
For the Urban Dad: A Microwavable S’mores Kit
Who needs a campfire when you can microwave your own s’more? We’ll admit—we were skeptical of those Amazon reviews, until we tried it out ourselves in a tiny NYC apartment microwave. When it comes to those gooey, delicious treats, this is the real deal, folks. Buy here.
For the BBQ Enthusiast: A Cutting Board Designed for Meat
It may look like your average, run-of-the-mill cutting board, but aside from non-slip gripper feet that keep it perfectly in place, this Architec board has a concave shape that locks in all the juices to maximize flavor. Buy here.
For the Guy Who Will Smoke Anything: A Kitchen Counter Smoking Box
Load some wood chips, herbs, or spices into this food smoker and watch dad’s face as it smokes up—with a magic-like effect—to add that smoky flavor to cheese, cocktails, or even a day-old pulled pork sandwich. Buy here.
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