best kitchen and cooking gifts for new dads

Finding the right Father’s Day gift for a foodie-turned-new-parent can be challenging. You want to get him something that will inspire his culinary pursuits, while still being practical enough to use with an infant in the house. If you’re trying to avoid cliched food-themed Father’s Day gifts (yes, “Stand Back, Dad is Cooking” apron, we’re looking at you) we’ve got ideas. Whether the dad in your life lives for time-saving culinary hacks or is the kind of guy who gets excited at the prospect of DIY-ing everything—including making his own yogurt, baby food, and sous vide sausage, here are some of the best gifts for new dads.

ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide, $159 on Amazon

Joule sous vide system

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As a new parent, going out to eat isn’t always realistic. With a unique  “Visual Doneness” feature, this sous vide machine helps home chefs make restaurant-quality food that’s perfectly cooked every time. (The built-in app allows you to see exactly how your food will turn out—before you start cooking.) Unlike other sous vide machines, this one is compact, fits in a drawer, and doesn’t require any additional equipment (just your phone, a favorite pot, a Ziploc-style bag, and water). Get this for the new dad in your life and you’ll be enjoying the perfect sous vide steak in no time.Buy Now

Instant Pot Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer, $69.99 on Amazon

6-Quart Instant Pot 7-in-1

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Efficiency is key when you’re a new parent. There’s a reason why this ubiquitous pressure cooker is so popular: it pretty much does everything. From delicious slow-cooked meals to homemade yogurt, the Instant Pot is a great 7-in-1 tool for dads who want to cook delicious meals for their family without a lot of kitchen time. If he doesn’t already own an Instant Pot, new fatherhood is the perfect excuse.Buy Now

“Fix-It and Forget-It Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes for Dad: 150 Recipes Dad Will Love to Make, Eat, and Share!” by Hope Comerford, $13.27 on Amazon

Fix It and Forget It slow cooker cookbook for new dads

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Put your slow cooker to work with this collection of “fix-it and forget-it” recipes that are made for new dads. Inside you’ll find pantry-friendly recipes for hearty favorites like Slow-Cooked Short Ribs, Garlic Lime Chicken, Chipotle Chili, and even a Hot Fudge Cake—all designed with tight schedules and budgets in mind.Buy Now

Mueller Ultra-Stick 500 Watt 9-Speed Immersion Blender, $29.98 on Amazon

Mueller stick blender

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New dads will love this ultra-versatile, time-saving, Swiss army knife of a kitchen appliance. Powerful and durable, this stainless steel immersion blender quickly blends everything from whipped cream and soups to sauces, smoothies, and baby food. You can even use it to make your own peanut butter.Buy Now

KitchenAid Ravioli Maker, $99.91 on Amazon

KitchenAid ravioli maker attachment

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If the guy in your life has been talking about making his own pasta, this KitchenAid ravioli maker will make his dreams come true. Designed to fit all models of KitchenAid household stand mixers, this attachment lets you manually guide two sheets of fresh pasta through the hopper, filling the pockets with whatever combination of ingredients you choose. Next stop: the perfect homemade butternut squash ravioli with sage-brown butter sauce.Buy Now

Bamboo Cookbook and Tablet Stand, $15.88 on Amazon

bamboo cookbook and tablet stand

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Life with a new baby can get messy…fast. Prevent drips, splatters, and unsightly marinara stains with this ruggedly stylish bamboo cookbook and tablet stand. Made of ultra durable bamboo, this adjustable stand allows you to read recipes at multiple angles while protecting tablets and treasured cookbooks from accidents.Buy Now

Large Walnut Wood Cutting Board by Virginia Boys Kitchens, $59.97 on Amazon

walnut cutting board

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This knife-friendly cutting board made of sustainably sourced walnut does double duty as a kitchen workhorse and a rustic serving tray. Ultra durable with a juice groove around one edge to catch runaway liquids, this cutting board will surely become an integral part of meal prep for years to come. Also, it’s cute and rustic, making it perfect for those impromptu date nights of cheese and charcuterie in front of the TV (whenever the baby falls asleep). Each board comes in its original raw and unseasoned form so you get to use whichever seasoning oil or finishing wax you prefer.Buy Now

“Once Upon a Chef, the Cookbook: 100 Tested, Perfected, and Family-Approved Recipes” by Jennifer Segal, $19 on Amazon

Once Upon a Chef cookbook

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This Washington Post bestselling cookbook makes a lovely gift for new dads looking to perfect their cooking skills. Jenn Segal is a professional chef turned busy working parent and she’s put together a collection of delicious and easy-to-make family recipes. Think cozy favorites like Fiery Roasted Tomato Soup paired with Smoked Gouda & Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, and Buttermilk Soaked Chicken Tenders, alongside snack recipes for things like Buttery Cajun Popcorn, and Sweet, Salty & Spicy Pecans that are sure to be popular at family get-togethers. The book is also chock-full of chef driven tips like how to season correctly with salt, how to balance flavors, and how to make the most of leftovers.Buy Now

Chef’n Stalk Chop Cauliflower Prep Tool, $7.99 on Amazon

cauliflower prep tool

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Cauliflower is having a moment as the latest trendy superfood. However, cutting and preparing this nutrient-packed veggie can sometimes be, well, less than super. Enter this super-handy cauliflower prep tool that’s perfect for the health conscious dads. Easier and safer than using a knife, this vegetable wrangling gadget makes separating florets from the stalk a breeze. It also works great on broccoli.Buy Now

Original BentoHeaven Bento Box Bundle, $22.95 on Amazon

bento box

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New dads will have fun practicing their lunch-making skills with this adorable bento box set. With these leak-proof stacking containers you can prepare any kind of food, whether it is cold or warm, and enjoy it on the go. It even comes with a set of lunch box notes, so that dads can include a personal message with their loved ones’ lunch (dad jokes included).Buy Now

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