Sure, it’s a little bit too typical to invest in a new grill or grilling tools for Father’s Day, but what about a product that’s more than just your standard barbecue? Bonus: The Cuisinart Griddler fits on your countertop, making it perfect for city living — dad can grill some salmon or burgers without setting foot outside. What saves this one from being "just another Father’s Day grill," however, is the fact that it's a 5-in-1 machine, ready to sear steak, press the perfect panini and much, much more. In short, just like dad, the Griddler is versatile — don’t try to box either of them in.
Another standard option for a dad gift is anything beer-related, but opting for another pint glass is on par with sending him golf balls or a tie. By that, we mean it’s been done before — by you and the rest of the world. If your pops enjoys a nice drink after a long day, we suggest upping your game with this lovely whiskey decanter set. Sleek, minimalist and downright cool, this decanter will let your dad display his whiskey, scotch and/or bourbon in style. Best of all, the decanter comes with two crystal glasses, meaning you can share a virtual "cheers" over Zoom once dad is done unwrapping the set.
Perhaps whiskey isn’t your dad’s beverage of choice? No sweat. Some useful coffee-themed gadgets are sure to give him not only a great cup of Joe, but a new hobby. If your parents are anything like mine, they might initially roll their eyes at the idea of pour-over coffee — back in "their day," making a pour-over was a cheap, easy way to make coffee. However, after years of single-brew Keurig pods and functional Mr. Coffee pots, a return to form might be welcome, especially if that means trying out the Classic Chemex. This refreshingly low-tech coffeemaker is timeless and easy-as-coffee-cake to use. Simply place a filter in the top half of the glass coffeemaker, scoop your grounds in and then pour hot water over the coffee, hence the process’ name.
Of course, this whole setup blends both science and art: You have to let the grounds "bloom," and getting that full flavor out of the coffee takes time. Luckily, Chemex provides all the tips and tricks you need to get started, so you can brew a perfectly rich cup of Joe. Of course, finding the right coffee maker is only half the battle when it comes to brewing the perfect pour-over coffee. That other half? Finding just the right way to heat your water, for which I recommend pairing the Chemex with the Buono Power Kettle for simple, plug-and-play coffee making.
Whether dad’s spending a lot of time inside making the perfect panini or his favorite at-home coffee — or just enjoying the fruits of his labor — you want to help him create a perfect atmosphere. Sure, earbuds are all the rage, but for a person who grew up with vinyl and loved to fill the whole house with music, the right speaker might be even better.
One option that provides incredible sound and a wallet-friendly price-point is the Sonos One (Gen 2) Smart Speaker, which allows for voice commands (cue Alexa or Google Assistant), Spotify-streaming (well, actually you can stream 80 music services in total) and a whole host of other very modern features. Better yet, you can create a wireless, multiroom audio system that’s both easy to control and easy on the ears by pairing two or more Sonos speakers. Just be on hand near your phone to lend some tech support if that’s not dad’s forte. I mean, if you didn’t help with the setup, that would be like not including batteries with a Walkman.