Father's Day 2015: Eight food and beverage gifts Dad will love

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By: Danielle Waldron
dwaldron@flavor574.com

Eric Strader

He’s cheered you on at little league soccer games, probably given you a few good tidbits of advice, and is known to grill one killer steak. 

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21, coinciding with the first day of summer. It’s the day to shower Dad with gifts and show him how much you care. 

But we get it: it can be tough to shop for the guy who seems to have it all and ask for nothing — especially if you want to avoid those standard gifts of ties, silly socks and cheeky cards. 

Whether Dad likes to be on the cooking side of things, or prefers to do the taste testing, we’ve got eight great gift ideas that are guaranteed to taste better than yet another button-up shirt to wear to work. 

1. Food subscription box 

Magazines are so five years ago. You can actually get produce, candy, snacks and other surprise goodies delivered right to your doorstep with subscription boxes. Boxes like Mantry, Graze and a barbecue themed Taste Trunk deliver a fun assortment on a monthly basis. Other subscription services like Plated deliver every week for new meal inspiration. 

2. Home brewing kit 

Home brewing kits are like chemistry lab kits for adults. If Dad wants to learn how to brew his own beer, DIY Coffee and Ale House (14 E. Washington St., Goshen, 574-370-2952) or Michiana Brewers Supply (117 S. Michigan St., South Bend, 574-250-2946) have just what he needs to get started. 

3. Mortar and pestle 

If the words “Guac costs extra” make you cry a little, bust out a few avocados and make your own. It’s simple to grind garlic and herbs in a mortar and pestle. This 20-oz. mortar and pestle from Le Creuset is big enough to make a dip to share, and can also be tossed in the dishwasher when you’re done. (Because we all know Dad hates doing dishes.)

4. Sporty spatula 

Dads who love spending tailgates season over the grill can show their team pride every day — not just on game day. Sportula makes spatulas that show off your favorite baseball, college, hockey and football teams. Now, the hardest question: Irish, Wolverines or Hoosiers?  

5. Artisan soap 

For the dad with a tidy beard or the one with a baby face, The Soapy Gnome (111B E. Lincoln Ave., Goshen) has classic shaving supplies and other specialty soaps

6. Himalayan salt block 

Salt blocks add a salty kick to grilling, whether it’s fish, meat or sweet fruits. Most run about $30 to $40 and are available online.

7. Smart thermometer

A must for the tech-savvy grill master, this smart thermometer by iDevices lets you monitor meat temperatures from your smartphone. So, Dad can spend the party telling great stories and terrible jokes rather than hovering over the food the whole time. It’s available on Amazon.

 

8. Local whiskey

If Pop’s been known to enjoy a good whiskey from time to time, grab him a bottle of Indiana Whiskey and a rocks glass to match, from Indiana Whiskey (1115 W. Sample St., South Bend, 574-520-1915). He’ll appreciate that the purchase of his gift supported a local, veteran-owned business, too.

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