We love our dads, but they can be tough to shop for. Finding that perfect Father’s Day gift he a) doesn’t already have, and b) actually wants, is an even tougher task. But if your old man is into cooking and booze, you’re in luck. We have ten ideas to impress the toughest father-critics on June 17.
This is one of the best espresso machines around for solo shots and espresso drinks. Want to see it in action? Most area Williams-Sonoma stores stock demo models and make samples upon request. $300 at Williams-Sonoma, multiple area locations.
If Dad is in the driver’s seat of the bacon bandwagon, this is the accessory for him. Plus you can pick up a card at the same time. $20 at the Paper Source, multiple area locations.
Both Dad and his glass will be tipsy after a pour of whiskey in these handblown, curved-bottom glasses that rest at an angle. $32 for six at Table Top DC.
Ask a chef what dream knife he or she would pick, and the answer would probably be one from Korin, a Manhattan-based shop with an extensive collection of Japanese knives. You can really splurge on a $2,600 Togiharu chef’s knife, but we like the more reasonable equivalent. $149 from Korin.com.
Don’t want to go crazy on a blade? These colorful pairing knives are super-sharp, and plastics sheaths make them handy on a camping trip. $10 from Sur La Table, multiple area locations.
Oneida Midcentury Crystal Decanter
For the dad who loves Mad Men and has everything, here’s a stately decanter for all his dark-liquor office-drinking needs. $295 from the Hour.
If Dad’s culinary idols are David Chang and Anthony Bourdain—and he’s into scouring local Asian markets for ingredients—this cookbook from the New York-based Fatty Crab and Fatty Cue chef will fast become his favorite. $25 from Amazon.com.
On the flipside, if your dad is more into browsing farmers markets for seasonal vegetables than cooking suckling pig, check out the latest cookbook by restaurateur extraordinaire Alain Ducasse, the sometimes-local toque behind Adour. $25 from Amazon.com.
The most interesting man in the world isn’t the fictional Dos Equis character, but rather Martin Miller, the real-life rogue behind this smooth gin—a good role model who makes spectacular gin for dads and bachelors alike. $29 at Ace Beverage.
Father’s Day in Washington 2012