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Father’s Day 2020: the best food and drink gift ideas for dad

·13-min read

With June 21 fast approaching, the countdown to Father’s Day is on.

Whether you live together or haven’t seen him since lockdown began, this year there’s more reason than ever to treat your old man and show him how much you care.

The trouble is, dads can be notoriously tricky to shop for. While there are the trad man gifts of cufflinks, socks and ties, your pa deserves something more, something better - and we have just the thing; food and drink gifts.

Because if there’s one thing guaranteed to put a smile on his chops, it’s a taste or sip of something he loves. It could be a bottle of something special, a trunkle of that really stinky, gourmet cheese he inexplicably loves or a boozy hamper for him to enjoy all to himself. Choose any of these options safe in the knowledge that there’s zero chance of them gathering dust on an unloved shelf somewhere.

From posh hampers filled with treats to sippin’ whisky he can savour through the summer, here are our favourite gifts that he can sink his teeth into.

See our favourites below

Best Drinks Gifts for Father's Day

Beer Hawk Dad's Craft Beer Discovery Crate

There's few things most dads love than a quiet pint. Make his day with this crate of 12 craft beers (think IPA, pilsner and ales) along with a special tasting glass - all for a decent £30.

Shipped directly to his door in 'dad-proof packaging' Beer Hawk has included a label on the front to ensure he won't open it before June 21. If he's a beer man, this bumper crate will leave him hopping with joy.

£30 | Beer Hawk

Also available on Amazon (£33.95)

Whiskey Wedge - Whisky Glass with Silicone Ice Mould from Corkcicle

If he loves nothing more than relaxing with a tumbler of whiskey, let your dad contemplate the rich flavours with this ice sculpture. All you need to do is freeze the silicone mould with water in the glass and once chilled, you’ll get a perfectly formed wedge of ice to sip alongside your favourite dram.

£23.39 | Amazon

World Whisky Collection Gift Set

Indulge the whisky loving dad in your life with this collectable collection of whisky miniatures from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. This giftable set features four 5cl miniatures, including a 9 year Heaven Hill American Whiskey, 8 year Single Malt Irish Whiskey, 3 year Slyrs and an 8 year English Whisky Co.

Each bottle has been detailed with an original design and comes packaged in a handsome box.

£44.95 | Master of Malt

The Bombay Sapphire x Print Club London screen printing kit

Now here's a gin gift with a difference. Get the old dog learning new tricks with The Bombay Sapphire x Print Club London screen printing kit, which includes a blue bottle of the iconic gin alongside all the tools he'll need to screenprint his own fabulous design. Whether he's new to the art scene or a dab hand with a paintbrush he can find a how-to on the Print Club London's Instagram page, presented by illustrator James Daw.

£39 | Bombay Sapphire

Dewar's Luxury Whisky Hamper

If dad's favourite tipple is scotch, treat him to the hamper of dreams - a basket brimming with the precious amber liquid. Dewar's hamper features three premium whiskies, Dewar’s 12-Year-Old, 15 Year Old and 18 Year Old in pocket-sized 20cl bottles. Also included are two tasting glasses and a rich Aberfeldy whisky fudge, together with a copy of Charles MacLean’s ‘Miscellany of Whisky’ book. The perfect gift for connoisseurs.

£79 | Dewar

Sipsmith Chilli & Lime Gin, 70cl

The latest flavoured gin to join Sipsmith's line-up, Chilli & Lime packs a serious punch that he will love on Father's Day. Enhance the limited edition from Sipsmith's Sipping Series with spicy garnishes like fresh, chopped chilli to coax out the hot, sweet and fruity notes. Best used to make a margarita, complete with a salt rim, naturally.

£28.50 | John Lewis

Edinburgh Gin x Penguin Classics

Pairing booze and books, Edinburgh Gin and Penguin have teamed up for a unique Father's Day package. He'll get a 70cl bottle of the beautifully packaged small-batch EB gin, along with your choice of Robinson Crusoe, Sherlock Holmes or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

£40 | Edinburgh Gin

NIO Pre-mixedCocktails

With cocktail bars still off limits for the time being, NIO cocktails is the perfect way to send the bar to him. The company offers pre-mixed cocktails that come in letterbox-sized gift boxes of 3, 6 and 9. Simply head online, select this favourite tipples from a menu of 15 and send them on their way. All he'll need is some ice and a glass.

£39 for 6 | NIO Cocktails

Yellowstone Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon

For a twist on a Father's Day breakfast in bed, serve him up this boozy treat made with a smooth, sweet and smoky bourbon. Rim tumblers with lime, dredge through bacon salt and load the glass up with ice. In a separate glass, combine a 60ml measure of Yellowstone Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon with 90ml of Bloody Mary mix and stir. Pour into a rimmed glass over ice. Garnish with olives and enjoy! 

£33.64 | Master of Malt

Father’s Day 9 Beer Bundle

For dads who appreciate a good pint, treat him to a beer bundle from HonestBrew. This bumper box is packed full with hop-based treats: think nine beers cherry picked from the company’s network of breweries, a limited edition glass, a pair of Happy Socks and a voucher for more beer worth £10. It’s a great way to get him discovering new favourites.

£29.90 | HonestBrew

Smith & Sinclair The Whiskey Club selection box

The food wizards over at Smith & Sinclair have a treat like no other for your dad this Father's Day. They've come up with whiskey-infused confectionery inspired by some of the most famous whiskey-based cocktails in the world: think Whiskey Sour, Manhattan, Bourbon Old Fashioned and Whiskey & Ginger. Each boozy edible gummy contains 5 per cent ABV, which should be enough to give your old man a light, playful buzz.

For a fiver more, you can upgrade to the Father's Day Gift Set which adds a pair of socks to the mix. Next day delivery available.

From £15 | Smith & Sinclair

Wild Turkey 101

A bourbon beloved across the pond, Wild Turkey is a winning choice for a boozy Father's Day gift. The initial fire, courtesy of black pepper, gives way to a toffee-like sweetness that's mellow yet rich all at the same time.

£28.89 | Drink Supermarket

SodaStream Spirit Hydration Pack​

Is he constantly banging on about the good old days? Take him back to the golden days of his youth with a SodaStream. The classic kitchen gadget makes more than just sparkling water - the hydration pack, on sale right now, comes with lemonade and raspberry and mint flavour bottles so he can make his own fresh fizzy drinks at home.​

£99.99 | SodaStream​​

The Duppy Share Caribbean Rum, 70cl

We're all feeling lockdown lethargy at the moment, but the good news is boozy escapism is just a click away. The Duppy Share, a rum made in the sunny Caribbean, is a great gift with which to spoil your pa. It looks as gorgeous as it tastes with a bright, cheerful label that reminds us of vintage holiday posters.

£28 | John Lewis

Mr Black's Espresso Martini Gift Box

Calling all espresso martini fans! Cult liqueur Mr Black has launched the ultimate gift box for coffee fans: think Volcano coffee, a bottle of Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur, Volcano coffee pods and a branded Mr Black jar. So good you might want to get another for yourself too.

£35 | Mr Black

Personalised Johnnie Walker Black Label

Is your father a Loyal Johnnie Walker scotch drinker? If he won't hold a glass of anything else come cocktail hour, there's a way to make sure his Father's Day bottle is more special than most. The brand is offering a personalisation service (which includes text and a photo) on sales of Johnnie Walker Black, Double Black, Green and Gold Label bottles. Just hit the link below to get started.

£29.99 | Johnnie Walker

Mount Gay Honey Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit

If your padre loves nothing more than kicking back with a cocktail, he'll be over the moon with a Mount Gay Honey Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit. It comes with a bottle of Mount Gay Black Barrel Double Cask Blend Rum, plus a Mount Gay cocktail mixing glass and spoon. In short, everything he needs to whip up a classic Old Fashioned up at home.

£59.99 | Borough Box

Edinburgh Beer Factory Thistly Variety Can Pack

Shake up your dad's beer repertoire with a selection of unusual flavours from the Edinburgh Beer Factory. The huge selection will keep his thirst quenched for a good few days and includes the likes of ciders, elderflower beer and whisky cask cans.

£38.40 | Edinburgh Beer Factory

Mumbai Gin

Treat him to a brief visit to India's most exhilarating city, Mumbai - without breaking lockdown. This independent gin brand is infused with exotic flavours like mango and pomegranate to offer a fresh and exciting taste of the bar-shelf classic. It's the perfect tipple to create tasty cocktails as you raise a toast to him this Father's Day.

£36 | Mumbai Gin

Best Foodie Gifts for Father's Day

Harvey Nichols British Collection Gift Box

A hamper is a winning choice for a special occasion; a basketful always feels like a proper treat.

They’re not always ridiculously expensive either; this one costs just £35 and has a selection of gourmet goodies from Harvey Nicks’ food hall. Think Handmade Butter Shortbread Biscuits, 25 English Breakfast Teabags, a jar of Old English Thick Cut Marmalade, Extra Sharp Sherbet Lemons and fabulously indulgent Salted Caramel Fudge.

£35 | Harvey Nichols

Steak Box by Smith & Wollensky

Seeing as you can't take the old man out for a celebration meal on June 21, the meal will have to come to him. Famed steakhouse Smith & Wollensky has joined up with the new premium grocery box delivery service Knock Knock by Smith & Brock to launch the new Smith & Wollensky Steak Box, just in time for Father's Day.

You can choose between an Irish grass fed Tomahawk or USDA Prime Sirloin Steak for two or four diners. Whichever meat you choose they'll be cut to order the day before delivery for maximum freshness.

Along with the prime meat, the box will contain premium veg to pair with the steaks; think potatoes, asparagus, Portabella mushrooms and plenty of greens. The ultimate way to spoil your pop, this gift is guaranteed to leave his stomach full and his heart happy.

From £65 | Knock Knock

The Ripon Hamper from Cartwright & Butler

From sweet treats to savoury snacks, the Ripon Hamper from Cartwright & Butler is a dad's day feast. Packed with morning to midnight delicacies like strawberry preserve jam, traditional Yorkshire chutney, gouda cheese melts, triple chocolate chunk biscuits and more - it's the failsafe gift he can enjoy at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

£41 | Cartwright & Butler

Heinz personalised products

Heinz has launched a personalisation service just in time for Fathers Day. You can now get his favourite tin of beans, soup or bottle of sauce printed with a bespoke label bearing his name or just a classic 'dad'.

There are six of Heinz's bestsellers available to personalise: beans, tomato soup, spaghetti hoops, mayo and tomato ketchup in plastic or glass bottles. If you want to really push the boat out, add a gift box and personal message for just a quid more.

The personalisation service will run from now until the end of the year, so you can get playful yet practical food gifts for all your friends and family.

£5.49 | Heinz to Home

Foreman & Field Dad’s Delights Hamper

Want to make sure June 21 is the best day of his year so far? Have this generous hamper delivered to his door. Treats include a mixed case of beer from local craft brewery Orbit, a traditional crumbly-on-the-outside-juicy-on-the-inside Pork Pie, homemade Piccalilli, Smoked Salmon Jerky and Serious Pig's Snacking Cheese. Yum!

From £47.95 | Foreman & Field

Pierre Marcolini Box of 18 Grands crus

If your dad is the kind of man who appreciates good quality chocolate, you need to head to Pierre Marcolini, stat. The luxury chocolatier has a selection of confectionery that he will adore, including this box of 18 pure ganache sweets made using the finest cocoa beans.

£19.90 | Pierre Marcolini

La Hacienda Steel Multi-Function Pizza Oven

Hot pizza pies straight from the oven? Sign us up! You might have to join forces with your siblings to spring for this slightly expensive gift, but any foodie-loving dad will be over the moon with it. The 95 per cent steel construction crisps up pizzas and tasty BBQ style treats too. You can even smoke fish and meats on this baby! He’ll need a hand to get the oven assembled as it’s a two-person job, so make sure he has someone who can give him a hand if you don’t live together.

£140 | Argos

Rosebud Boozy Preserves

A luxury gift to enjoy with his special Father’s Day breakfast in bed, this trio of jams and chutneys won’t fail to bring a smile to his face. He can slather Satsuma & Gin Marmalade and Pear & Brandy Jam over hot toast and save the Beer Fruit Chutney for a BBQ lunch.

£20 | Rosebud Preserves

Olly’s Olives Massive Box of Nuts, Olives & Beer

A tongue-in-cheek gift for the dad that loves to chuckle at a good innuendo, this bumper set of nibbles and beer is sure to go down a treat. The gift set includes a whopping 1kg of nuts in your preferred flavour (choose from Chilli & Lime, Sweet & Spicy, Smokey or Salty Nuts) as well as a pouch of juicy olives and a £5 No Heroes Beer Gift Card.

They're even including a handwritten card with a personalised message so you can send the complete package directly to his door. The cherry on top? Ten per cent of all proceeds will go to testicular cancer charity, The Oddballs Foundation.

£25 | Olly’s Olives

Door Knock Drop’s Father’s Day gift box

Catering to dads in the Greater London area, online grocer Door Knock Drop is offering a hand-curated box of gourmet delights to brighten up Father’s Day.

The package is stuffed with the finest farm-to-front-door ingredients; think a selection of cheeses to enjoy alongside Cradocs crackers, Volcano Coffee Works coffee, Beavertown Neck oil beer, Ladybird Homemade fig jam and a range of fruit and veggies, plus loads more. It should be enough to keep him going for a while.

£39.95 | Door Knock Drop

Oddbox eGiftcard Voucher

If your papa fancies himself as a bit of a Jamie Oliver in the kitchen, he'll love an e-voucher for Oddbox, the food waste-fighting fruit and veg subscription service.

Each box is brimming with fresh fruit and veg; think courgettes, peppers, asparagus, strawberries, blueberries and pineapples. The medley of fresh ingredients make them ideal for summer suppers or grilled alongside juicy sausages, steaks and burgers.

Available to buy and send online with a personalised message, they're the perfect solution to any last-minute gifting woes.

From £10 | Oddbox

Farhi Chocolate and caramelised nut selection box

Exclusive to Selfridges, send this bumper box of gourmet chocolate, nuts and nougat at your peril - your dad will need super strength willpower to not devour the entire thing in one shot. The scrumptious 1080g set includes cashes, brazil nuts and hazelnuts, all covered in white, dark and milk chocolate.

£34.99 | Selfridges

Also available at Farhi

Verdict

Hampers always feel like a proper treat, and when it comes to spoiling your old man, there's no better time than Father's Day. Harvey Nichol's hamper is packed with sugary and savoury treats we're sure every dad will love, while Beer Hawk's impressive beer crate should give him the chance to indulge in something new. Both are under £40 and offer home delivery - does it get better than that?

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