The Five Dads You Meet On Father’s Day

Father_Knows_BestFather’s Day. It’s coming up on us pretty quickly, that third Sunday in June. Are you ready? Have you chosen a gift that really speaks to his tastes, his personality?

Do you need an idea or two?

Here are five of the kinds of fathers we know, and some gift ideas we think they’ll love to receive:

Inspector_Gadget_IMDBOne. Inspector Gadget. Work goes so much more smoothly when you’ve got the right tool or gadget for the task at hand. We have some excellent gadgets for your kitchen, grill, and dining room table, ranging from the fancy Double Salt Cellar ($35) to the super-simple pouring spout ($5) to make oil- or vinegar-drizzling precise and easy.

Two. Snack-man. We all love to nibble on snacks, but the Snack Man has an especially robust appetite when it comes to sweet, spicy, or salty treats.
Indulge his sweet (or spicy / salty) tooth with our Spicy Nuts Kit ($12.50), Pop!Corn Gift Box ($26), or Sweet Things ($19) sugar assortment.

Rory_Rub_ApronThree. Dapper Dad. Everybody’s crazy ’bout that sharp-dressed man. Keep the man’s natty duds flour-free and unsullied by wayward drinks and sauces with an attractive apron ($25). Knee length, adjustable neck and waist ties, made of sturdy, washable cotton, three capacious pockets. Clever saying included at no extra charge.

Four. Simple Simon. His needs are simple. His wants are few: a lawn chair under a tree, a good cold beer for one hand, and something hot off the grill for the other. He needs the Beer-Simmered Bratwurst kit ($14) to have it truly made in the shade. The kit features spices for simmering the sausages, and a bottle of zippy Chipotle Olive Oil for basting the brats before grilling. Or perhaps he should have the Barnyard Box ($24), with six of our favorite grill-friendly rubs and blends. This set runs the gamut from chickens and other poultry to cows and pigs, just like Old MacDonald’s Farm. [E-I-E-I-O!]

Walt-WhitmanFive. Mr. America. I hear America singing / its varied carols I hear… For the one-of-a-kind dad who has his own particular tastes, singing his own tune that is, like Walt Whitman said, “blithe and strong,” you need to choose a gift that appeal to his unique appetites. Stop by AllSpice (or browse our online store) and let us help you pick out a veritable Whitman’s Sampler (groan) of different ingredients that capture the essence of your one-of-a-kind father.

What are some of your favorite gift ideas, for the men in your life?