Top 10 gifts for the food-loving man

Jun 2, 2013 at 3:36 a.m. ET

Foodie dads are fun to buy for — anything that can be put to use in the kitchen usually makes them happy! Here are our top 10 gifts for the food-loving man.

Are you stumped about what to get your food-loving man for Father's Day? Look no further! These 10 food-themed gifts will have any foodie ready to get cooking!


Ice cream maker

Ice cream maker

The weather is warming up outside, so it's time to cool down with a cold bowl of homemade ice cream. The Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2 Quart Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet and Ice Cream Maker (, $90) does a whole lot more than your average ice cream maker, adding a ton of features Dad will love. Not only does it make ice cream, but it makes many other frozen treats, including drinks! It also makes a lot and usually does it in less than 30 minutes. Follow the recipes that come with it or create your own using fresh ingredients. Dad will be making fresh ice cream and refreshing frozen drinks for the whole family in no time flat!


Vacuum sealing system

Vacuum sealing system

Foodies everywhere agree that nothing spoils meal plans like freezer-burned ingredients. The FoodSaver V3880 Vacuum Sealer (, $183) safely seals meats, along with other dry and delicate foods. Once sealed, foods are odor-free and maintain their taste and quality long after other frozen foods have gone bland. We love this sleek-looking machine because its stainless steel finish looks great in any kitchen and because its vertical profile makes it take up less counter space than most sealers. As a bonus, this model comes with a marinator canister that works with the sealer to marinate foods in minutes instead of hours.


Quesadilla maker

Quesadilla maker

Your dad doesn't have to be a skilled chef to use the Nostalgia Electrics Quesadilla Maker (Bed Bath and Beyond, $20) — it will do all the work for him! Dad can just pile on his favorite ingredients, and this handy little machine will perfectly melt the cheese and cook his tortilla to a light crisp in just a few minutes. The quesadillas come out evenly segmented and fiesta ready!


Kitchen towels

Kitchen towels

Let's face it, the kitchen is a room where things tend to get messy. Get Dad something that will come in handy when he's in need of a little cleanup. The tea towels from Fisk and Fern (, $16) are screen printed by hand with original designs, all poking a little bit of fun at Dad's favorite foods. We love the bacon design, but there are lots to choose from. These towels are all machine washable and are a great, low-cost way to show Dad you know what he loves.


Indoor grill

Indoor grill

Most foodie dads love to grill, but it's not always in the cards. Sometimes the weather doesn't cooperate, and sometimes there's not time for everything involved. In those cases, your dad will love to fall back on the George Foreman 5 Serving Classic-Plate Grill (Walmart, $40). Not only is it great for burgers, chicken and other meats, but a simple hinge adjustment turns this fabulous little machine into a panini press. Sandwich lovers everywhere will drool at what this baby can do.




Health-conscious dads will be excited to receive the Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor from Black & Decker (, $50). This easy-to-use machine quickly turns fresh fruits and veggies into delicious juices your whole family will love. The high-quality strainer guarantees you'll never get any pulp or strings in your juice, and the parts are all dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.


Pizza oven

Pizza oven

Everybody likes pizza, right? With the Presto Pizzazz Pizza Oven (Walmart, $39), homemade and frozen pizzas come out tasting like they came from your favorite pizzeria. Dad will love the way the dual heating elements ensure the cheese is bubbly and the crust is crispy. You don't even have to defrost frozen pizzas to use this countertop pizza cooker.


Kitchen utensils


Keep your foodie dad happy with new tools of the trade! Give him all he needs with one handy gadget — the Magisso Turner Spoon Spatula (Amazon, $25). This tool starts off flat, like a spatula, but a gentle squeeze turns it into a spoon. Your dad can use it to flip, stir and serve, all without switching between utensils. Best of all, it always lies flat for easy cleaning and storage.


Salsas, sauces and relishes


If you've got a dad who loves to cook, give him some great ingredients to work with! Mrs. Renfro's Gourmet Salsas are so much more than the jars of product you'll find at your local grocery store. Their products include salsas of all different heat levels, as well as sauces, cheeses, relishes, pickled products and more. These delicious goodies shouldn't be wasted on a bag of chips (though they're good that way, too!). Each package lists a recommended recipe for that product, ranging from marinades to chili ingredients and quesadilla recipes. Better yet, all of the salsas are fat-free, gluten-free and all natural. The prices for most Mrs. Renfro products range from $3 to $4, making it easy and affordable to send Dad a big bundle of goodies.



bbq cookbook

If your dad spends his time cooking over the grill, give him something new to create. Dad will love the new Famous Dave's Barbecue Party Cookbook (Barnes and Noble, $25). The book is full of Dave's personal recipes — the ones that inspired his famous restaurant chain and his popular line of seasonings, spices and sauces. In this book, Dad will find tons of must-try barbecue recipes, including for appetizers, entrées and desserts.

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