June 10, 2022

Father’s Day Gift Guide

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Lucia here, writing to share some of our favorite Father’s Day gifts. If you end up using any of these suggestions, drop us a line, we’d love to know. 

First up, our Father’s Day Meal Box! This came from a group of Clover dads who asked themselves: if I had my ideal day of meals, what would it be?

Chris & the team came up with a celebratory (yet wholesome) party in a box. Get the box on 6/18, use the meals for one day of feasting or split them up over many days to stock your fridge.

Think make-your-own grilled pizzas (we give you fresh dough, toppings and instructions from Chef Chris), a steak bomb sandwich kitsmoked chocolate granola parfaits for breakfast, a midnight nacho kit, and an orange semolina cake with whipped cream.

Ok, now, on to the rest of the gift guide!

🔥 First up, for the grilling dad, there’s nothing better than the classic Weber – now made in some pretty spiffy colors. If you’re looking for something a bit more portable, check out a tabletop grill, like this one that takes less than 1 minute to set up (you’ll need to pick up propane cans too).

For marinating and dry-rubbing, our friends at Curio Spice have put together this yummy Smoke and Grill Set. 

For dads who like heat in more ways than one, check out this hot sauce grill box assembled by Brian of Craic Sauce fame. 

🍕 For a dad who yearns for the perfect pizza at home, check out Baking Steel – this MA company makes incredible cooking surfaces (both Ayr and I are proud owners of one). Warning: it’s heavy. 

To really make his ‘za dreams come true, spring for an outdoor pizza oven – my dad’s tennis buddies got him this one and it’s his constant companion. 

🥃 For the cocktail dad, sign up for a Baijiu tasting at backbar. Baijiu is the national spirit of China, and Backbar’s own Nick Lappen takes you through a tasting of 5 different baijiu with snack pairings! Just $35/person.

Or head to Boston Shaker for mixology classes, equipment, and this ginger syrup (that Kiernan tells me is worth ordering in bulk). 

🔪 For the slicing dad, give the gift of a sharper blade. Former Clover GM Scott Z has a knife-sharpening business – a gift card to A Cut Above will get dad a custom sharpening. 

While you’re sharpening knives…how about an axe-throwing session for the fam? 

⛵ Or for a less sharp but equally adventurous day, sign dad up for an afternoon spent learning to paddle, sail, or boat. Community Boating is a Boston institution for good reason. One time, I spent the night on a Community Boating sailboat and sailed to CloverFIN the next day in time for my shift 🙂

🎱 For the pool shark dad, Blatt Billiards in NYC ships their cue sticks far and wide (I wonder what the shipping package looks like). 

For a dad who needs a getaway, Kayak Explore lets you put in a desired price range to see how far you can roam.

But if he really..just…needs a good night’s sleep, you can’t go wrong with this pillow. 

☕ To wake him up again, get him a Tandem Coffee Subscription – with a different bean arriving each month. Joe tells me it’s so fun to try all the different varietals.

And to really wake him up, check out Ring Fit Adventure for the Nintendo Switch. In this game, you pair up with a magical pilates ring (yes really) to defeat kettlebells, yoga mats, and an evil bodybuilding dragon/cat. It’s a really impressive, really well-made game that gets your heartrate up and teaches you new workout skills.

📚 For the genealogy dad, The Cooking Gene, Michael Twitty’s exploration of African-American culinary history is a must-read.

For those who got into making beans during the pandemic and will not be stopped, gift a copy of the Cool Beans cookbook (it’s great) complemented by a Vermont Bean Crafters magic bean subscription. 

For the dad who wants to get into cooking but doesn’t know where to start, Milk Street Tuesday Nights is a fave, as is Salt Fat Acid Heat.

🍝 For the pasta-loving dad, we’ve just opened up a few more slots in our Pasta Saturday subscription – $55 gets a pasta kit for 4, featuring bronze-dyed pasta from Seven Hills at the Boston Public Market!

🌲 For anyone who’s serious about carpentry and artisan craft, the North Bennet St School offers basketweaving/woodworking/bookbinding/origami classes. 

For the comic book dad, Million Year Picnic in Harvard Square is a treasure. Ayr is a member of their comic subscription service, and he’s discovered lots of fun reads that way – including a Clover favorite: Oishinbo. 

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