You want to give him something to remind him that he's a great Dad. Only the last time you went to see him, you saw the shirt you bought for his birthday tucked away at the back of the cupboard, next to the novelty socks and game of toilet golf from years before. So what to get your Dad that he might actually use?? Easy. Most people like to eat and drink right?
To give you some ideas we've rounded up some gastronomic treats that are a little bit different. Our favourite food and drink gift picks from some great independents that should cover all bases;
Wilding’s Duck Crackling Variety Pack - £7.50Of course we’d have to be quacking mad to not put ourselves on this list. Our variety pack trio of duck crackling contains one of each of our perfectly balanced flavours and makes a gift that is totally unique. For a crackling lover, a food fanatic, or just someone who likes a snack with a nice craft beer or a glass of Shiraz! Variety packs are available online or single packs of Peking Duck flavour are also available in Sainsburys Superstores. WildingSnacks.com
Spice Pots Luxury Gift Tin - £40The master of all curry kits for Dads who are curry lovers or keen cooks! Spice Pots are 100% natural, blended spice mixes that will help him to make great homemade curry. The gift tin includes five tins of different spice blends, each tin making 8 servings, so they become store-cupboard essentials and not just one hit wonders. It also includes a recipe book and a chef’s candle, so it really is a great package! SpicePots.com
BoroughBox - Dad Box - £29.99Craft beer, beer bread making kit, and a selection of craft meat snacks. What’s not to love! Oh and wait, what’s that we spot?? A pack of Wilding’s duck crackling too. The Dad Box from BoroughBox is a great choice for the Dad with adventurous tastebuds who likes to eat and drink, and even more so if he likes to do both at the same time! BoroughBox.com
The Smokey Carter - Gift Tubes - From £15For the meat-lover or the Dad who loves to barbecue, the Smokey Carter make delicious award winning rubs and sauces inspired by international flavours. All hand-created in sunny Manchester by husband and wife team, Howard and Samantha Carter. There are loads of good options to choose from, but the American Roadtrip BBQ rub tube would be our pick. Or the Make Your Own Bacon Home Curing Kit if your Dad fancies himself as a bit of a culinary experimenter! TheSmokeyCarter.com
BeerBods Gift Subscription - From £36For the craft beer buff who likes to know more about what he is drinking, rather than just sinking it. With this BeerBods gift subscription, he’ll get one bottle of beer and the story behind it, every week for 12 weeks (or more if you are feeling extra generous). So it’s a gift that will keep on giving for more than just one Saturday evening! Beerbods.co.uk
HotSmoked Hot-smoking kit - £25This is a smoking hot gift for a BBQ obsessive or experimental chef. It includes everything you need to turn your BBQ into a hot smoker and infuse your food with aromatic wood-smoked flavours. All packaged in a kraft gift box; you get a range of wood chips, a steel smoker box, a jar of BBQ rub and a recipe booklet. It’s a popular gift this time of year so if they’ve all flown out the door, no fear, they have other similar smoking kits available too. HotSmoked.co.uk
Coffee Brewing Workshops - From £30If your Dad is a coffee addict or aficionado, why not help him buff up on his favourite pastime? There are lots of coffee brewing courses popping up around the UK but we found a great selection from Origin Coffee which can be taken on various dates at their Roastery in Cornwall or their Coffee Shop in Southwark. There’s even a Latte Art course so he can learn to sign his own coffee with a fancy heart. OriginCoffee.co.uk
If you know of any other unique or interesting food and drink gifts, feel free to share them and we'll add some of them in the comments below!