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Father's day 2021: the best food & drink gifts for your dad

Great whisky, pork scratching and beer, or a spicy rum - we've found the best food and drink gifts in the UK so you can spoil your father this Father's Day

Published: June 2, 2021
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With Father's Day looming, it's time to start thinking about the best way of saying thank you to all those lovely dads out there.

But does he really need another leather wallet, or a pair of bike-themed cufflinks he'll only wear once?

No; what Dads are really after are some delicious goodies just for them, or a perhaps a dram or two of whisky.

Luckily, we've compiled a selection of food & drink ideas for Father's Day to help inspire your gift buying decisions.

And, if he's anything like most Dads, he'll have forgotten all about it, and will be both surprised and delighted to receive any of these wonderful gifts on the 20 June.

Loch Lomond Distillery 12 Year Old Miniature Gift Set 3 x 20cl (£21.95)

If you don't know which is your Dad's favourite whisky, this tasting set from one of Scotland's finest distilleries will allow him to enjoy three sumptuous drams.

Featuring three single malt whiskies, all 12 years old, each finished in a different cask, to provide a delectably lingering taste for each one - Inchmoan smacks of smoke and spice, Inchmurrin is fruity and sweet, and the Perfectly Balanced dram falls neatly in between. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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Absolut Elyx Martini Set (£96)

Is your father a Martini lover? This stunning set is the Martini-mixers dream, elegant and refined.

The four-piece set includes a jigger, julep strainer, mixing glass and bar spoon. There's also a comprehensive martini recipe guide to help the recipient perfect their martini-making skills at home.

Each tool is made using copper-plated and hand-polished premium stainless steel, and the etched mixing glass is handcrafted in Poland. 

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BrewDog Distilling Co. Pre-Made Cocktails (£20.95)

Fancy taking your Dad out for a picnic as a few swift drinks, but don't want to stick to the usual beers? These pre-made cocktails are ideal. With a Negroni, a Martini, a Porn Star Martini, and a Sour, there's flavours to delight every palate. Simply strain over ice.

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Gift Tin Of Chocolate Formula One Cars (£16)

A great gift for fans of formula 1 racing, a clear lidded tin of foil wrapped chocolate formula 1 cars.

Also available as sports cars in a round clear lidded tin. Each tin contains 15 cars made from solid chocolate and foil wrapped in a variety of colours.

Once all the chocolates are gone dad can use the handy tin to store anything he pleases .
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Indulgent Food Gift Box (£40)

This is one for the dad’s who enjoy the finer things in life.

The box, which comes beautifully presented, includes a bottle of red wine - Côtes du Rhône la Grande Voute (75cl), Scottish shortbread tin (100g), milk chocolate florentines (150g), apple and fig chutney (200g), limited edition Salisbury plain honey (130g) and mixed nuts.

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Jaffa Cake Vodka Bottling Note 50cl (£22.95)

Perfect for a Dad who likes something a bit out of the ordinary - and, of course, who loves jaffa cakes.

When you first open the bottle, you're hit with the aroma of the chocolate orange cake we all adore.

Massive waves of fresh orange segment jump right out of the glass, with a little touch of orange wine gums too.

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Sponge cake richness appears underneath citrus, offering a vanilla-rich backbone to the spirit. A little hint of chocolate grows after a minute in the glass. This really is a must try.
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Vegan Luxury Gift Hamper (£35)

This one is aimed at vegan dads, but even if your dad isn’t vegan he will still appreciate the quality food included.

Eden Treats works with new, artisan and emerging producers, to deliver a unique and delicious treat experience which dad will love.

You can add branded gin, whisky and vodka liqueurs to the hamper, as well as personalisation, at an additional cost.

The hamper contents rotate on a regular basis, but you can be sure dad will receive quality goods which are all 100 per cent suitable for vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy free and plant-based diets.

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The Woodsman Whisky & S'more Box (£30)

New from Morrisons, this whisky Cocktail Box is centred around The Woodsman Whisky.  

The box contains all the ingredients dad will need to make The Woodsman Maple Syrup Old Fashioned, and a refreshing highball, The Woodsman with Ginger Beer.

He’ll also find ingredients for the perfect S’more and other snacks, ideal for nights around the fire or BBQ this summer. 

The box includes The Woodsman Whisky (70cl), Fentimans Natural Ginger Beer (750ml), Morrisons The Best No. 2 Grade Pure Maple Syrup (189ml), Butterkist Crunchy Toffee Popcorn (170g), Morrisons Marshmallows (200g),  Morrisons Milk Chocolate Digestives (300g), Morrisons Bamboo Skewers (100 Pack) and Morrisons The Best Chipotle Pulled Pork BBQ crisps. Delivery also included.

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Sandeman 10 year old tawny port glass pack 75cl (£27.95)

This is a decadent and deep port wine, designed for dads with sophisticated pallets. A red brick nectar with an elegant and complex aroma, it features earthy notes of ripe fruit, jam and nuts, offset with hints of vanilla and raisins. 

Presented in a contemporary gift pack which includes the Sandeman 10 Year old Tawny Port bottle and two branded port glasses, this is a lovely gift set.

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Sausage Roll Bouquet (£29.99)

Cheese and pickle sandwiches will be off the menu for a while with this sausage roll bouquet. Yep, you read that right. It's a bit ridiculous but all together a great idea - and absolutely delicious too.

Included are 8 artisan sausage rolls flavoured with all sorts winning combinations. You'll get a Hog Roast, Pork and Apple, Original Pork, Black Pudding and Apple Roll, Maple Roasted Root Veggie Roll, BBQ Pulled Pork, Stilton & Caramelised Onion and classic Cheese and Onion.

Each sausage roll can be heated up in the oven or eaten cold - and if you just can't get through them all that quickly (which is unlikely) they're suitable for home-freezing too.

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Scottish Sweet Treats Gift Box (£19.99)

Transport Dad back to childhood with this nostalgic treat box.

Filled with macaroons, tablet, Tunnock's wafers and teacakes, shortbread, Irn Bru, and Edinburgh rock, it's not one for the insulin resistant but it'll certainly put a smile on his face.

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Swigs & Snaffles Beer and Pork Scratching Gift Set (£12.50)

We really don't mean to stereotype too much, but we think most Dads would be chuffed with this selection box of craft beers and artisan pork scratchings.

In the pack, you'll find three excellent beers: Mighty Swine lager pilsner-style - crisp, clean and utterly refreshing; Twisted Tail pale ale - tropical, citrusy, easy-drinking; Wild Hog pilsner - crisp, dry and with a woody bitterness.

Alongside, you'll get 3 'snaffle packs' of flavoured pork crackling: original salted, maple, and barbecue editions.

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Dark Matter Coffee Rum Liqueur (£17.95)

Treat Dad to something devilishly dark and intriguing.

Dark Matter, a Scottish distiller, have released a rum coffee liqueur made using a blend of Arabica coffee beans and South American cocoa seeds. It's a very rich drink but balanced with a surprising hit of Aji chillis.

Perfect for a Dad who likes coffee, chocolate and alcohol - this is a great big hit of all three at once. Would also be incredible in a White Russian.

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The Smokey Carter Award-Winning Sauce and Spice Gift Box (£21)

For keen foodie Dads, this gift box of Great Taste Award winning products from the Smokey Carter will really take any meal up a notch.

It includes Pitmaster BBQ Spice Rub 50g which is an all-purpose BBQ seasoning, built for all meats, with hickory and chilli to give food that lovely smoky wood flavour.

Then, there's a nod to indian flavours with Spiced Mango & Lime Spice Rub 50g, perfect for chicken and white fish or add to lamb balls, falafel and dahl.

Condiment wise, there is a smoky chipotle chilli jam, which won 1st place at the National Chilli Awards in 2016.

Chipotle is a smoke-dried Jalapeno, used in sauces for its rich smoky flavour. It pairs perfectly with enchiladas, quesadillas, nachos, tacos and burgers.

Also in the selection is a Carolina BBQ Sauce which is sweet, tangy and perfect with pulled pork, ribs, chicken, burgers - all things BBQ, naturally. Great as a marinade and makes a tasty dip when mixed with mayonnaise.

Lastly, going nicely with the mango and lime rub is a Spiced Pineapple and Nigella Seed Chutney. It has a great fruity flavour, from its high fruit content of fresh pineapple and mango.

The scotch bonnet brings a little heat in the back, and the Nigella seeds lend a lovely aromatic taste. The Smokey Carter reckon this is a winner on cheese and toast.

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5-a-Day Chocolate Vegetable Set (£9.99)

If someone's always nagging at them to eat more vegetables, why not make them laugh with this 5-a-day gift set.

High quality chocolate is moulded and coloured to resemble cauliflower, onion, mushroom, asparagus and sweetcorn - but don't worry, they've stuck to the delicious and traditional taste of chocolate throughout.

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The Ultimate Gin Box (£40)

For dads who choose gin as their drink of choice.

The gift box includes: Malfy Gin Rosa (70cl), Morrison's The Best Low Calorie Rhubarb Tonic Water (500ml), The Best Low Calorie Indian Tonic Water (500ml), Morrisons Italian Sesame Breadsticks (125g), The Best Lightly Salted Crisps (150g), Morrisons Strawberry Bon Bons (200g). Morrisons Dairy Fudge (150g).

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The gin has aromas of bright fresh grapefruit, rich rhubarb, citrus and anise, and packs a punch with rich fresh citrus, grapefruit and juniper flavours.

Delivery is included in the price of this one too.

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Pour & Sip whisky subscription

If Dad is a whisky fan then this two, three or six month gift subscription would make an ideal Father's Day gift.

Whether he’s a seasoned sipper or new to the whisky world, each box promises five small measures of different whiskies every month.

This year the subscription service is treating dads' to something a little extra to celebrate the occasion.

When you purchase a 3-Month (£89.95) or 6-Month (£179.70) Gift Subscription before 20 June, Pour & Sip will also send you a specially-curated Master of Malt Father's Day Whisky Tasting Set for free.

The gifted tasting set showcases a range of styles and flavours, containing five 30ml whisky tasters from Scotland, Ireland, and Kentucky – from classic Four Roses Bourbon and award-winning Teeling Small Batch, to superb single malt Scotch whiskies from Islay, Speyside, and the Highlands.

Find out more and buy here.

The GlenAllachie wine cask collection

This Speyside distillery recently launched a wine cask finish series, which will appeal to dads' that love a whisky with a difference.

Master distiller and owner Billy Walker has selected premium barriques formerly used to age fine wines across France, Italy, and Spain to create three expressions to kick off the limited edition range: an 11-year-old Grattamacco Cask Finish (£58.99), a 12-year-old Sauternes Cask Finish (£60.99), and a 13-year-old Rioja Cask Finish (£63.99).

Find out more here.

Hawksmoor and Johnnie Walker cook at home kit

Hawksmoor has created a cook at home meal for dads combining the flavour of its Porterhouse steak with the taste of Johnnie Walker whisky; bringing the restaurant experience to homes around the country in time for Father’s Day on 20 June.

The limited edition Hawksmoor at Home box – featuring Johnnie Walker Black Label – comprises a full meal and accompanying drinks selection for two people to enjoy this Father’s Day.

Contents include:

  • A specially crafted Old Fashioned (200ml) using Johnnie Walker Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky and sustainably sourced honey
  • Two Ginza Highball cocktail cans using Johnnie Walker Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky
  • A one kilogram porterhouse steak
  • Hawksmoor’s famous belly ribs and slaw
  • A selection of delicious sides including creamed spinach, peppercorn sauce, garlic mushrooms and the ultimate crispy salted oven chips
  • A sweet and sumptuous sticky toffee pudding

Hawksmoor Executive Chef Matt Brown will be running a 45-minute IG Live cook- along on Friday 18 June at 6.30pm inviting Johnnie Walker brand ambassador, TJ, to talk through how to create delicious highballs at home – and of course, how to cook the perfect Hawksmoor steak - the ultimate Father’s Day gift.

Kits are priced at £135 for two and available to buy online.

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