Being a foodie, my favorite go-to DIY Father’s Day gift ideas were usually food gifts for my dad. Sometimes, that meant I took him out for dinner like the night that I took him to a local restaurant called Manley’s, but usually my efforts were more along the lines of food gift boxes or some sort of unique food gift basket.
Father’s Day Gifts for Dad From the Foodies in his Life
Below, you’ll find my favorite homemade food gift ideas for dad. I tried to select food gifts that would appeal to a broad range of dads, husbands, boyfriends, grandpas, etc. For example, if your dad is anything like my dad was, he absolutely loved snack food gift baskets that included items like an assortment of cheeses, plenty of crackers, and canned oysters. To that end, I have here a list of food gift ideas that would appeal to the dad who likes snack/ junk food gift baskets.
But you’ll also find items like gourmet cookie gifts in jars, gourmet gift baskets, food and wine gifts in bags, food gifts with an international flare ala Italian food gifts, and finally, some of these ideas are well, cheap Father’s Day gift ideas. However, the cheap is only in the price, not the sentiment. Budget never has to be a constraint for the creative foodie when it comes to present-giving.
Homemade Food Gifts in Jars
Gifts in a Mason jar have become popular in recent years. I first learned about these really when I made a gratitude jar for New Year’s Eve one year. Since then, I’ve seen myriad items in jars, including summer salads.
But of course, cookie gift jars are my favorite, and they’re one of my favorite Father’s Day gift crafts. That said, other food items go nicely in Mason jars and are among the more unique Father’s Day gift ideas in my opinion. Here are a few recipes that work well in jars.
These breakfast cookies recipes include recipes for pumpkin, fruit, and ginger cookies plus nut bars. Despite being cookie gifts, they are among the healthier gifts you can give dad. Also because of their convenience, they are nice dad-to-be Father’s Day gifts. First-time dads are busy, so anything that’s healthy that he can eat on the run works well and would make great 1st Father’s Day gifts.
Other items that make great jar gifts:
- Zebra popcorn and peppermint bark popcorn
- Homemade Cracker Jacks caramel-flavored popcorn
- Homemade candy recipes
- Chocolate-covered pretzels
If you need to learn how to make the gift jar, follow this link.
Snack and Junk Food Gift Baskets for Father’s Day
Some of the food gift basket ideas in this section are hot. If you go this route, I recommend that you choose a picnic basket as the basket of choice. JC Penny has a cool basket as does Pier 1. I like both of these, because they have a flat bottom, giving your food gifts for dad more of a solid base. (Fewer messes that way…)
Here are my favorite food gifts for dad of the snack/ junk food persuasion:
- Grape jelly meatballs. Serve with toothpicks, crackers, and cheeses.
- Bacon-wrapped Smokies — Add some cheese cubes to these for a variation on the sausage and cheese gift baskets theme…
- Recipe for homemade pizza
- Black olive spread — Pack this appetizer with the topping separate from the toast pieces. This one also goes well in Italian food gift baskets…More of those below.
- Stuffed mushrooms with cheese
- Ham and cheese balls — These taste great, and they’re excellent, incidentally, to make after Easter as well. They help you use up your leftover ham.
Gourmet Food Gifts: Italian + Cheese and Fruit Gift Baskets
Italian gift baskets give your Father’s Day gifts an international flavor — literally. I like an antipasto recipe as a go-to for the gourmet food gift basket.
However, your list of gourmet food gift ideas can include the following:
- Fruit and cheese — a nice option for those who want some organic food gift ideas. Dried fruit gift baskets also make a nice variation on the theme of fruit gift baskets for dad. And they are good foods to stuff in a gift bag, which you’ll learn more about below. If you do go the non-dried fruit route, make sure that you serve fresh fruit in your gift boxes or bags.
- Smoked Salmon Crostini
- Ham With Baked Brie
Plus: How to choose a good wine…
More DIY Father’s Day Gift Ideas – Save Room for Dessert!
Desserts like cheesecakes, cookies, and other sweets are a great gift basket item. They also go well with the food and wine gift, especially if you buy a dessert wine. Here are some options for dessert gift boxes and baskets:
- Vegan red velvet cheesecake
- Ginger cheesecake recipe
- More cheesecake recipes, including strawberry, chocolate, and raspberry…
- Chocolate-covered strawberries
- Brownie pizza — very easy recipe made with a modified boxed brownie recipe
Food Gift Bags Instead of a Father’s Day Gift Basket
Gift bags make a cute alternative to the gift basket and are among the cheaper options for going this route. Watch the video at the top of the page to learn how to make your own gift bag for Father’s Day. Fill the bags with items like candy, chocolate-covered pretzels, and of course, non-food Dad’s Days gifts.