Father's Day is on Sunday June 21 this year and there's plenty of time to pick up a gift for the dad (or dad-like figure) in your life.
We've rounded up a whole host of food and drink focused options, from meals at-home kits to artisan wines and craft beers, that are sure to keep any dad happy.
The Burren Smokehouse's clever range of hampers offers a little extra. This one, Socks and Salmon, contains packs of Burren cold-smoked Irish organic salmon and hot smoked Irish organic salmon, a sock gift box from Irish company Funky Feet and a card for your message to your dad.
For the coffee-loving dad, there’s Nespresso’s new Vetuo Next coffee makers. These sleek machines, made with 54% recycled plastic, come in a variety of colourways and each one makes an array of cup sizes. So your dad can he can have an espresso in the morning and a mug of his favourite coffee in the afternoon.
Even with lockdown lifting, it’s always great to have good food delivered to your door and Dublin restaurant Allta has subscription services offering just that. Available for nationwide delivery each box comes complete with freshly prepared pasta, sauce and condiments to feed two people. The menu changes weekly and sample dishes include sourdough and shiitake miso butter, Comeragh mountain lamb, seaweed pappardelle and Cáis ná Tíre. A subscription is €55 per week (plus €4.95 delivery).
If your dad is a fan of craft beers and ciders Aldi has an impressive selection, including the award-winning Roadworks IPA, €1.99/500ml, (Great Taste Awards three Star Winner 2019 and Bronze Award Winner at the World Beer Awards 2019) and Armagh Craft Cider Sweet, €1.99/500ml (which took Silver at the Blás na hÉireann Awards 2019).
The new Fit Grills from George Foreman have had a bit of a design upgrade. They have a smart new design and also boast 160% faster heat-up speed and a built-in drip tray. Available in three sizes, prices starting at €24.99 for the small grill.
A good picnic set is an essential for summer and this compact option from Summerhouse by Navigate has all the bits anyone could need. It contains a 15 litre cool compartment, and bottle holder as well as plastic wine glasses and plates, bottle opener, cheese board and napkins. The compartment and bottle holder are insulated to keep contents cool or warm for up to 6 hours.
Make this Father’s Day special with a meal to remember. Asador in Dublin has a whole range of at-home meal kits including Surf ’n’ Turf. It has enough to serve two to three people and includes a prawn pil pil starter, premium 28-day dry-aged chateaubriand and a selection of sauces and sides.
The Ardbeg Ten Years Old single malt has been referred to as the 'peatiest, smokiest, most complex single malt of them all' and was named World Whisky of the Year in 2008. Any whisky fan would be happy to receive a bottle of this. Stockists include O'Briens, Molloys, Carry Out, Celtic Whiskey Shop, L.Mulligan Whiskey Shop, The Wine Centre Kilkenny, McCambridge’s Galway, and Bradley’s Cork.
We love this stylish set of two horizon tumblers from Lsa International - a great gift for a whiskey-loving dad. It's currently on sale in Brown Thomas so you'll be grabbing a bargain too. It’s priced at €65.10 down from €93.
If your dad is a fan of barbecues, this brilliant piece of kit from Weber will make a great gift (and one you'll probably benefit from too!). A compact hard worker, this 37cm portable barbecue is available in a range of colours and has a plated steel cooking grate, and porcelain-enamelled bowl and lid.
If your dad is a wine fan, a gift card or case of wine from Wineswithstories is a nice option. It specialises in artisan wines, from small, family-run vineyards and the website is a mine of information on each wine and stories behind them. Gift cards start from £10 (approx €11.13) while there is a 10% discount off a case of six wines and 20% off cases of 12.