Top 5 Father's Day Gifts for Foodists

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Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 6:00 AM

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  • Godiva
  • Milk chocolate cigars
In general, dads don't like stuff and they're not fond of holidays or emotional displays. So if you must acknowledge Father's Day, forget the maudlin speeches, the sappy cards and for God's sake forgo the new tie. Most fathers are foodists at heart, be it gourmand or gourmet, so get him a treat to eat, cooking utensils, or some booze, and you'll probably have a glad dad.

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  • Sugarfina
5. Sugarfina Cocktail Hour Bento Box

Candy that could get you carded, the Cocktail Hour Bento Box includes eight petite cubes (3.25 oz. each) of booze-inspired candies: Champagne gummy bears, Champagne bubbles (gumdrops, basically), martini olive almonds, single malt Scotch cordials, cuba libre rum & Coke gummies, absinthe cordials, pale ale pints and Belgian ale pints. (Yes, the latter taste like sweet gummy beer.) "As featured by Star Magazine and The Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda," the website says. Kathy Lee and Hoda? Well then by all means. $50.

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  • Sears
4. Craftsman Grill Tool Set

These are uber-manly barbecue tools. Solid stainless seal, not soldered, so they won't rust and fall apart. The tool handles mimic screwdriver handles so you won't drop your burger. Plus they have twee wrench-shaped cut-outs on the turner, fork and tongs that the hipster foodie dad will love. $24.99.

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  • Uncommon Goods
3. Flavors of America Salt Collection

This comprehensive collection of 11 gourmet salts includes salts that have been smoked with American hardwoods, infused with citrus and flavored with balsamic vinegar, as well as several natural salts with distinctive qualities, such as Utah "sweet salt" and flake salt from New York. The salts come in test-tube like glass storage vials held in a handmade base of reclaimed American cedar. It comes with a guide to the salts and suggestions for use. "And once your salt runs out, add some flavor to your home decor by using the test tubes as a delightful bud vase," the Uncommon Goods website says, which makes it a perfect gift for dads on the fey side. $60.

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