Shopping for your old man can be hard no matter the occasion, but figuring out what to buy the dads who like to cook can be even harder. It's likely your dad has been cooking up a storm longer than you've been alive, and has the kitchen gear and mastery over classic recipes to prove it. But maybe he's starting to branch out—he's got an iPhone now, and even figured out how to use emoji—and his cooking gear could really use an upgrade.
If he's a coffee fanatic and has been using his French press for years, introduce him to the Auroma One, which will brew a perfect cup for him every single time. Or if he fancies himself a grill man, and doesn't let anyone touch his steak (lest they ruin the perfect sear), hook him up with a smart pan that lets the cook know when the items inside hit the perfect temperature. Sometimes, though, items just need a replacement that will make him laugh: if your dad instilled in you a love of Star Wars and you're already planning on seeing the newest movie together, there's no better gift than a light saber spatula.
Turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks.
For the perfect cup of joe every time, look no further than this tech-savvy coffee maker, which controls everything from grind size and temperature to coffee-to-water ratio. But we saved the best for last. Via an accompanying app, this nifty gadget will adjust the flavor profile of your cup, per your feedback, until it gets it right. Every single time.
Auroma One, $399, Auroma Brewing Company
Fry your eggs in this smart pan, and never worry about over/under cooking them. Download a trusty app, which connects to a temperature gauge on the pan, and you’ll know exactly when your food is the perfect temperature. Bon appetit.
Pantelligent, $129, pantelligent.com
BBQ Grill Pan
If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, how come it almost never involves pizza? And no, we're not counting those cold leftover slices from the night before. Thanks to this pan, you can grill up your savory pie first thing in the morning, topped with luscious ingredients worth waking up for.
BBQ Grill Pan, $25.50, pamperedchef.com
A powerful blade plus a 600 watt motor equals one mighty high-speed blender. Pulverize fruits, vegetables, and superfoods—including stems, seeds, and skins—into a nutritious shake for an energizing morning meal.
NutriBullet, $79.99, amazon.com
Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker
Double your pleasure with this handy appliance, which makes two breakfast sandwiches at the same time. Load your favorite breakfast sandwich ingredients into the maker and five minutes later, grab and go.
Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker, $31.37, hamiltonbeach.com
Darth Vader Lightsaber Spatula
Cook up a meal while you fight against the Dark Side with this spatula, complete with a handle designed to look like Darth Vader’s lightsaber. May the force be with you, and keep you from burning your pancakes.
Darth Vader Lightsaber Spatula, $14.99, thinkgeek.com
Waffle Stick Maker
This waffle maker is the stuff breakfast dreams are made of. Toast five finger-style waffles in minutes, add your prefered toppings from whipped cream to cookie crumbles, and break out your choice of accompanying sauces for your dipping pleasure.
Babycakes: Waffle Stick Maker, $75, amazon.com
George Foreman Grill
Barbecued meats aren’t the only thing you can cook on the grill. Make use of space and line up scrambled eggs, bacon, and potatoes. Flip away until ready, and get ready to dig into a breakfast feast.
George Foreman Grill, $29.99-$69.99, georgeforemancooking.com
Tactical Chef Apron
Be prepared for your next cooking mission with the Tactical Chef Apron. Made to look like Molle tactical gear worn by military and police, it will protect your clothing from food stains— and also provide plenty of pockets for storing condiments, tongs, beer, and more.
Tactical Chef Apron, $29.73, sears.com
Breakfast casseroles abound with this pan that’s good for the stove, broiler, oven, microwave, and grill. The gift that keeps on giving, portions are large enough to feed the whole family.
Rockcrok® Dutch Oven, $139, pamperedchef.com