Father’s Day Favorites: The 6 Best Kitchen Tools for Chef Dad

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It’s 2014. In many families, there’s a man in the household who shares at least some of the kitchen duties — and his name is dad. With Father’s Day coming up, lines are getting longer at places like Dick’s Sporting Goods, Lowes Hardware, and Home Depot, but maybe what your dad needs most is something that can be stored in his kitchen. Instead of getting your old man just another golf club or power tool this year, consider buying him something that he can play with behind the stove or grill.

More and more, men are becoming forces to be reckoned with in the kitchen, and with a gift of a new gadget or kitchen appliance, you may get yourself off dinner duty for at least the next few months. So step away from the hardware store, buckle up, and grab your credit card. You’re about to invest in a kitchen item that your dad will really love, because he deserves it.

1. Cocktail Shaker, Strainer, and Jigger

Toast to your dad with a gift-wrapped Cocktail Shaker, Strainer, and Jigger such as this one recently highlighted by Saveur.com. There’s nothing your old man needs more than a tool that allows him to perfect the summer cocktail, and this item is just the ticket. Even if your dad isn’t a pro in the kitchen, the art of the cocktail is an easy one to learn, and this gift could delicately nudge dad in the right direction. Trust us: a cocktail shaker is the gift that keeps on giving.