There’s no denying that gender roles around the house have improved significantly over the past few decades, with more men and women sharing household responsibilities like cooking and cleaning. We’d like to thank the Tony Danzas and Danny Tanners of the world for that one.
But if your dad happens to be one of the ones who still needs a little inspiration to whip up meals or get his cleaning on, we say Father’s Day is the perfect time to get him a gift to help in that department.
So without further ado, here are a few gift suggestions that will turn Dad into Mrs. Doubtfire in no time. No bad wig or bodysuit required.
11 Father’s Day gifts that’ll turn Dad into Mr. Mom
A vertical smokerWho doesn’t love the taste of rich, smoky meats, cheese and fish? If Dad does, this super cool and gadget-ey vertical smoker could be just the thing to entice him to take over dinner. And with the ability to smoke batches of food at a time, there will definitely be leftovers.
Vertical smoker, $329 at Lowes Lowes
A super-snazzy juicerDoes Dad love some fresh juice in the morning? This slow juicer is one pretty cool gadget. It comes with all the bells and whistles, plus some added health benefits too — this thing not only processes leafy greens and regular old fruits and vegetables, but it breaks down nuts and soy beans for homemade milk and tofu too. With a high-tech machine like this, Dad will have fresh juice waiting downstairs in the morning for the whole family in no time.
A Slow Juicer, $439, at Hurom Hurom
A high-tech vacuumOnce you’ve used a Dyson vacuum it really is hard to go back to the old days—these things are works of art. Invest in a really cool machine like the Cyclone V10 Absolute and watch Dad’s face light up. It looks super cool, like some tool you’d find in Dad’s workshop, and it really does make cleaning up a cinch.
Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute, $799, at Dyson Dyson
A digital air fryerIf Dad is always muttering about there being nothing good to eat, or that there’s too much healthy “rabbit food” on his plate, an air fryer could very well be the solution to not only get him to eat better, but to want to cook for himself too. This low-fat fryer comes with rapid air technology that lets you fry up food with little or no oil, and it happens to be really easy to clean up, too.
Digital Airfryer with Rapid Air Technology, $250 at Philips Philips
Something sweet to cook withIf Dad has a sweet tooth and likes to be creative, gift him with these cool maple sugar cubes, which come in Dark Robust or Golden Delicate flavours. He can grate some fresh maple sugar straight from the cube in order to transform everything from oatmeal and fruit to ice cream and pork. Before you know it, he’ll be whipping up sweet, sweet meals for everyone.
Maple Sugar Cubes, $20, at Tonewood Maple Tonewood Maple
Cool barbecue gadgetsThere’s something about most dudes and an open flame that go hand-in-hand. Maybe it’s the ability to cook outside with a beer in hand, perhaps it’s escaping the house to grill all the meat. Whatever it is, if Dad loves firing up the old ‘cue, investing in some cool new gadgets like this grill press is a surefire way to get him to cook more.
A grill press, $20, at Chapters Indigo Chapters Indigo
A cooking multi-toolThere are multi-tools, and then there’s this kitchen-inspired multi-tool that comes with everything from a vegetable peeler to a cheese grater. How could Dad not want to step in and lend a hand in the kitchen with a cool gizmo like this that fits into his back pocket?
A kitchen multi-tool, $43, at Chapters Indigo Gentlemen’s Hardware
A way to ‘cue indoorsWe’ve already established that plenty of Dad dudes love to get their grill on, but sometimes that only applies when the weather cooperates. That’s why Dad might just fall in love with this smoke-minimizing, indoor grill that uses infrared heat technology to give food the grill marks he craves all year long.
An indoor grill, $350, at Philips Philips
The spice of lifeSome like it hot, and if Dad is a hot sauce aficionado he’ll probably love the opportunity to make his very own hot sauce with this customizable kit. All he needs to do is follow the instructions and combine spices to create a variety of offerings with unique labels, from cayenne and ancho to curry and chili. First hot sauce, then the hot stove.
A hot sauce kit, $45, at Uncommon Goods Uncommon Goods
Edible beerIs Dad a sudsy kind of guy? Sure, you could just wrap up some craft beers come Father’s Day, or you could wrap up some craft beers and this accompanying cookbook that takes a brew to a whole new level. What beer-lover wouldn’t be inspired to cook with a gift like this?
A craft beer cookbook, $27, at Chapters Indigo Chapters Indigo
A way to find all the lost thingsIf Mom is the one to always keep track of everyone’s belongings, this gift is certainly poised to put the power into Dad’s hands. According to Tile Mate the average person spends 60 hours a year looking for lost things, but attach this nifty gadget to your keys, wallet or even sporting gear and you’ll be able to recall all of these items right from your phone.
Tile Pro Sport Bluetooth Tracker, Single for $40, at Canadian Tire. Tile