Father’s Day is two weeks away, so you might be starting to think about a gift idea for the fathers/father figures in your life. Williams-Sonoma asked me to round up my favourite dad-friendly gifts, and of course I had no problem finding ideas from the huge range. I think the beautiful store is definitely the destination for gift-giving ideas for tricky dads this Father’s Day. I’ve sung the praises of the place before, but after perusing the latest range in detail, my love is greater – especially after trying out all the things in the photos you see here. I knew I’d done an ok job of pulling together the gift guide when the dad of our house (Mark) really took an interest in the delivery. I decided to break the guide up in to three themes. First up is my personal favourite (and Sunday’s):
Pancakes with Dad on Father’s Day:
I couldn’t resist the sound of a Danish Ebelskiver Pancake, and I love how you can buy the beautifully packaged mix and the matching quality pancake pan – the perfect gift! The premium non-stick coating on the pan ensures clean release of the cute ball-shaped pancakes. Sunday loved them, and I’ve got to say I’m a bit partial to them now too, talk about delicious! Pictured above is our yummy ‘trial’ Father’s Day breakfast – complete with fancy gold plated Soiree cutlery, classic Kitchen Bistro dinner plates and herringbone napkins.
I also love and couldn’t resist the classic packaging of the Butternut Mountain Farm Maple Syrup – made from the pure sap of Vermont maple trees, without additives or preservatives and in a generous 1L tin. Let’s face it, a pancake isn’t a pancake without maple syrup. Also pictured is the handy striped pot holder in navy.
I’m also never going to be able to make a pancake again without the super handy Pancake Batter Dispenser Pen. Mix your batter right in the bottle, then use the pen with its precision tip to neatly make any shape you like in the pan. Genius!
I’m yet to meet a Dad who doesn’t love a BBQ, and the range at Williams-Sonoma for your steak loving guy is really impressive. I was excited to try out the pretty amazing Pink Himalayan Salt Plate. Sourced from natural salt deposits found in the Himalayas – you can use the beautiful plate directly on the barbecue to sear seafood and meat, or chill for serving a selection of fruits, vegetables and cheeses with a hint of salt. Mark wants to use it in Summer to serve fresh sashimi. Also pictured above are good quality tongs and and oil dispenser, two staples for every good kitchen.
For the time poor BBQ’er, a steak rub is always going to come in handy. A combination of garlic, herbs and lime with three types of chile peppers will give you steaks with an authentic Latin American flavour.
The range of condiments available at Williams-Sonoma is big, and beer and BBQ’s go hand in hand if you ask me. The fun bottles of BBQ sauce infused with beers is a great idea for the food loving Dad who has everything. Also pictured above is the very cute Buffalo Plaid Napkin – perfect for that old school BBQ.
I’ve got to admit I was drawn to this stainless steel compost pail because we’ll be moving to our house with a nice big backyard at the end of the year, so composting will be a new novelty that I’m sure we (especially Mark) will embrace.
The 3.8 L benchtop canister holds food scraps – and minimises their odours – until they’re transferred to an outdoor compost bin.
Dad’s love a gadget, and every kitchen needs a good quality peeler. I can also confirm the Microplane is one handy handheld slicer. Get clean, precise cuts of potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, fruits and more…I’d never used one before trying this one, and I’m now a big fan. Also pictured above is the teak chopping board and quality navy dishcloth.
So, there you have my little round up of gifts from one-stop-super-shop Williams-Sonoma. There’s lots of inspiration in store or online: whether your dad loves BBQ’s, fine dining, baking or roasting – there really is something for everyone!