Edible Gift

17 Edible Father's Day Gifts to Give Your Dad This Year

Because there's nothing better than sharing a snack.

May 22, 2019
Photo by Bobbi Lin

If you're like me, it's hard to find the perfect Father's Day gift for your dad. Should I get him a new market tote? Or another grilling set? Luckily we've got a few ideas of what to get him, but if you're still stumped or would rather go the DIY route, here are 17 of our favorite wrappable, packable snacks any dad would love. From pickles and olives to granola and cookies, who doesn't like a gift you can eat?


Grill-Side Condiments

1. Vegetarian Bacon Mayonnaise (No Bacon!)

Creamy, smoky, and just begging to be put on a tomato sandwich. (Pro tip: Said sandwich makes a fine gift, too.)

2. Torrisi's Spicy Sauce

DIY hot sauce, made entirely from pantry ingredients? A thoughtful gift, for sure, and a manageable one for you.

3. The Silver Palate's Green Sauce

Zingy, springy, and easy to blitz together, this green sauce "goes with everything from asparagus to salmon to Easter hams and lambs." We'd wager Father's Day salads and steaks, too.

4. Giddy Swamp, South Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce

Another pantry-and-fridge-staple sauce you can make at a moment's notice. Its bright, sunshine-y hue is perfect for bottling up and tying with a bow (then drizzling over just about everything).


Pickled things to Slide into sandwiches (& cocktails!)

5. Garlic-Orange-Rosemary Marinated Olives

Funky, salty, citrusy marinated olives may be fancy-looking, but they're oh-so-easy to make. Fix up a cheese board with your dad, stick these on, and go to town.

6. Zuni Cafe Zucchini Pickles

These go great on burgers, but are also a treat on their own—crunchy, sour, and slightly sweet, they're the ideal way to use up all your CSA bounty.

7. Five-Spice Pickled Carrots

More pickle-y bits to chomp on, this time, with a toasty, earthy flair. These take a couple days to put together but last up to three months—not that they'll stick around that long!

8. Pickled Blueberries with Rosemary Sprigs

Like the sweetest summer cherry tomatoes—but blue! Dad will love to throw them into salads, or snack on them solo.


Snacks for outdoors and on-the-go

9. Furikake Chex Mix

Make a double batch of this salty, sweet, umami-rich furikake snack mix—some for Dad, and some for you. Warning: It's highly, highly addictive.

10. Hot Honey–Sesame Snacky Mix

Another snack mix classic, this time with crispy pretzel rods, crunchy peanuts, and one of our favorite spicy-sweet combos, hot honey.

11. Wasabi Pea Snack Mix

Nose-tingling wasabi peas mingle with cheese crackers, cashews, and crispy bits of ramen—all doused in a savory glaze of Sriracha, tahini, and soy sauce. Colorful and tasty, to boot.

12. Everything Bagel Spiced Nuts

If your dad has a Sunday morning bagel ritual, he's in excellent company. This snack will give him his fix, tiding him over through the week and beyond.

13. Around-the-World Coconut Popcorn Mix

Popcorn, but make it tropical—with heaps of coconut flakes, lime zest, toasty peanuts, and Thai chiles. Be sure to make it for your family's next movie night (and let Dad hog the bowl).


To hit any sweet tooth

14. Banana Bread–Chocolate Chunk Cookies

The most tender, flavorful banana bread meets the chocolate-chunk cookie of your dreams. One bite, and there was no turning back for Lifestyle Writer Ella Quitter—and we expect the same for your dad, too.

15. Nekisia Davis' Olive Oil & Maple Granola

Okay, if we're honest, we told you to make this for Mother's Day, too. But it's really that good! Crispy, crunchy, seedy, and slightly salty-sweet.

16. Lemon Poppyseed Chickpea Muffins

Wholesome, yes, but wholly delicious. These tender muffins are made with chickpeas, so they'll fill your dad up while satisfying his sweet tooth (and we know he's got a sweet tooth). Tote this on a hike or as part of a beach day picnic.

17. Chocolatey Tahini Cups

2-ingredient chocolatey tahini cups are the ultimate low-lift, high-impact gift. We just hope your dad will share.

This article was originally published in 2017. It has been updated to include more recipes, and to give you ideas for Father's Day gifting this year.

What edible gift would you give on Father's Day? Let us know in the comments

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Lyna Vuong

Written by: Lyna Vuong

I'm a food studies grad student, cook, and interior designer. (I love a colorful palate/palette!)

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