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Buy This, Not That: The $25 grilling kit you may want to snag for dad this Father’s Day


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Sick of Father’s Day gift guides that have plenty of suggestions — none of which your dad would actually like?  Yeah, me too. So we looked into data from commerce company Skimlinks, which has partnered with thousands of retailers, about the most popular Father’s Day gifts from 2020. Here are some of the standout gifts that dads loved last year, and we bet will again this year.

For the grillmaster: Wildwood Grilling Collection, $25 from Food 52

Food 52

The Art of Manliness calls cedar plank grilling “delicious” and “your summer grilling secret” and plenty of chefs say the same. That’s why we love the Wildwood Grilling Collection. It offers a sampler of 5”x8” planks and cedar chips, in a variety of flavors, from spicy and fragrant cedar (they recommend that one for salmon) to flavor-rich hickory (for beef, lamb, and wild game).  Buy for $25 from Food 52.

For the beer lover: Craft Beer Club, $44.75 for 12 beers a month from Craft Beer Club (you can select number of months you want to give this)

Craft Beer Club

Sign dad up for this craft-beer-of-the-month club, and he gets an expert-curated selection of the best craft beers around the country. Each shipment includes 12 beers, 3 from each craft brewery selected, and you can choose the frequency of deliveries (monthly, every other month or quarterly). Buy for $44.75 from Craft Beer Club.

For the techie: Wireless charging station with UV sanitizer, $99 from Sharper Image

Sharper Image

This sleek wireless charging station simultaneously charges your smartphone, while also disinfecting it with a UV light that kills up to 99% of bacteria in a few minutes. (One study found that your smartphone is 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat.) It comes in navy, black or white. Buy for $99 from Sharper Image.

For the cook: Shiitake Mushroom Log Kit

Uncommon Goods

This fun and unconventional gift allows dad to easily grow meaty, organic shiitake mushrooms. Simply soak the log and keep it in a cool place with not too much light, and he’ll soon have earthy mushrooms for his favorite recipes. 

For the new dad: The Dad Hoodie, $98 from

The Dad Hoodie

The Today Show put this on its list of incredible gifts for new dads, and it’s easy to see why. Dad can throw on this hoodie and ditch the diaper bag: It has pockets for things like diapers, wipes, pacifiers and snacks (all without looking bulky) and is made of stretchy, comfortable fabric. 

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