5 Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts Your Foodie Dad Will Love

06/13/2014 at 12:29 PM ET
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Homemade Gin Kit

Stumped on what to get your dad for Father’s Day? He definitely doesn’t need another tie—or, a 12-foot chocolate portrait of himself. Instead get him one of these edible DIY kits that he can experiment with at home. Bonus: You’ll get to enjoy the delicious food and booze that results.


It’s a rule: There’s no way you can go wrong with cheese. This kit from Williams-Sonoma makes 10 batches of fresh ricotta or mozzarella. Can you say caprese salad?

BUY IT! $30

Homemade Gin Kit

Who knew you could turn a bottle of vodka into your very own small-batch gin? It’s not magic — the two liquors are born from the same process; gin is just infused with ingredients like juniper along the way. This kit comes with everything your dad needs to create his signature blend, sure to rival the big guys. Good thing it makes two bottles, so you can steal one for your bar.

BUY IT! $50


Root beer recipes might not be as closely guarded as the secret to making Coca-Cola or Dr. Pepper, but it’s still difficult to make on your own. Luckily, this kit makes it insanely easy for Dad to whip up a bottle or two. He’ll just have to come up with a more creative name than “Dad’s” — that one is already taken.

BUY IT! $27

Brooklyn Brew Shop

Let your dad get really technical with this home brewing kit from the Brooklyn Brew Shop. Their Grapefruit Honey Ale is the perfect summer sipper. Just be warned that after this, Dad will probably turn beer-making into a full-time hobby.

BUY IT! $40

Dash Bitters

If your dad is a real cocktail connoisseur, this is the perfect gift. The Bangkok bitters kit gives you the botanicals and equipment to make DIY bitters flavored with kaffir limes, Thai spices and peanuts. Now the only question is: What are you drinking for happy hour?

BUY IT! $40

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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My hubby loves coffee so I got him a subscription to the Moustache Coffee Club http://www.moustachecoffeeclub.com , they send a different high end coffee every shipment., I’m excited to try the first one!

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