Gifts for the
Home Chef Dad.
Being a Dad and being a Home Chef I can speak with a little wisdom
here. I surely don't know your dad's or hubby's kitchen but I'd be willing to
bet there's something missing. Here's a few tips on what to look for
when deciding on the "right" gift in the
Step One, ask! Hey, he might actually tell you exactly what he
If that fails try the next strategies.
Observe, observe, observe! You will learn more from watching his
cooking process than any questions asked (sometimes).
Look for things he likes to do.
Here is the tactic used to buy a gift that makes what he likes to
do "more likeable". For instance, suppose chopping
vegetables is like a fine art to him. Look! Is he using a
quality knife? Or is he fighting old faithful because he's too tight
to go out and buy himself a good one? If it's a fight, do some
research and go out and get him a nice knife, no, I didn't say a set
of knives, I said "one knife". Get the best one for the
money you can afford (and let me tell you, you can spend some serious
bucks on a good one!). He will cherish that knife for as long as he
cooks! If he likes it enough you may hear him talk about passing it
on to his grandkids....! By all means don't, for example, go buy him one of those
quickee-chopee machines unless he says he wants it. He'll use it once to prove to you that it's
not like the fine art of hand chopping! In the cabinet it goes and
you can sell at the next garage sale. Are you following me
Look for the processes that he doesn't enjoy doing but never
says anything about it!
If you watch long enough you will notice little things that give
him trouble. Do some thinking and come up with a gadget or better
gadget to help make the process easier for him. You can often
tell what gadget he needs by the number and quality of cuss words
he uses to describe the existing tools he works with! Here's a for
instance. Suppose he flips burgers on the barbecue and burns himself
almost every time he does it! He may not say anything in the front of you
so watch through the window. Count how many times he throws the
flipper on the ground, and, read his lips! What would you buy in this case? Well,
maybe a flipper with a longer handle, or maybe a caged cooker that
he can put several burgers in and flip them all at once.
You have to understand the "kid" in us men.
Men hold bragging rights to most everything they own. It's a
"Things" thing for many. Men buy some things just to say
to their friends that they have them (not that they use them
or ever figured out how to use them). Believe me, you get him
something that is quality out the wahzoo, and/or, "state of the
art" and he'll brag to his cooking buddies about it for a long
time. He wants to be the first on the block to have "such-and-such" a gadget, take my word for it (but he'll seldom tell
you that he does want it).
Don't go to the store not knowing what you're looking for. At
least have an idea of the gadget wanted. Look in a few different
places starting with the internet (hey, you're reading this on the
Don't buy him things that he has denied wanting, and, the
observation process on your part proves he is telling the
Ask misleading questions. Like, "boy, those onions must be
tough huh?". He'll say "no, it's this d... knife!"
not knowing he just admitted not liking the knife he said he liked a
Look at the quality of what he's already working with. Buy better
stuff unless he REALLY likes the tool he has, or, it has sentimental
value, i.e. his dad gave it to him and he doesn't care how bad it
performs, "it was good enough for his dad so it's good enough
for him!", it doesn't matter that machete's were not designed
to mince garlic.
Give him a gift certificate to a real good cooking supply place
he's never been to because it was too expensive! (WARNING: This
could be detrimental to your future savings for retirement.)
In conclusion, guys don't really need much but they want
the same. Tickle their hearts with a little something special even
if it's "one good thing" that everybody pitched in for. If
he talks about it to his friends rest assured you've done well!
Cook till your heart is happy!.....