The Dad Bod Combo Box from Magnolia Bakery is worth every calorie — Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
You know Dad doesn’t need another tie or a new pair of socks. After a year at home, what he’s really craving is that special dish from his favorite restaurant or that treat he can only get at that little bakery – you know, the one he used to look forward to visiting during his travels.
Luckily, many of those iconic foods can now be delivered right to his door. He can have New York bagels in California, Maine lobster in the landlocked Midwest and the best banana pudding in the world wherever he is – and it’s all as fresh as though he were ordering them right off the menu.
If it’s true that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach – the happy sounds he’ll make as he stuffs his face are likely to confirm that – these sweet and savory gourmet goodies will easily be his favorite gift. After you, of course.
Magnolia Bakery Dad Bod Combo Box
Magnolia Bakery’s cupcakes and banana pudding are classics for a reason — Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
New York’s legendary Magnolia Bakery is beloved for its signature banana pudding and its cupcakes, but why choose between them when you can give him both – and double fudge brownies to boot?
This highly-coveted collection features two of each, so he can share them with you to thank you for your thoughtfulness. Ha ha ha ha! There is no way that’s going to happen, so do yourself a favor and buy another box just for you.
We Take the Cake Father’s Day 4-Layer Cake from Goldbelly
If you’re going to get him a shirt, get him this one from We Take the Cake — Photo courtesy of Goldbelly
If buying him a shirt is your Father’s Day go-to, tweak the tradition with one he’ll really appreciate. This edible polo shirt is a work of art and it’s almost too good-looking to eat. Almost. A combination of the acclaimed South Florida bakery’s most popular flavors – prize-winning chocolate and rich, golden butter cake – the six inch cake is filled with layers of decadent chocolate cream cheese, frosted with blue buttercream and accessorized with a fondant collar, buttons and a Happy Father’s Day label. When it comes to mouthwatering gifts, this definitely takes the cake.
Angel Food Bakery Best Dad Ever Donuts from Goldbelly
Angel Food Bakery spells out your message in donuts — Photo courtesy of Goldbelly
These Instagram-worthy donuts would put a smile on Homer Simpson’s face and they’re sure to put one on Dad’s face, too. Snap that photo fast, though, because he’s going to want to dig in. This Minneapolis bakery is known for its eye-popping designs and unique, irreverent flavors, which can include everything from the Fruity Pebbled Saturday Morning Cartoons to You Want Samoa This.
The only thing he may complain about is the fact that they chose to honor “Dad” instead of “Father,” which would have gotten him a trio of additional donuts.
Tiny Pies #1 Dad – 12 Pack from Goldbelly
Tiny Pies are small but mighty good — Photo courtesy of Goldbelly
These cute little pies spell out exactly how you feel about him although, honestly, he would realize that after taking his first bite. Baked from scratch in Austin, using natural, locally-sourced ingredients and recipes passed down for four generations, these palm-sized beauties are small in size but gigantic in taste.
This Father’s Day collection features a dozen handheld pies – three each of spiced apple, tart cherry, sweet Texas pecan and Texas Two Step (pecan with brownie on top) – no fork required. They’re proof that good things really do come in small packages.
Bake Me A Wish! Chocolate Mousse Torte Cake
The Chocolate Mousse Torte Cake from Bake Me a Wish! is pure decadence — Photo courtesy of Bake Me a Wish!
Just seeing the Bake Me A Wish! box will bring a smile to his face because he knows his is about to come true. A chocoholic’s dream, this decadent dessert is a delight for the senses, featuring two rich, chocolate cake layers filled with chocolate whipped cream mousse and covered with milk chocolate frosting and a dark chocolate glaze.
To top it off, it’s garnished with fudge rosettes and dark chocolate shavings. Heaven.
Carnegie Deli Father’s Day Gift Box
Carnegie Deli’s Father’s Day Gift Box is filled with their iconic offerings — Photo courtesy of Carnegie Deli
Well, hello, deli. Billed as “the world’s most famous delicatessen,” Carnegie Deli was a New York institution for almost 80 years, serving humongous sandwiches that Dad can now enjoy at home, anywhere in the country.
The Father’s Day Gift Box is packed with Carnegie Deli classics including generous servings of their celebrated pastrami, corned beef, spicy brown mustard, sour pickles, rye bread and cheesecake. He may grace you with a pickle, but give you a bite of that famous dessert? Fuhgeddaboudit.
Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. Maine Lobster Rolls & Clam Chowder from Goldbelly
Yum. Maine Lobster Rolls and Clam Chowder from Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. — Photo courtesy of Goldbelly
Show Dad he’s your Maine man with these authentic lobster rolls and clam chowder from the award-winning Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. The family-run business, located in the seaside town of Ogunquit, has been serving the freshest lobster since 1946 and just one taste will transport Dad directly to the coast.
The lobster rolls are the definition of summer, and the clam chowder, made of hard-shell clams, clam broth, cream, butter and hearty chunks of potatoes, is a deliciously satisfying meal in itself.
Brooklyn Dumpling Shop
This is a – wait for it – bacon cheeseburger dumpling from Brooklyn Dumpling Shop — Photo courtesy of Colin Clark
The modern Automat set-up of Brooklyn Dumpling Shop is a must-experience, but don’t worry if you can’t take Dad to see it just yet because the real stars of the show are the dumplings themselves. Even more delightful than the nostalgic vending machines that serve them, they’re filled with unexpected ingredients like French Onion Soup, Bacon Cheeseburger and Philly Cheesesteak.
But they’re not merely a novelty. They are seriously good. Their website proclaims, “Dumplings are the new sandwich,” but Dad may not agree. He’ll think they’re so much better.
H&H Bagels, Cream Cheese & Nova Scotia Salmon from Goldbelly
Let him enjoy a New York breakfast, care of H&H Bagels — Photo courtesy of Goldbelly
Understanding that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, New Yorkers have perfected it so your Dad can simply sit down and devour it. This ready-to-eat kit from H&H Bagels – a local favorite for more than 45 years – comes with half a dozen real New York bagels, half a pound of cream cheese and half a pound of Nova Scotia smoked salmon, so Dad can start his day off right.
Choose your bagel flavors – from sesame and poppy to blueberry and everything – then add a schmear of his fave cream cheese. Don’t forget the coffee.
Pizzeria Uno Original Deep Dish Pizza 2-Pack from Harry & David
Pizzeria Uno’s Chicago-style deep dish pizza delivers — Photo courtesy of Harry & David
Pizza delivery gets a major upgrade, thanks to this deep dish duo from Pizzeria Uno, who’s been making the Chicago-style classic for 75 years. Dad will get one cheese pizza and one gourmet pepperoni pizza, both featuring Pizzeria Uno’s signature buttery crust, shredded mozzarella cheese, savory tomato sauce and a touch of grated imported Pecorino Romano cheese and oregano.
Harry & David also offers other options specifically designed for meat lovers, veggie lovers or those who just want an extra pizza. Mangia!