Newsflash for anyone who hasn’t thought about this yet, Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 17, 2012. Time to start thinking about it.

Here are 20 gift ideas for the Dad who cooks (or likes to have a cold beverage) and all are under $20. Nothing is golf-related, there are no ties, and no grilling tongs.

Who knows, mom may even “borrow” one of dad’s gifts.

1. Owl Measuring Cups, $19

Owl Measuring Cups

2. Bottle Openers, $7.50 to $9.50 each – Parrot, alligator, mermaid, or turtle

Bottle Openers

3. Tervis Water Bottle, $19.99

Tervis® Clear 24-Ounce Water Bottle keeps your drink as warm or cold for as long as it takes to enjoy it. This clear insulated tumbler provides a powerful hydration innovation. Comes with easy-open, push-button lid. Opening is large enough to fit ice cubes. Greatly reduces condensation. Fits most cup holders and easily hooks onto backpacks and gym bags.

Tervis clear grey water bottle

4. Leather Phone Case with Free Monogramming, $19 – the least food-related of the bunch but I thought it was a great value

Leather Phone Case with Free Monogramming

5. Cuisinart Sandwich Grill $19.99

Not only does this sandwich grill help you make delicious sandwiches, but you can also use it to make omelets or French toast.

Cuisinart Sandwich Grill

7. Food Thermometer, $7.99

Food Thermometer

8. Fish Butter Dish, sale $7.99

Fish Butter Dish

9. Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons with lifetime warranty, $4.99

Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons

10. Vintage Wood Board, $15

Vintage Wood Board

11. Seven-piece Martini Set, 19.99

Set of martini glasses with four with cocktails in it and one pitcher

12. Seven-piece Bar Set, $19.99

Seven piece bar set with shaker and other tools in rack

13. Six-piece Mug Set, $19.99

Three mugs of beer

14. Vintage Wood Serving Set, $19

Vintage Wood Serving Set

15. Top Chef Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls with Silicone Base, $11.99 to $19.99

Top Chef three different sized bowls with silicone bottoms

16. Blender, $19.99


17. Immersion Blender, $16.99

Immersion Blender

18. Creme Brulee Torch Set, $19.99

Creme Brulee Torch Set

19. Silpat Baking Mat, $19.83

Silpat baking mat with red rim

20. Make him this gift: Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups and Ice Cream

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups and Ice Cream

What are you doing for Father’s Day or how will you be honoring the fathers in your life?

No plans for us other than to just make sure Scott has a relaxing day. I’ll cook whatever he wants, we can spend time together as a family, go for a nice walk or whatever flows and is low key and casual.

Any great gift ideas for the father who already seems to have everything?

Truth be told, I’m not buying him any of these gifts. We don’t exchange gifts for holidays anymore and for the past 5+ years we haven’t given each other gifts on birthdays, Mother’s and Father’s days, anniversaries, Christmas and Chanukah, or any other holiday. We buy what we need throughout the year and he told me not to get him anything so I won’t.

But I will cook. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach after all.

If you have any great gift ideas, link them up. I always like to look.

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