Tools to Buy for Dad (that you really want for yourself)

My dad is a gadget and gear kind of guy.
Maybe your dad is, too! For the duration of my life, my dad has always loved the swiss-army knife equivalent of whatever it may be, from electronics to fly fishing and photography gear. Even if, to me, using it seems harder than not having it, my dad is into it. The gear. It’s very endearing. He also seems to have everything he loves already, making Father’s Day and birthdays tough for me, the gift-giving youngest daughter.


(Here’s my dad, can you see the resemblance? 🙂

If this sounds like your dad or a dad you love, here are some fun ideas for cool, useful kitchen gadget gifts, all for under $30. Note: I am directing links to Amazon for ease of showing you examples, not for advertising purposes:)
 
SO WHY EVEN BUY KITCHEN GADGETS FOR DAD?
As you likely know, I’m all about getting people actively cooking with loved ones. Wouldn’t it be fun to rub shoulders in the kitchen with your dad (or favorite dad), maybe over some optional wine or a couple beers? Encourage some more time spent in the kitchen through the lure of flames, delicious food, and, you guessed it, sharp gadgets.


#1: KNIFE SHARPENING WHETSTONE
Sharpen dad’s knives for him! Sharpen dad’s mini axe for firewood! You can do it!
Get sharp in general with this everlasting knife sharpening tool, the whetstoneIf you can’t sharpen in person for your dad, check out my quick videos of knife handling andsharpening as a tutorial with the gift.
   
#2 NON MUSICAL MANDOLINES
Here’s a tool any gadget lover should know about: the mandoline. The red mandoline is my most used “gadget” for slicing beets for raw ravioli, sweet potatoes for “hash browns” and cucumbers or radishes for salads and pickles. The green mandoline offers additional blades to julienne and finely shred items like carrots or zucchini or potatoes (also a dad favorite, for breakfast potatoes or fritters).
Tips for mandoline use: position the mandoline on a cutting board and place the top against your sternum so you have a 45 degree angle. Keep your fingers straight as you slice downward and feel free to use the hand guard to protect your fingers!

Connect this Father’s Day with your dad in the kitchen. Woo him with a new sharp gadget, and see what delicious meals come of it!
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