Gourmet gifts make great Father’s Day gifts for any dad, at least in our families. It’s hard not to be thrilled by a little something sweet (or salty or sour or beer-y) to go with that sentimental card. Here, a few tasty Father’s Day picks for the food-loving dad in your life, whether he’s big on grilling it, cooking it, or just eating it.

The knives from Schmidt Bros Cutlery (at top) make great gifts for men who rule the kitchen, and this single 8″ teak handled chef’s knife is a great value. ($40 at Schmidt Bros)

Father's Day gifts for the foodie dad: Afire Grill Rubs

Cliche though it may be, we can’t forget grilling gifts completely. These all-natural spice rub sets look absolutely amazing, from seafood to steak. And if you’re also getting dad a grill, all the better. ($18.99/ mini gift set from afire)

Gourmet gifts for Father's Day: Guinness cupcakes

We know few can resist the power of cupcakes. But for beer-lovers, these Guinness cupcakes by cacao sweets and treats may double that power. Yes, they’re actually made with Guinness. (12/$38 by at Abe’s Market; get a 10% discount for sharing the link with friends)

Father's Day gift for dads who love coffee: Chemex glass coffee drip

Gift cards towards a few chain coffee shop Ventis won’t do for a dad who’s a real coffee connoisseur. Instead, try this Chemex glass coffee maker which is fast becoming the popular choice of trendy coffee shops for a terrific single cup drip. ($36.95 at Williams-Sonoma)

Gourmet gifts for Father's Day: Beer stein sugar cookies

Love this collection of beer stein sugar cookies. Unlike the cupcakes, they’re not actually made with beer. (12/$33.70 at Sugar Lane Bake Shop)

Father's Day gifts for the foodie dad: Handmade leather recipe book

If Dad is a serious about his cooking (and then lucky you!) check out this handmade Italian leather recipe book which can be hand-embossed with his name or a monogram. You can even start it out by entering your favorite of his family recipes inside. ($125 at Jenni Bick; $15 for embossing.)

Gourmet gifts for Father's Day: Broken Arrow Ranch antelope steaks

The artisanal, grass-fed, free range Antelope loin steaks from Broken Arrow Ranch are served in top restaurants around the country. Also available for mail order. Not a fan of Antelope? There’s elk, wild boar and venison too. ($29/lb at Broken Arrow Ranch)

Father's Day gourmet food gift basket from NY Mouth

If you can’t decide what to get, let someone else do the picking for you. We recently featured this awesome Father’s Day gourmet basket, but their gourmet gift subscriptions that support small purveyors are pretty terrific too. Choose from a monthly delivery of chocolate, cookies, jerky, or pickles. Also good for pregnant dads, ha. (3 mos/$120 at New York Mouth)

1001 Whiskeys to Taste Before You Die

There are so many great cookbooks that dads love, it’s hard to know where to start.  But the new 1001 Whiskeys You Must Taste Before You Die looks like great fun for the connoisseur–and maybe a great bottle to get him started? ($24.39 at our affiliate Amazon)

Father's Day gifts for the foodie dad: french fry slicer

Dads who love kitchen gadgets may not already own a French Fry Slicer. He just has to promise to try it out on you. ($69.95 at Hammacher Schlemmer)

Edible schoolyard project

Locavores would really appreciate a membership to their local CSA – you can find one near your Dad via Local Harvest. You can also consider adding a donation in his name to a non-profit like Jamie Oliver’s America Gives Back, or to Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project (above).

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Cool Mom Picks Father's Day Gift Guide giveaway 2012

1. Dozen necktie cookies from Bees Knees Creative  2.Gift card towards minimalist mens cap from Fairends 3. Custom silver key fob from Julian + Co 4. Recycled sailcloth dopp kit 5. SlantShack Jerky sampler 6. Man Vs Wild DVD, Season Six 7. Dove Men+Care collection including Clean Defense Body and Face Wash, Fresh Awake Body andFace Wash, and Aqua Impact Deodorant  8. Dad’s Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers 9. Jawbone Jambox Smart Speaker

Cool Mom Picks Father's Day Gift Guide 2012