Whether he’s into gin or homemade ricotta, there’s a DIY  kit for that.

By Bridget Hallinan
May 29, 2019
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If your dad loves to cook and create, consider going the DIY route this Father’s Day. For novices, it’s an easy way to introduce them to making some of their favorite foods from scratch (hello, fresh mozzarella cheese); pros will appreciate elevated options on the market, like homemade tonic water and gin kits. We’ve rounded up eight kits that would make great gifts, and (for the most part) also happen to be $50 or under. Check out the full spread below, and make sure you order fast—June 16 isn't all that far away.

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Tonic Water Kit 

Courtesy of Food52

For gin & tonic lovers, this kit allows you to make your own tonic water, as opposed to buying bottles at the store. You can pick from classic (pictured, $26) or elderflower flavors ($32). In total, it makes around one quart of concentrate, which you can then mix to make around 30-60 tonic waters (depending on how strong you like it).

Oaktown Spice Shop DIY Tonic Water Kit, $26 at food52.com

Hot Sauce Kit

Courtesy of UncommonGoods

We all know someone who has a healthy obsession with hot sauce—they have more than a few bottles stocked in the fridge, and douse it on everything from eggs to pizza. (Better yet, they have their own miniature keychain.) If your dad fits the bill, get him this DIY kit so he can make his own. It includes dried guajillo, chipotle, and arbol peppers, plus cayenne, ancho chile, and curry powders. (Aka, bring on the heat.) With six bottles and customizable labels, there’s plenty of room to experiment. 

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit, $35 at uncommongoods.com

Irish Stout Kit