Father’s Day is June 16! 16 Gift ideas and Recipe

As everyone knows, Father’s Day is on June 16th and it is rapidly approaching! So now the question we’ve all asked ourselves, what do we get for the man who has everything or just goes out and buys what he wants for himself? Well my team and I have put together a list of our favorite things to buy for this Father’s Day Season, 16 of them to be exact! But first, we were going to wait until the end of this post to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway but we’re just too excited! Thanks to everyone for supporting us and showing so much enthusiasm after our first post! We had 40 people enter our giveaway and we loved reading all of your comments and posts, it meant so much to us! However, only one person can win this giveaway and this week’s winner is Nancy Farrar! Congratulations! We will email you this week so that we can get you your new bowl!

16 Father’s Day Gift Ideas that My Team and I Love

Outdoor Kitchen

1. Outdoor Kitchen- Sterling Renovations

Man Cave

2. Man Cave – Sterling Renovations 

Wine Room

3. Wine Room – Sterling Renovations

Vodka Distiller

4. Home Vodka Distiller – Hillbilly Stills

Big Green Egg

5. The Big Green Egg – Big Green Egg

Autographed Sports memorabelia

6. Autographed Sports Memorabilia – Steiner Sports

Portable Solar Charger

7. Solar Powered Iphone Charger – Hammacher Schlemmer


8. Sonos Speaker System – Sonos

Nespresso Maker

9. Nespresso Maker – Nespresso


10. Personalized Photobooks – My Publisher

Stainless Steel Smoker Box

11. Stainless Steel Smoker Box – Williams Sonoma

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12. Dean & De Luca Cestino Di Regalo Gift Basket –             Dean & De Luca

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13. Magellan Smart GPS – Magellan

Waterproof Ipad Case

14. Waterproof ipad Case – Hammacher Schlemmer


The Himalayan Salt Plate

15. The Himalayan Salt Plate – Williams Sonoma

Nike Sport Watch - Nike

16. Nike Sport Watch – Nike



Now that you have some options of what gift you can give him, you can plan the perfect summer dinner and we have just the recipe for it! I’ve already prepared this recipe twice this summer and it has been a huge hit both times! I know it may seem strange to cook fish for Father’s Day, because men are men and men like meat, but this is a recipe that the whole family will love!


Thai Baked or Grilled Whole Fish with Chile-Cilantro Sauce

This recipe can either be baked in the oven or grilled outside on your barbecue.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • SERVES 2-4, depending on the size and number of fish used
  • 1 whole red snapper or gray mullet, OR 2 or more whole rainbow trout or tilapia, fresh or frozen
  • generous handful fresh cilantro
  • handful fresh basil
  • lemon slices or wedges for serving
  • tin foil or banana leaves (if cooking in the oven)
  • 4 Tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 4 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 8-10 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. lime or lemon juice
  • 1-3 red chilies, sliced, OR 2+ tsp. Thai chili sauce (adjust the amount according to how spicy you’d like your fish)

For The Fish

  • 1 lemon (sliced)
  • 1 lime (sliced)
  • 3 full branches fresh basil
  • 1 handful of fresh cilantro
  • 3 whole green onions
  • 2 thai fresh chiles


If using frozen fish, be sure to thaw it thoroughly before cooking. This can be done quickly by soaking fish in a bowl or sink of cool water.If your fish hasn’t been cleaned: Make a cut along the underside of fish from the head to 3/4 of the way towards the tail. Reach inside to remove guts and discard. Rinse fish inside and out. Remove scales by scraping a large knife along the fish’s surface, scraping from tail toward head until most of the scales have been removed.

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, OR warm up your barbecue/grill.
  2. Stir all marinade/sauce ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Place fish on a cutting board and score it by making vertical cuts an inch or more apart along the length of fish from head to tail. Turn fish over and do the same on the other side.
  4. Stuff the fish with the lemon and lime slices, fresh basil, cilantro, green onions, and chiles.
  5. If Grilling the Fish: See below.For Baked Fish: Place fish on a large piece of tin foil or banana leaf. Make sure the foil or leaf is big enough to cover/wrap the fish.
  6. Drizzle 3 Tbsp. (or more) of the marinade/sauce over each fish, covering both sides. Be sure to spoon some into the cuts you’ve made, as well as into the underside cavity. Reserve the rest for later.Screen Shot 2013-06-04 at 6.09.37 PM
  7. Bring the long sides of the foil up and over the fish, scrunching it together. Try to keep the foil off the surface of the fish, making a kind of shallow tent over it. Also fold up each end and scrunch to secure. If using banana leaf: Simply fold the sides and ends of the leaf over fish to cover it. With banana leaf, you actually want the leaf to come into contact with the fish, as this adds to the flavor.
  8. Bake the fish (in foil) directly on your oven rack. Or – if you’re worried about spillage, place wrapped fish on a baking sheet or tray and place in the oven. Fish wrapped in banana leaf will require a dish or tray, as banana leaf is permeable.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or longer, depending on the size and thickness of your fish.
  10. Remove fish from oven and check some of the deeper cuts to see if inner flesh is cooked (it should be opaque, not pink or translucent-looking). If fish still needs more time, return to your oven for another 8-10 minutes, or until cooked.
  11. To finish the fish, remove from oven and open up the foil, scrunching it around the fish to create a kind of bowl (see photo). For banana leaf, simply open up the leaf, which will have become drier and slightly crispy.
  12. Pour remaining marinade/sauce over fish and return to the oven. Turn oven on “Broil” setting, and broil for 5-8 minutes, or until the fish is nicely browned and crisp-looking (like barbecue fish). Banana leaves will become quite brown and fragrant.
  13. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the fish with fresh cilantro and basil. Add lemon wedges or slices, and ENJOY!
  • To Barbecue Fish: Brush your grill with a little oil to keep fish from sticking (if using a fish cage, it also helps to brush it with oil).
  • Drizzle 3 Tbsp. (or more) of the marinade/sauce over each fish, covering both sides. Be sure to spoon some into the cuts you’ve made, as well as into the underside cavity.
  • Grill fish for 10-20 minutes (depending on the size and thickness of the fish, and the how hot your grill is). If barbecuing directly on the grill, allow fish to cook for at least 5 minutes before turning it the first time – otherwise the skin may stick to the grill and tear.
  • Use remaining marinade/sauce to baste as your barbecue, OR pour over fish right before serving. Fish is done when inner flesh is opaque and no longer pink or translucent. To serve, top with fresh cilantro and basil, plus wedges of lime or lemon, and ENJOY!
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I hope these ideas help you plan the best Father’s Day yet! Don’t forget, the first person to book an outdoor kitchen with sterling renovations will receive a free BBQ Outfitters tool set!

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  1. Marie

    Hi Julie! Thanks for the great gift ideas!! I’m passing it on to some friends who are still needing to shop. Can we come learn how to make this fish in your kitchen? 🙂

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