Top 10 Father’s Day Gifts (and the best marinade recipe ever)

Russ E W

Father’s Day will be here soon (June 19) and it will be a whole lot more fun if we plan ahead. How will we celebrate the fathers of our children and our own fathers?

Food will most likely be part of the celebration, and for many of us, it will involve grilling. Russ’ favorite dinner is Cornell Chicken (recipe below), or steak when we have our own beef.

I love it when the kids make gifts for him, he’s collected some sweet treasures over the years. It’s also fun to let kids pick out special gifts dad will love.

Jennifer and I put together a list of some of the best gifts we’ve given over the years – maybe you’ll find a treasure for the favorite dad in your life.

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A Cuisinart Deluxe Grill Set. Jennifer gave this to Greg for Father’s Day last year. It comes in a variety of sizes and prices.

A Wireless Meat Thermometer is a great gift – especially for grilling, but good for the kitchen as well.

Greg (Jennifer’s husband) has a handmade journal like this. Russ has something similar.

An Audible Membership is probably my (Lisa’s) favorite gift on our list. Russ listens to lots of audiobooks, especially when he travels (or plows snow, mows the lawn, drives any significant distance). With a trip to Kenya coming up, I’ve already purchased books for him. Bonus – it’s a clutter-free gift! [click on the link below for 2 free audiobooks and a trial membership]

A Multi-tool is a great gift for nearly anyone (except some of our kids). Our husbands have at least one.

The kids and I bought Folding Sawhorses for Russ several years ago and he uses then often. Since they fold up flat, they take up very little space in the garage.

I got Russ a nice Ladder System like this for Christmas a year ago. He loves it.

Our kids have these, but not the dads – yet. This Wireless Speaker has a nine hour battery life, can be attached to a bike, backpack, or anything else, and has great reviews on Amazon.

Our kids got Russ and I Fitbit Charge HR‘s for Christmas. We started wearing them January 1st, and haven’t missed a day since. My kids will tell you I’m slightly obsessed with getting my minimum 10,000 steps each day. Russ and I have a friendly competition going on, which makes it even more fun.

Last, but not least, you can never go wrong with a Best. Dad. Ever. T-shirt.

What would you add to this list?

If you want to try a favorite Qualls family tradition, grill some Cornell Chicken for Father’s Day, or give it a whirl this Memorial Day weekend.

This recipe is famous in Ithaca, New York, home of Cornell University, where we lived for over five years when Russ was in grad school. We fell in love with this recipe and our children often request it for birthdays and holidays.

Cornell Chicken Marinade

1 egg
1 c. vegetable oil
2 c. cider vinegar
3 T. salt
1 T. poultry seasoning
1 t. pepper

Chicken pieces, or other meat.

In a blender, blend the egg; add oil and blend again. Add all other ingredients. Blend well. Pour over chicken or other meat. Marinate for a minimum of 2 hours, or all day. Grill.

This is seriously delicious! Try it and let us know what you think.

Lisa and Jennifer


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Joy Headrick
    May 23, 2016

    I have wanted a simple marinade. Now have one and will give it a try. Thanks for the great Father’s day suggestions. Love it.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      May 23, 2016

      I hope you love it, Joy! It is so good.


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