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Get Inspired with These Unique Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Posted by Kyle Design on June 3, 2014

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15, 2014.

If your dad is like mine, he can be a little (scratch that – a lot) hard to shop for. I know he loves when I get him something personalized, but several engraved keychains and picture frames later, I had run out of ideas (and I think he’d run out of desk space). Then I realized something. My dad is extra special. Why should I get him something “typical” for Father’s Day (#1 dad mug? new tie?) when I can give him something that shows him the many ways in which he’s special to me.

So, I started to make a list of all the things my dad has taught me. Turns out, there are a ton of cool gifts I can give him. Watch this short video to see what I’m talking about:

What did your dad teach you?

Celebrate the lessons he taught you with a meaningful Father’s Day gift from Kyle Design. Pick from 100s of unique designs on cool gifts for dad like flasks, business card cases, tape measures, money clips (and more!) and customize it with his favorite color and an engraved message about an important thing he taught you. It will be the best gift he’s ever gotten.

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Meaningful Father’s Day Gifts for Dad

Posted by Kyle Design on May 21, 2012

It’s been said that a father carries pictures where his money used to be. Funny thing about my dad is that the pictures haven’t changed in over 20 years. If someone stole his wallet today they’d think he had a terribly unstylish 7-year old. (Not to mention the picture of my brother sporting his middle school mullet.) I’ve always wondered why he never updated the photos. I got my answer on my wedding day when he distributed copies of that same picture around the room and told everyone (tearfully) at my reception that he still carries that picture because that’s how he remembers me – as his little girl.

Hard to believe after I became the 29-year-old who still lived at home…After he’d supported me through college…And after I’d raised his insurance rates with some poor split-second decisions behind the wheel. My dad has done a LOT for me over the years. And the most amazing part is, he hasn’t complained once. When I bounced back and forth between colleges that were 484 miles apart (3 times!), he showed up with a U-Haul. And when I made expensive mistakes, of which there were a LOT over the years, he never once got upset or made me feel bad.

So this Father’s Day I know he deserves something special…

Something more than a greeting card and a new tool from Home Depot. Once a month my dad and I get together for a motorcycle ride on our Harleys. So I customized this Kyle Design picture frame with an eagle and a motorcycle design…

And because he has an awesome shop where he likes to build stuff and work on restoring his old Jeep, I designed this cool light switch plate with tools from Kyle Switch Plates…

Cool Tool Theme Switch Plate for Men

Over the years, if there’s one thing I’ve learned about gifts for Dad, it’s that he really appreciates gifts that I’ve put some thought into. Your dad is probably the same way. Why not surprise him with a meaningful gift this year? There’s still plenty of time to personalize a gift for your dad this Father’s Day.

If there’s a hobby you share like fixing up classic cars or hunting, a tradition you share, something he does in his leisure time like golfing or sailing, or an interest that’s uniquely his, like aviation or science, you can buy him a gift that reflects his interests at Kyle Design.

List the top 5 things that make you think of your dad, and chances are one of those items would make a perfect gift – just check out all the gift designs at Kyle Design. There’s over 500 designs for dad’s career, favorite sports, hobbies and more. Then, combine your design with your dad’s favorite color and put it on a personalized gift he can actually use. Add an engraving for an extra personal touch and voila! Perfect Father’s Day Gift!

Silver Cigarette Lighter with Guitars

Unique Guitar Cigarette Lighter

Metal Wallet for Deer Hunting

Deer Hunting Cigarette Case

Biplane Gifts - Gold Pill Box

Personal Aircraft Gift Pill Box

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Metal Eyeglasses Case with Sailboat

Sailing Theme Glasses Case

Gold and Silver Poker Money Clips

Poker Theme Money Clips

Golf Themed Magnet for Dad

Father’s Day Magnet with Golf Clubs

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Money Clip Gift with Football

Football Fan Money Clips

Muscle Car Flask for Dad

Classic Cars Engravable Flask

Business Card Case for Hunters

Rifle Business Card Case

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Click Unique Father’s Day Gifts for more gift ideas for Dad!


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Extra Crispy Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp And Pie – Experimenting is Fun!

Posted by Kyle Design on June 13, 2009

It is fruit and berry season again, and the first day of summer vacation for the kids. I’ve just baked my second pie of the week plus a strawberry rhubarb crisp, with the help of four kids – my girls, age 10 and 13 and their boy cousins, age 11 and 14. Baking is a great way to keep kids busy, have them learn some new cooking skills and have them experiment with some new flavors. New for the boys: cardamom. New for all the kids: rhubarb.

Fresh Fruit Business Card Holder for farmers, foodies and anyone who loves summer

Fresh Fruit Business Card Holder for farmers, foodies and anyone who loves summer

(My first pie of the season was a bit of a disaster – my oven broke while the pie was in it baking – no flaky crust there! Just a soggy mess – sooo disappointing.) Oven has been fixed, and I was wanting to erase the bad pie memories with the wonderful smell of fruity baking goodness.

Love to bake? Enjoy fresh strawberries? Capture the spirit of the season with a strawberry name badge holder.

Love to bake? Enjoy fresh strawberries? Capture the spirit of the season with a strawberry name badge holder.

Today’s pie is a strawberry rhubarb pie, which was my dad’s favorite. With Father’s Day coming up next weekend, memories of him are on my mind. We used to grow rhubarb in our backyard growing up and when I saw it at the Farmers Market I knew that was the right pie for this new memory making job.

We made pie dough from scratch – really not hard or too time-consuming when you have a Cuisinart, although it turned out a little sticky for some reason this time. While waiting for the pie crust dough to sit in the refrigerator for an hour, however, we whipped together a slightly different strawberry rhubarb crisp that was really good (and gone before the pie was even come out of the oven, so I guess this new flavor was a winner!)

I’m an artist  – I love to experiment and try new ways of doing things and trying new flavors. Yet another creative outlet for me! My youngest daughter does not like fruit (horrors!), so I make a batch of crisp topping for her separately. This time we made a double batch and discovered that the extra crispy bits were especially good mixed into the regular crisp. Always something new….

Extra Crispy Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Filling

2 c. rhubarb, cubed into 1/2″ pieces

Encourage Kids to Cook and Plan Meals with a Cooking Bookmark for Cookbooks

Encourage Kids to Cook and Plan Meals with a Cooking Bookmark for Cookbooks

1 c. sliced strawberries

1/2 c. sugar

3 T.  flour

1/4. cardamom

dash of nutmeg

Combine and pour into a greased 8″ x 8″ baking pan.

Topping

1 c. brown sugar

1 c. flour

1 c. old-fashioned rolled oats

1/4 t. ground cardamom

dash of nutmeg

1/2 c. softened butter

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine topping ingredients in bowl or plastic bag and mix thoroughly. Sprinkle half of topping mix over filling. To create the extra crispy topping, pour the remaining topping mix into a separate greased oven-proof pan and bake at the same time as the pan of filling and topping. Remove the crispy topping after about 20-25 minutes (keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn), and continue baking the filling and topping pan for about 10-15 minutes more, for a total of 35 minutes.

Serve up the crisp filling and sprinkle the extra crispy topping over it, stirring in if desired. The result is a delicious chewy, crispy, sweet, sour mix of flavors and textures.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie - Good memories in the making, and the baking

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie - Good memories in the making, and the baking

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie – This Pie Is Really Good!

3 c. rhubarb, in 1/2″ slices

1 1/2 c. sliced strawberries

1 1/4 c. sugar

3 T. tapioca

1/4 t. salt

1/4 t. ground cardamom

1/8 t. ground nutmeg

3/4 t. grated orange peel

Strawberry Pie ala Mode Christmas Ornament - A great way to capture those memories of baking together.

Strawberry Pie ala Mode Christmas Ornament - A great way to capture those memories of baking together.

Mix above ingredients and let sit for 15 minutes before pouring into unbaked pie crust.

Pastry for two-crust pie

Roll out pie dough and line a 9″ pie pan with one of the crusts. Pour in fruit mixture, cover with top crust and crimp edges. Cut a few slits in the top, sprinkle with a little bit of sugar. (To protect edge of crust from getting too dark while baking, cut length of foil, cut in half length-wise and wrap over crimped edge of pie.) Bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes, removing foil after 30 minutes if used.

If you love to bake or know someone else who does, please be sure to visit Kyle Design’s Baking and Cooking Gift Ideas pages, as well as our other pages for Strawberries, Fruit, Pie, Christmas Ornaments, Business Card Holders, Vitamin Boxes and Bookmarks for other interesting gifts for those who appreciate the different.

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