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Father's Day comes with the age-old question, "What do I get for Dad?" The Kitchen is here to help you with a few gift ideas based on what your pop already likes. We put together a few of our favorite things which are sure to put a smile on dad's face this Father's Day.

A custom frosted mug, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen.

Photo by: David Katz

David Katz

If your dad likes big ice cubes for whiskey, try giving him crushed ice trays for cocktails.

Specialty ice cubes are popular with dads across the country. Many already use the giant cubes for whiskey because of their slow melting quality. Take it to the next level and get dad a couple of crushed ice cube trays. Crushed ice is great for Moscow mules, swizzles, mint juleps and dark and stormy cocktails. The crushed ice cools the drink down faster than larger cubes.

We love the flexible silicone ice cube trays, which can be purchased online for around $12. They come with a lid for easy stacking in the freezer, which can also be used to assist in funneling the ice into your favorite glass. Just fill the trays as you would your average ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen, squeeze the sides of the flexible trays together to break the ice into shards. We love this special ice in a dark and stormy (ginger beer, dark rum and a garnish of lime).

If you're considering steak delivery, try a burger delivery instead.

Try getting dad the "Burger of the Month Club" from a burger delivery service. Much like the meal delivery services that are extremely popular these days, there's an online company that will send dad a gourmet specialty burger kit with all the fixin's. We love the "Cheat Day" package that comes with a fully loaded burger topped with pulled pork, bacon, peppers, onions, Cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce and a fried egg. All the ingredients are sent in insulated coolers and are ready to cook at home. The burgers are restaurant quality, made with certified Angus beef. Each package comes with your choice of burger, mac and cheese side and French fry side. The company also features a different burger each month.

If your dad liked the "World's Best Dad" mug you gave him last year, try making him a custom etched beer glass.

Everything you need to make a personalized beer mug or glass for dad can be found at your local craft store. What you'll need is a beer mug, a glass etching kit and an adhesive stencil sheet.

Here's how it's done.

  1. Print dad's initials onto plain copy paper.
  2. Tape the printed initials onto an adhesive stencil sheet and cut out the insides of the printed letters.
  3. Peel the back off the adhesive sheet and place onto a clean, dry beer mug.
  4. While wearing rubber gloves, use a small paint brush to apply a thick layer of the etching cream over the surface of the stencil. Be careful not to let the cream go over the sides of the stencil. Anything the cream touches will begin to etch.
  5. Let the cream sit for about 15 minutes. No need to leave it any longer because the cream won't etch any darker or deeper if left on longer than that.
  6. Rinse away the excess etching cream with warm water and dish soap.
  7. The glass is etched permanently and is dishwasher safe. 

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