Father’s Day is coming up. Are you ready?
I must admit that the “perfect” Father’s Day gift isn’t always evident and sometimes it’s downright difficult to figure out what to get my dad. But after doing a lot of searching, I came across some great, eco-friendly gifs that my dad would love, plus some that were really neat, but not a perfect fit. However, I wanted to share with you what I found. Perhaps one of them will perfectly suit your dad!
All the gifts can be ordered on-line, so you don’t need to worry about shipping. And if you’re waiting to the last minute (like, uh-hum, some of us), you can always let dad know his gift is on the way. (Admittedly, it’s not the best solution, but sometimes it’s the only one that works!)
So, whether your dad is a beer aficionado, techie, cook, gardener, nature lover, or just really laid-back, check out these green Father’s Day gift ideas that are sure to bring a smile to his face and make you feel good as well! …And if you have an awesome, environmentally friendly gift idea, please feel free to share it by leaving a comment. I realize that the list below is by no means all-inclusive, so I always welcome your thoughts.
For the Beer Aficionado
Beer Caddy Full of Artisan Beers
If your dad is a bona fide beer aficionado, this could just be the perfect gift. Load this cool vintage looking wooden beer caddy from West Elm with a selection of his favorite locally brewed beers or even some tasty sodas. It comes with a stainless steel can opener to make opening a brewsky a snap. He’ll never need a paper case again! $49
Stainless Steel Pint Cup from Kleen Kanteen
Instead of drinking out of the bottle or worse, plastic cups, why not also get your dad this bpa-free, non-toxic, and re-usable stainless steel pint cup from Kleen Kanteen to keep his drinks cold? Available on Amazon. Klean Kanteen Vacuum Insulated Pint Cup, Brushed Stainless, 16-Ounce. $21.19
Pale Ale Organic Beer Ingredient Kit
If your Dad’s always been a do-it-yourself type, he might enjoy making his own organic beer. The kit has everything he’ll need to make an “American style Pale Ale with a vibrant hop character,” but he’ll need to get a 5-gallon container as well. From Amazon. $49.99
For the Camper
Eco-Friendly Camper’s Gift Set. Photo courtesy of Rodales.
Got an outdoorsy dad? Present a card outlining plans for a fun family camping get-away with this earth friendly kit, which comes wrapped in a kraft box with an earthy hemp ribbon. It contains three camping necessities made with USDA- and Oregon-Tilth-certified ingredients: a non-toxic herbal insect repellent, a citronella fir bar soap, and a soy wax, citronella candle for repelling those pesky mosquitoes. From Rodales.com. $50
For the Cook Who Loves to Bar-B-Que
Monogrammed Williams-Sonoma BBQ Tools Set
Get your dad what he needs for a great summer season full of grilling with these monogrammed stainless steel grilling tools. He’ll find grilling much easier with a basting mop, fork, slotted spatula and tongs. Plus, because the set is made out of sustainable, stainless steel, it’s eco-friendly and should last for years to come! From Williams Sonoma. Currently on special for $80.50.
For the Gardener
Forest City Tumbling Composter with Two Chambers
For gardening dads, nothing could be better than having fresh, organic compost for enriching vegetable and planting beds. So why not give your dad a tumbling composter? This 37-gallon, two-chamber model makes composting easy and it’s quick — you can get compost in as little as two weeks. From Amazon. $99
For the Laid-Back Dad
Pawley’s Island Hammocks Large Original Cotton Rope Hammock
Does your dad enjoy relaxing, hanging out in the yard, and taking naps? Then this cotton Pawley’s Island hammock might just be the ideal gift for him. It comfortably accommodates two people, but that doesn’t mean dad has to share! From Amazon. $136.07
For the Nature Lover
Desk-Top Glass Terrarium
If you’re father spends a lot of time working at a desk, but wishes he could be hiking through the forest instead, this handsome brass-based terrarium would be perfect. Purchase some small succulents and ferns from your local nursery or home improvement store to tuck inside with a special Father’s Day note. Available in three sizes from West Elm. $29 – $59
For the Techy Dad
Premium Solar Charger – Backup Battery and Charger for Cell Phones, iPods, Tablets and Most USB Powered Devices
This environmentally friendly, solar powered charger comes in handy not only in emergencies when no electric power is available, but also when your dad’s on outdoor recreational excursions, such as camping or fishing. The slim design includes a built-in LED reading light and handy suction cups for attaching it to a window or car windshield. From Amazon. On sale for $21.99.
Genius DX-ECO Eco-Friendly Battery-Free BlueEye Mouse
Your dad will never have to use another battery again with this eco-friendly, wireless mouse that is easily recharged within three minutes by simply connecting a cable into the computer’s USB port and the mouse’s port. Plus, it can be recharged up to 100,000 times! From Amazon. $34.99
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