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13 Smart, Green ECOnomical Father’s Day Gifts!
Father’s Day is in less than 2 weeks but don't panic! This year, skip the lame cards, kitchy doodads and useless knickknacks and get Dad the greenest gift of all - something that he'll actually like and want to keep! Whether your pops is an outdoorsman, a dapper don or a gadget geek, click through our gallery for a premium selection of eco-friendly goods that will knock his socks off.
Help your dad snazz up his suits with these smart-looking cufflinks! Recycled from real vintage typewriter keys, they can be ordered with the first letter of your father’s name.
What better way to entice your dad to ditch his gas guzzler than to give him a sweet bike? We’ve been feeling this roadster model from Linus – its retro look and elegant lines will have your dad saying “Car, what car?” in no time.
Whether your dad is tech savvy or not, chances are he has a few gadgets that need charging on the go. Get him this stylish solar panel backpack and he’ll think about what a smart kid he raised every time he uses it to power up his dead cell phone.
PLANT A TREE IN HONOR OF YOUR DAD
Okay, so we know that we include planting a tree in almost every single one of our gift guides, but that’s because it never goes out of style! Plus, it’s the perfect present if your dad is one of those “don’t get me anything, I don’t need any more stuff” kinda guys.
If your dad is known for being a remote hog, he’ll love this All for One TV controller. It’ll help him save energy by controlling up to 4 devices (saving up to 90% of standby power consumption) and allowing him to switch them all off with the press of a single button.
Flashlights are great gifts for the practical dad, and this one goes the extra mile by giving back – for each one purchased, another will be given away to someone in a developing nation who needs it for cooking, reading and other daily tasks that they may not be able to do at night without one.
If you’ve noticed that your dad’s wardrobe has been looking a bit more shabby than chic as of late, hook him up with this supersoft 100% organic cotton t-shirt reppin’ none other than your favorite green design website. The subtle graphic print reads “I am the root of the solution” and resembles both tree roots and human lungs, visualizing the idea that trees are the lungs of the earth.
Ties may seem like a bit of a cliche Father’s Day gift, but they’re so popular because they’re tried and true – almost every dad could use a nice one. These fine specimens from the Windmill Club are made from gorgeous dead stock silk, are handmade in New York City and would look absolutely smashing around your dad’s neck!
So many fathers out there are nature lovers but have trouble finding time to make it to the great outdoors. Bring the wilderness right to your dad’s living room with Planet Earth – an astonishing 11-part BBC series exploring the sights and sounds of mountains, caves, deserts, seas, and forests. And make sure to “borrow” it after he’s done watching it.
Give this clever solar-powered Eco-Drive watch to your dad and he’ll never need to change a battery. Plus, its understated nearly all-black look is a dashing way to accessorize any outfit.
Introduce your dad to the delicious wonders of organic wines with this wine of the month subscription. He’ll receive a new one every new moon and will think of (and hopefully share with) you every time he uncorks a new bottle.
Give your dad a super cool place to store his riches with this wallet made out of old suits and neckties. It features a pocket for bills and two side pockets for cards and is handmade in Pennsylvania.
If your dad enjoys a nice tall glass of soda, give him a gift that lets him make it right one his own kitchen! This kit includes a SodaStream Jet soda maker, one carbonator (good for making up to 60L of soda), and two BPA-free plastic bottles. The whole thing requires no electricity or batteries and experimenting with flavor combinations adds to the fun.
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