Father’s Day is approaching quickly, and if the special dad in your life is an eco-minded type, you might be a bit stumped on what to get him this year. Lucky for you we’ve rounded up more than a few fantastic gift ideas that are sure to inspire smiles all around. From a selection of organic microbrews for the man who scoffs at the sight of Coors, to some great camping gear for that dad who loves to spend time outdoors, check out these 15 fab green gift ideas for Father’s Day!
A Selection of Organic/Microbrew Beers
There aren’t many people who don’t like to crack open a cold beer on a hot summer day, and if they’re unique little treasures from micro-breweries, all the better to savor! An eco-friendly (re-usable) cooler bag packed with a variety of organic beers would undoubtedly get you a rib-crushing hug, and you might discover some really fantastic brews that you can enjoy all summer long.
If there’s an organic “beer of the month club” that you can subscribe to on dad’s behalf, that might be a fun option as well. After all, fancy beer that’s delivered to your door is always welcome, right?
Solar power is gaining in popularity around the world, and as more designers and innovators play with new concepts, some pretty brilliant styles are being created. The Cookup200 Solar BBQ from ID Cook looks like something from a Star Trek set, but the principle behind it is sound: its parabolic shape focuses the sun’s mighty rays into the ingredients placed at its center, thus cooking them without any smoke or CO2 emissions. For eco-minded guys who love to cook outdoors, this is a rather brilliant way to celebrate great food while still being kind to mama earth.
Vegan/Eco-Friendly Camping Gear
Does the dad in your life enjoy camping trips, hiking, and sleeping under the stars? If so, he’s amazingly easy to buy for and you’re very fortunate indeed: there are many eco-friendly and vegan products out there to help him enjoy the outdoors in as ethical a manner as possible.
The classic Encampment sleeping bag from Big Agnes is made of nylon and filled with their unique INTEGRITY synthetic insulation, which is comprised of 97% recycled material. Team that up with some eco-friendly cookware, water bottle, and utensils, and dad’s set for a truly green trek into the woods.
Fair-Trade Coffee and Handmade Mug
Just about everyone has a special cup that they’ve claimed as their own; one that fits perfectly in their hands, and brings them an immense sense of warmth and joy with every sip.
Now for the filling: if dad’s a coffee connoisseur, treat him to some amazing fair-trade coffee so he can revel in glorious, rich flavour while supporting coffee bean farmers and their families. A gourmet coffee hamper from Jurang, for example, is filled with 3 bags of fair-trade coffee (from Ethiopia, Mexico, and Papua New Guinea), and presented in an ethically-sourced basket.
For the dad who seems to have everything already, consider something rather cool and unique: EcoSpheres are tiny little self-sustaining ecosystems encased in glass spheres and pods. Inside each one are active micro-organisms, tiny shrimp, algae, and bacteria, all floating around in filtered sea water. You never have to feed any of the life within: you just need to provide the EcoSphere with a source of indirect light, either artificial or natural, and revel in this little marvel of beauty and balance for 2-7 years.
Vegan Monthly Snack Box Subscription
If daddy-o is a snack monster and likes to try new and exciting flavors, then this would make his toes curl with delight: a vegan monthly snack box from Vegan Cuts that’s packed with an assortment of goodies. Each package typically includes 7-10 vegan products (sometimes more!), ranging from sweet treats to household fun stuff, so your special guy can try out some things he’s never dreamed of before and hopefully make some new favorites.
Most of the snack box items are gluten-free, and none of them contain any palm oil. Although the snack boxes were previously only available in the U.S., they can now be shipped worldwide! That’s sure to make a lot of dads out there very, very happy.