Dads have come a long way since the days of the stereotypical cigar chomping, garage tinkering, newspaper-at-the-breakfast-table men of the recent past. Nowadays more and more dads are becoming nurturing, early adapting, fashion forward, artistic, eco-responsible individuals. In other words, we’re not our dads dads. So on this Fathers Day let’s celebrate with green-minded, stylish, thoughtful gifts that fit the bill. From recycled necktie wallets to wooden harddrives, here are a few of our favorite eco gifts for the modern dad.
2. Magno wooden radio
This cute wooden radio is handcrafted in Indonesia by skilled artisans. “Its uncoated surface should be oiled periodically to encourage a deeper connection between user and object.”
$225 at A + R Store.
4. Best Made Company’s new line of pocket axes
are for that outdoorsman that has everything – but a pocket axe. “Hickory, steel, & sex appeal”. The first release is limited to a collection of 200.
$95 at Best Made Co.
1. Terra Plana Recycled Shoes
Terra Plana manufactures a wide range of recycled athletic and dress shoes. So finding a pair for even the most picky dad is almost a certainty. “VivoBarefoot is a revolutionary, back-to-basics design based on the simple principle that being barefoot is the healthiest way for you and your feet to be.”
$120 at Terra Plana.
2. Recycled Skateboard Cufflinks
Jan & Jeff Whidden know that shirtsleeves and jeans are today’s office attire. And the recycled skateboard cufflinks they design and hand make from broken boards dress-up this new dress down attire… without being too dressy.
$20 at Uncommon Goods.
3. Recycled Necktie Wallets
Laura Skelton makes giving neckties on Fathers Day okay again. That’s because she repurposes those dreaded fashion items into smart wallets.
$28 at Uncommon Goods.
4. Thinksound™ Rain Headphones
were designed with true audiophiles in mind.” These earbuds offer that unbelievably big sound dad will love while leaving behind a tiny eco-footprint.
$75 at thinksound.
1. FREITAG Recycled Tarp iPad Cases
An old truck tarp might seem like an unlikely place to store his brand new iPad. But starting in August FREITAG will offer cases that are repurposed rugged refinement at its best. To pre-order (early adapters are used to the wait) email [email protected] .
$76 at FREITAG.
2. Wooden Hard Drive Cases!
Etsy shop owners BP Custom Woodworks (no relation to that other BP) offer a slick collection of wooden enclosures for external hard drives. Produced from “100% reclaimed or discarded materials” these drives will look great on any desk top.
$126 (with drive) at BP Custom Woodworks.
3. Geek Dad Projects
Geek Dad is a collection of “awesomely geeky projects and activities for dads and kids to share”. It’s offered in print form by “supergeek, and father of two, Ken Denmead” editor of the Wired blog of the same name.
$9 at Amazon.
4. Vers Wooden iPad Case
The wooden iPad case ‘coming soon’ from Vers, matches the craftsmanship of the other fine items offered in the wood line. Made from hardwood and bamboo the case isn’t as soft as it looks. it is “reinforced with steel to keep your iPad safe”.
$80 (currently in pre-order) at Vers.
1. The Red Hot Air hoody
The Red Hot Air hoody made by Worn Again is racy, rakish and made from the retired Virgin hot air balloon G-TVBF ‘Tango’. Being totally transparent, Worn Again even offers up a detailed video of how the hoody was made.
$120 at Worn Again.
2. Hess Eco Surfboards
Danny at Hess Surfboards hand makes wave riders that are the ultimate in surfboard craftsmanship. Each is made from reclaimed and sustainably harvested wood, cork, recyclable surfboard foam and uses 50% less fiberglass than conventional boards.
Approximately $1,200. Email [email protected] or visit Hess Surfboards.
3. Recycled Eco Skateboards from Pop Master Innovations
The boards at Pop Master Innovations are for surfing of a different kind. Dads who prefer gliding across a wave of silver concrete can now do so on a board made from “recycled wood fiber veneer substrate and recycled skateboard decks. No lacquer is needed, [the] material is self-sealing and water resistant. [And the process] emits no V.O.C’s in manufacturing.”
For info [email protected]
4. Helmet B Bike Helmet
“The ‘tatou’ (armadillo) is an animal recognizable with its plates forming a defensive shell when it rolls into ball. Here was born the concept of Helmet B.” The concept helmet created by Julien Bergignat, which is 100% recyclable, is not yet in production (and there are questions as to whether or not it ever will be). But wouldn’t this be a neat way to ensure that dad keeps his head on his shoulders?
For info contact Julien Bergignat.