Father's Day is coming up fast next Sunday, but don't fret if still haven't found the perfect gift for Dad - Inhabitat has you covered with 10 great green gifts that are sure to please! From clever new takes on the garden and grill to handsome, functional accoutrements and the world's first solar-powered lawnmower, read on for our top picks for Father's Day 2011!
For the dad who has everything, may we present the Husqvarna Automower — the solar-powered batmobile of lawnmowers. This tricked-out automatic mower slices through unkempt lawns without so much as a whisper, making it a welcome alternative to the deafening drone of carbon-belching gas clippers. Just don’t leave it unattended – the future of robotic lawn mowing technology doesn’t come cheap.
What better place for dad to survey the progress of his new robotic lawn mower than from the sling of a breezy outdoor hammock? Plywood Office‘s beautiful modern Hammy Hammock does double duty with a built-in cup holder and an integrated flower bed, making it the perfect spot for a lazy afternoon nap.
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of bicycles here at Inhabitat, and we’re particularly fond of the clean refined lines of Linus Bikes’ Roadster Sport. This elegant cycle comes complete with fenders, a bike rack, and a durable steel frame, making it perfect for an exhilarating ride to work or a quick trip around town.
Rib and Hull’s refined organic cotton Technical Tote is a versatile bag that’s roomy enough to store a full day’s essentials – whether your dad is hitting the beach or headed to town. The satchel’s simple pared-down hardware and durable 10 oz cotton canvas construction are built to last, and a messenger strap and a pair of handles allow it to be slung over the shoulder or carried by hand.
If your dad dresses up for work then consider gifting him one of Fig’s summer weight wool ties, which pair well with any wardrobe and support a stellar cause to boot. Each tie is hand-sewn by a master craftsman in New York or Los Angeles, and for every item sold Figs donates a school uniform to a child in Kenya or Tanzania.
Give your dad a taste of the great outdoors with Juniper Ridge’s Cascadia Gift Pack, which includes an assortment of their wonderful wildcrafted products. All of Juniper Ridge’s pure and simple goods are sustainably sourced from the misty forests of the Pacific Northwest, so they taste and smell just like the trees that they’re harvested from. This gift set includes a bar of Siskiyou cedar soup, a Christmas fir sachet, a can of Douglas fir tip tea, and a classic speckleware camping mug to sip it from.
Black + Blum’s clever Hot-Pot BBQ planter turned heads left and right at this year’s ICFF, so just imagine the impact it will have on your parent’s patio. The multi-tasking design looks like a standard ceramic pot – until you remove the planter up top to reveal a circular grill perfect for impromptu backyard fêtes
If your father is a foodie, then considering giving the gift that keeps on giving with a monthly subscription to an organic wine club. There’s an amazing array of biodynamic wines out there, but they can be tricky to find – so sign up with a knowledgeable source like PureVineWines and they’ll send along several hand-selected bottles of green vino each month.
It’s not often that buying a billfold goes light on your wallet and the environment – but that’s exactly the case with Pocketo’s new line of colorful portefeuilles, which are made entirely from scraps salvaged from upcycled sofas. Each piece is made from a sofa approaching the end of its lifecycle, so your dad is guaranteed to receive a unique billfold that’s as green as the cash inside.
Your dad may be a master of 21st century technology, but why not harken back to simpler times with one of Silva’s gorgeous bamboo macbook cases? These sleek protective shells carry any 13 or 15 inch macbook with panache, and we love how the emulate the classic style of by-gone briefcases.