There are plenty of excellent green Father's Day gifts out there, but most are out of reach for a kids' budget, which is too bad, because even if you're giving a family gift this Father's Day, sometimes kids like to give their own little gift too. One option is to help your kids make a special project for Dad with recycled goods. Another option is to look for budget-minded gifts that work for kids low on cash. Below are 6 great smaller gift ideas that kids can give their dads. All of the gifts below are fun, cool, eco-friendly and under $30!
Hydro Powered Calculator
This super cool Hydro Powered Calculator isn’t perfectly green (plastic casing) but you have to admit, a water powered device like this is fun and intriguing for dad and kids. The water-powered batteries inside this calculator consists of two electrodes made of special alloys, which, when immersed in water, produce electricity through a chemical reaction. To recharge the calculator, simply refill the battery as the water evaporates. Geek-stylish green buttons round out the features of this cool little gadget.
Dad’s feet aren’t always associated with nice smells, but they could be more so with Cinnaflopz. Cinnaflopz are sweet smellin’ flip flops made from all natural hemp, rubber with a dash of cinnamon thrown in for good measure. Not only does cinnamon smell great, but this spice is linked to positive physical and emotional health effects, including rejuvenation of the senses and reduced drowsiness and irritability. Great for around the house or on the go.
Bubble & Bee Manly Skin Treats
When you think of dad, you may not be thinking, “Oh, lotion and soap, what a great gift idea!” But, really doesn’t dad deserve a little pampering too? Bubble & Bee Organics makes some incredible man-friendly body care such as their certified organic lotion sticks in Coconut & Lime and Chai Guy made with all good stuff like organic beeswax, organic cocoa butter, organic extra virgin coconut oil and all-natural and organic fragrances. These scents aren’t girly and work great for guys. For example, my son is a super ‘boy’ – meaning he won’t get near anything flowery, pink or girly in the least and he LOVES the Coconut Lime lotion stick and even carries it with him to school. The fun lotion sticks are great for busy guys and fit right in their pocket or bag for smoother hands on the go. Bubble & Bee has some other great finds for guys too like their Certified Organic Face Cream (For Men) and body wash. They also have wonderful organic bar soaps (all dads take showers) in cool scents like Black Licorice, oatmeal spice and mint tea. Plus, although certified organic, your kid can find the perfect gift at Bubble & Bee for so much less cash than you’d expect.
Klean Kanteen Insulated
Save the planet from disposable paper cup trash and indulge Dad’s coffee habit this Father’s Day with an eco-friendly, reusable insulated container from Klean Kanteen. The 16 oz. size fits any coffee drink perfectly (or tea or soup) and is made with safe, BPA-free food grade stainless steel. The double-walled vacuum insulated bottle keeps drinks INSANELY hot (trust me, we have one at home) for hours on end. Plus the bottle is stylish, comes in a rainbow of color choices and a leak-proof cap.
Recycled Playing Cards
Kids who like to play games with Dad can score this beautiful deck of eco-cards for very little cash. Made with sustainable forest papers, starch-based laminating and vegetable-based inks, these Bicycle® Eco Edition Playing Cards are fully recyclable and great for hours of go fish, card house building and more.
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