He’s spent the year making cringe-worthy jokes, finding great parking spots, and proving he is the grill master. So now as another Father’s Day approaches, you’re faced with the same question you are every year: what do you get the dad who insists he doesn’t need anything, so don’t bother? (What part of “No” did you not understand?)
You could go with that time-tested “No. 1 Dad” mug or the ever-stylish “Best Dad Ever” apron, but why not get something that shows love for both your father and the environment? Just because he’s not made of money doesn’t mean he’s not interested in reducing his carbon footprint or contributing to a cleaner, greener planet. (But baby steps — leave the discussion about why lawns are bad for another day.)
So, we’ve come up with a list for every type of dad there is. Whether he’s outdoorsy, tech-savvy, or handy — or all three — these eco-friendly gifts for Father’s Day are sure to satisfy. Even if they don’t make them like they used to.
For the Hirsute He-Man
Does your dad sport a beard? Whether it’s aging hipster scruff or full-bore lumberjack grizzly fur, consider gifting him an organic beard care kit. These kits typically include natural and organic beard oils, balms, and washes made from plant-based ingredients. Not only will they keep his beard looking healthy and well-groomed, but it will also shrink Dad’s carbon footprint (if, sadly, not his dad bod). Typical beard kits carry potentially harmful, synthetic ingredients made in factories. By opting for organic beard care products, you’ll be supporting sustainable practices and minimizing his exposure to the toxins found in conventional grooming products. Look for a kit that uses natural elements like ethically sourced wood and natural bristles paired with organic beard oils and conditioners.
For the Gardening Guru
If your dad is the kind who wields pruning shears as effectively as grill tongs, consider rewarding his green thumb with an indoor herb garden. These self-contained gardens come in various sizes and designs and can be placed on windowsills or kitchen countertops. Growing herbs at home reduces the need for store-bought herbs, which are often packaged in plastic or other non-recyclable materials — not to mention grown using harmful pesticides and inorganic soil. With this present, Dad can enjoy the delight of picking fresh herbs right from his own home garden, enhancing the flavors of his culinary creations while reducing food waste along the way!
For the Outdoorsy Adventurer
For all those dads who regard themselves as rugged outdoorsmen and nature enthusiasts — whether it’s an afternoon hike or weekend spent camped under the sun and stars — consider gifting them a solar-polarized phone charger. These compact and portable chargers harness the sun to charge devices on the go. By using renewable energy, your dad will be able to keep his devices powered up while minimizing reliance on fossil fuels. It’s a practical, eco-friendly solution for anyone who wants to get away from everything — while staying connected to everyone. Many even come with attached flashlights and compasses for extra support out on the trails.
For the Handy Dad
Just as Batman is nothing without his utility belt, a handyman is defenseless against the dangers of leaky pipes and splintered decks without his trusted tools. But what kind of tools does he have in his belt or apron? Help your dad reduce his environmental impact by gifting him eco-friendly alternatives made from sustainable materials such as bamboo, recycled steel, and reclaimed wood. Better yet, seek out brands that prioritize ethical manufacturing practices and support fair trade.
For the Homebody
Does your dad consider the walk from the sofa to the fridge and back a weekend getaway? Road trip! Or how about a train trek? Trains are the most sustainable mode of transportation since they hold the greatest number of passengers, which means lower CO2 emissions per person. Just pack a light bag and take Dad somewhere he’ll enjoy for an overnight stay or weekend. If you’re going somewhere where you might have to do laundry, bring along SaltyLama’s eco-friendly laundry sheets. Not only is the packaging slim and light, but you’ll be able to keep the few clothes you bring clean and fresh in a simple, sustainable way. And if Dad is the one who does the laundry around the house, who knows — maybe he’ll consider switching to a more sustainable laundry routine with a subscription that will conveniently deliver detergent straight to his door.
For the Tech Aficionado
If your dad is the kind who can’t wait for the latest gadget to hit the market, give him something that will combine the latest technology with sustainability — whether it’s a phone case made from recycled materials or an energy-efficient smart home device.
For the Food Enthusiast
For dads who consider themselves culinary connoisseurs, there are many eco-friendly gift ideas. Whether it’s a compostable kitchen waste bin or reusable silicone food storage bags, these gifts will encourage him to adopt more sustainable eating and cooking practices. If you’d rather treat him to a special dining experience, do so at a local, organic restaurant in your area. These organic restaurants prioritize serving food made from ingredients that are locally grown without the use of harmful pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. So, choose a restaurant that supports sustainable farming practices and treat your dad to a delicious dinner. You just might be introducing himself to a favorite new lunch spot.
For the Fashionable Father
Take Dad’s wallet game to the next level with a stylish and sustainable alternative made from bamboo or cork. These materials are renewable, biodegradable, and have a significantly lower environmental impact compared to conventional leather or synthetic wallets. Bamboo is known for its strength and durability, making it an excellent choice for a long-lasting wallet. Cork, on the other hand, is lightweight, water-resistant, and has a unique texture that adds a touch of elegance to the gift. By opting for a wallet made from sustainable materials, you’ll be supporting ethical and eco-conscious fashion practices while providing Dad with a practical and stylish accessory he’ll love. It’s a win for everyone — especially cows and the environment.
And if you can’t think of anything ….
Staying hydrated is essential for everyone, and a reusable water bottle is a perfect gift for any occasion. Choose a durable and leak-proof water bottle made from materials like stainless steel or glass, which are both eco-friendly and free from harmful chemicals. Dad can take it with him wherever he goes, whether it’s to work, the gym, or on outdoor adventures. By using a reusable water bottle, your dad can reduce the need for single-use plastic bottles, making a positive impact on our planet.
So, there you have it! Whether it’s helping him adopt more sustainable practices around the house or when he’s outdoors, these eco-friendly gift ideas should help make this Father’s Day a memorable one. Just remember: whatever you do, don’t tell your mother.