By Diane Small
Father’s Day is once a year, but shouldn’t you always honour the important men in your life with a bit of pampering and spoiling? As a very happy wife and a confirmed Daddy’s Girl, I’d say yes.
Choosing gifts for men is never easy, though, mainly because 1) most of them hate shopping, so you never get to see what they like when they’re browsing around and 2) they rarely tell you what they want. But if you know they kind of guy you’re shopping for, finding something to suit his style is a bit easier.
Here, we’ve found 10 different eco gifts for 10 totally different kinds of guys, from geeks to hipsters.
1. Alternative Guy
Probably tattooed, his man loves any kind of music that would never be heard on mainstream radio, and considers himself a bit of a misfit. He probably already has a wristful of leather straps and Shamballa jewellery, so we’d suggest he add a spiky vegan leather bracelet to those, crafted from Coolstone by Lucky Nelly.
2. The Intellectual
Whether he’s planning to dig for the artefacts left behind by the civilisation of Ur or give a lecture on sustainable development, the intellectual needs a place to stash his Moleskin, pencils and Swiss army knife. Una makes bags from timeless eco-leather, to create positive change and promote conscious consumerism, which of course, he’s surely all for too.
3. Mr Class
This man is all about the family, work and faith. A responsible type, he’s always got great words of advice for those who ask, and would love these ethically sourced fine jewellery cufflinks by Emily H. Her Celestial Collection is crafted from 18ct white gold and features two centre stones of natural tanzanite or emerald, according to the client’s specifications. The cufflinks (also seen in our main image) are accented with small brilliant diamonds that can be arranged to represent a symbol or initials to personalise the piece. Not only would these pieces match his timeless, elegant style, but you can hide a secret scroll inside their posts. Love letter? Inspiring quote? Proverb? It’s up to you.
4. The Hippy
He’s a nerd and he knows it: he loves gadgets, and would probably prefer to spend more time alone with his iPad than go down to the pub with the lads. To protect his precious technology, why not gift him with a bamboo iPhone holder? This fellow, pictured below, is a bit plain, but never fret: Etch will create any design you like on their eco-friendly bamboo tech protectors for all sizes and types of gadgets-Bob Marley‘s visage, a ‘sweetleaf’ motif, or a Dali Lama quote–any image, quote or pattern is possible.
5. The Gorgeous Groomer
He is NOT a ‘metrosexual’, he will tell you time and time again, But he does loves looking good, and why shouldn’t he? He does love all the classic men’s brands–his bathroom cabinet is full of them–but he’s also been hearing more about the dangers of the chemicals lurking in skincare products. Put his mind at ease with Facial Freedom, an organic skincare range aimed directly at men.
He knows his onigiri from his chipotle and loves to entertain, so gift him with this River Cottage Veg cookbook and you’re likely to be treated to a delish meal!
7. The Intrepid Traveller
Whether it’s through strange cities, up mountains or across deserts, he just can’t get enough of seeing the world. This backpack made from recycled tyres will fast be one of his favourite things. Even when he’s home, he can take it to work, the gym or on a local hike.
8. The Geek
He can’t live without his gadgets, so ensure they’re always fully charged with this Freeloader solar charger. It’s got two solar panels that fold into the device, making it super portable, and it’s only around $25!
He checks his horoscope every day, has a lucky tee shirt and is pretty superstitious overall. So why not gift him with a personalised astrological reading by renowned astrologer Claudia Vannini? You’ll need to know his place, date and time of birth.
10. The Hipster
Your rustic, bearded hipster dude will love this beard oil! Organic sesame and hempseed oils provide the nutritive foundation for this anointing preparation which replenishes and balances the moisture quotient of his facial fuzz.