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By Coral Brown & Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Ladies and gentlemen, your attention please – this is a Public Service Announcement. It is my official duty to remind you that Fathers Day is coming up. I’m giving you more than a week’s notice, so it’s enough time to think of something good (at least something better than a multipack of socks, as I myself am guilty of). While he may protest that he doesn’t need anything, the truth is everyone loves a thoughtful gift, no matter what day of the year it is.
Our Ultimate Eco Friendly Fathers Day Gift Guide has all the classic staples of any decent eco friendly Father’s Day gift guide, but with one significant difference: these products are noteworthy for their sustainability. Let the hurried gift hunt commence!
A gift that celebrates your dad’s favourite sport could well move him to tears. I mean, what could be more meaningful than wearing a piece of the stadium he loves most on his wrists? These cufflinks are made from authentically salvaged seats of famous baseball stadiums, like Yankee, Shea, or Wrigley stadiums, amongst others.
Shades are more than necessary during this season, and what could be fancier than a premium grade pair of wood sunglasses? Shwood’s eyewear is comfortable, and uses premium lenses that fully protect from UVA/UVB rays. Each Pair comes in a custom travel case equipped with a microfibre cleaning cloth. The Canby design features classic styling that your dad will love year after year.
The stress of parenting can sometimes be eased with a good cocktail! This professional equipment allows your favourite guy to entertain himself as a creative mixologist. The Ars Botanica Deluxe Mixology Case is stocked with 12 botanicals and 5 bar tools, plus a deck of 20 cards with recipes and recommendations. Cheers!
If your dad is more of a beer guy, what could be more fun for him to brew his own ale? This kit has everything you need to bring to life a full-bodied Irish stout. This boldly designed kit uses 100% malt extract, world-class specialty grains, fresh hop pellets, and high quality yeast.
This present is ideal for a dad who likes to hike and needs a functional object to keep hydrated. This collapsible water bottle is the ideal travel companion, since it breaks down small enough to fit in a pocket. Also perfect for eco-minded dads who want to save the planet from the plague of plastic!
These organic cotton shorts are great for upcoming family holidays! They have an elasticated waistband and built-in webbing belt to keep the fit comfortable and secure. They also come with two front slash pockets, side zipped pocket, two back snap-fastening welt pockets, to hold close and safe whatever equipment is needed.
The Etna Ink Dwell Collection by vegan brand Matt & Nat provides a beautiful backpack that will make your dad shine at the office, as he carries his gear around in this minimalistic case. The backpack is structured with a front slip pocket magnetic snap closure detail and adjustable straps, making it practical and easy to carry around.
Men want to look good too, but often shy away from girly looking beauty products, so this minimally packaged serum makes a great gift. It’s a restorative night moisturiser, thanks to the blend of elderflower-infused oils that give skin a youth-boosting revival while your dad sleeps. It’s crafted in Brooklyn using premium, therapeutic ingredients like arnica, coconut oil, and peppermint, which will make your dad smell and look good!
A personalised present has always a special quality to it, as the receiver can perceive that some heartfelt thought went into it. Your father will be touched by this customisable Pantograph engraved glass set, handmade ethically in Poland.
Has your dad lost a bit of pep? Do you sense he’s getting bored with the ‘same old, same old’ routine? Give him some inspiration! This book is packed with suggestions for exciting things to do, from bird watching in Kenya to swimming with dolphins in New Zealand. It’s basically a book of must-try experiences, including visiting the world’s best beaches, culinary destinations, historic museums and more.
Does your dad have a favourite cologne? Great…but how natural is it? This Vetiver Eau De Parfum is crafted from loads of all natural oils, and boasts a fresh, citrusy, grassy scent that will delight just about anyone. Let him try it – I’m sure he’ll like it, and when he finds out it’s not going to harm his health like chemical colognes, he’ll like it even more.
12. Organic Whiskey
Reduced hangovers, increased pleasure. That’s how we’d describe this award winning, organic whiskey. Made from Soil Association certified organic, oak matured single malt, this treat has a woody, spicy nose with an oily, oaked palate, with some toasty spice and toffee sweetness, all finished with a fresh wood shavings flavour. Dad will go nuts for it!
Apparently, for some men, it’s easier to say ‘I love you’ by doing stuff rather than opening their mouths and uttering those words. So if your dad is more likely to rush over to yours to fix a leaky faucet than he is to send you a flowery greeting card, it may just mean he loves you more than words can say. Giving him a DIY book will not only help him keep old stuff for longer without having to replace it, but it may also give him more ways to wordless say those three magic words.
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The collection of ethical men’s clothing brands at Brothers We Stand is a one-stop shop for Father’s Day! Their many, diverse brand include Fairtrade shirts by People Tree, sustainable denim by MUD Jeans and recycled backpacks by ECOALF, to name a few. It’s a totally manly feast for the conscious shopper, and thank goodness, they do gift vouchers, which means you don’t need to make any hard decisions (though he will!)
All the cool kids (and their dads!) are wearing wood watches right now, and this trend won’t be fading soon. Some trends die out amidst a collective sigh of relief for their garishness and are safely locked away in the past (naming no names, shell suits). But wood watches are just so neutral, understated and timeless that it’s difficult to see how their popularity could fade. WeWOOD’s Kappa Nut watch has particular longevity, made using hardened scratch proof glass. For more inspiration, read our top wood watch picks.
These wood in-ear headphones would complete the wood accessories look, if you match up the tones. New brand on the block Woodbuds have pledged to plant a tree for every 100 products they sell, working with The Woodland Trust in the UK. They’re also members of the 1% For The Planet alliance, donating 1% of sales to environmental organisations across the globe.
We fell in love with Hush, the scent from organic perfumerie Call of the Vialed, for its unique blend of lavender, lemongrass, spices, nettle and other herby, manly ingredients that won’t induce a chemical headache like some men’s colognes tend to. Plus, it’s actually so subtly lovely, you may want to borrow this one yourself!
Gents like hats for many reasons: to hide their bald spots. To keep the sun off their heads. And of course, to look cool. We love these basic caps by We Are Harper not just because they’re an American classic, but because like We Are Haper’s logo and ethics, they have a little heart. Why? This represents the fact that the brand uses bamboo and cotton materials to create their gear in ethical factories. Oh, and they give back to loads of charities, mainly those for the homeless.
Main image: We Are Harper
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