It’s hard to believe Father’s Day is here. If you’re like me, you struggle to find that perfect gift for the pops in your life. I suppose it’s because most men don’t require much, leaving us with few ideas to really knock their gold toe socks off. But, who says you have to get Dad another power tool or grilling gadget this Father’s Day?
I, personally, have learned through the years that the best Father’s Day gift (not just for dad, but anyone), is a gift that keeps on giving. Gifts of health are my personal favorite, but a present that eases its toll on the planet – or better yet, reduces it – is also a winner. Why not try something different? Don’t stress over being creative, staying on budget, or doing your part to give back.
Father’s Day Finds
I’ve got you covered with seven Father’s Day ideas that will have dad gleaming with pride. This year, think impact. Think future. Think health. Think and go…green!
1. One-of-a-kind gifts that give back
This is so uber cool. Your dad will be bragging at the office water cooler while also feeling good that your gift helped someone in need. Meet IfOnly! IfOnly is a marketplace for experiences led by national or locally renowned talent and celebrities that benefit select charitable causes. Send dad on an unforgettable adventure. Or, howz ‘bout Harrison Ford’s Han Solo jacket or wine tasting in Napa? Perhaps signed sports memorabilia or the ability to fly with fighter pilots? They’ve got everything for the sporty, active, foodie, adventurous and yes – even geeky – dad in your life.
2. Front door smoothie delivery
There’s no need to sugar coat it (literally). Why not give dad nature’s perfect treat? Order him a week (or more) of whole food, ready-to-blend smoothies from Daily Harvest delivered right to his front doorstep. Choose from fourteen uh-ma-zing flavors developed by a nutritionist and made delish by a chef. They are power-packed with organic ingredients and superfoods and stored in freezer-ready cups. Choose from greens, fruits – even coffee beans or raw cacao – to get going in the morning. You’ll help dad save time, money, and oh, yeah … that little thing called his health! He can continue on his own or skip a week anytime. Smoothies start at $6.99 and include free shipping.
3. Men’s natural skincare
Yes, we know men age gracefully and look great with grey hair (blah, blah), but don’t worry gals, they, too, show signs of aging on their face. Meet TAUN. This small-batch men’s skincare line was created a couple of guys approaching their 30’s who wanted to know how to improve their skin as they age. The TAUN skin repair formula feels and looks masculine while offering scientifically proven ingredients to fight all signs of aging like crow’s feet, frown lines, under-eye bags, uneven skin tone, dark spots, and restores firmness and elasticity. What’s really cool is TAUN is vegan-friendly and made in the U.S. If Dad doesn’t love it, he can get a full refund in 30 days (or, Mom can steal it).
4. Natural scents for men
Help hardworking dad relax and unwind by enjoying the transformative power of pure and natural essential oils with the GuruNanda Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser Kit. Don’t let dad pollute his man cave with toxic air fresheners. This diffuser can transform any room from blah to spa in moments. The diffuser includes an ultrasonic diffuser with an energy-efficient LED color changing light. The kit comes with Relaxation – a luxuriously soothing blend of lavender, grapefruit, basil, and eucalyptus oils. This gift is a steal at under $20.00.
5. The Oak Bottle
Transforming cheap or average spirits to palate-pleasing levels in no time, the Oak Bottle (image above) will change the way dad drinks wine, spirits and beer. Made from the best American white oak, this small vessel works as an oak aging accelerator, adding subtle caramel notes, smoothness, and other oak traits to the liquid it holds in a matter of minutes to hours. The sleek bottles’ conveniently portable size, reusability, and #1 DAD customization option make it the perfect gift for dad. Retail price ranges from $39.95-79.95
6. The Million Mile Light
Got an active dad? Provide him with peace of mind on his early morning or late night runs by keeping him safe and seen. Compact and weatherproof, the Million Mile Light by FlipBelt can illuminate up to 200 meters of visibility powered solely by the motion of its wearer. The battery-free light releases a burst of renewable energy with each step taken. It retails for $22.99.
8. A burlap-wrapped bouquet
Think about it. If flowers were just for girls, prom would be so blasé. Brighten dad’s day at home or the office with a bouquet of US-grown Farmgirl Flowers. They offer American grown, sustainably farmed, all-natural flowers! With one beautiful arrangement each day (in three size choices) of locally grown, seasonal flowers to choose from, ordering is a breeze. By offering only local and what’s in season, they drastically reduce waste while eliminating costs. The flowers are then wrapped in recycled burlap coffee bags and shipped nationwide to the consumer. Does Dad live in San Francisco? These flowers are delivered via green power — bike messenger.
Make this a Father’s Day he’ll remember for years to come. Whether dad is sipping sustainably, pampering organically or eco-adventuring, there’s no reason your dad can’t go green with a little help from you!
Feature image credit: Oak Bottle. This post was updated in June 2020.