Father’s Day is just around the corner (for our American readers it falls on June 21) and you’re seeking a cool, sustainable gift for your dad that shows your love, gratitude and appreciation.
Here’s a list of Father’s Day gift ideas to inspire you to purchase a gift for your dad and the father figures in your life that is not only practical, but is responsibly-made and planet-friendly too.
1. Funky sustainable socks
If your dad has a quirky sense of style, get him a pair of Manrags socks for Father’s Day. These standout socks not only come in bold, bright, funky designs, but the conscious brand itself uses high-quality 100% Egyptian cotton, offers worldwide shipping, a monthly sock subscription service and sock recycling to help tackle the worldwide textile waste problem.
2. Eco-friendly sneakers
If your dad doesn’t need socks, but he desperately needs some sustainable sneakers, check out Allbirds. This New Zealand-American brand manufactures some of the world’s most comfortable sneakers that are sustainably-made with eco-friendly and natural materials like merino wool and TENCEL™ Lyocell (eucalyptus tree fiber). The carbon neutral brand has also started calculating the carbon footprint of each of its products and publishes this information on its website.
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3. Ethical boxer shorts
For a super safe and super affordable Father’s Day gift, shorts and boxers are the obvious choice. Sustainable brands such as PACT and Boody manufacture budget-friendly, responsibly produced ethical boxers made with organic fabrics such as organic cotton and organic bamboo.
4. Eco-luxe bathrobe
If your dad has a taste for luxury, an eco-luxe bathrobe may do the trick. Coyuchi is one sustainable brand offering soft and drapey men’s ethical bathrobes made from GOTS-certified organic cotton with or without a waffle weave. You’ll also find more options in this comprehensive list of ethical and eco-conscious brands producing ethical bathrobes that are comfy, functional and stylish.
5. Sustainable casual wear
If you’re looking to give your dad some casual wear for Father’s Day that’s comfortable yet stylish, Outerknown is your best bet. Co-founded by world surfing champion Kelly Slater, Outerknown’s focus on sustainable design, eco-friendly and recycled fabrics, fair-trade production and ‘circular fashion’ vision is the reason this is the go-to sustainable label for eco-conscious men.
6. Comfy slippers
For dads who can be best described as “homebodies” why not get him a pair of comfortable slippers for Father’s Day? B-Corp certified shoe company TOMS produces a range of slippers featuring a variety of vegan and non-vegan materials such as corduroy, wool and felt, as well as sturdy rubber outsoles. For every slipper purchased, the business also donates a pair to person in need thanks to their One for One® business model. So a gift for your dad – and a gift for a person in need.
7. Online workshops
If your ‘old man’ is keen to learn something new, he’ll love the gift of a subscription to on-demand e-learning streaming platform Masterclass. There are many different lessons to choose from; instructed by people who are the best in their fields so your dad can learn from the best. High-profile scientist Dr. Jane Goodall teaches conservation, Margaret Atwood teaches creative writing and Martin Scorsese teaches filmmaking. Whether he’s keen to learn how to write fiction, cook restaurant-quality meals or become a better photographer, he’ll find the right class to take on Masterclass.
8. Digital newspaper and magazine subscription
Does your dad enjoy reading newspapers and magazines? If so, get him a digital subscription to his favourite one. National Geographic, The Guardian and The Economist are just some of the newspaper and magazine titles that now come in digital formats to help keep you informed – without the need to cut down trees and use fossil fuels to deliver to your door.
9. Eco-friendly sunglasses
It’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere so why not get your dad a pair of eco-friendly sunglasses from Proof Eyewear? This American brand offers a wide selection of sunglasses and optical frames that are handcrafted from FSC-certifoed sustainable wood, biodegradable cotton-based acetate, and reclaimed materials. Browse the entire range here.
10. Plant a tree
If your father is the type of person who has everything he needs and tells you to “not waste your money” buying him gifts, then get him a gift of a tree with Treedom. Treedom help farmers secure sustainable livelihoods for smallholder farmers whilst fighting climate change by offsetting carbon and combating soil erosion and desertification.
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