Green Gift Ideas for Father's Day

It’s almost Father’s Day. A great time for breakfast in bed, homemade cards and crafts, and possibly a little indulgence for that special dad? This year consider going green with a father’s day gift that will resonate with the lifestyle of the special men on your list. For the coffee-loving father, treat him with some organic coffee beans, a reuseable mug, or a ceramic travel mug to call his own. They now have ceramic mugs with lids at Chapter’s/Indigo. While there, you can check out their cool water-powered clock.  For the office or classroom dad, get him his own AusPen starter kit. He’ll love having his own set of non-toxic refillable markers and keeping his office or classroom free of toxic marker fumes.  For the gardener, try a compost bin, a garden ornament, or plant some herbs, a shrub or a tree for him in his own garden. Also, check out the new spray nozzle for your garden hose that monitors your water use with an LCD display! No garden at home? Think about donating toward the protection of land and animals with the Nature Conservancy.  For the healthy eater, consider going for a meal at a restaurant that features local foods or follows the 100 mile diet. For a longer lasting meal, buy shares with a community supported agriculture (CSA) group for locally-grown veggies and fruit.  For the runner, think about organic outdoor wear from outlets like Patagonia, or a new reuseable and BPA-free bottles like the ones from Sigg or Kleen Kanteen (for the month of June, Kleen Kanteen is donating $2 per bottle for Breast Cancer Prevention).  For the shopping, gym-going, or book-carrying dad, www.reuseablebags.com has every type of bag. Speaking of bags, how about an eco-friendly diaper or messenger bag for the new dad? Most baby boutiques will stock masculine-looking bags made of recycled rubber or organic cotton.  No matter which green gift you choose, the father you are honoring will certainly appreciate the eco-values you are supporting, especially if the gift is topped off with a personal touch such as photos, sincere words and some quality time.

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