Father’s Day. Yes, the quintessential day devoted to dad’s across the globe. And sometimes, we really want to highlight dads on their special day… But it proves to be difficult when they’re often the most difficult to shop for.
Sure, we could save ourselves a few bucks and grill them up some dinner, mow the lawn, or simply spend time together. But it’s also nice to surprise them with that awesome gift. Something a little off-the-wall. Maybe they wouldn’t buy it themselves. But it connects to them somehow and they love it just the same.
For the handymen
Does he love to help out around the house? Get him the ultimate in energy-saving household items: a push mower. According to the California Environmental Protection Agency, using an average lawn mower for one hour’s work produces the same amount of pollution as 40 late model cars; the same as an automobile driven 650 miles. Brutal.
We like the Brill Razorcut 38 Push Reel Mower as the perfect modern alternative. At about 17 pounds, it features tempered and welded steel blades that claim to stay sharp for up to eight years (four times longer than traditional push mowers). It also uses sealed bearings, so it won’t need oiling, with enameled or powder coated parts that are built to last.
For the outdoors-lovers
Does dad love the great outdoors? Is he at peace with the trees, at home in a tent, and enjoy roughing it whenever he can? Consider thinking a little outside the outdoor box and planting a tree in his name.
American Forests works to protect, restore and enhance the abundance of trees and forests. Each dollar you donate helps plant a tree (yep, a dollar per tree!) to restore areas damaged by wildfire, where critical wildlife habitat has been lost, and to clean our air and water.
For the techie-types
For the dad that loves his gadgets, he’ll also love this All for One TV controller. By controlling up to four devices, it’ll help him save energy by using to 90% less of standby power consumption. And the best part? He can switch them all off with the press of one button.
Other features include pre-programming on/off times, controlling devices such as TV, DVD, Cable and surround sound, automatic wireless upgrade, and more.
For the businessmen
Looking good and being functional are two key things that business-types look for in their gear. Although they need to dress to impress, it’s nice to have something that is eco-friendly, too. Enter the solar-powered Eco-Drive watch from Citizen. Dad’ll love it because he’ll never need to change a battery… And it looks slick, too.
For the fitness lovers
If you have a little extra cash to spend, why not score dad a bamboo bike? The folks over at the Bamboo Bike Studio have developed the ultimate in green cycling. Although getting on a bike and commuting propelled by your legs is far greener than using your car, this ups the ante just that much more.
Their mission was to develop a simple, self-propelled, affordable and enjoyable form of transportation. They wanted to combine this with making use of renewable resources. Further, they wanted to teacher others to build their own bikes (from scratch) and utilize eco-friendly materials and gear. Read the full information at their website, Bamboo Bike Studio, and consider this as the ultimate dad-gift this weekend.
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