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5 Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas For Dad

Posted: Jun 16 2016

Father's Day is almost here! It's time to celebrate that special man in your life with a day devoted just to him. You want to make it extra nice by surprising him with a gift that tells you how much you and the kids adore him, but an off-the-shelf trinket or department store dud simply will not do. You love the idea of sustainability and clean living, plus it feels great to be able to tell the story behind something you're wearing or using. 


 Here are five gift ideas that are not only useful and thoughtful, but do good in the world too:

Handmade in Nairobi, Kenya using organic and natural materials, this simple, classic sweater will do much more than keep dad warm. Slumlove provides jobs and education for people living in Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa. They pay their knitters fair wages in a working environment based on respect and opportunity. Bonus: A portion of every sale is donated to a non-profit that provides high school scholarships to children living in Kibera.


Surprise the chef or grillmaster in your life with this stunning handcrafted cutting board made from gorgeous and sustainable teakwood. Dishwasher-safe and free of lead and toxins, the backstory of this piece is even more unique. The Guatemalan artisan who makes these is humble and inspiring, a true family man. You can read his touching history here

Guys love t-shirts. Why not make his essential go-to something special? Made from the softest organic Peruvian cotton, Apolis t-shirts are crafted on a commitment to global advocacy. The founding partners' travels abroad immersed them in personal stories of struggle and survival, and inspired them to create a business model that gives craftspeople around the world opportunity to live better lives by having access to the global marketplace.

 Oh, and we love the tiny red cross-stitch logo embroidered on the back between the shoulder blades: it's in homage to the Red Cross and signifies the concept of "Common Thread".


If dad travels for work, this is the perfect way to keep the kids close to his heart while he's on the move.

Maker Heidi Pauer will take your digital image of your child's artwork and create a OOAK luggage tag made from fabric scraps. This barely-there-footprint gift will help dad identify his luggage on the baggage claim right away and get home fast!


There's nothing more eco-friendly--and personal--than DIY. (And it cuts out the waste and pollution from shipping!) Even better, this is one the kids can help with. 

 You and the kids start by foraging through thrift shops for old comics, or whatever subject or genre dad loves--vintage National Geographic magazines, advertisements, maps--and the rest is outlined in this guide. It really is thoughtful and painlessly simple. (Speaking of painless, it will also remove the stress of watching those water rings form on the coffee table.)


We know the Nomadista cannot settle for ordinary and mass-produced. We hope these ideas will help you give dad something you can feel good about, and feel good telling others about too.  


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