In the 1920s and 30s in America there was a movement to combine Mother’s Day and Father’s Day into one singular holiday. The goal was to honor parents equally and it was also an effort to decommercialize the holidays. As is the case now when economic times are tough, the Great Depression caused a retail push to buy more, more, more. Americans spend an estimated $11.1 billion on dear old dad, with spending for Father’s Day catching up to (and by some estimates even beating) Mother’s Day.


To make Father’s Day really special for the dad in your life you need to discover the answer to one simple question, what does he really need or deserve that he wouldn’t give himself? Here are some inexpensive and environmentally-friendly gifts for the green dad on your list:

Eco-friendly Shave Kit. Green your man’s morning routine by giving him what he needs to wet shave like his grandpa, or John Wayne. Start with an eco-friendly shave kit that includes a traditional shave brush made from natural materials and shaving soap made from safe, natural ingredients. Next consider the razor itself and opt for a safety razor or a straight razor which lasts a lifetime. Then enjoy the smoothness.

Organic Homebrew Kit. Go green by letting your man brew his own beer. Using an organic beer kit, with eco-friendly materials and organic beer ingredients, means he can reduce packaging waste and transportation costs, have more control over ingredients, and have a whole lot of fun making it with family and friends.

The Gift of Time. First you need to know if dad needs more time with his family or a little time away from them (we all need that sometimes, don’t we?). The gift of an experience is bound to be appreciated, but so too would be the ability to have more time in general to spend doing what he loves best. Perhaps gift him with a month or two of lawn service so he can spend time playing games in the yard instead of working in it. Maybe offer to take out the trash, or do the dishes, or some other typical chore to give him just a little break and a little extra time.

What are you planning to give the father in your life this year?