unexpected gifts for the father figure in your life
And nope, there’s not a shaving kit or pair of socks in sight
image The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, 2004, Touchstone Pictures
words Rhys Thomas
Actual father, step-father, daddy. Someone who basically fathers you because you just need that perspective (see: ruthless, practical, masc advice) sometimes? Whatever the dynamic, father’s day is just around the corner so we figured, if you’ve not yet thought about gifts, well, we’ll lend a hand.
Of course, many places are going to tell you to get a disposable razor as a father's day gift (which, bad for the environment, and they’ve probably already got), or socks (useful! But … less original). We think we can go better. The gifts in this guide all have a few things in common, they’re packed with feel good attributes, sustainability in spades, are often from small independent businesses duh, but mostly they’ll be slightly out of the radar of what people expect as a gift.
This is ideal because, as a person who has a father figure, I know the best gifts are the things they a) won’t get from someone else for a birthday or holiday, and b) are things they’d never buy themselves but will actually grow into loving and using a lot. You’ll visit and see the thing you got them worn, or half empty, and that’s a wonderful feeling for everyone.
The other option of course, is to just have some uber practical things in that they can’t be bothered to buy because they’re being such a BLOKE about the whole thing. So we’ve a couple of those ideas in this piece too. Either way, despite being curveballs on occasions, these present ideas all pass the lovely and thoughtful test, and will make for good gifts. So without further ado…
Is the FF in your life still using plastic bottles for days on end (or worse, walking about not hydrated)? The answer is the water bottle they know makes sense and haven’t gotten around to buying. This one from BOTL specifically because they’re a Certified B-Corporation and for every bottle sold, they reclaim 25 plastic bottles from the ocean. Their caps are made from ocean harvested polypropylene, have zero plastic packaging, and a zero plastic supply chain. They’re sleek looking, too.
very sound gift
Audiophile? Tech lover? Aesthetician? Simply likes listening to some cheesy cringe pop too loudly but you want them to at least look good and hear the cheesy cringe pop in beautiful detail? These are the cans for them. Lowest of lows on the bass, highest of highs everywhere else. You’ll also be gifting them 38 hours of non-stop listening between charges, which is, a lot.
Sunnies! Most of us could use them in the summer (and winter!) might as well sort them out with a nice striking pair they can rely on. Enter these, great for most face shapes, they’re crafted from organic and biodegradable acetate and Japanese stainless steel hinges. The blue frame and brown-tinted lens offer a bit of statement and a lot of class.
grooming, but better
A good brush is really useful for hair health. It distributes the oils well, keeps things moist, and you know, stops us looking scruffy. And yeah, often people (guys) will just sort of dry their hair and brush it using their nails, but that’s not doing much. Get them a nice brush they can learn to enjoy. This one’s made from upcycled bamboo, bonus points.
Speaking of lovely sustainable products they’ll appreciate. This big massive block of soap is handy because you can cut it (I use a chef’s knife, v manly) into smaller pieces to put in wash bags, bathrooms, wherever, in addition to your shower. It’s also very hydrating and fresh smelling thanks to the seaweed. The recycled coffee grounds add a bit of an energising vibe along with exfoliation, so they won’t feel all soft about it even if they notice their skin is going to be very soft to touch.
We all need vitamin D, even the people out there on construction sights in the daylight grinding all day. But like, who wants to spend their time sifting through and buying good quality vitamin D? Nobody. So your gift in part, is doing the work for them (along with, you know, helping them strengthen their bones, immune system, and improve mood, of course).
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