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Zero Waste Father’s Day Gifts

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Mother’s Day is full of brunches, cards, and flowers. What about dads? To be fair, we don’t need another holiday with rampant consumerism, but zero wasters still want to celebrate their dads. A zero waste Father’s Day gift doesn’t have to be complicated. Most importantly a gift doesn’t have to be a physical item. A gift can be an experience. According to science, experiences, not things are much more valuable in our lives. Listed below are some wonderful experiences (and a few things) for your dad or the significant other:

Give the gift of experiences

  • Tickets to an event, such as a ball game, a movie, a concert, or a play.
  • A digital subscription, such as Netflix, Spotify, Audible, Amazon Prime, Hulu, or XM Sirius Radio.
  • Take your dad for 18 holes of golf.
  • Gift him an annual membership to a museum or art house.
  • Cook something or bake something special.

Give the gift of outdoors

  • Plant a tree in his honor.
  • Find a great hiking trail in your area with the All Trails app.
  • Grab the bikes and find the perfect bike path with the View Ranger app.
  • Find a place to canoe, kayak, or paddleboard on the Paddling app.

Personal Care Items

  • I love safety razors, but safety razors don’t love me. I recently discovered the Leaf Shave razor, which is a little more forgiving than a regular safety razor. It also uses traditional metal razor blades that are recyclable with metal recycling.
  • If you’re going to gift a razor, you may want to add some shave soap. You can find a bar of lathering shave soap from Walmart for about $4.
  • If your dad has a beard, then add some beard balm.
  • And of course my favorite zero waste gift is a bamboo toothbrush.

Zero waste gifts

  • You can never go wrong with a good book.
  • Stainless steel coffee tumbler.
  • One of my favorite gifts is a smart light bulb that connects to your wifi. You can dim it, brighten it, or turn it on or off. I recently purchased a light bulb for my porch that is sensitive to light. It comes on at night and goes off at dawn.
  • You can find a fair trade certified organic tee-shirt from Pact.
  • Buy something secondhand from a thrift store.
  • My husband doesn’t like carrying around a water bottle. This collapsible water bottle is perfect for the person in your life who wants to be able to tuck a water bottle in their pocket.

To those of you who have lost your father’s, I stand with you. I lost my dad last year. I miss him every day. If you’re grieving, you’re not alone. The best part about being a zero waster is that I don’t need things to remember my dad, because he’s in my heart. I hope one of my favorite scriptures can give you the comfort it gives me.

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18.

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