One of the biggest convos that pops up every year in our mama forums is about what to get for the special guys in their lives. Partners, daddies, brothers, uncles, granddads and special friends-finding the right gifts is often difficult.
Particularly because we want to buy eco-friendly and sustainably, and though more companies are realizing men don't want to be left out of that equation, sometimes it's hard to find the items that fit the bill and are gifts natural dads really want.
That's why we loved putting together this gift guide. We were able to find some incredible products but even better, they came from incredible companies that are committed to humanity and sustainability. Score!
Check out our favorite gifts natural dads really want this holiday season!
ManCrates Knife-Making Kit
Talk about giving dad a gift he won't be able to stop talking about! The Knife Making Kit is fronted by a 440c stainless-steel Shawnee Skinner blade crafted in Japan, home of the samurai. This hollow ground blade features a thumb notch for comfortable handling and easy maneuverability, and is manufactured with the durability to outlast its maker. ManCrates has blurred the line between trendy, polished tools and dangerously sharp fashion accessories by including curly maple handle scales, classy brass bolsters, ornately-designed mosaic pins, and a top-grain, vegetable-tanned leather sheath. The knife will develop its own unique character through the process of shaping and staining.
But the best part of all is that dad crafts it and isn't running around to find the materials. They're all there, ready and waiting. We love the concept of Man Crates for this reason, and think another cool kit is the Personalized Arcade Game kit. Dad and his little helpers can put this one together and then have tons of screen-free fun time!
And if projects aren't dad's thing, ManCrates offers everything from jerky boxes to DIY onesie projects, and most things in between!
Victorinox Swiss Army Champ Pocket Knife
Who doesn't love a Swiss Army Knife? It's about as traditional a holiday gift for your favorite guy as you can come across, and we can't lie; there's ulterior motive in buying the Champ because you'll love all the features too! This is the ultimate pocket knife, packing no less than 33 functions and countless possibilities. Whatever happens, if it can be fixed, it can be fixed with the Swiss Champ. It's the perfect take-along just about anywhere, and because it's made with integrity by the same family-owned and run business that's been making them for decades, you know that you can trust it's durability and reliability.
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Little Naturalists Books
Holy.adorable! We love, love, love the Little Naturalists Book series from Gibbs Smith! They're perfect for your favorite outdoorspeople in training, and we're pretty sure the whole family will love reading about John Muir and Henry David Thoreau. They're a great way for dads and their littles to bond with their kiddos as they celebrate the outdoors and adventurists who committed their lives to great adventures. They're gorgeous and perfect for all ages, really, but if dad wants his own line, he can check out their line for grownups too! Honestly, you should really just check out the entire Gibbs Smith Website, as they've been enriching and inspiring humankind since 1969. They have incredible literature for the entire family!
Eric Dowdle FolkArt Puzzles
If dad is into puzzles (and who isn't, these days?) he's in for a treat with Dowdle Folk Art. Eric Dowdle is an American folk artist who founded Dowdle Folk Art in 1995. He's turned his beautiful artwork into a travel show with interactive wooden puzzles and more, and if dad is a lover of cool folk art of real places, these puzzles are for him. They feature a high-quality giclée print that is mounted on wood. You have several options to choose from including a classic Dowdle box or a keepsake wood box; an existing die-cut or a specialized unique die-cut; you can even be painted into a Dowdle painting or have a custom wood paingitn from your own pictures! They're all available in 3 different sizes and they're a unique gift dad can use and enjoy over and over, or frame if he chooses.
Nixon Gamma Backpack
Nixon is a San Diego-based watch and accessories company just launched a new bag collection making them first brand in the U.S. to launch a full line of bags using the progressive REPREVE® Our Ocean™ process.
Fabrics using REPREVE Our Ocean are created from ocean-bound plastic bottles, and each bag in the new Nixon collection takes up to 20 bottles out of circulation, giving them new life in a carry solution that's built to last. Durable and perfect for dads everywhere to have all the stuff, the Gamma bag will be a go-to for any family trips or simple day dates downtown.
Two Blind Brothers Shirts
You're going to have a hard time finding softer shirts, but even more difficult, finding a company that has such a noble purpose from which to buy said shirts! The founders of Two Blind Brothers make their shirts so soft because the feel of something is important to them.
Bradford and Bryan Manning are visually impaired, and their charitable apparel brand, Two Blind Brothers donates 100% of the proceeds to curing blindness. That's right-every penny from every shirt that's sold goes to cure blindness. They've overcome a childhood diagnosis of Stargardt disease and in the process, created a line of ultra-soft, feel-good items that include braille tags and make a difference in the world. They're inspiring in their mission, but lucky for us? Their products are incredibly amazing too. Fabulously soft shirts and incredible mission in the purchase. Yes, please!
GroupHug Solar Charger Panels
We think dad will love these ridiculously good looking in-home solar panels for charging small electronics. They're super easy to use, and our dads are joining the movement that falls in line with recent study results:
"Three-quarters of Americans (77%) agree that the more important energy priority should be developing alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power and hydrogen technology rather than increasing U.S. production of fossil fuels."
As seen on Shark Tank (Mark Cuban invested!), the easy-to-install, stylish solar panel charges your devices with the power of the sun. Perfect for that person on your list living in a city apartment, but looking to dip their toes in solar energy or are fed up with climate change and want to make a small difference.
With a built-in rechargeable battery - the Grouphug Solar charger stores energy so Dad can charge his devices day or night.
- Power Your Personal Devices - the built-in USB port can charge iPhones, Android phones, smart watches, Airpods, bike lights, speakers & more.
- No-Fuss Installation - Includes a suction cup hook that attaches to any window.
- Educational - Each solar panel is encased in perfectly transparent, durable plastic so you can see the solar tech inside.
- Responsible Design - This product is designed to be repairable. Never throw it away! Grouphug will gladly take it back and replace parts/upgrade.
Arts and Bricks Window Clings
Whether working at an office or at-home office, bring a loving touch to the space with window cling designed from an important child's artwork. Great for grandparents, too -- decorate the kitchen, den or any window/mirror at home!
Arts and Bricks is a momma/son start-up based in West Virginia and gives 10% of profits back to family-oriented non-profits in this economically challenged area of the States. When Kelly Barkhurst realized that there was something she could do with her creativity that allowed kids (and families to keep masterpieces) and allowed her to help others in West Virginia, Arts and Bricks was born. This is a custom gift that dads/uncles/brothers/grandparents will adore.
Related: Presents With Purpose: The Best Gifts That Give Back
Black Truffle Premium Olive Oil from Laconiko
Want to get dad something that will spoil him rotten? Maybe even spoil you too (in a good way)? Then you're going to want to give him this Black Truffle Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Laconiko. Based out of Virginia, it's the most internationally awarded Greek olive oil based in the U.S. All their olive oils are GMO-free and organically cultivated, and the Black Truffle Olive Oil will add luxury and extravagance to any meal dad has.
Perfect for foodie dads, it's great paired with steaks and chicken or even fries and popcorn. Yes, popcorn! Forbes has named Laconiko as one of the top three olive producers you should know, and we love their whole line, including decadent soaps!
g.flow Stone Laptop Stand
g.flow stone Laptop Stand is the world's lightest and most portable laptop stand and has already surpassed its Kickstarter goal. That's because while most people take paper for granted, paper can do a lot of amazing things! We can write on it, print on it, wrap a present with it and more! g.flow stone Laptop Stand is an eco-friendly laptop stand created from one single sheet of stone paper, reintroducing upcycled wasted material.
g.flow stone Laptop stand is a ready-to-recycle product meticulously folded, allowing optimal airflow for devices, sturdy enough to hold up to 22 pounds and waterproof promising a worry-free, convenient and portable workflow. It's incredible science combined with commitment and sustainability, and it's the perfect gift for the natural-minded daddy who has possibly had their work-life disrupted a bit this year. (Pro-tip: Mamas, same can be said for YOU, so order yourself one as well!)
Ballsy Ball Wash & Nut Rub
Ball Wash without the BS ingredients? Nut Rub that's solid and good for all parts of your body? Yes, please. This is what dads love, and what you can get knowing you're not putting anything junk on his body. Moisturizing and anti-inflammatory, leaves your guy the way natural cologne should be done. Solid, portable and ready for action on any and ALL parts of your body and now available in five incrediball scents that are perfect for any occasion.
So who gets a dad a cuckoo clock for Christmas? You do! Honestly, these vintage, old-world vibey clocks are timeless pieces of functional art and sure to bring a mix of the Old World charm and style to any dad's wall. The Black Forest in Germany is well-known for its exquisite cuckoo clocks that were first designed in 1737 and all their clocks are meticulously inspected for the running and accuracy, In this way, they have the best guarantee for impeccable and reliable function. The wood-carvings used are made in the Black Forest - without exception. They prefer to use clock parts coming from the area around Schoenwald--all this to say you're getting a uniuqe piece of timeless art.
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