Green Gift Ideas!

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Not only is June the start of the summer season but June 17th is also a day dedicated to honoring the fathers in our lives. While on our own hunt for that perfect Father’s Day gift, we came across some interesting and eco-friendly ideas that we think are worth sharing.

A green, living and long lasting gift

How about a beautiful and calming bonsai to put in Dad’s office or around the house? One of our favorite stores, Organic Bouquet, offers several different varieties, including a maple bonsai that actually changes colors with the seasons. All of Organic Bouquet’s offerings are certified organic or by Veriflora, the first green label certification for the floral industry. A shocking percentage of the floral industry’s stock comes from overseas, loaded with pesticides and harvested in unsafe labor environment. Our moms absolutely loved their organic flower bouquets so shouldn’t Dad get the same special treatment on Father’s Day?

Hip case for that hip multi-media Dad

Who said eco-friendly Father’s Day gifts can’t be cool. There are now plenty of bags and cases available for those on-the-go Dads and their electronic gadgets. How excited would Dad be if you presented him with a sleek handcrafted case for his Nano, made with the protection of recycled Columbian truck tires? If this rubber can withstand tons of cargo over rough roads, it can definitely protect his Nano (or other iPod products) from his daily grind. Check out these and other stylist cases at Solio

Stylish Organic Shirt and Shorts for Summer

How about a nice casual outfit for those lovely summer romps in the park, backyard or just around the house? This great lightweight organic cotton T from PrAna is simple, artistic and beats the mall-common Gap T, hands down. You can pair it with organic cotton Mojave shorts, comfortable but tough enough for even a climb.

Stirred but Not Shaken Recycled Martini Glasses

Made from recycled glass in California, these Fire & Light Martini Glasses come in 8 beautiful colors and are perfect for that cool martini aperitif before the Father’s Day feast or any other social occasion. Check out these glasses and the whole Fire & Light collection at 3rLiving

A Scrumptious Meal: on the Town or at Home

Speaking of Father’s Day feast, the Bay Area offers a wonderful variety of restaurants that serve delicious cuisine created from organic, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. If Dad rather have a restaurant quality meal at home, talk to a local personal chef to create that experience, fuss-free.

Food for Thought

If Dad is an avid reader, how about some summertime reading before firing up the BBQ? One of our favorites is the Omnivore’s Dilemma. Delivered with wit, humor and insight, Michael Pollan has changed the way we look at our food and how we chose the food that goes into our and our family’s bodies. Epicureans, food industry experts and our users all agree this is a must read.

Quality Time with Family and Nature

Finding unique and thoughtful gifts for Dad is fun but why not top it off with some family time together in nature, away from noise, traffic and other daily stresses. We are blessed with an abundance of natural beauty in the Bay Area, from parks, beaches to nature preserves. There are also plenty of great day hikes to explore.

On a parting note, Happy Father’s Day to Dads everywhere!

CindyC and CindyW


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