Great Gifts for Dads



Fun, thoughtful, gifts for dads of many stripes.

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It was June of 2004, I had just graduated from high school, and my parents and I were in a small Italian rental car, motoring along a Tuscan highway in search of directions. We pulled into a small gas station, where an elderly man sat in a folding chair. My father rolled down the window. Before he said anything, the older man pointed in the direction we’d been headed and spoke one word: “Prada.” The fellow had sized us up quite well, and we burst out laughing. We were indeed headed to the Prada outlet, which my dad had read about and thought I’d like to visit. He was right.

Who’s the greatest fictional father of all? I’ll toss my hat in the ring for Atticus Finch, played by Gregory Peck in the 1962 film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird.
(Photo courtesy Allstar Picture Library Ltd. / Alamy Stock Photo)

What’s more, I’d just won $1000 for writing a college scholarship essay on The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde, and my parents were kind enough to let me spend most of it on shoes and a fabulous perforated leather duffel bag that I still adore. (We all thought that Oscar and Dorian would approve).  

My dad loves this story about the Italian guy, and I do, too. It’s not just because it was a hysterical moment, but because it makes me think about what a lovely father I have. In addition to being a wonderful all-around human, he has great taste and is an excellent shopping companion. I can’t say here what I’m getting my dad for Father’s Day, as he’s a reader and I don’t want to spoil the fun. I will, however, make a few sustainable Father's Day gift suggestions for the dads in your life. This year, it's June 16th.

Happy Shopping,

– Elizabeth Weinstein, Marketplace Editor

For Dads Who Love to Cook

An Ooni pizza oven, which cooks pizzas in 60 seconds.

Eat Cool: Good Food for Hot Days — the perfect cookbook for summer (on Amazon)

This savory, smoky rub and other ethically sourced Burlap & Barrel spices. Enter code BLUEDOT at checkout to receive a Robusta Peppercorn Grinder free with purchases $15+.

An outdoor pizza oven from Ooni that will make the season better than ever.

For Dads Who Love Birding

A teal birdhouse filled with birdseed and a build-in digital camera displayed on a small rock.
Bird Buddy's hi-tech bird feeder.

The exceptionally useful book, Find More Birds (on Amazon).

Affordable, high-quality binoculars from eco-friendly Bay-Area company Nocs

This solar-powered smart birdhouse that photographs and identifies the birds species that visit you (on Amazon). 

For Dads Who Love to Read

An eReader from Kobo with eight books shown on the screen in color.
The Kobo eReader easily integrates with library systems.

An Amazon kindle with a handy nightlight, or a subscription to Kindle Unlimited for Kindle readers.

For Amazon-averse dads, a Kobo e-reader, which makes borrowing digital books from your local library a breeze (and supports buying books, too).

Actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr.’s terrific memoir, which includes wonderful stories about his father (on Amazon).

For Dads Who Love to Dress

The Nisolo Diego Everyday Sneaker in Tobacco.

A great looking pair of sneakers from Nisolo with serious sustainability bonafides.

A stylish sling bag for his keys, wallet, phone, sunglasses, and reusable water bottle, made from Leather Working Group Certified leather.

A neat baseball cap made from cork.

Check out some of our other gift guides:

Sustainable Gifts for Women

Sustainable Gifts for Men

Sustainable Gifts for Kids and Babies

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Elizabeth Weinstein
Elizabeth Weinstein
Elizabeth Weinstein, Bluedot’s Marketplace Editor, lives in Manhattan with her husband; papillon Finley; and cats SanDeE* and Modell. When she’s not asking the folks at Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom to try on their most sustainable sneakers in a size 9½, she can be found at the Union Square Greenmarket or gardening on her rooftop terrace.
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