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5 Creative Green Gift Ideas for Father's Day

All the mommy-centric books out there can make dads feel slighted.  If your Dad likes reading books to the kids, check out used online bookstores like Powell’s Books or Thrift Books.
All the mommy-centric books out there can make dads feel slighted. If your Dad likes reading books to the kids, check out used online bookstores like Powell’s Books or Thrift Books.Google Images

This June, celebrate Father’s Day in a new way. These creative, green gift ideas will help you save money and save the planet at the same time.

1. Story Time (Approximate Cost: $10)
All the mommy-centric books out there can make dads feel slighted. If your Dad likes reading books to the kids, check out these great titles. Make this idea green by checking out a used online bookstore like Powell’s Books or Thrift Books.

  • The Night Before Father's Day by Natasha Wing
  • The Ten Best Things About My Dad by Christine Loomis
  • What Dads Can't Do by Douglas Wood
  • Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer
  • The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman
  • My Father Knows the Names of Things by Jane Yolen
  • A Perfect Father's Day by Eve Bunting
  • A Wild Father's Day by Sean Callahan
  • My Dad's a Hero by Rebecca Christiansen
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Papa's Day Surprise by Stan Berenstain
  • Girl of Mine by Jabari Asim
  • Daddy Hugs by Karent Katx

2. Daddy Coupons (Approximate Cost: $2)
This old school idea is still a goodie. Give Dad coupons for things like chores and hugs – example: one pass for emptying the diaper pail, or a day off from cutting the grass. Download this FREE template from Kiki & Company and print out your coupons on recycled paper.

3. When I Grow Up (Approximate Cost: $5)
Make a list of daddy’s favorite activities or hobbies. Then take a picture of your kid dressed like daddy doing those things. Using left over mailing envelopes (or used mailing envelopes from things like old Christmas cards) create a mini photo album using this quick 10 minute tutorial by Creating Keepsakes.

4. Upcycle (Approximate Cost: FREE)
Take one of Daddy’s old shirts and give it a new life with this fun, easy to sew hat tutorial by Christina’s Adventures or this pillow tutorial by DIY Network. Can’t sew? No worries. Simply replace the sewing with iron-on fusable bonding like Stitch Witchery by Dritz. No t-shirts? Check out this fun upcycled tie pillow tutorial by Cucicucicoo.

5. Ditch the Disposables (Approximate Cost: $10 - $25)
Help dad ditch the disposables in his life with these cool options: