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5 Creative Green Gift Ideas for Father's Day

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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.

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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: