While dad may enjoy certain things about Christmas—cutting down the tree, hanging the lights (and getting the credit for it), and even preparing the big feast for Christmas Day—let’s be honest, you might not always enjoy shopping for him.
Dads can be picky, often seeming like they have everything they need. But, there are still the perfect gifts just waiting for him, especially if you have a little help with some carefully curated ideas. From the barbecue-loving dad to the coffee-loving dad and even the dapper dad, we have something for every guy in your life under our tree.
The barbecue-loving dad
Father’s Day doesn’t have to be the only time you get dad barbecue-themed gifts (it’s a year-round favorite anyway). With these tools and tasty sauces, not only will he be in foodie heaven, but you can benefit as well when he gets inspired to make ribs and brisket for the next family dinner.
Everything he needs tool kit
Any cooking project always requires the right utensils, especially when it comes to messy barbecue. Make your own DIY kit for dad with these staples sold at Thrive Market:
- Natural Home Bamboo Skewers for all those meats on a stick. Each pack includes both 10-inch and 12-inch options, made from eco-friendly bamboo.
- Natural Home Tongs, made of bamboo and stainless steel, which provides an effortless grip when cooking on a hot grill.
- Bambu Undercut Series Large Cutting Board allows for easy preparation of cutlets, kebabs, and more. It has carved hand grips for easy carting and, unlike other wood boards, the bamboo absorbs little moisture without swelling.
Mix of sauces
Here’s another idea for a flavorful make-your-own kit for your barbecue-loving dad:
- Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Chili Sauce, this Thai favorite has garlic accents to add an exotic flavor to any kind of meat.
- Brother Bru Bru’s Organic Chipotle Pepper Sauce, Hot, made with apple cider vinegar, organic peppers, and signature spices to really bring the heat.
- Rufus Teague’s Honey Sweet BBQ Sauce Flask, for dads that like a sweeter grilling sauce; this one is made with honey, brown sugar, and molasses.
- We Rub You Original Korean BBQ Marinade, which combines soy sauce, apple juice, garlic, and ginger into one tangy rub.
Let dad get creative in the kitchen making his own savory, sweet, or spicy rubs for all those grilling occasions. This kit includes 15 of our favorite organic seasonings, including basil, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cinnamon, cumin, curry powder, garlic powder, ground ginger, Italian seasoning, onion powder, oregano, paprika, thyme, turmeric, and peppercorn.
Gift cards can have a lot of thought behind them, especially when you thought enough to give dad funds to spend at Thrive Market, where he can stock up on all his favorite organic, gluten-free, Paleo, vegan, and non-GMO barbecue staples. Available in any amount, you can also include a special message just for him.
The coffee-loving dad
Dads are usually the early risers who like to get the day started at the crack of dawn. But he can’t do so without his morning cup of coffee. While he may be stocked up on grounds, here are a few clever ideas that will really jolt him this holiday season.
For dads who love coffee (and even fresh spices), this gift has his name all over it. Eugenys’ portable system can process any kind of coffee bean or spices, salt, and peppercorns, grinding them down into a fresh batch for brewing or cooking without leaving any mess behind. It’s made of stainless steel and is lightweight and portable—so (bonus!) he might even bring it to your house the next time you host a family dinner.
Or, you can go one step further with this convenient gift set that also includes the Eugenys Manual Coffee Grinder with Scoop as well as a bag of Kick Ass Whole Bean Dark Roast Coffee that lets him start his morning fresh with a hearty roast of earthy Arabica beans and Califia Farms Coconut Cream & Almond Milk Creamer, a non-dairy option to help flavor his mug of Joe.
If dad is a fan of coldbrew, go for this kit that allows him to make fresh batches at home, ready in as little as six hours. Included is everything he needs—a 64-ounce Mason jar, a reusable coldbrew filter, and secure lid.
The dapper dad
Although they may come off as a rugged or tough sometimes, dads also can benefit from a relaxing skincare routine targeted to the sensitive facial areas where they may tend to regularly shave. All of these options are made from all-natural ingredients and finished with fresh scents.
The Bulldog line was created for men by men, and delivers cleansers, shaving tools, and moisturizers specially formulated to provide a smooth finish. Bulldog products have no artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, or animal-sourced ingredients. Instead they are full of natural moisturizers and a range of musky essential oils to keep dad looking and feeling his best. Choose from shave gel, after shave balm, face scrub, face wash, and moisturizer—or combine them all for a complete kit.
This all-in-one grooming kit also includes a few of the Bulldog staples (the shave gel, after shave balm, and facial scrub), as well as a couple of other goodies. The EO Cedar & Citrus Soap for Men is a morning time saver with three applications—shampoo, body wash, and shave gel—and a fresh cedar and orange scent. Dad will also love the Grandpa Soap Co. Oatmeal Soap to clean, moisturize, and deodorize. It combines aloe vera gel, basil, witch hazel, shea butter, and green tea extract in a 100-year-old formula.
For dads that are vegan, this natural cologne is 100 percent cruelty-free and sweatshop free and is never tested on animals. It combines notes of lavender, citrus, bergamot, clary sage, and ylang ylang to keep him smelling great all day long.
The fitness dad
If dad’s man cave is the local gym, look no farther than these four gifts to add to his routine and help him stay healthy into 2017 and beyond.
Before and after any workout, it’s important to get a good dose of nutrients to power through and then recover. The NutriBullet system makes protein shakes, juicing, and vitamin-rich smoothies easy with a large capacity 32-ounce blender and 900-watt motor that can break down even the most dense produce without stripping the nutritional value. This kit also includes a tub of NutriBullet SuperFood Protein Blend, which offers 20 grams of of plant-based protein with every serving.
Staying hydrated is essential during any strenuous physical activity—but some water bottles are better equipped for the challenge. Thinksport’s 17-ounce bottle is insulated with vacuum-sealed stainless steel which can keep water cool for hours; it also has a contoured design that makes it easy to grip and fit into standard cup holders in the car. At the top is a removable mesh filter where dad can add cucumbers or fresh fruit to infuse his drink or even brew tea. Because it’s insulated, this bottle can also be multi-use to transport hot beverages, including coffee, in case dad needs a pick-me-up before he hits the weight room. All Thinksport bottles are free of BPA and other harmful chemicals.
For those times dad can’t get to the gym (or wants to add an additional component at home), this exercise ball provides a convenient way to get in some crunches or more effective weight lifting with added resistance. It can also replace his chair at the office and help build core strength while at work. The Natural Fitness Exercise Ball is eco-friendly, non-toxic, and built to last for years. This larger size is also the perfect fit for a larger frame.
Muscle aches and cramps, be gone! This foam roller is not only great for strengthening dad’s core and back muscles, which builds balance, but can also massage away any lingering pains from the hamstrings, quads, glutes, and calves. Made of high-density EVA foam, Hugger Mugger’s product is also stylish in a handsome marble finish.
After picking the perfect gift for dad, use our guide for wrapping them up with eco-friendly touches.
Illustration credit: Foley Wu
Photo credits: Paul Delmont, Alicia Cho