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Old Neckties Back in Style for Father’s Day

Kids have been giving green Father’s Day gifts for…well probably forever. A five-year-old knows he can’t go wrong making something at home for Dad—and reusing material to make a gift is definitely eco-friendly.
By Matthew Foster
June 2008 Web
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But if you’re looking for something extra special this year, here are some suggestions that help give these tried-and-true gift ideas some extra punch:

If you want to give him something used, consider buying something vintage or antique. The Sierra Club suggests buying a fishing rod that is just like the one the father in your life had as a child. It might sound silly, but my first thought was to buy him a toy he played with as a child. I would love to sit down with my son this Sunday and play with some Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots or a vintage He-Man action figure.

Another great suggestion from the Sierra Club is to reuse and revamp stuff around the house. Re-upholster his favorite tattered chair or pull a few of his shirts out of the needs-mended pile and sew their buttons back on.

If you buy something new, you can still go green. If Dad is into gadgets, consider a green device such as a wind/solar-powered cell phone charger or a self/solar-powered weather band radio/flashlight. For other great ideas for environmentally friendly new gear, visit the green Father’s Day gift guide at www.WhiteApricot.com or shop at Mother Earth News online.

And if none of these ideas pan out for you, don’t forget that time-honored classic: the necktie. Vintage, circa 1972 neckties may not be in style the other 364 days of the year, but they are always in style on Father’s Day.

More about eco-conscious gifts

• Looking for a unique gift? Check out these charities and give a gift that gives to others.

• Help the environment: Shop carbon neutral for all your gifts.

• Check out these great last-minute holiday gift ideas.








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