Help Dad Save Money (and the Earth)
10 products that will make the perfect gift for responsible dads
Just because Dad doesn't think money doesn't grow on trees doesn't mean he's a treehugger. In fact, smart dads know they can make a positive impact on the environment and save a little green in the process. Help Dad achieve both goals this Father's Day with these gifts that show you really were listening when he told you to "waste not want not."
Make sure dad is covered in the blazing sun or under blustery clouds with this dual solar- and wind-powered generator. About the size of a flashlight, it can charge iPods, cell phones, Mp3 players, PDAs, and other electronic devices indoors or out, domestically or internationally. It has a large rechargeable battery that when fully powered, can charge a mobile phone more than five times. One hour of sun and wind power provides 30 minutes of talk time and 300 minutes of music listening time. The device can also be plugged into a regular outlet. It is 9 1/3 inches tall by 3 inches wide.
About $99.95, Kinesis Industries
This do-it-yourself, peel-and-stick window insulation helps to cut energy bills by insulating windows, keeping heat out during the summer and cold out during the winter. The film doesn't hinder his view from a window and even helps to block glare. It comes in various sizes depending on the window size.
About $19.95- $39.95, Solutions
Nature-loving dads want to not only observe the natural world up close but also protect it. This solar-powered bird bath requires no plumbing or wiring; instead the sun does all the work. Water is constantly recycled through the basin and hidden reservoir. Made of aluminum, it measures 18 inches in diameter and 30 inches high.
About $200, Solutions
This educational board game helps dad connect with young sons—or even grandsons—with a green version of the game we all know and love from childhood. All the pieces are made from natural products, and the board, money, and cards are made of recyclable paper and soy-based inks. The game also swaps in eco-terminology never seen in the original: You don't go to jail when you land on the wrong space; you go to the dump.
About $24.95. Late for the Sky Production Company
These eco-friendly, USGA-standard golf balls are perfect for dads who like to go "green" when they hit the links. They are made of 100-percent recyclable materials that can be re-used to make new golf balls or other products. Each box sold contains a return pouch that golfers can use to send back balls to the manufacturer.
About $39.95, Dixon Golf
Scare off the bad guys and let dad rest easy with this solar-powered sensor, which sends a wireless signal inside to sound an alert and turns on whatever indoor light or lamp you plug into the receiver. It features 360-degree coverage and detects motion up to 75 feet away. You can set it for 24-hour operation or night only.
About $49.95, Solutions
This simple gift is great for the gardening father. These canvas gloves will protect his hands from thorns, poison ivy, and sunburn all the while making him feel good about using 100 percent recycled material. They are interchangeable and can fit on either hand.
About $6, Clean Air Gardening
Help dad show off that landscaping job he spent 5 back-breaking weekends on with this bright, sun-powered area light, which is 18 times brighter than other solar-powered models. Housed in anodized aluminum, it has a wide angle of coverage, perfect for entryways, walkways, or house facades. The 5-inch-by-7-inch solar panel can be positioned up to 15 feet away.
About $99.95, Gardeners Supply Company
Dad's money really is going down the drain if he's using outdated plumbing fixtures. Bring him up to speed with the Deluxe Water Green House EcoKit. It includes a 2.35 gallon-per-minute massage showerhead, Teflon tape (to seal and lubricate male pipe threads), leak detection tablets and tips, a kitchen swivel aerator, two bathroom aerators, a flow-meter bag (to identify water wasters throughout the home), and a toilet tank bank and water saver, both of which reduce the amount of water a toilet uses.
About $59, It's Easy Being Green
Help dad save on money and also help devastated local honeybee populations recover with this easy-to-use kit. It includes one 9 5/8-inch hive, a smoker, gloves, a plastic helmet, a bee brush, wire wax, and more. It weights 46 pounds.
About $261, Miller Bee Supply