8 Sustainable gift ideas for Father’s Day

12 June 2023

Father’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the love and care that fathers show to their children every day. This year, why not take a sustainable approach to Father’s Day gifts and create something that’s not only meaningful but also environmentally friendly?


By involving children in the process, you can teach them about sustainability and the importance of reducing waste. Here are some fun ideas for sustainable Father’s Day gifts that you can make with your children.


1. Upcycled picture frame

Instead of buying a new picture frame, why not make one using recycled materials? Gather materials like cardboard, old magazines, and scrap fabrics to create a unique and personalised picture frame. This is a fun project for children of all ages, and they can use their creativity to make a frame that reflects their dad’s personality and interests.

To make the frame, start by cutting the cardboard into the desired size and shape. Cut out pictures and words from old magazines or newspapers and glue them onto the cardboard to create a collage. Add embellishments like buttons, ribbons, or fabric scraps to make the frame even more special. Once the glue has dried, attach a photo of your child and their dad on their bikes and voila! A personalised and eco-friendly gift.


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2. Herb garden

If Dad enjoys gardening or cooking, consider creating a herb garden together. Not only is this a sustainable gift that will provide fresh herbs for cooking, but it’s also a great way to teach children about growing plants and caring for the environment.

Start by selecting a few of Dad’s favourite herbs and finding a suitable container to plant them in. You can use an old pot, a tin can, or even a wooden box. Next, fill the container with soil and plant the herbs. Make sure to water them regularly and place them in a sunny spot. This gift will not only be useful but also encourage sustainable practices like gardening and reducing food waste.


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3. Homemade soap

Making homemade soap is a fun and creative activity that can also reduce waste. Instead of buying soap in plastic packaging, you can make your own using natural ingredients like olive oil, coconut oil, and essential oils.

To make soap, you’ll need a few supplies like a soap mould, a mixing bowl, and a hand blender. Start by melting the oils and mixing them with the essential oils of your choice. Pour the mixture into the soap mould and let it cool and harden. Once the soap is set, remove it from the mould and wrap it in sustainable packaging like a cloth bag or recycled paper.


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4. DIY tie-dye shirt

If Dad loves fashion and unique clothing, consider making a tie-dye shirt together. Tie-dye is a fun and easy way to transform old clothes into something new and exciting.

Start by selecting a plain white shirt and tying it in various knots and twists. Next, mix together natural dyes like beet juice or turmeric with water and dip the shirt in the mixture. Let the shirt sit for a few hours or overnight to allow the dye to set. Once the shirt has dried, remove the knots and twists to reveal a one-of-a-kind tie-dye shirt.


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5. LEGO building memories jar

To create a LEGO Building Memories Jar for Father's Day, start by gathering a collection of LEGO bricks in various shapes, colours, and sizes. Find a clean, transparent jar with a lid that is large enough to hold the LEGO pieces. Next, write memories related to Dad and his experiences. These could include special moments, inside jokes, or shared adventures. Begin filling the jar with LEGO.  As you add each piece, think about how it represents a memory or symbolises something meaningful to Dad. Fill the jar until it is almost full, leaving some space at the top. Finally, seal the jar with the lid and decorate it with a Father's Day-themed ribbon or a personalised label. Present the LEGO Building Memories Jar to Dad, and let him enjoy the process of opening it, reading the memories, and building new ones together. It will be a unique and heartfelt gift that celebrates bonds and cherished moments.


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6. Painted Father's Day plate

To create personalised painted plates for Father's Day, you'll need a few materials and a dash of creativity. Start by gathering plain white paper plates, eco-friendly paint in various colours, paintbrushes, and a  pencil. Begin by lightly sketching out a design on the plate. If Dad loves cycling too, why not paint a picture of a bike?. Once satisfied with the outline, use the paint to carefully fill in the design, allowing each layer to dry before adding the next. Feel free to incorporate Dad’s favourite colours or themes that hold special meaning to him. Once you have finished allow to dry.  The finished painted plate will serve as a thoughtful and unique gift that Dad will cherish for years to come, reminding him of love and appreciation.


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7. Origami shirt cards

To make a heartfelt origami gift for Father's Day, you can create a simple yet meaningful origami shirt. Start by selecting a square sheet of origami paper in a colour that Dad would appreciate. Fold the paper in half diagonally to form a triangle, ensuring that the colour you want for the shirt's front is on the outside. Fold the triangle in half again, bringing the bottom point to meet the top point, and then unfold. Now, fold the left and right corners of the triangle towards the top point, forming the collar of the shirt. Flip the paper over and fold the bottom edge of the triangle upwards, creating the shirt's base. Finally, fold the sides of the paper towards the centre, tucking them under the collar, and crease well to complete the shirt. Personalise it further by adding a small tie or a hand-drawn message to express your love and appreciation for Dad. Or alternatively, make it into a cycling jersey if Dad is a keen cyclist. He will undoubtedly cherish this handmade origami gift on his special day.


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8. Daddy clay dish

To create a sustainable clay dish for Father's Day, you can follow these simple steps. Start by gathering natural and eco-friendly materials such as air-dry clay, which does not require baking or firing. Choose a clay colour that resonates with Dad's preferences. Next, prepare a clean and flat surface to work on. Begin by kneading the clay to soften it and make it pliable. Roll out the clay into a thin and even sheet using a rolling pin. Carefully cut out the desired shape for the dish, whether it be a heart, a square, or a unique design that holds meaning for Dad. Use a variety of household items, such as cookie cutters, to create decorative patterns on the edges. Allow the clay dish to air dry completely based on the manufacturer's instructions. Once dry, you can paint the dish with non-toxic, water-based paints or natural dyes for an added personal touch. Remember to let the paint dry thoroughly before handling the dish. Finally, present the sustainable clay dish to Dad as a heartfelt and eco-conscious gift, perfect for celebrating his special day.


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We hope you enjoy creating the exciting gifts, tag us @Frogbikes to show us your creations. And why not go on a family bike ride, to celebrate Father’s Day together, there is nothing better than family time, and of course, riding a bike is sustainable too!


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