Nature-inspired gifts for Father's Day

Father and kid by the lake (Photo by Laubenstein Karen, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons)

Father and kid by the lake (Photo by Laubenstein Karen, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons)

June 14, 2016 | by Wendy Ho | 0 Comments

Father’s Day is just around the corner. If you are still on the hunt for something special to show your appreciation, why not give these nature-inspired gifts some thought?




1. For the gardener

Monarch on milkweed (Photo © Manitoba Museum)

Monarch on milkweed (Photo © Manitoba Museum)

Help your dad introduce some plants with purpose! Creating a naturalized garden doesn’t need to be a complete overhaul of the existing greenery. Find local nurseries that carry native seeds and plants specific to your area.

Native gardening 101 >

Indoor insect control: for anyone who has kept plants indoors, you’re bound to attract small insects at some point in time. A natural way to keep them under control is to enlist the help of carnivorous plants. Be sure to only plant these indoors to prevent their potential spread in the wild.

2. For the wildlife watcher

Birding at the Tabusintac Estuary, New Brunswick (Photo by NCC)

Birding at the Tabusintac Estuary, New Brunswick (Photo by NCC)

 A pair of quality binoculars go a long way. A pair of bins can really bring out the inquisitive nature in people. Go for brands known for their good optics and light build. And, if possible, get a harness add-on – it is a relatively low-cost investment that distributes the weight of your binoculars across your upper body.

Tips on birding >

3. For the cook

Basil (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

Basil (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

Herbs can be tricky to buy. Sometimes recipes call for only a tablespoon of herbs, but you end up having to buy a bunch. Growing an herb garden by the kitchen not only looks nice but will give your dad a steady supply of herbs. The trick is to prepare the herb container in advance so that there is already a variety ready to use by the time you gift it.

Five herbs for every kitchen >

4. For the dad who just wants to spend time together

Why not sign the whole family up for a local Conservation Volunteers event? The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) offers events across the country from spring through fall, and in some places, year-round. This is a perfect opportunity to get outdoors work as a team.

Find an event near you >

5. For the dad who doesn’t want you to spend extra money

Do-it-yourself projects, done well, can be a signature piece in the house. For example, here’s a paperweight you can make using the pebbles and dough made from gravel, flour and water. If you want to involve your siblings or if you have children of your own, creating a handprint family tree is a sweet way to show the bonds within your family.

DIY penguin family portrait (Photo by Wendy Ho/NCC staff)

DIY penguin family portrait (Photo by Wendy Ho/NCC staff)

Several years ago I painted a penguin family on canvas and captured a segment of Animal Planet’s “Emperor Penguin Dads” with the built-in audio recorder on the frame. I wanted to illustrate the roles both parents have in caring for their one and only chick, as I was the only child in my family! The painting hangs in the living room to this day.

6. Remember dad through a gift to nature

Visiting the Waterton Springs Interpretive Trail (Photo by Liz Saunders)

Visiting the Waterton Springs Interpretive Trail (Photo by Liz Saunders)

When getting together is not possible, the Nature Conservancy of Canada offers e-cards to celebrate special moments and tribute donations to honour people we love with a gift that helps to protect our country's endangered plants, animals and ecosystems.

Find out more about the ways you can give >

Do you have nature-themed gift ideas to share? Comment in the box below.

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Wendy Ho is Nature Conservancy of Canada's editorial coordinator.

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