Monday, June 13, 2011

A few Father's Day ideas for outdoorsy, nature loving dads

Tick tock, Sunday is Father's Day!  If you're looking for a few off-the-grid gift ideas for your indie-minded rugged papa, here are some things you might consider.  

Does your outdoor-type have an office by day?  Maybe he would like some photos to remind him of what he's planning for the weekend.  I love the pop of color in this retro-ish photo of canoes in birchy woods by Pretty Petal Studios (above).  
Looking for ways to make your outdoor space or perma-camp more homey?  Try hanging mason jar solar lamps from Treasure Again on your favorite tree, or use a shepard's hook to hang them right outside the tent for a little bid of mood lighting.
Bring that outdoors feeling indoors to your favorite dad's office or workshop with this Vintage Blue Grass camping lantern from Lisa B. on Etsy. I love this baby blue beauty, it reminds me of the old lanterns by grandpa had hanging from the beams in his shed.  I'm not sure I'd recommend using the lantern in it's intended purpose considering the age, but surely you might if you could find the fuel and lamps to fit.

No cabin, summer retreat, or campsite is complete without some sort of marking.  This rustic wood-burned campsite marker from The Snowshoe Loft reminds me of home in Maine, where all the "summer towns" had houses with names like "Camp Heartside" or, simply, "Bob."  Snowshoe makes all sorts of signs with different shapes and they're customizable. 

Another suggestion for the professional papa who'd rather be outside (and loves to ride) is this Bike Tie Tack in sterling silver by Rachel Pfeffer from luckyduct on Etsy.  I like how it is small/delicate enough for the boardroom but still bold enough to illustrate some personality.

I just love the wooden phone cases from Thealin Bade on Etsy. Walnut wood Iphone 4 case

No family should be without some knowledge of their genealogy.   We face an odd paradox in this digital age, it is easy to do the research (or easier than it used to be), but often the history is left in digital form, with the danger of being lost or forgotten all over again.  Time to write it down!  I stumbled across this Family tree chart from Art and Artisan. They even sell in bulk, so you could collect the info and record it in multiples and gift them at your next family reunion.

I'm keen on this Vintage external frame hiking pack (probably best for dry climate hiking or camping) from D's Vintage Emporium.  I lived out of one of these for a summer between college and joining the "working world."  It was surprisingly light, dried easily, and let's face it - much more stylish than many of the modern styles.

Here are some things to your nature-loving dad or hubby might read while on the trail (or on the commute):

Pathfinder: Blazing a New Wilderness Trail in Modern America

Walden: Introduction and Annotations by Bill McKibben (Concord Library)

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

Babes in the Woods: Hiking, Camping & Boating with Babies and Young Children

Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail


TreasureAgain said...

Your collection has a WONDERFUL feeling! Many great ideas!
Thank you for making my Mason Jar Solar lights a part of it!

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

Great ideas Sarah! Thanks for including my lantern :)

D.R. Bartlette said...

Thanks for the frame backpack recommendation! Although I'd like to point out that the nylon is surprisingly water resistant. I have a pack just like it, only newer, and carried it through rain forest/jungle for about three weeks and it kept my stuff totally dry. Rock on!

Sarah said...

You're welcome, all~

@TreasureAgain - i wish i had a yard so i could use some of your hanging lanterns. they are so lovely!

@Lisa's RetroStyle - not only is that lantern lovely, the photos are nice to look at.

@D.R. Bartlette - yay for retro packs! i'm all about form and function and let's face it, the retro form is so much more appealing (at least in my opinion)

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