With Father’s Day on the horizon, it’s time to tackle the annual challenge of finding that perfect present. You may have your standard go-to options that you rely on every year (we’re talking token Toblerone, customary ‘Best Dad’ mug and annual novelty socks), but why not think a little different for 2018? For something with a bit more substance, and something your Dad can really treasure, how about an ethically and locally-sourced gift with plenty of feel-good factor?
We’ve put our thinking caps on here at Colville Leather and rounded up 10 fantastic Father’s Day gift ideas, available from some of our favourite ethically-driven companies in this little corner of the world …
Crankhouse coffee beans
If your Dad can’t go a morning without his treasured cup of coffee, why not treat him this Father’s Day with a bag of first-class coffee beans from Exeter’s celebrated artisan micro-roaster, Crankhouse Coffee. Not only does their range of amazing coffees taste and smell divine, but all their beans are selected from speciality importers who support and care about farmers and cooperatives through ethical and sustainable practices. One of our personal favourites is the full-bodied Fazenda Vale Du Lua from Brazil, with beautiful tasting notes of caramel, peanuts and milk chocolate – the perfect indulgent treat for your old man.
Fasil Wool Scarf
For the fashion-loving Fathers who like to finish their outfits off in style, this chic cold-weather shawl produced by Ethiopian textile company Sabahar will become their go-to accessory in the colder months. Handwoven from 100% natural Australian wool, and available in either black or grey, this scarf will finish off a monochrome ensemble perfectly, and of course keep your Dad feeling toasty when winter strikes. Not only does the Fasil Wool Scarf look great, but by purchasing it you are helping to support hundreds of artisans in Ethiopia with respectful, ethical and sustainable work opportunities.
Shop the Fasil Wool Scarf at Sancho’s Dress, Exeter’s go-to spot for sustainable, certified Fair Trade clothing and accessories.
Colville Leather card holder – The Runnel
Expertly handcrafted in the artisanal heart of the South West, Totnes, The Runnel is a compact card holder designed with minimalist elegance in mind. It may be small in size, but it certainly doesn’t compromise on quality. It incorporates three pockets for cards and folded notes, and can fit comfortably in anyone’s pocket. Available in three colours, this card holder is a stylish and practical gift for Father’s Day that will last for years to come.
Gin O’Clock drinks board
This next gift is just the tonic for any Dads who are enjoying Britain’s current love affair with gin. The engraved ‘Gin O’Clock’ oak drinks board, beautifully handmade in Exeter by Peck and Chisel, is a stylish kitchen accessory for the gin connoisseur, perfect for parties and festive gatherings.
Shop this drinks board on the Craftd site, home of local artisans and their lovingly handmade products. You’ll be doing your bit to contribute to an independent, otherwise unknown, business whilst supporting the work of local creatives in the South West.
With summer nearly upon us, why not treat your Dad to a slick new pair of ethically-sourced shades that make him look good and feel great? Check out the Petrel shades from Bird Sunglasses, with their sleek fusion of laminated beechwood and polarised charcoal lenses. Not only are these eco-friendly sunglasses made from sustainable materials, but every sale gifts one solar light to a family in central Africa.
Local South West company Bird are known for their award-winning, sustainable eyewear with a social purpose. Visit their website to find out more.
For this next eco-inspired Father’s Day idea, you’ll need to take your gift-hunt to the Fore Street base of No Guts No Glory, Exeter’s quirky, eco-friendly lifestyle store. Here, everything is carefully crafted to be cherished for years to come whilst making minimal impact on the environment. Inside the store you’ll find an urban jungle of specialist foliage houseplants … a treasure trove of potential Father’s Day gifts for all the green-fingered Dads out there! A houseplant is a thoughtful gift that will not only give your Dad years of enjoyment as they watch it grow, but serve as an everyday reminder of your special bond.
Colville Leather oak bark tanned belt
For a special Father’s Day gift that your Dad can cherish for years to come, the Colville Leather oak bark tanned belt is a superb choice. Expertly handcrafted from strong and flexible Westcountry leather, this belt is a beautiful work of art that looks great and smells incredible. It is finished with either solid brass or stainless steel British buckles and rivets, creating a classic look that goes well with a range of outfits.
Find out more about how oak bark tanned leather is made on our blog.
Otter Brewery bottle gift pack
Brewed in the rolling Blackdown Hills of Devon, Otter Beer makes the perfect gift for the eco-conscious craft beer lover. Recognised as a leader in green production methods, Otter Brewery have demonstrated their dedication to protecting the Westcountry’s natural environment through a number of sustainable initiatives, from collecting and using rainwater to wash barrels, to sending leftover malting barley to a nearby farm for cattle and pig feed. Not only are their eco credentials second-to-none, but their range of beers, lagers and ciders are raved about across the country.
So, if your Dad’s crazy about craft beer, create an Otter bottle gift pack and toast to a happy Father’s Day.
Devon A4 prints
For the Fathers who enjoy all that the stunning South West has to offer, these A4 prints encapsulate the many amazing landscapes and views one can enjoy in this part of the country. From the beautiful and bewitching Dartmoor, to the vibrancy of Exeter quayside, these stylish prints would make a colourful addition to any room (perhaps in your Dad’s study or ‘man cave’).
Shop these locally handcrafted prints at Leela, an ethical lifestyle store in Exeter that’s passionate about sourcing interesting and genuinely ethical products to positively impact the lives of craftspeople.
Colville Leather notebook cover – The Explorer
If your Dad is a keen writer or even simply an avid to-do list maker, they will love Colville’s Explorer notebook cover. This stylish and versatile gift can carry up to six cards, several banknotes and a notebook, making it the perfect everyday carry for someone who is always on the go and needing to jot things down. Handcrafted in the Westcountry from famous Horween leather and finished with solid copper rivets, this unique product exudes finesse. The natural grain of this beautiful leather is left intact, creating a finished look full of character. The Explorer is designed to grow old with its owner, making it a thoughtful Father’s Day gift that serves as a special reminder of the love and appreciation you have for your old man.
We hope our round-up of 10 ethically sourced gifts has provided some useful inspiration in your quest for the ultimate Father’s Day present. Not only will you be making your Dad smile with one of these thoughtful gifts, but you’ll be contributing to a local Westcountry business and doing your bit in the fight for a more ethical shopping industry.
You’ll find more ideas for independently-made, eco-conscious gifts across our website and social media channels. Why not check out our Instagram feed for some instant Father’s Day inspiration? And of course, feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss a bespoke item that you’ve got in mind for your Dad.