If you’re close to my age, your dad (or uncle) is likely from the pragmatic generation. He likes his possessions to be high quality, but not flashy or fancy. He wants to be comfortable in his retirement and his home. He did his best to put you through college, and deserves to be recognized and rewarded for all the effort he put into working steadfastly up the ranks at his company in order to provide for your family.

I chose these sustainable ethical gifts with all that in mind. They’re not twee, or ironic, or weird. But they’re all the kind of things that he will use or wear until it falls to pieces and your mom surreptitiously throws it out and asks you to buy him another – ten years from now.

Blackwing pencils at Zady

Blackwing pencils at Zady

The Blackwing 602 Pencil is an iconic tool that will elevate your dad’s crossword puzzles and note-taking. Created in 1930, the Blackwing Pencil was used by authors, screen writers, and cartoonists your dad loves, like John Steinbeck and Chuck Jones. After being discontinued in 1998, Palomino brought it back, crafting it with incense cedar from California and Oregon and the highest quality graphite from Japan.

Sustainable holiday gifts for dad: shop apron

Black Shop Apron by Iron & Resin at Modavanti

This isn’t just an apron; it’s a shop apron, meant to be worn while he fixes his old car, or planes a piece of oak. Built of heavy duty cotton martexin waxed canvas and made in California, it’s built to last. And yes, he can wear it while grilling, too – the pockets are great for grilling tools as well as a  hammer.

Ethical holiday gifts for dad // Indian coin cufflinks

Indian coin cufflinks from Indelust

Perfect for the patrician dad with benefits to attend, these coin cufflinks are handcrafted by artisans in India using sterling silver and set with genuine pre-independence Indian coins.

Sustainable holiday gifts for dad: organic flannel PJs

Organic flannel PJs from Coyuchi

These flannel PJs are made from six-ounce organic cotton, which is brushed multiple times to give it a velvety nap and superior pill-resistance.

You Earned It bottle opener at Young & Able

You Earned It bottle opener at Young & Able

I mean, he did earn it. This bottle openers is made of a half pound of brass, sand-blasted and hand-finished in the U.S.

Sustainable holiday gifts for Dad // slippers

Navy shearling slippers at Zady

These iconic slippers’ design dates back 350 years ago to the reign of Louis XIV, and have always been made in the Charente region of France, where the wool scraps from making navy uniforms were originally put to use to make a soft, comfortable shoe. Your dad can even walk outside with them on.

Tree Ring Pen

Tree Ring Pen

This one-of-a-kind pen is wrapped in century-old sustainable wood, tracked with historic tree rings. Handmade in Montana from trees that are felled as part of forest restoration projects, its wooden casing displays each year of a tree’s life through tightly coiled rings. Two key dates are inscribed on the pen, allowing your father to count back to important dates in his life. Harvesting these small diameter trees helps protect larger, older trees.

Handcrafted mug at Young & Able

Handcrafted mug at Young & Able

You’re too old for “World’s Best Dad” mug. But this mug says the same thing, albeit more subtly. It’s handcrafted in Brooklyn.

Barrel-aged Cocktail Kit

Barrel-aged Cocktail Kit

Barrel aged cocktails are one of the latest trends in mixology in which pre-mixed cocktails are placed in barrels to mature, mellowing any sharper flavors in the same way wines and distilled spirits are aged. This barrel aged cocktail kit, developed by a small, family-run distillery in New York, allows Dad to make a smaller batch, which will mature in about two weeks.