Ethic Earth™ Father’s Day gift ideas
This year, let us give Father’s Day gifts that are good for him. And good for his grandchildren and their children. For oneself. For the whole of humanity. Plus, good for the planet. Here are ten ideas for gifts that has good stamped all over them.
What does one give somebody who has everything? Especially on Father’s Day, to one’s father? To someone who has, through the years, received every gift imaginable? Belt, tie, socks. DVD, CD – no one gives them any more, anyway. Magazine subscription. Wine, whisky. Beer, beer glass. Book. Screwdriver, pliers. Vouchers and yet more vouchers, from eating out to buying at the mall to order online with.
No wonder Father’s Day is upon us, and an original gift idea is still elusive.
But this year, think out of the box. Give him something that he won’t dump in the shed, or on his bedside table, or on another little heap of unused stuff somewhere in the house.
Yes, it is still possible to give him something that he actually wants. And, at the same time, that he really needs. Maybe he doesn’t know it yet, but he does. Give him something that will be good for him. Plus, at the same time, good for all of us.
He wants a good life for himself and his children and their children, right? He needs to believe in a future with clean water, nature and wildlife, yes? And a thriving, healthy planet will be good for him and everybody he loves (and, accidentally for the rest of the world too, even if he isn’t the universal loving kind).
So, this year, let us give him for Father’s Day, tra-laa: the planet. Together with all its living creatures, and the oceans, the fields, the forests, our food production, water sources, the sky, the air that we breathe.
To do this, one has to give him a few things, all about the planet: knowlege, hope and know-how.
Firstly, knowlege about the state of the planet. What exactly is going on here? How bad is it?
Then, hope that the planet will survive. That all of us and our future generations will continue living on it. We can hope, because there still is time.
Lastly, how can we achieve this.
The good thing about these gifts is that not only him, but we all need this. We all need to see a future for ourselves, for humanity. We need to know that, if we pull together, and everyone does his or her little bit, it can be done.
Nope, this isn’t a boring lecture on, say animals dying and deforestation. Well, maybe there will be some of it. And non-vegans can safely go on reading this.
On your way to see him, make a detour to the shops to get him one of these (or all of them). If you are not able to see him, why not buy it online and have it directly delivered?
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Dappa’s indulgent soft serve ice cream blended from almonds and cashews is naturally thick, rich and outrageously creamy—just like the best ice cream should be. Ciao milk!
These wines are esquisitly vegan and great for the planet too.
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8. Grove Beard Supplies or Rugged Nature’s handmade natural cosmetics.
Both these companies are:
- Handcrafted in small batches
- 100% Vegan
9. Cook him a no-meat meal. Even if he loves his meat, he will like this dish. And you can substitute the real cheese in the recipe with vegan if you want.
I found this recipe for enchiladas on the Cookie + Kate website (www.cookieandkate.com/24-meatless-recipes-that-carnivores-love/).
Spinach Artichoke Enchiladas
Red enchilada sauce
3 T olive oil
3 T flour
2 t ground chili powder
1 t cumin
½ t garlic powder
¼ t dried oregano
¼ t SALT
⅛ t ground cinnamon
2 T tomato paste
2 cups vegetable broth
1 t apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 T olive oil (30ml)
1 cup chopped red onion (one small) (250ml)
¼ t SALT (1ml)
4 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
1 heaping cup drained artichokes (jarred or defrosted frozen), quartered if necessary (250ml)
1 small can green chilis, drained (4oz, 100g)
12oz baby spinach (340ml), preferably organic
1 can (15oz) black beans, drained and rinsed (400g)
¼ c sour cream (60ml)
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 cup hard cheese (250ml)
Chopped cilantro for garnish
- Before you make the sauce, measure the flour and spices into a small bowl and place your tomato paste near the stove. In a medium-sized pot over medium heat, warm the oil until shimmering (it should be warm enough that the spices sizzle on contact). Pour in the flour and spice mixture. While stirring constantly with a whisk, cook until fragrant and slightly deepened in color, about 1 minute. Whisk the tomato paste into the mixture, then slowly pour in the broth while whisking constantly to remove any lumps.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer, whisking often, for about five minutes, until the sauce has thickened a bit and a spoon encounters some resistance as you stir it. (The sauce will further thicken as it cools.)
- Remove from heat, then whisk in the vinegar and season to taste with a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.
- To make your enchiladas, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit with racks in the middle position and upper third. Lightly grease a 13 by 9-inch pan.
- In a large skillet, warm 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add the chopped onion and ¼ teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring often, until the onion is tender and translucent, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add the drained artichokes and green chilis to the skillet, then add a few large handfuls of spinach. Cook, stirring and tossing frequently, until the spinach has wilted. Repeat with remaining spinach. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the pan is no longer wet with excess moisture. Remove from heat and transfer the mixture to a bowl. Stir in the drained black beans and sour cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Pour ½ cup enchilada sauce into your prepared pan and tilt it from side to side until the bottom of the pan is evenly coated. To assemble your first enchilada, spread ½ cup spinach artichoke mixture down the middle of a tortilla, then snugly wrap the left side over and then the right, to make a wrap. Place it seam side down against the edge of your pan. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling. Drizzle the remaining enchilada sauce evenly over the enchiladas, leaving the very ends of the enchiladas bare. Sprinkle shredded cheese evenly over the enchiladas.
- Bake, uncovered, on the middle rack for 20 minutes. If the cheese on top isn’t golden enough for your liking, carefully transfer the enchiladas to the upper rack of the oven and bake for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, until sufficiently golden and bubbly.
- Remove from oven and let the enchiladas cool for 10 minutes (trust me!), then sprinkle chopped cilantro on top and serve.
10. And lastly, tell him about this documentary. Let him watch it, do it with him if you can. Trending now, and something worth reading or seeing, or both, is Breaking Boundaries, The science behind our planet, by Johan Rockstrom and Owen Gaffney.
It summarises how bad things are on the planet. But it is not all doom and gloom, as it also gives hope, and tells us what we can do – as long as we do it now. You can buy the book (Penguin/Random House) or watch the documentary, narrated by David Attenborough, on Netflix. As a Father’s Day gift, why not watch the film together?
Whatever it is you do for your dad, remember that living kindly is what love is all about.
And if you are a dad too, the best gift you can give your children, is a healthy planet for a better future. And of course, leading by example and teaching the world’s new generations about the value of humanity.