9 healthier gifts to give dad this Father’s Day
X-Boxes, wine, lavish dinners — for all its good points, Father’s Day can be a bit of an enabler when it comes to unhealthy habits.
I know — don’t be such a stick in the mud. But chances are, if you’re happily celebrating Father’s Day you kind of want the old man to stick around a little bit longer.
As such, we’ve compiled a short list of potential gifts that will not only cement your place as Best Gift Giver Ever but will also encourage a healthier lifestyle.
You can thank us later.
Swap out the traditional home brew gift for this much healthier update — a Bucha brand SCOBY made from organic black tea, organic brown sugar and filtered rain water at Koala Bare Foods.
The health claims surrounding this fermented drink are way too long to list here (it practically fixes everything) so we’ll stick to simply saying: nothing bad can come from drinking less beer and more fizzy tea stuff. Sure, it might smell a bit like foot at first. But it grows on you. Geddit??
Fermented food course
While we’re on the topic, why not go the whole hog and do a fermented food course at Cultured Artisans.
A lot of buzz has been developing around fermented foods for their immune boosting qualities and general wellness improvers. Plus, how good will it be when dad turns up to the next barbecue not with marinated wings but with some delicious kimchi instead.
For the wannabe King of the Jungle, Onnit’s primal kettlebells add an element of fun to home workout equipment.
Resembling the heads of primates, this complete kettlebell system will help your dad swing and lift his way back to better health. Just don’t let him use them as fancy doorstops.
Make sure dad gets his daily dose of vitamins and fresh fruit with his own cold press juicer.
The Hurom HU-100 Masticating Slow Juicer may make a dent in the pay packet (group gift?) but it is considered one of the best you can buy. Minimal noise, child safe and squeezes your fruit and veggies as opposed to crushing them, it’s also capable of making sauces and even baby food. New hobby?
Matching broga classes
Instead of encouraging dad to spend his spare time sitting on the sofa in either a gaming loop or reruns of M.A.S.H, get him and yourself up and active with some broga classes at Flow Athletic.
Not only will this enable you to spend some quality time with pops, but it comes with the added benefit of exercise and learning some decent party tricks like Crow Pose and Downward Dad. We mean Dog.
A jar of turmeric
A jar of powder that stains everything it touches may not sound like the ideal Father’s Day gift but turmeric is the superspice of the moment. You can spice your food with it, make a latte, eat it out of the jar like it’s Milo (I seriously saw a weightlifter do this on Instagram). There’s nothing you can’t do with turmeric. And there’s nothing turmeric can’t do either.
According to various sources turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and curcumin, the active compound found in turmeric is also promoted as a cancer preventative, a weight loss supplement, a cognitive booster and a treatment for diabetes.
Salt therapy sessions
A little on the kooky side but definitely better for your health than a DVD set, salt therapy is said to help everything from skin conditions to asthma and allergies. Which, considering Father’s Day is smack bang at the beginning of hayfever season, makes it a very practical gift.
The process works like this — you sit in a room that mimics the microclimate of a salt cave. As you breath in, the tiny salt particles help cleanse the airways and lungs while at the same time detoxifying the skin. All dad has to do is enjoy the peace and quiet.
You’re never too old — or too macho — to start taking better care of your skin. Gent Sac works like this: a prescription-based service that delivers grooming products that use the best natural ingredients straight to your door. Hunter Lab, Appelles, and Muhle shaving kits can be found here.
They also deliver jocks and socks too, which is super handy.
An oldie but a goodie for Father’s Day — colognes are a great fall-back gift if none of the above tickle your dad’s fancy. But there are some healthier alternatives to alcohol-based synthetic scents found at department stores.
Melbourne-based brand State of Cologne uses solid beeswax that provides a higher concentration of fragrance. They don’t test on animals, easily carried around in the pocket and smell particularly amazing.
Or, if your dad has the owner of a glorious beard (or needs some help growing one), fellow Melbournite The Groomed Man has a huge range of beard oils made locally using organic ingredients that will nourish, soften and scent his chin main. Personal favourites include Spruce Up and Morning Wood.
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