It’s time to honour one of our personal heroes. The man who works tirelessly to provide for his family. The man who knows how to change the oil and how to change a diaper. He puts everyone else first and would give you the shirt off his back before you even asked.
He knows the measure of sacrifice, isn’t afraid of hard work, gets down in the dirt to change your tire, and down on his knees to play with the kids.
The timeless saying is true, any man can be a father but it takes someone really special to be a Dad.
So, Shannon of Adventurous Mama and I wanted to take a moment to honour the incredible men in our lives and to help you find the perfect, ethical gift to thank Dad for all he does.
There’s a lot that Dads need to do each day and a strong cup of Good Coffee is what he needs to keep him going, especially when those coffee beans are life-changing with big taste and big impact. Each bag of good coffee comes directly from co-op farmer’s fields where workers receive 20-35% above fair trade wages and 25% of all company profits gets reinvested back into the community through innovative projects focused on clean water, health care and more.
Lots of great gift packs and good sales happening now. Best of all, you’ll impact the lives of another family somewhere else in the world and help out another Father seeking to provide for his own family too.
For every badass, world-changing cup of coffee, you need a badass, world-changing cup to drink it in. Enter The Free Reign Life.
Built on the truth that we don’t have control over the things that happen to us in our life, but we do have full control over how we choose to handle them. We choose to make it reign, every day. And this “Have The Best Day Ever” Mug, is a great reminder of that.
Summer’s in the True North are all about three things: burgers, beer and bonfires. Give Dad a shirt that reflects three things he loves almost as much as you! Designed and printed locally in Vancouver, BC by The Sweet Life Apparel.
If he’s working out or just working hard, he’ll need to stay hydrated. The Blueprint Bottle is refreshing in all the right places. It gives you a drink and also provides clean drinking water to communities who need it most. And so that you know exactly where your efforts are going, there are GPS coordinates printed on the side of every limited edition, insulated bottle that show exactly where your impact is going.
One piece no man should be without. The Legacy Keychain from Outlaw Leather Co. is small and sleek yet ultra strong. Ready to handle the job and outlast all the wear and tear of each day, just like Dad.
A collaboration between Whole Way House and Outlaw Leather Co. each piece is handmade by someone transitioning out of homelessness and hired on as an apprentice under Outlaw Leather Co.
Stylish and simple, the “I Get To” Legacy Chain is a reminder to live each day with gratitude: What do you get to do today?
Each necklace is uniquely hand stamped by a guest at the Whole Way House Society in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and provides dignified work and a way out of homelessness, mental illness or drug addiction.
Proceeds from the sale of each chain necklace go to community programs at the Whole Way House and funding the “Ron Konkin Legacy Fund” for couples and families in crisis to attend the Relationship Lifeline Weekend, founded by Ron and Tina Konkin.
And if all else fails, give him what he really wants… wink.
But in all seriousness, The Happy Ending Muscle Salve from K’pure Naturals is more than just a cheeky name. It’s for post workouts, strains, bruises or sore muscles from a hard day at work. Made locally in the Fraser Valley with all natural, organic, healing essential oils, the Happy Ending Muscle Salve is the tool that every working man needs in his arsenal to reduce inflammation, pain, sore joints, arthritis or sore muscles from being a badass all day long.
THANK YOU, Dad!
We are so grateful for everything you do. There’s no other man on earth who could raise up our kids the way you do, teaching them what is important in life and that character is the only thing worth investing in, to stand the test of time.
Tara Teng & Shannon Grochowski
All Photos by Shannon Grochowski of Adventurous Mama. Writing and opinions are my own.