June Staff Picks

Gifts for dad, and more!

 

ALEX recommends:

Mushroom + Herbs: Cordyceps+ by Gaia Herbs

Give the gift that keeps giving! Gaia's new line combines the benefits of mushrooms with complimentary herbs and adaptogens to help keep us healthy! The Cordyceps and Ashwagandha blend is great as Ashwagandha helps support our body's response to stress while Cordyceps boost energy and help fight fatigue. A gift suitable for any special human in your life!

 


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ALYSSA recommends:

Heliocare Capsules by Heliocare

Charlie loves to golf. He also hates applying sunscreen. For Father's Day this year, I am gifting my dad a bottle of Heliocare to help him protect his skin from the damaging UV rays on the golf course from the inside out. Derived from the Polypodium leucotomos fern, it provides clinically proven antioxidant protection against free radical damage from internal and external factors (like the sun!).


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BEX recommends:

Turmeric Supreme Joint by Gaia Herbs

My father is impressively active. Whether it's dashing around the tennis courts, jogging to pilates class, or hiking peaks that could frighten a mountain goat, my dad aims to have the agility and flexibility of someone half his age. Unfortunately, sometimes his body quite simply refuses. Gaia's Turmeric Supreme Joint is the perfect supplement for those stiff and sluggish days. In addition to bio-available turmeric, it is formulated with quercetin to support a healthy inflammatory response, devil's claw to support joint mobility, and boswelia to support the reduction of pain.


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BRENDEN recommends:

Insulated Wide 20oz by Klean Kanteen

My dad loves coffee, and he likes it hot! The one thing that I think he needs is a great insulated mug. Klean Kanteen makes this mug to hold the heat of hot beverages for 10 hours and 40 hours iced. I currently have a couple of these mugs and they have been great to drink Bulletproof™ coffee on the go. I can imagine it would be a great way to keep your homemade cold brew iced as well during the upcoming summer heat.


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CAITLIN recommends:

Blue Agave Body Wash by A Wild Soap Bar

My dad grew up with the classic scent of Old Spice incorporated into his routine. Getting my dad to switch to a cleaner product without compromising the memories of young adulthood has been quite the task. Instead of a mysterious blue liquid slicking the shower floor, imagine my delight when I started smelling the scent of Blue Agave drenched margaritas twisted into the shower steam!! Gift your dad A Wild Soap Bar's Blue Agave Body Wash this Father's Day. Any day will become a day at the beach!


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CALEB recommends:

Insulated Container 20oz by Hydroflask

My dad is a teacher and frequently brings his own lunch to work. He'd been in search of a good travel container for packing the soups he likes to make and he found the perfect one when we brought in Hydroflask to the store this year. It's solid design means that there will be no spilled soup even when his bag gets thrown around and it's air tight insulation keeps his soup hot all morning until he's ready to eat it.


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ELIZABETH recommends:

Forty-Six by Counter Culture

These beans make the most divine coffee and paired with a golden brown mug from Emerson Creek Pottery, this combo makes a fantastic Father's Day Gift!


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EMILY recommends:

Republic of Tea by Biodynamic Ginger Tea

My father-in-law is an avid tea drinker, and loves ginger tea especially. I've been drinking this Republic of Tea Biodynamic Ginger Tea recently, and its the perfect gift for someone who loves the taste of ginger! Made with biodynamically grown (which is believed to increase the nutritional vitality of both the soil and plants) ginger from Sri Lanka, this tea is pungent and flavorful with just enough bite. It comes in a beautiful tin container with 36 tea bags, and makes the perfect gift!


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Heather Recommends:

Artisanal Organic Pasta by Semolina

One of the things I love the most about my step-dad is how much he loves my mom, and especially sharing time in the kitchen with her. His famous pasta dinner is made with a Bolognese sauce which was passed down to him from his Italian mother, who made it for him countless times. Semolina's pastas are carefully made with United States-grown, organic Durum Semolina. They are cut using traditional Italian methods which create a texture that lends itself beautifully to holding the flavor of the sauce and creating a perfect al dente taste. If there's one food my step-dad loves more than chocolate, it's a delicious pasta dinner; and this pasta is a perfect pairing for Paul's passion for proper Italian fare.


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HELEN recommends:

Passion Neroli Body Oil by True Moringa

Dad wants to look pretty too. Give him the gift of agelessness this Father's Day with a lovely bottle of cold-pressed moringa oil. Full of antioxidants, minerals and essential vitamins this product is sure to keep dad looking and feeling young and spry! Also by supporting this company you are supporting a lot of working dad's in Ghana raise their incomes by 10x! Go ahead support a dad here, support a dad across the globe!


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JESSICA recommends:

Wool Dryer Balls by Molly's Suds

When I was little, my dad used to pick my outfits for school, trim my bangs, do my hair, cook most of our family meals, and do all the house's laundry. Traditional binary gender roles have never applied to the dynamic of my household. Even now at 23, whenever I stay over my parents' house my dad STILL does laundry for me and makes me coffee in the morning; he isn't fooling anyone with his rough-and-tumble tattoo-artist exterior. For Father's Day, I'm getting him these awesome wool dryer balls! Not only are they made of a completely natural material, wool, but they shave off a lot of drying time on clothes, saving you money and energy. Thanks for putting up with my smelly socks, dad. Love you!


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JENNIFER recommends:

Unscented Sunscreen by Badger Balm

My dad really likes the outdoors, especially during the warmer months. You can normally catch him playing golf, going to the beach, or taking a nice swim in a lake. So I plan on getting him enough sunscreen to last him through all his favorite summer activities and keep his skin protected.


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John recommends:

For Hardworking Hands Balm by Badger

If you come from a huge, rough and tumble, working-class family like I do, there are sure to be some dads in your life who would appreciate Badger Balm For Hardworking Hands. Deep penetrating castor oil, healing aloe, and a fresh wintergreen scent are among the ingredients which help this therapeutic little wonder work its magic. Great to apply after a long day outdoors, working with one's hands.


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MARY recommends:

Lion's Share Tea by Tamim Teas

I have very fond memories of my dad drinking Rose Tea and helping me collect all of the porcelain figurines. Now, he still drinks multiple cups of tea a day, broadening his preference to include green and the occasional oolong. Local tea company, Tamim Teas, makes one of my absolute favorites and I can't wait to share it with him. Lion's Share is a blend of turmeric, lion's mane mushroom, and a little bit of ginger. It's warming, delicious, and you get all the medicinal benefits of those amazing ingredients!


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McLane Recommends:

Bison Coffee Mug by Counter Couture

My dad likes coffee, a lot. He doesn't need anything fancy, even Folgers or Starbucks dark roast will do, but he does enjoy a good mug. This Father's Day, I am getting him this bison coffee mug made by a husband and wife duo out of Denver, CO - it's top rack dishwasher safe (so a tad sensitive), but sturdy and good-looking, just like dad.


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MICHAEL recommends:

Adrenal Rx by Cambridge Naturals™

I have the great fortune of both working at Cambridge Naturals for 43+ years(!) and being a father and grandfather. Both aspects of my life are wonderful and yet, full disclosure, sometimes exhausting. This one product is a great item for yourself or as a present for both fathers and mothers and many other adults! The combination of herbs here--Eleuthero, Ashwaganda, Cordyceps, Schisandra, American Ginseng, Rhodiola, Red Chinese Ginseng and Aralia have great benefits--and have been very effective for me in my busy life!


MILES recommends:

Uridine Monophosphate by Jarrow Formulas

My dad is somewhat of a mad scientist who has been working on a new vitamin formulation involving Uridine Monophosphate. I haven’t had the chance to try his product yet, so I’ve gone ahead and taken some capsules from a bottle of Jarrow’s Uridine. Uridine is a component of RNA (kind of like our DNA) that is researched in the context of neuroprotection, plasticity and overall brain health. Uridine is also thought to regulate dopamine activity. When I take a capsule as part of a stack with other brain boosters such as Omega-3 fish oil, PQQ, and coenzyme B vitamins, I feel a sense of sturdy calm and focus.


NICK recommends:

Harvard Square by Camberville Dog Treats

If your dad is anything like my dad, then your dad also has 2 Shorkie puppies. I brought him home a bag of the Camberville Harvard Square treats the last time I visited and his puppies couldn't get enough of them. Made locally with only oats, sweet potato and peanut butter, dogs really love these treats. And you never know, you might like them too; or your dad, if he's into that sort of thing.


SAM recommends:

Chocolate Bars (especially) Dark Salted Toffee by Theo Chocolate

My dad is known far and wide for his sweet tooth, especially when it comes to chocolate. Most of the time, this means keeping a bowl of Hershey's Kisses in the kitchen for easy snacking, but this Father's Day, I want to get him something a bit more more refined in terms of taste and cacao content. Theo makes chocolate that is smooth, rich, and delicious - even their plan milk chocolate is 45% cacao by volume, lending it a great depth of flavor. Dad will have to keep this chocolate somewhere other than the kitchen counter to keep it from getting snapped up!


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SARAH H recommends:

Travel Case by Maika

Perfect for the person on the go! These travel cases are made with recycled canvas and feature a waterproof interior. They are rugged and classic. Available in simple denim and gray, or fun patterns. For extra love, fill them with a wide assortment of travel sized products from our body care department.


Shahi Recommends:

Prescription for Nutritional Healing

Prescriptions for Nutritional Healing is a reference guide and book full of remedies for small challenges that don't necessitate going to the doctor. It's also a great resource for neighbors who visit. I am glad to be able to present back in book form some of the respect for plants and nutritional awareness that has been instilled in me as important values.


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VICKI recommends:

Back Scratcher by Spa Relaxus

For some reason people really like to get their back scratched. I've bought my dad the big wooden backscratcher that we sell, but he only kept that at home. So when we got these in, I got one for my dad so he can take it with him anywhere he goes!


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ZACH recommends:

Certified Organic Pre-Workout by Garden of Life

For the hard working fathers in your life who could use that extra 'umph' to get their fitness routine up and running, the Garden of Life Certified Organic Pre-workout is stellar.  With 85mg of Organic Coffee Fruit Extract and Organic Red Spinach for an nitric oxide boost, this is my favorite pre-workout.  It gives you the clean energy you're looking for but without the heart racing, overstimulating effects of cheap, artificial workout supplements.  Because we all know, Dad Bod is a not a fact of Dad Life.