An Early Father’s Day Gift for my Green, Active Hubby

Father’s Day is almost upon us, and I’ll admit, this week found me in a panic. I had no idea what to get for my husband. And after he and my daughter had showered me with love and heartfelt presents on Mother’s Day, I knew I had to step up. When it comes to gift giving, I’m all about giving stuff that relates to the recipient’s interests — so that they’ll love it and use it. Or at the very least, I like to give gifts that are needed. But I was stumped for my hubby.

Recycled rubber basketball and new sneakers? Been there, done that.  A guitar? Done before. Tickets to a basketball game? Ummm…done before. Studio time so he can make some new tracks? Done and done. So when Walmart gave me an open-ended opportunity to write a post about Father’s Day, I really had no idea where I was going to begin, and even less of an idea where I’d end up. So I dragged my daughter to the nearest store with the intention of wandering aimlessly in search of a gift.

And wander, we did. We started with some basketball gear in the cart, then picked up a stylish fedora on the way to the media department, where we checked out a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. And while all of these would’ve been appreciated, none of them seemed…well…right. On a whim, we walked over to the sporting goods and bike department. And it finally hit me!

My hubby and I have been saying we’re going to get bikes for years — so we can cut back on fuel costs for shorter trips, so we can get active, and just so we can have fun doing something together as a family. But we never actually took the plunge — until now! What better Father’s Day gift for an environmentally-conscious, active dad than a bike? And the fact that our car was in the shop this whole week was a reminder of what it’s like to be without any transportation at all. So a bike? Yeah, it would’ve helped a few days ago 🙂

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I agonized over the details for a while. Mountain bike or hybrid? Race bike or cruiser? The designer in me initially looked at styling first, so this retro, Panama Jack branded beauty immediately caught my eye:

However, my logical side kicked in pretty quickly. My husband probably wouldn’t appreciate a bike without gears or handbrakes, and while the basket is functional, I guessed (correctly) that it would look a little too frilly for his tastes. So once I decided on a sportier model, I made my way to this bad boy, the literal GMC Denali of bikes:

I knew he would love it, AND it was on clearance. Score!

And because it would likely be very difficult to hide a bike from my husband — you know, with the third floor walkup apartment and all — I went ahead and gave it to him early. And he loves it! Evidence? This cheesy-faced pic minutes after I gave it to him:

And this video of him “racing” our daughter:

Who won? You be the judge? I couldn’t see them both cross the finish line, so it’s up in the air! In the comments section, tell me who you think won the race!

Anyway, I’d call that a successful Father’s Day shopping trip. Now I just have to come up with some other DIY surprises to knock his socks off. Shhh…Don’t tell him!

Disclosure: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. I was provided with compensation for sharing a Father’s Day story of my choosing with you. Participation is voluntary and, as usual, all opinions are my own.

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!

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