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A Love Letter for Father's Day

Updated: Jan 4

And Some Great Gift Ideas from The Nopo

I am my ‘father‘s daughter’. I look a lot like him, I sound a lot like him, and I owe a lot of who I am to the way he raised me. My father always made me feel like there isn’t a mountain, or tree I can’t climb. He encouraged me to take risks, be adventurous, speak up, and fight against injustice. Over the years, we’ve had our share of fighting (we’re both pretty stubborn), but he has always been the person I consult with and the person I cry to.

In the last few years, since becoming a mother, we don't have many opportunities to really talk. It’s hard to complete a sentence without one of my three daughters interrupting. Still, he is there for me in other ways, taking on a new role as babysitter to my own little wild bunch. He is a great grandfather and he visits us as often as he can. When he leaves, the house is always a royal mess, the floor somehow always sticky (!), and all the girls’ toys scattered everywhere!!! but my girls are ecstatic after an afternoon of adventure with their Peter Pan grandfather.

My father is an adventurous soul, a hippie in a suit, still trying to make the world a better place. He’s a wonderful cook and an inspiring writer. He has a great sense of aesthetics and a very silly sense of humor. He’s also The Nopo’s biggest fan, and dreams of the day he will retire, travel the world, meet our artisans and write their stories.

June 21st is around the corner, and like every year I find myself looking for a meaningful gift for father’s day. Somehow great mother’s day gifts are easier to come by, but a great father’s day gift is trickier. While thinking of my father and what to get him this year, I began thinking of my daughters’ father, my loving husband of the last 11 years.

I pretty much married the opposite personality type. My husband is a “guy’s guy”. He loves sports, he loves hanging out with friends, he loves skiing, bicycling, driving his Ranger RZR off road. And, while he loves the adrenaline rush of adventure sports, in his day-to-day life he is less adventurous; he is happy eating the exact same food every day, and he is happy loving the same woman every day (luckily, that’s me). My husband is not quite an 'idealist' as my father, but he is a mensch, a true gentleman, a leader by example, and he is adored by his friends, clients and employees. Over the years, we too have had our share of fighting (we’re both very stubborn), but he became the person I consult with and the person I cry to.

Despite their many differences, there is at least one thing they have in common. Both of them have empowered their daughters to strive to become the best versions of themselves. They teach, inspire, listen, encourage, cheer, and hug. My daughters and I were/are raised by men that believe that being a woman is a source of strength, a force to be reckoned with. And that is pretty awesome.

This father’s day, this 'post of love and gratitude' is my gift to my father and to my daughters’ father, my husband. During the last few months, since the Covid-pandemic disrupted our lives, we have had to stay away from our parents, but a little love letter can travel far. So, my recommendation to you is to write them a love letter. And if you’d still like to throw in a special gift with that letter, take a look at this list of our favorite gifts for father’s day.

Check out these great gifts:

  1. 'Teaching the Sea'- A handmade Moroccan Zellige tile created in collaboration with Moroccan artist Salaheddine Bouanani, representing the bond between father and child. Mix and match with some other great Zelart tiles.

  2. Green Shot Glasses handblown from recycled glass. Add a nice bottle of Whisky or Sake.

  3. Handmade Ceramic Tagine - What a better time to experiment with new recipes. Add a fabulous Moroccan cook book, such as, Mourad: New Moroccan

  4. Leather pouf - A beautiful ottoman for your father to put his feet up on and relax.

  5. Traditional handmade Moroccan tea glasses and tea pot. Add some Matchaful teas, or their great Father's day bundle.

  6. Handmade Scented candles for absolute relaxation: Try the Black Edition of Cote Bougie 'Tea in the Medina' - Mint Tea fragrance or 'Walk to the Souk' - Oriental Spices fragrance.

  7. Beautiful handmade Brass ashtray for either decorative use or for that occasional little sin.

  8. A traditional Moroccan handmade cookie jar- Add some homemade baked goods or your father’s favorite snack.

  9. Wall Art: Patience, Love & Hope- Original Moroccan wall prints by graphic designer Fadwa Azhari

  10. One Line Faces- original handmade wall art by Moroccan designer Soufiane Aissouni crafted from Raffia (Palm leaves) and Iron. Smart, sophisticated and exotic.

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