Haven’t bought a gift for Father’s Day yet? Want to get your pops something different than a patriotic tie, new grill cover or another sleeve of golf balls? Don’t worry, there’s still time to order dear old dad a gift that he’ll like—and that gives back to a community in need.
Here’s a look at six items every dad would want that also support charitable initiatives in communities around the world.
Price: $18 (3 for $45)
Your dad needs new t-shirts. You know this. He’s been wearing the same tees Miami Dolphins t-shirt since you were a kid. Give him some tees that will change his world with Everlane, one of the best t-shirt investments you can make. Not only are they affordable, well-made and sharply tailored, but they use sustainable materials and warehouses that pay their workers fairly. That’s pretty rare in the retail world.
Price: Gift boxes start at $53
Believe the podcast ad hype. Bombas are as good as you’ve heard, providing about as much comfort and durability as a sock can. And, look, socks might scream last minute gift but come on, most of us spend at least half the day in socks, so why not make sure your dad’s feet spend that time well? And, yes, every pair of socks bought through Bombas also gets a pair sent to someone in need.
What dad wouldn’t want a new place to kick back and relax this Father’s Day? Yellow Leaf hammocks boast “insanely comfortable” designs, handmade by artisan craftspeople in Thailand. Not only are you giving your dad a super chill new place to catch a well-deserved afternoon nap, you’re also helping communities break the cycle of poverty. From Yellow Leaf: “Our artisan weavers and their families were previously trapped in extreme poverty and debt slavery. Now they are empowered to earn a stable, healthy income through dignified work (we call this a ‘prosperity wage’). This is the basis for a brighter future, built on a hand up, not a handout.”
Price: Starts around $25
Whether Dad needs a new water bottle, a better coffee mug or something for his at-home bar setup, Miir has some of the coolest drinkware around. It’s slick, sustainable and does the all-important job of keeping hot drinks hot and cold beverages cold. Best of all, Miir sets aside a chunk of their profits to help fund clean water initiatives around the world. Check out their (surprisingly transparent) website for more details on how Miir products fund good causes. What else could Dad ask for?
TOMS has been in the sunglasses game for a while now, helping fund optometry initiatives around the world and basically doing for eyeware what they’ve done for shoes. That all sounds well and good, but the most immediate concern is your dad’s peepers, and you’re in luck. TOMS just dropped some brand new aviators that will enhance any Dad vibe with some high-key Top Gun vibes.
It’s almost impossible to destroy a One World Soccer ball. That makes it a great gift for active dads who enjoy pick-up games at any location—a parking lot, the driveway or the beach—as well as for kids in communities around the world. The uniquely designed ball never goes flat, and it’s virtually impossible to pop, meaning kids everywhere can enjoy playing the beautiful game. For every ball purchased, one is given to an organization that works with youth in at-need communities around the globe.
What’d we miss? Post your give-back gift ideas for dad in the comments below.
Jesse Carey is a mainstay on the weekly RELEVANT Podcast and member of RELEVANT's executive board. He lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and two kids.