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: $25 (Winston Set)
Not only are Harry’s razors cheaper and higher quality than many drug store brands (they are made in a German factory that’s been manufacturing blades since the 1920s), they also give back. A percentage of every purchase goes to support City Year, an organization that trains individuals with lifelong professional skills. Along with three blade cartridges, the Winston set comes with shaving gel, a blade cover and an aluminum handle that can be engraved with your old man’s name, to show him how much you care.
The Skyline Sock company is all about representing your favorite city. Along with designs that feature landmarks and color schemes associated with metropolitan areas across the U.S.—L.A., Seattle, D.C., New York, Chicago, Denver and others—they also support the communities featured in the designs. For every pair they sell online, they donate one to a nonprofit serving the local community.
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.”
People Water Bottle
This BPA-free, 32oz water bottle offers a cheaper, more sustainable way to drink water on the go than buying individual bottles of water. And, a quarter of every purchase supports international clean water projects.
TOMS Duffel Bag
TOMS—one of the original buy one, give one brands—makes a lot more than just shoes. Their Canvas Trekker Duffel not only serves as a rugged travel bag, for every one sold the brand helps “provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need.”
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.