Father’s Day is quickly approaching (June 17!) and if you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift for your dad or husband, we’ve got some fun gift ideas. Each of the gifts in our guide give back to a worthwhile cause. Click through, find the right present, and give to an organization you care about.
Does your dad like the great outdoors? If so, he probably needs a good flashlight. Charged by the sun, the BoGo flashlight is energy efficient and will save your dad from purchasing expensive batteries. The extra benefit is that with each purchase, a BoGo flashlight will be given to someone in Haiti, who will then not have to spend money on candles or kerosene. And that can make a big difference.
Purchase a BoGo flashlight here. A mini BoGo costs $29.99 and the Bogo Light SN2 costs $59.
Keep Dad looking and feeling like a big shot with a luxury tie or bow tie from Figs. For every item purchased, Figs will donate a school uniform to an African child in need. They also have scarves—that is, for the dads who can be convinced to wear them.
Purchase a Figs tie or scarf here. Cost ranges from $55 to $255.
Take some time out on Sunday to plant a tree with your dad or encourage your kids to do the same. Whether you want to commemorate his first Father’s Day, a new house, or are simply hoping for some quality time together, planting a tree is a great way to spruce up the yard and make a mark on the environment.
Thinking about getting Dad a new iPod? Beats by Dre headphones? A case that charges his iPhone? Purchase it from (RED). The products cost the same and 50 percent of profits go to fight AIDS in Africa. Every day 1,000 children are born with HIV. The goal of (RED) is for no child to be born with HIV by 2015.
Thinking about taking a vacation? There are tons of adventurous trips that give back, and if you’re not sure where to look for budget-friendly volunteer getaways, go to Travelanthropist. Some recommended options include a wildlife conservation trek to South Africa, an expedition to Namibia to work with desert elephants, or a journey to India to help educate street kids.
Photo: Eric Sumner
Thinking about getting your dad a new watch for Father’s Day? If so, check out WeWOOD. With every classic, stylish WeWOOD timepiece purchased, WeWOOD will plant a tree—good for keeping time and for helping our environment.
Purchase a WeWOOD watch here. Cost ranges from $120 to $139.
Here’s a cool gift option for that book-loving dad: a classic Out of Print T-shirt inspired by one of his favorite novels. Not only will he look great, but with every product sold, one book will be donated to a community in need through Books for Africa.
Purchase an Out of Print T-shirt here. Tees cost $28 - $32.
Does your dad take a multivitamin? With every purchase of Vitamma multivitamins, three children will be given a two-year supply of vitamin A. This is essential because not only will the vitamins help young immune systems fight infections, but they will also help prevent blindness in children with vitamin A deficiencies.
Looking for a new beanie for dad? Check out the products from Krochet Kids, an organization that helps African women by giving them jobs and a fair portion of the proceeds. The women who make the knitwear are now able to provide for their children, so help support them and give them a chance at economic self-sufficiency.
Purchase Krochet Kids beanies here. Cost is $31.95.
Get Dad some of his favorite sweet treats from Baking for Good, which offers a wide variety of delicious desserts and even has something for the gluten-free and vegan dads. Baking for good also donates 15 percent of proceeds to a charity of your choice.