It’s certainly not the time to buy Dad sport tickets, a golf club membership, massage, or theater tickets. Heartbreaking times call for well thought out gifts. We’ve done the work for you by choosing items that giveback to applicable charities or are made by black-owned businesses. Let’s put our money where our mouths are!
Father’s Day is June 21st this year, which means you have JUST enough time to order anything on this list if you get on it now.
(*We’re using male pronouns in this article, but are fully aware that their are plenty of Papa’s who use different pronouns and names! This is a space for all of us.)
Protect this head with this classic cap which proclaims the tenant of all humanity. All proceeds benefit Black Lives Matter.
Certain celebrities on cameo’s proceeds support NAACP Empowerment Programs! You buy your Dad a personalized message from his favorite celeb, artist, athlete, writer, etc – and NAACP gets the cash. Win/win. Click image for $5 off your first cameo.
Black-owned company Mateo is known for it’s elegant women’s jewelry.. but they also make these ineffably chic candles perfect for Dad’s man lair.
Black-owned Linoto linen company’s boxer shorts are made entirely from recovered and leftover fabric. They’re airy and elegant, and just the type of thing he should wear puttering around the house.
Black sister-owned company, McBride Sisters makes a hell of a Chardonnay, but the rest of their offerings are equally impressive. Send Pa this collection – he won’t stop thanking you!
He’s been wanting to go more plant-based, here are the black-penned cookbooks we most recommend for the turning of the carnivorous tides.
The big baller Dad may want something a little shinier. We love this thick Jade Trau gold bracelet, a % of all proceeds goes to support Covid19 related charities in NYC.
Black-owned coffee chain Red Bay Coffee makes these amazing mugs, which you can buy direct from them (click mug image) or on amazon here. Red Bay’s coffee roastery is running, but its shops had to shut down and lost contracts with the offices of Facebook, Twitter and Airbnb – so supporting them by buying coffee and/ or products is the move.
Get his feet softs as a babies with this foot scrub set by black-owned Foot Nanny. Foot Nanny products are also available on amazon here.
It’s looking like face masks are going to be a part of our lives for a long, long time. Get Dad one with a message that benefits PETA’s intersectional work.
There’s nothing better than elegant man with a great pair of socks. We are loving the clothes at black-owned The Folklore, who stock high-end and emerging designer brands from Africa and the diaspora, and serves as a cultural hub for contemporary brands, artists and creatives to showcase their personal stories.
Talk about an innovative idea, Handy Hats all have tiny pockets on the inside of the hat – perfect for a key or Credit Card/ ID (and frankly perfect for a protest!) We can see so many of our cool Dad homies in this hat;
Queer-owned company (hello, it’s Pride month!) Otherwild’s Passing Through A Thousand Lives Quilt made of recycled textiles, sequins, and paint is both art and function. The bare basics Dad would be upgraded by this hanging on his wall, or on his couch if he’s fancy.
Did you know front-line responders get a special discount on Bose products? Well, they do. But if you’re not a responder, these Bose sunglass frames are audio sunglasses with open ear headphones and bluetooth connectivity perfect for being out in our current climate. With more and more research coming out that Covid19 can come through the eyes (fun!) – sunglasses are recommended. Why not be able to blast “Fight The Power” on your walk for all to hear, or to record via your glasses. This is some next level spy genius! Dad will freak over these.
The MagicHands truShiatsu Neck, Back and Shoulder Massager with Heat was Featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things 2019 List, and it’s been on our radar ever since. With more and more great reviews, there’s no time like the present for Dad to have this on his chair. If you want to level up, you can go for the $700 full massage chair.
Black-owned chocolatier My Chocolate Secrets created this 32 piece of bonbons in an aged wooden crate where each bonbon has a little secret boozy surprise! (*vegans should request all dark chocolate in their order*)
A portion of proceeds from all these spice kids works to feed hungry kids in the US.
Daddy/ daughter bow-tie/ head wrap combo? We cannot handle this much perfect by black-owned Etsy shop GabeJade Accessories. Or if you have boys, do all matching bow ties. TOO CUTE!
A real man (or woman or any dang gender) always has a bandana handy for a tearful goodbye, to wipe sweat off his/her brow during a protest, or to keep it cute around the head/ neck/ hair. This one is as righteous as it gets, and handmade by a black-owned company.
Vegan-Queer-Jewish owned The Brave Gentleman makes entirely eco, vegan, ethical menswear – from head to toe. You can’t go wrong with a single item from this well-loved brand. We adore these sandals for the masculine footed of any age.
Work will eventually come back, and when it does – he’ll want to look dapper. This ethically made briefcase from vegan-POC owned Matt & Nat is a win for casual to coiffed.
Send Dad a card from a Military-Spouse owned company, handmade!
Dad’s elbows are a mess, and he’s been ignoring them. For every jar of this divine smelling vegan moisturizer, they give $1 to scholarships to help educate young women in developing countries. Also available on amazon here.
Let Dad grow veg from his patio or lawn, and give veg to his neighbors – community is everything.
$3 from every hand-blown glassybaby purchase goes to organizations that provide hope and healing to people, animals and the planet. These glasses are stunning for his nightly poison of choice.
Featuring iconic book cover artwork and literary references to delight bookworms, you’ll find one of Dad’s favorite classics on one of those shirts that for each one sold, a book is donated through their partner Books for Africa.
Sinfully rich, these sweet baked treats have a saintly mission: to help people escape poverty. This company hires people who usually have issues gaining lawful employment like refugees and former prisoners. What a perfect win/ win to purchase these delicious little bites for your fave St. Daddy!
- A donation in Dad’s name ALWAYS holds strong emotional weight. Currently, our go-to’s to donate to are: Southern Poverty Law Center, NAACP, National Bail Out Fund, Black Lives Matter, Campaign Zero, Color Of Change, Black Aids Fund, Reclaim The Block, and Cares Mentoring. Review each group, and see which donation would be most meaningful to the Dad in your life.
- Give to the Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
- A book or two off the anti-racist book list, or our book list for talking about race.
- Flower from eco-online boutiques like Urban Stems (use this link for $15 off!)
- Send him a meal (or week of meals) from his local caterer, restaurant, grub hub, or seamless! They need our support now more than ever, and maybe you can make a positive influence in his eating choices for at least a meal or two.
- Choose to adopt one of eight endangered species of monkeys and apes for 12 months. Adopting a monkey or ape will assist The People’s Trust for Endangered Species, a registered charity which helps to protect the natural habitat of monkeys and apes under threat.
- Pre-pay an adoption fee at your local animal shelter to adopt Dad a new furry BFF.
- Get a mason jar and fill it with 100 slips of paper of things you love about him.