father's day 2020

The Best Gifts for Dad (That Do Good, Too)

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If you’re going to give dad something for Father’s Day — which you should — why not give back, too? We’ve found the best gifts around that also have a charitable component, so you can do some good while celebrating dear ol’ dad. And rest assured that these are truly charitable: None of the brands included give less than 10 percent to a cause (because if it’s just one percent, what’s the point?), and many promise to donate full proceeds to relief funds and nonprofits; some even let you choose a local charity of your choice.

Toms has always been big on giving back, but since April, the company has donated a third of net profits to their own COVID-19 Global Giving Fund, which benefits front-line workers. You could give your dad a pair of their signature slip-ons, but we like their sunglasses even more.

If your dad already watched The Last Dance — twice — give him a three-pack of Bulls face masks. (Or, if he’s into another team, they’re available for all 30 NBA teams and 12 WNBA teams.) One hundred percent of the proceeds go to Feeding America in the U.S. and Second Harvest in Canada.

Note: This is a pre-sell item that will ship “no later than Thursday, July 9th.”

Or, if your dad could use a new pair of summer shoes, consider these rainbow Tevas, designed with the It Gets Better Project. Although the hiking sandal company doesn’t donate a specific amount for each purchase, they gave $20,000 to the LGBTQ+ nonprofit for the collaboration.

If your dad could use some new slippers to shuffle around in, Dearfoams is currently donating a pair of slippers to health-care workers for every pair of slippers purchased. To date, they’ve donated over $100,000 worth of slippers to the front line.

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Give your dad some exceptionally well-designed merch from one of his favorite restaurants, like il Buco in New York or Sycamore in Boston. Ninety-five percent of profits will go straight to the restaurant; 5 percent will benefit a restaurant-worker relief fund.

Whiskey stones are an admittedly overdone dad gift, but this one’s different. In addition to the stones, the kit includes a couple of glasses and coasters, and a freezing bag — and 20 percent of proceeds support Save the Children.

For the tech dad, consider this UV Sanitizer, which both sterilizes and charges a phone. Even better, Casetify is giving 100 percent of proceeds to the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund.

Forty percent of sales of this smart, insulated cooler — ideal for picnics and beach days — will be donated to a local organization of your choice. (If your dad has too many coolers, Boon Supply has all sorts of kitchen gear, all of which benefit a good cause.)


HexClad is donating 40 percent of sales from their 12-inch Hybrid Wok (the brand’s most popular product) to Restaurants Care for COVID-19 relief.

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And to cover up that new wok (or any other kind of pan), this silicone cover — which has 2,000-plus glowing reviews — is dishwasher safe and heat resistant, plus the direct-to-consumer cookware company is donating 100 percent of sales to Southern Smoke, a restaurant-industry nonprofit.

If your dad would rather snack than cook, this subscription box — filled with “the newest and most interesting grocery items” — is donating 10 percent of proceeds to Feeding America.

Trade is partnering with 20-plus roasters nationwide, like Joe in NYC and Cuvee in Austin, to create limited-edition blends and will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds to a local charity of the roaster’s choosing.

Lush’s Charity Pot lotion is a rich, subtly scented cream (great for cracked hands!), and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit small grassroots organizations “in the areas of human rights, animal protection, and environmental justice.”