father's day 2022

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

Photo-Illustration: The Strategist; Photos: Retailers

If you’re going to give your dad something for Father’s Day — which you should — why not make it a gift that gives back? We’ve found the best presents with a charitable component so you can do some good while celebrating the man who taught you important things, like how to flip a pancake, catch a fish, and look cool in a pair of New Balances. Rest assured that these are truly philanthropic: Many promise to donate their full proceeds to nonprofits, and several let you designate those funds to a charity of your choice.

Right now, almost all of these gifts are expected to arrive by Father’s Day — June 19 — but as the date gets closer, stock availability and shipping times will change, so if you see something you like, go ahead and add it to your cart right now.

Lingua Franca is donating $100 from every one of these sweaters to Everytown for Gun Safety, a grassroots organization focused on ending gun violence. The pullover is made from ethically sourced cashmere, and you can choose from two scripts for the stitching. Keep in mind that since it’s a custom piece, it may arrive a little later than Father’s Day. And a small note: For men’s sizing, the brand recommends ordering two sizes up.

For the art-collecting dad, turn to Summertime Gallery, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that provides studio space, materials, and mentorship to neurodivergent artists. Paige Wery, director of Tierra del Sol Gallery in Los Angeles, highly recommends Summertime’s postcard subscription as “the perfect way to say hello to loved ones and learn about an artist you might not have known.” Every month, Dad will get a new postcard with proceeds benefiting both the artist and Summertime.

This photo from Gabriel Cabrera, a food-content creator and West Elm collaborator, is a whimsical, Irving Penn–like take on the standard still life. It’s part of the homeware company’s partnership with the Trevor Project, an LGBTQ-focused crisis-intervention organization. Fifty percent of the profits from this artwork will go toward the nonprofit.

All the proceeds from PopSocket’s Ukrainian collection, including this grip featuring the colors of the country’s flag, will be donated to Doctors Without Borders’ relief efforts. The humanitarian aid organization is providing emergency medical assistance and mental health care in the nation and surrounding areas.

UNICEF Market showcases the work of artists in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, with proceeds contributed to the artisans themselves and the organization’s humanitarian aid work. The purchase of this toiletries bag, which was crafted in Peru, helps provide dehydration relief to children.

This crewneck is part of Heart of Dinner’s first-ever apparel drop in collaboration with designer Nancy Pappas, who created logos and graphics for the organization when it first started as a temporary relief effort. All the proceeds go right back to the nonprofit’s mission of fighting food insecurity among Asian elders in New York City.

The National Network of Abortion Funds has an entire page dedicated to merch that directly benefits local abortion funds. We like this slightly sweary mug from the Texas Equal Access Fund, which gives emotional and financial support to low-income people seeking abortions across Texas.

The Clinic Access Support Network provides transportation and child-care assistance to those in need of abortion services in Houston — and it has its own merch, including this T-shirt featuring a space-agency-themed take on its logo.

Conscious Step partners with organizations like Habitat for Humanity and World Central Kitchen, offering products that benefit their respective causes. This hoodie, which has the tiniest embroidered sun on the left cuff, supports the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, a grassroots organization working to destigmatize mental-health issues.

Watchmaker Movado has teamed up with celebrity photographer Alexi Lubomirski, probably best known for the duke and duchess of Sussex’s wedding snapshots, for a limited-edition collection of artsy timepieces. For every piece sold, Movado is donating $50 between two of Lubomirski’s favorite charities: Concern Worldwide, a humanitarian-aid organization, and the Humane Society.

Profits from the Whitney Shop support the museum’s research and conservation initiatives. The store is full of artistic pieces, including this salt-and-pepper-shaker set that’s made from Limoges porcelain and modeled after Andy Warhol’s famous soup cans.

Outdoorsy dads know the importance of clean drinking water, so give yours a LifeStraw, a Sharpie-size device that filters bacteria and parasites out of water from any source. (Just dip in the end and drink.) For every one sold, LifeStraw will donate safe drinking water to a child in Kenya for an entire school year.