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The people who raise use, whether they’re our biological parents, foster carers or guardians, have a special place in our hearts. And if you celebrate father’s day with gifts but are stuck on ideas, we’re here to help. From fair trade certified tees to eco-friendly sneakers, these gifts will help the father figure in your life feel cherished and loved, without harming people and planet in the process.
1. Allbirds Men’s Tree Runners
If your dad loves to run or just enjoys hitting the gym, these lightweight runners made from responsibly-sourced fibres from eucalyptus trees that come from FSC® Certified forests. The Allbirds Men’s Tree Runners are some of the most comfortable pair of sustainable running shoes on the market. It comes in three classic shades and 13 limited-edition colours, so there’s plenty of options. The shoes are also machine washable and come with laces made from 100% post-consumer recycled polyester.
Prices start at $95. Shop here.
2. dk Active Men’s Activewear
Give an exercise-loving father a gift of dk Active ethically-made activewear. Responsibly manufactured in Australia to the highest in ethical standards, in a solar-powered factory, the garments are made of premium quality athletic wear fabrics developed to last the distance. Choose from gym shorts, workout tanks, tees, compression shorts and more.
dk Active is also running a father’s day promotion with 25% off their men’s collection until August 20. Prices as marked and not valid in conjunction with any other offer.
Prices from $49.95. Shop the range here.
3. Manrags Sustainable Socks
For the coolest and quirkiest responsibly-made socks to gift your dad, you can’t go past Manrags socks. Available in bold, bright, funky designs, the socks are made from premium quality 100% Egyptian cotton. The Australian brand also offers worldwide shipping, a monthly sock subscription service and its sock and textile recycling program has so far been able to divert 311,154kg of textiles from Australian landfills for reuse repurposing and recycling.
Prices for a 2-pack of socks $30. Shop here.
4. WAMA Hemp Boxers
For a practical and budget-friendly Father’s Day gift, you can’t go wrong with the trusty ol’ boxers and briefs. For maximum comfort with minimal environmental impact, check out WAMA Underwear‘s range of responsibly-manufactured hemp boxers, trunks and boxer briefs made from a blend of hemp and organic cotton. Get value for money and save by purchasing a bulk pack of hemp undies.
Price starts at $24. Shop here.
5. Pact Fair Trade Sweatshirt
If you’re after affordable organic, fairtrade casual clothing to gift dad this father’s day, Pact is the sustainable apparel brand to go to. Our pick is the Pact Essential Sweatshirt is a classic style sweatshirt that has a vintage-feel and is made with 100% organic cotton and produced in a Fair Trade certified factory. It comes in 10 popular colours and is available in sizes S to XL. The brand also gives first-time customers 20% off their first orders and there’s free domestic shipping across the US on orders valued at $50 or more.
Price $45. Shop here.
6. Proof eco-friendly sunglasses
For sustainable sunnies, Idaho-based American brand Proof Eyewear has the goods, with its wide selection of sunglasses and optical frames handcrafted from FSC-certified sustainable wood, biodegradable cotton-based acetate, and reclaimed materials. There are heaps of styles to choose from and if you’re unsure which to choose, check out the Best Sellers which will help narrow your search. If you do make a purchase, $10 of each frame goes directly back to helping the community through the company’s Do Good Program.
Prices from $90. Shop here.
7. Will & Bear Hat
Inspired by the road and designed for the outback adventurer, Will & Bear produce beautiful yet classic wide-brim hats that are responsibly handmade in Mongolia, Sri Lanka and China from 100% Australian wool and finished with all natural detailing. The brand offers free shipping on all Australian orders over $200.
Prices start from $99. Browse the entire range here.
8. United By Blue Trek Backpack
If your dad is big on hiking, get him a lightweight United By Blue Trek Backpack for Father’s Day. A super versatile backpack made from 100% recycled polyester, vegetable tanned leather detailing and a water repellant finish to withstand climate extremes, this pack is compact enough to take to work or use for travel. It’s made with durability in mind, features many pockets and handy spaces (including two drink bottle sleeves), has a padded laptop sleep and is made responsibly in Vietnam. It also comes with a Lifetime Guarantee.
Price $88. Purchase here.
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9. Nisolo Woven Slip Ons
Have a fashionable father with a refined sense of style? These Nisolo Alejandro Woven Slip Ons are the perfect footwear for dads who love beach getaways and weekends spent relaxing poolside. Made from soft vegetable tanned leather, these Alejandro Slip Ons are handwoven in an ethical factory in Leon, Mexico.
Price $180. Purchase here.
10. Kotn Oxford Shirt
If your father is in need of a work shirt, the Kotn Oxford Shirt is our pick of the lot. Made from premium, long staple 100% Egyptian cotton and responsibly made in the Nile Delta in Egypt, this straight-fit classic shirt pairs easily with trousers or can be dressed down with jeans and pleated shorts. Available in four colours: white, light blue, plastic pink and olive.
Price $65. Shop here.
11. Outerknown Apex Trunks
For the dad who loves to surf, 11-time world surfing champ Kelly Slater’s signature trunks from his sustainable label Outerknown is just the gift. Developed and tested by the surf legend himself, these are high-performance trunks are made from recycled polyester and recycled spandex, has a double bonded butt seam for durability and is quick drying. Available in 17 different colours.
Price $253. Shop here.
12. Sukin Men’s Range
Australian-owned and made natural skincare brand Sukin‘s affordable skincare range for men is the perfect gift for the father who takes care of himself and his skin. Made from natural ingredients, the skincare range contains zero parabens and sulphates, is cruelty-free, vegan-friendly and is carbon neutral. The range features shaving gel, facial scrub, moisturiser and cleanser and body scrub.
Prices start from A$11.95. Shop here.
13. Connecting With Life book
For the nature-loving dad who lives in an urban environment and wants to deepen his connection with nature, get him the non-fiction book ‘Connecting With Life: Finding Nature in an Urban World‘ by Poland-based nature writer and biophiliac Martin Summer. This book is filled with practical tips and hands-on strategies to help urbanites connect with nature without having to travel to remote wilderness and hike mountains. The author also dedicates a portion of book royalties to support various environmental causes around the world.
14. Plant a tree
For the dad who has everything he needs or isn’t into receiving gifts, a gift of a Treedom tree is a great idea. Every tree you purchase online is planted in the physical world and helps farmers achieve sustainable livelihoods as well as combat climate change by offsetting carbon and combating soil erosion. The best part is, your dad can track the tree’s journey online.
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Cover image via Will & Bear.