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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Hard to Shop for Dad

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Hard to Shop for Dad

Because his Father’s Day gift should be as unique as he is, we’ve rounded up a gift resource for every type of dad out there. Find your fella’s persona, and we’re betting you’ll find him a perfect gift.

The 9-5 Dad

Eco-Leather Messenger Bag
Eco-Leather Messenger Bag

ECO-LEATHER MESSENGER BAG: Every office man, or student needs a dependable bag. The Eco-Leather Messenger Bag boasts individual pockets for his phone, pens, and cards plus ample space for notebooks, folders, tablet, etc. What makes this leather eco-friendly? Rather than being tanned with hazardous chemicals per the modern norm, this leather is tanned using materials derived from sustainable tea bark extracts and waxes. Safe for the tanner, safe for the user. A classy Father’s Day gift, if we do say so ourselves.
MAKER: From our artisan partner group CRC Exports in India, which helps small, informally organized craft workshops develop into self-sustaining businesses.

Conscious Step socks are shown front and center in this photo with the smiling face of the foot's owner shown in the blurred background.
Conscious Step Socks

SOCKS THAT FIGHT FOR CHANGE: Have his dress socks do more than line his shoes. Our friends at Conscious Step partner with non‒profit organizations to support humanitarian and environmental causes around the world. Choose a cause you know he cares about and gift him socks + social change. Bonus: they come in great designs!

The Gear-head

A 5x7 picture frame made of recycled bike chain shows a photo of a father and his three children. A great father's day gift for the cyclist or innovator!
Bicycle Chain Picture Frame

BICYCLE CHAIN PICTURE FRAME: For the dad who always seems to have grease on his hands. Gift him a photo of him and his family in this recycled bike chain frame, and you’re sure to melt his gear-loving heart this Father’s Day.
MAKER: Made by artisans working with Noah’s Ark International Exports. Noah’s Ark provides benefits such as education and medical treatment for artisans and their families in India.

A unique clock made from a bicycle wheel and recycled bike chain sits against a cement wall with a potted plant and a stack of books.
Wheel of Time Clock

WORKSHOP CLOCK: The Wheel of Time Clock belongs hanging in the Innovator Dad’s garage or workshop, don’t you think? Fashioned from repurposed bike parts by artisans in India, the Wheel of Time Clock comes with a wall hanger and a removable tabletop stand.
MAKER: Made by artisans who have found sustainable employment through Noah’s Ark International Exports.

The Master Chef

Fathers Day Gifts | Bicycle Pizza Cutter

pizza cutter. Try making your master chef a home cooked meal this Father’s Day, and you’ll really win the day.
MAKER: Handmade by metalworkers in India with Noah’s Ark. Noah’s Ark has helped makers develop innovative designs, incorporate alternative materials and find new markets for their work, keeping alive a craft passed down through generations.

Marble Salt Keeper

salt-of-the-earth kind of father.
MAKER: Crafted by makers working with Dominion Traders, a third-generation family business that pioneered fair trade practices in Pakistan’s stone industry and works with artisans regardless of religion or ethnicity.

The Academic

Father's Day Gifts | Many Woods Eyeglasses Rest

MANY WOODS EYEGLASSES REST: All that reading must result in tired eyes. Help him remember where he laid those readers, or give him a safe place for eyeglasses with this shesham, mango, papri and tune woods glasses rest, handcrafted in India. Psst…can also come mustached.
MAKER: Meaning “hope” in Sanskrit, Asha Handicrafts is an Indian fair trade organization that has been working to promote the social and economic development of artisans throughout India for more than 40 years. Asha works with more than 50 producer groups and more than 1,200 makers across India, including skilled artisans in Sarahanpur, the center of traditional woodworking in India.

The Journey Leather Journal

HANDCRAFTED LEATHER JOURNAL: For all the thoughts, notes and introspection you know he’s full of. This leather covered, bound journal most certainly smells something akin to Hemingway. With silver embossed text, handmade paper and buffalo leather, this journal says all kinds of “you deserve the best.”
MAKER: Made by artisans partnered with Craft Resource Center, who seeks to develop economic self-sufficiency for a vulnerable segment of society through traditional handcrafting skills in India.

Mountainside Chess Set

A THINKING PERSON’S GAME: Challenge accepted! This Chess set is handcrafted from coral stone and zebra stone by artisans working Dominion Traders. We foresee a game night in your Father’s Day future.
MAKER: Dominion Traders is a fair trade organization in Pakistan that disperses orders to independently owned onyx workshops in the city of Karachi, ensuring sustained employment opportunities for skilled craftspeople.

The New Dad

Guatemalan Wash Mittens

BATH BONDING TIME: New dads love to bond with baby during bath time! Equip him with some fun wash mittens, handmade of cotton and terry cloth and gift him with 1:1 time with his new little one this Father’s Day.
MAKER: Unidas Para Vivir Mejor, “United For A Better Life.” This group of women lives in a squatter community named La Esperanza (Hope) on the outskirts of Guatemala City where they are offered handicraft training and employment, a medical clinic, pharmacy, medical laboratory, a growth monitoring program and tutoring program for families who would otherwise have limited choices.

A hand woven moses basket sits in a wooden stand in the corner of a bright room with wood floors, white walls and a tall hand woven hamper next to it.
Woven Palm Leaf Moses Basket

WOVEN PALM LEAF MOSES BASKET: This basket, usable for infants until they can sit or roll unassisted, is a beautiful and practical gift for a new parent. Portable, so it can be placed in any room baby needs a nap, any new dad would be grateful for its versatility and quality craftsmanship. Hand woven of palm leaf, with leather handles and recycled cotton sari fabric removable mat. Go all out for his first Father’s Day gift!
MAKER: Our fair trade partner, Rishilpi, trains and supports artisans in rural Bangladesh who weave these baskets by hand in their homes.

The Bibber Dad

A cocktail glass sits on a stone coaster. The glass has a dark beverage with two Fossil Stone Drink Chillers and a sprig of rosemary. Two drink chillers sit on the table next to the glass as well.
Fossil Stone Large Drink Cubes

ICED IS NICE: Does your dad enjoy a bevvy on the rocks? How about these stone drink chillers? Place in the freezer, dunk and enjoy a cold beverage without all that watering down trouble from ice.
MAKER: Handcrafted in Pakistan by artisans with Dominion Traders who employ under-resourced artisans, regardless of religion or ethnicity.

Hand Carved Bottle Toppers

BOTTLE TOPPERS: Looking for a creative gift? Offer him some of his favorite bottled bevs with the addition of an animal menagerie! These hand carved bottle toppers are both creative and functional.
MAKER: Handcrafted by the fairly paid artisans of Kichaka Poa, and brought to you through OTICART International of Kenya.

The Eco-Warrior Dad

Black is the New Green Bike Basket

For the Cyclist: If your father figure is saving the planet by commuting on two wheels, this bike basket is for him! Handcrafted of recycled rubber from discarded tires, this eco-chic and tough-as-rubber (literally) carry-all will get him home from work or the market with all his essentials.
MAKER: Noah’s Ark provides benefits such as education and medical treatment for artisans and their families. As artisan businesses become more self-sufficient, Noah’s Ark takes on new families. Since the company’s inception, about 20 artisan workshops have become independent.

The Dependable Dad

A hand carved stone statue by artisans in Kenya that features an adult figure linking hands with two smaller, child figures. The statue sits in front of a potted plant with a stack of books in the background.
Parenthood Sculpture

Leading with Love Statue: He’s been there through thick and thin. He’s guided you, inspired you, and hugged away your hurts over the years. This Father’s Day, tell him just how much he means to you with the Leading with Love Statue. Because sometimes words just aren’t enough.
MAKER: Made of Kisii stone, found only in Kenya and handcarved by artisans working with our partners, OTICART International Limited.

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