With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, June 17, sales on neckties and golf clubs are about to skyrocket. But while the traditional standby gifts for dad are sweet, there are better ways to – as the ten commandments instruct – “Honor thy Father” and let him know you care.

Our dad’s give us the world, and help us learn and grow into the people we become. So this year, honor your dad with a creative, DIY gift or, better yet, the gift of spending time together while volunteering. Here are some ideas to get you started:


  • Fair trade coffee subscription. Help dad wake up every morning to organic, fair trade coffee with Grounds for Change’s coffee of the month club.
  • Eco Wallet. This super slim and sturdy wallet is also made from recycled materials. It’s a father’s day gift win win!
  • Give DIY. A homemade gift – like this clever camera strap made out of one of his old necktie’s – let’s your dad know you care about him and the planet.
  • Donate. Make a donation in your dad’s honor to his favorite charity or organization. Don’t know what his favorite one is? Ask and get to know your dad even better.


  • Garden together. Spend the morning outside planting in the backyard or volunteer at a community garden or park to help make your neighborhood more beautiful.
  • Plant a tree. Dad helps you grow, so plant something in his honor and watch it grow. Plant a tree in your neighborhood together, or donate to JNF to plant a tree in Israel.
  • Find a custom-made Father’s Day Project Volunteer Match’s service database let’s you seek out a service opportunity to fit your – and dad’s – interests.

How will you celebrate Father’s Day with service? Let us know by tweeting @repairtheworld.