For anyone looking ahead to giving the fathers in their lives a little something special on Father’s Day this year, here are a few ideas for the sweet, silly, sensitive, caring, compassionate, and crafty fathers in your lives.
This handmade broom for perfecting his sweep.
This classic henley for showing off his dad bod.
This face oil for pampering.
This navy platter for entertaining.
These hooks for organizing.
This sore muscle salve for rejuvenation.
This scented candle for making the place smell nice.
This special edition knife for picnicking.
Like last year, in an effort to ground all of this gift-giving in something a bit more down to earth, here are a few things we can do today to help fathers of all kinds:
For Families with Two Dads: Take a photo. The Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents LGBTQ parents and their children. Their Snap it and Send it initiative encourages LGBTQ parents—and everyone—to “snap and send” photos of forms that only have a place for a mother and a father. It’s a call to action to acknowledge the diversity of families.
For Families with Incarcerated Fathers: Send children’s books. Last year many of you sent books to the DC-based nonprofit Hope House, which supports families with incarcerated fathers by connecting dads to their kids. The Hope House looks for children’s book donations on an ongoing basis for their Father-to-Child Reading Program, which records the voices of incarcerated fathers reading children’s books to send to their children.
For Men Who Have Babies: Support Men Having Babies, a national nonprofit supporting gay men who would like to become biological parents. They educate prospective parents about the process of becoming biological fathers and run an assistance fund to offer financial support to fathers during the surrogacy process.