9 Ethical + Sustainable Gifts for Men

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written by:  Anna Shuster

editor's note:

Have you ever been given that gift that you were so excited about for a day and then it ended up in the trash by the end of the year? Yeah, us too. Read on to get some ideas for gifts that dad will be sure to love and use everyday!

written by: Anna Shuster

editor's note:

Have you ever been given that gift that you were so excited about for a day and then it ended up in the trash by the end of the year? Yeah, us too. Read on to get some ideas for gifts that dad will be sure to love and use everyday!

It may seem like the phrase “sustainable gifts” is an oxymoron, but it’s only natural to want to show our loved ones we care. Gifts don’t have to be a throwaway — we can make sure that they will be used and were ethically made. The Brightly team has curated a guide to inspire you to stay sustainable and savvy while shopping for dad.

Here at Brightly we also want to acknowledge the timing of Father’s Day celebrations during a time of intense political upheaval. Our hearts are with all families missing a father today.


1. A Reusable Travel Bottle

For the Dad Who:

Is Always on the Go

Where to Buy:

$28 from United by Blue

Our Take:

This travel bottle is insulated so your dad can get the most use out of it, whether he takes his coffee hot or cold. Can be enjoyed on the go or in his comfiest armchair!
The best part of the company United By Blue that makes this bottle is its factory transparency. Also, the company’s practice is to remove 1 pound of trash from the ocean for every product you buy there! Win/Win!


2. A Sustainably Sourced Tie

For the Dad Who:

Always Makes a Statement

Where to Buy:

$40 from Knotty Tie Co.

Our Take:

What's not to love about these fashionable ties made from 100% recycled materials? Each item is made-to-order and you can even create your own patterns! Even better is you're supporting a company with 100% refugee employees.
Knotty Tie Co. is the definition of transparent and sustainable. With 17 workers all named with featured bios on their website, they dedicate themselves to the wellbeing of their staff. The people who make your ties own 30% of the company, and are provided with weekly personal development and English workshops. They even get bonuses for completing college courses! Not only are we obsessed with them, but even HIlary Clinton and the cutest Corgis have features on their IG!


3. A Sustainably Made Belt

For the Dad Who:

Has Practical as Their Middle Name!

Where to Buy:

$29 from Patagonia

Our Take:

This belt is both sensible and stylish so what's not to love? Oh, and the buckle doubles as a bottle opener! Two for the price of one-- tell your dad to thank us later!
Patagonia is dedicated to environmental activism and that's why we love them! They offer grants and have raised over $89 million for environmental grassroots groups.


4. A Bamboo Razor Kit

For the Dad Who:

Has Stubborn Stubble

Where to Buy:

$15.99 from The Grove Colloborative

Our Take:

This razor kit features a razor with a bamboo handle that's dedicated to lowering environmental impact! It also features shaving gel and moisturizer so even dad can pamper himself on his day.
Bulldog products are all 100% cruelty-free and vegan. Score!


5. An Easy-To-Cook Meal Kit

For the Dad Who:

Can Appreciate a Good Meal

Where to Buy:

Soup and Cornbread Gift Set for $13 from Women's Bean Project

Our Take:

Everyone's gotta eat! Enjoy this soup and cornbread set that even the rookiest cook can make!
One buy from this set supports the Women's Bean Project, a Colorado non-profit that hires women who are chronically unemployed. Eat and know you're helping support this great cause!


6. Get Tech-Savvy with a Tech Kit

For the Dad Who:

Loves His Technology and Children Equally

Where to Buy:

$59 from Bellroy

Our Take:

Help dad turn his tech-support into a one-stop-shop! Available in three colors and made from recycled fabric, dad is for sure gonna put this kit to good use!
Bellroy is a Certified B Corp and source non-toxic materials for products that last. If you're gonna shop, shop quality and shop less.


7. Gift the Opportunity to Become a Coffee Connoisseur

For the Dad Who:

Loves Their Pup!

Where to Buy:

$28.99 from Grounds and Hounds Coffee

Our Take:

This explorer kit contains three bags filled with 100% fair trade Arabica coffee beans. Buy matching kits and set up Zoom coffee dates to enjoy your daily cup of Joe with dad!
Grounds and Hounds dedicate themselves to providing 100% fair trade coffee and support to animal rescue organizations. They even donate 20% of their profits to rescue organizations so dad can make a change while drinking a product they already crave!


8. Support Local Artists and Gift a Handwritten Card

For the Dad Who:

Doesn't Want Much but Deserves the World

Where to Buy:

First Card FREE and Follow Ups Starting at $7 from Punkpost

Our Take:

Sometimes the smallest gifts are most thoughtful! Write dad a note, choose a handwriting style, and design to show how much you care and a local artist will make and mail it for you. How cool?!
Punkpost is the one-stop shop for minimalist custom gifts that anyone would love. Not to mention, this is a great way to support your local artist community.


9. Send Over a Baked Goods Basket

For the Dad Who:

Has a Sweet Tooth!

Where to Buy:

$26 from Maya's Cookies

Our Take:

This sampler gift basket contains six flavors that dad is sure to love! Make sure to add a note, too!
This BWOC-owned business sources organic cruelty-free ingredients that turn into cookies that are well-loved all across the U.S-- don't forget to tell us your favorite flavor!

1. A Reusable Travel Bottle

For the Dad Who:

Is Always on the Go

Where to Buy:

$28 from United by Blue

Our Take:

This travel bottle is insulated so your dad can get the most use out of it, whether he takes his coffee hot or cold. Can be enjoyed on the go or in his comfiest armchair!
The best part of the company United By Blue that makes this bottle is its factory transparency. Also, the company’s practice is to remove 1 pound of trash from the ocean for every product you buy there! Win/Win!

2. A Sustainably Sourced Tie

For the Dad Who:

Always Makes a Statement

Where to Buy:

$40 from Knotty Tie Co.

Our Take:

What's not to love about these fashionable ties made from 100% recycled materials? Each item is made-to-order and you can even create your own patterns! Even better is you're supporting a company with 100% refugee employees.
Knotty Tie Co. is the definition of transparent and sustainable. With 17 workers all named with featured bios on their website, they dedicate themselves to the wellbeing of their staff. The people who make your ties own 30% of the company, and are provided with weekly personal development and English workshops. They even get bonuses for completing college courses! Not only are we obsessed with them, but even HIlary Clinton and the cutest Corgis have features on their IG!

3. A Sustainably Made Belt

For the Dad Who:

Has Practical as Their Middle Name!

Where to Buy:

$29 from Patagonia

Our Take:

This belt is both sensible and stylish so what's not to love? Oh, and the buckle doubles as a bottle opener! Two for the price of one-- tell your dad to thank us later!
Patagonia is dedicated to environmental activism and that's why we love them! They offer grants and have raised over $89 million for environmental grassroots groups.

4. A Bamboo Razor Kit

For the Dad Who:

Has Stubborn Stubble

Where to Buy:

$15.99 from The Grove Colloborative

Our Take:

This razor kit features a razor with a bamboo handle that's dedicated to lowering environmental impact! It also features shaving gel and moisturizer so even dad can pamper himself on his day.
Bulldog products are all 100% cruelty-free and vegan. Score!

5. An Easy-To-Cook Meal Kit

For the Dad Who:

Can Appreciate a Good Meal

Where to Buy:

Soup and Cornbread Gift Set for $13 from Women's Bean Project

Our Take:

Everyone's gotta eat! Enjoy this soup and cornbread set that even the rookiest cook can make!
One buy from this set supports the Women's Bean Project, a Colorado non-profit that hires women who are chronically unemployed. Eat and know you're helping support this great cause!

6. Get Tech-Savvy with a Tech Kit

For the Dad Who:

Loves His Technology and Children Equally

Where to Buy:

$59 from Bellroy

Our Take:

Help dad turn his tech-support into a one-stop-shop! Available in three colors and made from recycled fabric, dad is for sure gonna put this kit to good use!
Bellroy is a Certified B Corp and source non-toxic materials for products that last. If you're gonna shop, shop quality and shop less.

7. Gift the Opportunity to Become a Coffee Connoisseur

For the Dad Who:

Loves Their Pup!

Where to Buy:

$28.99 from Grounds and Hounds Coffee

Our Take:

This explorer kit contains three bags filled with 100% fair trade Arabica coffee beans. Buy matching kits and set up Zoom coffee dates to enjoy your daily cup of Joe with dad!
Grounds and Hounds dedicate themselves to providing 100% fair trade coffee and support to animal rescue organizations. They even donate 20% of their profits to rescue organizations so dad can make a change while drinking a product they already crave!

8. Support Local Artists and Gift a Handwritten Card

For the Dad Who:

Doesn't Want Much but Deserves the World

Where to Buy:

First Card FREE and Follow Ups Starting at $7 from Punkpost

Our Take:

Sometimes the smallest gifts are most thoughtful! Write dad a note, choose a handwriting style, and design to show how much you care and a local artist will make and mail it for you. How cool?!
Punkpost is the one-stop shop for minimalist custom gifts that anyone would love. Not to mention, this is a great way to support your local artist community.

9. Send Over a Baked Goods Basket

For the Dad Who:

Has a Sweet Tooth!

Where to Buy:

$26 from Maya's Cookies

Our Take:

This sampler gift basket contains six flavors that dad is sure to love! Make sure to add a note, too!
This BWOC-owned business sources organic cruelty-free ingredients that turn into cookies that are well-loved all across the U.S-- don't forget to tell us your favorite flavor!



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