Looking for a last-minute Father's Day present with a feel-good factor? Here are our top 5 gift ideas that will also help make a difference in other people's lives.
All too often we mark days of appreciation and celebration with a flurry of shallow and materialistic gifts. Our society is based on consumerism and collecting meaningless items that often go unused, instead they gather dust in the pool room. Case in point - Father's Day and the inevitable unwrapping of business socks, jocks and plain boxer shorts.
However, with a little research, you can find some great charity-gifting ideas that will truly make a difference in someone's life and save your Dad from building up clutter. Here are our top 5 ideas:
1. NBCF Pink Socks and Jocks Charity-gifting initiative - $20+
Give Dad a truly meaningful present this Father’s Day, and make a donation to fund essential research into a cure for breast cancer. In response, the NBCF will send you a “socks and jocks” thank you card to pass on to Dad.
The token pink “socks and jocks” is part of NBCF’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign. The NBCF are challenging Men around Australia to pink up for the women in their life. Are you man enough?
Buy here - my.nbcf.org.au/rmwpsocksandjocks
2. Oxfam Australia - Two Ducks, a pig and a goat - $119.00
Two ducks, a pig and a goat. It doesn’t sound like much but they add up to a world of difference to someone trying to make a living in a poor community overseas. By helping provide ongoing food, fertiliser and income, these animals help create a brighter future for a farmer, their family and their community.
Buy here - unwrapped.oxfam.org.au
3. Safe water - Child Fund Australia - $23
Dirty water and poor hygiene kill children, especially in countries like Zambia where there is limited access to clean water and sanitation. You can help keep children healthy with chlorine to sterilise, soap for washing hands, and a 20 litre container to store safe water.
Buy here - www.childfund.org.au
4. Unicef - 10 Mosquito nets - $47
A mozzie-free sleep is what mums and babies need to stay safe from malaria. In Africa, Malaria claims a child's life every minute, but with the use of something as simple as an insecticide-treated mosquito net, infection rates can be reduced by half. -
Buy here - www.unicef.org.au
5. One hour's speech therapy for a child with autism - $99
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)
Help a child with autism learn to speak. Many children with autism lose the ability to use speech and language in early childhood. Some remain non-verbal well into their school years.
Speech therapy is critical to ensuring kids with autism can communicate their needs - whether it is saying they are hungry, or expressing how they are feeling.
Buy here - www.karmacurrency.com.au