Father’s Day 2019: when is it, and what should I buy him? | ActionAid UK

For Father’s Day 2019, explore our alternative gift guide. Is he a foodie, a bookworm or an animal-lover? You’ll find unique ideas that might just surprise him this year.

This Father's Day 2019, your gift could help girls stay in school
This Father's Day 2019, your gift could help girls stay in school and get the education they deserve

Father’s Day 2019 falls on Sunday 16th June. It’s a great chance to show your dad how much you care…but it’s also one of the biggest gift-giving challenges of the year. 

So, what should you buy for the man who already has socks, a mug, beer mats and a voucher for a hug?

Whether he’s a book-lover, a ‘foodie’, or just the dad who has everything, read on for our alternative gift guide, and find the right one for him this year. Because these aren’t just any old gifts — they’re gifts that can change the lives of women and girls living in poverty.

1. For the bookworm, give the gift of education (£11)

 

Any dad who loves to read will appreciate the importance of a good education. 

So for the man with an overflowing bookshelf, choose our school uniform gift

When an emergency or natural disaster strikes, your gift could help a girl stay in education, by providing the essentials she needs to go back to school — even if her family has lost everything.

Buy a school uniform

2. For the animal-lover…you can’t go wrong with a goat (£32)

 

Any animal-lover will appreciate the gift of a farmyard friend.

As part of our work in Burundi, goats are given to families to help them grow crops.

A lack of quality seeds, fertilisers and the effects of climate change can make for difficult growing conditions in Burundi, but goats produce quality, organic manure, increasing yields and help bring food security

It really is a gift that keeps on giving.

Buy a goat

3. Is he a dab hand in the kitchen? Give the gift of food (£47)

 

For the dad who knows his way around a brunch table, and probably has his own apron and barbecue tongs, give the gift of food this Father’s Day.

Whether it’s a flood or an earthquake, emergencies around the world leave people in desperate need of food. That’s why your gift will support our work providing food to families in the aftermath of disasters.

Buy food for a family

4. Is he a new dad, uncle or grandad? Celebrate with a baby bundle (£41)

 

Celebrate a new arrival in the family with the sweetest gift of all — a baby bundle.

New dads and grandads will love this gift, which could help buy clothing, nappies and nutritious food for mothers and babies who’ve been affected by natural disasters and emergencies.

Buy a baby bundle

5. For the dad who has everything…try the simplest gift of all (£17)

 

Water is the simplest of gifts, but it’s the most important commodity families need when crises happen.

This Father’s Day, your gift could provide a three-month supply of water to a family following a crisis, which they can use for drinking, cooking and basic hygiene.

For the man who has everything, choose a gift that really makes a difference this Father’s Day.

Buy water

Still haven’t found the perfect gift for him?

 

Keep exploring the full range of alternative Father’s Day gifts.

There’s something for everyone, and you can be sure your gift will help change the lives of women and girls living in poverty, whether it’s through food, sanitation, education or helping girls manage their periods with dignity.

When you order online you can choose a card for your dad, and add your own personalised message. And he’ll get details about how his gift is helping change lives.

Just make sure you act quickly — the last day to order your card in time for Father’s Day is Wednesday 12th June.

 

(Don’t worry, you can also download your own print-at-home version, if you don’t order in time). Happy Father’s Day!

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