Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Gifts for Dad

Still haven't found the perfect something for that spectacular father in your life? Something that says how much you respect and admire him, something meaningful? Something that's not another tie?

What about a gift in his name to his favorite charity? After all, giving isn't just for Mamas.

Don't know what charity to choose?

Is he an avid angler? Then he might appreciate helping Oxfam America protect fishing rights and waters.

Maybe he's a handy kind of Dad, who can build almost anything. In that case he'd be thrilled with a donation in his name to Habitat for Humanity, where your cash can provide shingles for a roof, a new window and even a kitchen sink for a family in need.

Dad's a bookworm? A donation to First Book, a literacy and book donation program, would be perfect.

Have a hipster Dad in your life? One is a rock-n-roll style charity, complete with Bono as spokesman, that works to fight AIDS, poverty and hunger.

Need more inspiration? Check out Idealist and search thousands of organizations to find the perfect fit. And 20 or 30 bucks will go a lot further in most of these programs than it will at the department store.

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