Jun
07
2012

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As Father’s Day approaches, we all are starting to think of ways to recognize the men in our lives who have rejoiced in our triumphs, encouraged us to toughen up when the going got tough, and in some way or another, helped define the person we have become. Dads are faced with the privilege and responsibility of helping to lead their children toward a happy and healthy life, as well as inspiring their children to never give up and to always dream big—and for this we honor them everyday, especially on Father’s Day.

This year, we’re asking you to share how a special dad in your life has inspired you to Be Fearless by dreaming big—enter our Facebook Father’s Day sweepstakes now through June 20, and you will be entered to win one of three Nike+ FuelBands! The Nike+ FuelBand, which tracks your activity and measures your progress through time, calories, and more, is a great gift for the active Dad.

And speaking of gifts…each year, as Father’s Day rolls around, we hunt for a way to convey our love and appreciation for everything they have done. This year, instead of giving your dad the standard issue shirt and tie, how about giving your dad a gift that gives back?

Our dads have helped provide us with the inspiration and the opportunities needed to succeed—why not use Father’s Day as a time to help provide similar opportunities to others in need? Here is a list of Father’s Day gifts that are sure to make your dad happy and have a positive and lasting impact that helps others at the same time:

Need Options?

Gifts That Give offers a wide variety of gifts for dad, and donates $1 for every $5 spent to the charity of your choice.

Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit fair trade organization that helps provide an income to Third World artisans by bringing their handcrafted products to markets.

International Man of Mystery

Charitybuzz raises money for nonprofits around the world by donating the money from online auctions providing incredible opportunities to get up close and personal with celebrities and to own amazing designer products.

Many dads would love nothing more than to simply spend quality time with their kids. So how about volunteering and traveling with dad and making a difference for others? Sites such as Travelanthropist offer a wide variety of volunteer vacation trips in some of the most beautiful places in the world.

You can also show your thanks for dad through Oxfam America Unwrapped by sending a gift in his name that will bring relief to people living in poverty throughout the world.

Techno-Dad

Dad might have already all the latest gadgets, but you can accessorize his gadgets with a (RED) case for his iPhone or iPad. Fifty percent of profits from (RED) items are donated to helping fight AIDS in Africa and ultimately help deliver an AIDS free generation.

Sweet Treats

If your dad has a sweet tooth, a great gift might include some delicious cookies in assorted Father's Day themed shapes, baked fresh by Baking for Good. Baking for Good is a bakery that supports noble causes and charities such as Firelight Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of children in sub-Saharan Africa that have been affected by HIV, AIDS and poverty.

Dressed to Impress

Common Threadz is a great way of finding dad a unique new t-shirt, designed specially by leading artists and celebrities and by orphans in South Africa. Each t-shirt sold helps feed an orphan child for over one month, and helps fund programs that provide overall benefit for children suffering in developing nations.

Sound Off

Jawbone's JAMBOX is a great gift for all dads, created through Jawbone's joint cooperation with charity: water, an organization committed to providing safe drinking water to people in developing countries. The JAMBOX is a small wireless speaker with great quality sound that is both portable and equip with a number of high-tech capabilities.

For a variety of other gifts that give back, check out Shop With Meaning, an online resource committed to helping customers find products and companies focused on making a difference and helping others. A few examples include: TOMS shoes, BoGo Light flashlights, and the One World Futbol.

Regardless of how you decide to recognize Father’s Day this year, we hope you’ll celebrate a great dad in your life by sharing your story of how he inspired you to take risks, dream big and Be Fearless.

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