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Father’s Day Gift Guide

June 4, 2020
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No matter your gift giving style, or the type of Dad you’re shopping for, I’ve got you covered with a great gift idea this year. Father’s day is Sunday, June 21, so act now and you can get something delivered in time. 


*Oh but first, in case you’ve been living under a rock, there’s a revolution going on and every American needs to step up! If you have money to spend on dad, start with a donation to on of these great organizations*



Evelyn Keomian is an incredibly inspiring woman who has founded The Karat School Project. From her earliest childhood, she understood first-hand what it meant to live in poverty, to go hungry and be unable to go to school. She recognized early on that without a good education her options would be limited. Evelyne taught herself how to read, sold cold water on the market to pay her school tuition when she had finally reached the reading level that allowed her to attend school. Leveraging her experience and hard-won education, the Karat School is fundraising to provide support to delivery PPE, food, masks, gloves, soap, etc. Read more here.


My husband is a math teacher at Visitacion Valley Middle School. It’s a lovely community and he’s been there for 16 years. Some of the families there are hard hit by coronavirus and the shelter in place order. Many of his student’s families work multiple jobs to make ends meet, yet securing a good meal is a struggle for some folks right now.

One of the school administrators is working with a local catering company to provide weekly meals to families in need! $10 covers costs for a delicious, hand made meal.


Stacy Abrams’ Organization Fair Fight is working tirelessly to ensure that voter’s rights are upheld in the 2020 election and beyond.

The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth is dedicated to ending the practice of sentencing America’s youth to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Your support will help ensure that youth are not stripped of all hope, but instead are held accountable in age-appropriate ways that emphasize rehabilitation and reintegration into society.

BLACK EARTH FARMS   – The Black Earth Farms Collective is an agroecological lighthouse organization composed of skilled Pan-African and Pan-Indigenous farmers, builders and educators who spread ancestral knowledge and train community members to build collectivized, autonomous, and chemical free food systems in urban and peri-urban environments throughout the Greater East San Francisco Bay Area.
SEND DIRECTLY TO THEIR VENMO OR SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE FOR THE CASH APP @blackearthfarms (This is where I donated, via venmo, so easy and it works).

If you didn’t empty your pockets with the organizations above, maybe you can still buy the dad in your life a physical gift. Here are my top ideas!

For The Chill Dad
Casamara Club makes sparkling amaro soft drinks.They’re made from real botanicals, pulling inspiration from the culinary world and Italian leisure culture for a better tasting, more refreshing kind of flavored seltzer. The labels are so cool, you’ll want to save the bottles afterwards. 

$36 for a variety 12 pack

For the Comedian
Wishbone SF is a local shop in my neighborhood, founded by a dad and run by a mom. They’ve been on “Main Street” since the 90’s but quickly made the transition to online sales to stay afloat during Shelter in Place. The selection is expertly curated and dad will love everything from sets of dominos, coffee table books, Bob Ross Paint By Numbers, to funny socks and oven mitts. I think I’m getting this one for my dad. (If you’re in SF, you can pick up or have it delivered. Shipping nationwide as well)
$14 Butter Lover Oven Mitt

For the Chef
Proclamation Goods is smartly designed in SF to be the best pans you’ll ever use. I love the unique shape of the larger pot that functions as a dutch oven with the lid on and is even big enough to roast a whole chicken. The saute pan fits on top and is dishwasher safe. Seriously amazing gift right here for a new Coronavius inspired chef or a seasoned professional. Choose stainless steel or carbon steel. $379 Get $20 off with code ENDSANDSTEMS

For the Procrastinator
Reading this the day before Father’s Day? Ends+Stems has gift cards that can be delivered immediately. Many of our subscribers are dads who want to be better at cooking, or take more control of grocery shopping but they need help. These guys write to me to say how much a meal planning subscription has helped them save time, but still pull off family dinners. Great for dads of all ages! 

Here’s what Tom O. said recently “Thanks, I am having a lot of fun learning to cook and now that I am teleworking it fills up some time in a creative way.”

$29/3 months or $99/12 months

For the BBQ Loving Dad
Sonoma County Meat Co was established in 2014 and was the Best Butcher Shop 5 years ina  row (in Sonoma County). I got a box from them recently (and a super cool trucker hat, too) and was blown away by the thoughtfulness and quality. I am not a jerky-person but O.M.G. the grassfed sriracha jerky was life changing. They’re now shipping nationwide so your dad can have some too! 

Alternative post content = Mail Dad Some Bacon.

$47 for a meat medley box, but there’s a huge variety in products and prices.


From the Kids, for FREE!
Fly Little Dragon is an educational toy and family resource company based in SF. For Father’s Day, they’ve put together this adorable download for coupons that kids can fill out for things like: Folding Laundry Help, Nighttime Walk, and my personal favorite, 30 Minutes of Quiet. Download here for free! 

Alison Mountford is the Founder and CEO of Ends+Stems, a meal planning service designed to reduce household food waste and stop the effects of climate change. Alison has been named a Rubicon Waste Fit Champion, was a finalist for the Spoon Tech Startup Showcase, and has appeared on many podcasts and radio shows, and works as a food waste consultant.