Bangladesh Artisans

Father’s Day is coming, and we have a hunch that you haven’t gotten around to finding a gift yet. Cheer up – you’re not alone! If there’s one thing that everyone who has worked in a Ten Thousand Villages can agree on, it’s that Dads are notoriously hard to buy for. As Father’s Day approaches, we thought we’d give you a head start, and suggest six of our most popular gifts for Dad.

  1. Eco-Leather Briefcase with Strap

Looking for a gift to make Dad’s commute a little more stylish? Choose this bold, timeless briefcase from CRC Exports in India. Unfussy, well-built and functional, this briefcase is perfect for a ready-for-anything Dad that’s always on the go. Got an eye for craftsmanship? Check out the detailed stitching on the interior card and pen pockets.

Eco-Leather is made from top-quality hides without the use of formaldehyde and azo dyes. The bag’s maker, CRC, has revived an ancient tanning technique they call ‘vegetable tanning’ that uses tea bark extracts and natural waxes instead of the usual harmful chemicals.

  1. Rack ‘Em Up

If Dad is the kind of guy who likes to show off a few of his prize bottles of (ahem) lemonade, then perhaps consider the gift of an eye-catching bottle rack.

The first, carved in the Philippines from figured Acacia, is a bold work of art, even without bottles.  Durable and water-resistant, the curved lines are great for accenting a room with organic, nature-inspired softness.

The second rack comes from India. Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you – it’s made of real bike chain! In Moradabad, India, a maker named Attar Singh reclaims broken and defective chains from local bike repair shops, cleans them up, and welds them into artistic home accessories.

Perfect for avid cyclists or for outfitting an industrial-chic man cave.

  1. Drink Stones

A perfect drink is all about balance – which is why it can be so disappointing when melting ice cubes water down a favourite potion.

The solution is simple – Drink Cubes! These beautiful cubes, made of marble-like fossil stone, make perfect Father’s Day gifts, and keep liquids cold without diluting them. Keep them in the freezer until the mood strikes, and then just add them to your glass like you would regular ice cubes!

Our Drink Cubes come from Pakistan, where they are shaped and smoothed by a multi-generational Father-Son fair trade business operating in Karachi called Dominion Traders.

  1. Circuit Board Tray

Computer geeks rejoice! Tech-savvy Dads will love this circuit board tray, made of repurposed pre-consumer computer parts. Whether he’s a hardware buff from the dot matrix era or a software-coding wunderkind, this Father’s Day gift will make him the coolest guru in the IT department.

  1. Summer Fun Hammock

The second best gift you can give Dad for Father’s Day is a day off. The best gift? A day off and a quiet place to put his feet up. This Father’s Day, let Dad unwind in a hand crocheted 100% cotton hammock from Nicaragua. Perfect on the patio or between two favourite trees, this hammock is a ticket to gift many Dad’s really want this Father’s Day – a little alone time.

  1. Gourmet Mornings

“Gifts that keeps on giving” is a total cliché, but the fact is, there is something to be said for a Father’s Day present that will add a little joy to start his day.

If Dad appreciates a great morning cup (or you’re trying to help him move in that direction), he’ll love the Ten Thousand Villages line of Direct Fair Trade coffee, roasted by our partners at Level Ground Trading. From the approachable and familiar (like Colombia Dark Roast) to sophisticated and bold (like Tanzanian Medium), Level Ground has a blend for every palate and personality. Not sure where to start? If Dad tends to grab coffee from one of the big chains, chances are he’ll like the balance and smoothness of Bolivian Medium. If Dad is a real coffee buff with more adventurous tastes, we’d recommend the Congo Medium or Espresso Roast.

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