Where to Buy Ethical Father’s Day Presents

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Father’s Day in South Africa is on Sunday, 19 June. If you’re looking to celebrate your dad, father figure or supermom with a gift, why not find something that’s ethical, too? You can find an endless variety of handmade and special gifts at local markets. Or, go digital and find something online that supports local business. Both these options make excellent, conscious Father’s Day presents.

3 Shops in Cape Town with Conscious Lifestyle Gifts

If you’re in the Mother City, there are a few department-style stores and plenty of markets where you can shop from an array of brands. These shops offer handmade, homemade, locally-made and every kind of conscious Father’s Day present you can think of!

Faithful to Nature at the V&A Waterfront

Faithful to Nature is best known for its online store, which is where it all started for this eco-friendly business. But did you know they have a shop at the Waterfront, too?

Some ideas for Father’s Day presents at Faithful to Nature are beard oils and hot drinks but you’ll doubtless find plenty of inspiration in-store.

EGG at Cavendish

EGG’s been making waves since it opened at Cavendish in 2020. It caters to a higher price-point, with upscale designs from boutique local brands. You’ll find more affordable options in the food section, with gourmet treats on offer. The homeware section is also a good option, with art and functional pieces on display.

Craft Markets in Cape Town

Craft markets are perfect for picking up unique gifts while supporting small businesses. This weekend (10-12 June) and next (17-19 June), the following markets are taking place:

  • Mojo Market in Sea Point (Friday)
  • Bluebird Garage Market in Muizenberg (Friday)
  • Chilled Market at the Range in Tokai (Friday)
  • Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
  • Earth Fair Market in Constantia (Saturday)

Last-Minute Digital Father’s Day Gifts

If you’ve really left it for the last minute, or want to send something to someone in another city, these digital Father’s Day gifts are the trick.

Fantastic Memberships as Gifts


Many heritage institutions offer annual memberships that allow users to visit their space for an unlimited number of times over the year. This allows regular visitors to save money but it also encourages the member to make the most of the institution’s offerings.

For instance, museums in Cape Town offer memberships that grant year-round entry, as well as members-only events like webinars and tours. You can get a Zeitz MOCAA or  Iziko South African National Museum membership for your dad online with very little hassle.

Other heritage institutions also provide this offering. SANParks, the Two Oceans Aquarium and Kirstenbosch Gardens are some examples.

Top choice: Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden Membership

It’s hard to go wrong with a trip to Kirstenbosch. The gardens offer views, flowers, wildlife, art and fine cuisine. There’s sure to be something your dad will enjoy, even if it’s just a scenic place to catch up with friends.

What do you get with a Kirstenbosch Membership? Free entry for a year, members-only newsletter, monthly bird-spotting walks, webinars and discounted workshops, discounts at the gift shop and monthly hikes. That’s quite a lot.

The cost is R562 (try splitting it with any siblings, if you can).

Digital Prints as Father’s Day Presents

If you have a home printer (or your dad does), purchasing a digital print is super convenient and very affordable. It works even better if you have a frame; you can grab a locally-made frame at Mr Price Home from just R49,99.

Where to buy digital prints from local artists

  • Hello Pretty has prints from as little as R55.
  • Etsy also has plenty of designs available from R49,20. Just make sure to use the filter tool to select shops based in South Africa.

Good Luck Finding Father’s Day Presents!

Whether you go digital or do something homemade like our DIY journal in the June self-care box, we hope you try to integrate some conscious lifestyle practices into your Father’s Day celebrations.

If Father’s Day is triggering for you,  please contact a psychologist. If you need immediate support, contact Life-Line (086 132 2322: Toll free-24 hours), SADAG (0800 567 567: Toll-free 8 am-8 pm), Suicide Crisis Help-Line (0800 567 567: Toll-free 8 am-8 pm/Sms Help-Line:31393), Substance Abuse Helpline (0800 121314: Toll-free 24 hours), a government ambulance (10177) or ER24 (at own cost: 084 124 or 8110).

Jenna Solomon

Jenna is a journalism, African studies and social development graduate. She writes about active citizenship and lifestyle in South Africa.

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