Gifts That Give Back: Socially Conscious Holiday Presents to Shop Now
The holidays are all about giving, and these philanthropic presents give back to worthy causes
The Happy Planner Black Artists Cover Collection
Made in partnership with three female Black artists — Rochelle Porter, Jena Holliday and Brandy Brown — these cheerful day planners are guaranteed to bring joy to anyone's day. The best part: all net profits from the sale of these three covers go to the NextGen Artist Program, which provides tools needed for success in the arts for young people of African descent.
Buy It! The Happy Planner Black Artists Cover Collection, $7.99 each; thehappyplanner.com
CROSBY by Mollie Burch Jumper
Positivity merch is everywhere right now, and this sweater not only shares a powerful message but it also gives back to women in a big way. CROSBY by Mollie Burch will be donating 100% of proceeds from The Miller Jumper to its nonprofit partner Wellspring Living, an organization based out of Atlanta that provides domestic sex-trafficking victims and those at risk with specialized recovery services through residential and community-based programs.
Buy it! CROSBY by Mollie Burch Miller Jumper, $178; crosbybymollieburch.com
KBH Jewels 'Calling All Mothers' Necklace
KBH Jewels is donating 100% of proceeds from sales of this 14k yellow gold "Calling All Mothers" necklace to the Loveland Foundation, an organization founded on the commitment of "showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls."
Buy it! KBH Jewels 'Calling All Mothers Necklace,' $750; kbhjewels.com
Alex Mill P'Jimmies
Jimmy Fallon teamed up with Alex Mill to create a limited-edition holiday collection of “P’Jimmies” — because we can all use a little holiday humor right now. Touted as the "perfect pajamas for bedtime to daytime," all pieces in the collection donate 100% of net proceeds to Feeding America.
Fallon announced the collab news on The Tonight Show with a special "P'Jimmy Jammy Jam."
Buy it! P'Jimmies Sleep Shirt in Scrambled Stripes,
Buy it! P'Jimmies Sleep Pant in Scrambled Stripes, $45; alexmill.com
Piccolina Kids Black Lives Matter Art
Piccolina Kids teamed with celebrated artist Erin Robinson on this powerful piece of art, available for purchase framed or unframed. Robinson's artwork, highlighting the Black Lives Matter movement, is also available on a children's T-shirt. 100% of net proceeds from both pieces will be donated to the National CARES Mentoring Movement to help further the organization's mission of eliminating intergenerational poverty within the Black community.
Buy it! Black Lives Matter Wall Art, $20; piccolinakids.com
Choose Love Voucher
Choose Love is a favorite charity in Hollywood, with celeb fans including Julia Roberts, Jameela Jamil, James Corden, Jude Law and Rosamund Pike. And for good reason: It allows consumers to buy real gifts for refugees. The Choose Love store contains practical items like tents, diapers and sleeping bags, and each purchase goes to someone who truly needs it. Choose Love offers digital gift vouchers which make for a great Secret Santa or co-worker gift. Gift vouchers are delivered by email with instructions on how to redeem them.
Buy it! Choose Love Digital Voucher, $25 and up; us.chooselove.com
Alice + Olivia Casual for a Cause Collection
Celeb-loved brand Alice + Olivia debuted its casual collection, a range of "elevated cozy wardrobe-essentials," made for women working from home. Even better: Pieces from the line benefit six charities different charities. Proceeds from the vegan leather Maddox legging, as seen on Nicky Hilton, benefit the Lifeway Network, dedicated to helping female victims of human sex trafficking.
"I am so proud to launch our casual collection," Alice + Olivia founder Stacey Bendet said in a statement. "Launching a new collection during a pandemic was not simple but it was important to react to the changing needs of our customers. Our #CasualForACause campaign features six amazing new pant styles and each one gives back and supports a cause we care about."
Buy it! Maddox Vegan Leather Leggings, $195; aliceandolivia.com
Uncommon Goods Rainbow Tote
From April 2020 through July 2020, Uncommon Goods donated more than $22,000 to NYC healthcare initiatives and hospitals as they continue to battle the ongoing effects of the pandemic. Now, the retailer is ramping up efforts and donating 100% of profits from its rainbow collection to Americares to help aid COVID-19 response efforts in the United States.
Buy it! Uncommon Goods Rainbow Market Tote, $25; uncommongoods.com
Alex Smith x Attitude Is Free Collection
NFL pro Alex Smith knows what it's like to face down a career-ending injury — and come out the other side. After a 2018 accident on the field left him fighting for his life, the quarterback for the Washington Football Team (previously known as the Washington Redskins) fought back, found help and returned to the field this year, marking one of the biggest comebacks in sports. This is why he decided to team with apparel company Attitude is Free on his first collection, using his experience and help motivate and encourage others to "JUST LIVE" in every moment, to stay positive and keep going. 100% of the proceeds from his line will go to the Center for the Intrepid, a rehab facility that helps U.S. Service men and women get back on their feet after a devastating injury, the facility that also helped Alex return to the field.
Buy it! Official Alex Smith Just Live T-Shirt, $25; AttitudeisFree.com
Boy Meets Girl x Mermaid Waves
One of our favorite athleisure brands is paying it forward this year with the The Holiday Edit, a collection of gifts created in partnership with more than 10 different artists in an effort to support them during the pandemic. Among the many fun collabs are these cute astrological sign bracelets (they also come in choker length) from Mermaid Waves.
Buy it! Boy Meets Girl x Mermaid Made Bracelet, $16; boymeetsgirlusa.com
The Little Market x Amazon Handmade Collection
This year, Lauren Conrad launched a gift guide with Amazon Handmade to shine the spotlight on local artisans via Amazon's enormous reach.
Fans can shop Lauren’s most-loved items for the holidays from Amazon Handmade, including items from her nonprofit fair trade shop, The Little Market.
"This holiday season, Amazon Handmade has unique handcrafted gifts for your friends and family, including items from my nonprofit, The Little Market," Conrad shared of the partnership. "These unique gift ideas are perfect no matter how you plan to celebrate this year!"
Every purchase from The Little Market supports dignified income opportunities and essential resources for underserved artisan groups and social enterprises around the world.
Buy it! Reusable Burlap Gift Tote Bag, $16; amazon.com
Negro League Stars Game
Sports fans with a long winter of "hunkering down" ahead will go nuts for a good sports board game - particularly this one, from which 10% of proceeds will go to the Negro League Baseball Museum.
In addition to the 10% donation to the Museum, PEOPLE readers receive 10% off and free shipping on this product with the code TRYSOM.
Buy It! Strat-o-Matic Negro League Stars game, $41; strat-o-matic.com
PopSockets 'Poptivism' PopGrips
The brand known for its festive phone accessories teamed with two 16-year-old teens to design special prints for its collaboration with Blessings in a Backpack.
For each $15 daisy or strawberry-print PopGrip sold, 50% of sales will benefit the non-profit, which helps mobilize communities to provide weekend meals for elementary school children across America.
Kate Spade New York Notebook
Journaling got me through 2020, so naturally, I can’t stop telling my friends and family about the importance of squeezing 5-10 minutes of uninterrupted self-reflection into their morning routines. I’m recommending this cute Kate Spade notebook because, in my experience, the aesthetic of your journal directly correlates to the quality of your writing. And as part of Saks Off Fifth’s holiday giveback initiative, 20% of proceeds go towards Girls Inc. (a non-profit organization that empowers and inspires young girls and women).
Buy It! Kate Spade New York Notebook, $12.99; saksofffith.com
Ma’am CJ Sandals
If you haven’t heard of this female-founded brand yet, get on board because you’re about to be seeing their sustainable strappy sandals everywhere this summer. Gift this limited-edition, suede style to support civic engagement — for every pair sold, Ma’am will donate $10 to I am a voter, which helps people register for congressional, state and local elections all year long.
Buy It! Ma’am CJ Sandals, $245; maamshoes.com
Everlane 100% Human Baseball Cap
Launched as a way to bring people together amid civil unrest surrounding the 2016 presidential election, Everlane’s 100% Human Collection is just as relevant today as it was four years ago. 10% of proceeds raised from this black ball cap — a chic but simple unisex accessory perfect for anyone on your list — go towards the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Buy It! Everlane 100% Human Baseball Cap, $30; everlane.com
The Tote Project
Started by two friends, this sustainable accessories brand is anchored in giving back and raising awareness about human trafficking. It works with Fair Trade manufacturers to provide jobs for survivors and women at-risk to help end the cycle of human trafficking in the fashion industry. Plus, 10% of its gross profits go to Two Wings, a non-profit that empowers survivors of sex trafficking and those at risk of being trafficked to identify and pursue their dream vocation to gain financial and physical independence.
The brand has so many adorable totes, including cat and dog lover pouches and a cheetah-print bag that includes the empowering message, Free to Be Fierce.
Lotte321 is a lifestyle brand that was created with the intent on giving back. 15 percent of all profits are donated to charities supporting individuals with special needs. (The brand is named after the founder's niece, who has Down syndrome, and the number 321 represents the three copies of the 21st chromosome, which is present for those with Down syndrome.) While the brand carries an array of jewelry, accessories (like bags and scarves) and baby items, we have our eye on these dainty necklaces which are perfect for gifting this time of year.
Say hello to your new work-from-home shoe! For anyone who wants to spruce up their footwear game, these beautifully embellished flats are just the thing. Fuchsia Shoes supports marginalized South Asian artisan communities by employing indigenous Pakistani artisans to produce eco-friendly, incredibly comfy, exquisitely hand-embroidered South Asian ballet flats called khussas. And trust us, we’ll be swapping out our slippers for these immediately.
Buy It! Sun Moon Flats, $99; fuchsiashoes.com
Unify the Ties "Beyond The Mask" Collection
Unify the Ties, a fashion-forward swimwear brand, has created two colorful face masks designs that have a special give-back component. The “Beyond the Mask” collection consists of two different patterns created from original works of art by Unify the Ties founder, Taylor Nassar, called “Kaleidoscope of Sound” and “Hidden Garden.” Proceeds of each sale will be donated to The Art Therapy Project, which will help provide free TeleArt Therapy services for those in need of mental health support both in New York City and across the tri-state area.
Buy It! $15 or $25 for a pack of two; unifytheties.com
ba&sh x Together For Her T-Shirt
The trendy RTW company’s latest philanthropic initiative sends a powerful message. To show that it stands in unity with those experiencing domestic violence, ba&sh created a T-shirt with the word, “Enough” written across the front. 100 percent of the proceeds of the tee will be donated to Together For Her, an initiative of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, CARE and EIF, which deploys funds to tackle domestic violence.
Buy It! "Enough" T-Shirt, $60; ba-sh.com
Amelia Rose Bracelets
These semi-precious shimmery bracelets were designed exclusively to support The Samfund, a non-profit organization that provides support for young adult cancer survivors. 100% of the proceeds from both of these bracelets will be donated to the organization. They retail for $75, are available in Amethyst and Labradorite and have a magnetic closure that allows one to wrap it around the wrist multiple times or wear it as a necklace.
Buy It! Semi-Precious Shimmer Wrap Bracelet, $75; ameliarosedesign.com
World Vision's Gift Catalog
Each year the humanitarian organization World Vision launches its Gift Catalog, that’s full of handcrafted jewelry, accessories and home goods that all give back to those in need. This necklace, which was handmade by artisans in India, was actually designed by actress (and World Vision Celebrity Ambassador) Patricia Heaton. With the purchase, a donation will be made to help those rebuilding in the wake of disasters and helping empower communities to lift themselves out of poverty.
Buy It! “Unity” Tassel Necklace by Patricia Heaton, $100; donate.worldvision.org
The Foundrae All Rise Medallion
You've definitely spotted one of your favorite stars wearing The Foundrae jewelry collection while scrolling through Instagram. The Hollywood-loved brand touts its luxe pieces as “modern heirlooms” that allow customers to “express” a part of themselves. Olivia Wilde, Gabrielle Union, Dwayne Wade and Cynthia Erivo are all fans, and this season they’re helping give back with The Foundrae’s holiday initiative. For every purchase made on the All Rise Medallion (seen on Olivia), 100% of retail proceeds through the end of the year will benefit St. Anne’s, an LA-based organization that provides high-quality housing, workforce development, early childhood education centers and mental health services for primarily BIPOC pregnant or parenting women from the ages of 13-24 that arrive through the foster care system. The piece features feathers on a 20mm, solid 18kt gold medallion to represent "instruments of flight and ascendance" tied together in a sense of “community.” Small diamonds decorate the circumference of the token making it truly one-of-a-kind.
Buy It! Foundrae All Rise Medium Medallion, $2,650; foundrae.com
Ahida x YourMomCares Face Masks
YourMomCares, an organization founded by Sharon Feldstein (Jonah Hill and Beanie Feldstein’s mom) and Patsy Noah (Adam Levine’s mom) that is working to ensure all kids have access to mental health resources, created a whole gift guide of presents that support the cause. There's a coloring book by fine artist Donald Robertson and Kizzmet jewelry, designed by another famous mom — Zendaya's! Pictured here, festive face masks by Ahida Correale (30% of proceeds benefit YMC).
Buy it! Ahida x YourMomCares face masks, $30 each; yourmomcares.org