Gifts That Give Back


With the holiday season christened by Thanksgiving, time has come to begin the quest of the perfect gift for everyone on your list.  Give the gift that gives back to a friend, loved one or anyone that would enjoy knowing that some good fortune will be going to those that need. Here is my list.

Moby Dick Tote, $18  +  Punk Author Coaster Set, $20 Out of Print Clothing

Out of Print Clothing
They celebrate literacy through their fashion and accessories with quirky prints of classic reads like Call of the Wild and Moby Dick. In addition to spreading the joy of reading their products, they acknowledge that many parts of the world don’t have access to books at all. They have worked to make a change of that. For each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through a partnership with Books For Africa.

How we read is changing as we move further into the digital age. It’s unclear what the role of the book cover will be in this new era, but it’s more important than ever to reflect on their own individual experiences with great literary art before it’s forever changed.


Valentina Bustier, $95 + Martina Lo-Rise Blue Cheeky Brief, $24 Naja

Naja is dedicated to changing women’s lives. Through Naja’s Underwear for Hope program, the company donates a percentage of profits to training women in the poorest and most violent areas of the world to sew, like the Golondrinas Foundation in Colombia. Naja then trains them to sew so that they can help themselves and their children. With each purchase of Naja, your gift recipient and you can feel good knowing that they are contributing to changing a woman’s life.


Philanthropist Briefcase, $396 Toms

TOMS is a great company that started with a pair of shoes, where every pais of shoes purchased from TOMS would give a pair of new shoes to an underprivileged child, One for One. With this product purchase, you are helping Apolis (TOMS partner) provide artisans with fair employment and equal access to a global marketplace.


Big Title Scoop Sweatshirt, $32 TWLOHA

To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA)
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and invest directly into treatment and recovery. The apparel not only financially supports the charity it also starts the conversation about helping the charity. You can also make a direct donation to TWLOHA.


FEED 10 t-shirt, $33 FEED Projects

FEED Projects
The FEED 10 shirt provides 10 school meals as part of the FEED Project.
The charity helps FEED the world, by building a set donation into the cost of each product. Thus the impact of each product, signified by a stenciled number, is understandable, tangible, and meaningful.


Kiehl’s Greatest Limited Edition Norman Rockwell Collection, $45 Kiehl’s

Feeding America
100% of Kiehl’s net profits up to $100,000 from the US sales of this Limited Edition set will support Feeding America.


Do you have any charities you’d like to give to during the holiday season?