Holiday Gift Guides 2017: On a Mission

Support underprivileged kids, women in crisis, National Parks and more—all while giving delightful presents

As each year comes to a close, it’s important to remember that we’re all in this together. And, while buying presents for loved ones is enjoyable, spreading the love a little further abroad and effecting positive change is even better. With this in mind, we have found ways you can do both: each of these gift ideas donates product or proceeds to organizations that work to further equality for women, help to feed kids in need, offer free legal aid to those living in poverty, and so much more. Take a moment to remember the real spirit of the season, and maybe even consider ditching gifts altogether in favor of donations to your favorite causes. Either way, take a look at the full On a Mission Gift Guide in our BUY section, and enjoy the holidays.

Star Wars Pencil Case

Made for Star Wars fans of all ages, this backpack-style pencil case ($25) features a bright red and blue zipper—reminiscent of C-3PO’s wires. More importantly though, for every bag sold by STATE, a backpack full of supplies is hand-delivered to an American child in need.

“Professional Enthusiast” Sweater

Super-soft and made from 100% cashmere, Of A Kind’s collaborative “Professional Enthusiast” sweater ($360) with Lingua Franca isn’t just a luxe addition to your wardrobe. There’s a positive message—or a phrase of encouragement—embroidered across the chest. That said, there’s also plenty of positivity behind the scenes too—with all proceeds going to Her Justice, an NYC organization that offers free legal advice to women in need.

“Keep Going” Tote

According to Everytown’s research, an average of 93 Americans die because of gun violence every single day. This “Keep Going” tote bag ($18) from the independent, non-partisan organization is a reminder that despite the setbacks faced there’s no way we can give up trying to make changes to gun laws and education in the United States. Made from natural canvas in the USA, this bag serves as a positive affirmation that will hopefully motivate.

Better World Books

With prices starting as low as $4, there are all kinds of books available online at Better World Books and whether you’re buying kids’ books or architecture books, every sale makes a difference in somebody’s life. Since its founding in 2002, they have donated some 24,886,640+ books, and have continued to donate funds to literacy projects in the United States and around the world. With all kinds of titles available, you will find plenty of gifts on this site.

Single Origin Turmeric Gift Set

A queer WOC-owned business, Diaspora Co has a small range of products but aims to make a big impact. With the goal of giving income and power back to Indian farmers, their collection of turmeric items rejects the colonial spice trade and supports sustainable spice agriculture. Our pick is the Single Origin Turmeric Gift Set ($50), for which the turmeric is grown in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, by Mr Kasaraneni Prabhu and is an heirloom, single origin version of the spice.

First Amendment Flight Jacket

Made by ethical fashion brand Slow Factory, this official US Navy MA-1 flight jacket ($250) is printed with the First Amendment in Arabic and English. The unisex, reversible jacket displays the text in silver on black in Arabic; black on orange in English. While you can wear your politics on your sleeve, Slow Factory is also donating $20 from the sale of each jacket to the ACLU to continue their hard work protecting civil liberties of Americans.

Cream Liqueur

Amarula’s cream liqueur ($24) is made from fermented marula fruit—which only grows in sub-Saharan Africa—so the poaching crisis decimating the African elephant population hits close to home. In a new campaign to raise awareness, from now to the end of 2017, the company will donate $1 for every bottle sold in the US to conservation non-profit WildlifeDIRECT. For cocktail ideas: we like spiking our Amarula in an after-dinner coffee for a decadent, velvety finish.

“I Am Not Perfect” T-Shirt

Prinkshop’s “I am not perfect” T-shirt ($40) makes an obvious and honest statement, but thanks to 30% of profits from the sale of each going to the Crisis Text Line, you can feel a little closer to perfection. Crisis Text Line is powered by volunteers and offers people across the US a number to call and speak with trained counselors—24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no charge.

Zion Throwback Hat

A traditional five-panel cap, this one is a little extra retro thanks to its curly lettering and rope detail. Crafted from nylon and with a snap-back closure, the best thing about this product is that with each Zion cap ($34) sold, the Parks Project will print a Jr Ranger Badge for Zion Forever’s Education Program. That means you’re helping kids get engaged and educated about the importance of their National Parks.

Silver Lake Candle

More than hand-poured soy enriched with tropical fruit scents, the Silver Lake Candle ($24) from Raven + Lily is produced by women who have transitioned out of homelessness in the Los Angeles area. A lush mango and grapefruit profile arises from the eight-ounce nature-inspired object. Just as soothing, however, is the idea of empowering women who need more employment opportunities.

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