Gift Guide: Gifts That Give Back

Sovereign Land Long-Sleeve T-Shirt

$33

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From Clothing The Gaps (a hybrid social enterprise and apparel brand), this long-sleeve “Sovereign Land” T-shirt states a fact and can work as a conversation starter about invasion, sovereignty and land rights. The Melbourne/Naarm-based collective designs and prints the garment in Wurundjeri Country in an ethical manner. Made from 100% cotton, its bold colors also echo those of the Aboriginal Flag. Price is in AUD.

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No Trespassing Calendar

$45

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Featuring work by acclaimed 12 artists, the “No Trespassing” calendar aims to raise money for Planned Parenthood of Greater New York. Printed in an edition of 500, the spiral-bound calendar includes pieces by Faith Ringgold, Marilyn Minter, Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, LaKela Brown, Fumiko Imano, Maggie Lee, Catherine Opie, Farah Al Qasimi, Janiva Ellis, Ana Mendieta and Lauren Greenfield. All profits will be donated.

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An ode to canine companions, this 100% cotton Blue Dogs Tea Towel features dog illustrations by artists who are part ARTHOUSE Unlimited, a UK-based non-profit that represents creatives who are neuro-diverse and/or have physical support needs. Each artist drew a pet’s portrait in blue pencil, creating a delightful print of all types of dogs. Plus, 100% of the proceeds from sales of the charming but …

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Checkered Santa Cruz Blanket

$85

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For each Sackcloth + Ashes blanket sold, the charitable brand donates one to someone experiencing homelessness. From them comes the Checkered Santa Cruz, a retro-colored blanket that features a bright and wavy take on the classic pattern. Made from recycled wool and polyester and spun without the use of dye, this sustainable blanket is colorful and cozy.

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Abolish Prisons Shirt

$65

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From Small Spells (the company helmed by artist, reiki healer and tarot card reader, Rachel Howe), this “Abolish Prisons” T-shirt has been solar-dyed by LA-based Jennifer Parry Dodge, who forages eucalyptus, Japanese alder cones and logwood for the process. Each shirt is unique, thanks to this natural method, so colors and patterns will vary from indigo to purple to gray. Additionally, 50% of the proceeds …

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Taste and Place: The Design Hotels Book

$60

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Travel is intrinsically linked with food, and this new book from Design Hotels explores and celebrates the culinary offerings and practices at properties including Jamaica’s Rockhouse, Italy’s Rastrello, Mexico’s Círculo Mexicano and Japan’s Satoyama Jujo. Through images and words by photographers, chefs and culinary experts and writers, Taste and Place traces terroir to table settings, tradition, sustainability and beyond. The company has also promised to …

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Phillip Lim and Panda Express partnered on a capsule collection of merch that benefits six organizations (Heart of Dinner, More Than a Meal (via Feed Forward), OCA-Greater Houston, Radical Family Farms, Respect Your Elders (Mama’s Drive-by Kitchen) and Welcome to Chinatown) that fight food insecurity within the AAPI community. From the three-piece collection, the “Eat More” baseball cap has been embroidered with the words “eat with us” on the front, and …

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Macaroni Necklace

$95

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Crafted with hand-painted sand-cast beads—antique African trade beads made by turning glass into powder, a process that originated with the Krobo tribe in Ghana in the 1800s—each of SVNR’s Macaroni Necklaces is one of a kind. The beads are threaded on 38-inch raffia but can be restrung on metallic cord for extra durability. All proceeds from sales go to Build Black Bed-Stuy, an organization fighting …

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West Brooklyn Waterfront Mutual Aid and Gowanus Mutual Aid partnered with GrowNYC to create a community-supported agriculture program that provides fresh produce to those in Brooklyn who need it. This tote, featuring a logo of the borough designed by Brooklyn-based artist Jessie Smith, supports the initiative, with each purchase funding one week of food for a family.

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OYA Pour Over Set

$45

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Made by the staff of POT—a ceramics studio in LA that prioritizes people of color, adult beginners and the LGBTQ+ community—this pink pour-over set is full of levity, featuring a speckled design and a wacky frowny face with eyes made of stars. 100% of the proceeds from purchases of this set go to OYA Studio-Museum in Philadelphia to help Black ceramicists make and acquire art.

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The Max Crewneck

$98

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From KROST, a mission-driven apparel brand, comes the Max Crewneck which benefits the Food Bank for New York City. All proceeds from sales of the sweatshirt are donated to the organization, which provides 100 million free meals every year. Made from 100% cotton, the garment is a classic boxy shape and is intended for all genders.

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Hedley & Bennett’s PRIDE apron is a colorful, queer take on their professional chef-tested Essential apron, which has been fitted with a rainbow neck and waist ties as well as a bevy of functional pockets. The kitchen gear brand also donates a portion of the proceeds from the PRIDE apron’s sales to the Los Angeles LGBT Center and its Culinary Arts program which provides culinary …

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