Gift Guide: Gifts That Give Back

“Abortion is Healthcare” Shirt

$41

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Made from GOTS-certified organic cotton, this pale pink shirt rightly and defiantly proclaims “Abortion is Healthcare” across the front, while the back features a uterus giving the finger. CHNGE will donate 50% of the proceeds from the cheeky top to three organizations: SisterSong, which advocates for the reproductive justice of Indigenous women and people of color; The National Network of Abortion Funds, which removes financial and …

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Infusing elements of Korean, Californian and cannabis culture, Sundae School makes eye-catching apparel and accessories. The brand partnered with Sichuan sauce brand Fly By Jing to craft shorts that are as fiery as their chilis. Bold and bright, the Mala shorts pay homage to China, as “ma” or 麻 translates to numb in Chinese and “la” or 辣 means spicy. Fitted with a 5.5-inch inseam, the …

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SkatePal, a Palestinian non-profit organization, supports and encourages young skaters in an attempt to foster community and break down barriers between class, race, gender and age. From them comes a climate-neutral, sweatshop-free graphic T-shirt depicting the country’s palm tree-lined landscape. Printed by Awesome Merchandise and designed by Philip Joa, the shirt reads “skate” on front and  “Palestine” on the back. All proceeds go to supporting …

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Community Responsibility Button

$2

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This “Abortion Access is a Community Responsibility” button acts as a reminder that we all play a role in making sure people who have abortions remain safe. That means we can all “aid and abet” by donating to local clinics and abortion funds, volunteer, share information and always support individuals in our lives who are seeking or have had abortions. The backs on these buttons …

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The Covid-19 pandemic and gentrification have threatened small businesses and iconic establishments in LA’s Koreatown, as well as the livelihoods of many in the neighborhood. To document, commemorate and celebrate the area, photographer Emanuel Hahn composed Koreatown Dreaming, a photo book that comprises the stories of 40 small businesses and immigrants with poetry and essays by Katherine Yungmee Kim, Lisa Kwon, Cathy Park and Dumbfoundead. …

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Named for the mythical bone-collecting wolf woman, La Loba—a story that originated with indigenous peoples of northern Mexico and southwestern United States—this wine from Tank Garage features artwork of a woman with a snarling wolf’s head. Inside the bottle is a blend of 45% Chenin Blanc, 44% Petit Manseng, 10% Bianchetta Trevigiana and 1% Orange Muscat—all from the mineral-rich terroir of El Dorado County. With …

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LikeMindedObjects collaborated with Francesca Capone to create a loom kit that includes not only the loom but a book and video to guide users through the DIY process. Using the loom, it’s possible to take waste fabrics and create 18 by 18-inch tiles that can then be sewn together to create blankets, pillows, upholstery and garments. Created as a response to the fact that the …

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Minimal on the outside and colorful on the inside, Our Place’s Full of Pride Mugs pay tribute to chosen families. They designed by Viviana Matsuda, a queer Japanese-Mexican ceramicist, and they will lend financial support to the community, donating 20% of its profits to the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Food Pantry—which assists people facing food insecurity—during June. Price is for a set of two.

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“Paying for People’s Abortions” Long-Sleeve Tee

$36

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Available in black or white and in sizes XS to 5XL, this long-sleeve crewneck boldly declares support for reproductive rights and funding resources to help people access abortions. Both sleeves are adorned with “National Network of Abortion Funds,” a network of grassroots organizations that are working to remove financial and logistical barriers that hinder people from getting abortions. All proceeds from sales of the garment …

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These colorful, vibrant and playful cards have been designed by Heart n Soul at The Hub co-designers Aysen, Castro, Rajah, Robyn and Thomas in collaboration with artist Felix Peckitt. 100% of the profits from sales go back to Heart n Soul, a creative arts company and non-profit that focuses on people with learning disabilities. They aim to create opportunities to uncover, develop, share and celebrate …

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These lovely playing cards feature elements of Kehinde Wiley’s 2012 piece “Dacia Carter II” (from his An Economy of Grace show that comprised portraits of women) on both sides. On the back, the beautifully lit portrait; on the face, the suits feature the glorious green and pink floral pattern from the painting’s backdrop. Net proceeds from sales of the cards will be donated to Black …

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Greenpoint, Brooklyn-based Brother Vellies—founded by Aurora James—champions traditional African design practices while sustaining artisanal practices and offering luxury accessories. Their cotton mid-calf Cloud Socks are chunky and cozy. While the one-size-fits-all socks comes in a range of colors, our pick is the lavender, as proceeds from this hue go to the brand’s mask-making and food-distribution initiatives in Kenya.

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