Cloud Socks

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.

DonorsChoose Gift Card

In a genius way of connecting teachers in need of funding for classroom projects and altruistic individuals looking to give rather than receive for the holidays, DonorsChoose lets you give the chance to give. Recipients can redeem the value of their gift card toward projects specifically chosen by teachers, from supplying books for a Spanish reading library to a computer to edit video footage for …

Rise Art

Online art purveyors Rise Art offer affordable works by a variety of artists, that you can either rent or purchase. Also, with every piece sold, Rise Art sends a personal art supply kit to a child in the hospital (sharing supplies is often verboten for fear of spreading diseases). The site’s many filters makes finding a special piece for yourself easy enough, but they also …