holiday gifts 2021

The Best Holiday Gifts for Everyone (That Do Good, Too)

Photo-Illustration: The Strategist; Photos: Retailers

Gifts that give back are basically twofers: a gift and a donation in one. And while donating directly and demanding policy change are the most effective ways to support your causes, a thoughtful gift can’t hurt. Below, we’ve rounded up gifts that give back — almost all of them give at least 10 percent of their proceeds to efforts including racial justice, food security, and women’s rights. All these gifts should arrive before Christmas, but with even-worse-than-usual supply-chain issues this year, our advice is to shop sooner rather than later. And if you want to donate directly, we have directories of organizations helping frontline workers during the coronavirus crisis, Haiti’s earthquake-relief efforts, fighting the Texas abortion ban, and supporting Black lives and communities of color.

Rowing Blazers, revivers of Princess Diana’s sheep sweater, more recently collaborated with the NBA on a collection of sports-team-logoed sweaters and rugby shirts. Between now and December 25, the company will donate 10 percent of the purchase price of this sweater (in navy only) to the Social Change Fund United. The fund — which was created by basketball players Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony — supports organizations dedicated to helping communities of color through policy changes and representation.


Afrosurf is one of the best (and most giftable) coffee-table books of the year. As Strategist writer Tembe Denton-Hurst describes, “Africa’s thriving, vibrant surf culture is captured in this book — compiled by South African surf company Mami Wata.” Mami Wata is donating 10 percent of proceeds to two African surf-therapy organizations, Waves for Change and Surfers Not Street Children.

Tied to “The 1619 Project,” 50 percent of the sale price of these T-shirts will be donated to the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. The fund, which works to preserve “sites and stories of Black history,” is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It’s made from 100 percent recycled cotton by the Los Angeles–based Everybody.World, which makes ethical and ecofriendly goods. The shirt comes in men’s and women’s sizes with the latter having a looser fit. Half the profits from the “1619” tote and its “Black in Bloom” and “The New Black Joy” posters go toward the fund as well.

This trippy tee is part of a recently launched collaboration between Everlane and the Rodale Institute. One of the institute’s main goals is helping farmers transition their farms to be regeneratively organic through things like backyard composting. Ten percent of every sale from this tee goes to those efforts.

Los Angeles–based children’s pajama company Lovey & Grink created this pair in honor of the emergency-service workers who’ve helped throughout the pandemic. The pajamas are printed with ambulances and fire trucks. A portion of the sales from the pajamas will be donated to Doctors Without Borders and the World Health Organization.

Loeffler Randall, probably best known for its Instagram- and IRL-famous pleated sandals, has its own line of apparel. These Knits for Good sweaters are made with wool woven by a collective of knitters in Peru, and 10 percent of sales goes to the American Civil Liberties Union. It’s available in eight colors including this checkered print. And while you’re shopping, some of the proceeds from the masks in Loeffler Randall’s For Good collection help feed families in need.

Strategist-favorite skin-care label Murad partnered with colorful sweats maker the Mayfair Group for a limited-edition sweat set, with 100 percent of the purchase price going to No Kid Hungry. There’s even a scannable QR code on the crewneck’s cuff for anyone to donate directly to the organization. You can buy the sweatshirt and shorts separately or as a set, too.

Every item from Social Goods includes a donation to a host of nonprofit organizations. You can shop in support of specific organizations dedicated to causes like the environment and equality. Social Goods partnered with NBC streaming service Peacock for its new series One of Us Is Lying, and 25 percent of the proceeds from the T-shirt will be donated to the Jed Foundation, which works to provide support for young adults’ mental health and to prevent teen suicide. Another item in the collab is a “This Is a Stan Account” beanie.

This beanie from Canadian outerwear label Nobis is like the Carhartt beanie all grown up. It’s even warmer, made mostly from lambswool, and has a classic cable knit. All of the proceeds from the beanie will go toward the No Cold Shoulder campaign, which collects gently used coats to distribute to those in need.

This limited-edition long-sleeved shirt from Kule — a luxury children’s brand that is one of our favorites for women’s striped tees — is made in partnership with Prinkshop. (Kule collaborated on a collection with Social Goods, too, which includes this “Witch” trucker hat). The T-shirt commemorates the year Roe v. Wade was passed into law, and 30 percent of each purchase goes to the National Institute for Reproductive Health, which works to ensure everyone has access to reproductive health care across the country.

Artist Cindy Sherman collaborated with fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez to create two black-and-white tees, the proceeds from which go to Planned Parenthood of Greater New York.