The Ultimate Queer Gift Guide: 12 Great Presents That Give Back

Great gifts that will get you on Santa's "Nice" list, too.

This holiday season, try gifting with a conscience: We’ve selected 12 presents that feel good and do good by benefiting a variety of causes. And in a turbulent 2017, we need all the good we can get. (Bonus: They’re all priced under $50!)

  1. Lush Charity Pot Body Lotion

    LUSH USA

    Made with fair-trade shea butter and hydrating cocoa butter, this rich body lotion is suitable for all identities and 100% of proceeds support humanitarian and animal welfare causes. Lather up!

    $7.95-$27.95, Lush

  2. The PROtest “Democracy Preservation” Kit

    PROtest Ltd.

    This kit, which includes markers and an inflatable sign, was the recipient of a People’s Liberty grant and should be on any queer activist’s Christmas list: It saves on time and lets you demonstrate at events that don’t allow signs with wood posts.

    With its own carrying case, it’s stylish, easy to use, and recyclable, so you can feel even better about #resisting.

    $8 (covers shipping and handling; the kit is free), PROtest.

  3. “&” Ring

    ASOS

    ASOS’ stylish ring is part of a collaboration with GLAAD that spotlights the organization’s inclusive new logo.

    If rings aren’t your thing, though ASOS has also launched a gender-neutral “Together” capsule collection, including tees, totes, tees, sweatshirts and hoodies, and 100% of profits benefit GLAAD.

    $13, ASOS.

  4. Harry’s Truman Shave Set

    Harry's

    This sleek, practical shave set includes a signature Harry’s razor and the company’s aloe-infused shave gel. A portion of sales benefit mentorship organizations like Year Up, which provides urban young adults with skills, experience, and support.

    Another reason to love Harry’s: The company recently partnered with skincare site Very Good Light to give two trans men their first facial shaves.

    $15, Harry’s.

  5. Levi’s Pride 2-Pack Boxer Briefs

    Levi's

    Originally released during Pride month, these rainbow-lined boxer briefs are still a great gift, and 100% of the proceeds support the Harvey Milk Foundation and Stonewall Community Foundation.

    $34.50, Levi’s.

  6. Revel and Riot “Smash the Binary” T-Shirt

    Tegan and Sara are fans of Revel and Riot, a Canadian LGBT advocacy group that funds its work through the sale of t-shirts, sweatshirts, and accessories.

    $29, Revel and Riot.com.

  7. “Together” Lapel Pin

    Just Peachyy

    Add some sparkle to your winter wardrobe with this charitable pin from Just Peachy. It’s perfect for any femme, queen, or anyone in between—and 50% of the proceeds support Planned Parenthood.

    $10, Just Peachy.

  8. Teapot and Infuser Set

    Le Creuset

    Help fund HIV/AIDS research, one sip at a time: 10% of every sale of this Le Creuset (RED) tea set supports the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.

    $42, Le Creuset.

  9. Disney x Kiehl’s Scented Hand Cream Trio

    Kiehl's USA

    Keep your hands moisturized with this cute, Disney-inspired set from Kiehl’s, featuring three limited-edition hand creams in grapefruit, lavender and coriander.

    With net proceeds benefiting Feeding America, a single set can fund 310 meals for hungry Americans.

    $35, Kiehl’s.

  10. “Trans Is Beautiful” Unisex Tank Top

    Support your trans or gender-nonconforming giftee with this stylish streetwear-inspired tank—a portion of every sale funds gender-confirming surgeries or legal fees for trans people.

    They come as muscle tanks or racerbacks, with a limited edition gold-letter version out now, so snag one before they’re gone.

    $25, Trans Is Beautiful Apparel.

  11. LGBT Rights Candle

    Standard Wax

    Five dollars of every citrus-and-blackcurrant-scented candle from Standard Wax’s “Give Back To” series supports the Human Rights Campaign. And with a 50-hour burn time, you can enjoy it well into the new year.

    $28, Standard Wax.

  12. Tom Of Finland Wall Calendar

    Tom of Finland

    You’ve seen the movie, bought the book, and slept on the sheets. Now you can have one of Tom’s men every day of the year with the Tom of Finland 2018 wall calendar. A portion of proceeds benefit the Tom of Finland Foundation’s efforts to protect, preserve, and promote erotic art.

    Tom of Finland
    $20, Tom of Finland.

Samantha Manzella is a writer and copy editor based out of the Hudson Valley. You can find her writing in a coffeehouse or searching Insta for the latest tattoo artist to hit the scene.
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