Holiday Gift Guide 2018: 9 Unique Gifts That Give Back

Gift well, and in good conscience.

Last year, NewNowNext compiled a list of 12 exciting gifts that actually give back, with all or a portion of their proceeds benefitting charities or nonprofits. This year, we’re following up with nine more presents you can feel good about gifting this holiday season.

Happy shopping, and happy holigays!

  1. Ph scented candle

    These classy candles—made with love by the team at The Phluid Project, the world’s first 100% gender-neutral clothing and lifestyle boutique—are the perfect gift for any homebody on your “Nice” list. Plus, all of the profits from each candle purchased benefit a different charitable organization. (Proceeds from the “Home” scent go to the The Center in New York City, and all of the other orgs are listed on The Phluid Project’s website.)

    $40, The Phluid Project

  2. Tom of Finland coaster set

    Tom of Finland Store

    A portion of all proceeds from this hunky “Santa Daddy Wood” coaster set benefit the Tom of Finland Foundation, which works to preserve erotic art and advocate for more inclusive attitudes toward sexuality. All, of course, in homage to the legendary Tom of Finland himself.

    $23 for set of four, Tom of Finland online store

  3. Metallic plaid backpack

    STATE Bags

    Carry all of your daily necessities in style with this fabulous backpack from STATE Bags, which hand-delivers a backpack full of supplies for success to a child in need for every bag purchased.

    $95, STATE Bags

  4. Agender hair and body oil

    NOTO Botanics

    This multi-use hair and body oil contains plenty of luxurious ingredients, is made by a queer-owned beauty line, and is totally gender-free. All of the proceeds from the Agender Oil benefit a rotating charitable group. (Last month, the brand donated to the Native Youth Sexual Health Project, a nonprofit that supports inclusive sex ed for indigenous youth nationwide.)

    $39.50, NOTO Botanics

  5. Public Supply notebooks

    Public Supply

    These sleek, stylish notebooks from Public Supply are perfect for the writer type in your life. Your friend/loved one gets a high-quality notebook, and you can rest easy knowing 25% of your purchase benefits teachers in high-volume classrooms in need of school supplies or support.

    $16 for one, Public Supply

  6. Charity Pot lotion


    Charity Pot from Lush is a repeat offender, but with good reason: This ultra moisturizing hand and body lotion is a perfect winter weather gift, and its proceeds benefit a handful of rotating charitable groups that advocate for animal welfare, environmental justice, and global human rights.

    $7.95–$27.95, Lush

  7. My Pronouns Are lapel pin


    Help fund HRC’s ongoing efforts to advance LGBTQ equality by purchasing these super practical (and totally adorable!) pronoun lapel pins.

    $5, HRC

  8. 1-800-WILDFEMINIST sweatshirt


    Hold the phone: This Wild Feminist crewneck sweatshirt from Wildfang is everything. The LGBTQ-owned clothing and accessory retailer regularly donates to advocacy groups and charitable organizations, and this holiday shopping season is no exception: One percent of all purchases made this month benefit Win NYC, New York’s largest provider of shelter for homeless people.

    $60, Wildfang

  9. 2019 trans-inclusive “Fantasy” calendar

    Rain Valdez/NowEver

    Enraged by Victoria’s Secret exec Ed Razek’s transphobic and fatphobic comments about why there are no transgender models on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway, actress-filmmaker Rain Valdez enlisted the help of 12 trans women to pose for this “2019 Fantasy” calendar. It’s like Victoria’s Secret, except so much better—and actually worth supporting. A portion of every purchase supports the Trans Latina Coalition.

    $35, NowEver artists online store

Brooklyn-based writer and editor. Probably drinking iced coffee or getting tattooed.