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Brands That Are Giving Back This Holiday Season

Where to shop to support the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and more.

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Take the thoughtfulness of shopping for friends and family one step further this holiday season by supporting the retailers that are giving a little bit — or a lot — back. Below is a list of brands that are doing their part this month to support places like Planned Parenthood, The Future Project, The Women’s March on Washington, and more.

We’ll keep adding to this list as more come in. Got a tip? Leave it in the comments.

A heart-shaped necklace with the initial M engraved on it
Catbird Full Heart Necklace ($98 and up)


Donating to: Girl Up and ACLU

Proceeds from the sales of the jewelry shop’s holiday season will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union and Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation campaign that works with girls both here and internationally to ensure education and health services are available to every girl — even in the hardest-to-reach areas. Can’t spend now? 20% of sales from the Full Heart Necklace go to Girl Up year-round.

A poster of three women bent over
Bad Boy Nice Girl Ostrich Trio Poster ($45)


Donating to: The Future Project, Planned Parenthood, and (RED)

As a purveyor of hard-to-find goods and host to the coolest designers to watch, Tictail is a cyber home to several shops that are actually making a real difference. Proceeds from items like Jocelyn Tsaih’s cozy Egg Parachute Sweatshirt will go toward The Future Project, a startup that works with schools to unlock the potential of the country's youth. Brands like Bad Boy Nice Girl, Bagavundas, and Ping Zhu are all donating to Planned Parenthood.

Tictail is also adding a layer of cheer with its own (RED) partnership by donating at least $10,000 of the proceeds from its special-edition wrapping paper to the fight against AIDS. Designs come from Tictail alums Alec Doherty, BFGF, Hedof, and Danielle Kroll. If you’re local to New York City, stop by the Orchard Street shop on Saturday for the collection launch party.

An embroidered plaque that says Nasty Women Unite
Nasty Women Unite Embroidery ($32)

The Outrage

Donating to: Planned Parenthood and The Women’s March on Washington

Rebecca Correa Funk and Claire Schlemme, the founders of the online shop The Outrage, are playing the long game when it comes to doing good. The name and concept of the store came in response to frustration at the marginalization of women in the workplace and beyond, and the desire to make a difference for groups that feel the same. The duo not only take the time to vet partners for ethical production of merchandise, but they also give 15% of all of their proceeds to women’s empowerment organizations 365 days a year.

If you’re feeling particularly bold, click through the Nasty Women Unite section for stylish statement makers that benefit Planned Parenthood, or sample the latest collection that donates 100% of proceeds to the Women’s March on Washington.

Deva Pardue

Donating to: Emily’s List and Center for Reproductive Rights

Proceeds from the prints and signs from designer Deva Pardue are going to Emily’s List (which works to get pro-choice Democratic women elected into office) and the Center for Reproductive Rights. While her signature illustrations are currently sold on paper, larger orders on apparel are also available upon special request.

Everlane pink pouch
Everlane Pouch ($60)


Donating to: Edible Schoolyard NYC

Since the summer of 2015, Everlane has been an influential supporter of Edible Schoolyard NYC, a nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help introduce healthy food to kids through gardening. As part of the partnership, Everlane’s assortment has grown to include five tote options, produced with top chefs like Camille Becerra and Nick Anderer. Each sale gets the team one step closer to hitting its $50,000 donation mark.

Mugs with yellow handles and polka-dot insides
Recreation Center Rubber-Dipped Dot Mug ($35)

Sight Unseen

Donating to: Design for Progress

Sight Unseen transcends the definition of design digest as a full-blown editorial destination, internationally acclaimed trade show, and e-commerce shop. Recently, founders Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer brought their community into the philanthropy fold by creating Design for Progress.

The social account and Indiegogo campaign pinpoint organizations like Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and The National Immigration Law Center, and create a digital space for makers donating proceeds to the same causes.

A scarf by illustrator Timothy Goodman
Timothy Goodman D Words Silk Scarf ($160)

Luxe + Lens

Donating to: Planned Parenthood

Luxe + Lens is a young company focused on creating a new way for people to experience art — by wearing it on silk scarves. In addition to supporting artists through design collaborations, the brand also prioritizes donating to nonprofits around the world.

Most recently, the brand launched a collection with illustrator Timothy Goodman, and is donating all of the proceeds from sales to Planned Parenthood (PP actually has a matching grant for donations that are made through the 31st). The “D Words” silk scarf features words from the Insta-famous series “Memories of a Girl I Never Knew.”