With Thanksgiving 2016 dead and buried, the holiday season is in full swing, with malls and shops working hard to battle the War on Christmas in the dawn of Trump's America. But for some of us, this year's holidays are a little less joyful and a little more anxious, with the incoming presidential administration threatening to limit our freedoms, crash our economy, and lay waste to our planet.

If you, your friends, and/or your family are feeling despondent, it's worth considering swapping out the usual holiday gift swag in favor of, say, a donation to a human rights/climate cause, or a purchase from a company that donates its proceeds to a non-profit in need. Here, we've rounded up some of our favorite socially-conscious gifts this year; leave your own suggestions in the comments.


Sexual assault crisis centers, Planned Parenthood networks, and abortion funds in red/swing states. There is no question the Trump administration will strip at least some women of their rights, especially women who live in red or swing states. Honor a friend or family member by making a donation in their name to an organization dedicated to helping women. Other organizations of note include the Center for Reproductive Rights and RAINN. Feel free to donate to local clinics too—unfortunately, New York's abortion and contraception access laws aren't quite as solid as one might hope.

National Resources Defense Council Action Fund or Sierra Club: Trump and his cronies have decided global warming isn't real, and plan on undoing as much of Obama's climate change-combating legislation as possible. Protect our planet from Trump by setting up a recurring donation to one of these pro-environment organizations—the gift of clean air and a future for your grandchildren are the best gifts of all.

The Audre Lorde Project or Lambda Legal: The Audre Lorde Project is a NY-based community center and organizing group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans, and Gender Non Conforming (LGBTSTGNC) people of color. Lambda Legal, which has an NYC chapter, is a national nonprofit legal organization dedicated to preserving and fighting for LGBT civil rights and rights for folks living with HIV. Both of these causes will need help in Trump's America.

Safe Passage Project: With the future of young immigrants registered with DACA in danger, the efforts of this non-profit, which provides legal representation to immigrant children living in NYC, are all the more paramount.

Council on American-Islamic Relations: CAIR is the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group in the United States, and they've pledged to work tirelessly to combat any Islamophobic legislation put forth by the Trump administration. You can make a tax-deductible donation to support a specific initiative (advocacy programs, civil rights work, leadership programs), or make a general donation to benefit the organization.


Patagonia: Patagonia, which is also a member of One Percent for the Planet, said it would donate the entire $10 million it netted on Black Friday to grassroots environmental organizations. If you missed that deal, note that the company will still donate at least 1 percent of its annual revenue to environmental groups; Patagonia is also dedicated to using materials and methods that do not cause unnecessary harm to Planet Earth.

Uncommon Goods: Retail website Uncommon Goods will donate $1 dollar for every purchase you make to one of their non-profit partners: RAINN, American Forests, International Rescue Committee, and Reach Out & Read.

Amazon Smile: If you make an Amazon purchase via AmazonSmile, 0.5 percent of your purchase will go towards the charitable organization of your choice. You can pick a spotlight organization, like The Nature Conservancy or the American Red Cross, or circumvent the pre-picked groups and opt for something like Planned Parenthood or the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Cotopaxi: Outdoor gear company Cotopaxi heads grants that aim to alleviate global poverty and finance health, education, and entrepreneurial training & job skills development worldwide.

Yoga Vida: This is pretty local, but NYC yoga studio chainlet Yoga Vida is also a member of One Percent for the Planet, plus they host a number of benefit classes for organizations like the Domestic Violence Project and The Libby Ross Foundation.

The Outrage: Feminist clothing label The Outrage will donate 100 percent of the profits from their Pantsuit Nation line to Planned Parenthood. Gear includes totes, tanks, sweatshirts and baby onesies.


Now more than ever, it's important to fund quality journalism. Subscribing to local media is particularly important, especially if you live somewhere often overlooked by bigger national newspapers, but it's also worth subscribing to those larger publications so they continue producing time-consuming investigative journalism. Vital publications and news outlets of note include:

The New York Times
The New Yorker
The Washington Post
The NY Review of Books
The Nation
Harper's Magazine