Our Top 10 “good” gift ideas

Hanukkah came super early this year, but if you’re still shopping for Christmas, Kwanzaa, or New Year’s presents, we have a few tips on where to find “good” gifts at the last minute.

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1. The NYC Taxi Drivers 2014 Beefcake Calendar: Featuring sexy/silly photos of the city’s most awesome cabbies as captured by freelance photographers Phil Kirkman and Shannon McLaughlin. All sales benefit the University Settlement which helps immigrants find housing and educational opportunities.

2. You Be My Heart: This indie music treasure trove is a compilation featuring artists like Horsefeathers and Maps & Atlases. All sales benefit 826 Valencia, Dave Eggers’ nonprofit which fosters creative writing skills in children.

5. Artlifting: An online art gallery featuring iPhone covers, paintings, and other original pieces made by participants in Common Art, a Boston-area art therapy program for homeless and low-income individuals.

4. The Tutu Project: When photographer Bob Carey’s wife Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer, he started taking pictures of himself in pink tutus to make her laugh. Compilations of his gorgeous self-portraits are available as Ballerina (book), calendars, and photo prints benefiting The Carey Foundation for Women with Breast Cancer.

3. Teal Cats: Make it a “Meow-y Christmas” with a spray-painted ceramic vintage cat figure. With every purchase, The Teal Cat Project will make a donation to one of their partnering kitty-cat rescue organizations.

3. The Wire Poster Project: Your favorite quotes from “The Wire” illustrated as typographic posters designed by artist Oliver Munday. All sales benefit the Baltimore Urban Debate League.

7. Adventures in Feministory “Groundbreakers” Mug Set: Cozy mugs decorated with portraits of inspiring women, like Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space. Sales support the feminist nonprofit Bitch Media.

8. That’s So Gay! trivia game: Perfect for the game nerds in your life, this trivia game features 2,400 questions on LGBTQ history and current events. LGBTQ groups are encouraged to sell the game as a fundraiser.

9. Shop Clean List: A directory of clean-powered U.S. retail brands, how much renewable energy they use, and where it’s sourced (some top-scorers are Toms of Maine, Fat Cow, and Venture Snowboards).

10. Mighty Girl Gift Guide: A girl empowerment holiday gift guide with toys to encourage “smart, confident, and courageous girls.” Search by age or by category (like building toys, science, arts and crafts, and dolls/action figures).

For more gift ideas, check out this GOOD post on how to shop with a conscience this holiday season.

What “good” gifts are you excited about this year? Join the conversation on our Idealist Facebook page or in the comments below!

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