19 feminist gifts that give back to empower women and children around the world

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Wildfang is a clothing company that is run by women and donates a portion of every sale to charities and organizations that help women and children.

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Wildfang is a clothing company that is run by women and donates a portion of every sale to charities and organizations that help women and children.
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  • There’s no better gift to give a feminist than a gift that gives back to empower women and children around the world.
  • We’ve rounded up 19 feminist gifts that either donate a portion of the proceeds to charities and organizations or support women artists and artisans.

All too often, products that say they’re feminist are actually just mass produced goods that don’t represent the principles and values that feminists hold dear.

We’ve done the research to find feminist gifts that give back to women and children around the world, so you can feel good about the gifts you give. Some of the brands we’ve included donate a portion of the proceeds for every item purchased from their stores, while others have special collections of products that give back.

No matter which gifts you choose from our guide, the feminist in your life will probably love the story behind them just as much as the gifts themselves.

Most of these items are available with expedited shipping, and some should arrive within a few days’ time, so don’t stress too hard about your last-minute shopping – just remember that the sooner you order, the better your chances of a timely arrival.

Keep scrolling to check out the best feminist gifts that give back to women and children.


Clothing and accessories that give 100% of the price to charity

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J.Crew

J.Crew Garments for Good Collection

This holiday season, J.Crew has partnered with Girls Inc., HRC, and charity: water to create special collections of products that give back.

You can choose from 18 different styles, including sweatshirts, tote bags, T-shirts, and accessories for each charity. We love the Girls Inc. Sweatshirt, which says “girls” in several different languages.

Girls Inc. is a nonprofit that was founded in 1864 to empower girls and young women from age 6 to 18. The charity provides “safe spaces, mentorship and programming to help them build lasting skills to succeed and create systemic change.”

HRC and charity: water are also wonderful organizations to support. HRC works to ensure equal rights for LGBTQ people and charity: water provides fresh drinking water to those who don’t have access to it.


Gifts that are handmade by women artisans

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The $60 Cozy Gift Box is pictured above.
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Globe In

Shop all artisan handmade goods at GlobeIn

GlobeIn sells Fair Trade, handmade products that are produced in ethical working conditions by workers who are compensated fairly for their labor. Many of the workers are women who would otherwise have no employment or means of supporting themselves or their families. Each product description says where it was made and who made it. You can also read about the positive impact GlobeIn’s special gift boxes have had on local communities.


Feminist clothing that fights back with every purchase

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The $40 Wild Feminist Pride Edition T-shirt is pictured above.
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Wildfang

Shop all Wildfang clothing and accessories

Wild Feminist Pride Edition T-Shirt, $27

Wildfang was founded by a woman and continues to be run by women. The brand’s offerings include cool basics, suiting, gender neutral apparel, as well as feminist clothing and accessories. We really love the Wild Feminist line, which includes T-shirts, beanies, button-up shirts, sweatshirts, and accessories. Wildfang makes a donation to select charities with every single purchase.

“We walk the walk, giving back $400,000 and counting this year,” Wildfang’s website says, “In 2017, we helped raise over $75,000 for charities including Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Joyful Heart, and the Tegan and Sara Foundation … Additionally, a percentage of all full price goods across our entire site go directly to a rotating monthly charity.” You can see all the charities Wildfang has supported here.


Delicious candies that celebrate professional working women and donate to charity

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Shop all Sugarfina <3 Barbie Candies

Sugarfina and Barbie are celebrating International Women’s Day with a fun collection of candies inspired by Barbie and the many careers she’s had over the past 60 years. After all, she’s been everything from an astronaut in 1965 to a pilot in 2019!

Surgarfina is donating 100% of net proceeds from the collection to Step Up, “an organization that enables girls to fulfill their full potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound, career-focused, and ready to join the next generation of professional women.”


Lipstick from Sephora that donates $10 per purchase

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Sephora

Sephora Stands FEARLESS Rouge Cream Lipstick, $13

The Sephora Stands Fearless lipstick is more than a great lipstick – it’s also a gift that gives back. The makeup company donates $10 of every lipstick purchase to its programs to empower women.

“Our programs address the needs of entrepreneurs, communities in transition, Sephora employees, and our planet,” the Sephora Stands webpage says, “And together, our company and employees share a commitment to increase our positive social and environmental impact.”


A pair of period underwear from a company that donates menstrual products

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Thinx

Thinx Underwear, $34

Thinx makes underwear that acts like a pad during a woman’s period to absorb menstrual blood. The underwear can replace tampons and pads altogether or supplement them, depending on the woman’s flow. In addition to being a great gift for eco-conscious women who want to move away from traditional menstruation products, Thinx is also a great company to support. The brand donates menstrual products to women in need, including the homeless and underprivileged communities. Thinx also leads education initiatives to help inform young girls about identity, human rights, and reproductive health.


Fun smartphone cases that give 100% back to Girls Inc.

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Casetify

Shop Caseftify’s Her Impact Matters – International Women’s Day Collection Cases

Casetify is known for its fun, playful case designs. In honor of International Women’s Day, Casetify launched the Her Impact matters iPhone case collection. Throughout the month of March, 100% of the net proceeds earned from the case collection will be donated to Girls Inc. The non-profit organization “equips girls with the skills to navigate through economic, gender, and social barriers.” The cases are also quite stylish and protective, so they are well worth the money. You can also get Apple Watch straps from the collection.


A bracelet that supports breast cancer research

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The $22.80 Spiral Sun Breast Cancer Research Bangle is pictured above.
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Alex and Ani

Shop all Alex and Ani Jewelry for Charity

Alex and Ani make unique jewelry that’s cute and simple. The brand has a special collection of jewelry that donates 20% of the purchase price to select charities. Alex and Ani partner with more than 50 non-profits and have donated more than $50 million. Many of the organizations help women and children around the world, so you know that no matter which piece you choose, your gift will have done some good in the world.


A fun phone grip that donates 50% to charities

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PopSocket

Shop all Poptivism PopSocket Grips

PopSocket grips are wildly popular, but most people don’t know that the company also gives back. If you buy any grip from the Poptivism Collection, 50% of the sale will go to the charity noted in the product description. PopSockets works with dozens of different charities, so you can choose the one that stands out to you. Tons of the charities are geared toward helping women specifically, including Girls Inc., days for Girls International, Downtown Women’s Center, She Is More Than, She’s The First, and more.


Amazing leggings that are made of recycled plastic in ethical conditions

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Girlfriend Collective

Girlfriend Collective Leggings, $68

Girlfriend Collective leggings are made from a flattering compression material that never pills and looks great. These leggings will quickly become her favorite pair – we know they’re our favorites! Best of all, every pair is made from 25 recycled water bottles to help combat plastic waste, and the company prioritizes ethical and sustainable production. Good production practices are particularly important in the world of fashion because women are often the ones working in the factories for low wages. Girlfriend Collective is dedicated to keeping its factories safe and fair for all workers.


A super comfortable bra from a company that donates lightly used bras to women

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The $76 24/7 Lace Balconette Bra is pictured above.
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ThirdLove Gift Cards, price varies

ThirdLove makes our favorite bras. Not only do they fit perfectly for extreme comfort, they’re also made of high-end materials. We recommend you get the feminist in your life a gift card so she can choose what she wants. The company sells a wide variety of bras and there’s a Fit Finder quiz to ensure that she gets the perfect fit.

In addition to making the best bras, ThirdLove does tons of good work. The brand is partnered with The Unmentionables and I Support the Girls to donate bras to women in need. So far in 2018, the brand has donated 75,000 bras.


Original art made by women that donates to NOW, the National Organization for Women

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Shop ArtSugar prints

ArtSugar sells art from artists all over the world and donates 5% of the proceeds to a selection of charities. If you buy the fun feminist art from Amber Vittoria or Handsome Girl (AKA Bridget Moore), a portion of the sale will go to the National Organization for Women (NOW). The original prints are fun celebrations of women that support body positivity and female empowerment.

Since NOW was founded in 1966, it has aimed to “take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.”


A subscription box for a good cause

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Causebox

Causebox, $49.95 per quarter for an annual subscription or $54.95 per quarter for a quarterly subscription

Causebox is a great gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. Each box contains a curated collection of six to eight items that are made by artisans and Fair Trade workers. Causebox offers good variety, too. Boxes come with clothing, accessories, artwork, beauty products, and housewares for women. The company includes a breakdown of each product, where it was made, and how it has helped the local community, so you get the full story. In addition to supporting artisans, Causebox also partners with a number of charities to donate part of its profits every year.


Shirts and sweatshirts that donate $5 per purchase to the ACLU, Equality Now, and HRC

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Everlane

Everlane 100% Human Collection, $22 to $55

Everlane is a wonderful company to support as a feminist because all of its goods are made in ethical factories with Fair Trade practices. You can feel good about any purchase you make at Everlane, but if you really want to impress the feminist in your life, check out the 100% Human Collection. These T-Shirts and sweatshirts are made ethically and $5 of the sale will be donated to the ACLU, Equality Now, or the Human Rights Campaign.


A pair of tights from a woman-run company that gives back to women

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Spanx

Shop all Spanx tights, leggings, shapewear, and more

Spanx tights are some of the best tights we’ve ever worn, and the brand itself is a force for good, too. Ever since Spanx was founded by Sara Blakely, the company has donated money to a wide range of charities with a special focus on empowering women. Spanx is involved with teaching girls to code, helping women found businesses of their own, providing micro loans to impoverished women and children, and investing in education for women and girls the world over. You can read all about the different initatives Spanx donates to on its Elevating Women page here.


A classy bag from a company that gives back to kids in need

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The $195 Hart Convertible Mini Backpack is pictured above.
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State Bags

Shop all State Bags

Hart Convertible Mini Backpack, $195

State makes incredible bags that are well made, stylish, and organized. Most importantly for our purposes, State has a strong sense of social justice. Every time someone buys a State bag, the company hand-delivers a backpack that’s filled with supplies to a local child in need. The brand’s co-founders created the Country Roads Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps New York City kids. State also leads informational and motivational talks about social justice issues to inform the next generation about the injustice many Americans in marginalized communities face every day.


Clothing made in Kenya that supports local women

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ASOS

Shop the ASOS Made In Kenya Collection

The Made In Kenya Collection is a great example of ASOS’ fun, trendy, affordable approach to fashion. ASOS has been working with SOKO Kenya, a sustainable clothing workshop that promotes fair labor practices in Kenya, since 2010. The designs come from drawings made by primary school kids in Kenya that have been adapted by ASOS designers, 2ManySiblings, Beats 1 radio presenter Julie Adenuga, and model Leomie Anderson. You can choose from a variety of clothing and accessories in fun, bright prints that your giftee will love.


A set of feminist buttons from a brand that gives back to women with every purchase

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Wildfang

HERstory Button pack, $7.50

We mentioned Wildfang at the start of this gift guide, but the brand is just so good it bears repeating. This pack of feminist buttons is made in America, aims to empower women, and a percentage of the purchase will go to one of the charities Wildfang supports. The buttons also feature six famous women writers and some sick puns. What’s not to love?


Great books by amazing feminists

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Amazon

“Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger” by Rebecca Traister, $15.54

“Sex Object” by Jessica Valenti, $10.19

When it comes to feminist literature, there is a ton of it out there. Here, we’re recommending two of our favorite books by incredible feminist commentators whose writing we admire and read frequently. If you buy the books through Amazon Smile and select the charity you want to give to, 0.5% of your purchase will go to that charity. Just click on our links and choose your charity.