Holiday Gift Guide: 6 geek fashion gifts that give back
During the holidays, we sometimes get wrapped up in the search for buying people the perfect gift and then remember we also want to set aside enough to help others in as many ways as we can. Looking at the world, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by all the areas you want to make a difference in. Fortunately geeks are great at taking their passion and putting it towards not only celebrating their favorite fandoms, but helping causes they believe in and there are great geeky gifts you can buy for those you love that also help around the world in numerous areas.
If you need a geek fashion gift specifically, you can find everything from shirts, scarfs, perfumes, bracelets, rings, and more where a portion or all of what you spend goes towards a worthy cause. You can probably find a gift for everyone on your list that will also support an organization you believe in!
Here are six geek fashion gifts you can give to someone this year that will also help make a difference.
J.K. Rowling created the non-profit Lumos Foundation to end the use of orphanages and make sure children are with families instead. You can help with this mission whenever you purchase an item from The Noble Collection’s Lumos Harry Potter charm bracelet line. There are charm bracelets for Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, and Ravenclaw that come with exclusive House Crest, Sorting Hat, and Lumos butterfly charms. From each purchase at least 15% of the suggested retail price will be given to the Lumos Foundation.
In addition to the bracelets, you can add to them, or just buy for another use, other charms too. Charms include the Hogwarts Express, a Time Turner, Harry’s Glasses, a Chocolate Frog, and many more. For each charm a portion of the proceeds will also go to the Lumos Foundation. It’s a great way to wear your love for Harry Potter and try to make the lives of children worldwide better.
From Fraggle Rock to a RPG Series, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is the place to go if you want to find a geeky scent to wear. Fans of author Neil Gaiman especially have a lot to choose from with nine lines inspired by his work available where proceeds from every purchase go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Whether you choose American Gods or Coraline, you can help support an organization that protects the comic book community’s first amendment rights. The Good Omens collection also helps another cause with a portion of proceeds going to the Orangutan Foundation UK. These products can not only remind you of your favorite fandom, but how you’ve helped others this holiday season as well.
All the proceeds from a purchase at the Worldbuilders Market help support Worldbuilders. Worldbuilders is a charity that was created by author Patrick Rothfuss inspired by the idea of the geek community coming together to do good around the world. The charity supports many different groups including Heifer International, Mercy Corps, GlobalGiving, and First Book. There are a lot of great apparel and jewelry options in the store from Kingkiller Chronicles shirts to Bitch Planet earrings. Any geek can find something to love here to show their geekiness and show how the community can come together to help people everywhere.
Little Petal’s range of convertible dresses include four wonderful Transfiguration designs inspired by the Hogwarts houses in Harry Potter. Each dress can be worn a number of ways as you represent your Lion, Eagle, Badger, or Snake side. With each purchase you can also earn your house 50 points which equals a $50 donation to a different charity for each house. The Lion dress supports RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the Eagle dress supports The Association for Women in Science, the Badger dress supports The Jim Collins Foundation, and the Snake dress supports The Innocence Project. Earning these house points makes your purchase even more magical!
On their own the STEAM designs made by Svaha are making an impact in challenging the idea of what women and girls are interested in, but thanks to their Dress for a Cause collections your purchase can help support specific causes as well. There are currently four collections you can choose from where proceeds will go to different organizations. The Cooking Art line gives 50% of profits to the No Kid Hungry Organization. The K.O. Cancer line gives all profits to the Department of Oncology at the University of Washington, St. Louis Missouri. The Insulin Molecule line donates 10% of its profits to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Ninja’s vs. Leukemia line has all its profits donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Whether it’s a scarf or a shirt, when you buy anything in one of these lines you know your purchase will help an organization trying to make a positive impact.
Book lovers can find shirts, socks, totes, necklaces, and more at Out of Print Clothing. The products are inspired by a range of works like Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Sherlock Holmes, Frankenstein, and Pride and Prejudice. There’s something for every reader here and what makes shopping at the company even better is that you don’t have to pick just one book series or type of clothing to support a good cause. Every purchase at Out of Print Clothing supports their mission “to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need.” Over the last 8 years, the company has donated more than 3 million books.
It’s the perfect place to buy a literary gift and know you’re spreading the joy of reading and books to others at the same time!