The holidays are here again, meaning it’s time to find the perfect presents for our loved ones. But don’t worry; the POZ staff has you covered with these gifts that will make everyone on your list happy and benefit groups that raise funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS.
30/30 T-Shirt, $25
The 30/30 Project is the brainchild of Julie Lewis, who appeared on the September cover of POZ and is the mother of Grammy Award-winner Ryan Lewis. Julie marked 30 years of living with HIV in 2014 by pledging to build 30 medical facilities in communities affected by HIV/AIDS across the world. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this bold, graphic shirt (designed by Ryan) benefit the project.
PWN Travel Mug, $20
The Positive Women’s Network (PWN) seeks to empower women living with HIV by changing policy, eliminating stigma, mobilizing advocates and building leadership. You can help them accomplish these goals with this limited-edition hot-and-cold travel mug. Sip in style while supporting strong women.
(Moleskine)Red Special Edition Notebook, $24
This handsome notebook by (Product)Red offers classic Moleskine style while benefitting the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Shopping for a social butterfly or a traveler? Check out the entire Moleskine (Product)Red collection, which includes a special edition planner, a pen and a luggage tag.
Joan Rivers “I Love You” Bracelet, $45
Tell that special someone how you really feel with this charming bracelet, sales of which go to God’s Love We Deliver (GLWD). Joan Rivers was a board member since 1994, and GLWD was her charity of choice when she competed--and won!--on Celebrity Apprentice in 2009. The organization cooks over 4,000 meals each weekday and brings them to people living with life-altering illnesses, including HIV/AIDS, in the five boroughs of New York City, plus Newark and Hudson County, New Jersey. We’re sure the fashion police would approve.
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, $25
Star of stage and screen (big and small), the late Elaine Stritch was a national treasure, and Chiemi Karasawa’s documentary celebrates her storied career, sharp wit and amazing legs with a look at the hardest-working octogenarian in showbiz. The lady sings, dances and offers hilarious, hard-won life lessons as she dashes around Manhattan, never once deigning to wear pants. Part of your purchase of the DVD goes to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which to date has raised more than $250 million for AIDS and family service organizations nationwide.
Jean Paul Gaultier Summer Tote, $40
Though the northern hemisphere may be in the depths of winter, the sun’s always out somewhere. Seek the sunshine with this breezy, classic beach tote by acclaimed fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier. The entire purchase price benefits amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, which has been working to end the global AIDS epidemic for nearly 30 years.
Giles Deacon Happy Socks, $79
Giles Deacon designed this set of seven pairs of socks for Swedish brand Happy Socks, and they certainly live up to their name. Sold exclusively as a limited-edition box set for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, these cheery socks (in men’s size medium/large only) will brighten even the gloomiest day.
African Flower Ornaments, $4.99 each
The Mwayiwathu Women’s Group, a small collective of Malawian women living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, has crafted these beautiful fabric flower ornaments in a variety of textiles and colors that will brighten up your tree. Sales from all five brilliant color combinations help the women who created them get medications, send their children to school, and invest in their own small businesses to improve their lives and livelihoods long-term.
Believe Honey Bar, $10
Wash your cares away and leave skin smooth and soft with Noodle & Boo’s Believe Honey Bar, which cleanses and moisturizes with honey and shea butter. Even better, 100 percent of the sales of this beauty bar go to the Circle of Love campaign, which raises awareness and funds for programs in Africa that work to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS and to give the HIV-positive mothers the care and treatment they need.
Broadway Legends: Liza Minnelli Ornament, $55
This ornament features Liza at her most fabulous--sparkling in red sequins that evoke her 1978 Tony-winning turn in The Act. It’s so fabulous, in fact, that it’s been backordered until January 2015. But that just means you’ll have the perfect gift for next Christmas! As always, proceeds of the sale of each glamorous Liza go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which funds AIDS-related causes around the nation.