Check out this year’s suggestions by the POZ staff for those last-minute items on your shopping list. You’ll bring a smile to someone’s face and raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS.

Recommended by Tim Horn (Editor-in-Chief,
redhotrio.jpgRed Hot & Rio 2, $16.99
Get your bossa nova on while supporting Red Hot, a New York-based organization that has produced more than 20 albums since 1989 to raise AIDS awareness and fund various programs for people living with HIV.

Recommended by Dennis Daniel (Comptroller)
belvedere_red.jpg(BELVEDERE)RED Special Edition, prices vary
Be the perfect guest at this year’s holiday party by showing up with a bottle of (Belvedere)RED special edition vodka for the host--you’ll definitely be invited back next year. Plus, 50 percent of profits from the sale of each (PRODUCT) RED bottle will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Africa.

Recommended by Giovanni Vitacolonna (Circulation Supervisor)
orphan_bracelet.jpgOrphan Bracelet, $15
South African women living with HIV/AIDS handcraft these stylish bracelets using (lead free) copper, brass and aluminum wire. All proceeds go toward helping mothers and children in South Africa whose lives have been severely impacted by HIV/AIDS. 

Recommended by Trenton Straube (Senior Editor)
ineza_tote.jpgIneza tote bag,? $30
This gift is in the bag...actually, it is the bag! The Ineza Women’s Cooperative in Rwanda creates each colorful tote, and the proceeds from these one-of-a-kind bags help Keep a Child Alive provide medical care to individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS, further empowering them with financial independence.

Recommended by Ian Anderson (President)
ipad_red.jpgiPad 2 Smart Cover Leather (PRODUCT) RED, $69
Cover your iPad 2 with style and substance. This thin, durable cover magnetically aligns for a perfect fit--and a portion of the profits from each (PRODUCT) RED purchase will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa.

Recommended by Kenny Miles (Researcher)
beats_red.jpgBeats by Dr. Dre Solo HD Headphones from Monster
(PRODUCT) RED Special Edition, $199.95

Hark, the herald angels sing! Another item from the (PRODUCT) RED line, these high-performance on-ear headphones deliver a deep, powerful bass. They also include Monster ControlTalk for on-cable iPod/iPhone playback control, as well as a built-in high-grade mic for crystal-clear hands-free calling. A portion of the profits will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa.

Recommended by Oriol Gutierrez (Deputy Editor)
calendar_jack.jpgJack Mackenroth’s 2012 Calendar for a Cure, $14.95
Who wouldn’t love this under his or her tree? This autographed 15-month calendar features fabulous photographs of AIDS activist/hottie Jack Mackenroth! Each month is shot by a different photographer with a very different style, and 100 percent of the proceeds from the calendar will go directly to amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research ( to help find a cure for AIDS.

Recommended by Michael Halliday
(Art Production Manager)

chick.jpgA Dozen Chicks,? $45
Who can resist these fuzzy little chicks? Your gift to Oxfam America provides HIV/AIDS-affected households with a starter flock: a dozen chicks to produce eggs, generate income and improve nutrition. Now that’s an eggs-ceptional gift! 

Recommended by Jennifer Morton (Managing Editor)
votive_elton.jpgSir Elton John’s Holiday 6-Pack Votive Set, $54
It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas! Specifically, like a blend of evergreen and balsam fir needles combined with rich woods and a sparkling citrus accord. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of Sir Elton John’s holiday candles will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Recommended by Lauren Tuck (Editorial Assistant)
fisher_bracelet.jpgAsisi Red Ribbon Bracelet, $69
This beautiful red ribbon bracelet was designed by AIDS activist Mary Fisher in honor of World AIDS Day as part of her Abataka Collection. Through the Abataka beading program, Fisher has taught women in Rwanda and Zambia to hand-bead bracelets, which they sell to support themselves and their families.