Presents with a purpose, we wouldn’t mind if we had to gift it twice
Gifts that show how much you care can be few and far between: you’d want to get them something practical that they’ll love (or at least something they won’t be keen to regift at the first chance they get) but you don’t want to go so practical that there’s no dazzle involved. That’s exactly where a gift rooted in charity comes in.
Whether you’re shopping for someone who prefers to give rather than receive or you’re just in the mood to give even more than usual this year, these luxury brands make it easy to do both. From ongoing partnerships with UNICEF and (RED) to garments that support reversing endangered wildlife, here are the best gifts from Louis Vuitton, Kenzo, Balenciaga and more to give to loved ones, as well as society.
Louis Vuitton and UNICEF formed a partnership back in 2016 that quickly garnered a discerning following – and for good reason. Each year, the luxury fashion house releases a limited edition jewellery collection (this year, by Virgil Abloh) with a portion of the proceeds going directly towards helping the most vulnerable children around the world through education and developmental aid.
Apple has a longstanding relationship with (RED), a non-profit organisation that helps fund the fight to end AIDS. This year, however, Apple and (RED) have switched gears in response to the global pandemic, and instead have released a limited-edition Beats Pill+ Portable Speaker that will directly support scientists and doctors working to combat COVID-19.
Stuck on what to get the diehard animal lover on your list? Consider picking up a T-shirt or hoodie from the Kenzo x WWF collection. Through the sales of its collaborative K-Tiger collection, Kenzo and the World Wildlife Fund aim to double the global population of wild tigers by 2022 through the ambitious TX2 tiger conservation mission.
Balenciaga partnered with the World Food Programme back in 2018 to help support the non-profit’s mission to end world hunger by 2030, and it has been releasing limited edition collaborative wear ever since. The Balenciaga World Food Programme Crewneck, for instance, is made in Italy using luxurious virgin wool, and for every piece sold, 20 per cent of the proceeds will go towards the eradication of global hunger.
Whether you’re shopping for someone you don’t know all that well, like a colleague or a distant relative, or you just want to add a well-deserved dose of self care into your loved one’s busy holiday season, you really can’t go wrong with a Charity Pot Body Lotion from Lush. Not only does it provide a luxurious blend of ylang ylang and rosewood oils that’s both nourishing and decadent, but 100 per cent of the proceeds go directly to grassroots foundations across the globe – from environmental justice groups to human rights organisations.
Good Man Brand
At the intersection of stylish and practical, Good Man Brand is best known for their handsome tennis sneakers, modern Derby shoes, and city boots. The modern luxury brand was also designed to do good—having committed to donating three per cent of every purchase to the Why Not You Foundation, a charitable non-profit by athlete and entrepreneur Russell Wilson that is dedicated to children’s health, education, and fighting poverty.