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It can be hard to find the perfect gift for people who care about changing the world. Whether you’re looking for a gift that is ethically made, or is about making the world a better place, we’ve got you covered. People who believe in social change and social justice celebrate the holidays too, and giving them a present that reflects their values will be the most meaningful gift of all. From board games to books, shirts, art prints, and more, there are a ton of gift ideas below – all of them about making the world a better place!
Who doesn’t love a good game night? Luckily – not every board game has to be about launching wars or ripping off your friends. These games are about fighting to make the world a better place.
Space Cats Fight Fascism
Space Cats Fight Fascism: The Board Game is exactly what it sounds like. You play as a band of rebel cats trying to stop fascists from taking over the galaxy! Lead the feline resistance to stop the fascist Rat Pack from seizing power – while building a new galaxy where all species are free together.
Usually $40, Space Cats Fight Fascism is on sale for $25.
Rise Up: The Game of People & Power
In Rise Up: The Game of People & Power, players use cards like “Massive March,” “Protest Song,” and “Building Community” to launch a campaign to bring about the change they want to see in the world.
Two versions come in the box: a strategy version for game nights, and a simplified version for young kids and educational settings!
Usually $39, Rise Up is on sale for $25.
Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives
In Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives, players work together to launch a cooperative and strive for economic justice in their community. Everyone wins or loses together!
Usually $39, Co-opoly is on sale for $25.
Play for Change Games Bundle
Got more than one activist in your life? Get the Play for Change Games Bundle, which has three great games for a reduced price.
STRIKE! The Game of Worker Rebellion
STRIKE! The Game of Worker Rebellion is a strategic, cooperative, and beautifully-illustrated board game for 2 – 4 players about building a city-wide rebellion to stop a mega-corporation’s takeover. It is currently available for pre-order, but if you want to give it as a gift, you can choose to receive a print-out that you can present to your gift-receiver to let them know they will be getting it when it comes out.
Usually $45, STRIKE! is currently on sale for $39.
These are the perfect gifts for the people in your life that love to read – young or old!
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation
For the scholar in your life, From From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation is a powerful and unforgettable book. In this stirring and insightful analysis, activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism. In this context, she argues that this new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for Black liberation.
Usually $25, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation is on sale for $17.
A is for Activist
A is for Activist is an ABC board book for families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in.
Usually $19, A is for Activist is on sale for $10.
Counting on Community
Counting on Community is the follow up to the hit A is for Activist. Children are encouraged to recognize the value of their community, the joys inherent in healthy eco-friendly activities, and the agency they posses to make change.
Usually $19, Counting on Community is on sale for $10.
Art & Apparel
Looking for a gift for that can be put on display? These shirts and and art prints are sure to impress.
Show off your your worker and labor pride with this awesome STRIKE! t-shirt. Whether just hanging out with friends and family or on the picket line, this shirt is a stylish way to say “power to the workers.”
Usually $35, the STRIKE! T-Shirt is on sale for $25.
Co-ops Rock! T-Shirt
Make sure the whole world knows about your co-op pride with this specially designed “Co-ops Rock!” t-shirt. Great for anyone that wants to tell the world they believe in the cooperative movement.
Usually $35, the Co-ops Rock! t-shirt is on sale for $25.
“Hiss Truth to Power” Art Print
We love the art from our game Space Cats Fight Fascism – so much so, that we decided to create this amazing “Hiss Truth to Power” art print from it! Hang it on the walls of your home or your office space, and show the galaxy that you’re ready to rebel. This is a statement in any room, and it is printed on acid-free paper. It is 8” x 10”.
Usually $35, the “Hiss Truth to Power” art print is on sale for $25.
Need something small, sweet, and powerful? Check out these two card decks.
Beautiful Trouble: A Strategy Card Deck
Use Beautiful Trouble: A Strategy Card Deck to get creatively unstuck, design an action that pops, flashcard your way through social movement history, learn & teach organizing, win grassroots victories, or just have fun staying up playing one of the six simple games that come with the deck.
Usually $35, Beautiful Trouble is on sale for $29.
CIVIO: A Civil Rights Card Game
CIVIO is a strategy card game that explores the relationship of issues, freedoms, laws, and Supreme Court cases that have both strengthened and reduced civil rights and civil liberties.
Usually $20, CIVIO is on sale for $15.
Support Our Work
TESA is proud to lead the development of games, tools, and programs for social change. You can support our work while having fun: buy our games about changing the world. TESA can also work with you to build a game, program, or tool for your cause!