We were all raised on the adage that “It is better to give than to receive.” That is never truer than during the holiday season, when many of us search out gifts that do double duty—gifts that not only delight our friends and family who receive them but also raise important funds for various HIV/AIDS service organizations as well!

With this, our 17th Annual Holiday Gift Guide, we here at A&U have compiled an eclectic array of gifts, at a variety of price levels, that truly serve that kind of double duty. Some organizations returning to the Gift Guide this year, such as God’s Love We Deliver and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS; others are newcomers, like Visual AIDS and Adam’s Nest. Each of them offers unique gifts the recipients will cherish for a long time—from Broadway Care’s gorgeous and festive tree ornament honoring Broadway diva Harvey Fierstein, to a 24-karat rose gold bracelet and other jewelry, to books and T-shirts and a celebrated cookbook and customizable greeting cards and the cutest little delivery truck piggy bank on the planet! And each of these groups uses the proceeds from these gifts to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, to support essential ASO services such as delivering nutritious meals to those with HIV/AIDS, financing research for a cure, nurturing queer artists, and supporting groups like Planned Parenthood and The AIDS Memorial on Instagram.

So make your holiday spending mean something. Give friends and family these double-duty gifts that are sure to please them and equally sure to support good works in the HIV/AIDS community.

Here are our gift suggestions in one bundle—just follow the links!

God’s Love We Deliver
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Adam’s Nest
Visual AIDS
Until There’s a Cure

With our sincere best wishes, Happy Holidays to all of A&U’s readers!

—Compiled and written by Hank Trout


Hank Trout, Editor at Large, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a thirty-eight-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his fiancé Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.