Mary’s Living & Giving Shop


Mary’s Living & Giving Shop

Thanks to British TV personality and retail guru Mary Portas, a little shopping gluttony can be guilt-free this holiday season. All the proceeds of her carefully curated clothing store – which sells new designer duds and receives donations from local trendsetters like Sienna Miller and Luella Bartley – go to Save the Children, so why not splurge on some presents? You’ll be dropping pounds in no time!  

177 Westbourne Grove, 44-20-7727-6166,

Photo: Jason Larkin




Housed in an 18th-century warehouse, France’s first magasin solidaire (concept charity shop) offers everything from modern furniture to vintage dishware. Sip a latte in the cozy second-hand book café, pick up a bouquet at the flower shop or sniff out a gift at the perfume bar knowing your spending will benefit women and children in Madagascar.

111, boul. Beaumarchais, 33-1-42-77-00-33,

New York

Tribeca Thrift Shop

Gents, raid the racks at this store for stylish haberdashery by Ralph Lauren and Thomas Pink while your lady tries on vintage accessories upstairs. All purchases support homeless New Yorkers living with HIV. Bonus: During the Spring Preview sale, contributions from celebrities like Susan Sarandon and Chloë Sevigny make it feel like Christmas all over again.  

119 Chambers St., 212-732-0584,


San Francisco


A little holiday indulging is in order at this Presidio Heights boutique. Drink some bubbly from the champagne bar and check out cocktail wear by designers like Stella McCartney and Zac Posen. With 100 percent of the profits going to local charities like the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, you can be naughty and nice.  

3571 Sacramento St., 415-441-1750,

BrikSweet Charity

These gifts keep on giving even if they’re for yourself.

1 This pewter brick pendant helps pave the way to a better future: All sales benefit Kanpe for its redevelopment work in Haiti.  

Brik, $10, 

2 Fund the planting of a tree through Global ReLeaf – and keep your skin from wilting in the winter – by purchasing Origins’ hydrating facial mask and reusable water bottle combo.  

Drink Up Duo, US$15,

3 Light up the holidays with a Jimmy Belasco soy candle. You get to choose a scent (we like Majestic Pine) and a charity, from the Red Cross to WWF, to which $5 of your purchase will go.

Jimmy Belasco, US$19,