Be culturally significant.
The Vanishing Cultures Project
What: Indigenous lifestyle preservation. A photographer-journalist team travels the globe to document ways of life (such as that of the Mongolian pastoral herders) disappearing due to globalization.
Why: Support their efforts by pledging funds ($10-$1,000) and get beautiful prints, books, and more. Future subjects include the Moken of Southeast Asia and the Amazon tribes of Brazil.
Where: Online at vcproject.org.
Baxter & Birdie
What: Handcrafted pet collars ($35) made from factory scraps and overstocked fabrics. Don’t see what you need? They’ll make custom goods for your furry friend.
Why: For every product bought, a shelter animal gets food for a week.
Where: Online at baxterandbirdie.com.
What: A rotating collection of archival, limited-edition prints, each available for only four weeks ($100-$800), from top illustrators, designers, and artists. First up are Bo Lundberg, Sara Singh, Sirichai, and Alli Arnold.
Why: It’s not fun unless it’s exclusive.
Where: Online at stampa.us.com.
Organic Shine Society
What: Unconventional textured throw pillows ($58-$298) made from vintage Turkish kilims.
Why: Since buying a full Turkish rug may entail a second mortgage, consider these a wonderful compromise.
Where: Online at etsy.com.
The Last Nude
What: This is sexy historical fiction ($15). An American in Paris models for art deco painter Tamara de Lempicka in the glory days (ahem, before the stock market crash of 1929).
Why: A passionate lesbian affair, calamity, and artistic expression make your indoor time this winter a little more intriguing.
Where: Online at amazon.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Vanishing Cultures Project