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Mother's Day is just around the corner, and if you're like me, there are lots of moms in your life to hurry up and shop for.
Not only do I have my mom, but there's my mother-in-law, my sister and sisters-in-law that are moms, and girlfriends with kids that I like to send a little something to as well.
But let's face it, after 30 years of mother's day gifts for my mom, there's not much else I can get her that's unique and exciting. Luckily, at the end of the day, the gifts that mean the most are those that show you've put thought into them and that you care. So, this year, why not get gifts for all of the moms in your life that not only show you care about her, but also about social good, with a gift that gives back.
Here's a list with some great items for any of the moms in your life! Think of it as two gifts in one ... something for her and something for bettering the world.
- You can find the most beautiful pieces from Ten Thousand Villages, where you can feel confident that all of the products you buy are fair-trade. Here are a few of my favorite items: plaid wood bangle bracelet from India, brass circles necklace from Kenya, and turquoise mandala earrings from Nepal.
- Amnesty International also has a great selection of jewelry. Check out this Hoops for Hope necklace and bracelet set that will match just about any outfit and helps ensure all school-aged girls in Ajquema (Guatemala) receive an education.
- If the mom in your life feels diamonds are a girl's best friend, then you can feel better about the bling you buy her if it's from Brilliant Earth. They sell conflict-free diamond jewelry, and 5% of proceeds are donated to communities in Africa that have been negatively affected by jewelry trade.
- The FEED Foundation has multiple items to help give a hungry child warm meals through the World Food Programme. In addition to their shopping bags, they also have this bracelet.
Flowers, Chocolates and the like:
- Nothing brightens up my day or apartment like flowers. Sending that mom in your life the Pink Hope Bouquet or the Stand Up to Cancer Bouquet from Teleflora will both brighten up her day and help fund breast cancer research.
- How is it that flowers and chocolates seem to make the perfect gift pairing? Well, with or without flowers, this Love Your Mom gift basket from Divine Chocolate will make any chocolate-loving mom happy. She'll be eating delicious fair-trade chocolate made by cocoa farmers in Ghana, who own 45% of the company.
- Not a chocolate lover? For those other moms with a sweet tooth, Baking for Good has a great selection of goodies, like these Mom Cookies, and they donate 15% of your purchase to the charity you choose.
- If the above options don't do it for you, you can find a other edible and floral options at giftback.com and 10% of your purchase will go to the charity of your choice.
- In addition to just about every other type of gift, you can find amazing decorative items from WorldofGood.com, an online marketplace for "good" gifts from around the world. Check out the Mother's Day gift guide for ideas. What's great is that they clearly show you the impact each of purchase makes. I've got my eye on this Mai Rice Bowl Set from Vietnam.
- CharityUSA.com's the Hunger Site Store also has a recommended Mother's Day gift guide with gifts that give back, including this Kisii Stone statue from Kenya.
- For a gift that's beautiful and functional, consider this Basket of Strength from the Women's Peace Collection. Portions of the proceed go to support the work and livelihood of women in Africa and the Middle East.
Books and Magazines:
- It's hard to go wrong with giving a book as a gift. Here are a few great and meaningful reads to buy, whether it's the actual book or for her Kindle or iPad:
- Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson
- Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nickolas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
- Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine by Somaly Mam
- If she prefers magazines over books, consider sending her a subscription to GOOD Magazine and 100% of the fee goes directly to a social action project.
If none of the gifts above are what you're looking for, there's always the option of giving a gift card. Network for Good's Good Cards and GlobalGiving's Gift Cards allow you to give her a credited amount to donate to the cause of her choice.
Do you have any other suggestions for great Mother's Day gifts that give back?