Here’s An Idea: Give Your Mom A Gift That Gives Back To Other Moms
Your mom is a superstar. She was never squeamish when you skinned your knee. She sent you cards to heal a broken heart (or just because). She gave you her secret recipes and secrets to success, and showed you how to be the awesome lady you are. Seems pretty obvious that your mama dearest likes to lend a helping hand, so what better way to show you appreciate all she does, than by helping her chip in for another woman in need?
Mother’s Day Gift Guide, we’ve sourced eight items that’ll spoil your mom like the queen she is, while supporting a charity that helps uplift women around the world. Philosophy partnered with Look Good Feel Better to help cancer patients deal with the challenges of a changing appearance while receiving treatment. SAME SKY is a fair trade jewelry company that teaches women artisans living with HIV/AIDS creative skills to bring joy to their days, and help them support themselves and their families.
If you have one of those amazing moms who took you to volunteer at a soup kitchen as a kid, or even if she just got the gum out of your hair enough times to earn the title of ‘saint’, she’d probably love the thought of any one of these giving-back gifts.
1.Studio Samuel Ladder Necklace
This jewelry-line-cum-philanthropy org sources materials from
Beza Entoto Outreach in Ethiopia, a co-op that provides life skills, medical care, and fair wages to its staff living with HIV and AIDS. They also happen to make classic-looking jewelry like this ($40) which is perfect for your mom’s Ladder Necklace Gatsby themed get-ups. Did we mention it’s mande out of melted bullet casings? Whoa.
2.Gaiam Bird’s Nest Earrings
No, we’re not suggesting you buy mom yet another yoga mat. Betcha didn’t know
Gaiam sold clothing and accessories too. These Bird’s Nest earrings ($24) are handmade by female fair trade artisans in Northern India, and the proceeds benefit their local community and schools. Include a cheeky card about how you finally flew the nest and voila – a cute and caring gift for mom.
3.Philosophy Graceful Journey Set
Philosophy partnered with Look Good Feel Better, an organization that helps women fighting cancer deal with the hardships of the physical changes they have to face. When put in the same sentence as a terrible disease, hair loss may not feel like a big deal, but the loss of identity that comes with it can certainly hurt. Make sure your mom feels her best with this sweet-smelling shower set ($25) that comes with inspirational notes to put a pep in her step every day.
4.SAME SKY Black Pearl Hope Necklace
A leader in the micro-lending sphere,
SAME SKY teaches women artisans living with HIV and AIDS in Rwanda and Zambia to hand-make accessories that are then sold on a global scale. Our pick is this charcoal-colored pearl necklace, the sale of which can buy an artisan food for an entire month, and help educate her child for a year. Even better, with coupon code GIFTFORMOM it’s offered at 10 percent off for the holiday.
5.LAFCO 'Canvas' Candle
Philanthropy is central to the mission at New York shop
Treasure & Bond, an offshoot of Nordstrom. In fact, 100% of all after-cost profits go directly to local programs that help the NYC community. This season, they are supporting The Bubble Foundation which helps underserved children get important nutrition and fitness information. A healthy family is a happy mom, which is why this gift made our list. Luxe candle company LAFCO teamed up with the store for an exclusive scent called Canvas ($55), which they think smells like “a fresh, clean load of warm laundry.” Don’t tell mom that part made you think of her.
6.Rachel Roy x FEED India Bag
You’ve seen the semi-ubiquitous burlap accessories boasting
FEED in bold typeface, but that’s not quite right for your mom. This limited edition collab with Rachel Roy ($78) is more her speed and, like everything from the FEED Project, helps raise awareness and funds to fight worldwide hunger. The bags with bright tassels and a heart motif are handmade by Indian artisans, and the sale of each one provides 100 school meals for children there.
7.Marula Oil – The Leakey Collection
The name is a mouthful but this relative newcomer on the sustainable beauty scene supports East African women who source the namesake nuts that are cold-pressed into a
better-than-Argan face oil ($78). The brand provides rural women with a sustainable source of income and a fair living wage with which to feed, clothe and educate their families, which we can totally get behind. The product itself is an omega-rich, fast absorbing, face oil that provides light hydration to suit any skin type.
8.Laura Geller I-Care Eyeliner Waterproof Pencil Duo
Thank mom for all those times she put her looks last and focused on you, with this smart
. The ophthalmologist-tested formula is mineral oil and preservative-free, and super eye safe, even if she’s sensitive or wears contacts. Plus, proceeds benefit groundbreaking org Laura Geller eyeliner Cancer and Careers which helps people with cancer navigate the workforce by eliminating some of the fear and uncertainty otherwise associated with taking a very visible disease to work. Your mom might be moved to tears by the work her gift is helping to do, which is okay, the eyeliner's are waterproof.