Gifts That Give Back: 6 Socially Responsible Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
Yesterday, we rounded up some Mother's Day gift ideas for those who live long-distance from their moms. Today, let's look at gifts that “give back.” From daisies to recycled metal jewelry, these socially responsible gifts for mom help you share your love with not just your mom but women and mothers around the world.
Elsabet silver double tube necklace ($79, Raven + Lily) or Alehm grey single charm necklace ($14, Raven + Lily)
Raven + Lily sells necklaces, earrings, and bracelets handmade from recycled metals such as brass, copper, and silver by artisan women in Ethiopia. In addition to providing these women with “sustainable economic opportunities,” Raven + Lily gives a portion of its proceeds back to the community in the form of school scholarships and micro-enterprise training.
Organic Bouquet flowers ($45)
Buy mom flowers from Organic Bouquet's “Flowers for Good” program and 5% of the purchase price will be donated to a charity, such as the National Wildlife Federation, Women for Women, Mama Hope and EcoFarm.
Toms “Mom Hearts” shoes ($54, Toms.com)
Help your mom be more comfortable and a little hipper this spring with a pair of Toms. As part of the company's mission, it donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of shoes purchased.
Project Sunshine is an organization that runs counseling, mentoring, arts & crafts and nutrition programs for medically-challenged children in more than 175 U.S. cities. Help them raise funds by buying mom a gift from the Project Sunshine site.
Americana bangle ($12, One Mango Tree) or organic cotton maxi skirt ($25, One Mango Tree)
One Mango Tree finds talented artisans in Northern Uganda; offer training and assistance to help them create marketable products; and then sell these products online at OneMangoTree.com.
Godiva dark chocolate box from Gift Back chocolates ($36, 27-piece box)
Every box of chocolates you buy from GiftBack.com nets 10% of the purchase for a charity of your choice. GiftBack has over 100 affiliated charities, including the YWCA, Teach for America, the Alzheimer's Association and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America.