One thing we can say about mom is that she gives and gives—and then gives some more. Pay it forward by choosing a Mother's Day gift that gives back to women in need. This list of six charitable gifts all come from businesses of women supporting women and any one of these gifts will make mom happy, guaranteed.
1. Hand & Cloth: Fashion Forward No. 12
$112 at handandcloth.org
Hand & Cloth Fashion Forward No. 12 Kantha Throw
When we think of charitable gifts for Mother's Day, Chicago's own Hand & Cloth quickly comes to mind. They source traditional two-sided blankets from Bengal called kantha. These gorgeous blankets are made from reclaimed sari cloth and have been a quiet form of self-expression for women in Bangladesh for centuries.
Hand & Cloth is a team of creative, textile enthusiasts who work to empower women through the traditional and cultural artisan skills they already possess. They are passionate about creating a sustainable textile brand which supports women through dignified work in countries where sex-trafficking and violence against women is prevalent. Read about how their kantha blankets help the women of Bangladesh.
2. Raven + Lily: Almaz Silver Multi-Leaf Short Necklace
$64 at www.ravenandlily.com
Raven + Lily Almaz: Silver Multi-Leaf Short Necklace
Raven + Lily was created as a platform to utilize those passions to alleviate poverty among women. Their ETHIOPIA COLLECTION is comprised of statement jewelry designs crafted with handmade beads and charms from melted bullet casings (from former war conflicts) and vintage silver coins. If you're looking for charitable gifts with a great story, look no further.
This collection helps employ women from this area and also provides HIV care and educational opportunities for the whole family. Watch their "Bullets to Beads" video to learn more about this transformation of something of destruction to something of beauty.
3. Sudara Punjammies: Nagavani Full Length Bottoms
$44 at sudara.org
Sudara PUNJAMMIES Nagavani Full
Charitable gifts come in all shapes and sizes, but here's our pick for something that you'll probably use most days. Sudara ("beautiful" in Sanskrit) makes PUNJAMMIES™ loungewear, inspired by the beauty, colors and textures seen throughout the local Indian culture and crafted by brave women in the community who wish to remain free from the sex trade they escaped. Read more about their work on their blog.
4. Po Campo & Bright Endeavors Mother's Day Gift Sets
$45 at pocampo.com
Po Campo Nice Ride Mother's Day Gift Set (left)
and Pretty Pamper Mother's Day Gift Set (right)
Well, we couldn't help including our own Mother's Day Gift Sets in our round-up of charitable gifts for mom. We partnered with Bright Endeavors, a Chicago non-profit that "lights the way" for adolescent mothers by providing coaching, guidance, and on-the-job training while producing premium soy candles and bath products.
The Nice Ride Mothers Day Gift Set combines Bright Endeavor's signature Lemon Tea soy candle with a Po Campo Six Corners Handlebar Bag, our most popular bike bag, and a Reflector Pin. The Pretty Pamper Mother's Day Gift Set includes the luxurious Bright Endeavors Soaking Salts in lavender milk with our new Bifold Wallet and a Reflector Pin.
5. Usful Glassworks Recycled Wine Bottle Carafe Set
$35 at usfulglass.com
We recently blogged about what Po Campo is doing to be an eco-friendly company, so it should be no surprise that we included Usful Glassworks in this gift guide since they combine two of the things we love most: recycling and charitable gifts. This organization employs low-income seniors, at-risk youth, homeless people and refugees, providing them with on-site job training classes that teach them practical workplace skills. All of the products are handcrafted by the participants of the job training program.
What Mother's Day gift ideas would you like to add to this list of charitable gifts for mom? Please leave your suggestions in the comments below!