Mother’s Day is nearly here and through the years the best gifts my girls have given me have been the simplest and most heartfelt – a handpainted terra cotta flower pot with a yellow marigold, a handmade picture frame and preschool art made with their tiny handprints.
If you’re shopping for your mom this weekend, I’d love to steer your direction toward some gifts that will also give back in some way.
If you’re looking for a beautiful piece of statement jewelry that is understated and elegant but packs a powerful story, this jewelry is a great choice. I learned about SOKO last fall when they sent me their gorgeous Kazi Cuff made by a mom in Kenya. It’s reasonably priced at $45 (and I have a link listed below for a $15 coupon). SOKO helps women artisans in third-world countries make a living to support their families. The cuff features custom initials as well as the artisan who handcrafted it. My next purchase may be the SOKO + UNTF bracelet which supports UNTF programs to prevent violence against women around the world. I also love the new Umoja Love Pendant featuring the initial of your choice. Here’s that link for a $15 credit toward your first purchase at SOKO.
Solitaire Ring Stack from SOKO
Nashville nonprofit Thistle Farms has a great assortment of gift ideas for mom, including this limited edition Mother’s Day Gift Basket with some of their best-selling items. Thistle Farms’ mission is to heal, empower and employ women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. You can also grab lunch at their restaurant on Charlotte Ave. in West Nashville/Sylvan Park.
Kiva is a micro-lending site whose mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. My brother gave me a $50 gift certificate to Kiva a few years ago and it’s a great, non-traditional gift that helps people in need. Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend to unique entrepreneurs around the globe. You can help real people around the world, from Rwanda to Nicaragua, launch their own businesses. Why not support a mom entrepreneur with this unique gift?
Nashville Artist Collective
I read about the Nashville Artist Collective last year on Style Blueprint as part of a holiday gift giving guide. This online store not only supports local artists, but a small donation is made every time you purchase a piece of art from this collection. The charities change regularly and this month’s featured charity is Preston Taylor Ministries. I love the paintings by Susie Elder. This is a great gift idea for the art collecting mom!
I don’t personally own any products from FASHIONABLE, a socially-conscious accessories brand based here in Nashville, but I’ve heard great things about them. They feature handmade leather goods and jewelry made by women here in Nashville as well as around the world. Their leather goods are not inexpensive, but look beautifully made. I love this Mamuye tote, which is handcrafted in both Ethiopia and Mexico. Several of their jewelry items are on sale, including this Duo Choker (just $28) and Nomad Tassel Necklace ($48); the mix and match earrings are made in Nashville.
Let me know in the comments below if you have any other favorite gift ideas that give back!