6 Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts That Give Back

Mother’s Day is just around the corner — Sunday, May 13th if you’re in the United States — which means it’s time to start scouting out the perfect gift! Show your mom (or aunt, or wife, or friend, or partner, or single dad) just how much you care with a gift from this list of six sustainable/ethical/conscious gift ideas sourced from around the globe.

Photo courtesy of Katherine Hanlon, Unsplash

Photo courtesy of Katherine Hanlon, Unsplash

A set of ethically sourced books

There are all sorts of places to buy books for your bookworm that aren’t Amazon. Browse favorite titles at Oxfam Books (secondhand, antique and rare collectors items), Better World Books (used books at bargain prices) or Ebooks.com (an Amazon-style online bookstore), then put together his/her set of choice!

Where to buy: Oxfam Books, Better World Books, Ebooks.com

Photo courtesy of RMS Beauty

Photo courtesy of RMS Beauty

Natural, cruelty-free cosmetics

Is your mom a beauty lover? Delve into the world of pure, organic, all-natural cosmetics. The brands listed below use only the highest quality ingredients to make truly good-for-you products. I think they’re just lovely!

Where to buy: Meow Meow Tweet, Afterglow, RMS Beauty, Jane Iredale

Photo courtesy of Amour Vert

Photo courtesy of Amour Vert

An addition to her closet

Buying with purpose is easier than ever as more and more clothing companies implement slow, ethical, sustainable practices all throughout their supply chain. Support the trend and buy from brands like People Tree (sweet, cheerful), Everlane (minimalist, creative) and Amour Vert (elegant, versatile)!

Where to buy: People Tree, Amour Vert, Everlane

Photo courtesy of Sunriver Resort, Oregon

Photo courtesy of Sunriver Resort, Oregon

A night or two at an ecotourism site

If your mom is a traveler, you’re in luck! There are a multitude of ecotourism resorts scattered throughout the United States and beyond. What makes them special? These ecotourism sites work hard to minimize the impact tourism has on surrounding ecosystems, integrating alternative energy and sustainable practices into their vacations.

Where to look: Suncadia (WA), Hotel Terra (WY), Sunriver Resort (OR)

Photo courtesy of The Soap Dispensary

Photo courtesy of The Soap Dispensary

Elegant zero waste swaps

If your mom is interested in going green, there are hundreds of beautiful zero waste products at your fingertips! From a chic bamboo toothbrush to a new set of bulk shopping bags, you can find everything you need at any of the following zero waste online shops. Enjoy browsing!

Where to buy: Wild Minimalist, Yellow Bungalow, Package Free Shop

Photo courtesy of Purpose Jewelry

Photo courtesy of Purpose Jewelry

A piece of artisan jewelry

Adorn your mother this year with a piece of jewelry that gives back. I am especially fond of the selections from Purpose Jewelry. All proceeds go to International Sanctuary, a nonprofit that supports and empowers women who are escaping human trafficking.

Where to buy: Purpose Jewelry, Akola Project, Soko, 31 BitsABLE

 


 

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