It’s time to celebrate the #1 gal in your life – your mama! If you’re having a little trouble deciding what to get her, have no fear! There are so many great companies that are leading the fight for social justice, fair labor standards, and environmental accountability – here are just a few of our top ethical gift ideas that we know your mom will love!
For the classic mama..
Alter Eco Truffles – $7.99 for a 10-pack
Moms love truffles. It’s a fact. Skip Godiva and Lindt and give her an extra special treat this year that she won’t feel guilty about eating. Alter Eco’s decadent truffles will satisfy her sweet tooth cravings, without the influx of junk included in many chocolate treats. They are certified fair trade, organic, non-GMO, gluten free and soy free and boast a creamy center made of organic coconut oil. Choose from five delicious flavors to find the perfect choice for your mama!
Don’t just buy the first flowers you see at a store this year. Do a little research to make sure your flowers are ethically and sustainably grown. Head to your neighborhood farmer’s market and buy directly from a local farmer. Whole Foods also offers a wide variety of Whole Trade® flowers that are certified by the Rainforest Alliance, Fair Trade USA or a third-party organization to make sure they’re using fair labor practices and meeting rigorous environmental standards. In addition, Whole Foods Market pays a ‘community fund premium’ that goes directly back to the farmers who grow the flowers for them to invest back into their communities.
Prosperity candle’s ‘Time to Unwind’ gift set, which includes a candle, facial steam and bath tablet, is the perfect gift for a mama who’s ready for some serious relaxation! Prosperity aims to invest in female entrepreneurs across the globe and each candle is made by a female artisan working to lift her family out of poverty.
For the fashionista mama:
If your mama has a serious jewelry addiction look no further! Tribe Alive sells beautiful jewelry, bags and clothing that are designed and handmade by women. Their goal is to lift women out of poverty through partnering with artisans across the globe and ensuring fair wages, safe working conditions, and financial stability. Added bonus: their products are beautiful! Now there’s a necklace mom can brag about.
For the beauty-loving mama..
Alaffia Soap – from $3.99 a bar
Alaffia has a wonderful selection of fair trade certified soaps, lotions and beauty products that mom is sure to love! Their mission: promote gender equality and female empowerment in rural Africa through beauty. Alaffia spearheads a number of empowerment projects that include maternal care, FGM eradication, reforestation, eye exams (and eyeglasses), and education!
100% Pure Mother’s Day Perfect Eyes Set – $35 when you spend $45 or more
There are so many reasons to love 100% Pure – they produce organic, cruelty and toxin free makeup and beauty products AND they plant one tree for each product sold! They’re also committed to producing minimal waste through the use of eco-friendly packaging. Sold yet? So are we! Mom is sure to love any of their beauty products and they’re offering a special Mother’s Day deal on their Perfect Eyes Gift Set.
For the wellness adventurer mama..
Jade Yoga Travel Mat – $59.95
For the environmentally-conscious yogi mama there are no better yoga mats than Jade. Jade Yoga Mats are made with eco-friendly natural rubber and are produced entirely in the US. They plant a tree for each mat sold AND donate a portion of their sales to environmental community groups each Earth Day. The travel mat is the perfect light-weight size for mom to take on the go. Bonus: if you purchase the mat in teal they’ll donate $5 to ovarian cancer research.
Is your mom still looking to follow through on her New Year’s resolution to eat a healthier diet? Sounds like a great time to begin a juice cleanse! Suja’s original fresh start juice sampler is the perfect choice for first-time juicers! Suja’s juices are USDA certified organic, non-GMO project verified, dairy-free, soy-free and gluten free!
At the end of the day what your mom probably wants most is just to spend some quality time with YOU! So why not plan a fun event like a local cooking class? Sur La Table offers a range of cooking classes in their locations across the country. You can find anything from Global Street Food to Asian Noodle Night. Find your mama’s favorite flavor and sign her up!
For the activist mama..
Make a Donation in Her Name – Any Amount You Choose!
If your mama is the type who loves to give back, forgo gifts all together and make a donation in her name! She’ll be so proud that you went the extra mile to research companies doing the right thing. There are so many great charities working to empower women worldwide. Here’s a few to consider:
- Women on Wings is an awesome charity provides jobs to women in rural India
- Girls Not Brides is helping women worldwide reach their full potential through ending child marriages.
- Tostan is an African-based organization leading development in rural Africa.
- Girls Who Code is a local Bay Area company that is working to reduce the gender gap in the tech industry through teaching teenage girls how to code.
So what are you waiting for? Go shower your mom with some ethical and sustainable love for Mother’s Day and let us know what she says. Share any other fun Mother’s Day ideas in the comments below!