In the back of your mind, you know Mom loves you no matter what’s happened in the past (limp bouquets of grocery store flowers included). This year it’s time to meld your money and good intentions into one thoughtful, newspaper-wrapped present that gives a nod to the woman who gave you life and the planet you both call home. Having a tough time finding the perfect token of affection? Check out 10 of our go-to gifts that will find a special place on her shelf – and in her heart.
She loves setting a festive table, and these mix-and-match patterned cloth napkins help brighten any dinner spread. Plus, One Mango Tree provides fair wages and work conditions to local artisans in post-conflict countries, helping to improve the economy and preserve peace in the area. Now that’s something to celebrate.
Never one to shy away from making a statement, Mom can wear this eye-catching and female-empowered accessory with pride. Each bead is handmade from recycled silver, copper, and brass bullet casings by infected women living in an HIV-positive community in the Entoto mountains of Ethiopia, providing them with resources for health care and education for their families.
She might not look it now, but Mother Dear counted herself among the flower children in the Swinging Sixties. Natural wax candles in scents like 1969 (patchouli and musk), Peace Pipe (tobacco leaves and cherrywood), and Supersoul (nag champa and sandalwood) take her back to Woodstock – or the days of sitting around with friends in her parents’ basement burning incense.
She’ll be the envy of the quilting club when she brings in a stack of non-toxic, organic cotton fabric colored with low-impact dyes containing no heavy metals. The textiles are produced in a fair labor factory, and each pattern is printed by hand, making each one as special as the Mom using it.
You’ve lovingly nicknamed her “the bag lady” in honor of the amount of essentials (and non-essentials) she totes around town. Help her trade up her signature accessory with this slouchy (and roomy) suede bag made in NYC from recycled leather remnants.
Whether she’s whipping up dollar pancakes for a family of four or enjoying some well-deserved quiet time with her favorite paperback, this supersoft knit jersey coverup in one of five colors (treated with non-toxic dyes, of course) keeps Mom warm and comfy.
We bet Mom’s heart bursts when she hears that each cotton and silk handwoven wrap gives tribute to one of more than 1,000 victims in a deadly garment factory collapse, which took place in Bangladesh in 2013. The fact that profits from the sale help women and children in the country’s Sreepur Village makes her smile even bigger.
Hand her a rustic jute drawstring bag filled with three 5-free nail polishes before she heads out to a spa pedicure (bill footed by you, naturally). Choose her favorites from 22 vibrant colors, all packaged with sustainably harvested wood caps, reducing the plastic used in production.
Mom’s crafty side shows itself when presented with a heirloom-quality, velvet-covered blank photo album made with recycled book board and paper and hand de-bossed on a 19th century press. This is one brag book she’ll insist be passed down to future generations.
Pen a heartfelt message in a beautiful card made by an ecofriendly printing company that produces their paper goods in the U.S.A. She might not know the story behind the greeting card, but she’ll hang on every word that’s written inside.