Friday, April 24, 2015

Mother's Day ethical gift guide

It has been 2 years since the garment factory collapse in Bangladesh raised our consciousness about the price of cheap fashion.  I remember being heartbroken for the devastated families in Bangladesh just trying to make a living who do not have the same assurance of safety and fairness that we take for granted in our country. We can argue about equal pay or racial injustice to be sure, but I don't think there's any argument that what happens to women and ethnic minorities in third-world countries is far more dire.

For the last several years I've requested gifts from the companies I've listed below.  Why? I don't know about you, but I don't need more "stuff". I want my purchases to make a difference. I want my consumer habits to help others, rather than take advantage of them. And for Mother's Day especially, I'd like to know that my purchased helped another woman/mother somewhere out there. 

Here's a round up of some of my favorite places to shop and some gift ideas for your favorite mom:

Gifts from companies that give women financial stability and dignity through work:

The Root Collective
Better Life Bags
The Shine Project
Thistle Farms
Mata Traders
The Giving Keys 
Work of Worth 

Note: I own items from Noonday, The Root Collective, Better Life Bags, The Giving Keys, and Sseko and can personally vouch for their unique beauty and quality.  You will not be disappointed in your purchase.

Gifts from companies owned and operated by women/moms:

Nickel and Suede
Barn Owl Primitives
Mommy Mailbox
Ava Anderson Non-Toxic 

Books by women authors (just a few of my favorites):

Pioneer Woman (Ree Drummond)
Brene Brown
Glennon Melton
Amber Dusik
Shauna Niequist
Rachel Held Evans
Jen Hatmaker
Bunmi Laditan
Lisa Jo Baker

Too many choices? How about a subscription to a service like Blue Apron or a local CSA box?

What companies would you add to this list?  Comment below!

Happy shopping, and Happy Mother's Day!


  1. For $20 you can give a flock of chickens in honor of your mother to a third world family through Heifer International at


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