While you take some time this weekend to honor the mothers in your life, remember to honor our Mother Earth, and all mothers of the world. You can do that by giving gifts that are earth-friendly and fair trade. Here are some suggestions.
, I wrote about why it's important to shop ethically for flowers and chocolates. If you had those in mind for mom this year,
offers flowers that are fair trade and organically grown.
Bangle bracelets from
are hugely popular right now. You've probably seen them on a few wrists, but did you know that they're made in America out of recycled materials?
so every time she puts it on, she'll know you think she's wonderful.
A really great online marketplace to shop for moms is
. They are "a nonprofit organization with a mission to eradicate poverty wherever it resides by providing opportunity and support to artisans and farmers worldwide." They sell a wide array of items that would make great Mother's Day gifts, such as housewares and apparel. My mother and I both adore scarves, and SERRV has
There are also some wonderful options for the new or expecting mothers in your life.
is a guide for anyone who wants to have a naturally healthy pregnancy. I'm a fan of her blog,
, and have heard great things about the book. Another really thoughtful and unique idea is a package of pre or post natal yoga classes! Here in Buffalo,
offers a series of those as well as Mommy and Baby classes.
Some moms can be really hard to shop for. If yours is like mine, she has everything she needs! If you want to do something meaningful for the woman who does everything for you, give to someone else in honor of her.
whose important work is helping to reduce hunger and poverty in developing countries. They provide farm animals and other resources to women and families, empowering them to create a sustainable source of income and to overcome hunger. This year, if you
or share of a goat to a struggling mother in southern Zimbabwe, your donation will be matched to make twice the impact.
Gift a gift to empower mothers around the world through
For more gift ideas for Mothers Day, check out
Here are some of my favorite musical tributes to moms!