Mother's Day is just around the corner on May 14 and you might be racking your brain to figure out what to get the amazing mother in your life that truly expresses how much they mean to you. Whether they're a pet mom, a step-mom, a bestie that's a Mom, or a person that has been like a mom, we've picked a few of our favorite ethically made gifts that truly capture the care, beauty and love worthy of these special people.

1. Library of Flowers Small Batch Lotions

This American small batch perfumery carefully crafts fragrances that will create a memorable journey through sight and scent for dear Mom. And of course she'll appreciate that each scent is made with 98% natural ingredients, no parabens and never tested on animals. Shop Library of Flowers >

 

2. Balance Candle

Mom will surely love the combination of helping animals and her favorite wine wrapped up in a candle. Handmade in the United States, our partner is advocating for animals in need by donating a portion of their sales, “not profit” to animal rescue groups. Handmade using recycled wine bottles, 100% natural soy wax and essential oils. Shop Rescued Wine >

 

3. Kantha Throw

Nothing captures the golden rule Mom always teaches us quiet like a kantha throw. Just like Mom, each blanket is one of a kind. Handmade using vintage saris in Bangladesh by young women that are at great risk of being sold into trafficking and are often discarded by husbands or families when they are deemed "expendable." Our partner's vision is to help these women rediscover their dignity and inherent value not only through meaningful work, but also by welcoming them as part of their family. Shop kantha throws >

 

4. Women for Women International Share Cookbook

We all know nothing compares to Mom's cooking! Now she can enjoy a new collection of recipes shared by women around the world. Compiled by Women for Women International-- an organization that reaches out to women in war torn areas, providing the knowledge and resources necessary for them to rebuild their lives after having suffered unimaginable hardship. Complete with an introduction by Meryl Streep and quotes from many influential humanitarians, 100% of the publisher’s profits go to Women for Women International. Get the cookbook >

 

5. Julia + Mila Pouch

No one appreciates stylish organization quiet like mom. These colorful pouches are perfect for everything from cosmetics to loose change and we know she'll love how each one is handmade using recycled silks by artisans working for a fairer trade by training deaf individuals in Cambodia. Individuals with disabilities are often regarded with fear which makes obtaining a job difficult. Much of Cambodia’s disabled population is forced to live in poverty, separate from the general population. Our partner's mission is to empower disabled women living in Phnom Penh with skilled training and dignified employment. Shop ethically made pouches >

 

6. Handpainted Pitcher

Mom is always the quintessential hostess and these handmade pitchers are sure to elevate her welcoming vibe. Handmade in Tunisia and painted free hand by each artist. Since Tunisia's independence revolution in 2011, democracy welcomed in new opportunities for employment. Our partner advocates for sustainable jobs with safe working conditions, above minimum wage salaries, and participation into the Tunisian health care system and social security paid fully by the cooperative. Shop Tunisian ceramics >

 

7. Handpainted Tagine

We know there's nothing like Mom's cooking and these gorgeous tagines are perfect for her comfort cooking. Handmade in Tunisia and painted free hand by each artist. Since Tunisia's independence revolution in 2011, democracy welcomed in new opportunities for employment. Our partner advocates for sustainable jobs with safe working conditions, above minimum wage salaries, and participation into the Tunisian health care system and social security paid fully by the cooperative. Shop Tunisian ceramics >

 

8. Floral Handpainted Trays

Handmade with recycled wood and paper and painted by hand using non-toxic paints in cooperation with small groups of artists in Northern India and Kashmir, our partner works to bring fair trade and sustainable jobs to families. In the three years of their partnership, artists have seen an increase of 25% in their income which has relieved many older children from having to work to help support their families. They are encouraged to stay in school longer, which is driving average literacy rates up. More girls are continuing their educations, strengthening female voices and status in the community.  Shop paper mache items >

 

9. Sari Mosaic Tapestry

Just like Mom the beauty of this handmade tapestry can't be captured with words. Women of the Shreenathji workshop in Jaipur, India sew pieces of recycled cotton saris together to form one beautiful work of art. Because each piece is crafted of authentic sari material, colors and patterns vary widely. No two are exactly alike. Passed down through generations, the tradition of patchwork textiles is an example of both artistry and conservation of resources. Shop the tapestry >

 

10. XOXO Ceramic Dish

Send Mom a hug and a kiss with our stunning XOXO ceramic dish. Handmade in the United States by ceramic expert Susan Gordon. Her small batch pottery studio creates collections of dinnerware, serving ware, decorative accents, and handmade jewelry that are organic, detailed, modern and timeless. Susan's handcrafted wares strive to help elevate the daily routines of eating, dressing, and living to more than just mundane tasks. Shop the XOXO dish >

May 03, 2017 by AMERICAN NOMAD