Gifts from the heart come in all shapes, sizes and wrappings. Those that give back hold a special place in my heart. Even though by the time you read this the gifts have probably been given, as today is Mother’s Day, there are still “gift” ideas that you – or she – may want to take advantage of. For those who’ve forgotten it\s mom’s special day, there’s still time to do something she’ll appreciate.
The jewelry from the Mala Collective is special. Malas (ma’ luhs) traditionally are bracelets used as beads to keep track of Tibetan prayers. They’ve grown, however, to be used both as beautiful jewelry and as meditative reminders. This handmade jewelry is ethically made in Bali, Indonesia and is Fair Trade. The brown rudraksha seed beads – which are considered sacred beads in parts of the world, said Ashley Ward, Mala Collective’s founder – are sustainably harvested and combined with lovely gemstones.
A company committed to making a difference, Mala Collective donates part of their profits to a non-profit Balinese birthing and wellness center called Bemi Sehat, and to organizations like Girlvana, which is dedicated to empowering young women and providing positive role models for them.
International Rescue Committee “Rescue” gifts offer a number of terrific giveback opportunities. And they’re remarkably affordable.
Just $23 will provide emergency care for a child, delivering provide lifesaving medical assistance to a sick and malnourished child staying in the hospital of a refugee camp, as well as supplies to help them stay healthy. $24 ensures critical supplies and assistance that will help make childbirth safer for both a mother and her baby. $50 will provide clean water to 100 people whose lives have been devastated by war, famine or drought. (In 2011, the IRC gave 1.7 million people access to clean drinking water.) An $84 gift will provide warm blankets and a sense of security in difficult circumstances to three families of five.
You can give to a specific cause or by price. The choices are varied and all are heartwarming.
Every gift you give helps save lives. Find out more at http://gifts.rescue.org.
Lastly, comfort and style combined with sweatshop-free labor are wrapped up in this ecoKashmere slip top. This natural undyed lingerie is made from bamboo, a sustainable plant that grows without pesticides. The company specializes in using eco-friendly fabrics and sustainable business practices. Machine washable, this luxurious slip is available in all sizes in the natural shade and, in limited sizes, in cherry red. It’s available at EcoPlum.com with free shipping and 10 percent off e-gift cards if ordered by or on Mother’s Day.
To all Moms everywhere – Happy Mother’s Day!