Last-Minute, Local Mother’s Day Gifts that Give Back

“Hey Mom, can you teach me how to make scrambled eggs this afternoon? Not for any reason. You know. Just because. No reason at all,” my 9-year-old said with a sideways grin on the way to school this morning.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and if you’re anything like me (and my kids apparently) then it’s crunch time. With only a few shopping days left to go, sons and daughters and husbands everywhere are shifting from the “Mother’s Day is coming up” mindset to, “What can I come up with in the next three days that will bring her to happy tears?”

Looking back over my 5 Unspoken Rules of Mother’s Day Gift Giving, I realized that one important thing was missing from the list of suggestions: Gifts that Give Back. So this year, if you want to take motherly love to a whole new level, consider making a purchase or donation that supports a cause close to Mom’s heart. This could also include supporting a local business that gives back to the community through civic engagement.

Here are a few of my favorite (last-minute) local gift ideas with a slant toward social good, and I can’t wait to hear your suggestions!  Comment below with your ideas, and I’ll link back with anything you want added to the list over the next few days via the @GoodCauseCLE Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages!

The Painted Rain Barrel Project: Check out this great article from Crain’s about the beautiful perspective of a local artist who pairs her passion for art with a commitment to water conservation. Linda has painted barrels for purchase or will provide you with a barrel prepped for painting – you can commission her artwork or attend one of her workshops to complete the project. Gift certificates are also available. Visit her website or Facebook page for details.

Drink Local Drink Tap happens to be hosting their 4 Miles 4 Water event this Saturday, May 7th – it’s a family-friendly sustainability celebration – and they will also have handmade items for purchase. Each gift you purchase supports women business owners in Uganda, and every $30 you spend will provide clean drinking water to someone for life. Event details can be found here.

Want to make something yourself?

Or mayupcyclebe Mom is a creative spirit. Stop by The Upcycle Parts Shop, a local nonprofit in the St. Clair/Superior neighborhood, just brimming with crafty goodness. They have everything you need to get started on a quick homemade gift,  and they also sell locally-made artistic creations and gift certificates. Visit their Facebook page or website for details, location and hours. It might be worth a visit just to check out their amazing new mural celebrating the essence of the community they call home!


Coffee is always good. Especially when it’s locally roasted by a business owner who is committed to ethical beans and community involvement. And plants are good. Personally my favorite are the “very hard to kill kind” that come in beautiful hand-crafted pottery. If you think Mom would enjoy a bag of beans or a plant that needs very little mothering, stop by Six-Shooter Coffee in the Waterloo arts district, where they’ve teamed up with Brick Ceramic + Design Studio to provide a one-stop shop for caffeine and Mother’s Day shopping.

So there you have it – my quick and dirty list of ways to win points in Cleveland this Mother’s Day weekend! Can’t wait to hear what you have to add to the list! Visit us on social media and use #GoodCauseCLE to share your ideas!

NEW ADDITIONS – Thank you for sharing your ideas!

Visit the Cleveland Thrift Store – where all the proceeds benefit the Cleveland Furniture Bank, a nonprofit dedicated to helping make a house a home for those in need. They are having a storewide sale this weekend on May 6th and 7th. Visit their website for the address and details. You can shop for housewares, new and used furniture and clothing, even appliances. Or consider making a donation to the Beds for Kids Campaign in honor of Mom.

candleA Light of Hope Candles – After going through the process of adopting her son, Lori Pawlowski was deeply impacted by the needs of children living in orphanages and foster care. Her mission to do more turned into a partnership with Prosperity Candle where each candle is hand-poured by artisans who have come to the US seeking a better life. All proceeds from A Light of Hope Candles are donated to SOS Children’s Villages or other local charities. Lori has plenty of candles in stock, and she delivers locally or can ship nationwide. Shop online or visit her Facebook page to contact Lori directly.

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