As a mother of three children, I genuinely look forward to Mother’s Day each year, and it’s not because of the fresh cut flowers and handmade cards. I love Mother’s Day because my husband always takes the kids somewhere for the day. They can go anywhere. I don’t care where. His real gift to me is a day of peace. A time to sip coffee and binge on inappropriate Netflix shows. And then pretend I missed my children terribly when they come home after a day with Dad and shower me with love. I really do adore them, but I appreciate their eccentricities just a tiny bit more after a brief sabbatical.
I know. Mother’s Day is about more than just me. It’s about my mom, and your mom, and all the other mother figures out there. Last year, we challenged you to “take motherly love to a whole new level by 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.
What is your mom passionate about? Childhood cancer research? Poverty? Environmental issues? Empowering women?
Here are a few of our favorite local gifts that give back, and we hope you’ll comment below with some ideas of your own. Better yet, share this post and tag your kids/sister/husband, then send your whole crew on a shopping spree and get your Netflix wish-list queued up for next weekend!Somebody please tell my family I want this for Mother's Day . . . Click To Tweet
- Cosmic Bobbins, a local gift shop and sewing center in Shaker Square, creates jobs for underserved populations in Cleveland by offering arts-based entrepreneurship and sewing education. They specialize in selling handmade items from over 65 local artists and also offer customized sewing classes for local schools. You can visit them in person or make a purchase (like these cool CLE tees!) online.
- Speaking of cool CLE tees, Esperanza Threads was founded in 2000 by Ursuline Sister Mary Eileen Boyle to address the social justice issue of sewing sweatshops. This nonprofit organization trains low-income individuals to learn industrial sewing. Esperanza Threads’ supersoft organic cotton clothing is sewn, printed, and designed right here in Cleveland.
- Another cool, Cleveland-based, female t-shirt maker (noticing a trend here?) is This Girls Tees who unapologetically celebrates the strengths of girls and women through fun graphics and powerful words. These “girl power” tees are made in the USA and printed locally. They feature great slogans, such as “This girl asks why,” “This girl likes math,” and my personal favorite, “Strong as a mother.” BONUS: You can order one for Mom and keep a gift for yourself, because This Girls Tees is offering a FREE “Strong as a mother” tote bag with every purchase with the promo code GOODCAUSECLE. *Shop here and place both items in your cart, the discount will be applied at checkout for the cost of the tote bag.
- Storehouse Tea (pictured above) is a tiny little Cleveland tea maker with a big mission. These organic, fair trade loose leaf teas make the perfect gift and also provide employment and training for local refugees. Take 15% off all website orders with the promo code MOM at checkout. Free shipping anywhere in the US on orders over $50.
- Rescu for Love is a local non-profit that sells beautiful 5-free nail polish to raise funds for existing organizations that “propel love and inspire stories for all women.” What does 5 free mean exactly? It means that every polish is made without the five most harmful chemicals found in nail polish. These chemicals include: Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor. We hope that you enjoy this product that has been made with the love of humanity in mind, from the tips of your toes to the end of your finger nails.You can order them online here.
- In 2010, Shane Haddad was diagnosed with brain cancer at age three. His family has been fighting the battle with him for the past seven years. In 2016, the Haddad’s started Shanerock a nonprofit that focuses on helping local families who are battling pediatric cancer. One of the many ways you can help this great cause is by purchasing Shanerock Candles. The beautiful glass candles are $20 each and can be ordered directly from the Haddad family at Amyhaddad@sbcglobal.net.
- A Light of Hope Candles is another local organization that sells candles for social good. These soy-blend candles are handmade by resettled refugees at Prosperity Candle and are specially labeled for A Light of Hope, with the sole purpose of raising funds for 3 different charities that help women and children. The 6-oz, 28-hour tins are available in a variety of designs, including Harry Potter inspired and CLE skyline. Shop here.
Of course, no Mother’s Day is complete without treating mom to lunch and dessert. Bloom Bakery provides jobs for low-income and disadvantaged adults in the Cleveland area. Their employees are professionally trained in the art of baking. Bloom Bakery’s lunch menu includes a variety of delicious sandwiches and salads made from locally sourced ingredients. And for dessert, I highly recommend the fruit tart.
If you have a mom who says “Don’t buy me anything,” (and truly means it) consider making a donation to her favorite charity. What are your favorite local gifts that give back?