With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday 22 March, so begins the search for presents that the mums, grandmothers and other marvellous mother figures in our lives will love.
If you (and your mum) like the idea of gifts that give back, allow us to introduce these top social enterprise brands. From beautiful upcycled accessories to jewellery that’s creating employment for homeless people, the positive impact their products have make them ideal presents for socially conscious and green-minded mums.
Presents made from pre-loved materials
At first glance, you’d never guess Quazi Design’s striking jewellery collections were made from paper. Skilled craftswomen in Swaziland, where the brand is based, turn discarded magazines into beads and gem-like shapes by hand and combine with other locally sourced materials to create these wearable pieces. They’re the perfect accessories for mums into slow, sustainable fashion.
Quazi has a social impact too. They empower the female artisans who work for them, offering much needed secure employment opportunities and skill sharing – a fitting brand to support on a day celebrating women.
For lovers of sleek, classic style and purpose-driven brands, look no further than BEEN London. Their belief that ethical products can look beautiful without costing the Earth has led them on a mission to save perfectly good materials becoming lost to landfill and make the most of them. The end result is their stunning collections of handbags and other accessories, which are handmade in their London studio.
Leftover natural ingredients are the materials UpCircle Beauty reuse and repurpose. Coffee grounds, olive stones, brewed chai spices and more by-products that were destined for the waste bin are collected up and made into nourishing scrubs and cleansers for the face and body. All-natural, cruelty-free and palm oil-free, the range comes in beautiful recyclable packaging that makes for a great looking gift too.
Presents that protect the planet
A water bottle by Jedz is sure to be a hit with any mum who’s vowed to ditch single-use plastic. Incredibly durable and with double-walled stainless steel that keeps your water hot or cold, £1 from every sale is also donated to safe water initiatives, doubling the positive impact these sleek bottles have.
Top pick for Mother’s Day: Classic Water Bottle 500ml
Like Jedz, you can look to GlobalWAKECup for alternatives to single-use plastic products like cups, bottles and straws. 10% of their profits also go to The Marine Conservation Society, their charity partners who campaign to keep plastic out of the ocean. Made using bamboo, the range is definitely a stylish step up from plastics.
Top pick for Mother’s Day: Tea Infuser
As you probably know, the World Wildlife Fund is dedicated to protecting animals, wildlife habitats and the oceans, as well as tackling climate change. They are one of the five charities profits from You’re So Kind’s luxury hand wash go towards, which is one reason mums with a passion for the natural world will love this social enterprise. The products themselves are vegan, natural and sustainable, not to mention leaving hands super smooth and soft.
Top pick for Mother’s Day: Rose and Orange Blossom Hand Wash
Presents creating positive social change
Another handmade jewellery brand making a difference is Pivot. They provide meaningful employment to people experiencing homelessness, with every piece of jewellery sold helping them on the journey towards permanent accommodation and a better life. The simple and elegant geometric designs make a lovely gift, that’s all the more special when you know about the life-changing impact they have.
The wonderfully rich and flavourful drinks by Refuge Hot Chocolate are made from the finest Fairtrade Belgian chocolate. Whisked up by Chief Potion Maker Tara Mullan, she started the company to raise much needed funds for the anti human trafficking charity she volunteers for, perfecting a recipe that tastes amazing and has an even better impact. All products are free from dairy, gluten, nuts and eggs – a bonus if you’re buying for someone who’s sensitive to certain foods.
Usually greet your mum with a bouquet of Mother’s Day flowers? This year, surprise her with a sustainable alternative that’s also transforming women’s lives. Working in partnership with domestic abuse charities, Page and Bloom train women who have moved on from refuges to make their stunning paper flowers, which are handcrafted from pages of love poems, maps, comic books and other paper.
For a personal touch, customise a single rose or bouquet with a map of your choice. It might be of a place that your mum loves to visit or your family hometown – anywhere that holds meaningful memories. Bear in mind it takes a little longer (7-10 days) for Page and Bloom to create these bespoke designs, so place your order in plenty of time for Mother’s Day.
Why stop at supporting one positive cause through your Mother’s Day gift? Our hampers combine a delicious array of food and drink made by social enterprises doing all kinds of good. Alongside fairer alternatives to traditional gifts for mums like wine and chocolate, discover a selection of other treats too – from crisps made of wonky fruit and veg to ales made with surplus bread.
Top pick for Mother’s Day: The Essential Hamper
For even more gifts that give back, view our full Mother’s Day gift guide.
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