by Mina Olivera
Mom to Mom; Mother’s Day gifts that give back!
Flowers, cards, breakfast in bed. While each of these is nice – and very appreciated – on Mother’s Day, I especially love gifts that give back. Gifts that give hope and inspiration to more than just me. After all, isn’t selflessness what being a mother is all about?
15 years ago, I co-founded NOVICA (a fair-trade, online marketplace, part owned by National Geographic) with the dream of helping hardworking women (and men) around the world. We wanted to showcase artisan talent in developing countries and make their beautiful products accessible to consumers here in the US. Today, we proudly feature thousands of items like jewelry, clothes and wood carvings that are made by artisans in places like Bali, Brazil, Guatemala and India. These women set their own prices and run their own small businesses, often employing others in their community to help out.
I’ve had the honor of meeting many of these women over the years, and some of their stories are just incredible. Maybe this Mother’s Day, you can drop a hint and get a beautiful necklace or scarf that simultaneously helps another mom out?
Here are a few of my Mother’s Day picks:
Sandra and Lily