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Im a Brooklyn based writer with a blog, a rescue dog and an insatiable desire to see everything there is in New York (on a budget).

A Meaningful Mother's Day Gift Guide

A Meaningful Mother's Day Gift Guide

I’m sharing some of my favorite companies and brands to shop from this season when you’re looking for a special little somethin’ for Mother’s Day.

All of these items are a twofold gift, meaning you’ll be supporting a good cause or elevating the platform of small businesses that support underrepresented voices.

White Field Farm  is run by a little community of Orthodox Greek nuns in Montana. Proceeds from this non-profit beauty and home care company support female survivors of abuse and human trafficking. I’m in love with their soy candles, especially french lavender for spring.

White Field Farm is run by a little community of Orthodox Greek nuns in Montana. Proceeds from this non-profit beauty and home care company support female survivors of abuse and human trafficking. I’m in love with their soy candles, especially french lavender for spring.

More Than Words  is a Boston-based non-profit that focuses on job training and youth development for children and young adults who are in the foster care system, homeless, not in school or are court-involved. You can shop for used books in their two brick and mortar Boston shops, or their large database of over  20K books online .

More Than Words is a Boston-based non-profit that focuses on job training and youth development for children and young adults who are in the foster care system, homeless, not in school or are court-involved. You can shop for used books in their two brick and mortar Boston shops, or their large database of over 20K books online.

Do you have a crafty mom who’s ready for her next sewing project or DIY masterpiece?  Fab Scrap  is a non-profit based in NYC that takes textiles from the fashion industry that would be traditionally thrown out and recycles or reuses them. Shop in store or online to put together a unique collection of fabrics for the next project you work on with your mom.

Do you have a crafty mom who’s ready for her next sewing project or DIY masterpiece? Fab Scrap is a non-profit based in NYC that takes textiles from the fashion industry that would be traditionally thrown out and recycles or reuses them. Shop in store or online to put together a unique collection of fabrics for the next project you work on with your mom.

You can’t go wrong with a solid, minimalist pitcher - whether it’s for for entertaining, holding your favorite flowers in, or just for decoration.  Female Not Factory , based out of Portland, Maine is a boutique shop that sells small-batch original homewares, clothing and accessories all made by female creatives. You can make an appointment to visit their shop in person or peruse their quality selection of artisan crafts online.

You can’t go wrong with a solid, minimalist pitcher - whether it’s for for entertaining, holding your favorite flowers in, or just for decoration. Female Not Factory, based out of Portland, Maine is a boutique shop that sells small-batch original homewares, clothing and accessories all made by female creatives. You can make an appointment to visit their shop in person or peruse their quality selection of artisan crafts online.

I’m loving these supportive yet strappy sandals for spring and summer, especially in suede. Based out of Nashville, Tennessee,  ABLE  is a “lifestyle brand” that focuses on creating ethical fashion and providing economic opportunity to women. They’ve started a campaign for more  clothing companies to publish their wages  and I think they’re on the forefront of something big.

I’m loving these supportive yet strappy sandals for spring and summer, especially in suede. Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, ABLE is a “lifestyle brand” that focuses on creating ethical fashion and providing economic opportunity to women. They’ve started a campaign for more clothing companies to publish their wages and I think they’re on the forefront of something big.

Timea’s Market  out of Canada employs survivors of sex trafficking to make natural spa and personal care products. They also support human trafficking initiatives in the US. I think a full spa box of their self care products would be a perfect gift.

Timea’s Market out of Canada employs survivors of sex trafficking to make natural spa and personal care products. They also support human trafficking initiatives in the US. I think a full spa box of their self care products would be a perfect gift.

Made in Ethiopia, the Yodit Canvas tote has an olive green color and soft canvas texture. It’s just one of the many useful products  Rethreaded  has. Rethreaded began as a partnership with City Rescue Mission of Jacksonville, Florida to hire women who had been incarcerated or trafficked and provide steady employment for them.

Made in Ethiopia, the Yodit Canvas tote has an olive green color and soft canvas texture. It’s just one of the many useful products Rethreaded has. Rethreaded began as a partnership with City Rescue Mission of Jacksonville, Florida to hire women who had been incarcerated or trafficked and provide steady employment for them.

Who said dog moms can’t have their day in the sun on Mother’s Day?  Sophie Gamand  is a New York based photographer exploring the relationship between humans and dogs in her work. Her most recent book, Pit Bull Flower Power aims to shed light on our misunderstanding and mistreatment of pit bulls, through humorous and inviting imagery of adoptable pit bulls in flower crowns. She photographs adoptable dogs for free and you can support her by purchasing other items from her  online shop  too.

Who said dog moms can’t have their day in the sun on Mother’s Day? Sophie Gamand is a New York based photographer exploring the relationship between humans and dogs in her work. Her most recent book, Pit Bull Flower Power aims to shed light on our misunderstanding and mistreatment of pit bulls, through humorous and inviting imagery of adoptable pit bulls in flower crowns. She photographs adoptable dogs for free and you can support her by purchasing other items from her online shop too.

Starfish Project  is a social enterprise that helps women get out of human trafficking (mostly in Asia) by providing them with a wide range of support, from housing to vocational programs. What I love about this company’s site is that each product’s description contains the amount of impact you would have by purchasing it. For example, these  Ava Azul Tassel earrings  provide one week of a woman’s stay in a shelter.

Starfish Project is a social enterprise that helps women get out of human trafficking (mostly in Asia) by providing them with a wide range of support, from housing to vocational programs. What I love about this company’s site is that each product’s description contains the amount of impact you would have by purchasing it. For example, these Ava Azul Tassel earrings provide one week of a woman’s stay in a shelter.

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