Gifts that Give: Charitable Mother's Day Gifts

Mothers DayMother’s Day is coming up fast. You might have some ideas for gifts, but have you considered gifts that give back? Of course, getting your mother something a little out of the ordinary doesn't need to replace a bouquet of Mother’s Day flowers, but can be a nice addition. If you’re looking to give your mom something a little different this year, here are some charitable gift ideas.

UNICEF

UNICEF is one of the leaders providing aid to children in need. For Mother’s Day, UNICEF is sending out dedicated cards to moms all over the world when you buy mosquito nets to prevent the spread of disease in rural areas. You can also choose to shop for gifts in categories such as food, immunizations, schools and maternal health. This option is quick and easy; all you need to do is pick a gift, dedicate a card, and then your gift is sent to where children in the world need it most. This is a gift that tells your mom you care not only about her, but about those less fortunate.

Shelterbox

Shelterbox is a disaster relief response organization. They provide relief to those in need where natural disaster or war has torn families and friends apart. A Shelterbox gift is much more than just the means to help those who are in need; it also shows an awareness of world issues and problems, as well as your ability to help, even in a small way. From warmth and protection, to simple toys for children, you can give a variety of gifts to those in need and dedicate a card to your mother that informs her of those supplies. Shelterbox gifts are a wonderful option when it comes to charity-inspired gifts.

Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation has a variety of options to donate money in order for trees to be planted in dedication to the people of your choice. If your mother is eco-conscious, this is a great option. Not only can you choose how many trees will be planted in her name, but you will also receive a certificate verifying what kind of trees and where they will be planted by the Arbor Day Foundation. The Arbor Day Foundation is dedicated to planting and caring for trees, but also our environment. By working with national parks the Arbor Day Foundation helps in reforestation efforts as well as conservation efforts.

Heifer International

Heifer International is an organization dedicated to ending hunger and poverty. Through their website you can pick gifts ranging from $50 to $10,000. From launching small businesses for those who don’t have the means to do so, to providing a family with a sheep, goat, cattle, or other farm animals, the gifts you can give from Heifer International make a real difference in peoples’ lives. A difference your mother will be proud of.

There are many organizations that provide gift options for family and friends that also help people in other countries, or even your own. It’s also a good idea to check with your employer to see if they have a policy of matching charitable donations — you may be able to double your contribution this way. For an extensive list of charities you can visit Charity Watch for more information.