For my fellow last-minute procrastinators who have still yet to purchase a commodity to symbolize our appreciate for our Mothers', this one is for us! (Speaking of procrastinating, my apologies for the little hiatus I took this past week-- the dread of mid-terms have arrived in full force, I'm afraid!). ~

Mother's Day is all about celebrating the women in our lives. But how could you celebrate the life of one beautiful woman while supporting the exploitation of millions of other beautiful women by buying gifts from brands from our boycott list or other unethical corporations? Instead, to truly celebrate the wonderful creatures that are women, I've put together a little gift-guide of products most of which were created by women looking to empower themselves and rebuild their lives! True beauty is more than just external~


1. HANGING FLORAL POT, Indego Africa
Handmade by women artisans in Rwanda, and all of the profits of this beautiful flowerpot support these women's education!

2. KANTHA PILLOW, Anchal Project
Hanmade with upcycled Sari, this pillow helps to fund scholarships, health care, educational workshops, and a new life for marginalized Indian women.

3. SCENT FROM HEAVEN PERFUME SET, Lush
Created using several natural ingredients, Lush sets the (soap) bar for ethics in the beauty industry! Lush holds a strong stance against animal testing and supports several grassroots organizations around the world!

4. FABRIC SOW JOURNAL, Enrou
Not only is this journal made in part from local Ugandan fabric, but it also helps fund the work of the Street Child Project, an organization that works to "feed, shelter, educate, and inspire" the Ugandan homeless youth.

5. TRUE HERO BANGLE, Threads by the Shine Project
According to the Shine Project, "100% of the profits [from this bangle] will be used to give Christmas to families [in Aurora, CO] who would otherwise not have it this year, in the name of Alex Teves."

6. MONTAÑITA MESSENGER, Artful Venture
This bag was handmade in Ecuador and helps to bring a small local artisan's work to a global market!

7.  DEADVLEI BRACELET, The Base Project
This bracelet from The Base Project is beautifully hand-carved from discarded water pipes and is inspired by the amazing culture and landscape in Namibia.

8. SOARING II LAPTOP CASE, Della
Although this 13" laptop case is covered with birds (I know, I know, I'm rather predictable...), the Soaring II case is completely vegan and its inside lining made from traditional fabric from Ghana! Della is a "women-owned and women-run business!"

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Which one was your favorite?
Happy Thursday! Hope you have a beautiful Mother's Day, inside and out! c;

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