If you’re struggling to shop for Mother’s Day gifts for the mom who has everything, we always say, turn to Mother’s Day gifts that give back in some way.

Some of the most memorable gifts our own kids have given us are ones that support other moms and families who weren’t born with the same advantages I have, or charities and organizations that do fantastic things for the world. From accessories to beauty products, gifts like these are also wonderful reminders to us that our kids have learned to think of others.

How could a mom or grandma not love that?

So, this year, show a special mom that she’s raised you well, with one of these ideas for Mother’s Day gifts that give back. And…cue tears. – Kate + Liz

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Don’t miss a chance to win our $820 spring accessories giveaway! Details below!

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2018 Giveaway | $820 value | Cool Mom Picks, courtesy The Accessories Council

 

Visit all of our 2018 Mother’s Day Gift Guide posts:
20 wonderfully creative, personalized Mother’s Day gift ideas
18 fantastic Mother’s Day gifts for stepmothers, mothers-in-law, or godmothers
17 wonderful Mother’s Day gifts for grandmas
13 Creative DIY Mother’s Day gifts that kids can make and give
15 beautiful Mother’s Day gifts that give back, beautifully
32 cool (really!) affordable Mother’s Day gifts all under $15
-8 of the sweetest mother-daughter necklace sets

 

Beautiful Mother's Day gifts that give back: Bright endeavors scented soy candles from To the Market | Cool Mom Picks Mother's Day Gift Guide

Bright Endeavors Scented Soy Candles

We are longtime fans of Jane Mosbacher Morris’s exquisitely curated collection of gifts that give back from To the Market. New to the shop: these lovely scented candles from Bright Endeavors, which is all about investing in new moms. In fact 100% of the proceeds support a new mom in Chicago in need who helped create the candles. Buy lots.
($14.99 ea for 8oz tins; $26.99 for 11oz glass jar candles, To The Market)

Mother's Day gifts that give back: Vista necklace at ABLE

Personalized Bar Necklace

We’ve been longtime supporters of the work of FashionABLE (now just called ABLE) which supports women locally and around the globe in truly tangible ways. Their collection has expanded to include lots of jewelry options, include these personalized necklaces. You’ve got up to letters for initials, a name, or the word (fierce, strong, loved) that’s perfect for a Mother’s Day gift that gives back. The necklaces even come in rose gold, natch.
($54, ABLE)

Related: 20 wonderfully creative, personalized Mother’s Day gifts for a mom who’s like no other.

 

Mother's Day gifts that give back: Raven & Lilly Ethiopian leather handcrafted convertible ring bag/crossbody

Handcrafted Black Leather Ring Bag

Raven & Lily is one of the very first boutiques we covered (going back to 2010!) that’s entirely dedicated to gifts that give back and wow, how they’ve grown since then. They’re now a certified B Corporation and members of the Fair Trade Federation, offering so many incredible gift ideas that support women artisans around the world, like this stunning handmade Ethiopian leather ring bag that converts to a roomy crossbody.
($364, Raven & Lily)

Slay Mug gives back 10% to Charity:Water and 10% to a charity of your choice | Mother's Day gifts that give back | Cool Mom Picks

Slay Mug
Mother’s Day gift perfection. Especially with 10% of the profits donated to Charity:Water and another 10% at checkout, to a charity of your choice.
($18, Society B)
Note: If this mug is sold out– sad face — there are some other cool mugs and home goods available,  and plenty more at this shop.

Chantecaille's Philanthropy Cheek Shade has the icon representing a nature or animal charity that your purchase supports | Mother's Day gifts that give back | Cool Mom Picks

Chantecaille Philanthropy Cheek Shade

Liz looooooves Chantecaille beauty products, which are a worthy splurge — especially when it comes to Mother’s Day gifts. For one that give back, we are so taken with this line of Cheek Shades, each one debossed with an image of the charity that shade helps to support, from the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary (above), to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a favorite org of ours that does incredible work to help save orphaned elephants.
($40, Nordstrom)

 

Mother's Day gifts that give back: Kantha turban at Kantha Bee

Hand-Stitched Kantha Turban or Scarf
Each one of these gorgeous cotton head scarves are handmade by women survivors in West Bengal and fashioned from vintage saris. It’s a beautiful statement piece that actually makes a difference in the lives of women, and the 70″ length means it can be worn as a regular scarf or shoulder wrap, too.
($28, Kantha Bee)

With You Lockets makes dog tag style lockets to help support the American Fallen Soldier Project | Mother's Day gifts that give back | Cool Mom Picks

With You Locket Dog Tag-Style Necklaces
Maybe you’re shopping for a mom who’s in the service, or want to honor your own veteran or military family. Our friends at With You Lockets now offer four gorgeous lockets in the style of dog tags. They’re eached named for real people, including a WWI “Harlem Hellfighter” and the daughter of With You’s CEO, who is himself a 24-year veteran. If that wasn’t lovely enough, each locket donates 10% to the American Fallen Soldier Project.
($99-149, With You Lockets)

 

Hand in Hand gift set of sustainable lavender beauty products: Gifts that give back for Mother's Day | Cool Mom Picks

Hand in Hand Ultimate Essentials Lavender Gift Set

We immediately fell in love with the gorgeous smelling Hand in Hand Sustainable Bar Soaps years ago; they give back in meaningful ways, providing clean water and soap to children in need around the world.  Now the line has grown to include more body products, including this gift set that’s just ready-made for Mother’s Day gifting.
($45, Hand in Hand Sustainable Suds; bar soaps start at just $6)

 

Alex & Ani Charity By Design Queen Bee bracelet supports Habitat for Humanity | Mother's Day gifts that give back | Cool Mom Picks

Alex & Ani Charity By Design Queen Bee Bracelet
Whether she’s a card carrying member of the Beyhive, or just a Queen Bee in her own right, this lovely, affordable little bracelet gives back in a big way: 20% of the purchase price to the wonderful folks at Habitat for Humanity.
($34, Nordstrom)

Hello, Gorgeous makeup bag from St Jude: Mother's Day gifts that give back | Cool Mom Picks

Hello Gorgeous Makeup Clutch

We love supporting the wonderful work of St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and their excellent online gift shop is one great way to do that. How sweet is this affordable makeup clutch? Fill it with a few favorite beauty products (maybe that Chantecaille cheek tint?) or a gift card, so she can buy more of her own.
($8, St. Jude Gift Shop)

Related: 18 fantastic Mother’s Day gift ideas for stepmothers who you definitely don’t want to forget

Charity Heart Clutch from Whiting & Davis that supports breast cancer research | Mother's Day gifts that give back | Cool Mom Picks

Whiting & Davis Pink Heart Clutch
She already has your heart, and now she can wear one to remind her all the time, with this stunning, sparkling minaudière bag from Whiting & Davis. What’s more, 25% of the proceeds from purchases go directly to The Breast Cancer Foundation to help support other women, too.
($178, Nordstrom)

Related: 35 fabulous holiday gifts that give back to 35 fabulous causes

 

Etkie red collection authentic Navajo glass beaded cuffs | Mother's Day gifts that give back

Handcrafted Glass Beaded RED Collection Navajo Cuff

Hint to our kids: Mama wants one of these stunning glass-beaded cuffs, created in partnership with Navajo artisans to provide meaningful impact to artisans who live on the Navajo Nation, where jobs are hard to come by. The red color for this new collection was chosen to honor feminine strength, and Navajo associations with earth and the blood of kinship. They’re handmade from materials sourced locally in New Mexico, and each design is slightly different, but they’re all beautiful — and yes, a bit spendy. But worth it. You can read the full story about Etkie here. It’s pretty great.
($215+, Etkie)

Letterpress notebooks from GoodsthatMatter help support low-income youth through the I Have a Dream Foundation | Mother's Day gifts that give back

Letterpress Blank Notebooks
For sketching, list making, writing or dreaming. Buy one or buy all four; part of the purchase price from this wonderful give-back Etsy shop helps support the I Have a Dream Foundation to provide all kinds of needed support to low-income youth around the US. In fact, it’s so affordable, maybe pair it with one of the shop’s REBUILD candles which supports Puerto Rican relief.
($7/ea or $28 for all four, GoodsthatMatter)

 

Mother's Day gifts that give back: Altruette charm bracelet

Altruette charm bracelet
Each charm on an indulgent, very special keepsake bracelets from Altruette can represents a passion Mom has, and even better: a significant portion of the proceeds of each charm goes to support a related cause. You can even shop by cause like children, global good, education, women, or the arts.

Put together your own, order a single charm for a bracelet or necklace she already has, or check out the ready-made options including a newly introduced new mom charm necklace ($175) now with three sweet charms to support Every Mother Counts and Operation Shower.
($75+ for each charm, Altruette; this ultimate Founders Circle Bracelet, $3,135 in gold )

LottoLove Win for Good cards for Mother's Day - scratch to reveal which charities your purchase helped to support | Mother's Day gifts that give back

Charity Scratch-Off LottoLove Cards

For the mom who has it all, a gift card to a favorite charity is always thoughtful. But you can also get a little more creative with these pretty gold-foil greeting cards that include three scratch-off cards inside. Match your “giving icon” and see which of their fantastic charitable partners you’ve just helped, with causes including the environment, education, healthcare and more.

This is one case where every single card is a winner.
($20 with three cards inside, LottoLove)

 

Visit all of our 2018 Mother’s Day Gift Guide posts:
20 wonderfully creative, personalized Mother’s Day gift ideas
18 fantastic Mother’s Day gifts for stepmothers, mothers-in-law, or godmothers
17 wonderful Mother’s Day gifts for grandmas
13 Creative DIY Mother’s Day gifts that kids can make and give
15 beautiful Mother’s Day gifts that give back, beautifully
32 cool (really!) affordable Mother’s Day gifts all under $15
-8 of the sweetest mother-daughter necklace sets

 

Extra Cool: WIN IT!

We are so happy to be able to giveaway one amazing $820 accessories bag donated by the Accessories Council. (Follow them on IG for some great finds!) It’s the same bag gifted to top fashion editors in NYC this spring, and now…maybe, you too! It includes:

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2018 Giveaway | $820 value | Cool Mom Picks, courtesy The Accessories Council

Items may not be exactly as pictured, but will be of comparable value and you will love them regardless, so there’s that. 

Kipling Laptop Backpack • Pink Karma Meet Me at the Bar NecklacePink Karma Wave NecklaceJubilee Jones Singer Dress ClipKaren Salmonson Instant Happy JournalBlossom Box Drop Earrings • Marcia Moran Statement Earrings • Deux Luxe ClutchMila & Such Silk Scarf • John Wind New Spring Collection Ring

That’s enough to keep you, your mom, your grandma, and all your mom friends in swanky spring swag!

To Enter for a Chance to Win:

1. Share any one of our 2018 Mother’s Day Gift Guide posts on your Facebook feed. See the list above. There will be a total of 7 posts. Then, send us a permalink to your update (or a screenshot if you have a private page) to info@coolmompicks.com with the subject line MD18 CONTEST. (You don’t have to like @coolmompicks on Facebook but if you did we’d be happy!)

You may enter one time with one link per gift guide post, for a total of 7 entries.
(Hint: Maybe spread them out a little? You probably don’t want to inundate your friends and family with consecutive updates!)

2. Follow @coolmompicks on Twitter, then share a link to any of our gift guide posts on your Twitter feed.
Be sure to tag us @coolmompicks with the hashtag #cmpmothersday

Tip: You can tweet something like:
“The @CoolMomPicks Mother’s Day guide is the coolest I’ve ever seen! I want everything here: [link to post] #cmpmothersday” Or,  feel free to get creative. You do you.

You may enter one time on Twitter per gift guide post, for a total of 7 entries. Again, spread them out! More for you than for us.

3Follow@coolmompicks on Instagram, then share a photo featured in any of our gift guide posts on your Instagram feed.
Make sure to tag us @coolmompicks with the hashtag #cmpmothersday AND (important!) give credit to the shop or maker. Their name is very easy to find under the item you’re sharing.
Example:  “Look what I found on the @coolmompicks Mother’s Day Gift Guide from [name of maker here]. It’s perfect for me because _____. #cmpmothersday” Or again, feel free to get creative. You can do it!

You may enter one time on Instagram per gift guide post, for a total of 7 entries.

Total possible number of entries: 21. Sweet!


Nitty gritty and important legal details

Contest ends 11:59pm PDT on May 13, 2018. We’ll draw one lucky winner at random from all the entries. You must be 18 years or older to enter, U.S. residents only. Void where prohibited. Read more detailed contest and giveaway rules here.

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