Holiday Gifts that Empower Mothers & Families Across the Globe

By Cynthia Sularz

December 11, 2018

The holiday season is upon us as is the chance to give back. Together we can make a difference for moms and families around the globe. Choosing a gift that not only looks good, but does good, can feel like a daunting task. To help, we’ve compiled a list a list of gifts that give back.

This Giving Season, Give the Gift of Good Health!

Shot@Life wants children everywhere to be happy and healthy. Sadly, around the world children are still dying unnecessarily from vaccine-preventable diseases – one child every 20 seconds. You can help protect children against measles, polio, pneumonia, and diarrheal disease! Donate today and help Shot@Life and our UN partners deliver these lifesaving vaccines. Your gift of good health will allow more parents around the world to share special moments with their children this holiday season and all year long. 

Girl Up
A gift for your favorite Feminist!

Girl Up has a number of fun holidays gifts to choose from. From travel accessories by BÉIS Travel to JCRew’s “Jane of all Trades” t-shirts, there is something for everyone. One of this year’s highlights is Scarlett Curtis’s new book, “Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and Other Lies).” This collection of essays comes from a wide variety of authors including Kiera Knightley, Emma Watson, and Girl Up Leaders which being put on the t-shirts with some themes like be kind to your mind designed t-shirts. Each author examines what feminism means to them with the goal of helping the reader come to their own personal understanding of the world.

Fistula Foundation
Empower women recovering from fistula surgery!

Mother & Child Ornaments ($25): Perfect for the parent or child in your life! Handcrafted by women recovering from fistula surgery in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, each ornament is as unique as the woman who created it. Donations made in exchange for these items will provide economic opportunity for women recovering from fistula surgery and help others receive fistula treatment.

Give the unusual and practical gift of menstrual pads!

Kanya (chlorine-free disposable pad with biodegradable pulp) brings DIGNITY and EQUALITY. All girls deserve access to high-quality protection. When you give the gift of kanya, you ignite important conversation and help girls everywhere Go With Confidence.  Shop 1=1:  *Six month supply = 12 packs (7 pads per pack)

Every Mother Counts

Shop gifts that benefit mothers around the world!

A woman dies every two minutes during pregnancy and childbirth. Up to 98% of these deaths are preventable. This holiday season, you can be a part of the solution with Every Mother Counts. There is a great variety of options, from sweaters to jewelry, ranging from a 7 Carat Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring to designer tanzanite rings Brisbane to a gold and silver necklace with matching earrings,  at Every Mother Counts. Each purchase works to help mothers access essential maternity care to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere.


Practice languages with refugees!

Tis the season of giving! If you’re looking for gift that “gives back”, why not gift a NaTakallam conversation session? NaTakallam is an award-winning social enterprise that hires refugees as online language tutors (and translators). Is your child or friend studying a language? Do they want to support refugees at the same time? This is a perfect gift for language enthusiasts of all ages and all levels wanting to learn/practice Arabic, Persian, or Spanish. Learning a language has never been so impactful! Start a conversation now, to support the livelihood of those displaced by conflict. Learn a language, change a life.

Take Action Challenge: 

  • These gifts are amazing. Give one to a mom this Mother’s Day and share this guide with your family and friends!
  • Know of another charitable gift that a mom would love? Tweet us @globalmomschall and let us know.

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