Mother's Day Gift Guide: How to Celebrate the Women in Your Life

Mother's Day Gift Guide: How to Celebrate the Women in Your Life

Mother's Day is rapidly approaching and we've got a gift guide that's got you covered, whether you're searching for a unique gift for your mom, step mom, grandmother or a friend. At Thread Spun we support fair wage creation around the world and empower people to support themselves and their families. Each of the gifts in this guide are made by artisans in developing countries and resettled refugees in the USA who were paid fairly for their work. They are not only useful and beautiful, but are a gift in themselves. Learn more about our mission to support fair wages here, and see our gift ideas below!

Woman artisan holds a stack of baskets she weaved for Indego Africa, sold by Thread Spun in their Encinitas boutique


Guatemalan Palm Desert Sun Hat is handmade and fair trade certified with the signature of of the artisan who made it! These are one of our best sellers and will provide stylish sun protection this summer.

Bogolan Mudcloth Zippered Pouches by Thread Spun artisan women are handmade in San Diego, California and create above living wages for resettled refugees. These unique pouches can be used as clutches or for organization and feature sustainable materials and naturally-dyed textiles.

Woven Leather Sandals by Mohinders. These fair trade sandals combine heirloom master shoemaking techniques from Athani, India with a minimalist silhouette. The perfect mom shoe, comfortable yet stylish.


Maasai Beaded Bracelet handmade in Tanzania by women artisans that create living wages and social programs for the makers. Features glass beads alongside recycled plastic boning and recycled thread.

A stack of colorful beaded bracelets made by hand in Tanzania by Maasai women and sold by fair trade boutique Thread Spun in Encinitas

Copper and Leather Bangle handmade by Haitian artisans at Haiti Design Co. Your purchase helps create sustainable development through design, training and job creation.

Handmade copper and black leather bangle by artisans in Haiti paid fair wages and sold by Encinitas boutique Thread Spun


Maasai Beaded Earrings from Tanzania feature a 14k gold-fill chain and 24k gold fill bars. These beauties create economic opportunity for the women who bead them by hand, plus they're on sale!

Hand beaded earrings by Maasai women in Tanzania paid fair wages and sold by online boutique Thread Spun


Home Goods

Handwoven Tea Towels made in Mexico are ethically-made textiles with a contemporary edge that make the perfect gift for any home entertainer or chef. Brighten your kitchen and the lives of artisans in Mexico.

Handwoven tea towel by retailer Minna is hand woven in bright sunrise colors by artisans in Mexico and sold by online home goods boutique, Thread Spun

Handmade candles poured by a woman artisan who is a former refugee building a new life for herself and her family in the United States. Made with premium soy and coconut wax by a company dedicated to social and environmental sustainability.

Premium soy + coconut blend candle with wood wick, hand poured by resettled refugees from Burma.

Handwoven Baskets from East Africa are made with locally-sourced raffia and sweetgrass fibers. Each unique basket takes up to weeks to complete and works well for organization, in your kitchen, or displayed on your wall.

Ethical and fair trade baskets handwoven by women artisans in Eastern Africa and sold by Thread Spun are perfect for storage or as wall art

Handwoven 2' x 3' Rugs by a fourth-generation family of weavers from Oaxaca are unique heirloom pieces that are made to last. Perfect for the textile and travel lover in your life, these rugs are naturally-dyed.

Handwoven and naturally-dyed rugs from a family in Oaxaca paid fair wages by online boutique Thread Spun


Does the special mama in your life have everything she needs? No problem! Consider a donation in her honor to our 501(c)(3) charity partner, Circle of Health International. This is sure to make her smile, and make a difference in the lives of moms and babies in need of pre- and postnatal health care around the world. COHI aligns itself with local, community based organizations led and powered by women to make a difference. Support other mothers and their children and donate here.

A worker with one of Circle of Health's community based partner organization helps kids in need

No matter how you celebrate Mother's Day 2019, we hope it's a beautiful day! If you don't see the perfect gift in our guide, shop our entire collection here.

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