The Kind of Giving that Gives Back

The question creeps into a late night conversation while we catch up over the DVR. “What would you like to do for Mother’s Day?” It’s followed by a very macho pleading to throw him a bone in the form of my wants and deepest desires.

I confess, I’m terrible at offering gift ideas.

My shrugs, hems, and haws don’t make it easy on my husband who, despite his most valiant efforts, suffers from mild PTSD over my not-so-subtle requests for the receipt and not-stealth-enough missions to the return line.

I can blow $75 at Target on Ziploc bags, scented candles, and $1 bin must-haves, but I’m not one to throw down for my wants. If it’s essential, I pick it up. If I long for something, I over think it until I justify the funds or my husband convinces me that it’s beyond okay to replace the throw pillows from 1999.

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As I’ve gotten older, my taste and style has simplified. As much as I love a good surprise, I prefer one thing I really love over a lot of things that will be donated to Goodwill before their six month anniversary.

In honor of all the mamas out there—and ALL your gift giving and receiving convenience and pleasure—I’ve comprised a list of a few of my favorite places to shop.

Why are they my favorites, you ask?

Because you can shop from the couch on messy bun Monday.

Because they offer quality, convenience, and excellent service.

Because these gifts give back to causes bigger than the bottom line—hooray!


Giving that Gives Back: 5 Gifts with Great Cause

Girl Set Free "I Once Was Lost" Tee {www.girlsetfree.org}Girl Set Free:
This ethical fashion brand is at the top of my list because I have LOVED its founder Amy Kratzer from her early days in the faith blogging community. God has given her and GSF’s growing tribe an incredible vision for simply beautiful designs that create life changing opportunity for artisans in Nepal, Cambodia, Italy, and even within her own Ohio community. Every dollar leads to freedom and that is money well spent.

 

Noonday Collection:
There is a lot of jewelry in the world today, but not every piece changes it. The beautiful artisan crafted pieces from Noonday are cultivated through partnerships that create sustainable businesses within at risk communities. My Noonday Ambassador, Joanna, is generously giving away a beautiful Safari Stack paper bead bracelet, crafted in Uganda, with your $50 purchase!

Assortment of the beautiful Noonday Collection Spring Line {www.noondaycollection.com}

Check out these awesome gifts that give back!

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Hope Outfitters:
I found this gem of a company on Instagram when I saw one of their t-shirts featuring my son’s life verse – Micah 6:8. I would have bought it anyways, but when I discovered their “Buy 1-Give 100” vision that has funded campaigns for human trafficking, at-risk youth, and currently Mercy Ships of Hope, a sailing hospital, I bought two shirts! Check out their attire and accessories for all your gift-giving needs.

Hope Outfitters Men's and Women's Tees {www.hopeoutfitters.com}

ViBella "Be Happy" Bracelet and Book Bundle {www.myvibellajewelry.com}ViBella Jewelry and The Happiness Dare:
This giving opportunity is two-for-one goodness! ViBella Jewelry is committed to bringing employment and empowerment to their artisans in Haiti, and now they’ve partnered with one of my favorite authors to bring you this beautiful ribbon wrap “Be Happy” bracelet AND The Happiness Dare book, by Jennifer Dukes Lee. But hurry, supplies are limited so make a mom, grad, or birthday even happier today!

Use smile.amazon.com to donate a percentage of your purchases to your favorite charity or non-profit.Amazon Smile:
Hello to shopping in a pinch! And, if you happen to be a Prime Member hello to free shipping. We use Amazon ALL the time in our home and with just a small shift in the web address (smile.amazon.com), you can give a proceed of your purchases to the charity or non-profit of your choice.


I hope these ideas will make your gift giving more meaningful and your gift receivers even more thankful for the heart to give back behind them.

To all the mamas out there—may your Mother’s Day be sweet and might you be reminded that it is kingdom work you do. It is holy ground we tread upon as we raise up humans to love the Lord and proclaim His excellencies. Whether you find yourself at a sink full of dishes, in a room full of runny noses, or like me, driving your teen every which way and then some, keep at it! No one else could do it quite like you. 

By His endless grace,


You can also find these words linked up at my favorite spots: Jennifer Dukes LeeHolley GerthKristin Hill Taylor, Lyli Dunbar, Crystal Storms, and Grace & Truth.

34 thoughts on “The Kind of Giving that Gives Back

  1. Great ideas here! Happy Mother’s Day! I’m like you, would rather have one gift I really want. My husband takes me out, buys me flowers, but I choose my own gifts. :) It’s an arrangement that works for us. :)

  2. I’m with you Tiffany on the difficulty in wanting/needing stuff as we get older. But blowing money at Target on silly things, so easy! It’s my happy place! i think these are great ideas, gifts with purpose as we get older help support people in need and don’t clutter up our home with more things we don’t always need. :)

  3. More and more I want my purchases to make a difference. We don’t always have the funds for me to just buy, but when I need something and I can put my money in a place where the bottom line is about helping others? Yahoo! I’ve purchased from Noonday, and I love their products. And that they help women in third world countries in significant ways.

    I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day my friend!

    1. Hi Jeanne! I agree, it does make those purchases more meaningful when we know they give back. Wishing you a wonderful Mom’s day as well, friend. So great to hear from you.

  4. I LOVE THIS! I’ve bought from ViBella and Noonday before, but never from Girl Set Free, I’m going to check it out now! (And I also have trouble with gift giving ;) )

    1. I’m so thrilled to share Girl Set Free with you, Kendra. You’ll love their designs, and even more their beautiful vision to support their artisan partners and the women they serve!! 😍

    1. You’ll love Girl Set Free! They have some beautiful pieces and a new line in the works. You can follow them on FB too for promotions and updates. God is doing some amazing things through their work. Thanks for visiting, Kelly!

  5. Great ideas! I like this idea of giving gifts that will help change someone’s life for the better.
    One year I couldn’t think of anything I really wanted for Christmas, so I asked my husband to make a donation to Samaritan’s Purse in my “honor”. So he did, and I got a card from Samaritan’s Purse as my gift for that year from my husband. I won’t know until eternity what that gift did for someone else and their family and their community. It’s a good feeling. It shows you how the Bible is right when it says, “It is better to give than to receive.”

    1. Such a great idea – and Samaritan’s Purse is a great organization. We need to add them to the list because they have a great catalog of donation items! You’re right – it is a good feeling to know that someone else was blessed by something we did or received. Thanks for stopping by today!

  6. Great ideas, Tiffany. I order from Amazon a lot, but I never knew about Amazon Smile. So thank you. Do I have to become a Prime Member in order to use it? Have a Happy Mother’s Day! Love and hugs!

    1. Hi Trudy! You don’t have to be a Prime member to use Amazon smile. Just go to that website next time you shop at Amazon and choose a charitable organization of your choice. If the one you want isn’t there, you can always tell them about it so they can join. It’s a small percentage but since you’re shopping anyways, why not give too! Happy Mother’s Day, sweet friend. xoxo

  7. These are great ideas Tiffany. Even though my mother has dropped some not so subtle hints:) I think she would love any one of these ideas as well. Thanks for sharing. I hope you and yours have a blessed #MothersDay weekend.

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