A Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Changing the World


Well behaved women quote


Girls to the Moon is a social enterprise company, which means we believe you can do good and make money.

Now we’re taking that multi-tasking spirit to the holiday of Mother’s Day. We believe you can buy great gifts that also bring more good into the world.

Here are 17 gifts for women who want to change the world (or who are already in the middle of doing it!) All gifts on this list empower girls or women, support women business owners, or honor the spirit of feminism and equality.

(And remember, Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be about the person who gave birth to you – it can be about showing love to any and all of the women who have shown you love and guidance over the years. Now’s a great chance to pay it forward!)

E-cards that reflect all cultures

A simple but meaningful gesture, mamasday.org (an annual project of Forward Together) offers beautiful e-cards that shows love for all of the mamas in your life. Add your own message and then they’ll deliver the card to the recipient of your choosing, or to a mom who could use a pick-me-up.

A body-positive workout

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Delinquent Debutantes

All bodies deserve love and movement, so why not give mom a chance to get up and move?

We recommend looking for a body-positive fitness class, where the focus is being kind to yourself and enjoying movement and health instead of fitting a certain body type or image.

In Nashville, we love Delinquent Débutantes, Curvy Yoga, and Blooma Nashville. Check out www.bodypositivefitness.org to find body-positive workout options near you.

An empowering and pampering gift set

Thistle Farms gift set

Thistle Farms’ mission is to heal, empower and employ women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. Support their work by grabbing a limited edition Mother’s Day gift set, filled with some of their most popular products. Handmade by women, by mothers and for mothers, with love.

‘Jail door pin’ honoring the suffrage fight

Jail Door Pin

Nashville’s Chick History works with businesses, nonprofits, and cultural sites to raise awareness of women’s history. Get a statement piece that shares a crucial piece of women’s history with the Jail Door Pin. (Learn the story of Alice Paul’s original “Jailed for Freedom” Pin, which is in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.)

A refreshing body image read

Loving your body is a journey for many women. In Lightness of Body and Mind: A Radical Approach to Weight and Wellness, personal trainer (and one of our favorite Girls to the Moon speakers) Sarah Hays Coomer offers a gentle roadmap on the path – no deprivation or limitation, only more of what you authentically love.

Girls to the Moon membership

We might be biased, but we think a Girls to the Moon membership is the perfect Mother’s Day gift. At the $30 Star level, you’ll get our fun pins and colorful stationery series that honors artist Frida Kahlo, Hidden Figures mathematician Katherine Johnson, and scientist Vera Rubin.

At the $60 Galaxy level, you’ll also get our Girls to the Moon values pencils and our limited Edition “Ladies of Space” T-shirt. Not sure on some of those names? Learn more about all of them here.

Dominican Mami art print

Dominicana indie artist, sociocultural critic and writer Zahira Kelly offers up another kind of pin-up with this museum-quality poster, printed on archival paper. Much of proceeds go directly to marginalized women and femme identifying people of color.

Literary tote bag

literary tote bag

A great tote bag AND a chance to show off mom’s favorite book, sold by Nashville’s independent bookstore Parnassus Books (co-owned by bestselling author Ann Patchett). Design options include Pride & Prejudice, Franz Kafka’s The Castle, The Wizard of Oz, The Great Gatsby, and Edgar Allen Poe-ka dots.

Mother-daughter letter set

Mother daughter letter set

Get a little closer to one of the important women in your life with this set of 40 cards that includes hundreds of prompts to help you share deeply. The result is a personalized book that can be passed down from generation to generation.

A crafty quote

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cross stich inspirational quote

The words of strong women, set into cross stitch designs for a DIY gift. We like What She Said Stitches‘ collection of feminist and women-strong quotes, as said over the years by many admirable women.

Jewelry on a mission

Zesa necklace

A beautiful necklace for a beautiful purpose. The goal of Zesa is to take girls from the red light districts of India to crafting unique, handcrafted jewelry and scarves to pursuing higher education.

All Zesa products are handcrafted by survivors of human trafficking, and 100% of the profits help them rebuild their lives.

A subscription that does good

Causebox

Looking for a recurring gift? Causebox offers limited edition, socially conscious products, delivered four times per year. Every product inside has a beautiful story about how it helps create a better world.

A ‘Notorious’ book

Notorious RBG

This biography of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg draws on intimate access to Ginsburg’s family members, close friends, colleagues, and clerks, as well an interview with the Justice herself. An original hybrid of reported narrative, annotated dissents, rare archival photos and documents, and illustrations, the book tells a never-before-told story of an unusual and transformative woman who transcends generational divides.

Embrace the bossy with a plaque

i'm the boss plaque

Bossy women, unite! Make sure she and her coworkers know who’s the boss by giving her this plaque, perfect for her workplace or home office.

‘Feminist with a To-Do List’ pin

to-do list

If your mom believes in equality and is working to make it happen, help her let the world know! This pin is both a statement to publicize and a personal reminder.

Printable inspiration

Well behaved women quote

The quote “Well-behaved women seldom make history” comes from admired historian-Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. Simply download and print his high resolution image for a beautiful reminder of women’s power.

A donation to Women for Women International

women for women interational

Honor the women in your life with a Mother’s Day gift that helps women worldwide. Since 1993, Women for Women International has helped more than 462,000 marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict by offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills.