It's almost Mother's Day, and if you're still shopping (or suspect that your spouse or kids haven't quite wrapped up your gift yet) take a look at the socially responsible Mother's Day Gift Guide over at Fair Trade USA. This nonprofit certifies and promotes products that support fair wages and better lives for millions of farmers and workers in more than 70 countries worldwide. Whether you pamper mom with breakfast in bed or a bouquet of roses, you can show that you believe that "Every Mother Matters" by buying Fair Trade food and products.
Women who work on Fair Trade Certified farms and in Fair Trade factories are guaranteed access to healthcare and maternity leave. They are given opportunities to earn a decent living, work in safe conditions, invest in their own homes, and take on leadership roles in their cooperatives and communities. When you choose a chocolate bar, bouquet of roses, bottle of wine, or yummy-smelling lotion bearing the Fair Trade logo, you can feel confident that you're helping women and families.
If you live near a Whole Foods Market, you can find plenty of Fair Trade Certified flowers, chocolates and beauty products for mom there, along with Fair Trade coffee, tea and more for a Mother's Day brunch. If Target is more your speed, consider grabbing a bottle of Wandering Grape wine -- not only is this winemaker Fair Trade, their 2008 Malbec Merlot received 88 points from the Beverage Testing Institute!
For more great gift ideas and online shopping resources, jump over to Fair Trade USA's gift guide.
If you're interested in seeing how Fair Trade helps women and families around the world, take a couple of minutes to watch this video. Maybe even watch it with Mom.