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18 Ethical Mother's Day Gifts Under $40

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Since Mother's Day is just two weeks away, I've put together a list of 18 ethical gifts that will not only pay it forward but your mothers (and aunts and sisters and friends... you get the idea!) are bound to love. 
With everything under $40, these are surprisingly affordable and can be bundled together if you have a bigger budget. Let me know if you have your own recommendations to add to my list in the comments section! 

1. Shea Brand Whipped Organic Shea Butter ($11.00 for 1 oz or $24.00 for 2.4 oz) What's not to love about sustainably-sourced shea butter, hand-whipped to perfection, enriched with Vitamin E and infused with essential oils, guaranteed to nourish and protect dry and sensitive skin, lips and hair... and perfect to throw into the handbag?
2. Dear Survivor Pale Cluster Earrings ($32.00) These handcrafted earrings are made from a subtle yet stunning cluster of Rose Quartz, Pink Barite, Green and White Fluorite, and 10% of proceeds will go to GenerateHope, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to helping human trafficking survivors.
3. Comfort & Joy Apothecary Summer Forest Sugar Scrub ($20.00) Gift her an at-home spa experience with this all-natural sugar scrub that gently exfoliates and washes clean without a greasy residue, scented with a blend of Lavender, Orange, Patchouli, Ylang-Ylang with a touch of Cinnamon.
4. All Good Things Collective Overcome Tee ($25.00) Encourage her with this empowering Overcomer tee printed on an Alternative Apparel scoop neck tee made from a polyester-cotton blend that will only get softer with each wash.
5. Comfort & Joy Apothecary Vegan Soap ($9.00) This soap with skin-loving, high-quality oils and butters will produce a gentle and non-drying lather while leaving her skin feeling clean and refreshed, with a sweet and floral citrus scent of Orange, Lavender and Geranium, making every bath time a special treat. 
6.  Life Lived Beautifully Grace Upon Amazing Grace Mug ($15.00) This gold-foiled mug is designed to be a reminder of John 1:16, and you can wrap this up with a box of fair-trade tea or coffee or some hand-picked flowers for an extra touch.
7. Ten Thousand Villages Pastel Paisley Scarf ($24.99) Ethically made in India, this lightweight and sheer scarf with pretty pastels and sassy tassels is a versatile choice that will last her through the seasons.
8. Thoughtfully Magazine Subscription ($7.99 billed every quarter for a year) Feed her mind and spirit with a one-year subscription to Thoughtfully magazine, an indie publication that will encourage her to live thoughtfully right where she is, one step at a time.
9. Love 41 Leather Essential Oils Pouch ($39.00) If she is an avid user of essential oils, this full-grain leather pouch with contrast stitching is the perfect gift, holding up to 4 5ml bottles and 100% of profits going to educating, job training and feeding the poor in Africa and beyond.
10. Lotus Wei Infinite Love Anointing Oil ($30.00) Help her channel and attract love, affection, magnetism and charisma with this honey citrus anointing oil that taps into the power of flower remedies. 
11. Red Apple Lipstick in Audrey ($28.00) This no-shimmer, neutral pink lipstick is a classic “your lips but better” shade that will flatter women of all ages and skin tones, free of all the nasty ingredients lurking in conventional brands.
12. The Little Market Conscious Shopper Shopping Bag ($20.00) Now she can make a statement and go shopping in style with this adorable water-resistant jute bag, and every purchase empowers artisans at Corr Jute in Bangladesh.
13. The Little Market Soy Blend Candle ($26.00) Show her how much she means to you with this hand-poured Happy Mother's Day soy candle available in over 40 fragrances, while supporting women refugees and entrepreneurs around the world through Prosperity Candle. 
14. Genesis Fair Trade Cosmetic Case ($23.00) This vibrant cosmetic case features traditional Mayan symbols handwoven with natural fibres and dyes into a compact pouch that will fit all of life's essentials, ideal for the mom-on-the-go.
15. Cambio Market Abstract Flower Notebook ($11.00) Awaken her inner Picasso with this eco-chic notebook sustainably-made from abaca plant fibers and organically treated to be tear-resistant, sturdy enough to withstand even acrylic paint.
16. The Little Market Handpainted Floral Box ($26.00) Her jewelry will fit right into this dainty treasure box hand-painted by underprivileged and disadvantaged artisans in India.
17. Bohochic Cosmetics Lip & Cheek Tint ($10.00) She won't be able to resist this delightful macaron-inspired collection of 5 highly wearable shades in a creamy texture that will give you a natural flush on your cheeks and lips.
18. Nuno Fabric Gift Wrap ($14.00 - $28.00) Avoid paper waste with this stylish fabric gift wrap made from recycled plastic bottles that can be repurposed into a tea cosy, scarf, a pillow bag, a grocery bag and more.
Happy Mother's Day!
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