Happy Friday!

This weekend couldn’t come quick enough for me as this week seemed very long after the string of short weeks I’ve just had – between Easter and ANZAC Day public holidays and sick leave for my laser eye surgery and sprained ankle.

Now May has crept up on us and Mothers’ Day in the Southern Hemisphere is next Sunday. Personally, it’s one of my favourite gift giving holidays as I love saying ‘thank you’ to my Mum. Here are ethical versions of five classic, sweet gift ideas to make your Mum feel spoilt:Mother's Day Gift Ideas

1. Hooded Spa Robe by glo for $122.00USD / 2. Peony Dipping Dishes from Oxfam for $54.95AUD / 3. Vanilla Honey Candle from Serrv for $14.00USD / 4. Chocolateria chocolate available from various retailers, price varies / 5. UNICEF Measles Vaccinations $55.00AUD


1. Glo Hooded Spa Robe available online for $122.00USD.

A gorgeous bathrobe that is both Fairtrade and GOTS certified.

Ethical credentialsFairtrade certified, otherwise certified (GOTS)

2. Oxfam Peony Dipping Dishes available online for $54.95AUD.

This beautiful dipping dish is a stunning piece to get out when entertaining guests.

Ethical credentials: Made by a World Fair Trade Organization

3. Serrv Vanilla Honey Candle available online for $14.00USD.

A fragrant candle in a handpainted holder is a surefire way to help your Mum relax.

Ethical credentials: Made by a World Fair Trade Organization/Fair Trade Federation Member

4. Chocolateria chocolate boxes available from the following retailers in Australia: Myer, David Jones, Woolworths/Safeway, Coles, Target, K-Mart, Big W, and Priceline. Prices vary.

On their own or in combination with another gift, you can’t really go wrong with chocolate. To make it a bit more thoughtful than the standard, choose a fancier box chock-block with Fairtrade certified chocolate.

Ethical credentialsFairtrade certified

 5. UNICEF Measles Vaccinations available online for $55.00AUD (to prevent measles in 200 children).

Mothers in the developing world face different struggles to our mothers in Australia. But mothers all over the world have an amazing ability to connect with each others’ struggles. Why not buy a gift for your mother that allows her to help mothers elsewhere?

As you may know from my stint at the World Health Organization last year, I’m a massive supporter of vaccinations. Since measles is one of the leading childhood killers, immunisations against this highly infectious disease are a great gift idea. Moreover, when UNICEF reaches out to children with preventative health care like immunisations, it also works with local partners to deliver a wide range of services for mothers and children, including nutrition, maternal care and breast-feeding advice.

What are you getting your Mum for Mothers’ Day? Have you got any plans for the weekend? I’m still on crutches but I’m determined to make the most of the weekend before I start Live Below the Line next week. Tomorrow, we’re going to watch the football and Sunday we are celebrating May 4th with a Star Wars marathon ;)

Yours Fairly,


P.S. Ooops! A glitch meant this post wasn’t viewing correctly earlier today. Sorry if you stumbled upon it in that time!



  1. May 4, 2014 / 8:53 AM

    Hi Ash I just read your 2013 Live Below the Line post, and I’m so inspired that I’m also going to join this year! Yay!

    • Ashlee
      May 5, 2014 / 5:37 PM

      YAY! I’m so pleased! It’s not easy, but you will be so humbled at the end of it. It’s an eyeopening experience! Good luck and let me know if I can support you in some way :)

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