Top ten charity gifts to give this Mother's Day

News10 March 2021

Whether it’s a mother, grandmother, godmother, stepmother or anyone that’s made a difference in your life, this Mother’s Day give a Concern gift in her name and she’ll continue to make a difference to those who need it most. Here are our top ten charity gifts on offer that help transform the lives of some of the world's poorest people. 

1. Pig

Violette and her son Lievain with the pig she has bought from the profits of her business at her home in Burundi. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith
Violette and her son Lievain with the pig she has bought from the profits of her business.

Send hogs and kisses this Mother’s Day with the gift of a pig. This popular gift has been hogging the limelight in recent years. And it’s no surprise when pigs provide such life-changing income for the little effort it takes to raise them – a sow can produce as many as 12 piglets per litter. This gift certainly won’t be taken for grunted.

2. Home Garden

Euphemia Inina waters her home garden in Mabayi, Cibitoke. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith
Euphemia Inina waters her home garden in Mabayi, Cibitoke. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith

Why give flowers this Mother’s Day when you can give an entire garden? With limited resources, it’s hard for families living in poverty to get enough food. But this gift will lettuce provide a mother with the seeds, training and equipment she needs to grow a garden full of varied vegetables, giving a family an all-year-round nutritious food source Plant-tastic!

3. School Lunches

A student at Gatoto Community School in Nairobi. Concern Worldwide supports the school to provide daily breakfast and lunch meals to each student. Kenya Photo: Jennifer Nolan
A student at Gatoto Community School in Nairobi. Concern Worldwide supports the school to provide daily breakfast and lunch meals to each student. Kenya Photo: Jennifer Nolan

Ditch the breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day and give school lunches instead. For children living in poor communities, lunch at school may be the only good meal they get all day. But you can fill the tummies and fuel the brains of two children for a whole month, so they can reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.

4. School fees

Children from the Gatoto Community School in Kenya. Photo: Gavin Douglas
Children from the Gatoto Community School in Kenya. Photo: Gavin Douglas

A bright gift idea for the mum who taught you everything you know. A good education is something all mothers want for their children and you can help give it to not one but five children. All children should dream and aspire to be whatever they want to be. You can give children the best start in life by investing in their education.

5. Thermal Blankets

Wafdeh* (20) with her youngest daughter Rajaa* in their makeshift kitchen. Photo: Gavin Douglas
Wafdeh* with her youngest daughter Rajaa* in their makeshift kitchen. Photo: Gavin Douglas

A truly heart-warming Mother’s Day gift. Just like how your mum used to tuck you in at night, you can help wrap up a family – displaced by war, conflict or natural disaster – in blankets, and keep them safe from extreme weather conditions. This is a gift that will truly warm hearts.

6. Keep a girl in school

13-year-old Hawo in Kalacha Nomadic Girls School, Kenya. Photo: Jennifer Nolan
13-year-old Hawo in Kalacha Nomadic Girls School, Kenya. Photo: Jennifer Nolan

An empowering Mother’s Day gift. In some countries, girls don’t get the same opportunities as boys. This gift supports a girl to stay in secondary school for two extra years so she can increase her earning potential, avoid early marriage and challenge discrimination. What better way to celebrate the mum who told you anything was possible than with a gift that empowers women and girls across the globe.  Empowered women, empower women.

7. Tippy Tap

Kevin with the tippy tap they have installed, thanks to investment from the Graduation Programme. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith
Kevin with the tippy tap they have installed, thanks to investment from the Graduation Programme. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith

Wat-er way to make an impact this Mother’s Day. When we’re little our mum’s most important job is keeping us safe which is proving even more challenging for mum’s living without basic essentials during the current pandemic. But for just £13 you could install 10 foot-powered taps and protect thousands of families from Coronavirus and other diseases. Give communities a helping hand with this life-saving gift.

8. Eco stove

Jennifer has been able to cook more efficiently and hygienically for her five children in Malawi. Photo: Jason Kennedy
Jennifer has been able to cook more efficiently and hygienically for her five children in Malawi. Photo: Jason Kennedy

Forget the scented candles this mother’s day - the hottest gift this year is an eco stove! The perfect gift if there’s nothing quite like her cooking. These compact contraptions can cook all types of food quickly and hygienically, boil water to clear bacteria and burn wood more efficiently than traditional stoves. This means that families don't deplete their wood store so quickly and so can also help to preserve forests.

9. Therapeutic food

This young child from South Sudan can avoid malnutrition thanks to life-saving sachets of peanut paste. Photo: Steve de Neef
This young child from South Sudan can avoid malnutrition thanks to life-saving sachets of peanut paste. Photo: Steve de Neef

All parent’s want their children to grow up strong and healthy. With limited resources it’s hard for families living in poverty to get the food they need. Just £26 today could provide one month’s worth of nutritious, therapeutic food for children at our malnutrition clinics. This gift has saved thousands of lives over the years – and by buying it in your mum’s name, she will too!

10. Avocado trees

Esperence and her two-year-old daughter Delphine collect ripened avocados from their garden plot in Kirundo, Burundi. Photo: Chris de Bode
Esperence and her daughter collect avocados from their garden plot in Burundi. Photo: Chris de Bode

If you can’t avo-cuddle, say a socially distanced ‘I love you Mum’ with avocados. These lean, mean green berries provide 20 essential nutrients including fibre, potassium, B vitamins and folic acid. The avocado has got it all and your gift provides eight trees, so you could help a family harvest over 2,400 of them a year. A smashing Mother’s Day gift.

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NFI materials being distributed by Concern in masisi, DRC. Photo: Kieran McConville/Concern Worldwide

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