When it comes to my mom, she’s the person in our family that keeps the whole operation running. Without her, my father would only eat Lean Cuisines for every meal of his life, my brother would have never married an amazing woman, and I would be a total train wreck without her 27 years of free therapy and advice. None of those are exaggerations.
I know we all agree it’s important to honor our moms for their hard work and for putting up with us. (If you don’t agree, you run this risk. …I’m using scare tactics now.) But you might be thinking, man, this week is swamped, what are we to do for our beloved matriarch? Well, devoted readers, that’s where I’m here to help.
You may have seen me posting a few things recently (No? Follow us here and here) about a new partner site of Explore Austin’s called Give as you Get. I was skeptical, too, fellow online shopper, but it’s easy as 1-2-3. This is a simple way to take care of your dearest mom or lovely wife without ever leaving the computer, AND you can show her you care about your community (specifically your favorite local nonprofit, Explore Austin), all at the same time! So not only will she know she raised you right, but she will also be incredibly proud of herself for raising a remarkable philanthropist.
Not great at picking out gifts? I can help with that, too. The following items are gifts (hand picked by yours truly) that you can buy online through Give as you Get and a portion of your gift expense will be donated to Explore Austin. There’s a strong to quite strong chance (Meet the Parents reference) that your mom will be overjoyed with any of the following gifts.
*****Must start your shopping through this link to to support Explore Austin while you shop. It will lead you to the stores listed in the fantastic gift guide you are about to read:
Amazon.com - (2-4% donation in return to Explore Austin)
(For the classic mom)The Paris Wife $10
(For the sporty mom) Born to Run $7
(For the funny mom) Bossypants $11
…For best response, give books along with an afternoon to herself in the backyard or by Barton Springs
1-800-Flowers – (3% donation in return to Explore Austin)
Arrangements starting at $39+. They’ve really upped their game in the last few years with quality of arrangements. Take it from someone who worked at a florist all through high school, you’re going to want to stay away from wacky vases and Baby’s Breath (Baby’s Breath is making a comeback, but not through 1-800-Flowers). If your mom’s the organic, environmentally conscious type, go with a floral, budding plant or an orchid.
Sephora – (2-5% donation in return to Explore Austin)
Stella by Stella McCartney $20-92
Lola by Marc Jacobs $22-88
Burberry Brit $72
Target – (1-3% donation in return to Explore Austin)
EOS Organic Lip Balm $9
Riedel Vivant (Wine glasses) Collection $18-34
Emerson 8-bottle Wine Cooler $59
CHI Ceramic Flat Iron $99
(Note: Target lists the DVD, The Help, in their Mother’s Day gift guide. Though a fantastic movie, never a good idea to get mom a gift where house cleaning is one of the core focuses. Take it for what it’s worth.)
The site will walk you through the easy shopping instructions. Please note that items already in an online shopping cart PRIOR to your first visit with the link listed above may not credit Explore Austin. Please come back to this link for all of your shopping needs. Note: Your transaction is taking place directly with the vendor. You will NOT receive confirmation of the sale from Give as you Get, but shopping through the provided link will ensure your donation with your sale.
Happy shopping, and more importantly, Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you so much for supporting Explore Austin.
Author: Robbie Jane Paup
Robbie Jane is the Director of Marketing & Communications for Explore Austin.