Social Impact Finds: Gifts for Mom

SIKU style hearts moms. This year consider giving mom a gift that is not only special in design and aesthetic, but helps empower the women who made the goods, many of whmo are also moms! For Mother's Day we are rolling with the slogan "for moms by moms" for our gift list curration. We'd love to hear about the special traditions you share with your family on Mother's Day! Brunch at her favorite restuarant, breakfast in bed, spa day, a walk on the beach, or visit to a museum?

1. The everyday, carry-it-all tote. Handmade in India by artisans living in vulnerable communities.

Travelers Tote Eco-Camel by ELEVATE , TO THE MARKET, $159.95

Travelers Tote Eco-Camel by ELEVATE, TO THE MARKET, $159.95

2. Let her unwind and relax to this soothing soy blend candle. Hand-poured by refugees living in the United States.

Soy Blend Candle - The Best Mom , The Little Market, $26.00

Soy Blend Candle - The Best Mom, The Little Market, $26.00

3. For the mom who is also a dog lover. She'll simply love this hand-woven tote from Bangladesh.

4. Nautical and fringe combine to make the perfect statement earring. Mom will love these beauties handmade by refugee women living in the United States.

Maritime Earrings , Gaia, $125.00

Maritime Earrings, Gaia, $125.00

5. Treat mom to some shea butter balm bliss! Ethically sourced and produced from 100% raw shea in Ghana.

Shea Gift Pack by Eu'Genia Shea , TO THE MARKET, $50.00

Shea Gift Pack by Eu'Genia Shea, TO THE MARKET, $50.00

6. Hand towels with a story. These hand-towels are hand-woven in Chiapas, Mexico.

Slate Hand Towels (Set of Three) , Ara Collective, $90.00

Slate Hand Towels (Set of Three), Ara Collective, $90.00

7. The perfect dress-it up or down necklace. Handmade from recycled bullets in Ethiopia.

8. Simple slides for sophisticated mamas. These comfy slides are hand-crafted in Leon, Mexico.

Isla Slide Sandal Noir , Nisolo, $88.00

Isla Slide Sandal Noir, Nisolo, $88.00

9. She can never have enough horn bangles. These beauties are hand-crafted from discarded cow horn in Haiti.

Set of Three Horn Bangles, TO THE MARKET, $36.00

10. A worthy coffee table centerpiece. Mom will love this basket hand-woven from palm leaves, which also features a hand-carved nickel Toureg medallion. Each basket is made in Niger by talented artisans.

Toureg Medallion Basket , Zeal Living, $74.95

Toureg Medallion Basket, Zeal Living, $74.95

8 Places to Eat & Play in Beirut

Beirut, once hailed the Paris of the Middle East, is in the midst of an all out cultural resurgence and there is something mesmerizing about the combination of new and old, of grit and glam coexisting peacefully in this cultural icon of a city. Interested in eating the best croissants outside of Paris? Dream of sunbathing on the Med and drinking rosé produced in an ancient monastery? Sipping craft cocktails in a Tokyo style bar? Or dancing the night away in an abandoned train station? Beirut has it all and now is the time to visit. Here are a few of our favorite hot spots!

Beirut Waterfront

1.     Mezyan. An amazing restaurant and bar serving Levantine and North African tapas to hipster crowd of expats and locals on Hamra Street.  The vibe at Mezyan is laid back and the food is delicious. Check out their Facebook page to learn more about upcoming live music performances. 

Image via  Secrets of Beirut

2.     Trainstation Mar Mikhaël.  No trip to Beirut would be complete without a night of bar hopping in the infamous Mar Mikhaël quarter of the city.  For a truly unforgettable night be sure to stop at Transtaion Mar Mikhaël, an outdoor music venue and bar in an old abandoned rain station.  The spot is the perfect mix of grit and glam. With some of the best DJs in the city.

 3.     Dragonfly.  Looking for a low-key atmosphere and some seriously crafted cocktails? Then Dragonfly is your spot.  Think tiny Japanese craft cocktail bar meets 1920’s speakeasy.  Dragonfly is located in Gemmayze, an area drawing a bit more sophisticated crowd, more interested in top shelf liquor than cheap (but still pretty good) Almaza beer. 

Image via  Beirut.com

Image via Beirut.com

4.     Pierre and Friends.  Escape the city and enjoy one of Lebanon’s famous beach clubs.  Visit the local favorite, Pierre and Friends for an authentic Mediterranean experience that won’t break the bank.  Pierre and Friends is less than an hour north of the bustle in Beirut.

Image via  Pierre and Friends

5.     Music Hall: Beirut Waterfront. For a night like no other in Beirut, your best bet is Music Hall—it’s a throwback to the days of cabaret and eccentricity.  From international music acts to Lebanese 80’s cover bands to Elvis and Beyoncé impersonators, there is truly something for everyone.  Be sure to head over before 11 pm to ensure you get a spot at the bar.

Image via  The Music Hall

Image via The Music Hall

6.     Urbanista. The best coffee outpost in Gemmayze.  Whether you need to catch up on work, grab a quick bite or relax with a good book, Urbanista should be your go to spot….plus their baristas know how to brew one hell of a good cup of coffee.  While there are several Urbanista outposts in the city, the best location is Gemmayze hands down.

Image via  Urbanista

Image via Urbanista

7.     Seza. A visit to Beirut is not complete without experiencing the amazing Armenian culinary scene.  Seza is the perfect spot sample the city’s best Armenian food in a lovely old house right in the heart of Mar Mikhaël. Be sure to make a reservation online on Seza’s website.

Image via  Seza

Image via Seza

8.     Mótto. Motto has become an institution because of its globally oriented cuisine and novel concept where you pay what you think is fair for the food you order.  Their Sri Lankan and Indian food is out of this world.  Motto also operates a cool program for up and coming chefs, known as ‘Make Me Motto” where chefs submit their restaurant concepts and Motto let’s them test out their ideas. Be sure to also check out Motto’s sister restaurant—Makan

Image via  Motto

Image via Motto