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Shop these local businesses for Mother’s Day gifts that give back

Whether you’re doing some Mother’s Day shopping for the moms in your life, or just making a wish list of your own, we’re here to help. These gift ideas, chosen by local TV personality Pay Chen, are chic, thoughtful and they give back to the community. What’s not to love?

First up, Pluck Teas. Pluck’s founder, a former marketing manager in the furniture design business named Jennifer Commins, has always loved tea—she, “spent her childhood collecting Red Rose tea sculptures and learning to blend the mint, thyme, sage, rosemary and lavender from her grandmother’s tea garden,” according to her official bio. But she didn’t turn her love of a good cuppa into a career until 2012. That’s when she launched Pluck, a Canadian line of high-end teas that can be found at Indigo stores and in local restaurants and cafés.

The Toronto-based company has been committed to doing good from the very beginning, which is why they’ve always paid employees more than minimum wage and sourced their ingredients from sustainable and organic sources around the world. Also worth mentioning: the company’s Tea for Good buy-back program. Whenever Commins lands a new restaurant or café client, she buys up their existing stock of tea, then donates it to shelters and food banks alongside her own products.

We also love Studio 1098, a local jewellery line from goldsmith, gemologist and jewellery designer Tamara Kronis. A long-time supporter of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR), Kronis has designed an entire line that raises money for HIV/AIDS research. The Wishbone Collection, a line of pendants and cufflinks, comes in sterling silver or 14 karat white, gold or rose gold. The necklaces can be accented by gemstones, or you can opt for a blinged out pavé pendant. And whatever pretty piece you opt for, a portion of all proceeds go directly to CANFAR.