Mother holds her baby.

Aisha Mahhmoud, 20 years old, with her youngest daughter Karima. © UNHCR / S. Rich

Celebrate the inspiring women in your life with a symbolic gift that will help refugee women survive, recover and build a better future.

As Mother’s Day approaches and families search for the perfect gift for mom, aunts, grandmas and other loved ones, consider supporting a refugee woman. Around the world, refugee women and girls demonstrate incredible strength as they face war, conflict, persecution and other challenges every day.

Through UNHCR Canada’s Online Gift Shop, you can purchase a symbolic gift for your loved one, complete with a free e-card and tax receipt. So, if you’re looking for a gift that will inspire and bring a smile to the face of the incredible women in your life, look no further. Shop now.

A Mother’s Day Gift for: The Mom-To-Be

Woman lies with baby.

Nailonadege lies with her baby son within the maternity ward of the MSF clinic at the international airport in Bangui. © UNHCR/Sam Phelps

If you’re looking for a Mother’s Day gift for an expectant mother, this gift is perfect. For just $40, you can save the life of a newborn with essential delivery services. Nailonadege, 35, delivered her son in a clinic in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. The clinic has hundreds of patients flooding in every day with people suffering from malaria, respiratory infections, gun shot, burn wounds and mothers undergoing labour.

This gift provides two pregnant refugee women with prenatal care services to help prevent health problems throughout their pregnancy and prepare them for labour and delivery. Visit UNHCR’s online gift shop now.

A Mother’s Day Gift for: The Sister, Grandma, Aunt or Friend in Your Life

Man and children wash their hands.

Martin helps his children and others in the UNHCR Mole Refugee camp wash their hands before lunch. © UNHCR/Sebastian Rich

Say “thank you” to someone who has guided and supported you over the years by sending a gift on their behalf that will help a refugee family survive. For $60, you can send a refugee family a hygiene kit, providing them with the necessary resources to help keep them safe from viruses. This kit includes a water filter, clean water jugs, buckets, and a year-long supply of soap for a family of four.

Martin and Juliet are Central African refugees living in the Democratic Republic of Congo with their children. Access to clean water and soap are vital to their survival and reduce their family’s exposure to diseases and infections. Access to clean water also allows them to tend to their gardens and grow produce to feed their family. Help families like theirs this Mother’s Day.

A Mother’s Day Gift for: the Caregiver in Your Life

Newborn triplets covered in blankets.

Triplets, Riyadh, Ahmed, and Khaled at their shelter at Dilhamye tented settlement in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. © UNHCR/Andrew McConnell

Looking for a Mother’s Day gift for someone who has a big heart? This $70 gift ensures that all babies can grow up strong and healthy. Syrian refugee triplets Riyadh, Ahmed and Khaled, pictured left, were tended to by their grandmother Jalila in Lebanon.

As Jalila knows, the first year of a baby’s life is fundamental to its healthy development, and this gift can help eliminate the damaging effects of malnutrition by providing nutrition supplements for 100 infants for six months. Shop now.

A Mother’s Day Gift for: The Mom Who Has Everything

Children pose in front of a wall.

Children wearing clothes distributed by UNIQLO in Zaatari refugee camp. © Shinsuke Kamioka

Buying a Mother’s Day gift for someone who seems like they have everything can be tough. This gift is perfect, because it helps a refugee family and will provide that warm fuzzy feeling for the recipient. The children pictured right, who live in Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan, have fled their homes with only the clothes on their backs. Through this $75 gift, you can give refugees like them weather appropriate clothing to help keep them warm. Shop now.

A Mother’s Day Gift for: The First-Time Mom

Sleeping baby.

South Sudanese refugee Juru Jane’s one-month-old baby girl Nalicia Faith sleeps on a mat in Bidibidi refugee settlement in Yumbe District, Uganda.© UNHCR/David Azia

This Mother’s Day, you can warm the heart of an expecting mother by helping a refugee woman take care of her newborn with the New Mother’s Bundle. Juru Jane gave birth in her village in South Sudan on the same day when most of her family and neighbours fled violence. A few weeks later, she reached Uganda where UNHCR provided assistance to her and her newborn, pictured left.

For $100, the New Mother’s Bundle provides new mothers like Juru Jane a feeling of safety and security as they face the challenges that come with being forcibly displaced and caring for a newborn. The bundle includes a feeding program, essential supplies, nutrition supplements, blankets, and baby clothes to help improve the chances of survival for refugee mothers and their children. Send life-saving aid today by visiting UNHCR’s Shop.

There’s even more gifts available of UNHCR’s Online Gift Shop. Shop now.


UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. UNHCR has operations in more than 130 countries.

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