Show the love for your mum with The Big Issue Shop this Mother’s Day.

Show your love for the under-appreciated, never-grumbling Mum this Mother’s Day with a gift with a social echo from The Big Issue Shop.

The wonderful, under-appreciated mum. The tear-their-hair-out heroes of the school run, the calm presence in the 8pm wine-fuelled phone calls where you complain about your significant other. Or your best friend or that guy you work with who may or may not have been rude to you, you’re not quite sure, and of course, the personal stylist, who will definitely tell you if your new haircut makes you look a bit daft or those shoes don’t go with those jeans.

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Now is the time to let mum know how much she really means to you – get her a gift with a social echo from The Big Issue Shop!

If your mum is a bit of a stickler for coffee rings, or spilled cornflakes on the kitchen table the ARTHOUSE Meath tablecloth will help you avoid a scolding. Their collaborative designs printed on 100 per cent organic cotton can take centre-stage at the breakfast table.


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ARTHOUSE Meath is a collective of artists living with complex epilepsy and learning disabilities. They all require varying levels of support but work alongside instructors to create stunning artworks which are developed into stunning products like tablecloths, tea towels and fine bone china mugs – perfect for holding a Mother’s Day brew!

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If it’s a cuppa your mum covets the London Tea Company can sort you out. Whether it’s a more traditional tea (London Breakfast) or you fancy spicing it up a little (Vanilla Chai) there’s a whole range for her to choose from. And best of all, 50 per cent of the profits from London Tea Company and Cafedirect are invested in the Cafedirect Producers’ Foundation – a UK charity that is run by farmers, for farmers.

Mother’s Day is the perfect time to offer the chance to replace some of the dodgy colouring on those pictures pride of place on the fridge. Street Art prints from The Big Issue Shop are created by talented, marginalised individuals looking for an outlet for creative expression. At least half the profit from each print goes to the artist, with the remaining profit helping The Big Issue give people living on the margins a hand up.

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For something more sparkly, Studio 306‘s silver jewellery helps people who are recovering from mental illness, with each piece handmade in their North London studio. The not-for-profit collective puts every penny from their products back into the organisation or if your mum needs a splash of colour in her jewellery. Elsewhere, the Drop Earrings Not Bombs project from We Are One Collective creates a space for colour therapy, community building and artistic expression. All of the proceeds are ploughed back into Small Projects Istanbul, a community space which provides the Syrian refugee community with access to education.

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The bright, colourful cushions from JOLT are no doubt the perfect addition to the couch, where your mum will plop down to enjoy the nice cuppa you’ve made her, right?

Whatever you choose, we’re sure your mum will appreciate the thought – especially when it all comes with a social echo!

The above article by Dionne Kennedy first published on in Mar, 2018.