Give Mom a Gift that Gives Back: Top 5 Presents for Mother’s Day | UNICEF Canada: For Every Child Skip to main content

With many stores either closed for in-person shopping or open with limited capacity this spring, and wait times for online shipping growing increasingly longer, the question of what (and where) to get that special someone for Mother’s Day is a tricky one.

To take some of the guesswork out of shopping for Mother’s Day, UNICEF Canada has compiled a list of our top 5 gift suggestions. And the best part? There’s no shipping wait times! When you purchase a UNICEF Canada Survival Gift, you know you’re sending a real item directly to a child or community in need. So mom gets a gift that gives back, and you don’t have to worry about your present arriving in time.

1) Newborn Kits

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The first days of a baby’s life are some of the most important. Each newborn kit, including blankets, prenatal supplements and vaccines helps give vulnerable babies a solid, healthy start. This gift will give 2 babies a healthy start by providing 2 blankets, 200 prenatal supplements, as well as tetanus, measles and polio vaccines.

2) Mother and Baby Tetanus Pack

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The fact that tetanus kills 1 baby every 21 minutes makes this gift a necessity. A case of tetanus vaccines will protect mothers, who then pass on their immunity to their babies. This gift will provide 249 tetanus vaccines to protect 83 mothers from tetanus infection and protect their babies.

3) Blankets for Babies

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A set of warm blankets will shield vulnerable babies from cold, protect them from illness and provide comfort and security in harsh and dangerous conditions. This gift will provide a 3 blankets to wrap 3 babies in comfort and security.

4) Plumpy’Nut

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Malnourished children need to gain weight fast. This life-saving, peanut-based food supplement can help a hungry child gain up to two pounds per week! This gift will provide 105 packets of protein-packed Plumpy'Nut® to nourish 35 children who are suffering from malnutrition.

5) COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery

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In order to stop COVID-19 anywhere, we must stop it everywhere. This life-saving gift will help make sure 13 people are able to receive COVID-19 vaccines.  This urgent Survival Gift includes everything it takes to deliver a 2-dose vaccine from manufacturers to the arms of people in some of the world’s hardest-to-reach places. This includes the per-person cost it will take to transport the vaccines, protect the cold chain, train health workers and safely dispose of needles and waste. 

The Fairmount Foundation will generously match each gift purchased, up to $100,000.

Interested in other gifts? Visit shop.unicef.ca to view the full range of Survival Gifts on offer.