Game Day outfit: MLB Mother’s Day offerings
When looking for a Mother’s Day gift, it may seem like the nice (and charitable) thing to do to purchase mom one of the many Mother’s Day special edition items the MLB sells since a portion of the proceeds goes to charity. But in the heat of the moment, it may be difficult to figure out which item gives the highest percentage of proceeds to charity and which items are way overpriced simply because they’re a special edition item.
Here’s a closer look at the pricing for some of the items the MLB offers.
Boston Red Sox Breast Cancer Support Bracelet by Logo Art
Portion donated to charity: $2.50 (8.3 percent)
Cost of similar, non special-edition items: N/A
This bracelet shows support both for mom’s favorite team and for breast cancer, and the sleek, one-size fits all coil design isn’t too “in your face” with the baseball theme, meaning mom can wear it pretty much anywhere while still looking stylish. While the Red Sox offer many other non-Mother’s Day bracelets, none are of a similar design, so this is a semi-unique item.
MLB 2013 Official Mother’s Day Pink Cubed Baseball by Rawlings
Portion donated to charity: $1 (4.5 percent)
Cost of similar, non special-edition items: $12.99 without case
If your mom is a collector, a baseball would be the perfect gift for her. The Mother’s Day baseball comes ready to display in a cube and features pink laces, a pink MLB certification stamp and a pink ribbon. The Red Sox offer a team baseball, but it does not include the display cube. You can buy these pretty easily however on Amazon for anywhere from 50 cents to $8.
Personalized Mother’s Day Pink Full Size Bat by Louisville Slugger
Portion donated to charity: $10 (14 percent)
Cost of similar, non special-edition items: $49.99
The collector mom may also be interested in a Mother’s Day bat. This full-size Louisville bat is just like the ones many players will use on Sunday, and it has a nice, clean design that makes it easy to display without looking cheap. This item also gives the largest percentage of the proceeds to charity out of all items highlighted in this post. It seems, however, that the Red Sox might be making an extra profit on this item, as it is $20 more than the standard collectible bat.
MLB Pink Ribbon X-30 Necklace by PHITEN
Portion donated to charity: $1 (2.7 percent)
Cost of similar, non special-edition items: $35.99
In the past few years, many MLB players have started to wear Phiten necklaces which they claim enhance athletic ability. If you have an athletic mother, she may want appreciate the Mother’s Day edition of the Phiten necklace, which comes in pink with pink sliding silicon pendants featuring the MLB-approved ribbon logo.