Mother’s Day is all about honoring moms — so why not include Mother Nature in your plans? That’s especially true if you’re still scrambling to find the perfect gift for Mom. Choosing one that’s both meaningful and sustainable is the ideal way to show love to her and the planet we all share.
Sustainable gift-giving means selecting environmentally friendly, ethically made items that will stand the test of time. Not only will your mother appreciate the thoughtfulness, but you’ll also be doing your part to reduce waste and promote eco-consciousness. And if that leaves you still wondering what to get her, read on for these top sustainable Mother’s Day gift ideas.
Organic bath and beauty products
If you want to treat your mother to luxurious organic bath and beauty products, seek ones free from harmful chemicals and in eco-friendly containers. There is a wide variety of sustainable and organic products, including soaps, body lotions, and bath salts. Remember not to fall for greenwashing buzzwords like “natural” and “eco-friendly.” Some companies use these terms as marketing ploys to make buyers believe the product is kind to the planet. Instead, read the ingredients and research the manufacturer before purchasing. Avoid toxic ingredients like parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and artificial fragrances. And before making a purchase, take the time to research the brand’s sustainability practices.
You can also look for refillable or reusable packaging to reduce waste. Similarly, look for multi-purpose products such as a tinted moisturizer with SPF or a lip and cheek stain. The fewer products, the less waste.
Pro tip! If you want to ensure your gift is extra-sustainable, try to find a local organic soap maker. You will support local, eco-friendly businesses and make it easier for your mom to find these products in the future.
Does your mom have a green thumb? Or maybe she’s keen to liven up her living space? Gift her some indoor plants. It will help purify the air and add a natural touch to any room. However, not all indoor plants are created equal since both their production and transportation can involve using pesticides and fertilizers. So be sure to buy from local nurseries or farmers’ markets — and confirm they have been grown using organic methods without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). You should also research the plant’s care requirements, including light, humidity, temperature, and watering needs. That way, you can ensure it will thrive.
Laundry detergent sheets
Adults love adulting. So, why not gift your mom something functional and sustainable like eco-friendly laundry sheets? Not only are they plant-based and kind to the planet, but they come pre-measured, which takes the guesswork out of how much detergent to use. And unlike liquids or powders, these sheets don’t make a mess. All Mom needs to do is toss a sheet into the detergent compartment or the drum with her laundry load. Plus, the lightweight packaging means our detergent takes much less effort to lug around while freeing up valuable shelf space.
You can purchase a bundle of detergent sheets or order a subscription to bring them straight to her door every month. Thoughtful, right? Not only will you be cutting down on plastic waste, but you’ll be reducing the number of toxins in her home. Simply choose from Fragrance Free, Floral, or Fresh Linen and give her a gift you know she will use and appreciate.
Visit an orchard together
Your eco-friendly Mother’s Day gift doesn’t need to come wrapped. Why not make it an activity? Take your mom out to an orchard and let her handpick fruits to bring home. This is an excellent idea if you want to spend quality time together while celebrating her special day. Take it further by returning home and baking a pie with her, ensuring a Mother’s Day to remember.
A kitchen composter is an excellent eco-friendly Mother’s Day gift for any mother who loves gardening or cooking. Composting is a natural process that turns food scraps and yard waste into nutrient-rich soil that can be used to grow healthy plants. A kitchen composter is a small container that can be kept in the kitchen, making it easy to collect and store food scraps like fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds, and eggshells.
You can find these online or at many home improvement stores. This will help amplify your mom’s garden with organic soil while also saving food scraps from going to the landfill and releasing toxins. Plus, it can be used every day and will remind your mother of your love and thoughtfulness every time she uses it.
A handmade gift
Are you crafty or creative? Consider gifting something extra special for your mom, then. Mothers love thoughtful, handmade gifts — especially from their children. Whether you can knit or paint, this is easily one of the best eco-friendly gifts for Mom. Just remember to be conscious of the materials you use. Focus on using organic, natural materials over synthetics for a holistic approach.
Lunch at an organic restaurant
Do you have an organic restaurant or cafe in your area? Take your mom out this Mother’s Day. Spend some quality time catching up over a deliciously sustainable meal. These restaurants work to use local ingredients that have been organically grown to produce fresh and delicious flavors. And for an extra touch, pair this gift with both a card and locally grown flowers.
If she loves to wear bling, this is a great gift idea for Mom. Sustainable jewelry uses ethical and environmentally responsible practices, including recycled or sustainably sourced materials. There are many unique and stylish options, from beautiful earrings made of recycled silver to bracelets crafted from sustainably harvested wood. By gifting sustainable jewelry, you are giving your mother a beautiful and meaningful piece and supporting ethical practices in the fashion industry.
These Mother’s Day gift ideas will surely add a unique and sustainable touch to this year’s special day. Just remember to research to ensure the product or experience is sustainable.