Eco Friendly Mother’s day gift ideas

Eco-friendly mother’s day gift ideas

It is Mothers day soon.  And you still need some mother’s day gift ideas?

During times of a pandemic, where you might not be able to visit your mom because of travel restrictions or lock downs, small thoughful gifts might even be a little bit more important than other times. But no, this does not mean you need to buy overpackaged stuff online.

Like valentines day, easter, Christmas, birthdays, mothers day is another day where a lot of people spend a lot of money for a lot of gifts to show some love. Including a lot of waste and more gifts than love mostly.

The gift itself might come in a package, theres another gift wrapper around (mostly single used), then maybe a ribbon, a card in an envelope and when you bought it it has most likely been in a plastic wrap too…
Flowers mostly grown unsustainably in a different part of the world, wrapped in plastic…
Chocolate in packaging plus plastic wrap… 

We can do better 🙂 and we can do it even more personal, maybe self made and with a huge portion of love.

Because you can’t buy love and happiness in a store!

Let me show you our favorite eco-friendly mother’s day gift ideas.

Green, healthy, happy mother’s day gift ideas 🙂

1) A miniature herb garden for the balcony or windowsill. Buy the seeds in a local garden shop or choose organic seeds. You could even try to build a plant pot with recycled materials too. You will find heaps of inspirations on pinterest.

2) A nice smelling body oil. Make one yourself. You only need oil (coconut oil, olive oil, canola oil,… and mix with a few drops of her favorite essential oil.)

3) Essential oils for self made cleaning products, body oils or an essential oil diffuser.

4) Natural cosmetics from Weleda or Elate.

5) A self made body scrub.

6) Before you buy flowers in a store, check if you can pick some fresh. Out of your own garden or from a friend, wild flowers – just don’t pick them when they are endangered or from a nationak park where it is forbidden. Best choice would be to pick them on a self picking flower farm (we have these self picking spots a lot in Germany, don’t know about other countries though. Do you have them around where you live?)

7) Bake her favorite cake! No need for a plastic container packaged cake from the store. Try our favorite vegan crumble cake with coconut cream!

8) A nice smelling natural soap bar or shampoo bar.

9) Buy some chocolate in a Chocolaterie/ Pralinerie where you can bring your own container or jar. Or buy some organic, fair trade or vegan Chocolate. You could also try to make her favorite sweets yourself. Try this bounty recipe or try to make your own chocolate.

Eco-friendly and helpful mother’s day gift ideas

10) Some nice reusable shopping bags. You could even make one yourself.

11) Some nice cloth bags or mesh produce bags. Selfmade would be even better 🙂 You can use old Tshirts or mosquito nets.

12) Reusable Bamboo Cloths for the kitchen.

13) Gift cards from friendly local shops/businesses – hair dresser, beauty salon, massage therapist, favorite coffee shop or restaurant. It gets more and more important to support the small local businesses. So a gift card for the days after lockdowns, etc. would be a great initiative.

14) If your mom is always on the run or traveling, hiking dong a lot of outdoor stuff maybe a beautiful reusable bottle would be a great idea.

15) Self made cooking Oil with rosemary, garlic, chili, whatever her favorite taste is.

16) A notebook made with vegan – leather. These Notebooks from Tree Tribe are made from Leafs.

Eco-friendly mother’s day gift ideas if your mom has a garden or balcony

17) Spring bulbs. Get some spring bulbs for summer flowers. Mothers day is always in spring, so perfect to plant some bulbs that can be planted in spring.

18) Handcrafted, upcycled bird feeder or insect “hotels”

19) A compost bin. (You can build one yourself or buy one*.)

20) A tree. You could plant a tree together. Choose her favorite. Or a special one with colored leaves. Or a berry bush 🙂 Or donate money in her name to buy a part of a rainforest or other forest to save it from being destroyed.

21) A table or bench made out of recycled materials could be nice too. Or a table with a colorful mosaic made of beach plastics.

Photo by Filip Mroz on Unsplash

Time! Our Teams favorite gift

Spending some time together is always our favorite gift. Alhough this migh not be possible for everyone this year. But if you can, outdoor experiences are the way to go:

21) Plan a zero waste open air picknick with some healthy food, plastic free snacks, (like homemade energy balls or a vegan bounty) etc.

22) If your mom likes hiking go together. Or maybe a bike or kayak tour is the right thing for your mom.

23) Cook a 3 meal dinner for your mom or together with your mom. Maybe try our vegan burger recipe.

Decorations and gift wrapping

If you invite your mom or you want to decorate the table at her home you can make that eco friendly too, same thing with the gift wrapping:

  • Use old news paper to wrap gifts, or reuse gift wrapping from gifts you received.
  • Use plastic free tape or use no tape at all, go for natural twine.
  • Use washable cotton napkins instead of single use paper ones.
  • Decorate with natural materials instead of plastic (flowers in a pot, wood, moss,…)
  • Refuse balloons. You will find alternatives for parties here-> Balloons Blow
  • Nice ceramic cups and glasses instead of plastic cups.
  • If you plan a picknick you can easily carry some reusables with you too and pack the snacks into reusable containers and jars.

These tips are good for every kind of party. Think reusable, think natural and have a great day with your loved ones.

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