The time to show Mom your appreciation is just around the corner, so we’ve compiled this special Mother’s Day gift guide to help you finalize the perfect present for the parent who has played such an important role in your life.
Surprise her with something that’s thoughtful, personal, and sustainable without sacrificing style. You know your mom (or that special mother figure) in ways that no one else does, which is why it’s important to take a little time to show your gratitude for all that she’s done. Have a look at our suggestions below – and remember that even if you can’t get these to her before Sunday, they will at least provide some gift giving inspiration that can be recreated by visiting your local co-op, health food, or specialty store.
1. The Earthy Momma
If you’re going to get Mom a card that’s not handmade – which, by the way, you’re never too old to participate in – then opt for a recycled greeting card instead. Boutique style gift shops typically carry these, but you may also get lucky at a big box store if you don’t have another alternative. Recycled Paper Greetings has a handy zip code search for retailers near you and your eco conscious mom will appreciate the extra thought.
2. The Chocolate Lover
Peanut butter cups, peppermint crème patties, truffles, salted caramels…are you drooling yet? Mom definitely will be when you give her the gift of delicious, organic, fair trade chocolates from one of three gourmet chocolatiers we’ve handpicked for you. For the vegan mom, we recommend Allison’s Gourmet, the traditional mommy will appreciate the heart shaped goodies from Mama-Ganache, and the hip momma will adore the trendy confections from Theo Chocolate.
3. The Green Thumb
Rather than flowers that will only last a few days, give her a gift that will flourish for weeks and months to come. Not only will it give mom a reason to smile, but she’ll think of you every time she tends to her plants. Succulents are still popular among botanical lovers and this little living wall planter kit from Uncommon Goods may be just the thing for Mother’s Day.
4. The Techy
Ok, so maybe tech savvy is a stretch for the mom that recently learned to (sort of) send text messages, but she would probably appreciate pimping out her cell with one of the pretty and biodegradable phone covers from Pela. Made from Flaxstic, these cases utilize the often overlooked flax plant combined with plant based bio-plastic in order to create a durable, functional, and beautiful product. They come in multiple colors, but we especially like the lavender.
5. The Zen Mom
For the meditating momma who loves to relax with a good fragrance, we recommend Neom Organics for her aromatic gifts. Whether she regularly channels her inner Zen, or just prefers to smell something wonderful while she burns the midnight oil, choose a candle that contains a whopping 30 to 4o milliliters of pure essential oils, combined with a complex blend of pure, natural vegetable wax.
6. The Caffeine Craver
Whether it’s a strong cup of joe or an afternoon break for tea she craves, give your mom what she wants this year by ordering some of the best organic and fair trade gourmet coffees and teas from Equal Exchange. The beans are grown by small farmers and sourced from co-ops that produce the best product from each harvest, and the teas are from small farms in India, Sri Lanka, and South Africa as opposed to plantations.
7. The Glamour Gal
There are plenty of beautiful fair trade options for the fashion lover in your life, and One World Fair Trade has numerous choices for Mom no matter her personal style. From jewelry to clothing to handbags and more, there is something for every mom from this online retailer. We especially like the aesthetic (and the price) of the unique and elegant Capiz Shell Leaf Earrings found on the site.
8. The Hostess
Viva Terra is the spot for helping your mom stockpile her kitchen with some of the best serving ware for her next gathering. From beautiful serving utensils to recycled glass dishes and bowls, you’ll be sure to find something that fits her personality perfectly. We are especially fond of the Teak Wood Riser and Tray Collection, as well as the Aurora Recycled Glass Serving Bowl.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our Mother’s Day gift guide to sustainable, organic, and eco-friendly ideas that have something for every mom, young or old. Now you can not only show your love and appreciation for the mom or mother figure in your life, but you can also share your passion for making the world a better place – she should be proud for raising such a thoughtful and compassionate child! Do you have any special Mother’s Day gift giving tradition? What do you think of our list? Share your thoughts on the EcoSalon Facebook page!
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