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Sustainable Mother’s Day gifts she’ll love

In this post, we share some of our favorite, sustainable Mother's Day gifts.

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Mother’s Day is a tough holiday! While it’s a great opportunity to thank the ones who have mothered you, it can be hard to come up with an idea of how to express that thanks in gift form. 

It occurred to me that many of the home decor items that we’ve featured in other blog posts are things that I’d love to receive. And as a bonus, all of the gifts featured here have the added benefit of being more sustainable, which naturally makes them a little more thoughtful, too.

A traditional Mother's Day gift idea with a twist

Flowers are a classic, can’t-go-wrong mother’s day gift idea. If you can get local flowers in bloom near you, that’s always a great option. If not, the ones we’ve included below are beautiful alternatives that won't wilt when Mother's Day is done.

Felt peony bouquet

Image courtesy of TheHardwoodForest2

If you know someone who loves peonies, this romantic felt bouquet from TheHardwoodForest2 will make them smile all year.

Felt mixed bouquet

Image courtesy of TheHardwoodForest2

This Hydrangea, Peony, Protea felt bouquet, also from TheHardwoodForest2, feels like happiness manifested in bouquet form. 

Handmade crepe paper flowers with heart

crepe paper pink and white peonies for mom

Image courtesy of TeshPaperFlowers

In addition to the fact that they are gorgeous another cool thing about TeshPaperFlowers is that they are handcrafted by an artisan in Ukraine. Supporting our friends going through some dramatic challenges overseas gives these flowers extra meaning and makes the world feel just a little smaller.

A DIY Mother's Day Gift she'll love

pink, white, and grey felt flower mother's day bouquet

Image courtesy of HeartgroovesHandmade

HeartgroovesHandmade can send you a kit so that you can make beautiful felt flowers yourself. With their kits, you get the benefit of a gorgeous homemade gift for mom that’s just a little more do-able.

The gift of outdoor leisure

Handwoven hammock from Yellow Leaf Hammock

Handmade hammock

Ever since our sustainable outdoor furniture blog, I’ve been coveting the Double Size hammock in Vineyard Haven. I like to imagine that if I had this handcrafted beauty, I would also have hours of uninterrupted lazy summer naps. A girl can dream.

Yellow Leaf Hammocks are handmade by artisans in Thailand and are available in a double size, family size, individual/chair size, and a plethora of fun colors.

POLYWOOD® rocker

Spending a little time outside each day (with a good book or glass of wine, maybe?) feels like the kind of self-care that is actually achievable.

If Mom doesn't have a comfy outdoor spot to escape to, a POLYWOOD® rocker is a great option. POLYWOOD® is made out of HDPE, a type of recycled and recyclable plastic that is also low maintenance and extremely durable. 

More long-lasting Mother's Day gift ideas

A plant is a great way to give the gift of longer-lasting blooms. With any plant gift, make sure that it is safe if accidentally ingested by children or pets, if your recipient has either.

Air purifying beauties

Peace lilies, as well as a few other household plants, are scientifically proven (by NASA!) to improve air quality. I try to minimize the miles my plants have to travel to get to me – this one from Costa Farms is a great option for people in the US.

Delicious ‘Lemon Chiffon' (orchid)

image courtesy of SecretGardenPlants

If you think a plant can't be as beautiful as a cut bouquet, this orchid from SecretGardenPlants will challenge that belief. 

The birds and the bees

Gifting seeds is a great way to give beautiful blooms and also support your local ecosystem. I love this assortment from SeedGeeks that they advertise as“10 Dazzling Heirloom Flowers to grow a pollinator paradise.”  

Artwork related Mother's Day gift ideas

There are so many great artists and craftspeople on Etsy. We've included a few of our favorites here but if these aren't to her taste, I'd encourage you to look around on the site – there are so many talented working artists who'd love your support!

Special photo keepsake

black and white photo of mother and toddler holding flowers

SolidRockDesignCo will create a one of a kind wall hanging using a photo of Mama and a song or quote that's meaningful to her. 

Personalized artwork

Image courtesy of DreamFolkStudio

This DreamFolkStudio beauty is both decorative and sentimental. If you're not sure if this is Mom's taste, check out DreamFolkStudio's shop – they have a lot of other really great pieces.

Decorative family history

Image courtesy of Chatamplace

Chatamplace will take special dates in your families history and turn them into a modern keepsake for Mom to display.

Experience gifts

Not featured in a previous post but worth mentioning, studies have shown that experiences are more likely to result in true happiness than things. The gift of relaxation in the form of a massage, manicure, or special meal is a great idea for that hard-to-shop-for Mom. 

If these high-end experiences are out of your budget, why not create a little spa experience yourself? I love Ella + Mila nail polish that is free from a lot of the toxic substances of most nail polishes and they also have a soy-based nail polish remover. Plus, they’re a women-owned business and certified not to test their products on animals.

Etsy gift card

If you aren’t 100% confident you can predict your mom’s taste, there’s always the option of a gift card. While a gift card can sometimes feel impersonal, when you support Etsy you’re supporting artists, small businesses, and the planet. Etsy offsets carbon emissions from its shipping and has the goal of being carbon neutral by 2030. Giving someone a credit at Etsy defintely goes beyond the typical gift card.

Charitable donation

All jokes about the Human Fund aside, part of what can make it hard to buy for the important people in your life is that they already have everything they really need. If that’s the case, why not contribute to something bigger and more meaningful? Just about everyone has a soft spot for a cause that matches up to a great organization in need. 

We hope these Mother's Day gift ideas help you have a great day celebrating the special people who nurtured you this year!

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