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.
Handmade crepe paper flowers with heart
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.
The gift of outdoor leisure
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!