Most of us truly enjoy an opportunity to treat our Mothers. There’s nothing like giving back to the woman whose hard work we took for granted most of our childhood. Unfortunately, finding the perfect gift for Mother’s Day is not always a straightforward process. What do you get the Mother who deserves guilt-free pampering and peace? How do you spoil the eco-conscious Mother who likes to live green?
Go that extra mile in showing your love with something she’ll truly appreciate and treasure - perhaps one the following eco-friendly and relaxing Mother’s Day gifts?
Organic Fair Trade Chocolates
While everyone loves receiving a box of delicious chocolate delights on a special occasion, there’s something about chocolate that is so specifically tied to Mothers. Maybe the reason lies in how chocolate - especially of the dark variety - has been proven to reduces stress levels, lower blood pressure and release serotonin. If anyone can benefit from that kind of effect, it’s a hard-working Mother. Fortunately, high-quality Fair Trade chocolate is easy to find - and usually free from the nasty stuff present in cheaper chocolates. So treat your Mother to the gift of rich, organic chocolate which supports ethical farming practises and fair wages.
No home spa is complete with the soothing ambience that scented candles bring to the room. Unfortunately, the most common types of candles you’ll find in stores are made from soy and paraffin and, as such, are less than eco-friendly.
Paraffin candles come from non-renewable sources and, while they clearly don’t produce as much pollution as cars or factories, will release harmful byproducts that damage the environment when burned.
An eco-friendly alternative is the beeswax candle which, although more expensive, is completely natural, environmental-friendly and biodegradable. These candles also last longer while emitting a stronger, more striking illumination. What else? You guessed it...the scent is divine! Try Lux et Terra, a beeswax and coconut candle with a hemp wick - its natural scents of patchouli, cardamom, rosewood and orange are sure to delight any Mother.
Natural Body Sprays
Made from essential oils and floral extracts such as rose water, body sprays are perfect for the Mother who likes to take care of her skin the natural way. Body sprays can be used both as a perfume or as a refreshing facial mist. In fact, rose water has been used in aromatherapy for centuries because of its ability to induce calmness.
A natural body spray should also be filled with nourishing nutrients such as Vitamin E; an antioxidant which is known to fight wrinkles and ageing spots by replenishing skin cells. If you want to help your Mother achieve tranquility on her day of relaxation, treat her to a gorgeously scented body spray full of purely natural ingredients!
Recyclable Glass Jewelry
The best thing about jewellery made from recyclable glass is that they are so often hand-made, meaning each necklace or set of earrings is totally unique. A variety of recyclable glass is used in this craft, often resulting in colourful jewelry that makes a bold statement - perfect for the Mother who likes to stand out. Furthermore, recyclable glass jewelry is particularly charming because there’s a history behind each item.
Maybe the green glass brooch comes from a bottle of a wine shared among good friends, and maybe the clear glass baubles lining a bracelet derives from what was once someone’s favourite vase. Even when the history is unknown, a piece of jewelry made from recycled glass is something Mothers with a romanticizing tendency will no doubt find captivating.
Alternatively, find someone like AstraeaStudio on Etsy who creates hand-made jewelry made from naturally occurring minerals such as stones, crystals and gems. Not only will such a gift be one-of-a-kind, you can also choose the jewelry based on your Mother’s personality.
Natural Bath Bombs
A warm, blissful bubble bath is one of the best ways to relax - something you should encourage your Mother to do on her special day. You can ensure her bubble bath is all the more luxurious with a set of scrumptious bath bombs. Crafted from skin-loving ingredients such as sodium bicarbonate, essential oils and epsom salts; natural bath bombs are both cleansing and uplifting. Couple the bath bomb with a small bottle of rose water, and she’ll have everything she needs for lavish and wholesome bath.
You’ll hear many eco-conscious individuals raving about bamboo clothing - and for good reason. Did you know that bamboo is one of the world’s most sustainable resources? The plant grows exceptionally fast and can be completely regenerated without the need for controlled planting.
Bamboo uses less water than many similar plants, and can be harvested sustainably. In other words - bamboo clothing is about the most ethical you can buy. The fabric resembles cotton in its soft and comfortable texture, yet is more versatile and durable - so why not keep you Mother feeling warm and pampered with a bamboo bathrobe this Mother’s Day?
Solar Powered Light Jars
These solar energy-harvesting lamps make for lovely gifts - especially to the Mother with a porch or garden, where the lamps can be placed as beautiful decoration and practical illumination at night. They’re long-lasting, highly efficient, environmental friendly and quite simply beautiful. One of these solar jars will allow your Mother to give fairy-like quality to her outdoor patio or backyard - and she’ll appreciate the magic all the more because of its renewable energy source.
Potted Plants or Seeds
There’s a great satisfaction that comes from being resourceful - such as when you grow your own fruits and vegetables. Even if you’re not picking tomatoes and apples from your own yard, it feels amazing to look out over a rich and blossoming garden knowing that you’re the one behind each tulip and rose bush.
Any Mother with a fondness for tending to plants will know that feeling, and appreciate anything you can contribute to her gardening efforts. Present her with a mixture of seeds or some potted flowers as a gift, and you’re guaranteed to add joy to her day. Besides, May is a great time to start planting!
With the frightening effects of deforestation threatening the Earth, it’s not surprising that some of us feel guilty for purchasing shiny new IKEA furniture when reclaimed lumber could have done the job. Driftwood is one material that your Mother can introduce into her home with a clear conscience - and there are so many ways that it can be used for aesthetic and practical purposes.
Frames, coasters, candle holders, boxes, wall-mounted coat hangers and much more - no matter what you driftwood gift you choose for your Mother, you can be sure she’ll love the wonderfully characteristic nature of a handcrafted item straight from the sea.
If you have time to prepare something extra special for Mother’s Day, you could express your gratitude for her with a gift basket containing a little bit of everything she might want for a totally relaxing and pampering Mother’s Day.If you’re short for time, you can still show your support for her green lifestyle with a gift card to her favourite eco-friendly fashion, household or food store. No matter what you settle on, it’s the thought that counts - and gifts that are sustainably sourced, eco-friendly and natural will show exactly how thoughtful you are.