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8 Eco Friendly Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Thinking about what to get your mum this Mother’s Day? Here are some eco friendly gift ideas.

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, you may be thinking about eco friendly gift ideas. If you want to treat your mother without the environmental cost, then you’re in luck.

Eco Friendly Mother’s Day Gift Ideas:

Below you will find a selection of free, low-cost and versatile gifts suitable for all kinds of mums out there!

A Handmade Card

One of the most eco friendly gift ideas is to use materials that you already have to create something handmade and personalised. This is a great option for the ‘mums that have everything’. All you really need is paper or card, a pencil or pen, and some colouring pencils or pens. Bonus points if you also have stickers, glue, ribbons or anything that you can use for decoration!

Now, you don’t need to go out and buy all of these things. Firstly, you can ask friends or family if they have any of these spare materials. If you have no luck there, you can look in your local charity shops. Many of them stock materials that would be great for card-making!

A handmade card is a special gift that would be greatly appreciated. While it’s low in cost, that doesn’t mean it won’t have a big impact. Your mum is sure to love it!

Gift Card

If you’re unsure what to buy your mother or you simply want to encourage them to treat themselves, then a gift card is a great option. There are so many different gift cards now that the options are endless. To keep things eco-friendly, I would encourage buying gift cards for local, independent and/or sustainable businesses. And wherever possible, opt for e-cards so that there is no physical waste involved. Etsy is a great option because there are so many different products on there sold by mostly small businesses.

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Experience Gift

An experience gift is an extra special gift that your mum would appreciate. There are so many options to choose from. From spa and beauty experiences * to a hotel stay * to an afternoon tea *. To avoid buying an unwanted experience, ask your mum (either in a direct or discreet way) what she would like to do. The great thing about an experience gift is that it involves less waste than typical Mother’s Day gifts and there is more chance it will be appreciated.

Homemade Food

If you’re a baker or you just like to bake in your spare time, why not make a Mother’s Day gift this year? Cookies, brownies, biscuits and cakes are all great choices. The gift will be well received and you’ll be able to share it together. And you know there’s less chance of any of it going to waste. What’s not to like?

And if you don’t like baking or you’re not very good at it, then you could do a DIY food gift. Below is a picture of a gift I ‘made’ for my partner. I bought loose chocolate raisins and put them in an old jar with a ribbon wrapped around it to make it look a bit fancy. Very simple and it was well received!

A picture of a jar of chocolate raisins with a bow tied around it

Second-hand Gift

For some reason, buying second-hand gifts is still frowned upon. However, I think it’s a great idea and it’s something that I plan to do more often. It doesn’t matter what you paid for a gift or whether it’s been used before, it’s about how useful it could be to someone else. You can check your local charity shops or if you prefer to shop online then the Oxfam online shop * is great for all kinds of gifts. From homeware and ornaments to clothing and scarves, there’s something for everyone. You can find some truly unique Mother’s Day gifts on there.

Eco Friendly Gift Box

For the mums who like to pamper themselves, I’d recommend getting them a gift box full of self care goodies. Face masks, bath soaks, bath bombs and moisturisers are all great gift ideas. I recommend building your own self care box * to suit your mother’s interests. There’s a range of sustainable skincare items available like clay face masks, cleansing bars, oils and body cream to suit all skin types. What I love about this brand is that all items are packaged in plastic-free packaging, are vegan, cruelty free and made with natural ingredients. Also, refills are available, which arrive in compostable packaging to help cut down on waste.

Afternoon Tea (At Home)

If you don’t want to go out for an afternoon tea, then why not bring the afternoon tea to her? All you need are some handmade sandwiches, scones with some jam, cream and any other topping you like, cakes, and some fruit salad. Feel free to add any extras that your mother likes. It’s really simple and affordable, and you know that she will love it!

A depiction of afternoon tea with pink floral china plates and cups
Credit: JillWellington on Pixabay

Seed Bombs

For the mums who love gardening and nature, I’d recommend a seedbomb gift set *. These seedbombs are fully biodegradable. You fill them with water, throw them, and wait for beautiful wildflowers to grow. This one contains cornflower seeds, poppy seeds, forget-me-knot seeds and borage seeds. It also uses peat free compost and it’s pet-friendly, making it a great eco friendly gift idea.

Additional Tips For An Eco Friendly Mother’s Day:

  • Ask your mum for a list (So you’re less likely to buy something that she doesn’t need)
  • Use up what you have first (E.g. prioritise handmade gifts over new gifts, if possible)
  • Use up any leftovers (If you’re planning a meal or afternoon tea, make sure leftovers aren’t thrown away. Refrigerate or freeze them)
  • Gift the gift of time

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