Mothering Sunday is fast approaching. Held this year on Sunday 22nd March. The fourth Sunday in Lent. Exactly three weeks before Easter. It’s known as a key date for visiting or gifting a present to that badass, inspiring mother-figure in your life. But if you’re conscious of the environment, it can be a challenge to come up with eco-friendly Mother’s Day gift ideas.
Traditionally, Mother’s Day dates back to the ancient Greek and Roman Times. More commonly, its known as a Christian holiday. ‘Mothering Sunday’ once had very little to do with mums. In fact, it was aptly named because Christians would return to their ‘mother church’ for a service during lent. Over the years, the holiday has transformed.
As with any key date or holiday, there are now plenty of incentives to buy. Unfortunately, with this comes additional waste. Last year in the UK, shoppers spent upwards of 1.6 billion pounds on gifts and experiences in aid of Mothering Sunday. It’s also estimated that on average 141 million cards are purchased for this celebration each year alone. The impact this has on the environment is unfathomable.
So, we’ve compiled a list of sustainable, eco-friendly Mother’s Day gift ideas that are sure to help you reduce your carbon footprint whilst showing that special mother-figure in your life that you care.
TOP 7 ECO-FRIENDLY MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS
1. SPRING BULBS & WILDFLOWER SEEDS
Gifting plantable spring bulbs or Wildflower seeds is a lovely low-cost idea. For instance, there are many varieties of bulbs and seeds that provide spring and summer blooms. They make a sweet gift and also give back to the environment. Many spring bulbs and seeds attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. To create a gorgeous arrangement, group your bulbs or seed packets in a basket with some ribbon to decorate. Remember, your mum-figure will need somewhere to plant them. Be sure that she has a garden, or space to nurture them.
2. PLANT A TREE
What better way to honour your mum-figure than to plant a tree in her name? Above all, trees keep the planet cool, provide homes for animals, and help clean the air. Plant a tree for her or give her a tree to plant herself (if she’s the DIY type and has the space). She is sure to enjoy this gift that will continue to grow year after year.
One Tree Planted is a non-profit organisation that plants trees, it’s as simple as that! They focus on global reforestation and plant trees in 4 regions around the world, North America, South America, Asia and Africa. Visit them at onetreeplanted.org to make a donation. Once you’ve donated, they will even send you a printable certificate which you can send onto your mum-figure as part of this great gift.
3. VINTAGE JEWELLERY
New isn’t always better. For instance, pre-owned pieces often have special histories and are one-of-a-kind (just like your mum-figure!). Visit your local antique store, charity shop or check out Etsy.com/uk which has a bounty of beautiful, upcycled trinkets.
4. THE GIFT OF TIME
Frankly, the hardworking mum-figure in your life might just want the day to relax. It’s also likely that she’d like nothing more than to spend this time with the people she cares about. So, if you’re far away, arrange a phone call with her. Or if you can, plan a visit. Consider a low-key activity whilst you’re there like a walk in the park or a picnic. The National Trust has a wide variety of stately homes and beautiful landscapes to explore at a relatively low-cost for the whole family. A home-cooked meal is also nice too. And yes, if you do this, be sure to do the cooking and cleaning-up afterwards.
5. HAND-CRAFTED GIFTS
Handmade and homemade gifts can make for the best presents. Remember it really is the thought that counts. So, if you’re the crafty type, get out your tools and get creating. A simple handmade card, or homemade cookies make for a lovely, thoughtful sustainable gift that show you care. Cookie-mix jars are a personal favourite and can be nicely decorated to give that extra sparkle.
6. ECO-SPA EXPERIENCE
If you’re looking for something a little more lavish, consider an eco-spa experience. This gift is sure to truly spoil that mum-figure in your life. Consider booking her onto an eco-wellness retreat for the weekend so she can fully disconnect from the outside stresses of the world. She might even let you tag along! It’s important to do your research and look at the values and ethos of the business or venue you book with. What are there green credentials and how do they ensure they are truly eco?
7. ZERO WASTE, PLASTIC-FREE AND VEGAN ALTERNATIVES
If you’re going to buy something, choose sustainable alternatives. Zero waste, plastic-free and vegan gifts provide a guilt-free shopping experience. The best place to start is to purchase something for your mum-figure that will be useful to her and that won’t harm the environment. Does she currently use plastic toiletries, like a plastic razor or toothbrush? Does she always carry around a packet of wet-wipes? Well if so, The Slow Living Company has plenty of zero waste alternatives and sustainable gift ideas to help your mum-figure to achieve a greener lifestyle.