It’s almost Mother’s Day and you’re probably scouring the internet for unique gifts that will make her smile — perhaps something different from the typical Mother's Day flowers and Mother’s Day brunch that still shows the mom in your life just how much you appreciate all that she does.
Your mom deserves all the things in the world, but why not make it sustainable? After all, those flowers, greeting cards and gifts add up to having a pretty hefty impact on Mother Earth. Here are 8 ways to make Mother’s Day sustainable and still give her the celebration she deserves.
Pick a Wildflower Bouquet
It’s no secret that moms love flowers. But those highly cultivated bouquets come with a hefty price tag for the environment and are often shipped from hundreds or even thousands of miles away. So this year, switch it up and either pick your own wildflower bouquet or find a local farm that grows flowers and will arrange them for you. Another option is to give her a potted plant that will bloom for years to come.
Serve a Local Brunch
Mother’s Day brunch is often on the busiest days of the year for restaurants. Reduce The impact of your Mother’s Day brunch by shopping around for one that sources all of their ingredients local. Or whip her up a delicious meal at home with all the classics using ingredients sourced from local farms.
Transform Her Living Room into an Indoor Jungle
If your mom loves all things green, consider getting her a unique plant or two from your local garden center. Besides greening up her indoor space, studies have found that houseplants can improve indoor air quality, reduce stress levels, boost productivity and may even help you recover from illnesses faster.
Gift an Experience You Can Share
Sometimes, the best gift is simply quality time together, learning something new and making memories. Look into any local offerings like a paint ‘n sip, cooking classes or even workshops for things like knitting, terrarium making or anything else she’s interested in.
Make Her A Self-Care Basket
Put together a basket filled with responsibly crafted herbal beauty products like bath salts and bombs, lotions and creams, facial cleansers, toners, face masks and more after all, moms spend most of their time putting everyone else first so this is a great excuse for her to devote a few hours to some much needed self care.
Build Her a Compost Bin
Help her reduce waste and have a steady supply of nutritious fertilizer for her garden by building a compost bin. Depending on where she lives, this could be anything from a small bin for the kitchen, a rotating bucket or even a compost heap.
Give Her Fresh Herbs All Year Long
Whether you get fancy with a n herb growing system or keep it analog with a simple window garden, fresh herbs are the gift that keeps on giving. From vibrant ingredients for home-cooked meals to soothing teas, natural medicines, fragrant aromas and even natural air purification, fresh herbs are sure to make her smile all year round
Have A Mother’s Day Tea Party
Tea parties aren’t just for kids. Pull together some dainty foods like a light spring salad, finger sandwiches, scones, quiche, cupcakes and anything else you know she would love, along with some delicious loose-leaf teas to try, and you'll be sipping and munching in no time.