Mother's Day is approaching quickly, and we’re here to help you celebrate in an eco-friendly way! Coming up with the perfect gift can sometimes be hard, and many gift options can end up being wasteful. Take a look at some ideas for sustainable and thoughtful gift ideas that will honor all the special moms out there, as well as the environment:
From flower bulbs to small indoor herb gardens, the gift of life is a great environmentally-friendly gift. Try purchasing plants that can be replanted, or ones that will grow all year long, instead of disposable flowers that last only a short amount of time. Herbs and edible plants make wonderful gifts – they can be used every day, look beautiful wherever you plant them, and will create lasting memories of this Mother’s Day. Some edible plants that are easy to take care of include basil, mint and green onions. If your mom doesn’t have a green thumb, try an air plant, as they are easy to care for and can live almost anywhere.
Instead of a card or single-use novelty, consider gifting an item that mothers can use for months or years to come. Metal water bottles and straws are a great addition to anyone's reusable container collection, and a good insulated drink container is a game-changer that can make mom’s days easier. Bamboo cooking utensils are also great sustainable gifts that last a long time and are sustainably sourced.
Gift Cards to Sustainable and Local Businesses
If your mom is tricky to shop for, give her the gift of choice! A gift certificate to a local or sustainable restaurant or shop will help support the local economy, benefit the environment, and also give mom the option to celebrate in whatever way she chooses. If you can, try to purchase the gift card from a business that implements environmentally friendly practices as much as possible. Local farm-to-table restaurants, vintage stores, and plant nurseries are all great paces to consider!
Oftentimes, the best gift you can give is your time. We know mothers are busy, so a relaxing day focused on them could be the perfect plan. Cleaning, pulling weeds, or fixing things that need attention around the house are all great ways to honor and celebrate any mom. Consider cooking a meal to share with her, or plan a picnic to spend a special day outdoors while having a low impact on the environment. If she’s up for some adventure, visit the nearest lake to rent a paddle board or kayak for a full day of low-cost, eco-friendly fun. Supporting your local national parks and trails is important for them to thrive, so use Mother’s Day to show some support and celebrate mom!
From solar lights for gardens to solar watches, gifts that can be charged by the sun are energy efficient and easy to use. One of the best solar gifts out there is a solar phone charger, especially if mom is always on the go or enjoys outdoor activities. For a long-lasting and low-maintenance gift, try a solar powered watch. If you want to really give a gift that keeps on giving, helping mom go solar can make a lasting and meaningful impact!
Mothers are truly special, and should be celebrated every day. This coming Mother's Day, go the extra mile with an eco-friendly gift or activity. SunHarvest Solar is here all year long to provide you with resources on how to celebrate every day with the earth and your loved ones in mind. Keep up to date with our blogs for more tips and resources!