Mother’s Day is around the corner and I have yet to grab a great gift for my mom! Not only do I want to get her something that she will really enjoy but also something that is eco-friendly too!  You are probably thinking that’s going to make my job a lot harder, right?  Not so, and to prove it, here are a few easy, green gifts for Mother’s Day.

Flowers

Most moms (including me!) enjoy a lovely bouquet of flowers on Mother’s Day.  This year, make a conscious effort to give organic flowers which ensures that they are pesticide-free and much better for the environment.  If you are hand-delivering flowers to mom try to purchase flowers locally from a farmer’s market.  This will ensure that less fuel (natural resources) was used to get them to you – again a better option for the environment.

If you plan to have flowers delivered, consider using a local florist that gets their flowers locally – the best of both worlds. After doing a quick Google search and a little research I would suggest:

Little Acre Flowers
– Located in DC; delivery in DC Metro area (DC/MD/VA)
– Flowers sourced from local farms

Urban Stems
– Delivery in DC Metro area and New York, NY
– Flowers certified responsibly grown

Organic Bouquet
– Sustainably grown flowers
– Nationwide delivery
– Same-day available

Greeting Cards

I have gotten a lot of Mother’s Day cards in my 13 years as a mom and given tons of them to my own mom.  While I love receiving cards on Mother’s day, especially hand-made ones, an eco-friendly take on cards is to send a video instead.  I can remember trying to video tape and edit a Father’s Day card for my husband about 9 years ago – it was a nightmare!

However, these days it is SO easy to create special videos that can even be sent across the miles wishing mom a happy Mother’s Day.  Even my non-tech mother-in-law is equipped with her iPad and ready to receive electronic wishes! Why not FaceTime or Skype her too while your at it letting her know her special video is on the way?

Get A Little Personal

Maybe you want to go with a gift that’s a little more personal for mom in addition to the traditional gift of (organic!) flowers? Here are a few ideas and how to easily make them green gifts:

For the mom that likes to read:
– Kindle, Nook or iPad
– Subscription to audible.com
Online subscription to her favorite magazine

For the mom that likes to live healthy:
Reusable, stainless steel bottle
 Workout clothes made from organic cotton (pesticides/chemical aren’t used in the production = better for you and the environment!)
Subscription to a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) – Norman’s is one CSA in the DC Metro area

For the mom that likes to relax (ha!):
Scented beeswax candles
 Organic bath bombs
Subscription to meditation app (I like Calm or Omvana)
– Organic yoga/meditation cushion

Happy Mother’s Day!

Okay, so that was more than three easy green gifts for Mother’s Day gifts but you get the idea!  You can take almost any gift idea you have and make it greener by going organic, going local or just going with a slightly different version. Good luck finding the perfect gift for all those perfect moms!!  Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

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