Looking for eco-friendly Mother’s Day gift ideas?
We have 13 of the best environment-friendly gift ideas any mother will surely love.
But first, let us commend you for thinking about the welfare of the planet this Mother’s Day.
We understand how easy it is to get carried away shopping for gifts, especially if it’s for the person that brought you up in this world.
Unfortunately, most traditional gifts create so much plastic trash and cause tons of pollution.
But by spending your next 3 minutes on this list, we’re confident that you’ll have plenty of gift ideas to spoil your special lady on Mother’s Day – without harming mother Earth.
Let’s take a look at your options.
1. Reusable and Eco-Friendly Face Masks
Reusable face masks can keep your mom protected from the ongoing pandemic while minimizing waste that ends in landfills and the ocean.
As you may already know, tons of disposable face masks are dumped in landfills every day, adding to the already massive amount of non-biodegradable waste.
Worse, many single-use face masks are improperly discarded and have already made their way into the ocean, damaging marine ecosystems.
These are only a few of the many horrifying environmental impacts of disposable face masks this time of the pandemic.
So this Mother’s Day, give your mom a reusable face mask made with biodegradable and sustainable materials.
And don’t worry about style.
Many eco-friendly face masks are stylish and very fashionable.
Your mom would love wearing them outside.
2. A Zero Waste Perfume
A research revealed that fragrances in many perfumes and personal care products are made using toxic chemicals.
(Yes, even perfumes made by well-known companies and brands)
On the other hand, zero waste perfumes only contain sustainable ingredients and are free from any of the icky ingredients that can harm a person and the planet.
Zero waste perfumes also help reduce waste since they have refillable containers, bottles made of recycled materials, and plastic-free packaging.
To be honest…
How many times have we actually recycled empty perfume bottles?
Hence, giving your mom a zero waste perfume this Mother’s Day will keep her smelling great every day without the environmental and health risks.
Click here for our handpicked 13 zero waste perfumes that are highly rated by users worldwide.
3. Eco-Friendly Dental Care Kit
Yes, we know what you’re thinking:
Your mom might not be too pleased to receive a toothbrush this Mother’s Day.
But while this eco-friendly Mother’s Day gift idea might be unconventional, it sure is practical and is something any eco-warrior mom will appreciate.
Think about it:
Wouldn’t your mom brush and floss her teeth every day?
Giving her a set of eco-friendly and plastic free dental care products will keep her teeth and gum healthy, minus the usual plastic trash.
That’s a win-win right there.
If she already owns an eco-friendly oral hygiene kit, then your gift would nicely add to her stash.
And even if your mom isn’t a hardcore environmentalist like you, this gift wouldn’t go to waste as she will need to brush and clean her teeth anyway.
These eco-friendly dental care products will allow her to help reduce plastic waste – effortlessly!
4. A Unique Home Decor
We can only imagine your mom’s delight when you give her a home decor she probably have never seen before.
A unique home decor Mother’s Day gift, if you will.
Unique in a way that the home decor is made using upcycled materials.
How cool is that?
Take a look at this beautiful hanging wall pictures made with upcycled aluminum cans.
Or this ingenious wine rack made with discarded snow skis.
How about this night lamp made with old mason jars?
You can visit Etsy for more upcycled home decors.
Alternatively, you can check out our post about 19 Upcycled Gift Ideas for all occasions so you can get more options.
5. Succulents and other Home Air Purifying Plants
Succulents and other indoor plants are among the most common eco-friendly Mother’s Day gift ideas.
Nevertheless, they are one of the best, in our opinion.
With succulents and home air purifying plants, you can never go wrong.
It’s a safe Mother’s Day gift, especially if your mom loves nature-themed aesthetics at home.
Not to mention plants absorb carbon dioxide and help cleanse the air.
These indoor plants can also survive with minimal care, watering, and without fertilizer.
Some of the most popular succulents and indoor plants include:
- Burro’s Tail
- Christmas Cactus
- Hen and chicks
- Jade Plant
- Panda Plant
- Devil’s Ivy or Pothos
- Aloe Vera
- Areca Palms
- Boston Fern
- Dwarf Date Palm
- Peace Lily
- Spider Plant
- Chinese Evergreen
6. Plastic Free Hair Care Products
Who doesn’t want shiny, healthy, and stylish hair?
We bet your mom too!
This Mother’s Day, take your gift-giving to the next level and buy a month’s supply of eco-friendly hair care products for your mom.
But like the eco-friendly dental care kit, you can consider this to be another unconventional Mother’s Day gift idea, but it’s something your mom needs and will use daily.
7. A Zero Waste Deodorant (that works)
We often encounter many people in the eco-friendly community sharing their bad experiences after switching to plastic free and zero waste deodorants.
Maybe your mom is the same.
Maybe she has been trying to ditch her usual deodorant that comes in plastic bottles but couldn’t find an eco-friendly alternative.
Well, this is your opportunity to help.
Introduce her to plastic free and zero waste deodorants made with non-toxic ingredients proven to work by countless users.
And in case your mom isn’t planning to make the switch to plastic free deodorants, this is the perfect opportunity to make her realize that there’s plenty of ways to avoid stinky pits without creating tons of plastic waste.
To make her transition more manageable, consider getting eco-friendly deodorants with the scent she likes.
It will also help if you research whether she prefers to use deodorant bars, creams, sticks, or others.
This list of 20 zero waste deodorants can help you get started.
8. Natural and Organic Body Wash
Are your mom’s body soap and wash guaranteed free from toxic ingredients?
Is it vegan, cruelty-free, and made with natural and organic ingredients?
If you answered no to any of the questions above, your mom might be using body wash brands containing ingredients that can cause cancer or pollute the environment?
Why not give your mom a safer, eco-friendly body wash this Mother’s Day?
9. Eco-Friendly Jewelry
No, we aren’t talking about your typical jewelry made with gold, silver, and precious gemstones.
We are talking about eco-friendly jewelry that will be the envy of her friends but are actually made of recycled materials.
You’ll be surprised how cool, fabulous, and stylish many of the eco-friendly jewelry and trinkets are out there.
Visit Etsy for eco-friendly jewelry collections, or you can search for “eco-friendly jewelry” online.
10. Eco-Friendly Laundry Kit
Laundry is such a wasteful household chore.
Think about all the plastic trash from detergent wrappers every time you do your laundry.
So how about giving your mom a supply of eco-friendly laundry detergents?
Pair it up with a non-plastic, eco-friendly laundry basket (or hamper) made with natural, biodegradable, and sustainable materials.
This Mother’s Day gift idea might not help make her laundry faster but it can:
- green your mom’s laundry routine;
- keep her safe from skin irritants commonly found in many commercial detergent brands (e.g., bleach, SLS, brighteners); and,
- help reduce plastic waste.
And besides reducing plastic waste, an eco-friendly laundry basket’s natural aesthetic can also add elegance to your mom’s home.
11. Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Clothing
According to the World Economic Forum, the fashion industry produces 10% of all humanity’s carbon emissions and is the second-largest consumer of the world’s water supply.
Meanwhile, cotton cultivation, one of the staples for clothing materials, accounts for approximately 25% of the world’s insecticides and over 10% of the total pesticides.
But we all need to wear clothes.
And once in a while, we buy fancy clothes for ourselves or someone special.
If you’re already set on giving your mom some new undies, dress, robe, pajama, and other clothing this Mother’s Day, choose to buy eco-friendly clothing brands.
Choose to buy clothing made of bamboo, hemp, organic cotton (more eco-friendly than traditional cotton), and other sustainable materials.
12. Bamboo Bed Sheets
Bamboo bed sheets have the reputation of being as soft as Egyptian cotton but more eco-friendly and affordable.
And though the production of bamboo fabric might not be perfect due to its chemical-intensive manufacturing process…
Products made of bamboo fabric are, in general, more sustainable than cotton.
Especially bamboo bed sheets made with bamboo lyocell, the most eco-friendly bamboo fabric.
Thanks to a bamboo lyocell bed sheet’s cloudlike softness, your mom will be more than happy to stay in bed longer, in a good way.
13. An Air Fryer
Based on the research we conducted, air fryers are more energy-efficient than most convection ovens and more budget-friendly than gas ovens and deep fryers.
If your mom loves fried foods or loves frying foods for you and your family, an air fryer can be the perfect eco-friendly Mother’s day gift for her.
However, air fryers can be a little pricey.
But surely you can spare a few extra bucks for your mom on Mother’s Day.
Most of the highly-rated air fryers cost anywhere between $100 to 250 on average.
Least Eco-Friendly Mother’s Day Gifts To Avoid
These are some of the go-to Mother’s Day gift ideas that are doing more harm than good.
According to an article by HuffPost, 78% of cut flowers in the US are imported from tropical countries like Ecuador and Colombia.
These flowers are shipped in planes and then delivered to their final destinations via refrigerated trucks and vans.
Hence, tons of carbon emissions for a Mother’s Day gift idea that will immediately be thrown away within a few days.
Commercial flowers like roses are also doused with toxic chemicals, fungicides, insecticides, and herbicides to preserve them and keep disease and pests away.
These chemicals can harm a person and are sources of environmental pollution.
Mother’s Day Cards
Greeting cards can be an excellent way to show your appreciation for all the things your mom has done for you.
However, are you aware of the negative environmental impacts of greeting cards?
Producing the paper to create greeting cards contributes to deforestation.
The higher the sales for greeting cards, the more old trees fall to meet consumer demand.
But it’s just one greeting card, you say?
Well, imagine if every son and daughter all over the world thinks the same.
Moreover, shipping greeting by planes, trucks and delivery cars to stores and their recipients leaves a huge carbon footprint.
A study showed that sending one greeting card produces about 140 grams of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
But it doesn’t end there.
Most greeting cards are not recycled and end up as additional waste in landfills.
So this Mother’s Day, skip the cards.
Chocolates are among the most popular Mother’s Day gift ideas, and it does make sense as a present, especially if your mom is a sweet tooth.
But while there’s nothing wrong with giving your mom chocolates on Mother’s Day, they’re rather impersonal and aren’t the most original of Mother’s Day gift ideas.
We’re sure you can do better than that.
And on a more serious note, the chocolate industry is known for slavery and unsustainable farming practices.
But if you really want to give your mom some chocolaty treats this Mother’s day, make sure to buy from Fair Trade chocolate brands.
Kudos for thinking of getting your mom a Mother’s Day gift that won’t harm the environment.
You’re not just being a loving son/daughter to your mother, but also a responsible individual living on this planet.
But would you care to know what we think is the best eco-friendly Mother’s Day gift you can give your mom?
Stay at home, cook dinner for your parents, and spend time with your mom.
Of course, don’t forget to tell your mom you love her, one way or another.
Anyways, we hope this list of 13 best eco-friendly Mother’s Day gift ideas has been helpful for you.
And it would be fantastic if you can share this with other people.
You’ll never know who’s mom would have a brighter day on Mother’s Day after getting any of these eco-friendly gifts.
Happy Mother’s Day!