It’s Mother’s day next Sunday. If you observe Mother’s Day, here’s some ideas to give it a bit of a green theme.
- If you decide on flowers as a gift, choose locally grown or flowers that regenerate such as roses, tulip and lilies or even buy a flowering plant that will keep for heaps longer
- For green thumbed Mums, packets of seeds and/or bulbs make great gifts or if outdoor space is limited how about an indoor herb garden or mushroom growing kit
- If giving beauty products is a preference, avoid synthetic and chemically based and choose items with organic and natural ingredients
- Candles are a popular gift choice, greener choices include those made from beeswax or soy and contain essential oils
- Jewellery is another popular gift. You can opt for something pre-loved, from a socially responsible jeweller or items made from fair trade silver, glass or recycled materials
- For book loving Mums, check out the many second hand book stores or op shops where you’ll find a great selection in perfect condition or consider supporting Earth Hour by purchasing their Planet to Plate: The Earth Hour Cookbook.
- Make up your own goodies basket. You can pick up a cane basket at the op shop and then go to the local organic market to pick up some of her favourite treats
- If clothing is on the list, look for organic cotton, bamboo or hemp items
- Opt for a service instead of a gift such as a massage voucher or movie tickets
- Consider a sponsorship or a donation to your favourite charity e.g. Oxfam Unwrapped, World Vision, Greenfleet, Habitat for Humanity
- Grab a green gift certificate from the many online eco-stores available on the Internet
- Homemade gifts are a good choice or offer to spend an afternoon doing something that your Mum chooses to do or even a disliked chore like cleaning out the cupboards
- Make your own Mother’s Day card and include a favourite photo of you and your Mum or write a poem/special note of thanks
- Instead of going out to a restaurant, organise a picnic lunch. Pack a basket of goodies and find a nice spot to enjoy good food, company and nature
- Serve local and/or organic food at your Mother’s day lunch and avoid disposable cups, plates etc
The best gift can also be simply hugs and kisses and spending quality time with your Mum and making her feel special and appreciated.
Source: Green living tips, Think green gifts this Mother’s Day, http://www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/green-mothers-day-gifts.html, Alive.com/au, Autumn 2011
Enjoy Mother’s Day and help to make it a green day too.
Resource Management Specialist,