Your Guide to Sustainable Gifting for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s no doubt that this year it will definitely be a little different, as many people won’t be able to spend time with their mothers in-person on this special day. But that doesn’t mean that you still can’t show your mama how much you love and appreciate her.

Moms almost always love what you give them, no matter what it is—that’s just how they are. Our list is sure to make them feel special, and is also curated with care in mind, not just for your mom, but for Mother Earth as well. Each gift below is thoughtfully created, with a focus on sustainability and quality.

Happy Habitat Lanai Cotton Throw Blanket, Greyscale ($165)

A modern accent that she can also snuggle up in, this blanket is made of 80% recycled cotton using pre-consumer fibers collected after the cut and sew process. All of Happy Habitat’s throws are made-to-order in the U.S. and the company is always taking steps towards being as sustainable as possible. So tell your mom to get the movie ready so she can curl up under this beautiful throw (and whether she decides to share or keep it all for herself is totally up to her).

Maris Pearl Co. The Ursa Minor Earring ($80)

If your mother was like mine and gave you a set of pearls, now it’s time to return the favor. These drop earrings, like all of Maris’s jewelry, feature naturally-shaped pearls set in sparkling gold fill, each designed to be as unique as the person who wears them. They also donate 5% of sales to Aegean Rebreath, an Athens-based NGO dedicated to conservation initiatives in the Mediterranean Sea.

Vancouver Candle Co. Novo in Restore ($39)

Time to bring some fresh new scents to your mama’s home. Vancouver Candle Co.’s Restore scent is like taking a walk through a garden full or blooms and fruits with hints of lemongrass, jasmine, and mandarin. Each of their artisanal candles is hand poured in Vancouver using traditional methods using the finest quality ingredients, including premium soy wax, pure cotton wicks, natural essential oils, and perfume grade fine fragrance.

Credo Perfect Pair: Brightening ($70.40)

We know your mom is already gorgeous, but help her put her best skin forward with this brightening duo. This bundle includes the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser that brightens, hydrates, tightens, and firms and the Ursa Major Brighten Up Vitamin C Serum that is antioxidant-rich to boost brightness further, while firming and smoothing. Credo is the largest clean beauty retailer in the world and only carries beauty brands that match their high standards and don’t include any of the ingredients on The Dirty List (Credo’s list of over 2,700 ingredients they have banned).

Native of the Sun Swimsuit, Sunstone (Kelsey top, $59; Georgia bottoms, $55)

If your momma is called by the sun and the water, a new swimsuit might just be what she needs. The suits from Native of the Sun are made in small batch in Arizona and Bali, with its founder, Jessi, designing and sewing all the samples herself. Jessi started Native of the Sun after a rough period following her pregnancy with her son, which forced her to close her original swimwear brand. So Native of the Sun not only is a fresh start, it celebrates the stages of motherhood, its ups and downs.

ABLE Ren Sandal ($108)

Let’s put some pep in your mom’s step. These vibrant red slides made from hand woven cotton and kidsuede should do the trick. ABLE is a certified B Corp dedicated to creating long-term economic impact by employing female artisans around the world. They’ve found that partnering with local community leaders results in a more powerful economic transformation rather than trying to command change from the U.S.

Grounds for Change Coffee of the Month Subscription ($89.95 for 3 months)

If your mom can’t live without her daily caffeine fix, this subscription was meant for her. Grounds for Change’s Coffee of the Month Club provides you with two fresh 12 ounce bags of a different fair trade organic coffee from around the world each month for your chosen time period (options for three, six, or 12 months). GFC roasts their coffee in small batches in downtown Seattle to ensure that you receive the freshest coffee possible. All of their coffee is Fair for Life Fair Trade certified and their organic certification meets the stringent Organic Processor Standards enforced by the USDA and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Additionally, their coffee is Carbon-Free Certified by, which means that the complete carbon footprint (from crop to cup) is offset with tree planting. 

Zehr Design Co. Personalized Handwritten Recipe Plate ($69)

Recipes often pass from generation to generation; now you can give your mom a memento featuring a family or personal favorite. All you have to do is send over a PDF or photo of a recipe card in your mom (or whichever family member’s handwriting), and Zehr Design Co. will do the rest. Zehr’s goal is to hep people craft family traditions into a lifetime keepsake!

Angela Roi Cher Tote, Ash Brown ($250)

For the mom who has everything, she needs somewhere to put it all. And that would be in this tote. The Chere Tote is a classic bag made out of PU vegan leather and gold details. All of Angela Roi’s bags are ethically made by artisans who are paid fair wages in clean factories, vegan, leather-free, cruelty-free, and sweatshop-free.

Masterclass Online Class ($90 for a single class; $!80 for one-year subscription)

Instead of giving your mom a physical gift, you can give her the gift of learning. Is there something she’s always wanted to learn to do? Is there someone whose career she has always admired? Now she can take a class on everything from singing to interior design to cooking to negotiation from the best of the best (we’re talking the likes of Annie Leibovitz, Gordon Ramsey, and Aaron Sorkin here). Each class has an average of 20 lessons that run for about 10 minutes, meaning she will get about three hours learning from her fave celebrity.  

**Please note that we are not aware or responsible for the ability of these companies to get you these products in time for Mother’s Day. Please be in contact with the sales representatives for these respective companies for shipping details.

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