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Green Up Your Mother’s Day

By Cherl Petso
May 3, 2009
File under: Environmental Concerns, Family, Gardening, Shopping


Mother’s Day is just around the corner on Sunday, May 10th. Instead of the usual flowers, jewelry, or cards, why not try something different? If your mom is eco-conscious, or you just want to do something green for her, here are some ideas.

Flowers for Good is a simple way to give back while giving your mom some pretty flowers! Choose your favorite non-profit and Flowers for Good will donate 5% of your purchase towards them.

If flowers aren’t your thing, but charity is, why not donate to your mom’s favorite charity in her name? This is perfect for the mom that is impossible to shop for and says, “Your love is present enough.”

Want a local gift idea? Check out GenGreen Life, type in your city or zip code and browse all the green local options your city has to offer, from events to beauty, to books, gardening, and carbon offsetting.

Gaiam has great green gifts options with a lot of variety at reasonable cost. They’re clothes are very mom-friendly (think Land’s End), but there is more than just clothes. Pick her up a compost bin, a yoga mat, organic sheets—you name it.

The greatest gift you can give your mom is time spent with her. Take her to the farmer’s market and buy some lunch fixins and go home to prepare lunch for her.

Is she a gardener? Help her start her spring garden and dig around in the dirt together. If she doesn’t have a green thumb, start a herb garden for her, herbs are fairly resilient! If she’s more laid back, then relax with a cup of tea and enjoy the company.

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  1. Rachel
    May 5, 2009 12pm UTC

    Great gift ideas! I love the gardening idea, great way to spend quality time with mom!

  2. Kendra
    May 5, 2009 12pm UTC

    Love these ideas for a green Mother’s Day gift. They’re really practical and thoughtful. I’m totally going to create a small herb garden for my mom. I find it therapeutic to check my herbs, water them, and the general maintenance of it. It’s very rewarding and I think she’ll feel the same.

  3. Cherl
    May 5, 2009 12pm UTC

    Thanks Rachel & Kendra. Gardening is such a great way to connect! And every time she uses herbs from her garden she’ll think of you!

  4. Katie K.
    May 5, 2009 6pm UTC

    I actually just ordered flowers for my Mom from flowers for good. She’ll love them. Thanks for the fabulous idea!

  5. Cherl
    May 7, 2009 10am UTC

    Thanks Katie! What nonprofit did you pick?

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