6 Foodie Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Nourish Mom and Mother Earth

by Claire Morgenstern, NRDC

If your family is anything like mine, it revolves around good company and good food. Food is the way we show our love for each other. It’s also the way we make sure our families are happy and healthy. Here are some gift ideas that are good for mothers and good for the environment.

1. Earth-friendly card. One way to do that is to send a†Mother’s Day e-card. You can save paper and postage, and choose from hundreds of different cards.

2. Healthy cookbook. Honor mom’s commitment to food that’s good for us and good for the planet by sending her a copy of “The Family Dinner” cookbook through NRDC Green Gifts. Written by producer, environmentalist and NRDC trustee Laurie David, this book is a guide to dozens of wholesome recipes that families can prepare together. Or get her the Foodie’s Delight gift, which will help grow the local and organic food movement.

Either way, the money you spend will help NRDC support sustainable agriculture and ensure that all of us have access to a steady supply of healthy, locally-grown food.

3. Tasty herbs. Know a mom with a green thumb? Products like Garden in a Bag, GrowBottle, Egg Plant and Garden in the Koop’s Growing Garden make it easy to grow basil, chives, mint, cilantro and more.

4. Chocolate. If you’re shopping for a mom who prefers her food already grown, you can order a gift basket of organic, fair trade products. This collection of Godiva truffles comes in a FEED 10 tote bag handmade by women in Liberia. Each purchase will provide ten school meals to children in need in cocoa-producing regions of Africa. Or choose a sampler of fair trade coffee or tea from Full Circle Exchange and CARE, which will support programs to empower women around the world to rise above poverty. And of course, you can always add a personal touch by hand-picking mom’s favorites to create a custom gift basket all your own.

5. Fresh produce. Better yet, get her a share of a CSA. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great way to eat ultra-fresh produce and support local farmers at the same time. Recipients typically receive a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. Find a CSA in your mom’s area.

6. Make her a meal. Show her how much she means to you by making her the guest of honor at a delectable (and sustainable) Mother’s Day brunch, lunch or dinner that you cook yourself. We’ve even gathered some tried and true recipes that are sure to please. †And a great family gathered around a great meal –that’s all mom really wants, right?


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Terry V.
Terry V.2 years ago

thanks, anything for my gardens will do

Sarah M.
Sarah M.3 years ago


Sheri P.
Sheri P.3 years ago

great ideas, thanks!

Janie Caldwell
Janie Caldwell3 years ago

Our daughter subscribed to the farm baskets for years. Some of the items were strange to her, and she would show up at our house to find out what to do with them. We have even gone online to find a picture of certain items because even I didn't know what they were. When you're paying $400 for a half share, someone should think to give you a list of what's in the basket/box/bag. This area needs improving. On the other hand, I like the farm stands.

Oh, please don't bring a basket to me for Mother's Day. Preparing vegetables for storage in a small refrigerator is time consuming, and I don't want to work on Mother's Day.

Nirvana Jaganath
Nirvana Jaganath3 years ago


federico bortoletto

Grazie per le ottime idee.

federico bortoletto

Grazie per le ottime idee.

annie s.
annie statton3 years ago

Mmmmm interesting article.

annie s.
annie statton3 years ago

Mmmmm interesting article.

Ryder W.
Ryder W.3 years ago

thanks for the ideas. but all my mom REALLY wants is jewelry.