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?