Green Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day is a little over a week away and I am already thinking about it! (If you read many of my posts, you’ll notice that holidays tend to sneak up on me.) This makes me very proud of myself (the being ahead, not the sneaking up) and very hopeful that not only will I have time to put together this collection of fabulous green gifts for mom, but also a little post on how to make the time you spend with her on Mother’s Day green as well. Since I’m old enough to know better than to get ahead of myself, I’m going to stick with the green gift list for now:


1. My very favorite gift as of late are the most incredible found-glass-and-antique/collectible terrariums made by Jose Agatep. These speak not only to a sense of time and space beyond our normal daily existence, but to using found objects and already-made resources to create beauty and delight out of sheer imagination. From $55 to $400. Sold online at his Etsy site, and other brick and mortar retailers.

2. Jewelry is always a welcome gift for mom, and the Circle Bracelet by C5 (the most sustainable jewelry company in the U.S.) is lovely and simple in its elegance. Made of 100% reclaimed sterling silver. $63. For more options in sustainable jewelry, check out my post on what makes jewelry sustainable and where to get it.

3. Support a local green gift store like Live Greene – online or at their Palo Alto storefront; The Treehouse Green Gifts – online or in Berkeley; or Reclaim in Menlo Park or online.

4. Organic flowers from – eco-friendly, fair trade, sustainable and organic flowers.

5. Make her something: Dinner with organic ingredients; mimosas on her patio with fresh-squeezed (by you!) organic orange juice; a scarf that came from a skirt you were about to give away; a poem (on recycled-content paper of course).

My mother lives far enough away that I won’t see her this mother’s day, and my usual fall-back is my own handmade jewelry (it’s a handy hobby come gift-giving time), but this year, I think I’m going to go old-school with a poem and flowers.

- Jocelyn Broyles

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Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener5 years ago


Monica D.
M D.5 years ago

I appreciate the comment from Hannah that sometimes we don't want or need more "stuff". I think that living more simply, with less stuff, is an important way to help save this planet, wilderness and wildlife. There is another article here on Care2 that says that baby boomers' environmental impact is already high. I think that Mothers' Day should not mean giving stuff.

Monica D.
M D.5 years ago

I suggest a gift membership in a green organisation like (here) Forest & Bird.

Hannah M.
Hannah M.5 years ago

As a mom, I really don't want any more stuff. I'm tired of stuff. I’d love a little time to myself. Anyway, while I was looking for a gift for my mother, I came across an interesting website, that offered Fantastic Mom Memberships. I ordered a three month membership for my mother and one for my mother-in-law. I really liked the idea that they would get something new every day - daily messages celebrating life. With the messages being delivered by text or email it's a very eco-friendly gift, and inexpensive - only $21.99. No gift bag or packaging. And it's a different kind of gift. Not material - not more "stuff". I like an emotional, or more spiritual approach to Mother's Day. And they also donate part of their sales to the American Heart Association this month!

Elaina Tess
Elaina Tess5 years ago

Hi all,
I'm trying to implement a recycling program in my local Atlanta Public Schools. Please sign the petition I've started to make this goal a reality! It will only take a minute or two of your time and it's for a good cause- best of all, it's a cost-free way for you to make a positive change :) Just copy and paste the link to your browser. Thank you!

Past Member
Past Member 5 years ago

Giver her classy gorgeous reusable bags from Nae's Earth Versailles Collection!

Chelsea M.
Chelsea M.5 years ago

Jose Agatep's stuff is amazing but way too expensive for most people. Sure the stuff is green but I'd rather support a good cause with all that money which could go a lot farther

Bernadette P.
Berny p.5 years ago


Robin G.
robin g.5 years ago

My favorite mother's day present is a connection with my children. I don't want them to spend money on getting me some thing. Is that supposed to be a piece of love? Do I know they love me and appreciate me because they've given me a bauble? Things are not important - relationships are. Period.

Robin G.
robin g.5 years ago

As a mother, I've have always had a distaste for Mother's Day. Another opportunity to be a crass consumer. This year, I've decided that I give no more presents of things. I give donations to causes and gifts of money to those who need it.
The best green present is one that uses no resources unnecessarily and that helps make the world a better place. Instead of recycling and making something else, resist the object in the first place!