Mother’s Day comes just before my birthday, and now that I’ve started gardening, the timing of these 2 things take on a very special meaning for me. May, for Edmontonians, is when spring truly begins, and the last few years, Mother’s Day has meant planting something new in the garden with my daughter. Even if your mom isn’t a gardener, there are still eco friendly gift ideas to show her you care. Here’s what I really want for Mother’s Day.
Is it really weird to ask for nutrient-rich dirt as a gift? I don’t think so! Last year I bought compost through a fundraiser for a local animal rescue organization, and my veggies grew beautifully. This year the fundraiser happens to be occurring the day before Mother’s Day! Perfect gift for mom to put directly on the garden beds and then enjoy for the entire growing season! I always see signs around town about compost sales, so check your local community boards and I’m sure you’ll find a good source. (In case you’re wondering, yes I do have a composter in my backyard, however it takes a REALLY LONG TIME to make compost in Edmonton because of how long our winters are. My first completed batch took about 3 years. Hence needing to buy compost!)
2. Flowers – but not the ones you put in a vase.
I know. I love the idea of getting a bouquet of flowers and putting it in a vase too. But then I found out this little tidbit: “Flower growers are actually among the heaviest users of agricultural chemicals, including pesticides that are suspected of being among the most toxic.” (from mercola.com) Some people say they are allergic to flowers, but may actually be reacting to chemical residues on the cut flowers. And if the flowers are from out of the country – there are most likely issues around human rights of the employees of these flower growers (source: onegreenplanet.org). Here’s another tidbit from National Wildlife Federation about the problems with cut flowers. And here’s my post about why you shouldn’t buy cut flowers.
So! Why not get flowers in a pot instead? The plant will stay alive long after the cut flowers die, and depending on what kind you get, it could be a lovely addition to the garden outside, or act as an air purifier inside (see my post about a healthy home environment, including having plants to help clean your indoor air).
3. Cast Iron Bakeware.
If you’ve checked out the Healthy Child guide to a non toxic kitchen, then you know that traditional non-stick bakeware is pretty scary stuff. As I have been experimenting with grain-free recipes (here are my 3 favourite almond flour recipes), I’ve needed to buy a muffin-top pan to make almond flour sandwich buns. Of course the only one I could find was non-stick. Gah! Guess what? There is a Muffin Topper Cast Iron Pan out there (if only I were in the US…)! I still use my non-stick muffin pans but use liners in them – however would love to get a Cast Iron Muffin Pan as a gift!
4. Epsom Salt.
Epsom salts are fabulous for relaxing baths, and more recently I have been using them with essential oils for various purposes (including immune boosting). They are also a good source of magnesium if you use lots of it in your bath, which is a common mineral deficiency for people. It’s so easy to make a jar of bath salts with essential oils; I would be totally okay with one of those huge containers of them to make my own!
5. Ethical and Organic Apparel.
I was really excited about Underables opening online by fellow Canadian green mama blogger Eco Bravo. It has sleepwear, loungewear and intimates for the whole family, all ethically sourced, and sustainably made. I’m coveting these leggings (would it be so wrong to wear them out even though they are “PJ leggings”??). (Update: I have since gotten these leggings and LOVE THEM – review here.) I also love my local Lucid Lifestyle store for conscious clothing (reviews here and here).
6. Diffuser Necklace.
If you want to give a form of jewelry, and provide some therapeutic benefit to your mom at the same time, a diffuser necklace is the perfect combo gift! I would love a diffuser necklace to use with my essential oils when I’m out and about and need something to pick up my mood, or want to ward off airborne viruses. Here are a few I found on amazon.ca and amazon.com. And here’s my review of some beautiful stainless steel ones from the Mother Daughter Jewel Etsy shop.
7. Non Toxic Rain Boots
If I’m going to get out in the garden, I’m going to need some boots, but I really don’t want those toxic ones made of PVC. Bogs boots are apparently PVC free, made of synthetic rubber, and I’ve always wanted to try them since everyone raves about them! Kamik is a Canadian brand (bought winter boots for my daughter that were Kamiks) and they use an Ecologic Rubber they’ve developed, plus their soles are 100% reyclable! Sweet!
8. Eco Informative Books
Some of my favourite resource books are the Ecoholic books by Adria Vasil – awesome Canadian information with no extra fluff – just the cold hard facts. On my “to read” list are:
- Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
- Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World
- Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste
I hope this provided you with some eco friendly gift ideas – for your mom or anyone special in your life!
What are you giving for Mother’s Day?
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