Ethical Mother’s Day Gifts

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How often do you have a “clear out” of unwanted gifts and unnecessary purchases? It’s rather soul destroying isn’t it? That’s why I’m focussing on ethical Mother’s Day gifts that won’t end up in landfill. The first rule is to make sure it’s something your mum or mother figure wants or needs. That doesn’t mean knowing the intricate workings of her mind. It means asking outright or engineering a conversation. Some of these ideas make rather unusual gifts, but if they are needed and appreciated then that’s what counts.

Ethical Mother’s Day Gifts: Clothing

Clothing choice is so personal that buying it as a gift can be risky. The best option is usually to ask what the recipient would like, rather than choosing for them. But that doesn’t stop you from pointing them in the direction of some lovely brands to choose their gift.

Th3rd Level Clothing

Th3rd Level is a small, ethical business creating sustainable streetwear. They provide work experience for talented young adults with different abilities through a design-led shadowing and mentor scheme. Their whole range is created using eco friendly materials from sustainable sources. The clothing is comfortable and high quality, arriving to the consumer in fully compostable packaging. Th3rdlevel also partners with the Eden Reforestation Project, planting a tree for every purchase from their clothing range. This t-shirt is a delight to wear and I’ve been really pleased with how it has kept its fabulous colour even after several washes.

Th3rd Level T-shirt presented against a wooden background with red and peach flowers in a vase behind. Th3rd Level clothing items make great Ethical Mother's Day Gifts due to the companies ethical credentials.
Th3rd Level T-shirt

Cotton Traders Clothing

Despite having had many Cotton Traders rugby shirts in the past, I hadn’t realised that they had such lovely clothing ranges, or their ethical credentials. They make products that last, using sustainable and renewable resources where possible. They use sustainably sourced organic cotton or recycled cotton and they even have a range of fleeces made from recycled plastic bottles. What’s more, they have a beautiful range of gifts suitable for mother’s day, including this Joyful Wide Leg Jumpsuit that will be ideal for the warmer months.

Woman wearing a Cotton Traders jumpsuit photographed by the river to showcase Cotton Traders clothing range as Ethical Mother's Day Gifts
Cotton Traders Jumpsuit

Ethical Mother’s Day Gifts: Gifts For the Home and Garden

Like clothing, gifts for the home are very personal. Most of us know what our mums like to put on display in the house, so it’s easy to choose something that would take pride of place.

Handmade wooden potting tray from EnglishHomestead on Etsy

Supporting small businesses producing handmade items is always a great feeling. Particularly when that means buying your mum a beautifully crafted, sturdy wooden potting tray. An ideal place to fill pots with compost, keeping the potting shed clean and tidy. Any mum who loves her garden will appreciate this gift and it will last for many years to come. Find this and more handmade products from EnglishHomestead on Etsy.

Handmade wooden potting trays make ideal ethical mother's day gifts. Pictured in a workshop with pots and a trowel in the tray.

Arran Sense of Scotland Candle

I am a bit of a convert to the Arran Sense of Scotland brand since trying their perfume at Christmas. They have a gorgeous range of scented products that draw their inspiration from nature on the Isle of Arran. Everything they produce is cruelty free. By the end of this year, all plastic they use will be recycled. They also offer 2 litre refills to cut down on customer plastic use and their distribution centre is fully carbon neutral. For mother’s day, their Mountain Lavender Candle offers the soothing scent of lavender in a long-lasting candle that burns for 35 hours.

Arran Sense of Scotland Candle presented against a wooden background with red and peach flowers in a vase behind
Arran Sense of Scotland Candle

Holy Lama Natural Soap Collection

We have been using bar soaps for a few years now instead of shower gels and hand washes. It’s a great way to reduce plastic use in the home. If your mum is worried about her environmental impact, Holy Lama vegan handmade soaps make an amazing gift. All soaps are made with virgin coconut oil and a unique essential oil blend. Then, they’re packed into a shell handmade from the leaf of an Areca palm tree. The soaps last for ages and smell beautiful.  

Four Holy Lama Soaps presented against a wooden background with red and peach flowers in a vase behind

Ethical Mother’s Day Gifts: Vouchers

Vouchers are always a great option when you’re not sure what to buy. Choosing a voucher that can be used for multiple things means it definitely won’t go to waste and your mum can treat herself to something she really wants.

Treat Her Voucher from Buyagift

The Treat Her Experience Box from Buyagift is valid for a huge array of different experiences. Your mum can meet meerkats, drive a super car, enjoy a three course meal or afternoon tea. Or she might prefer to visit an escape room, go white water rafting or relax with a friend on a spa day including a treatment. Whichever she chooses, you can be sure that her Mother’s day will be one to remember.

Treat her buy a gift voucher presented on a wooden background with a vase of red and peach flowers behind. Vouchers make great Ethical Mother's Day Gifts allowing mums to choose their own experience.

Ethical Mother’s Day Gifts: Edible Gifts

Buying consumables is a great way to ensure that nothing will go to waste, especially if you know your mum’s favourite treat. Or, you could treat her to a restaurant quality meal at home or a fruit and veg box designed to reduce food waste.

Green and Blacks Organic Mother’s Day gift box

Why not treat your mum to a selection of Green & Black’s organic chocolate? A milk chocolate bar with “Love You Mum” written on the sleeve is packed into a Green & Black’s recycled gift box along with a selection of organic dark, white and milk chocolate bars of various sizes. This is one gift that will never go to waste. Although if you are hoping she will share, you might be disappointed. 

Green and Blacks chocolate selection ethical Mother's Day gift
Green & Blacks

Mindful Chef

I have been working with Mindful Chef for a few years now, regularly reviewing their recipe boxes, frozen meals and smoothies on my social media. Choose your meal on their website and they will provide all the ingredients you will need in exact amounts, along with a recipe created by a professional chef. All you have to do is follow the step-by-step instructions to cook a delicious meal at home. Alternatively for something quick and easy, their frozen options are brilliant. Simply pop them in the oven or microwave to cook and enjoy. For every meal you buy, they donate a meal to a child living in poverty. Either option would make a fabulous gift for a busy mum.

Mindful chef risotto served with broccoli in a grey bowl shown against a wooden backdrop. Recipe boxes make excellent Ethical Mother's Day Gifts as they provide exact amounts of ingredients to reduce waste.
Mindful Chef risotto


Did you know that a third of all food grown is wasted? Not because there is anything wrong with it but because it’s too large, small or odd looking for the supermarkets. Or because too many were produced or they ripened at the wrong time of year. Oddbox liaise with farmers who have an abundance of tasty produce. They package it up and deliver it on a weekly basis. They’ll tell you what will be in your box around a week before, so if there’s something you don’t like they can swap it for you. For mums who are environmentally conscious or looking to eat more healthily, an Oddbox subscription makes an ideal Mother’s Day gift. Use this link for £10 off your first box.

Oddbox large fruit and vegetable box containing oranges, cucumber, mango, red peppers, spring onions and kale. These boxes make great ethical Mother's Day Gifts
Oddbox large fruit and veg box

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