My mom once gave me a mug with little flowers on it and a quote that says,

“All that I am I owe to my mother.”

My mom is very funny, with a slightly bratty sense of humor. She’s the type of person who tricks everybody on April Fool’s Day. You know it’s coming, but as much as you think you’ll be prepared – she’ll still get you. But I do owe a lot to my mom. To both my parents, in fact, and this is why I dedicated UniGuide to them when I first started it.

The preacher Joel Osteen talks about how the best gift you can give someone is your presence. As my parents get older, this has become even more important to me. In today’s gadget-ruled world, giving someone your undivided attention is unparalleled. But if you can’t be there in person (or even if you can!) you can’t go wrong with a token of affection. Here are some fun gift ideas for Mom on Mother’s Day that are eco-friendly and cruelty-free.

Air Plants by the Air Plant Shop

I like the Air Plant Shop because they only work with suppliers who are certified in their respective states or countries to export air plants that are sustainably harvested.

Air plants, or Tillandsia, are a genus of 730 species of perennial flowering plants that are native to the forests, mountains, and deserts of Central and South America, as well as the southern United States and the West Indies. (Wikipedia)

You can send your mom air plants in their own terrarium, or you can send her the individual plants along with a fun terrarium kit.

Hanging Terrariums

Price: $7.00 – $30.00

Terrarium Kits

Price: $9.00 – $49.00

Eco-Friendly and Organic Scarves by Wild Z Essentials

Artist Julia Davie created Wild Z Essentials because she couldn’t find enough apparel and other products that fit her values for being healthy for people and the environment, while being cruelty-free for animals. Whether you live in an urban environment or a small town, you can’t help feeling closer to nature with Julia’s beautiful designs. The fabrics Wild Z Essentials uses are certified organic by GOTS and Ecotex, and they use water-based printing methods. They also ship their products in recycled materials.

Price: $57.00 – $97.00

Recycled Book Page and Music Sheet Paper Beaded Jewelry by the Trashy Crafter

Any studio with the name “Trashy Crafter” deserves a spot on UniGuide! Artist Kimberly Franklin makes beaded jewelry out of recycled paper, sheet music, and maps.

Price: $25.00

Upcycled Paper Map Bangles by Papp Le Papp

Another designer who is making unique jewelry from upcycled materials is Papp Le Papp. This lovely bangle is made of wood and an upcycled map of Vienna.

  • Materials: wood, adhesive, and upcycled paper

Price: $29.50

Recycled Cotton Throw Blanket by Evermore Living

Every recycled cotton throw blanket created by Evermore Living keeps approximately two pounds of waste out of the landfill and supports a family-owned and operated knitting facility.

  • Materials: 80% pre-consumer recycled cotton, 18% acrylic, 2% other
  • Size: 50″ x 60″
  • Machine washable
  • Handmade in Maine, USA

Price: $149 – $169

100% GOTS-Certified Organic Cotton Throw Blanket by Viverano

This organic cotton throw blanket by Viverano is like curling up in a gigantic sweater.

  • Materials: 100% GOTS-certified, fair-trade organic cotton
  • Hypoallergenic and dye-free

Price: $89.95

Bamboo Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser with LED Lamp

The first time I bought an aromatherapy diffuser for essentials oils, I felt a little silly. But once I had one, I wondered what took me so long. People old and young love nice smells, and even my kitties gather around when I have my diffuser going. I like this design because it’s unobtrusive and has a Zen look to it with the bamboo casing.

  • Ultrasonic vaporizer produces consistent cool mist in 30-second intervals
  • Unique design features eco-friendly jade bamboo
  • Automatic shut off

Price: $49.95

Customized Eco-Friendly Stationary on Recycled Paper by Cindy Bainton

This lovely stationary is designed by artist Cindy Bainton and it can be personalized for your mom. Cindy has a variety of other distinct designs on recycled paper that you can see in her Etsy store.

  • Materials: 100% recycled, acid-free paper
  • Designed and printed in USA

Price: $11.00

The all moms everywhere, thank you for making the world a better place!