Moms. They change our diapers. They work tirelessly and yet still find time to empathize with our grade-school problems. They guide us through even the cringiest moments of our teenage self-discovery with the grace of warriors. There’s probably no way we can ever fully thank our mothers for everything they do for us, but there is no better day of the year to spoil the moms in your life than Mother’s Day. Don’t settle for predictable flowers and candy – this year, treat her to something truly special.
For the Fashion-Forward Matriarch
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve almost certainly worn, seen, or at least heard of TOMS shoes in the past few years. This year they’ve teamed up with Every Mother Counts to create a Mother’s Day collection that lets you give mom something great while giving back at the same time. The Orange Rose collection espadrilles have all of your favorite TOMS features – like all natural materials and a durable design that only gets more comfortable over time – and the collaboration means that for every item purchased from the collection, TOMS will donate $5 to Every Mother Counts – a non-profit organization founded by Christy Turlington Burns that works to provide education, transportation, and other resources to mothers all over the globe. The shoes are made of all-natural burlap with a gorgeous print that features an orange rose – the universal symbol of maternal health. Show mom just how much you appreciate her by passing the orange rose this year and giving her a gift that is not only beautiful, natural, and stylish, but also gives back to mothers everywhere.
Earth-conscious moms shouldn’t have to choose between comfort and nature – and with Indigenous Clothing, they won’t. The fair trade fashion company’s PURE collection uses absolutely NO dyes, and instead takes its cue from the natural shades of sheep’s wool, organic cotton, and alpaca. The collection is overflowing with luxurious sweaters, scarves, ponchos, and more – all of which are completely free from any man-made chemicals – that will keep mom warm, fashionable, and feeling good all year. Skip the mall this year and get your mom a gift of PURE fashion.
Get mama a brand new bag while still giving her something that is natural, stylish, and charitable. The Women’s Peace Collection is a fair-trade retailer that focuses on handcrafted items made in global villages and cities by aspiring female entrepreneurs. They are dedicated to providing opportunity, fair wages, and ethical treatment to women across the globe, all with an eye towards environmentally sustainable materials. Every purse in the collection is entirely handmade from all natural materials, and when you purchase through their website you can see exactly where each piece was made and see photos of the artisans at work so you can truly connect to the women your purchase helps. We particularly love the Catch the Wave purse, with its modern profile and wide variety of patterns, colors, and sizes – but every bag in the collection is gift-worthy.
Looking to give mom a little bling this year? You can’t go wrong with something from Gogo Jewelry. Not only is their jewelry inspired by the intrinsic beauty of nature, but each piece in the collection is made entirely from natural and organic materials – as they say, “down to the band, strap, fixing or setting.” Their eco-friendly designs aren’t all they have to brag about, though – each piece in the collection is beautifully unique, with a poignant influence from the plant or creature that inspired it. We’re big fans of the Palm Frond Bracelet and Rattlesnake Rib Earrings – both of which pay elegant homage to their inspiration with sleek natural curves and gorgeous materials.
For the Green-Thumbed Mum
A mom who spends a lot of time in her garden needs the right tools. Hook mom up this year with a gardening set that will stand the test of time. This Le Prince Jardinier set from The Maryn includes a trowel, a fork, and a cultivator – all packed into a lovely jute bag and made from solid wood and stainless steel so they can keep up with even the most extreme horticulturalists. They’re more than just sturdy, though – the set also has a gorgeous finish that makes them brag-worthy even when they’re not in use.
If your mom is a plant-lover, what better Mother’s Day gift for her than the focus of her favorite hobby itself? Mercantile + Co’s Citrus trees are available with a variety of fruits – including key lime, navel orange, Meyer lemon, and grapefruit – and are perfectly sized for porches, patios, and container gardening, so they make a great gift for moms that love gardening but have limited space. If mom’s yard has plenty of room to grow, their Magnolia Trees make for a gift that only gets more beautiful and elegant over time – Mercantile + Co will even select just the right type to grow in the recipient’s area.
These clever kits are ideal for the mom who’s into indoor gardening. Each windowsill box is made with recycled steel, and comes with a soilless growing medium, seed kits, a bamboo lid, and instructions for growing the perfect plants. Treat mom to the spice kit (which contains Japanese mustard, daikon radish and edible chrysanthemum sprouts), the veggie kit (with red cabbage, mini-carrot greens, and tom thumb pea greens), or both for the ultimate micro-gardening gift.
If you’re going for gardening this Mother’s Day, be sure to add these smart little stakes to your must-gift list. Made of terracotta, each stake is perfectly designed to hold a recycled wine or plastic water bottle and release just the right amount of water into the soil. Whether mom travels a lot or could just use a better way to keep her house plants watered, these stakes make a great gift for green thumbs.
For the Zen Mama
When you work as hard as mothers do, it’s important to relax hard too. Help the moms in your life get a little peace and quiet this year with this delightful maritime-inspired hammock from Yellow Leaf Hammocks. It’s handmade with weatherproof yarn for a soft feel and perfect protection from the elements. The breathable weave and flip-proof, expandable design makes it perfect for summertime naps and cozying up with loved ones. With super easy set-up and take-down, mom can take it from home to beach without any hassle.
Sometimes, you just need to top off a long, hard day by kicking back with a soothing glass of wine, and it’s no different for moms. Give mom the gift of grapes – and give back to nature a little, too – with one of Trinity Oaks’ fine wines. You can find a wine to suit any mom’s taste – from Pinot Grigio to Pinot Noir – and the company will plant a tree for every bottle of wine purchased. Both mom and mother Earth will be thanking you the second she pops the cork.
Once you’ve got the perfect wine picked out for mom this year, don’t just hand her a bare bottle – dress it up with a lovely reusable wine tote like the Denim Vin Vertical Tote from Aplat. Made from sustainable raw denim, the tote makes the perfect gift accent and can hold up to two bottles of wine. The shoulder strap makes it easy to carry, and the durable material means mom will be able to use it again and again.
With all their stressful days and sleepless nights, mothers can always use a little pampering. Encourage mom to set aside a little “me time” this year with a gift that lets her get her mani on from the comfort of home. This long-lasting, water-based nail enamel from Honeybee Gardens is completely free of the usual harsh chemicals found in nail polish and can be removed with rubbing alcohol, which means mom won’t have to worry about those nasty nail polish fumes next time she wants to spruce up her hard-working hands. The enamel is available in a variety of colors, so treat mom to a whole set for fume-free manicures all year long.
For the Adventuring Mom
Moms work hard, so it’s no surprise that their toughness can translate into major adventuring. If your mom’s perfect day consists of gearing up and getting out, then Mother’s Day is the perfect time to set up her up with a gift that can truly cover her back in the great outdoors. Cotopaxi is a company that’s just as serious about sustainability as it is about grabbing life with both hands – they make durable and innovative outdoor gear from recycled and sustainable materials, and they have a long-standing commitment to helping fund healthcare, education, and poverty-alleviation initiatives across the globe. Their Teca Windbreaker jacket is lightweight, easily packable, and equipped with a back panel vent to keep mom cool on long hikes. With brilliant design and bright colors, any mom who hits the trail in this jacket will be the pride of her hike. And hey, if you love the trails too, why not treat her to a Mama’s Day hike she’ll never forget?
Any mom who loves to hike knows that a comfortable, durable, high-quality boot makes all the difference on those long days of exploring. This boot from Danner features a rugged rubber outsole that keeps feet comfortable on any surface, a special Dri-Lex lining for extra breathability, and a leather exterior that pays tribute to vintage 1970s style while standing up to even the most intense hikes. Often considered to be one of the greatest backpacking boots of all time, this gift is sure to inspire mom’s next great adventure.
If your mom travels frequently by plane, train, or automobile, then she’d probably be the first to tell you how valuable a great travel bag can be. The streamlined exterior of this backpack from Uncommon Goods isn’t just a sleek fashion statement – the clever design hides a multitude of handy features that make travel convenient and secure. The interior of the bag is equipped with several pockets – for cash, computers, and other essentials – that are specially designed to balance the weight of the bag for a comfortable, lightweight feel. The outside is waterproof to protect from spills and weather, and the bag even has a USB port to make charging devices on the go an absolute breeze.
Perhaps no one understands the importance of preserving great memories more than moms do. Give mom a great place to stash all her best travel memories with this journal from Uncommon Goods. The Scratch Travel Journal gives mom the perfect way to plan and record her next great trip, with a planner for daily itineraries, a checklist for pre- and mid-travel shopping, and a diary to record every thoughtful moment of her wanderlust. It also comes with a colorful interactive map, where mom can scratch off every city and country she visits over time.
Whatever her interests, don’t forget to show mom a little extra love this May 14th with one of these fantastic gifts.