Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas That Will Keep Giving Long After Mother’s Day

If the mother figure in your life cares about leaving our planet a better place for the next generation, then maybe jewelry isn’t the way to go for Mother’s Day.

Flowers can be a great gift for your mom, but shortages are driving up prices this year, and it might be time to look for other ideas.

Here are some lasting gift ideas that will continue to tell her she’s special long after Mom’s Day, which really is everyday.

PS In case you forgot. Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 8.

Adopt a wild animal (but it stays wild)

A curious recovered manatee rehabilitated at SeaWorld Orlando rubs its nose against glass in the exhibit’s natural habitat underwater viewing area. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

If the mom or grandma in your life is an animal lover, she’ll think the following two ideas are amazing.

Save the Manatee Club Adopt a Manatee Program allows you to make a donation to help fund the protection of manatees and their habitats. In turn, you get a certificate, information and a photo of a real manatee. Your mom will receive updates on her manatee and appreciate knowing that her gift went to help one of these beautiful creatures.

Maybe your mom prefers big ears to sea cows. How about an elephant?

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust operates a nursery in Nairobi National Park in Africa, where orphaned elephants are rehabilitated before returning to the wild. Choose from one of the rescued orphans the organization helps adopt on your mother’s behalf. Digital adoption includes a personalized adoption certificate and monthly orphan email, plus additional access to photos and video.

Native plants to attract bees and butterflies

30 April 2022, Brandenburg, Sieversdorf: A butterfly of the peacock species feeds on nectar on the flowers of a canola plant. Butterflies reach a wingspan of about 55 millimeters. The most striking feature is the easily recognizable

Ask your local garden store or flower farm about a seedling starter tray. These trays can hold flowers and plants that will attract bees and butterflies. Just make sure they are from the area where your mother lives.

Milkweed is an excellent plant for attracting monarch butterflies and their primary breeding ground during monarch migration.

A hanging blueberry plant can fit most patios or make a beautiful addition to a garden. Berry shrubs are favorites for bees to pollinate in the spring.

Buy him a house (bee)

21 May 2021, Berlin: Bees flying through a beehive taken in Berlin Pankow. Photo: XAMAX/dpa (Photo by XAMAX/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Managing a hive for honey can be a lot of work. But there are many types of bees, and they all help cross-pollinate plants and trees.

Mason bees, for example, are excellent at pollinating fruit trees and vegetable gardens. Mason bees nest in holes rather than hives, which can be made of hollow wood or other natural sources.

Buy the mom figure in your life a mason bee house. Usually made of bamboo or another wood, these houses will make the bees want to stay and pollinate the plants in your garden.

Bee houses for mason bees can be found at your local garden stores, Costco, Lowes, and Home Depot. If you want to build one, the Michigan State University Extension Office has these helpful step-by-step instructions take care of wild bees.

Don’t have room for a bee house? The World Wildlife Foundation offers a virtual bee adoption kit. Donate to WWF and a bee-themed certificate will be sent to your mom with a photo and a stuffed bee.

Eco-friendly and beautiful packaging

Eco Friendly Food Storage, Bees Wrap, Waxed Cloth. (Photo by: Lindsey Nicholson/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Speaking of bees, if your mom tries to use less plastic. Beeswax wraps are a good alternative to plastic bags or other containers. Bee’s Wrap offers beautiful prints in different sizes to keep fruits, vegetables, bread and sandwiches fresh.

Wraps can be used multiple times for a year or more with proper care. When you’re ready for new ones, the wax wraps can be composted or used as fire starters, according to Bee’s Wrap.

Elevate his tablescape but do it good for the Earth

Dark fall Halloween or Thanksgiving table setting with empty craft ceramic crockery, gray rough bowls and cups on linen tablecloth with yellow fall leaves and acorns, flat lay. (Photo by: Natasha Breen/REDA&CO/Universal Images Group via

It might sound a bit fancy, but reusable cloth napkins are more affordable in the long run instead of buying and throwing away paper napkins with every meal. Plus, they’re stunning.

This botanical napkin set at Food52 is made of flour sack cotton, which makes them soft and absorbent. Or choose her favorite color in these vintage-inspired cotton towels.

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