Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8, and there is still time left to find a gift that will make your mother happy. If the panic has set in, take a look at this list for some green gift ideas:
SunLeaf Naturals makes a variety of soaps and natural reed diffusers. The soaps are all made in Waconia, Minnesota, have minimal packaging, no harsh chemicals, and are gentle on the skin. There is a grapefruit ginger scented soap bar on a stick for washing the dishes and some wonderful shampoo/body wash bars. All of these products have received rave reviews. A listing of all the fine soaps, diffusers, and other products and the customer testimonials can be found here. SunLeaf Naturals products can be found in the Twin CIties at Lakewinds or ordered online.
Membership to an Arboretum. Time in nature is one of the most relaxing, green gifts out there. There are a number of arboretums in Minnesota worth visiting. See the link below listing all the conservatories and arboretums in Minnesota. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska is a delight to visit all year round.
Fresh flowers and plants. Lakewinds sells beautiful bouquets from Down in the Valley. Bachman’s has a huge variety of freshly cut flowers and plants and has knowledgeable salespeople to help you with your gardening questions.
Homemade aromatherapeutic bath salts. Make them yourself by taking a couple of tablespoons of bath salts, adding 4 – 5 drops of essential oils (lavender is nice), wrapping it in a pretty, square piece of cotton fabric and tying it with a ribbon. Voila!
A gift certificate to one of her favorite stores (REI, a local bookstore, Dunn Bros. coffee shop, Bachman’s, etc.)
Candles. Aloha Bay candles which are made with sustainably harvested palm wax can be found at Lakewinds or ordered online through their website. They have wonderful chakra votives that are beautiful to look at and smell great, too! Here is a link to their website.
A beginner’s yoga kit complete with yoga mat, beginner’s DVD, yoga block, and strap for the mom who is just starting out or a new yoga mat for the more advanced student.
A tree planted in her honor.
A flower garden dedicated to her. Once again, Bachman’s would be a great place to go and find out what plants do best in our state.
Jewelry (perhaps handmade by other mothers) Here is a link to a site that sells such jewelry.
Books (preferable something that will fuel one of her passions and maybe used as a resource for years to come. Make sure to inscribe something inside the front cover so she can remember your gift for years to come).
A handknit scarf, cell phone purse, coin purse
Field guides to Minnesota flowers, birds, etc. Stan Tekiela, a Minnesota resident, has written a number of these great books. He also has a great audio CD with Minnesota bird calls.
Birdhouse, a bird bath, and/or bird seed. Wild Birds, Unlimited is a great place to shop here in the Twin Cities. Click here for information on the store closest to you.
Gardening tools. Maybe a pretty watering can that will remind her of you whenever you use it.
A yummy meal out
Yard work and other miscellaneous help around the house.
A poem or book of poems written especially for her. If you’re not a poet, maybe you could copy some of your favorite poems to share with her.
A home-cooked meal prepared especially for her
Chocolate. Fair trade brands such as Endangered Species, Newman’s Own, and Dagoba are popular and can be found at local co-ops in the Twin Cities.
A chunk of time to do whatever she wants to do (like use that aromatherapeutic bath salt you made for her). This means her partner will have to take the youngsters out of the house for awhile.
(Alicia Bayer, our own Mankato Green Culture Examiner, has also posted a number of great green Mother’s Day gift ideas. You can find her list by clicking here.)
Happy Mother’s Day!!!