Zero Waste Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day has become very commercialised over recent years with around 141 million cards being bought in the UK alone. Although, it doesn’t have to be all about the commercialism and thinking about Zero Waste Mother’s Day gift ideas is a good place to start.

But where did Mother’s Day begin? 

Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent and this year it falls on Sunday 31st March (2019).

Traditionally, Mothering Sunday in the UK was a day that both Roman Catholic and Anglican’s went to their “mother” church. It was considered important for people to return to their “mother” church once a year.  So,  in the middle of Lent people returned to either their main church in the area or one they were baptised in for a service to be held on Laetare Sunday.  It is believed that as domestic servants and apprentices were given the day off to return home,  it also became a family celebration and hence what we know today as Mother’s Day.

However, in the USA Mother’s Day is celebrated  on the second Sunday in May and recognises mothers, motherhood and maternal bonds in general, as well as the positive contributions that they make to society.  It was established by Anna Jarvis in 1908.

Wherever you are in the World Mother’s Day should be a day to appreciate all Mother’s. By taking the time to choose the right gift or token you can do this whilst still following a Zero Waste ethos.

10 Zero Waste Mother's Day Gift Ideas

When you’re choosing a gift for Mother’s Day it really is the thought that counts.  Here are 10 of my Zero waste Mother’s Day Gift Ideas.

Pot Plant or Garden Plant

Rather than buying a bunch of flowers that will only last a few days why not buy a pot plant.  You can choose a plant that is designed to stay indoors all year round or you could choose something like a Rose Bush that could be planted outside and enjoyed for years.  If possible try to buy one that isn’t in a plastic pot or covered with plastic wrapping.

Theatre or Concert Tickets

Everyone in our family enjoys music the theatre.  My mum especially loves musicals and the ballet. I know she’d be very happy if I bought her tickets to a show for a Mother’s Day present.  

If you don’t want to buy tickets to a specific event you could always buy a Theatre Tokens so that the person you’re giving the gift to can choose their own tickets.

And although theatres aren’t currently open you can still buy advance tickets for when they do.

Monthly Subscription or Annual Memebership

You can buy subscriptions for so many things from books to Gin ! 

Or you could buy an annual membership to the National Trust or something similar. The possibilities are endless it just takes a little thought and research to find the right one.

Gift Promise Note

And, remember it doesn’t have to be something you buy to make it a wonderful gift.  You could make your own promise note for something you know that your mum or someone would really love.  It could be as simple as offering to give the house a spring clean or cook a family meal.  You just need to choose something that you know will be appreciated.

Homemade Gifts

There’s an endless list of homemade gifts that you can make and it’s so nice to receive something that you know has taken someone time and effort to make.

You could try making jam, pickles, chilli or herb infused oil. If you’re good a sewing, you could make reusable kitchen cloths to replace paper towels or reusable makeup wipes.

A jar of homemade biscuits or fudge would always be welcome in our house.  And, you can package your homemade items in a reusable tin or jar.

Experience Gift

There are so many experience days that you can buy now and they’re a great way to give someone a great present that they will enjoy without any waste.

If you want to do something where you share the experience then a Spa Day or Afternoon Tea might be good choices.  I know I’d love either of those and it also gives you the opportunity to spend time with your mum and sometimes that can be the most important part of the gift.

Zero Waste Gift Set

If the person you’re buying for hasn’t started on their Zero Waste Journey why not put together a small Zero Waste Starter kit.  You could either do one for the Bathroom with a bamboo toothbrush, reusable face wipes, lovely handmade soap etc.  Or, maybe do one for when they’re out and about with a reusable cup, some organic cotton produce bags and maybe a reusable straw.  

If you do decide to give them a Zero Waste starter kit make sure it’s something they’ll use as you don’t want to buy something that will go to waste.

If you take a look at TMG Zero Waste Shop you’ll find lots of ideas and everything comes in plastic free packaging 🙂 

Vintage / Second Hand

You don’t always have to buy new when looking for presents. And, these days you can buy virtually anything second hand from books to bikes. Etsy is a great place to look for vintage or upcycled gifts.

They have some gorgeous vintage jewellery and vintage scarves on their.


Books make wonderful presents and I still love holding a real book to read. And, I love browsing in book shops.

If you want to buy a book as a gift but don’t have time to go to a book shop you can still support independent book stores by buying online from Hive. This is what Hive has to say:

We give independent bookshops a chance to be seen online. We hope it will help them to reach new and different customers. We help them benefit from the sale of all kinds of stuff.

Buy Unpackaged Gifts or Zero Waste Friendly Packaging

And, remember these Zero Waste Gift Ideas are just to help you start thinking about the perfect Mother’s Day present.  When you’re looking for gifts be a mindful consumer and think about what you’re buying.

Is it something that will be useful? Think about what it’s made from, is the packaging it’s sold in easy to dispose of.

You should be looking for gifts that are unpackaged or if they do have packaging then it should be minimal and preferably compostable like cardboard.

Handmade soaps, books, a nice woollen throw all make lovely presents.

When it comes to buying a card for Mother’s Day make sure that if you buy one that you buy it from an independent shop and it’s not wrapped in plastic or covered with glitter.  You don’t even have to buy a card you could write a note or poem on a postcard or even a nice piece of writing paper.

Be a conscious consumer this Mother's Day

I hope my Zero Waste Mother’s Day Gift Ideas has given you some inspiration. 

Remember giving and receiving presents should be fun and half the fun in giving presents is choosing them.

Make sure you’re a conscious consumer and I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

Written by 

Hi, I’m Frankie. This is my blog (Thoroughly Modern Grandma) about blending old fashioned values with modern technology, whilst trying to reduce our waste and be a little kinder to our Planet.

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