Being a Mum I am looking forward to Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May. I tend to think that the real Mother’s Day is actually the birthday of my one and only child as this is the day I truly became a mum, but then we can’t distract from the special day of the birthday boy to make it all about ME now, can we?
We tend to get caught up in the consumerism of Mother’s Day and I recognise that I have been known to rush off on the Saturday and buy the thing we think our Mums will love rather than thinking about the sentiment. This year it is my intention not only to think about the sentiment behind Mother’s Day but also to consider Mother Earth and the impact of our purchases on the environment.
I’ve put together this little list of five things you can do to celebrate your Mum but that won’t cost Mother Earth and I hope it inspires you to follow suit and think twice before your purchase mass produced, over packaged goods with no sentiment attached.
- Zero Waste Gifts – Remember when you were little and at school there was a Mother’s Day stall. Dad would give you a few dollars (or even cents in my day) and you would file past all the doily covered toilet rolls, some granny’s lovingly crocheted coat hangers, potted plants and handmade bookmarks and would select things that you were sure your mum would absolutely love. Handmade gifts never go out of style and generally have no packaging associated with them.
Weekend markets are particularly great places to go to source packaging free gifts but even better to use your own skills and make something with love. How about this year you cook a batch of scones or one of my favourites – Banana Bread from the book “Sweet Treats” from the Sugar Free Teen (available on Amazon for $5.59 http://www.amazon.com.au/Sweet-Treats-Kalila-Purtle-ebook/dp/B0184REESE ), wrap up in a cotton tea towel and pop into a basket. This will give Mum three presents in one and she will appreciate the effort that you have gone to by making the gift yourself.
- My mum particularly likes lovely, fragrant soaps for the bathroom and so this year (spoiler alert Mum) I am going to buy her some Wash Rocks from www.aromabals.com.au. These soap free alternatives to soap are made with a combination of Australian and French mineral clays, essential oils that smell divine and some other natural ingredients to form a washing bar that lathers perfectly and is gentle enough to use on your face, body and even your hair! Leeanne in Western Australia handmakes the rocks and can send them to you anywhere in Australia or overseas. They come in brown paper bags which can be reused or composted and you can always add a cotton washer, some linen napkins or a scarf to package the rocks and add to the present.
- Natural and organic skin care products are always welcome, especially when they are made from all natural ingredients and are organic. Door of Youth (www.doorofyouth.com) has a great starter range that is on special at the moment for just $49 ($89 value) just for Mother’s Day! Containing 100% natural and organic ingredients including glycolic made from sugar cane, they gently exfoliate and hydrate the skin without the use of those toxic time bombs – Microbeads.
- It’s a time of year when we get together as a family and the siblings come from far and wide to be with Mum. This calls for a family lunch, usually al fresco amongst the trees and roaming chickens in our back yard. This year, being that it is also MY mother’s day and I don’t want to do any dishes, I am going to set the table with the contents of my Eco Party Box (www.ecopartybox.com.au ). I ordered a setting for twenty (we will have left overs for another occasion) and now I have compostable plates, serving trays, cups, serviettes and bamboo cutlery that won’t require me or my guests to spend the end of a relaxing day up to our armpits in dishes.
- Adult colouring books are definitely the flavour of the month and you can either Zen Doodle your own (https://feltmagnet.com/drawing/How-to-Create-a-Great-Zendoodle) or buy from the local newsagent fairly cheaply. What better accompanying gift that a box of Sprout Colored Pencils! Available from www.whodhavethought.com these pencils once they have been used and sharpened to a stub can be planted in a pot, given some water and sunshine and will grow a variety of herbs and flowering plants. A unique gift that has multiple uses and keeps on giving!
Well I hope this has given you a couple of different ideas for Mother’s Day this year. I’m sure your Mum will be delighted to receive any or all of them and you can feel great about putting in some effort, supporting Australian small businesses and leaving a lighter footprint on the Planet.
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