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You can spoil your mum without driving up your carbon emissions. Mother Earth will thank you for it! Here are some ideas:

Plant a seed

Instead of the traditional bouquet of flowers, buy her seeds to grow her own. ‘Not on the High Street’ offers a ‘Grow Your Own Bouquet’ kit (£16) or a ‘You are my Sunshine’ personalised packet of sunflower seeds, which costs just under a fiver. If your mum has a garden, you could buy her organic flower or fruit and vegetable seeds from social enterprise ‘Seed Co-operative’.

Alternatively, you could post a ready-grown house plant to her. Bloom and Wild offers a range of letterbox-friendly plants, including low-maintenance succulents.


It’s a good idea to try and avoid cut flowers, as most are flown in from overseas. If you really want to send a bouquet, try to choose British flowers. ‘Waitrose Flowers’ has a British grown range or check out the website ‘Great British Florist’.

No novelty

Novelty gifts are an environmental no-no. They provide a quick laugh and soon end up in landfill. It’s a much better idea to give your mum something she actually wants or needs. Too many of our homes are drowning in stuff, which is why decluttering has become such a trend.

Eco edibles

If in doubt, go for something edible. Environmentally-friendly food and drink gifts include: Fairtrade chocolates, a bottle of organic wine or a selection of nibbles, like nuts and crisps. You could really show her you care by baking her a cake or some biscuits yourself.

Alternatively, you may wish to treat her to afternoon tea. To make it ultra-green, be adventurous and go plant-based. You can do a search on the website ‘Happy Cow’ to find out the best places near you. You could even make your own afternoon tea for her at home, using the BBC’s afternoon tea recipes.


Treat her to beauty products made from natural ingredients by British brands Evolve, Neal’s Yard or UpCircle. If you’re into crafting, make her bath bombs scented with her favourite flower using essential oils, like rose or lavender. YouTube has lots of tutorials.

The gift of time

You don’t need to flash the cash to show you care. What mums often value most is spending time with their children. You could arrange a trip to the cinema or a lovely country walk or take her to a place that holds special memories.



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