If your mom is anything like my mom, she easily blows through a roll of paper towels within a couple of days.
Don’t get me wrong, she’s not totally oblivious to eco-friendly living, she composts, conserves water, and cleans up garbage along the ditches where she lives.
These mom gift ideas are great for introducing your mom to eco-friendly alternatives or for encouraging her already green habits.
Whether it’s her birthday, Christmas, or just because, these gifts for Mom will leave here smiling.
Reusable Produce Bags and Food Wraps
This may not be the first thing you think of when deciding on a gift for mom, but this gift is a great way to encourage a greener lifestyle.
I know when I visit my mom, there is no shortage of plastic bags kicking around. She does try to reuse them as much as possible, but she still finds it annoying to keep accumulating and having to find uses for them.
When I look into her fridge, I see a lot of plastic wrapped leftovers on plates and half-used vegetables. The beeswax wraps are a perfect introduction to a more eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap.
With four of each reusable produce bags and beeswax wraps, this gift will help your mom use less plastic bags at the grocery store and plastic wrap at home.
As a bonus, if she really likes the bags and wraps, you could always get her more on the next gift-giving occasion!
Check out these Green Estate (link to Amazon) beeswax wraps and reusable mesh produce bags your mom will surely appreciate.
Pots and Pans
You’re probably thinking that this is the last thing you would give your mom as a gift.
Just hear me out.
Take a look at your mom’s pot and pan collection. Is her non-stick frying pan losing its coating? Is it warped on the bottom so it doesn’t fit on the burner correctly? Are her pots ancient and stained?
Chances are you have answered yes to at least one of those questions.
Truth be told, I am a mom and I have frying pans on my wish list for Christmas this year.
My frying pans are no longer non-stick and one of them is even convex in the middle.
The thing is, they still work, so I am hesitant to go out and buy new ones for myself.
However, if I were to receive them as a gift, I would be overjoyed and gladly get rid of my well-used frying pans and replace them with nice, flat, new ones.
If your mom is in need of a whole new pot and pan set, try Cuisinart GG-12 GreenGourmet Hard-Anodized Nonstick 12-Piece Cookware Set available on Amazon.
Maybe your mom could use a frying pan that is actually non-stick and doesn’t leave black flakes all over her delicious food. Try The Green Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri (link to Amazon).
This pan boasts an ultra-safe ceramic non-stick coating.
Say goodbye to any toxins or fumes emitted by your mom’s old frying pan. This bad boy does not release any, even at high temperatures.
And just take a second to admire how cool it looks. Your mom would be stylin’ with this pan! And we know that is her number one goal, right? Kidding!
Seriously though, it is pretty cool looking for a frying pan.
Bamboo cooking Utensils
If you decided to go with some pots and pans as a gift, you should definitely think about getting your mom some bamboo utensils to go with them. They will not scratch the nice new surface of the pots and pans you just got her.
Even if you didn’t get your mom the pots and pans (what’s the matter with you, don’t you love her? Kidding!) bamboo utensils make an excellent gift because they move her away from plastic to a more sustainable option, and they won’t further damage her already well-used pots and pans.
These EcoCheph bamboo utensils (link to Amazon) are solid and sturdy with wide handles. Keep mom’s food toxin-free with these well-crafted utensils.
As an added bonus, these particular bamboo utensils come with a lifetime guarantee. Mom will love that! If your mom is anything like mine, she is not shy about returning something that does not perform up to her standards, and I think even gets a kick out of it!
Help your mom retire her old, tired plastic utensils and use these sustainable, non-toxic bamboo utensils instead.
Every morning, my mom pops in a yoga dvd and gets her yoga on.
She performs her yoga in the carpeted living room, so she never bothered with a proper yoga mat.
That was until she came to visit me and I suggested she use my mat even though my floors are carpeted as well.
Well, she loved using a mat. She didn’t slip and it was more comfortable to perform all the poses, not to mention easier on the knees than bare carpet.
However, do you think she went out and bought a yoga mat when she returned home? No, of course not. There was no way she was buying a luxury item like that for herself when she had a perfectly good floor to use.
Sound familiar? My mom rarely buys things that she doesn’t really need but are nice to have. No frivolous spending for her!
So why not treat your mom and get her something frivolous and functional that she will enjoy every single morning.
This natural jute yoga mat (link to Amazon) is a great choice for mom. It’s stylish, recyclable, chemical-free, and comes with a carrying strap for yoga classes at the local rec center.
Your mom will love it and her knees will thank-you!
In a daily struggle to ingest the recommended 8 cups of water, my mom carries around a tumbler with a plastic straw everywhere she goes.
This is not a bad habit by any means, drink up mom! However, it could be a touch greener by using a stainless steel straw instead of a disposable plastic straw on the daily.
For my mom, a stainless steel straw suits her needs since it is similar size and diameter to a plastic straw. But maybe your mom loves to drink a smoothie every day, in that case, glass straws may be the right choice for your mom.
I have written thorough product reviews of both stainless steel and glass straws if you would like some more in-depth information to help make your decision. I have also written an article directly comparing the two types of reusable straws here.
This set of Peace Out Plastic stainless steel straws is gift ready! With a styling portable case, your mom just may end up being a trendsetter in her group of friends and encourage them to go reusable as well.
These amazing straws are available to purchase on Amazon.com.
If smoothies are more your mom’s thing, gift her a set of glass straws, she will love them!
I personally drink my smoothies through a glass straw because they have a wide bore so even if they’re on the thicker side, I can drink them easily.
These Hummingbird glass straws are handmade in the USA, non-toxic, and dishwasher safe.
Give your mom an even more amazing smoothie drinking experience (because smoothie drinking on its own is already pretty amazing) with these glass straws available to purchase on Amazon.com.
Reusable Shopping Bags
Help your mom spruce up her mundane task of grocery shopping. Reusable shopping bags come in so many colors and patterns these days, they are bound to put a smile on her face when she is bagging her own groceries at the check-out counter.
Having nice, bright patterns to look at may help make this task just a little bit less boring and repetitive. As a bonus, using reusable shopping bags will help cut down the number of plastic bags your mom already has.
Check out these colorful bags from Jarton (link to Amazon).
Easy to fold, and compact enough to fit in a purse, raise your mom’s shopping game up a notch with this thoughtful gift.
Let’s nudge mom in the right direction and gently encourage a more eco-friendly lifestyle with any one of these great green gift ideas.
Have you ever received or given any of these gifts? What did you think? Have more eco-friendly mom gift ideas? Let me know in the comments below. I love to hear from you!