Gifts that give back to your mom, small businesses, and the Earth
Mother’s Day is just around the corner but days with family dinners and celebrations are still weeks away. Many of us will not be able to celebrate with our moms but we can still show them how much we appreciate all they do with a phone call and a thoughtful gift. We have put together a list of seven gift options that are eco-friendly, support small Canadian businesses, fit a wide range of budgets, and can be delivered right to your mom.
1. Support local artists and businesses
One of our favourite ways to find gifts that are eco-friendly and support local artists or businesses is through neighbourhood Facebook groups. This is an easy way to discover a business that might not have a huge online presence. When you buy from a hyper-local business, you are supporting someone right in your community who benefits greatly from your patronage. This is a terrific option for sourcing locally produced artisan foods that your mom will love!
2. Say it with plants
If your mom has a green thumb, consider sending an indoor or outdoor plant for her to enjoy on her special day and in the months to come. A quick phone call to a locally-owned nursery will put you in touch with experts who can recommend the best options based on budget, where the plant will be kept, your mom’s level of gardening experience, and other factors. Many local nurseries around the country are offering no contact delivery.
3. Add a little bit of luxury that won’t break the bank
A unique and glamorous option is fun hair accessories. ai is a Toronto-based fashion brand that specializes in luxurious and sustainable products. The hair accessories are a budget-friendly option and include designs that will match your mom’s aesthetic. If you are looking for something a little more lavish, check out their line of vegan bags and purses. They are as beautiful as they are functional.
4. Surprise your foodie mom
Like most of us, your mom is probably spending more time cooking at home. Help her keep leftovers fresh with reusable food wraps. These wraps made with cloth and beeswax replace the need for single-use plastic wrap. Did you know that plastic wrap takes up to 1000 years to fully decompose? Goldilocks Wraps is a west-coast company that handcrafts beeswax wraps. The beeswax is locally sourced from a honey farm in British Columbia. The wraps can be composted once they have worn out. There are several sizes and fun prints to choose from. These wraps are a must-have for any kitchen!
5. Take her self-care to the next level
Pamper your mom with all-natural skincare products that are made in Toronto but can be shipped anywhere in the country. Wildcraft makes small-batch skincare products using high-quality natural ingredients that are cruelty-free, organic, plant-based, sustainable, and socially conscious. With price points that start at under $20, this line of products has something for every mom. Pick from oils, bath blends, and body creams that will keep your mom moisturized from head to toe!
6. Glam up your mommy style
Being stuck at home doesn’t mean your mom doesn’t want to still look great! Buttercream Clothing is a Canadian company that makes ethical, local, and high-quality fashions. The owner, Candice, believes in women supporting women and employs over 25 women in the business. From sweaters to tees to comfy lounge pants, these pieces are designed to feel great and last a long time. Your mom will smile and think of you every time she wears her Buttercream clothes!
7. Order a unique gift for the woman who raised you
A final and classic choice for Mother’s Day is jewellery. Dconstruct is a fantastic option for Canadian-made eco-friendly jewellery. Their items consist of at least 40% pre-consumer recycled material. Other materials come from communities in developing countries. Dconstruct works with these artisan communities to help tradespeople develop skills, grow their business, and improve the local economy. Affordable, gorgeous, and unique, this company has something for every taste and style. Grab a coffee and get comfortable before you jump onto their website because you will be there for a while picking out the perfect gift.
These gift ideas will make your mom smile and help some incredible Canadian businesses at the same time! This is just a small list of Canadian-based gift ideas and we know there are many more businesses around the country to choose from. Visit us on social media and post a link to a company that you plan on buying a gift from.