While we never need a reason to celebrate mom, choosing a thoughtful Mother’s Day Gift is a wonderful way to honor our moms while also supporting sustainable brands. In this gift guide, we cover our favorite ethical and eco-friendly Mother’s Day gifts. We made sure to include items that suit a variety of interests and tastes and are available at a wide range of prices.
Every item below is from a brand that implements sustainable and eco-friendly measures whether that’s using natural materials, minimizing waste and producing in small batches, or providing fair wage employment.
Whether you’re shopping for Mother’s Day or another occasion (like Mom’s birthday!), use this gift guide to help you choose a sustainably made gift that can be cherished for years to come — or enjoyed together.
Note that this guide includes affiliate links and partners. As always, we only feature brands that meet strict criteria for sustainability we love, and that we think you’ll love too.
For The Style Lover:
Fair Trade Dresses | Passion Lillie
Passion Lillie designs beautiful, timeless fair trade dresses that mom will love. Each dress is handmade by artisans in India using traditional dyeing and weaving techniques.
Passion Lillie uses non-toxic dyes and natural materials like organic cotton and modal for their artisan-made pieces. Here you’ll find fun prints, flattering silhouettes, and an extended size range.
Organic Cotton Pants or Skirt | Modern Shibori
Equal parts chic and comfy, the Ida Pant by Modern Shibori is the perfect wardrobe staple for mom. These flowy pants are made from GOTS-certified organic cotton available in a bold, beautiful naturally dyed Indigo blue.
Mom can dress them up or wear them around the house. Plus, they come with a side tie opening with buttons and adjustable waistband, which helps them fit a range of sizes comfortably. The pants are available in sizes XS-3XL.
Modern Shibori also has a naturally dyed, flowy Carina Skirt — available in green and indigo blue — made with GOTS-certified organic cotton, that features an adjustable waistband and pockets.
Upcycled Kantha Jewelry | WorldFinds
WorldFinds’ fair trade jewelry will add the perfect pop of color to mom’s wardrobe. Each piece is handmade and truly one-of-a-kind — the jewelry is crafted by artisans using colorful, upcycled fabric scraps from Kantha textiles.
These textiles are wrapped around wooden beads, which are also upcycled from scraps left by a local furniture factory! And not only is this gift idea eco-friendly, but it’s fair trade too. The artisans WorldFinds partners with in India and Bali are part of women’s cooperatives, family groups, or members of the World Fair Trade Organization.
Silk Scarf | Les Izmoor
A beautiful and classic accessory for moms is this stunning silk scarf crafted in small batches. It features hand-drawn artwork and comes in two different sizes.
Les Izmoor is a slow fashion brand that only produces four pieces per year. They prioritize minimizing waste by using GOTS-certified materials and deadstock. Everything is made with intention in Italy and designed to last.
Gemstone Hoops | Wearwell
These beautiful beaded hoops will compliment anything mom wears. Each earring is made from 14k gold and features different gemstones such as pearls, blue lapis, moss agate, or smokey quartz, to name a few.
They are produced by Penh Lenh, a BIPOC, woman-owned brand based in Cambodia. Their jewelry is made by local women artisans. Penh Lenh reinvests its profits to provide education and vocational training to at-risk women.
For Moms Looking For Some Self-Care:
Skin-Friendly Intimates | Juliemay
An excellent way to treat mom this Mother’s Day is a gift card to Juliemay. Juliemay makes undergarments designed for sensitive skin. Whether it’s their pure silk camisole or GOTS- Certified Organic Cotton underwear and bras, everything they produce is made from natural fibers and hypoallergenic.
And because Juliemay uses natural fibers, they report that their sustainable intimates can help mom’s experiencing hot flashes stay comfortable, cool, and minimize irritation.
Sleep Mask | Rivarossa Botanicals
For some of us, sleep can be difficult, especially if we’re sensitive to light or travel often. Rivarossa Botanicals offers several options for cruelty-free silk sleep masks which make a thoughtful gift for mom.
Their Peace Silk Sleep Mask is hand dyed with botanical dyes. These toxin-free masks are frictionless and designed to protect skin and hair. They also offer the option to pair it with their peace silk pillowcase.
If your mom is crafty, consider their DIY Sleep Mask Kit. It comes with pre-treated cruelty-free silk fabric and instructions to botanically dye your own mask. You could even make this for her, featuring her favorite flowers.
Zero Waste Pencil Set: Wisdom Supply Co
If your mom loves to write, journal, draw, or uses pencils often, consider this Zero Waste Pencil Tin Set from Wisdom Supply Co. This set includes an unpainted cedar pencil made from sustainably forested wood, a natural rubber eraser, a plastic-free highlighter and metal sharpener.
The tin is fully recyclable, made from aluminum, with a soft wool liner that helps prevent the contents from rattling while on the go. It also comes with a natural rubber band to keep the tin securely closed. This set makes a thoughtful and useful Mother’s Day gift that mom can use for years to come.
Meditation Subscription | Headspace
A thoughtful, helpful, and zero-waste Mother’s Day gift is a subscription to the Headspace app. You can gift a three-month or annual subscription.
Headspace includes hundreds of meditations, sleep and focus music, as well as mood-boosting workouts.
Organic Body Pillow | Savvy Rest
If mom loves to relax — or could use some relaxation! —, few things are as comfy as this vegan organic body pillow from Savvy Rest. Body pillows are reported to help relax muscles, provide lower back and hip support as well as keep your spine aligned while sleeping.
This body pillow is filled with organic plant-based kapok, instead of down feathers, and features an organic cotton casing. The pillows come in three different sizes with the option to add a waterproof pillow protector.
For The Beauty Maven:
Vitamin C Serum & SPF Moisturizer | Juice Beauty
Few skincare products are as beloved and useful as a classic Vitamin C serum and SPF daily moisturizer. This year, consider treating mom to these skincare staples from Juice Beauty’s Prebiotix line.
Both products are made from organic, plant-based ingredients and are vegan-certified and cruelty-free. Their serum comes in a recyclable glass bottle and both are shipped in recyclable packaging. If your mom loves high-quality skincare, this Juice Beauty duo may be a wonderful Mother’s Day Gift for her.
Spa or Hair Salon Gift Card
One fun thing to do for or with mom is a spa day. Most spas offer gift cards, so you can prepay for a treatment you know she’ll love — like a facial or deep-conditioning hair service — or just leave a set amount for her to use as she pleases. If you know her schedule, consider booking the appointment for her and taking her to the spa as a surprise.
To make this gift sustainable, look for locally run spas near you, ideally women-owned, that use natural products, and/or prioritize sustainable initiatives.
Fair Trade Scrunchies | KOOSHOO
Scrunchies are a trusted hair care product that has stood the test of time, beloved by all generations. If mom loves to wear her hair up or needs a new hair tie, check out the fair trade scrunchies by KOOSHOO. What’s unique about these scrunchies is that they are entirely plastic-free, and biodegradable. According to the company, they were the first to achieve this.
Each scrunchie is made from organic cotton and natural tree rubber. Their scrunchies come in two packs, in a variety of neutral and fun colors to fit mom’s style.
For the Hospitable Hostess:
Bamboo Dishware | Zungleboo
Quality, sustainably designed dishware is something many of us need, yet won’t buy for ourselves. If your mom loves to cook or host gatherings, she might appreciate plant-based tableware from Zungleboo.
Their small, curated collection of plates and bowls is made from corn and bamboo and is certified bio-based. Everything is BPA-free, dishwasher and microwave safe, and available in a few neutral matte colors. Their plates and bowls come in sets of four, but you can also choose to bundle different sets and save on the total price.
Price: $45- $55
Turkish Towel: QuiQuattro
If mom loves to host beach days or picnics, she’ll love QuiQuattro’s Turkish towels. We’re a fan of this classic Mediterranean cream and the Magic Canyon design, but they have towels available in numerous prints to suit any occasion or style. They are lightweight and quick drying, perfect to take anywhere. Thanks to their size, multiple people can enjoy these towels as a picnic blanket or Mom can use them herself.
Each towel is handloomed from 100% Turkish cotton using electricity-free human-powered looming machines within the Turkish micro-businesses that QuiQuattro partners with. The small business works intimately with their Turkish artisan partners and will donate 10% of net earnings to earthquake survivors throughout the country. Use HELP30 to get 30% off.
Baking Sheet Duo | Caraway
If your mom loves to cook or bake, it might be time to upgrade her baking sheet collection. Caraway specializes in non-toxic cookware and their baking sheet set is no exception. It features two non-stick ceramic coated, aluminum pans, 18”x13” and 15”x10.”
These baking sheets have a non-toxic coating and come in numerous fun and classic color duos. This is a wonderful essential gift that will last mom a lifetime.
Caraway is running a Mother’s Day Savings Event (20% off select products) April 13 to May 15!
For the Chocolate & Beverage Connoisseur:
Fair Trade Chocolate | Dr. Bronners
If mom loves chocolate, then she deserves the best chocolate for Mother’s Day. Dr. Bronners recently launched their Magic All-One Chocolate, sourced from the fair trade farmers they’ve trusted for years to make their soaps. You can choose between several different 6-packs such as Peppermint, Coconut, Salted Dark, Nut Butter, or Variety Packs.
Each chocolate bar is vegan and sweetened with coconut sugar. Their chocolate features organic and fair trade ingredients from cocoa farmers that practice regenerative agriculture.
Booze-Free Cocktails | Curious Elixirs
If your mom loves a good beverage, but alcohol isn’t her thing, these Booze-free cocktails from Curious Elixers would be great for her. They also make fantastic mixers for regular cocktails, ideal for moms who want to add a healthier twist to their cocktails. They offer 8 different elixirs made from herbs and adaptogens, with organic ingredients, no refined sugar, and no fillers or preservatives.
Each bottle contains two cocktails and you can buy them in a pack of 4 or 12 bottles. You can also choose to subscribe to their Curious Cocktail Club and mom will receive a monthly variety pack.
Wine & Paint Night | Your Local Small Business!
If your mom loves a good night out and getting creative, what better way to spend quality time together than a local wine & paint night? Most towns and cities offer classes where you can paint or draw while enjoying your favorite beverage. I’ve done this with my mom; it was a great way to spend time together.
Look for a locally-run wine & paint class (sometimes called “sip & paint”) online. Some companies offer the chance to book private groups, which is a fun thing to do if you have family and friends that want to celebrate Mother’s Day together.
About The Author:
Alicia Briggs is a writer & editor specializing in slow travel & sustainable living. She’s worked in journalism since 2016 and currently writes for a variety of publications such as Sustainably Chic and Hidden Lemur. She has been a full-time traveler since 2018 and runs her own blog, Learning the Local Way, where she covers responsible travel & living tips.