Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift even if you can’t visit her? Check out this list of eco-friendly long-distance gift ideas that might be the perfect gift for your mom (or anyone who could use a little love).
Mother’s Day is upon us. With just about everyone in quarantine, Mother’s Day won’t be filled with fancy brunches and afternoons together at home. I’ve lived in a different city than my mom for almost twenty years, so I’m no stranger to a Mother’s Day without actually seeing my mom in person.
Despite not being able to share a beautiful breakfast, there are plenty of ways to celebrate our moms on Mother’s Day. My sisters and I will probably have a Zoom meeting or chat together on Houseparty with her. I may help my boys make cards for their grandmothers. Everyone loves good snail mail!
I’m not really a fan of most flowers. For a variety of reasons, traditional flowers aren’t particularly eco-friendly. Finding eco-friendly flowers is certainly possible, but they can be tough to find or quite expensive.
12 Eco-Friendly Long-Distance Gift Ideas
If you’re in the market, here are a dozen great eco-friendly long-distance gifts that might be perfect for you to share with your mom (or anyone really) to show a little love.
Succulent Studios Subscription
Share your love for your mom with a subscription to Succulent Studios. I have a subscription for myself and have for about three months now. It’s so fun to receive the package in the mail each month. Each box arrives with two baby succulents in eco-friendly packaging with absolutely zero plastic. Use this link to get $5 off your first box! Your gift will keep on giving.
Using the Frameo photo frame, you can send photos straight from your phone to frame at your mom’s house. You simply upload photos from your phone to the Frameo app, and you can select the Frameo photo frame to which you’d like to send them. We got one for my grandmother recently because we can’t see her all that much.
I don’t know your mom, but I’m pretty sure she’ll absolutely love this one and it won’t break the bank. Chatbooks prints small photo books starting at just $10. It’s incredibly easy to sign up, order the book, and have it shipped directly to your mom. You spend ten to fifteen minutes to set up your account and order the book in exchange for a very personal gift she’ll cherish for years. That’s a serious win-win!
While you’re at it, buy one for yourself. I subscribed to receive a new book that prints directly from my Instagram and creates a new book each time I log another set of 60 photos on Instagram.
Mixbook Photo Book
If you want a photo book that is somewhat more substantial, Mixbook is my favorite. I have used a few different photo book options, and I really like Mixbook. It’s easy to use and the designs are perfect.
If you’re planning to create a photo book from the ground up for your mom, give yourself some grace and remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect. She’s probably going to love just about any photo book of you and your family.
Can you go wrong with chocolate, especially high-quality, fair-trade chocolate from a company that is dedicated to ethical sourcing? My favorite is sea salt dark chocolate. More traditional options like milk chocolate or the milk chocolate peanut butter cups are great options too. If she enjoys spending time in the kitchen, also check out their chocolate cookbook. Theo takes chocolate beyond baking and incorporates it into many types of dishes.
Handmade Bath Bombs (from your kids)
Our boys love making these homemade bath bombs, and they are perfect for a relaxing bath. They are easy to whip up and drop in the mail for wherever your mom lives.
Brothers Coffee Subscription
If your mom loves coffee, consider a subscription to Brothers Coffee. They send coffee from a new roaster each month, always ethically sourced and globally responsible. It’s a great way to try out new coffee varieties if your mom is up for the surprise.
Massage Gift Certificate
Experiential gifts always rank high on my list. Many gifts of experience feel most meaningful when done together, which makes them not-so-great for long-distance gift-giving. A massage, however, makes a great solo option. (Let’s be honest. Solo is probably the best option.) Your mom might not be able to use it today if spas are closed, but she will be able to use it soon enough!
If your mom loves fresh flowers, consider delivering a plant that blooms periodically instead. While flowers have disappointingly short shelf-lives, the plant can decorate her space and remind her of you for months to come. If you’ve got a larger budget, you may even consider a plant-of-the-month subscription.
Coloring Book and Colored Pencils
We could all use a little relaxation sometimes so get her started on setting aside some time for herself. I searched high and low for a coloring book and pencils I loved, landing on this adult coloring book because it’s not too detailed and colored pencils.
Donation to Charity
Send a donation to her favorite charity on her behalf. She may also like a gift card to DonorsChoose.org that allows her to support an educational project submitted by one of thousands of teachers around the country.
Supplies for Her Personal Hobby
If your mom has a favorite hobby or interest, how about some supplies that encourage her to pursue that interest? A photographer might appreciate an extra memory card. A baker might love unique high-end ingredients.
Just before the holidays, I shared a post about my distaste for traditional, generic gift guides. Check it out for more examples of things to encourage the pursuit of her passion. You may find the whole list offers some additional Mother’s Day alternatives as well.
Hopefully, a few of the items on the list resonated with you and will make a perfect option for your mom. If you found this helpful, I’d be more than grateful if you shared it with others who also might appreciate a few good ideas!