Looking to have a zero waste Mother’s Day? If you’re anything like me, you sometimes wait until the last second to buy or DIY a gift. But that doesn’t mean it has to be wasteful, or any less from the heart! To me, the best type of gift is the one you give while thinking about the other person. What will they like? What will they appreciate most? Personally, I know from previous holidays my mom loves my DIYs, so I can’t go wrong making her something. If your mom is the same way, then you’re in luck. Today I’m sharing three zero waste Mother’s Day gifts you can whip up last minute. Not only are they really fun, easy DIYs, but they will definitely communicate your love for your mom. These are also great gifts to hand out to aunts or grandmothers as well. Especially since you can just double the ingredients to make a bigger batch. All of the ingredients I used to make these gifts I already had on hand in my home, so it was completely zero waste and budget friendly. You’ll probably have most of the ingredients needed in your home already to make these, but if you don’t, get creative and find a substitute! For example, lets say you don’t have dried rose petals – that’s okay. Omit them or use something in place of it, like lavender buds, dried hibiscus petals or dried calendula petals. The possibilities are endless. Without further ado, here are three zero waste mother’s day gifts you can whip up last minute.
I really love how these gifts turned out. I put a lot of time and effort into them, and I know my mom will really appreciate them. Please use these three gifts as inspiration for your own creations! The best part is they’re plastic free, all natural, and filled with love.
My mom’s name is Rose, so it’s very fitting one of the gifts I make for her is rose-themed. This might just be my favorite zero waste Mother’s Day gift on this list. I have a soft spot for roses (my middle name is Rose too, after all).
- 4 tablespoons of fine sea salt
- 1 tablespoon of course sea salt
- 1/2 tablespoon baking soda (softens the water)
- 10 to 15 drops of rose essential oil
- 2 to 3 tablespoons of dried rose petals
- In a bowl, combine fine sea salt, course sea salt and baking soda together. Mix with a spoon until well combined. Add the essential oil, then the dried rose petals. Mix well, then store in the container of your choice.
This chocolate sugar body scrub can be used all over the body, or just select areas. I tested it out on myself and really loved how it worked on my hands and lips. It made them so smooth! Plus, because of the ingredients, I was literally able to lick it off my lips. What a treat!
- 4 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil (can be subbed for sunflower or avocado oil)
- 7 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder
- Add the coconut oil (make sure it’s melted), brown sugar and cocoa powder to a bowl. Stir together using a spoon until combined well. Store in the container of your choice.
I have a big bunch of dried lavender in my room. I’ve had it for years, and I like it for aesthetic purposes, but it’s also quite handy for occasions like this.
- 1 bunch of lavender stems (or 2 to 3 tablespoons of lavender buds)
- 3/4 cup of water (or more, if you have a bigger container to fill)
- If you have lavender with the stems still attached, begin by removing the lavender buds from their stems over a big bowl. This can be a kind of messy process. Try not to get any stem fragments into the bowl, only the flower buds are needed. While you do this, setup some water to boil on the stove.
- When you have enough lavender buds collected (2 to 3 tablespoons) in your bowl, pour the boiling water over the lavender buds. Cover it with a dish towel and let it sit for one to two hours so it steeps and cools.
- Once cool, transfer the lavender water over to the container of your choice using a funnel and a filter. I used a cheesecloth to filter out the lavender buds, but you can also use a mesh strainer (whatever you have on hand). Be sure to compost the remaining lavender buds!
Consider reusing an old gift bag you have lying around that fits in with the theme of your gifts. Or, grab some salvaged packaging paper, wrap your gift in it, and secure it with some twine.
Other ways to have a zero waste Mother’s Day
- Treat your mom out to a restaurant that serves food with silverware and actual plates.
- Go grab coffee to-stay at your mom’s favorite local coffee shop.
- Invite your mom over for dinner and cook a healthy, low-waste meal for her.
- Gift your mom some plastic-free, pesticide-free flowers.
- Treat your mom out to a manicure.
- Take a walk in the park with your mother and chat the day away.
- Pack lunch for a picnic together.
- Bake your mom something delicious (extra points if it’s something you two used to bake together).
- Give her a call, if she’s too far away.
- Tell her you love her.
- Make her a homemade card.
- If you’re good at drawing or painting, create her portrait.
- Take her to the movies.
- Make her some zero waste lip balm.
- Spend time with her – it’s the best gift you can give.
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