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Ethical + Sustainable Mother’s Day Gifts

15 March 2022 3 min read

Here’s to mums. They show up, day after day, tirelessly looking after their families, putting everyone else’s needs first.

It’s time to celebrate them. This year, Mother’s Day in the UK is on Sunday 27th March. It’s a chance for us to show our mothers how much we value them.

If you’re wondering what to get for your mum (or mother figure) to show her some love this Mother’s Day, we’ve got you covered. Check out some of our sustainable suggestions below.


Flowers are the obvious go-to for Mother’s Day gifts. But, before you run out and buy a big bouquet of roses, you might want to reconsider. Many of the flowers we buy in the UK have been imported, meaning they’ve been flown in from across the globe, then transported in refrigerated trucks (which use more fuel) to keep them fresh. Only to perish a few weeks later. These flowers have a hefty carbon footprint. So, instead of a bouquet, why not buy her something that will last a little longer?

House plants have surged in popularity in recent years. There are so many different varieties to choose from. Whether she’s a complete beginner when it comes to plant care or is as green-fingered as they come, a house plant may be the perfect alternative to flowers this Mother’s Day. Buy from small, local businesses or garden centres that follow sustainable practices. Calathea plants produce gorgeous foliage, while the colourful Phalaenopsis Orchid is low maintenance enough for novices.

Bath & Beauty

When it comes to beauty and pampering, more and more sustainable brands are popping up, which we are so excited about. Treat your mum to a refreshing face scrub from Upcircle, made using repurposed coffee grounds. Or a matcha green tea detox face mask from Loopeco. When it comes to sustainable beauty, REN Skincare is an industry leader, with a range of eco-conscious beauty gifts that would be perfect for mum.

Or how about an eco-friendly spa day? Good Spa Guide has a list of sustainable spas across the UK.



Maybe you want to treat her, but she’s not that into physical gifts or she already has ‘everything’. Then, why not opt for an experience instead? Spa days, trips to the theatre and afternoon teas are always a winner, especially when you get to enjoy them together.

Why not take a class together? You could try pottery, cooking, yoga…whatever you fancy!

Or, do something really unexpected…like axe throwing or wild foraging!


Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about our own range of stunning, sustainable jewellery. Our minimalist designs feature only lab-grown gemstones (such as diamond, alexandrite, sapphire and ruby) and 100% recycled solid gold and sterling silver. We created these as pieces to be worn every day, not just on special occasions. Pieces that can be cherished for a lifetime and passed on.

If you’re planning on getting your mum something sparkly for Mother’s Day, shop our collection today (and if you sign up for our mailing list, you’ll get 10% off your first order).


Does your mum have any hobbies? Or has she ever expressed an interest in trying something new? Why not explore something fun with her this Mother’s Day?

If she loves cooking, some sturdy glass containers with stretchy reusable lids such as these from Food Huggers are the perfect eco alternative to those cupboards filled with mismatched plastic tupperware. Beeswax wraps are ideal for keeping food fresh for longer and these reusable silicone baking cups are dishwasher friendly.

Or, why not buy her a new recipe book, with dishes you could make together? The Plant Based Cookbook by Deliciously Ella is a great place to start.

Perhaps she’s a budding gardener? In which case, you could plant an organic garden together. It’s a fun, relaxing hobby that increases biodiversity and will stock her kitchen full of healthy fruit and veg.

We hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for treating your mum this Mother’s Day. Or, if you’re a mum yourself, send this article to your kids (or whoever is in charge of presents!). And we hope you have a truly relaxing, enjoyable Mother’s Day. You deserve it!

Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day from team illi!