Monday, May 1, 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

Mother's Day Sustainable Gift Guide

Another Festival International is in the books (and heavily documented on social media), so it's time to look forward what's coming up next! Today kicks off National Bike Month, so I'll be posting a lot of bike-centric content during May, but before that, I'm switching gears (pun originally not intended!) to talk about Mother's Day gift ideas.

With just under two weeks until Mother's Day, there's still time to find the perfect eco-friendly gift for your mom, grandmother, mother-figure or wife. From handmade goods to pampering bath treats with natural ingredients, show your mom how much you care for both her and Mother Earth (hey-ohhhhh!)



Many of the gift ideas in this guide are Louisiana-based brands, but if you're not near the state, these can give you inspiration for the type of gift you want to give, and then you may be able to find a brand local to you. 

So, following the guide left to right, here are my eco-friendly Mother's Day gift suggestions:

Handmade pottery. I discovered Pottery by Osa last fall, when I purchased three planters like the one pictured above as thank-you gifts for the hostesses of our engagement party. I love Osa's pottery style, and she's based out of New Orleans and Baton Rouge. A few stores in New Orleans carry her pieces, and she vends at events regularly in Baton Rouge.

Essential oils. If you're not already hooked on essential oils, then you're probably just sick of hearing about them. But I'm a big fan, and many moms are too! They have many physical and mental benefits, they smell great, and they're a great natural alternative to chemicals. Olive and Ani is a Lafayette-based essential oil and deodorant company, and the products are all made by hand in small batches. Aromatic Infusions has a shop in downtown Youngsville, Louisiana, and they formulate their own essential oils and blends as well.

Handmade soaps. I am a big fan of specialty soaps, especially when I come across an in-store display of giant soap bricks with small slices. I'm that girl who smells every different scent. I spent about 30 minutes smelling the different soaps at the North Shore Soap Factory in Waialua, Hawaii, over the holidays. There are many different brands who create these kinds of soap, and Sapovela is one Lafayette-based brand. Along with running an Etsy store, the guys behind Sapovela vend at the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market. They also make natural deodorants.

Plantable plants. Flowers are a popular gift, but I think the more eco-friendly option is to give your mom a plant that can either be potted or planted, so that it can last a lot longer than a week! This little succulent was planted in a wooden planter handmade by a friend of mine, and was my Mother's Day gift of choice last year. I loved how it was a personal touch, and the succulents are still growing to this day. Stop by your local nursery and choose a brightly colored flower for your mom, instead of a bouquet.

Nail polish. Treat your mom to a manicure with an eco-friendly twist: vegan-friendly nail polish! I shared a little about Native Polish in the past couple weeks through my Festival style posts, and the colors translate well from Fest-ready to Mom's special day. The coral shade pictured above is called Fais Do Do.

Reusable water bottle. Somehow this always finds its way onto my gift guides! Ha. Help your mom go green in style with a reusable water bottle that shows off her personality. I'm always a big fan of Klean Kanteen, but these S'well bottles also up the flair factor. They're insulated, so they're perfect for keeping coffee hot or champagne chilled.

Candles. Soy wax candles in a recycled wine bottle, at that. A Higher REpurpose is a Lafayette-based eco-friendly candle company, and there are lots of new scents for springtime. In addition to shopping online, you can find A Higher REpurpose vending at Lafayette Arts and Fleas, which this month, is the evening before Mother's Day. So if you need a last-minute gift, head out to Art Walk in downtown Lafayette and stop by A Higher REpurpose's table.

Brunch. Although not pictured, if you plan to take Mom out for brunch or lunch, choose a locally owned restaurant who uses local produce, meats, and/or seafood. There is definitely no shortage of restaurant options around Lafayette, and we're lucky that so many of our restaurants are locally owned and focus on regional ingredients.

There are so many ideas when it comes to finding the right Mother's Day gift, whether you go the pampering route or not, but these are a great place to start if you're looking for something that's kind to the environment and supports a local artisan.

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