Plant a Garden
We all want to be growing vegetables, and now's the time to be planting. But time isn't on our side. Source the organic soil and the food-safe materials for the raised beds, drop some hints so she can unknowingly help pick the seeds before you plant, and make it happen. Really let the kids help; they're great gardener's helpers.
Get an Energy Audit
This may not seem like the most obvious present for mom, but its a great one that keeps on giving, and not just within your four walls, either.
Make Dinner for Mom
A busy lifestyle can mean family dinners are few and far between, so make mom an IOU to recommit to having more family meals. If dinner doesnt work, make breakfast on weekends. Make it happen by cooking and freezing a few meals in advance.
Stumped? Try these great recipes for a Mother's Day brunch.
Tackle Mom's To-Do List
Doing those lists of things that never get done yearly pillow laundering, filing, fixing the hook that fell off the wall in the entryway, cleaning the gutters may not be the most obvious gift, but it will be such a weight off. It's environmentally innocuous (use VOC-free paint if you're doing touch-ups!) and basically free.
Treat Mom to an Organic Bubble Bath
Take a Surprise Local Trip
Pack a picnic of Mom's favorite sustainable goods and whisk her off to a local organic winery, take her on a hike, or hitch a ride on public transportation to a museum all as a family.
Adopt a Tree or Donate to a Great Cause
Serve Mom Breakfast in Bed
You don't have to buy anything other than whats already in the fridge to make this low-impact treat for mom. Its a guaranteed pleaser.
Try these 10 healthy breakfast options.
Volunteer as a Family
Find a way to spend the day together while making a difference plant at a community garden, spring clean or paint at an organization that needs help (maybe for kids who dont have mothers), work at a soup kitchen, or anything else along these lines.
Think big and plan a volunteer vacation.
Give Mom an Experience Gift
If your mom isnt the sort of person who will accept clean gutters as a present, support local businesses and purchase a true gift that wont ever up in a landfill. What mom doesnt want to go see a play, go to yoga or get a massage?