Feb 27 ,2016 Written By: Verry Kerry

The Mother’s Day Ethical Gift Guide

8 Great Ethical Ideas for better Mother's Day Gifts

Originally Mother’s Day Celebrations were not as we know them today. Mothering Sunday, was a time when people returned to their “mother church”, domestic servants were given a day off and It was often the only time that whole families could gather together.

By the 1920s the custom had started to fade in Europe and it was revived only through the influence of American soldiers serving abroad during World War II. [1]

This is when the mashup happened, because in the USA, Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.

Merchants saw the opportunity and by the 1950s, a revamped Mother’s Day was celebrated across all the UK.

Not everyone knows though that Jarvis' intention for the holiday had been for people to appreciate and honor mothers by writing a personal letter, by hand, expressing love and gratitude, rather than buying gifts. She ended up becoming so resentful of the commercialisation that she protested publicly and even tried to rescind Mother's Day.[2]

If you want to honour Anna Jarvis’ real intent, arm yourself with some fairtrade stationery and some recycled materials and get creative...We have found some nice ideas to kickstart your creativity at Better Home & Gardens:

A personalised gift always adds a touch, but if you have left it too late here's our top 8 Ethical Gift Sets to make this Mother’s Day an Ethical one..



If your mum is a chocolate lover, surprise her with the ultimate chocolate gift by four times Britain's Best Chocolatier’ William Curley. William and his partner Suzue work exclusively with the small Tuscan brand Amedei, using the finest ethically sourced beans from the Trinitario and Criollio cacao trees.

They are innovative with flavours and are total perfectionists when it comes to their art. Try Japanese Black Vinegar, award-winning Rosemary and Olive Oil chocolates or the Juniper and Blackcurrant couture chocolates.

COUTURE BOXES start at £14.


Pampering Set

When choosing an ethical pampering product, organic ingredients and ethically sourced is what you need to look for.

Conscious-Skincare and their Luxury Organic Body Set are a great option. (£ 37.99)

For mums to be and new mums a nice idea is Natalia’s by Vital Touch. They have created Gift boxes in 6 Steps for different pregnancy stages. With the Gourgeous Mum Gift Set you are sure to make an impression (£ 34.50).

Both companies use natural organic ingredients, not tested on animals.

If you really want to go out of your way, pair the set with an eco-friendly candle in natural wax.

A colourful bag

Thought about a new bag? If so stay away from leather and look for ethically sourced materials and manufacturing practices. For adventurous, travel-loving mums this Fairtrade Weekend Bag (£75) makes a perfect present. 

For those who prefer petite and chic, Matt & Nat leather-free clutches are a great option.


Tea Set

Does your mum love afternoon teas but Fortnum & Mason sounds too posh (or boring)?

Suki is the first tea company in the UK to hold triple certified status (Fairtrade, Organic and Rainforest Alliance Certified). It's definitely worth taking a look at their Ethical Sourcing Policy https://suki-tea.com/sourcing-ethics

We love the idea of building your own gift set ( tea pot + 2 blends of teas + extra accessories) to suit your needs (and budget). Starts at £30

Pair it up with this Set of funky up-cycled napkins in many different prints for a great treat.



Flowers Bouquet

Whilst flowers are always a well received classsic, not many think about carbon footprint and working conditions. Support your local Flower Shop but ask them for fairtrade flowers. If you are still stuck try Arena Flowers for some decent options (starting at £25).

Vegetarian Cooking

For kitchen lovers this Mother’s Day could be the chance to join the wonderful world of veg… whether Vegetarian or Vegan a cookbook full of new & interesting ways of thinking about food always makes for a great present. Animal Cruelty Free Guaranteed.

Our picks?

"Peace & Parsnips" by Lee Watson and "At My Table" by Mary McCartney

If you have more cash to splash why not getting her to a Vegetarian/Vegan Cooking Class? There are many vegetarian cookery school that have been appearing all over the country, the London Vegetaria School (classes starting at around £90). The Vegetarian Cookery Socieety has an interesting a Spring Seasonal Cuisine Class (£125) 




Transparency and traceability are the key issues when buying ethical jewellery and the sellers should be able to tell you where their products have been sourced. Ethicalconsumer.org has a list of recommended jewellers. We think that an unconventional heart pendant (£50) from Cred Jewellers makes for a perfect gift

Pair it up with a pair of ethical earrings for a great gift set.

For more recommendations see Ethical Consumer.

Gin & Tonic

When thinking about wine and spirits think about carbon footprint and fairtrade. For locally sourced, great quality products a great idea is 100% Organic "Liverpool Gin". Produced at Liverpool Distillery using a secret blend of botanicals and only released in small batches, with each bottle individually numbered. Here is a nice set we have found from Lunya that will not disappoint pairing the gin with a fine Gruyere, Juniper Berries and a Balloon Gin Glass. http://lunya.co.uk/product/ginchin/ (£68.50)

You can also try and find small distilleries in your area, just make sure the ingredients they source are of the best quality and possibly organic.

If you are in London there 3 great options for you: Sipsmith in Chiswick, City Of London Distillery, near Blackfriars, and the East London Liquor Company, near Victoria Park ( the bar and the shop are definitely worth a visit!)

So here it is and now you can pick your ethical present to make this an unforgettable Mother's Day.


Please note that we are not in any way associated with the brands endorsed in this article and have not received any incentive from the companies mentioned.


[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mothering_Sunday

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother%27s_Day

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