Ethical and One of a Kind Mother's Day Gifts for Your One of a Kind Mother

While searching for a Mother’s Day gift for my Mother-In-Law, I noticed something interesting. Every gift item had pretty much the same aesthetic. Flowery, frilly, and glitzy. It was lilac prints, gold lettering, and birds flitting through a garden on every bottle and card and dodad. While these items were all pretty, they weren't a good fit for my Mother-In-Law. At 64 she’s still a bit of a hippie at heart. She loves funky jewelry and bohemian blouses. I could picture her looking at these cotton candy looking concoctions and giving a big goofy eye-roll.

Which got me thinking, each mother is unique so why do we try does every store push the same stuff for Mother’s day? Some moms aren’t into all the “girly” stuff. Some moms don’t want flowers because they have black thumbs. My own mother hates getting beauty products even though that's supposedly what every woman wants! Moms want different stuff because...shocker...they’re people too. They actually exist outside of their roles as caregivers. To truly honor the mothers in our lives we have to first really see them as whole people. 

So let’s stop buying Mom’s generic gifts and instead celebrate our mother’s in all their complex individual glory! Here are a few ideas to get you started.

 

The Athlete

 image courtesy of Satva Living

image courtesy of Satva Living

 Image courtesy of Veja

Image courtesy of Veja

Does your mom love to run around? Does she play sports or do yoga? Snag some workout clothes from Satva Living and a pair of sneaks from Veja to keep her comfortable and stylish wherever her adventures take her.

 

 

The Hippie 

 Image courtesy of Hiptipico

Image courtesy of Hiptipico

 Image courtesy of Uncvrd Jewelry

Image courtesy of Uncvrd Jewelry

Is your mom a boho queen? Then she’ll love a funky bag from Hiptipico and a quartz cuff from Uncvrd Jewelry. You can even customize your Hiptipico bag for some extra brownie points.

 

 

The Minimalist

 Image courtesy of Everlande

Image courtesy of Everlande

 Image courtesy of @Stylethislife

Image courtesy of @Stylethislife

Does your Mom favor clean lines and practical basics try a blouse from Everlane and a pair of nude mules from Nisolo. Both will go with everything and stay in style for years.

 

 

The Artist

 Image courtesy of Nuvango

Image courtesy of Nuvango

 Image courtesy of Canned Goods

Image courtesy of Canned Goods

If you’re mom’s an artist treat her to some wearable art. Nuvango takes prints from real artists and turns them into fun and beautiful clothing. Pair it with some statement jewelry from Canned Goods Co. and she’ll be set to turn heads in any gallery.

 

 

The Boss

 Image courtesy of Me!

Image courtesy of Me!

 Image courtesy of Matt and Nat

Image courtesy of Matt and Nat

If your mom is a professional boss babe, she’ll love this dress from Maven Women. It’s elegant enough to wear in any meeting and it’s made from 100% organic cotton to help keep her cool no matter how high pressure the situation. Pair it with a briefcase from Matt and Nat to organize her plans for world domination.

 

The Dapper Woman

 Image courtesy of Tradlands

Image courtesy of Tradlands

 Image courtesy of Mamahuhu

Image courtesy of Mamahuhu

Does your mom prefer to shop in the men’s section? Now she can get clothes inspired by menswear but made especially for women’s bodies! Tradlands’s pieces are high quality and full of thoughtful details. A pair of oxfords from Colombia’s Mamahuhu will give her a bit of height while the thick tread will have her ready to kick ass.  


 

What ethical gift are you getting your mom this Mother’s day?