Give more but spend less – especially for your Mum
With another day of observance approaching fast, Mothers’ Day, why not give something different from the traditional card, flowers and a gift and create less waste.
Give a different type of card
- Use the alphabet magnets on the fridge to say your Mothers’ Day message
- Get a personalised card with pictures of you and your mother together, so it can be framed
- If you have young children, get them to draw a picture or make a card for Mothers’ Day
- Call your mother and say “Happy Mothers’ Day” – especially if you won’t get around to seeing her
- Send a e-card, text or email to your mother
- If you’ve found the perfect card, make sure it gets recycled if it ever becomes unwanted
Don’t say it with flowers
- Buy a house plant instead – they’ll stay alive for ages and are a great reminder of you!
- Buy a fruit or a vegetable plant for the garden if your mother is green fingered
- If you do want to buy flowers, ask for them to be wrapped in paper which can be recycled. Then, when the flowers die, put them in your compost bin
- Buy a recycled vase for your flowers, there are lots of them out there, so browse a search engine for a unique gift
Give a gift from the heart
- Let your mother have a lie in
- Make her a breakfast, or invite her round for lunch or dinner – visit Love Food Hate Waste for recipes to use up the food in the house
- Treat your mother by booking her a beauty treatment, or take her somewhere she has been wanting to go for a while
- Spend time with her doing things that she likes to do
- Make it a day free of chores for her!
- Clean and tidy the house
- If she needs something doing in the house, e.g. cleaning the windows or clearing the gutters, why not do it for her?
- Repair or fix any items that your mother loves – you could replace their watch battery, or get a new heel or sole put on those special shoes they always love to wear
- Arrange a surprise family visit (but bring the food and drink with you, so she doesn’t end up cooking!)
- Buy your mother a membership to something they love (such as membership to DVD rentals) or a course that they want to go on (i.e. a soft-furnishings making course)
- Buy some pre-loved jewellery – second-hand jewellery can have a lot of character and charm and be in great condition. You can buy it from specialist stores or charity shops.