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Top Green Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day, the 11th of May, is just around the corner. It’s the perfect excuse to spoil mom with thoughtful gifts which will not only bring a smile to her face, but will also show your appreciation for Mother Nature! We’ve shopped around to present you with our list of top green Mother’s Day gifts:

Sun Jars

Solar Jars are ideal Mother’s Day gifts which will light up her life again and again! These fun jars light up automatically at night after they’ve been left in the sun to charge, creating a festive ambience. Of course you can fill them with your favourite treats, too.

The sun jars are available in various colours as well as an adorable hand painted ‘I love you’ solar jar.

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Chocolate & More Chocolate!

For delicious chocolate that will take care of your mom’s sweet tooth as well as the environment, you have a range of brands to choose from:

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Honest Chocolate

The small artisanal chocolate company is based in Cape Town and offers a range of chocolate options, from bon-bons to slabs to spreads, all dairy and processed sugar-free. Their products are artistically packaged in eco friendly paper, ideal for gifting.

Available: Selected Pick n Pays, Wellness Warehouses and many other cafes and outlets.





This unique chocolate range is produced in Madagascar from cocoa grown in Madagascar’s forests. Their range of exotic flavoured slabs are fairly traded and environmentally friendly.

Available: Wellness Warehouse and Faithful to Nature Online Shop

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Green & Blacks Organic

This US-based chocolate brand carries the Fairtrade stamp, being firm believers in taking care of the environment as well as human rights during the manufacturing process. Their wide range of slabs include everything from milk to ginger to 85% dark chocolate.

Available: Wellness Warehouse, selected Spar stores

Soylites Candles & Body Products

slider 2 1680 x 547Soylites is a must-visit online shop for all your eco friendly candle and body care products. Their soy candles are petroleum-free, biodegradable and emit no toxins when burning. Treat your mom with a gift from their sensual range which includes normal and massage candles as well as body care products.

Eco Stationery 



Eco Friendly Gifts offer a range of green stationary, from notebooks to stationery sets, amongst other green gifts (even Spekboom plants!). All their products are environmentally friendly and their stationery in particular incorporates recycling. Ideal for busy moms!




Green Meal

279276tWhat better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with a wholesome meal? SafariNow has compiled a list of organic restaurant options from across the country.

From affordable eat-as-much-as-you-like buffets at Organics Alive in Muizenberg, to  freshly made organic treats catering for children, vegans and vegetarians at Organic at Heart in Wynberg, to natural Mediterranean meals with a South African twist at L’Epicurien in Pretoria, there’s a flavour for everyone!


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Although a bunch of flowers are lovely to receive, their beauty hardly lasts! Why not make a stop at your local nursery and get your mom a pot plant or even a small tree for her garden? Spekboom shrubs are a great option to consider – they are known for their ability to convert large amounts of carbon dioxide into oxygen, hence their nickname “The Carbon Sponge”.




Darling Notes



There’s nothing quite like adding a personal touch to Mother’s Day with heartfelt words. Capetonian Charlene Walton from BLANK{space} makes this easy with her range of original cards and gift tags. Her cards are made from 50% recycled post-consumer waste and 50% FSC-certified pulp. Her range also includes quirky wrapping paper produced from 100% recycled paper.



Gaia Water Boy Clock

water-boy-clock-2’s Water Boy Clock is a playful way to help the mom of the house keep on top of things. The innovative clock simply needs water added to the body to see the time without using energy.




Natural Body Products



Wild Olive produces nourishing artisan bath, body and perfumery products by hand from natural and organic plant materials. The company is rooted in a deep respect for nature and the preservation of natural resources as well as respect for people, tradition and art. Spoil mom with a product from their wide range including body butters, lotions, hair treatments, bath oils, parfum and face products.



Eco Watch



If you want to go the extra mile this Mother’s Day, why not order your mom a stylish, environmentally friendly watch? American-based WeWOOD sells wooden watches which are biodegradable, chemical free and produced from recycled and sustainable materials. For every watch sold, a tree is planted – now that’s a gift that keeps on giving!




Caffeine Fix

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Fairtrade ensures that products are manufactured in an environmentally sound and socially responsible manner. They offer the following organic coffees in their range: Bean There Coffee (Rwandan and Ethiopian blends available), Espresseco Biodegradable Capsules, Fabino Coffee and the Woolworths Espresso range. You can’t go wrong with one of these for mom!



Mother’s Day is the perfect excuse to spoil mom silly. From chocolate to body butter to sun jars, you can’t go wrong with treating mom with one of these green gifts! Happy shopping!

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