11 Thoughtful Mother's Day Gifts Under
This is the year when you (finally) leave behind those last-minute mall gifts. We've got 10 carefully curated picks for mom, each one from Rodales.com, an online retail site that only sells responsibly sourced, sustainable items (Rodale's.com is owned by the same company that publishes Prevention). Get ready to set the gift-giving bar very, very high.
Threads 4 Thought Lightweight Printed Wrap Scarf (rodales.com, )
The super-soft fabric is made from trees that are trimmed, rather than completely chopped down, and its journey from pulp to yarn uses as little water as possible. Mom can feel warm and fuzzy inside and out every time she throws it on.
World Wildlife Fund Organic Cotton Flora Embroidered Tote(rodales.com, )
Buy her this chic cotton carryall (with convenient pockets for her cell and other small essentials), and 8% of the proceeds will go directly to the World Wildlife Fund’s animal-supporting causes.
Herbivore Botanicals Organic Coconut Bath Soak (rodales.com, )
This organic coconut milk bath is free of artificial fragrances, fillers, and colors, but we’ll cut to the chase: It feels like luxury in a bottle. And this is one indulgence she can feel good about—research suggests that coconut can help heal skin ailments from chronic eczema to minor cuts, one-off rashes, and general dryness.
Lotus Wei Radiant Energy Mist (rodales.com, )
If mom needs an afternoon pick-me-up, this gift has her written all over it. The refreshing aromatic mist stimulates the senses with grapefruit, coffee, black pepper, and cinnamon. Research on grapefruit’s aroma suggests that it revs the nervous system, while the aroma of cinnamon was shown to increase alertness (and decrease frustration) in aNorth American Journal of Psychologystudy.
Be Home Wood And Bamboo Knife Holder (rodales.com, )
Being organized saves time and increases productivity, according to a paper in theJournal on Active Aging. And with this display-worthy reclaimed wood knife block, clearing her cluttered utensil drawer will be a pleasure, not a chore.
Priti NYC “5 Free” Nail Polish Set (rodales.com, )
Take the toxins out of her manicure with this sunset-inspired quintet. The vegan and cruelty-free lacquers are free of formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde resin, and camphor, five chemicals researchers have flagged as potential threats to the endocrine system and possible carcinogens that can be absorbed through the nail plate and inhaled when polish is wet.
RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek Color Pot (rodales.com, )
We lose pigmentation in our cheeks as we age, according to new research in theInternational Journal of Cosmetic Science. Our favorite fix: a swipe of one these sheer, hydrating (and certified organic) cheek and lip gels for an easy, instant youth boost even makeup minimalists will adore.
Couronne Daisy Bird Bath(rodales.com, )
Minutes your mom spends admiring this gorgeous recycled glass-and-metal bird feeder will be time invested in her well-being: ALandscape and Urban Planningstudy reveals that spending time outside is associated with lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The mood-boosting effect of being outside will kick in even if she spends as little as five minutes getting fresh air.
Boskke Recycled Hanging Sky Planter (rodales.com, )
Texas A&M researchers found that indoor greenery promotes creativity—but you can tell your uber-practical mom it’ll help purify the air in her home, too. Better yet, the eye-catching design of this 100% recycled plastic planter conserves water, making her new florals (try anthurium, english ivy, or peace lily) even more low maintenance than the average houseplant.
Chronicle Books Living Well One Line A Day Journal(rodales.com, )
Jotting down things in this sunny journal will brighten your mom’s day—truly.
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