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Affordable and Ethical Mother’s Day Gifts

1 March, 2013

I have the absolute best mum. The story that reflects most on the way I was bought up occurred when I was about 19. I had been living in New Zealand for a year with my parents but had popped to the UK for a wedding. After a little holiday visiting my old chums it was time to head back to NZ.  I turned up at Gatwick Airport and then looked at my ticket and saw the word HEATHROW blaring up at me as if it was neon.

What a nincompoop.

An optimistic nincompoop too, as naively thinking the plane might sit patiently on the tarmac, I hopped on another bus to Heathrow, arriving about 3 hours late all “You didn’t WAIT for me?!!”

I was a bit distraught and had to return to my Nana’s house on the South Coast and await a space on another plane, unsure if I would have to pay another £1000 to get back and uncertain about whether I’d be waiting days or weeks . Once at my Nana’s my parents called from NZ, having heard what had happened. I expected a bit of a telling off, how could I be so stupid and disorganised? Who doesn’t check the tickets for the airport? Instead Mum just said “Don’t worry about it Lu. Don’t beat yourself up and don’t let a soul make you feel like an idiot for this mistake. These things happen to everyone.”

(After a three day wait they put me on a flight to BALI, where I surfed and hung out on the beach  for a week until the next flight to NZ. These things always work themselves out!)

My mum is gracious and kind and full of understanding.  My mum currently heads up the anti-human trafficking arm of the Salvation Army. Although I sometimes wish she was a little bit less busy so that she could babysit while I blog and go on Twitter (jokes) I love that she has spent her life as a social justice warrior. She is passionate and vivacious and fun and is the grand dame of charity shopping.

So, I have picked out a few of the best ethical, cool and affordable gifts out there, that I would like to give every mum who is as awesome as mine. No petrol station flowers for these mums, only unique and world-changey gifts, yeah? And you still have time to buy for Mother’s Day….

I love this cool hook made out of an old bike chain from Here and Far, and it is a true bargain at just £4.99. I have many a random hook around my house- some even made from spoons- as they are both handy and lush looking! Buy the hook and see more bike chain curiosities here.

upcycled bike chain

Not all our mums have a Laura Ashley vibe, eh? My mum is modern and stylish and practical and I reckon this jute satchel by Global Seesaw could be the bees’s knees for her. You could also buy it here for £12.99.

fair trade satchel

I don’t reckon you can go wrong giving earrings as a gift, especially when they are natty AND upcycled. These earrings by Kitty Dolittle are made from reclaimed metals and wood. Have a nose at all the other incredible eco accessories they have. eco earrings

And here is a little something for the lovers of stunning brooches! Upcycled Creatively have a gorgeous little range of delicately hand crafted felt gifts. I love this beautiful leaf number made from an old jumper- it is a mere £6.50 and available here. eco brooch

Don’t these gifts just show how much you don’t have to break the bank or the planet to show your mum how flipping awesome she is?

Have you got plans this Mother’s Day?

WOOO for MUMS especially ones who stand up for us in our nincompoopery!

PS This isn’t a paid for post at all although these gifts are from companies who already have an ad in my side bar. I am just really pleased to be partnering with these four gorgeous ethical peeps on my blog and want to shout about all their beautiful products. I think ethical consumerism is just absolutely crucial for a fairer world and LOVE their work.  (You can join this awesome team by buying an advert too, if you like?!)

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  • Reply Jen aka The Mad House 1 March, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Super ideas and your parents sound really cool. I always knew my mum and dad were there for me 100% no matter what.

    If I can instill in my boys the love and security they gave me then I will be half way there
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    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 1 March, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Ah cool, you have the best comments Jen :)
      Your parents sound awesome too – I think we are all a huge reflection on the way we were loved, eh? x

  • Reply Moral Fibres 1 March, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Just found your website and think it’s great! I also did a round up of ethical mother’s day gifts – great minds, eh?! I love your choices!

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  • Reply Allie Jane Young 1 March, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Mothers day, ahh I hadnt thought about that one! I am going to see my twin tomorrow in Leeds I might see if there is anything different I can get her. I think this calls for a visit to the corn exchange and see what they have in. I wish the commercial faggits would get lost. I might make her something. Or bake her something!

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 2 March, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Have a lovely Mother’s Day, I hope you feel WELL special!

  • Reply Naomi @ Upcycled Creatively 1 March, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks so much Lucy! :)
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    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 2 March, 2013 at 10:29 am

      My completely and utter pleasure!

  • Reply MsXpat 1 March, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    I adore items three and four. I’ll be spending my day with the kids doing nothing special. They very young and hubby as to work. Some where along the line I’ll grab a few moments for myself to relax. So Happy Mother’s Day in advance. I hope you have a fabulous day.
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    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 2 March, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Aren’t they lovely? Hope you have a beautiful day your self, Mrs! x (PS Hope to get books in post this week!!)

  • Reply nyssapod 6 March, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Some great ideas here – you’ve inspired me to hit Etsy to choose something special for my mum!
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    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 8 March, 2013 at 10:23 am

      Oh great, so much better than high street corporations!

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