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Dear Mama, You Are Appreciated…

Unique, functional, well designed, and also green gifts to show my appreciation

That’s right guys, Mother’s Day will soon be here. What are you going to get the woman who endured the painstaking stresses of giving birth to you, made sure your nose was snot-free, that boo-boos and ouchies were kissed and cared for, and forced you to eat brussel sprouts and carrots to keep your colon and vision healthy and strong? My Mom has a smart, eclectic style so I can’t just walk into a Hallmark Store and find her the “perfect gift.”


Also, with me being the oldest, my ego demands that my gift be the most favored out of the three.

Then there is the Mother we all have in common. The life-giving nurturer and sustainer of life, Mother Earth. Since the beginning of time she has given our biosphere the necessities for existence. So, I’ve been searching for gifts that are unique, functional, well designed, and also green, to show my appreciation for my Mom as well as Mother Earth. Here are some cool sites with products that incorporate all of these elements:

Gaiam: provides information, goods and services to customers who value the environment, a sustainable economy, healthy lifestyles, alternative health care and personal development.

Structured Green: strives to be part of the solution by bringing well-designed, eco-friendly products to the consumer mainstream (located here in Savannah!).

2Modern: features the most talented and innovative designers of modern furniture, contemporary lighting, personal accessories, art, & eco-friendly products for the home and office.

Patagonia: builds the best product, causes no unnecessary harm, uses business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.

Sprig: motivates, inspires and informs 95% of the consumer population toward becoming 5% more green (particularly great site because of the “why it’s green” product description).

Elsewares (has an eco section): a catalog of unique products from independent designers, artists, and entrepreneurs.

re:modern: provides products, consulting services, and resources to make good design available to the general public.

Esty: an online marketplace for buying & selling all things handmade (if you don’t have time to hand-make them yourself!)

Urban Outfitters: offers vintage, bohemian, retro, ironically humorous, kitschy, and oddly designed apparel, furniture, and now eco-friendly products.

Home Depot (yes, they have a green section!)

You have a little over a week to get a jump on your gift shopping so it’s best to get started now. These sites are sure to have the perfect gift any Mother would love.

Philip Joyner

Not only can the man stare down CSS code until it writes itself in sheer terror, but he is famous around 220 E. Hall St for what we like to call his “happy dance”. Few have seen it, and those who have can’t get enough.


3 thoughts on “Dear Mama, You Are Appreciated…

  1. bigbonton says:

    Nice list but I’ve got it covered. Last year it was a brand new water nozzle for an old garden hose. Prior gifts to Mom include a belt sander, a wheelbarrow, rubber boots (in red), a float downstream, and don’t forget a truckload of mulch. She’s so easy to shop for!

  2. Susan Isaacs says:

    Be still my heart!! Did you say a truck of mulch? Love it!

  3. cat says:

    I didn’t think about the green mother earth angle. Maybe next year?

    I know my mother loves flowers but I just can’t get myself to pay US$80+ for something that will last a mere week.

    And as I’m not going to be around (we don’t live in the same country) I ordered her a book from – a book for beginners getting into genealogy.

    This way we can work on something together. Even via long distance.

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