You don’t need a Mother’s Day card to tell you that compassion is your mum’s middle name. But with the second Sunday in May just around the corner, you’re probably wondering how best to tell her how much you value her kind heart.
Well, you’re in luck – we’ve rounded up the best animal-friendly Mother’s Day gifts in one simple guide. Not only is picking out one of these perfect presents guaranteed to make you mum’s favourite, they’re all also completely free of animal-derived foods and materials, so you can spoil her while respecting other Earthlings – including animal mothers, who also love their young. Oh, and they’re all kind to Mother Earth, too.
For the Mum With a Sweet Tooth
Have you ever looked closely at the list of ingredients on a pack of gummy candy? Usually made with gelatine – which is obtained by boiling down bones, tendons, and connective tissue from cows, sheep, and pigs – those jelly snakes are truly terrifying. Luckily, The Red Balloon Candy Artisans can hook you up with everything from delicious vegan jellies to traditional rock candy. They can even create you lollipops featuring a photo of you and your mum – they’re almost too sweet to eat!
For the Mum Who’s Far Away
Send your mum a long-distance hug-in-a-box with Crateful and Co, an ethical hamper-delivery service that creates off-the-shelf and bespoke crates brimming with vegan goodies such as luxury chocolates, indulgent snacks, pampering products, cocktails, wine, and champagne. Just make sure you video-call her when she opens her gift – you won’t want to miss her face when she sees that treasure trove of treats. On second thoughts, maybe you should actually hand-deliver this one – you know, just in case she needs any help opening her jar of espresso martini.
For the Mum Who’s Young at Heart
Does your mum run rings around everyone she meets? (If she’s vegan, we’re not surprised.) If so, why not get a bit quirky and satisfy her need for speed with a pair of Impala Rollerskates? Completely free of animal skins, these skates come in gorgeous colours and retro patterns reminiscent of the 1970s and days spent rolling along the boardwalk. Made by ladies, for ladies, these beauties will have mum singing “Xanadu” all year round.
For the Mum Who’s a Modern Muse
Fashion-forward mums are spoiled for choice nowadays, as more and more labels are ditching cruelly obtained wool, fur, leather,and down in favour of kinder, greener alternatives. Kit your lamb-loving mum out in one of the wool-free knits in The Iconic’s new “Considered” edit, or choose from an array of leather-free bags, shoes, and accessories and cruelty-free beauty at both Neena and The-V-Spot. Or you could really go to town (and then watch mum paint it green) with a red carpet–ready designer piece from all-vegan Aussie label Zhivago.
For the Mum Who Has It All
If your mum falls into the “hard to shop for” category, don’t fret – there are loads of compassionate gifts she’ll love. Treat her to a new signature scent from BAEVegan Perfume or a perfect pout courtesy of VonBlü Cosmetics– both brands’ products are all 100% vegan and never tested on animals. Or send her back to school with a fun vegan chocolate–making class at Treat Dreams, creator of the famous “Dream Egg” (a vegan Creme Egg alternative). Not only will mum learn how to make delicious vegan chocolate – giving calves and their mums reason to celebrate– you might score the role of taste-tester.