On May 8th, many countries across the world will celebrate Mother’s Day - a special day in honour of all mothers!
If you are looking for a compassionate way to surprise your mother on this day, then look no further! We have put together a list of 7 fun ideas to ensure your mother has a wonderful animal-friendly day during lockdown!
Tip 1: Surprise your mother with an animal friendly breakfast or tea-time treat
Nothing says 'thank you' and 'we love you' like a delicious breakfast – preferably in bed! If you also want to keep animal welfare and the environment in mind, you can do this by not using any animal products – plus you will get creative in the kitchen and test out a few new recipes! Sweet breakfast pancakes or flapjacks can be made without eggs and with plant milk, add some beans and tomato on toast with fresh fruit and juices and you are good to go! You can even try our vegan banana bread recipe as a mid-morning treat with tea. Why not take a look at some of our delicious recipes!
Tip 2: Sweeten your mom’s day with delicious vegan chocolate
There are many wonderful chocolate brands that are animal-free, vegan and environmentally friendly – and delicious! As an extra, try and look for products that contain no palm oil – or a company who uses sustainable cultivation methods. Vegan chocolate is also a lovely DIY gift to make at home – you will be able to find a recipe online with a quick Google search.
Tip 3: Pamper your mother with animal-friendly beauty products
Pampering gifts like decadent body lotions, bath salts, shower gels and even perfume are popular Mother's Day gifts. Time for self-care, wellness and relaxation is always important – especially in these stressful times. FOUR PAWS recommend gifting animal-free cosmetic products - pay attention to the labelling on the packaging and look for items marked with the Beauty Without Cruelty logo or that says vegan. You will be surprised at the wide range of products available – at local go-to shops and at good prices.
Tip 4: Donate to an animal welfare organisation on behalf of your mother
What could be better than knowing that your gift will sustainably improve the lives of suffering animals? Our animal welfare work is only possible through donations from people like you! Make a difference this Mother’s Day by giving an alternative to a traditional gift – make a donation on behalf of your mother to animals in need.
Tip 5: Surprise your mom with animal -friendly fashion
We can purchase winter fashion – just in time for Mother’s Day. Gift a warm scarf, animal-friendly knitwear or comfy slippers and she will always think of you when wearing them. If you want to buy animal-friendly fashion, you can check labels when shopping or look for an online shop with stylish vegan clothing and have something delivered. These days you even get vegan leather boots and handbags!
Tip 6: Create an animal-friendly garden for bees and butterflies
For moms who are avid gardeners there is nothing better than a sea of colourful flowers. Give your mother some more time doing what she loves – while making the bees and butterflies happy! Your local nursery will have bee-friendly plants that will attract critters to her garden. Visit your nursery to purchase a few bee and butterfly-friendly plants, or give her a gift card so she can shop her own.
Tip 7: Make your mom happy with feathered friends
It’s not only insects who need our help – avid gardeners can also help birds by making small changes to the way they garden. Gift your mom with a feeding platform, a bird bath, or bird feeder for Mother’s Day. Water fountains for smaller wild animals, bird or owl boxes or even an insect hotel are all great gifts – depending on your mom’s garden and the area where she lives. These items can be a great DIY gift or purchased at a nursery or hardware store. This way she is actively involved in wildlife conservation on her doorstep all year round.