5 Outdoor Gift Ideas For Mom That Don’t Cost Anything
Mother’s Day is this weekend and if you’ve jumped on the outdoor bandwagon, you can officially call yourself your moms favorite. Well, that is, if your mom is outdoorsy. If she’s not, she will still appreciate spending quality time with you while getting some fresh air. Here are 5 Mother’s Day gift ideas that will make being outside a special treat for all moms alike.
Volunteer at an urban garden together
Doing volunteer work together is a way to not only bring you closer to each other but also your community. If you live in the Bay Area, Hands On Bay Area filters by site, events you can join according to activity. I used “urban garden” and it showed the garden events you could volunteer at and the date. Your kids will love using their green thumb and how to cultivate food for your community all in one.
Collect rocks and shells at the beach
Grab your sun hats and sunscreen and in between some much-needed relaxation, walk along the water and see what treasures you and your kids can find for grandma. After collecting what you find, use items you already have at home to make a beautiful mobile using this easy tutorial. The mobile can then be hung in her garden or wall.
Go on a wild walk and do some foraging
Whether in your own neighborhood or on a well-known trail, there is food to be had. You don’t have to be a foraging expert to know what a blackberry or miners lettuce looks like, but just n case this handy reference article is perfect for the beginner foragers in the Bay Area. Moms and kids–you will pick up new skills and learn about new plants in the process. If you want to get even more connected to foraging, read Feral Kevin’s website for helpful videos.
Give the gift of serenity
Get your travel mugs, fill them with hot chocolate, and escape to the lake for a peaceful stroll. Some studies show that being around water has some calming effects and what better way to show mom you love her than by being around some chill vibes. Prolong the outing and take along a picnic lunch and settle in a bit. If you live in the (East) Bay Area, check out Jewel Lake in Berkeley or nearby Lake Anza. Both locations have some fun habitat-watching that may or not include turtles and other native birds.
“Get in your exercise” and go outside!
Raise your hand if your parents have said the phrase “I’ve got to get in my exercise” for the day or something similar? Instead of their usual gym rounds or neighborhood walks, suggest some easy trails to experience that preferably include amenities they love ie: paved roads, open area for their dogs, playground for the grandkids, or exercise stations. Most green space things and just being able to spend time outside with them will be special enough. I want all my parents to be around for my kids when they get older. One way I know that I am encouraging this is by suggesting getting outside more.
What are your plans to get outside for Mother’s Day? Tell us in the comments below and we wish all the moms out there a Happy Mother’s Day!