The PaddleXaminer Eco-Friendly Mother’s Day Gift Guide
Updated: Oct 11
Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching and in the crazy times in which we are currently living it’s especially important to recognize and appreciate our loved ones. Although celebrations may look a little different this year, be sure and go out of your way to show mom that you love her. Although presents are never essential, they are a nice way to show someone that you are thinking about them and prepare for sunnier days to come. The following is a roundup of eco-friendly, sustainably made gear, perfect for mothers of all ages (all available online).
Carve Designs Stinson Swimsuit
For all the active mammas out there, there’s no better gift than a sporty swimsuit. In her mid-fifties, my mom is fit and active and still prefers to wear flattering two-pieces but has a difficult time finding suits that offer enough coverage. She was thrilled to discover Carve Designs and in particular, the Stinson Top and Stinson Bottom—both pieces offer a secure fit without showing too much skin. On a recent trip to Fiji, she put the Stinson suit to the test and couldn’t have been happier with the overall feel and look of the suit. In addition to the Stinson suit, Carve Designs offers a number of different suits and styles, perfect for mothers of all ages. Additionally, Carve Designs is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and works to incorporate sustainable practices wherever possible.
Boyish Jeans Cody Easy Rider Shorts
For those times when you’re not in the water, it’s nice to have a comfy piece of denim in your wardrobe to throw on. Boyish Jeans is a sustainable women’s denim line that produces their jeans and shorts through an eco-friendly and cruelty-free process. They’re all about quality, fit, and authentic washes and the Cody Easy Rider shorts are no exception. The Cody shorts feature a light eco wash with a raw hem, destruction, and bleach stains and are made from recycled cotton. The shorts offer a flattering, high-waisted fit while still offering some length, making them perfect for walking the shoreline or playing in the sand with the kiddos.
Coural Care Skincare Essentials Set
While the sun and saltwater are certainly good for the soul, they do a number on the skin. Coural Care is an all-natural skincare line that makes its products with both your health and the ocean in mind. All products are made from fresh, plant-based ingredients in a solar powered manufacturing facility. The Skincare Essentials Set includes a cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and face sunscreen. All of the products have a lightweight feel and are delivered in plastic free packaging, are TSA size approved, and are reef safe/ocean friendly. This year, treat your mom to some soothing plant-based skincare that she can feel good about.
Kelsen Products Shampoo/Conditioner
Kelsen Products was founded by a group of surf/skaters with a heart for making a hair care line that is good for the planet: Curren Caples, Sean Malto, Jack Freestone, and Mikey February. With a focus on making an eco-friendly line, all products are microplastic free and contain no synthetics or fillers. Instead, products are made from a Marine Performance Blend that utilizes sustainably harvested organic kelp, sea holly, and sea rock fennel to nourish hair naturally. This year, treat mom to hair care products where the only thing she’ll have to worry about is dad sneaking some for himself. Additionally, Kelsen is a 1% For the Planet company, so you can rest easy knowing your money is going to a good cause.
SETT Surf Sunscreen
Every water woman needs a good sunscreen in her arsenal and there’s no better time than Mother’s Day to make sure your mom is covered. SETT makes natural, high-performance sunscreens that are coral reef and ocean friendly. While many mineral sunscreens go on thick and pasty, SETT rubs in, while still providing the protection you need. In addition to traditional sunscreen, SETT offers a face stick, lip balm, and surf rash cream, so you can keep your mom fully protected and safe. SETT also donates 5% of profits to SurfAid, so there’s plenty to feel good about with this gift.
Toadfish Non-Tipping Can Cooler
There’s no better way to celebrate someone you love than sharing a cold one out on the water. But there’s nothing worse than a spilt drink—the Toadfish Non-Tipping Can Cooler strives to put an end to that. The cooler features an innovative suction cup technology that allows it to stick to any smooth surface whether that’s a table, boat, or even your board. The Toadfish cooler features double wall vacuum insulation, stainless steel, rubber locking gasket, and includes a slim can adapter. Whether your mom is busy shooing away young, accident-prone hands or simply would like to enjoy a beverage mid-paddle, the Toadfish Non-Tipping Can Cooler is the perfect gift. To top it off, for every product sold, Toadfish will replant 10 square feet of oyster beds to help keep coastal waters clean.
Toad & Co. Taj Hemp Pants
Everyone needs a cozy pair of pants in their wardrobe—the Taj Hemps Pants are the perfect lightweight option to throw on after paddling. Made from 54% Hemp, 44% Tencel, and 2% Elastane, the Taj Hemp Pants are eco-friendly and ultra comfy. Like any good pair of pants, these ones are quick drying, lightweight, moisture-wicking, and offer UPF 25+ protection. Whether your mom is all about sunset walks on the beach or travelling to exotic destinations, the Taj Hemp Pants are the perfect companion for her to do so in. To up their efforts in sustainability, Toad & Co. offers re-usable shipping options and gives back to a number of conservation organizations.
Ruffwear Float Coat
Mothers come in many shapes and sizes and dog moms are no exception. For the dog mamma in your life, nothing says “I love you” like an outfit to equip her furry friend for water time adventures. Ruffwear’s Float Coat is a high quality life jacket that is secure and adjustable and includes a strong handle and reflective trim. Like all of Ruffwear’s products the Float Coat is made with the environment in mind: materials are sustainably sourced and waste is reduced wherever possible. This Mother’s Day give Mom the gift of more time on the water with her pup in the form of a Float Coat.