The Mother’s Day Solar Gift Guide

Jess Hutton | May 6, 2015 | Did You Know?

Spring is finally here and Mother’s Day is around the corner (May 10, 2015 to be exact). Instead of the typical chocolates and flowers, how about something unique, environmentally friendly, and solar powered? From the gardener to the fashionista, we found unique gifts that are perfect for her style. Here are our favorite solar powered gifts for Mom this year!

For The Mom Who Gardens Or Loves Her Patio

Moroccan Solar Heart Lights – Add a little touch of love with these heart shaped, solar powered strand of lights. Made for indoor or outdoor use, these lights can brighten up a potted plant in the garden, a ledge along a sunroom window, or an outdoor walkway. Three settings include On, Off and Flash. (Dimensions Size with the Stand: 7.8*6.8*24cm)

Dragonfly Solar Mobile – This solar powered dragonfly mobile would make a lovely accent to a garden or outdoor living space. The solar panel charges all day in direct sunlight and stays illuminated for approximately 6-8 hours. The bright LED lights change in color from red to green to blue and turn on automatically at dusk. (Dimensions 5” dia. X 28” H)

Outdoor Solar Fountain – If you are looking for a modern touch to Mom’s garden or outdoor living area, this is it! A stunning outdoor water fountain powered by the sun, eliminating the need to figure out how to hide the ugly power cords typically associated with fountains.

Rustic Wine Barrel Solar Powered Water Fountain – We love this unique find! An old fashioned look combined with modern (environmentally friendly) functionality. The hand crank water pump is actually activated by the modern water pump in the barrel (which houses a 5 gallon plastic bucket for the water). The barrel is powered by an internal inverter hooked up to a battery, charged by a 15 watt solar panel (15 food cord). This will run for 1-10 minutes at a time, depending on how you have it set.

For the Mom with Kids, Dogs or who Loves to Camp

Outdoor Solar Powered Shower – The ultimate outdoor spray that delivers great pressure from the ground, instead of needing to be hung overhead. Whether Mom likes to wash her sweet lovable dog outside the house, spray off the kids’ muddy soccer gear in the back yard, or wash dishes on a camping trip, this solution offers 2.9 gallons with 5 – 7 minutes of steady water pressure. It has a foot pump to regulate the water pressure and includes a 7-foot hose with spray nozzle. (Bonus – free shipping and REI members get an estimated $10 back on their annual member refund!)

For The Fashionista

Solar Powered Watch Made From Recycled Materials That Also Helps Kids – Make Mother’s Day even sweeter by giving a really affordable, fashionable gift that gives to children in need! This is a great looking watch that uses recycled materials in addition to relying on solar energy. Plus, Quest & Quality will donate a portion of the proceeds from each sale to Table for Two, an organization that delivers school meals to children in Africa and Asia. (Bonus – free shipping and free returns.)

Limited Edition Harajuku Watch – Designed by renowned musician and designer, Gwen Stefani, this solar powered watch offers bright colors combined with fun patterns for an affordable yet functional gift for Mom. This color pattern was our favorite, but there are several color options to find the perfect fit. (Bonus – free shipping and free returns.)

Seiko Solar Powered Women’s 35MM Swarovski® Watch In Stainless Steel – Seiko offers several solar powered watches for Mom. This gold-tone bracelet watch is in a stainless steel and features a round dial with logo, link bracelet and crystal-embellished bezel and lugs. This watch is water resistant to 99 feet (30 M), so safe in rain or splashes of water (not full submersion).

Techy Gifts

Solar Charger & Cover for Kindle 4 – For the Mom who loves to read her Kindle in style! This leatherette solar powered cover helps protect and offers a built-in reading lamp. Provides up to 50 hours of power to the reading lamp; continuously charges the reserve batter in sunlight or shade. Automatically turns on when released and turns off when put back.

Solar Powered Phone Charger – Great for the Mom who likes to lounge in the sun, go for a sunny hike, or watch the kids swim and stay fully charged. The Goal Zero Switch 8 Recharger is an ultra-lightweight power supply that recharges smartphones and USB gear anywhere. It’s small enough to fit in a purse or pocket and won’t weigh you down.

Home or Office Décor

A Solar Powered Dancing Flower – Well, put a smile on Mom’s face with these dancing flowers. That’s right, the sun makes them dance (“the leaves wig and the flower wags”). These solar powered flowers require no batteries or electricity. At 4.5” tall x 2.5” wide, it’s a fun touch for Mom’s desk, kitchen or car dashboard. It’s a great gift for the Mom who doesn’t have a green thumb, as this flower won’t die!

A Solar Powered Night Light, Straight From Paris, France – A charming gift from Paris, France, this sweet little house is a lovely gift for the collector. While you help Mom put this solar powered night-light together, you can learn (or teach small children) about solar energy and sustainable development. It’s easy to put together (no glue required) and offers as much LED lighting as it the time it took to charge (5 hours of sun by the window = 5 hours of LED lighting).


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