Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and many are scrambling to find the right gifts for Mom and Grandma. Going with the standard flower arrangement and card might make Mom’s day, but purchasing something different and wonderfully practical might make her eyes sparkle that much more. A gardening mom is sure to be appreciative of something that she can use while spending time on her favorite hobby. Here are a few ideas to help you find the perfect gift.

Like the idea of buying a traditional flower arrangement but don't want it to die in the space of a few weeks? Buy a potted plant that your mom will be able to enjoy for a much longer time. A beautiful arrangement of annuals in a container or hanging basket would add a splash of color to anyone's backyard, porch, or balcony. Depending on her preference, you might instead choose to buy some greenery for Mom. Baby tears, ferns, fiddleleaf fig, snake plant, and spider plant all make great houseplants. Picturing something a little more exotic? Consider getting a dwarf tree. Dwarfs can be grown indoors almost anywhere in the world—even in regions where harsh winters would normally prevent them from growing.

If you're not so committed to the idea of getting your mom plants, you can always try shopping for lotions and potions. Gardeners appreciate lotions that smooth their roughened hands and feet after long hours of handling tools and shoveling soil. Other great products include sunscreen, lip balm, bubble bath, body scrub, body butter, bath salts, cleansers, and mosquito repellent. All of these products are available in stores and come in a wide variety of brands and scents. Want to add a personal touch to your gift? Make it yourself! There are plenty of online recipes that teach you how to whip up your own lotions and creams. You can also assemble a DIY kit for Mom and work with her to make the final product. Think of how fun it would be to make mosquito repellent candles together during the day and then to sit outside and enjoy them at night.

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Is your mom a practical person? Your local garden center can be a good source of gift inspiration. Planters, containers, tomato cages, and mulch are all exceptional gifts for the avid gardener. Many people use their old gardening tools long past their prime but don't upgrade to a newer set until they absolutely have to. This is an excellent time to get Mom some shiny, new garden supplies that she will be able to use for years to come. Take a look around her tool shed to determine what she might need. Most gardening centers also offer gift cards or certificates, so consider hiding one inside of a hanging basket or planter as an added surprise. That way you’ll have given her something beautiful to enjoy that day and something small to enjoy later on.

Alternatively, you could consider investing in a big ticket item. Think about some things that your mom wants but would never treat herself to. Split the cost of a potting bench, raised bed, fountain, swing, shed, or greenhouse with your dad and siblings, and you've got yourself a perfect Mother's Day gift. These items will add a level of relaxation to Mom's backyard oasis without breaking the bank. Setup can either be done personally as part of the day’s festivities or in advance by professionals. Either way, these items are sure to get a big smile out of Mom.

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Mother’s Day can sneak up on you and leave you wondering what to buy such a special person. Just remember that small touches of creativity and inventiveness can turn an ordinary gift into the most meaningful tribute. Gifts that require you to work together can be tons of fun for the both of you. Give her a potted plant, and she will be thinking of you every time she cares for it. As long as you put a little thought and effort into it, your gift will make her day just as special as the day she gave birth to you.