With Mother's Day coming up on May 8, we offer a selection of thoughtful gifts for the mom in your life — or even the person who has been like a mom to you. They're perfect for those who like to garden and for those who simply like to enjoy the garden.
For moms who like to, well, muck around in the garden, the Outscape shoe from Muck will keep her feet clean and dry. The 100% waterproof, flexible neoprene footwear has a comfortable memory-foam footbed and breathable mesh lining that keeps feet cool. Available in low and high-top models; priced from $89 to $130 at muckbootcompany.com.
Wild tomato vine candle
Every backyard vegetable grower recognizes the intoxicating scent of a homegrown tomato. Let Mom enjoy it indoors, year-round, with this hand-poured, eco-friendly soybean candle. Made with high-grade oils and a cotton wick, its biodegradable packaging is embedded with tomato seeds that can be planted into the garden; $28 at goodeeworld.com.
Native plants provide habitat for wildlife, feed vital pollinators and are low-maintenance workhorses in the garden. Get a collection of six state-specific natives "proven to support the highest number of backyard butterflies, bees and birds" shipped to Mom's door directly from a grower in her region through Garden for Wildlife by National Wildlife Federation. Shipping is free; $68 at gardenforwildlife.com.
Angel of the garden
Thank Mom for being your angel with this sweet, 5 1/2-inch tall, hand-painted resin angel figurine with wire wings from Willow Tree by Susan Lordi; $28 at willowtree.com.
Bee drinking garden ball
Busy bees get thirsty from all that pollinating, but clean drinking water isn't always readily available, and puddles and bird feeders risk drowning them. Help them out by placing this bee drinking garden ball in the garden. The textured glass orb is covered in irregular bumps that hold onto droplets from your garden hose, making it the perfect way station for your garden's little visitors. Available in blue, orange or yellow; $45 at uncommongoods.com.
Can you dig it?
Give mom the gift of fun family time with this fast-paced, garden-themed card game. Two to four players compete to harvest fruits and vegetables from four community plots to gather ingredients for the most recipes. The player with the most impressive feast wins the game. Suitable for ages 8 and up, $12 at chroniclebooks.com.
— Jessica Damiano