Thoughtful Gifts for Moms

If you’re as busy as I am, you only just realized that Mother’s Day is a mere three days away! But just because we’re a little slow on the uptake doesn’t mean we have to settle for the cliche last-minute gift card. Show gratitude to the special moms in your life with these gifts, perfect for birders and gardeners. Bonus: You can purchase all of them locally or have most shipped from the store’s Web site (click the photo to visit the page).

Give Mom’s garden an extra pop of color with this pretty birdbath, which puts the fun in functional. $39.99, and Kirkland’s stores


Herb Planters

A kitchen gardener will appreciate these charming terra-cotta planters meant for basil, thyme and rosemary. Bonus points if you include the seeds to match! $9.95 each, and Crate & Barrel stores


Sip & Seed Feeder

When she hangs this handsome set of water and seed feeders, her yard will become a hub of activity for neighborhood birds. $43.99, and Ace Hardware stores



Family Tree Collage Frame

Each time Mom looks at this gift, she’ll think of two favorite things: her loved ones and the great outdoors. Be sure to include a few shots of you two together! $14.99, and Target stores



Bird Garden Coasters

Mom can bring her love for birds and blooms indoors by way of these vintage-inspired glass coasters. $10 for set of 4, Pier 1 Imports stores



Birds & Blooms Garden All-Stars

It’s finally gardening season, and she may be overwhelmed by the unlimited number of plant varieties available. Help ease her stress with a copy of our newest publication that showcases the best-performing plants around. $10.99 ($13.99 in Canada), and wherever books are sold



Le Foret Eco-Keepsake Notecards

If Mom still relishes the time-honored tradition of snail mail, she’ll love these cards, featuring four nature-inspired line drawings by Lisa Congdon. $14.95, and Barnes & Noble bookstores



Flower Measuring Cups

Even if she’d rather be gardening, Mom’s sure to have a blast in the kitchen thanks to these funky flower-shaped ceramic measuring cups. $9.99 for set of 4, and World Market stores



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